By Robert Haugh
The San Francisco Chronicle published a pretty amazing piece Friday evening about the Council majority’s request to oust City attorney Brian Doyle.
Ron Kroichick and Lance Williams penned the article.
The Chronicle did a good job of getting quotes from Mayor Lisa Gillmor, Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe and Doyle.
“The 49ers appear to believe that by removing the city attorney they can avoid oversight of the stadium, and avoid any court decisions that will not be in their favor,” Gillmor said. “Consequences could be dire for them. They need to get out of court, and quickly.”
“The 49ers don’t like Doyle because “he stands up to them with all of their lawsuits,” Watanabe said in a phone interview. “They are not happy because they are not getting their way.”
Doyle defended himself:
“Doyle said as city attorney he has been “faithful to the city and the city’s interests.”
But the 49er friendly Councilmembers were silent:
“Councilmen [Anthony] Becker and [Kevin] Park refused to comment Friday, and [Vice Mayor Raj] Chahal did not immediately respond to a voicemail. [Suds] Jain also declined to comment.”
Hmm. The most talkative Council members are silent.
This is really funny since last Tuesday, Becker had a long rant about how only a blog (yours truly) is covering the 49ers issues and so it must not be true.
“If there was a violation of state law, why isn’t anyone talking about it besides blogs?” … Why isn’t it on news sites? Why is it not over the free press? Why is there not helicopters flying in and people being arrested?
Becker should be careful what he wishes for, especially the helicopters.
But Becker should probably not go silent when the Bay Area’s top newspaper calls him days after he complains that no major media outlet is writing about these stories. Or maybe he has something to hide.
The 49ers also were silent:
“A 49ers spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.”
That’s a first. Usually 49ers spokesman and hitman Rahul Chandhok has a lot to say.
Maybe they do have something to hide. And are afraid of the helicopters.
This is a developing story.