By Robert Haugh
For some reason, the San Francisco Chronicle seems to have a better grasp of what’s happening in Santa Clara than our South Bay media.
Columnist Ann Killion weighs in. She starts with some nice words about our Mission City:
“Congratulations Santa Clara. You’ve been known for a lot in your rich 245-year history. You are the site of a historic mission, home to a fine university, have provided fertile soil for first agriculture and then tech, and have borne witness to many kids’ first upside-down roller coaster ride.”
But then she delivers a Tombstone Piledriver:
“But now? Now you’re a company town. Bought and paid for by Jed York and the San Francisco 49ers.
“The travesty of a City Council “vote” on Tuesday night was the epitome of a slimy backroom deal. Tasked with the job of considering the 49ers self-proclaimed “best and final” offer to settle multimillion-dollar lawsuits with the city of Santa Clara, the farce of a meeting devolved into name-calling and threats and ended with little transparency for the public. And, ultimately, probably far less money than the public had coming.”
Killion calls out the 49er Five: Councilmembers Anthony Becker, Raj Chahal, Suds Jain, Karen Hardy and Kevin Park.
“The four remaining council members are all part of the “49ers Five,” including one of two members who are currently under investigation for ethics violations (Chahal, Hardy) involving the 49ers and had been asked to recuse themselves.”
Killion also criticized Interim City Attorney Steve Ngo of the Lozano Smith law firm. Ngo really seems to be in over his head with the Santa Clara legal issues.
“When the backroom dealings were over, the interim city attorney — also put in place by the pro-49ers faction after it fired the city attorney — told the public and the press there was “no reportable action.” But Wednesday morning — voila! — an agreement to the 49ers’ proposal was announced. How incredibly opaque.”
Killion predicts what more the 49ers want:
“They’ll want those disputed youth soccer fields. They’ll go after a reduction in rent. They will continue to refuse to open their books to independent auditors.”
You can read Killion’s full column. There’s a lot more. It’s good.
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