By Robert Haugh
It was another long Tuesday meeting. Yes, it’s going to be a long year.
The City staff made a series of recommendations to get the 49ers to be more transparent.
They also recommended an independent review of the team’s marketing plan since the non-NFL events are losing lots of money according to the 49ers.
The City staff also pointed out that the stadium is behind schedule on promised repairs and upkeep. (It’s true. We’ve heard this comment from a number of people who went to games and events last two years).
The budget approval discussion started two weeks ago.
49ers VP of Finance Jeff Fong and their outside counsel Charmaine Yu tried to convince the City Council to approve the budget. They argued the Santa Clara Stadium Authority (SCSA) has a legal obligation to do so. They also said the legal issues (or illegal actions?) were irrelevant.
The problem is that the team’s management company ManCo has violated wage laws in the past and won’t provide documentation to the City for expenses. The City Council in 2019 unanimously decided that public funds wouldn’t be released without sufficient documentation.
Councilmember Kevin Park argued on behalf of the team.
Park argued that the City should pay the expenses without sufficient documentation. He also suggested cutting the SCSA legal budget.
Park’s recommendations would mean the City couldn’t sufficiently defend itself against the seven legal actions the 49ers have initiated against the SCSA and the City, according to City Attorney Brian Doyle.
But no one listened to Park.
Last night, the SCSA approved staff recommendations, 6-1.