By Robert Haugh
The August meeting calendars were recently published.
Vice Mayor Suds Jain recorded several meetings with 49ers executives Rahul Chandhok and Larry MacNeil, both registered lobbyists.
Jain lists the following as topics of his August 8, 15, 22 and 29 meetings with the team:
- Levi’s sign
- Noise at concerts
- James Rowen
- Sales for field seats
- Chamber of Commerce
- Concerts in 2023
- Brian Doyle
- Robert Haugh (yes, yours truly)
- Letters from Hotels
- Public safety at concerts
- Settlement letters of support
- Levi’s concert on Saturday
Interestingly, Jain reported “Press on Settlement” for August 15 meeting. Hmmm.
Jain’s meetings with the team’s lobbyist on Aug. 15, 22 and 29 were all less than 24 hours prior to Council meetings.
At the Aug. 30 City Council meeting Jain voted with the his 49er Five colleagues to to end the litigation started by the team.
Councilmember Kevin Park reports meetings with the same 49ers executives and lobbyists on Aug. 8, 15, 22 and 29. He lists no topics.
Park reports that Jain and Councilmember Anthony Becker were attendees of those meetings.
However, Becker doesn’t report the 49ers meetings on his calendar.
Becker and 49er-friendly colleagues Karen Hardy and Raj Chahal list no meetings with the 49ers. Yup.
After over a year of almost weekly meetings, Becker, Hardy and Chahal, all candidates for this November, now report no meetings with the 49ers.
An expert on the Brown Act suggests that if Jain and Park are discussing information from their 49er meetings with the other three, it could be considered a violation.
Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe had busy calendars, neither meeting with the 49ers.
Gillmor lodged 33 meetings. Watanabe had 30 meetings including eight meetings with residents — the most of all Councilmembers.
Becker lists 17 meetings with only two meetings with residents.
Chahal lists 11 events including no meetings with residents.
Hardy lists only nine events, with no meetings with residents.
Park had a busier August with 21 events, but also had no meetings with residents.