By Robert Haugh
The City of Santa Clara was owed approximately $750,000 from the 49ers. But the team refused to pay and sued the City in 2018.
According to reports, the City is settling for $325,000. It looks like a gift of public funds.
We reported two weeks ago that a settlement was in the works. This happened after a jury trial was set for the end of this month.
Local attorneys estimated that the City’s attorney fees would be around $300,000.
If that’s accurate, the City might be getting attorneys’ fees only. Wow.
This is a case that former City Attorney Brian Doyle cited as a strong and winnable one for the City.
It looks like the 49er-friendly City Council is letting the team walk away from the parking revenue owed to Santa Clara. That totals about $1 million if you include attorneys’ fees.
Last year, 49ers owner Jed York spent $3 million to elect new Councilmembers Anthony Becker, Suds Jain and Kevin Park.
They are now part of the pro-49er Council majority with Raj Chahal and Karen Hardy. They’re known as the “49er Five.” They meet with the team regularly, but won’t share information with City staff about those meetings.
You can read all the court documents here. It’s case number 18CV326430.