By Robert Haugh
Starting next year, Santa Clara residents will have a new area code: 449.
Our 408 area code will be phased out starting on January 1, 2022, at midnight.
That’s according to the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), the organization responsible for area codes.
The good news is that we will have our landlines and cell phone numbers automatically changed. Our 408 numbers will be forwarded to 449 numbers for a full 12 months.
But after January 1, 2023, Santa Clara residents will have to give out their new 449 numbers.
49ers CEO Jed York came up with the idea, according to NANPA officials.
“He got the 49ers headquarters address changed to 4949 Marie DeBartolo Way. So he thought this would be the next logical step,” said NANPA spokeswoman April Jones.
York was unavailable for comment. But 49ers exec Rahul Chandhok said: “This is just another irresponsible political attempt by the Mayor and her cronies to take the stadium management away because we engaged in wage theft and financial self-dealing.”
When Chandhok was told that wasn’t the issue, he responded: “Oh, never mind, then. That’s just the answer I give to everything as the team’s hatchet man. Do I still get unlimited text messages?”
“I know a lot of Santa Clarans won’t like this,” said Mayor Lisa Gillmor. But what can we do? If Jed can spend $3 million to elect 3 councilmen, he can certainly get an area code changed. Where’s Jim Harbaugh when we need him?”
The three Councilmembers who Jed helped get elected with his financial support put out a joint statement in response to the NANPA announcement.
Here’s the joint statement from Anthony Becker, Suds Jain and Kevin Park:
“Before Jed York spent $3 million to help elect us, we couldn’t win a Santa Clara election. Together, we lost a total of five elections. So it’s kind of obvious that we owe him.
“Jed wants us to change the curfew and stop fighting the 49er lawsuits. That’s not good for Santa Clara, but oh well.
“At least with the area code change, he’s promised to give the three of us new iPhones.”
Editor’s Note: Happy April Fools’ Day. No need to change your phone numbers.