By Robert Haugh
In May, the meetings between Councilmembers and the 49ers continued.
Three Councilmembers met with the team on matters that were set for hearing before the Council.
Vice Mayor Raj Chahal and Councilwoman Karen Hardy had back-to-back meetings with the 49ers on May 26 to discuss stadium operations and a briefing about field seats.
Councilman Kevin Park had a May 24 meeting with the 49ers regarding “cancellation of meeting regarding stadium operations due to conflicting special council meeting.”
Park and Councilman Suds Jain had a May 10 meeting with the 49ers. Park’s calendar says the meeting was about stadium operations. Jain’s calendar was more detailed. Jain lists the meeting topics as stadium operations, Covid vaccine operations, field seats, and the creek trail.
Jain also had a phone meeting with the 49ers regarding the 64 field seats and SBLs on May 25.
Then, at the June 8th Council meeting, Jain carried the team’s water on the field seat issue. No one from the team showed up to the meeting. But Jain explained the 49ers’ argument in detail.
When Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe moved that the Council support the City staff’s effort to increase City revenue from the field seats, Jain voted against it. So did the rest of the pro-49er majority: Chahal, Hardy, Park and Anthony Becker.
Watanabe and Mayor Lisa Gillmor voted to support the City’s staff effort. Neither Watanabe nor Gillmor have met with the 49ers this year according to their calendars.