After public comments on a motion before City Council, the Council gets the last word with their own comments.
There's no rebuttal to those - even if they contain distortions or even untrue statements.
Last Monday night, March 21st, Councilwoman Patricia Mahan claimed that the San Francisco 49ers paid for "half" of the infrastructure costs of the Tasman Drive/Centennial Way area. She made a similar claim at the Muslim Community Association debates of May 16th, 2010.
We believe that this claim is as untrue today as it was then. On page 3 of the original Training Center Escrow Agreement of February 12th, 1987, you will find that:
- Santa Clara ALONE paid to build Centennial Way.
- Santa Clara ALONE paid to connect all utilities up to the front steps of the 49ers' Training Center.
Extracts of that lease are here. A concise summary may be found here, too.
We're entitled to far more truth on this "sweetheart lease" than we got last Monday evening. If we can't get it from the dais of our own City Council on this issue, we're in serious trouble.
Santa Clara Plays Fair urges our fellow residents to ask questions - hard questions - when "stadium boosters" make unsupportable claims for the massive stadium subsidy.
Especially when they do so in City Council Chambers.
Thanks for all of your support,
Bill Bailey, Treasurer,
Santa Clara Plays Fair