By Robert Haugh
The 49ers are supporting Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez for Mayor of San Jose.
They’ve created an independent expenditure committee and funded it with $300,000.
We should see advertising created by the team’s political consulants for Chavez soon.
The San Jose political establishment is asking what they want from her and San Jose. Afterall, the 49ers are known for buying political support in Santa Clara.
In 2020, Jed York succeeded in taking over the City Council. He wrote checks for $3 million to help elect Anthony Becker, Suds Jain and Kevin Park.
The three candidates had never won a Santa Clara election before. They were a combined 0-6.
Since taking office, Becker, Jain and Park have been repaying York with votes for things the 49ers could never get before, like changing the weekday stadium curfew.
They’ve joined Councilmembers Karen Hardy and Raj Chahal to vote for every 49ers request since they’ve been in office. They’re now known as the “49er Five.”
The votes for the team’s requests since the 49er Five took over in 2021 is in the multiple millions of dollars, and counting.
Chavez has a reputation for being transactional too. If she wins, it’ll be interesting to see what the team gets out of San Jose.
Some San Jose sources think that the 49ers will try and shift the cost of major events at the stadium to San Jose.
That’s what happened with Super Bowl 50. San Francisco and San Jose ended up spending millions of dollars for public safety costs.
Santa Clara actually got paid millions of dollars. That’s because the voter-approved Measure J doesn’t allow our general fund money to be used on stadium operations.
Unfortunately for San Jose residents, they don’t have a Measure J.