By Robert Haugh
Last night, there were multiple major stadium issues discussed.
City Staff saved the most explosive one for last when no one was left in the Council chambers after 11 p.m.
The City Council and Mission City residents learned that the 49ers obligated Santa Clara to major costs for the 2026 World Cup but won’t disclose what they are. Wow.
Here’s is screenshot of City Manager Jovan Grogan’s presentation.
For some reason, Grogan would not disclose the name of the team representative. It’s believed to be the 49ers COO Al Guido.
The City Staff has been asking for World Cup documents for months but still doesn’t have them.
Last October, the Grand Jury recommended the City get the relevant information by February 1, 2023. The Council agreed to do it.
That was 239 days ago.
In April, Mayor Lisa Gillmor suggested that City subpoena the information. But Grogan and City Attorney Glen Googins said the would get the documents without using subpoena powers.
The deadline to get documents was set for May 23, 2023. That was Googin’s suggestion. That was 128 days ago.
Grogan and Googins have failed to get key information about the World Cup game costs.
And the documents have been around for years. Here’s a screenshot from Googin’s presentation.
Even Suds Jain, one of the 49er Five, expressed some worry.
“I read through this agreement and it commits the city to a lot of crazy things,” said Jain. “So, I have concerns about that.”
City Staff reported that they are negotiating a confidential agreement that all relevant City Staffers and the City Council will have to sign before the 49ers and FIFA will agree to share information.
Last week, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that other World Cup cities are budgeting between $10 and $100 million to host games. They were able to get documents and information online or from other staffers in other cities.
This is a developing story and it looks like a big one.