City Council Preview: Former Councilmember Teresa O’Neill Pushes for Public Disclosure of 49ers Legal Settlement Details

By Robert Haugh

Over a month ago, the Santa Clara City Council approved a legal settlement for a couple of the 49ers lawsuits. But the 49er Five refused requests to do it in open session. So no one knows if it’s a good deal or bad deal for Santa Clara.

Former Councilmember Teresa O’Neill hopes to change that. She filed a petition on Sept. 20 asking the Council for: Public Review of the Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release dated August 31, 2022 between the City of Santa Clara, the Santa Clara Stadium Authority, and the 49er Football Team Entities.

Interestingly, Vice Mayor Suds Jain filed a petition six days after O’Neill’s. On Sept. 26, Jain is asking to: Set a Study/Briefing Session for the Public in which the Terms of the Settlement Agreement are Discussed as well as Presentation of Sources of Revenues, to include an explanation of the Waterfall through which Money Flows as well as the Rate at which the various Loans are being Paid Off.

Tomorrow should be a brief meeting. Santa Clarans are tired of watching meetings linger into the late night or early morning hours. 

Other items:

  • Closed session — Conference with Real Property Negotiators Property: 575 Pomeroy Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95051-6131, Negotiating Parties: Kilarney Farms Swim Center Inc. Under Negotiation: Purchase/Sale/Exchange/Lease of Real Property (provisions, price and terms)
  • Closed session — Conference with Legal Counsel-Anticipated Litigation Exposure to litigation Number of potential cases: 1 Facts and Circumstances: Not disclosed on agenda
  • Proclaim October 9-15, 2022 as Fire Prevention Week
  • Proclaim October 2022 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Proclaim October 2022 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Report on a Written Petition Submitted by Councilmember Anthony Becker Regarding Letter Sent by Mayor Gillmor to Governor Newsom Regarding Department of Industrial Relations Investigation on Prevailing Wage Claims on the Related Santa Clara Project


  1. I do not care one whit who gets it started I am glad that we will have a public forum discussing the settlement of the stadium lawsuit.

    I want to hear from the 49er Five why they voted for the settlement and I want to hear Mayor Gillmore and Councilwoman Watanabe explain what they think. I want to hear explanations of why there has been no profits for years and why this is suddenly changing now.

  2. Suds Jain to. travel back in time to 1973 to plead for Richard Nixon to cite the cost of releasing the tapes.

    As for Becker, he cant afford Stan’s. He is a Little Debbie Muncher.

    Ps, Stehen Ross is not my favorite. Related California is the setting up an IE committee supporting Gillmor.

    Related California. Money to Newsom

  3. Some interesting items on the next council meeting agenda;

    • Teresa O’Neill files a petition to have an open public discussion on the recent 49er lawsuit settlements. Six days later Suds Jain files a similar petition with the addition of some sort of “Water falling Money” discussion. Most likely Jain’s request will be the one that the new council majority will approve to agendize and it will be nothing more than a scripted 49er approved presentation that Jain has received from his handlers.

    • A public hearing requested by Anthony Becker on an open public letter that Mayor Gillmor wrote to Governor Newsome regarding the Related project. If one was to read the entire agenda item (link attached) you would see that the letter was approved prior to sending by the City Attorney’s office as well as the City Manager’s office. Sorry Anthony, no nefarious activity here, just a mayor doing her job. Bad Becker, No (Stans) Donut!

    Legislation Text – 2022-10-03T103023.011.pdf

    • ooops, sorry the link won’t attach properly, I copied the whole text of the item below

      2-1258 Agenda Date: 10/4/2022
      Report on a Written Petition (Council Policy 030) Submitted by Councilmember Anthony Becker Regarding Letter Sent by Mayor Gillmor to Governor Newsom Regarding Department of Industrial Relations Investigation on Prevailing Wage Claims on the Related Santa Clara Project

      Enhance Community Engagement and Transparency

      On September 21, 2022, the City Clerk’s Office received a Written Petition from Councilmember Anthony Becker requesting an item be placed on a future Council agenda to discuss Mayor Lisa Gillmor’s request concerning the “Related Company and prevailing wages issue as well as a report on the claim from the Union of Painters made with the Department of Industrial Relations and that [the] discussion happen at the Council meeting of October 4th, 2022.” (Attachment 1)

      On September 27, 2022, the Council approved the petition to be heard by the full Council. This report is in response to the 030 Council Petition.

      On September 15, 2020, the State of California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) advised Related Santa Clara and the City of Santa Clara that it had received a request from District Council 16 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (Union) to determine if the Related Santa Clara (RSC) development was a public works project and therefore required to pay prevailing wages for all aspects of construction. Since that time, DIR has made four comprehensive information requests to RSC and the City, with the most recent request in June 2022. To date, a determination has not been made by DIR and the investigation remains open. The status and issues related to the investigation will be discussed with Council in closed session.

      This report focuses on the March 4, 2022 letter sent to Governor Newsom by Mayor Gillmor
      (Attachment 2). For context, since 2013 the City and RSC have been working together on a public-private partnership development on the City-owned former Santa Clara Golf and Tennis site. In June 2016, the Council approved a series of actions on the Related Santa Clara project authorizing both the public-private partnership transaction as well as the entitlements necessary for development of the project.

      On March 4, 2022, Mayor Gillmor sent a letter to Governor Newsom expressing concern that “the length of time the DIR is taking to conduct its investigation and render a decision on this
      project could delay this project and set a major precedent for public-private partnerships in
      California…I respectfully request your thoughtful consideration of this matter and look
      forward to your response.”

      As background, the City Manager’s office and the City Attorney’s office reviewed the content of the Mayor’s letter for accuracy of the statements made in the letter prior to its release and determined that the statements on behalf of the City were factually correct.

      Section 704.3 of the City Charter provides the Mayor with the authority to inform the community on matters of policy or program which the Mayor believes “on his/her account” is necessary for the benefit of the community. The request to the Governor for assistance to secure a response from DIR to allow the RSC development to proceed without further delay is consistent with the policy actions and record of the full Council and the executed agreements with RSC on the project.

      This report was coordinated with the City Attorney’s Office.

      Public contact was made by posting the Council agenda on the City’s official-notice bulletin board outside City Hall Council Chambers. A complete agenda packet is available on the City’s website and in the City Clerk’s Office at least 72 hours prior to a Regular Meeting and 24 hours prior to a Special Meeting. A hard copy of any agenda report may be requested by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at (408) 615-2220, email or at the
      public information desk at any City of Santa Clara public library.

      There is no staff recommendation.
      Reviewed by: Ruth Mizobe Shikada, Office of the City Manager
      Approved by: Rajeev Batra, City Manager
      1. Councilmember Becker’s September 21, 2022 030 Petition
      2. March 4, 2022 Letter from Mayor Gillmo

  4. Thank You Santa Clara City Council Member O’Neil!! I sure wish you were still representing me.
    By the way, has anyone seen “40 Whiner 5” Rep Kevin Park? I heard he won the election. I would have thought for the money spent on getting him elected our City might actually get something positive in return. As it turns out, maybe not seeing him around town is the positive. Just a thought.

    Interesting that Kilarney Farms is for Sale. Wonder how many of the Original 500 families are still in the area and have continued to live in those homes all these years?
    I’ve got a really cool document that my Mom and Dad saved as part of their decision to buy the Kilarney Farms Home, way back in early 60’s
    That document might be of interest to others, just let me know and I can share it with you.
    My concern is well founded, and the question I have is, Who is going to try and profit off this sale?

    Burt Field

    • Burt, good question about the sale. Who will be the realtor that will be selling it and getting a fat commission? Best not be someone connected to the council, IMHO.
      Also, you have to wonder who did what to get the city in hot water? “-Anticipated Litigation Exposure to litigation Number of potential cases”

    • Hey Burt, funny you bring up Kevin know it all Park.
      If you were at parade on Saturday and saw him in a
      Riding in a car, parade watchers sure didn’t seem
      To welcoming as he drove by. Wish he could
      Just keep going and not come back. Oh and I’m a D4
      Resident too.

    • Is Kilarney Farms Pool for sale? Is the meeting about selling or leasing? The description indicates it could be either.

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