Dear Santa Clarans,
In late April of 2007, the San Francisco 49ers demanded that our City Council sign a "Confidentiality Agreement" - and that our elected leaders take virtually all dealings involving the stadium site and parcels into Closed Session, out of the view of Santa Clara residents. The Closed Sessions are indicated - with no details - in the "Action Summaries" here.
Also, Santa Clara Agencies have paid cash to consultants on everything from the Feasibility Study to the Term Sheet - and now for the Disposition and Development Agreement, or DDA. A summary of those payments and to whom they have been made is here.
Finally, Santa Clara Agencies will be borrowing what they do not have in order to finance not only the make-ready work and the stadium's construction costs, but very possibly the costs of operating the stadium for the 49ers, too. Those dollar amounts will be reported here periodically.
As of this date:
99: The number of secret Closed Sessions that our City Council or Agencies have held with the San Francisco 49ers or with JMA Ventures, LLC, concerning the stadium site and parcels since May 1st, 2007.
$3,200,000: The total of Santa Clara Agency cash paid to 49ers consultants since April 3rd, 2007.
$6,000,000: The total that the Santa Clara Stadium Authority does not have for the stadium's "make-ready" work - which they must now borrow from the 49ers themselves and pay back with interest.
The count of Closed Sessions above is in fact quite conservative and it's more than fair to the 49ers' Stadium Boosters on our City Council:
- Only meetings actually held between the city and the 49ers or with JMA Ventures, LLC, for the purpose of discussing the "five parcels" are counted here.
- Secret Council and Agency meetings held one right after the other are counted as only one Closed Session.
- The "Sweetheart Hotel" negotiations with Montana/DeBartolo are not counted.
- Scheduled Closed Sessions "Not Held" - and, of course, city employee CBU negotiating sessions - are not counted.
We're very serious about the secret Closed Sessions - and we're happy to clear the air about how we've been accurately tallying them.