By Robert Haugh
Yesterday, the SF Chronicle broke another major story.
The 49ers are spending big money in Santa Clara again to help the Councilmembers who are helping them.
This year, the team is pumping approximately $750,000 behind Anthony Becker who’s running for Mayor, and Raj Chahal and Karen Hardy who are running for re-election.
Here are some key sections from the Chronicle report which might be behind a paywall:
“Two days after Santa Clara City Council Member Anthony Becker allegedly ranted at his peers in a closed session, the San Francisco 49ers donated more than $368,000 to boost Becker’s bid to become mayor.
“Also on Sept. 1, the 49ers gave more than $380,000 to two committees backing pro-49ers council members Karen Hardy and Raj Chahal, who both are running for re-election. That means the team donated nearly $750,000 in all to the three council members who pushed for the settlement and are running for office in November.”
“Chahal was not present at the closed session, but in earlier meetings, he had spoken in favor of settling the lawsuit. Chahal and Hardy declined to recuse themselves from the matter even though both are targets of a state ethics investigation for allegedly taking pricey 49ers tickets from the team.
The big cash infusion marked team CEO Jed York’s second financial foray into local politics in Santa Clara in the past two years. In 2020, he spent $2.9 million to boost pro-49ers council candidates, electing Becker, Sudhanshu ‘Suds’ Jain and Kevin Park.”
The Chronicle story also mentioned how York bought a “sponsored content” story in the SF Examiner.
Santa Clara News Online broke that story two days ago. So the Chronicle isn’t scooping everyone in the South Bay.
But the Chronicle pointed out something funny and hypocritical that SCNO missed. Hat tip to the Chronicle.
“The upbeat campaign biography, published two days after his alleged outburst at City Hall, portrayed Becker as a council member for whom personal respect is a watchword.
‘People need to be respected, and our thoughts and different opinions need to be respected,’ the article quotes Hardy as saying of Becker. ‘And Anthony is the one to do it.’
For those not following the biggest news of the week in Santa Clara, Becker allegedly flipped off Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Kathy Watanabe during closed session last week.
Becker also allegedly yelled, “F— you.” And the police had to be called.
It’s part of a pattern of abusive behavior by Becker.