By Robert Haugh
In January, the City Council discussed a routine item that became controversial. That’s because the 49ers objected to having some of their executives file financial forms required by the State.
Each year, key local government officials have to file the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Statements of Economic Interests, Form 700. It’s a way to make sure that people who are spending tax dollars don’t have conflicts of interest.
Two years ago, we caught 49ers executive Jim Mercurio having financial conflicts on his Form 700.
On January 26, 2020, the City tried to update its requirement to update who should file a Form 700. It’s a routine item. It was on the consent calendar.
But Councilman Suds Jain pulled it off the consent calendar. Jain is one of the three Councilmen that got elected with the help of Jed York’s $3 million expenditure last year. The other two were Anthony Becker and Kevin Park.
On January 26, all three of them questioned City staff why it was necessary for the 49ers executives to file the legally required forms.
All three of them met with the 49ers’ Rahul Chandhok just hours before the City meeting.
Becker and Jain reported the 1 p.m. meeting on their calendars. That’s what’s legally required by the City.
Becker’s January 26, 2021 Calendar Entries
Jain’s January 26, 2021 Calendar Entries
But Park did not report the meeting on his calendar. He only reported the 4 p.m. City meeting. Below is his entire January calendar.
As we reported yesterday, the 49ers meet regularly with Becker, Jain, and Park as a group. Sometimes they meet as often as weekly.
The team meets separately with both Vice Mayor Raj Chahal and Councilwoman Karen Hardy as a group, too.
No other organization or company in Santa Clara meets as often with Coucnilmembers.
By our deadline, City staff did not respond about potential penalties for Councilmembers not disclosing meetings with businesses about important agenda items.