By Burt Field
I hate to admit it but Jed York was a big winner on Election Day.
He won three seats on our City Council. Jed was able to spend big to help three people who had never won a Santa Clara election before.
Kevin Park lost two previous council elections. Anthony Becker lost a previous council election and mayoral election. Suds Jain lost one previous council race. None of these candidates was even close to victory. Then, Jed opened his wallet.
(Editor’s Note: Becker has a 310 vote lead in his race, but Rob Mezzetti is still within striking distance depending on the number of votes left.)
Sure it took $3 million to do it. But as I wrote before the elections, that’s cheap for what Jed wants.
I guess I can’t blame him. He’s a businessman, afterall. Like all businessmen, he’ll expect a return on his investment. So what does Jed want?
We can expect a change in our curfew law. The candidates Jed supported were openly talking about that during the election. It’s a change that will put more money in Jed’s pocket. But it won’t necessarily help the City. Why? Because the team won’t share information about revenue with the City.
Thanks to good reporting by this site, we’ve learned that the 49ers have returned almost no revenue to the City from non-NFL events for the last two fiscal years. And that was before COVID-19 shut everything down.
Also thanks to this site, we’ve learned that there was a lot of revenue that came through the gates. Where did it all go? Santa Clara taxpayers won’t know unless we win a lawsuit forcing the team to give up the information that should rightfully be shared.
It’s unfortunate that the City may have to win a court case to get information or revenue that’s owed to the public. But maybe it’s a good thing because with “Jed’s Team” on the Council we may not be able to prevail any other way.
It’s important for all Santa Clarans to remain vigilant in the coming years. Stand Up for Santa Clara pledges to do so.
We were successful in stopping Jed from taking our Youth Soccer Park in 2014. Now, we have to defend the rest of the City.
We’ll be more active and more vocal and let Santa Clarans regularly know what Jed wants.
Burt Field is the President of Stand Up for Santa Clara. It started in March 2015, when the San Francisco 49ers and the majority of the Santa Clara City Council took action to sell the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park to the NFL Team. It’s a grassroots organization of volunteers.