Santa Clara City Council Preview: City Council to Consider “Funny Money” 49ers Legal Settlement Offer Behind Closed Doors

By Robert Haugh

Tomorrow’s Santa Clara City Council and Stadium Authority meeting is headlined by a closed session on the litigation between the City and 49ers.

The 49ers have reported to the media that their “final and best offer” is on the table. Their “best” offer is really the “worst” for the City according to a comprehensive analysis by the San Francisco Chronicle this weekend that former director of the Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Dr. Tom Shanks called “Funny Money.”

Stand Up for Santa Clara is circulating a petition to make the meeting open to the public and have independent experts review the numbers.

Here’s where you can sign the petition.

Here are several other items on the agenda:

  • Recognition of Intel Corporation for Donation of At-Home Test Kits to Support City’s COVID-19 Emergency Response
  • Verbal Report from the Chief Emergency Services Officer regarding COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Verbal Report Update from City Manager Regarding the Local Drought Emergency
  • Proclamation of September 2022 as Community Preparedness Month
  • Action on a Resolution Adopting the Pruneridge Avenue Complete Streets Plan and Selection of a Preferred Design Concept
  • Action to Consider Possible Financial Assistance Options Related to the Replacement of a Private Concrete Wall Adjacent to Pruneridge Avenue in the Laurel Park East Neighborhood and Potential Delegated Authority for a Budget Amendment
  • Action on Written Petition Regarding Street Tree Canopy Advocacy
  • Action on a Council Written Request Submitted by Vice Mayor Suds Jain Requesting to Place an Agenda Item at a Future Council Meeting to Discuss the Possibility of a Ballot Measure to Change the Chief of Police and City Clerk Position from Elected to Appointed
  • Action on a Council Written Request Submitted by Jain Requesting to Place an Agenda Item at a Future Council Meeting to Discuss Changing the Parking Policy Since Providing Free Parking at the Convention Center is Very Expensive
  • Action on a Council Written Request Submitted by Jain Requesting to Place an Agenda Item at a Future Council Meeting to Discuss how to Change the Noticing Policy so as to Reach More People
  • Action on a Written Petition Submitted by Lee Broughman Requesting to Place an Agenda Item on a Future Council Meeting for Council to Discuss the Issue of Council Person Karen Hardy and Raj Chahal Attendance as a Guest of 49ers at a Game on November 15, 2021 in Violation of Santa Clara City Council Gift Policy and reprimand for these violations
  • Action on a Written Petition Submitted by Victor Ojakian Requesting to Place an Agenda Item on a Future Council Meeting for Council to Adopt a City Suicide Prevention Policy

6 comments

  1. Fellow residents please note that this meeting is at an earlier than the normal 5PM time. If you wish to submit comment to be read before the closed session you need to submit an ecomment in advance of the closed session or email mayorandcouncil@santaclaraca.gov. I’d recommend doing this by 3PM.

    Here is the link for the Council Meeting calendar. Look for the row with 8/30 meeting and click the “ecomment” link in the last right most column.

    https://santaclara.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

  2. Four months ago. SUDS JAIN put Lisa Gillmor on notice (his own text to Becker) that she would be held responsible for the efforts of Robert Haugh James Rowen and Burt Field to team up. Haugh has never discussed anything with James Rowen. They exprssed virtual dislike of each other. Burt Field by Scott Herhold’s published writings is a well known independent.

    Is Jain losing it???

    • Is tomorrow’s closed session for discussion of the state of the litigation or will there be a binding vote on acceptance of the 49ers’ settlement offer?

      It is appropriate for there to be a closed session to discuss the state of litigation. Discussion would involve appraisal of the city’s position, chances, and strategy. This cannot be public because it allows the other side–the 49ers–to know what the city thinks is its position, chances, and strategy.

      But a vote on the 49ers’ settlement offer must be public. Discussion leading up to the vote must be public. And there must be public commentary before such a vote.

    • The council can take any action they want in closed session. It’s listed as active litigation. No public session is required, except to announce any action taken in closed session. Members of the public can speak prior to the Council convening to closed session.

    • We don’t know if a vote to accept the 49ers’ offer will occur. That’s up to the Council as a whole.

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