By Robert Haugh
In April, City Manager Deanna Santana, sent a letter to the 49ers about the abusive communication from 49er executive Larry MacNeil. Here’s a some of what she said:
“I am happy that you set the workplace expectations for your employees and your responsibility to maintain those values and requirements. This provides me an opportunity to share that over the years, SCSA staff have expressed concern with Mr. Larry MacNeil’s emails/letters because they are abusive, demeaning, harassing, and attack staff’s character. On many occasions, Finance, City Manager, and Clerk staff have expressed concern to me and how they do not feel comfortable interacting with him for these reasons.”
Looks like the team didn’t get the letter. Or they don’t really care about MacNeil’s abusive behavior because he’s at it again.
At their June 8th meeting, the City Council discussed the 49ers end zone field seats. The City Staff tried to get a majority of the Council to support a proposal to get more revenue for the Stadium Authority.
That proposal failed when only Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Kathy Watanabe voted for it. Against it were the five pro-49er Councilmembers: Anthony Becker, Raj Chahal, Karen Hardy, Suds Jain and Kevin Park.
But a majority of the Council was willing to have the City staff explore other options.
Looks like MacNeil didn’t like that vote. And looks like he has an issue with Santana. Here’s what MacNeil wrote in a letter to Stadium Authority Board Members on June 14:
“Ms. Santana convinced you to avoid making a decision so she can spend another year cluttering your agenda with long-winded reports and exercising her growing body of Bureaucrats.”
What’s interesting is that MacNeil didn’t show up to the June 8th meeting to explain the team’s proposal. No one from the 49ers showed up. Jain had to carry their water for them by explaining the details.
MacNeil is not currently listed as being a member of the 49er’s front office.
He was the team’s CFO during the stadium campaign in 2010.
As CFO, MacNeil pushed for the team to renege on Jed York’s promise to build soccer fields in our City.
MacNeil suddenly moved from the 49ers to the Raiders in 2016. Sources who worked with the team then can’t explain why.
MacNeil re-emerged as the point person for the Raiders dealing with the Oakland Mayor’s office where according to some people, he “ruffled a few feathers” there, too.
MacNeil rejoined the 49ers a few years ago around the time the team started suing the City.