Saturday, January 5, 2013

49ers' Stadium Subsidy Ticker: 112 Secret Meetings with the 49ers, and now the NFL's Getting into the Act

Dear Santa Clarans,

With the City Council Agenda for this coming Tuesday, January 8th, the secrecy of the Closed Sessions may be taking a new and interesting turn.

Instead of the 49ers and our Council concealing negotiations over five little stadium parcels we already know about, the NFL Commissioner himself will be helping Council conceal the dealing over the NINE little stadium parcels we already know about:
Conference with Real Property Negotiator
Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8
Property:  APN 104-43-030; APN 104-42-019; APN 104-55-017; APN 104-55-016; APN 104-43-052;
APN 104-43-051; APN 104-43-004; APN 104-42-014; APN 104-43-049;
Negotiating Party(ies):  Roger Goodell, Commissioner (or his designee),
National Football League, a not-for-profit trade association under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code;

City Negotiator: Alan Kurotori, Acting City Manager (or his designee)
Under Negotiation:  Purchase/Sale/Exchange/Lease of Real Property
(provisions, price and terms of payment)
With the shuttering of our RDA by the State, and now the County's rather shocking audit of our defunct agency, - citing six of the nine parcels listed above - it's well past time to dump the Confidentiality Agreement of May, 2007.  Our City Council should tell the whole truth about the desperate parking of former RDA assets among the other Santa Clara city agencies.  These stats are the reason why:

The number of secret Closed Sessions that our City Council or Agencies have held with the San Francisco 49ers or other parties concerning the stadium site and parcels since May 1st, 2007.  See here.  

The total of Santa Clara Agency cash paid to 49ers consultants since April 3rd, 2007.

The public business of our city does not constitute private information "belonging" to the 49ers - or to the NFL.   Our City Council should be asserting that.

Let's dump Santa Clara's "Official Secrets Act of 2007."  It's bad government.

Best regards,
Bill Bailey, Treasurer,
Santa Clara Plays