By Robert Haugh
News broke yesterday about a proposed legal settlement to put to rest many of the lawsuits that the 49ers have filed against the City.
The 49ers have offered what former Santa Clara City Attorney Brian Doyle told the San Francisco Chronicle is a “sweetheart deal.” Here’s the key point from the Chronicle story:
“Doyle said he believes settling the lawsuit would be worth millions of dollars to the 49ers. But because the 49ers have refused to allow the city access to key stadium financial data, one of the issues in the suit, the value can only be estimated.”
According to another report for San Jose Spotlight, the team is offering $3.3 million to settle the lawsuits. The site frequently writes pro-49ers stories.
But the $3.3 million number includes $2 million of police costs that’s already owed to the Stadium Authority.
It also includes $650,000 of money that’s already in the Stadium Authority’s discretionary fund.
So the actual number the 49ers are offering to settle major lawsuits that could return millions to the City is only $650,000. Wow.
The team has lowballed the City before with the 49er Five’s approval earlier this year.
The City of Santa Clara was owed approximately $750,000 from the team for golf course parking revenue. But the 49ers refused to pay and sued the City in 2018.
Legal experts thought the City would win $1 million for the parking revenue plus attorneys’ fees. But the 49er Five approved a settlement of $350,000 in February.
According to reliable sources, the parking settlement is likely to be one of the major issues in a coming recall campaign.
Maybe this $650,000 settlement will be another one.
Editor’s Note: The 49er Five are Councilmembers Anthony Becker, Raj Chahal, Suds Jain, Karen Hardy and Kevin Park.
Jed York spent $3 million in November 2020 to elect Becker, Jain, and Park. They were previously 0-6 in Santa Clara elections. Chahal and Hardy have received gifts from the team recently without reporting them.
The 49er Five meet with the team on an almost weekly basis and have voted to help the team win millions of dollars in concessions from the City since December 2020.