By Robert Haugh
The Santa Clara City Council acting as the Stadium Authority decided it would pay to repair the Levi’s Stadium sign.
They will use Stadium Authority funds that could go to the City’s general fund. It’ll be $1.42 million over three years.
The stadium sign agreement says that Levi’s Strauss & Company is responsible for replacing the sign. Originally, the 49ers asked that the sign be replaced for $1.3 million.
But under former City Manager Deanna Santana, City staff pointed out that the sign sponsor is required to pay for it.
After that, the team changed it’s request from “replace” to “repair.” That way the Stadium Authority, not Levi’s will have to pay for it.
Kathy Watanabe made a motion to get an independent third party to analyze if the sign needs to be replaced instead of repaired.
But the 49er Five voted it down.
It passed 4-2. (Councilman Raj Chahal was absent from the meeting).
Councilmembers Anthony Becker, Suds Jain, Karen Hardy and Kevin Park voted in favor.
Watanabe and Mayor Lisa Gillmor voted against.
After the vote, Hardy moved to have City staff or an independent third party to analyze if the sign needs to be replaced instead of repaired. Huh?
So the 49er Five want to figure out what’s the best approach after they voted for the 49ers budget request. Wow.
Why would they do it backwards and not attempt to defend public funds? During last night’s discussion, they told us.
“I think the concept here is that we need to keep our client happy,” said Jain.
“The customer is always right,” said Becker.
Becker, Jain and Park received $3 million from 49ers CEO/Lobbyist Jed York in an independent expenditure help to get them elected in 2020.
Speaking of money – the 49ers told the City Council two months ago that the City’s general fund will be getting zero dollars this fiscal year. Yup. Zero.
It’s easy to see why.