Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The 49ers Stadium WILL raid the General Fund - Two

Santa Clarans,

Last June 2, the San Francisco 49ers made a terrible mistake. They allowed this slide to go on the public record:


The City Council's five "Stadium Boosters" voted to accept the entire Term Sheet - as defective as that document is - and that includes
also the City Staff report containing the above facts.

In other words: City Staff told us - truthfully, and on the record - precisely how the 49ers' stadium subsidy damages our City's General Fund.

But the "Stadium Boosters," on and off of our City Council, really can't tolerate having Santa Clarans in possession of the truth. They're now trying to deny this General Fund loss.

Note, however, that the "Stadium Boosters" aren't willing to present anything in front of City Council, nor can they afford to be challenged on their claims publicly. They want to deny the truth by whisper and rumor - but they don't want to do that in a public forum where they would be forced to prove their case.

Santa Clara Plays Fair asks all Santa Clarans: Shall we trust in a City Staff who has done more than any other group to get the facts of the stadium subsidy before us? Or are we going to be fooled by the glib promises and slick propaganda coming out of the San Francisco 49ers?

The upfront "corporate welfare check" of $114,000,000 to the 49ers DOES cause the General Fund to LOSE $67,000,000.

Please: Don't be fooled by the hype and false claims of the "Stadium Boosters." Please VOTE NO ON MEASURE J on June 8th.

Thanks for all of your support,
Bill Bailey, Treasurer,
Santa Clara Plays Fair . org


Monday, March 15, 2010

The 49ers' Stadium Subsidy: Santa Clarans, Please VOTE NO ON J!

Dear Santa Clarans,

If you visited the main webpage, you know it's official as of this morning: The Registrar of Voters has given us a letter for the 49ers' Stadium Subsidy Measure which will appear on our ballots on June 8th.

That giveaway is Measure "J," but we promise you, it's "No Joke!"

It's deadly serious, in fact. Tucked away in its bland, feel-good, "not-a-single-dollar-sign" language is a scheme to:
  • Hand the San Francisco 49ers $114,000,000 upfront,
  • Raise $330,000,000 more for them, and
  • Lose $67,000,000 out of our City's General Fund.
Unfortunately, this is a ballot measure bought-and-paid-for by the San Francisco 49ers themselves, and it's built on myth-making. Let's debunk those myths by adding a few dollar signs:


If you have any questions about the real numbers behind Measure J - the numbers that the San Francisco 49ers are terrified you'll find - please contact us anytime, and we'll prove them with the City's OWN data and reports.

VOTE NO ON "J"une the 8th - Protect our City and its General Fund!

Thank you for all of your support,

William F. "Bill" Bailey, Treasurer,
Santa Clara Plays Fair


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The 49ers and their Scare Tactics

Dear Santa Clarans,

Dismayed that the facts simply won't support their case, the 49ers' stadium boosters have resorted to scare tactics:
  • "You'd better subsidize our stadium - or you'll lose your Redevelopment money to Sacramento."
Santa Clarans, when that walker for the 49ers stands on your doorstep and repeats this, please know that it is completely FALSE.

When you vote NO on the stadium subsidy on June 8th, you will not lose a penny to Sacramento. Your "RDA money," or tax increment, stays exactly where it is.

I've heard the above scare tactic personally - once in the Citizens Advisory Meeting of February 22, and twice more on my own street - and I've fielded at least a half-dozen telephone calls from residents calling me to inquire about it.

It's quite clear that the true story simply isn't going to come out of the San Francisco 49ers. Please contact us anytime if you have questions about this or any other issue involving the massive stadium subsidy.

We'll be happy to refer you to the actual City Staff or Agenda reports with the REAL Facts.

Thanks for all of your support,

Bill Bailey, Treasurer,
Santa Clara Plays Fair