By Robert Haugh
The Santa Clara City Council is holding a special closed session meeting tonight to discuss the 49ers lawsuit against the City of Santa Clara for parking fees on the golf course.
The meeting was noticed yesterday at 1:19 p.m. That’s interesting because it’s about a case that’s been in Santa Clara Superior Court since 2018. It suggests someone wants to settle. The jury trial is set to begin on February 28, 2022.
You can read all the court documents here. It’s case number 18CV326430.
This is a case that former City Attorney Brian Doyle cited as a strong and winnable one for the City. It should mean an additional $750,000 to the City that the 49ers haven’t paid despite having a signed agreement to use the course for game day parking.
The City could also get substantial attorneys fees paid by the team like they did in the stadium rent arbitration victory. The Hanson Bridgett law firm is representing the City. They won the case rent arbitration case that was a $180 million victory for Santa Clarans during the 40-year stadium lease.
It’ll be interesting to see how the 49er Five handle this case.
The 4 p.m. meeting has only two agenda items. The other item is labor negotiations with several City bargaining units.