The everlasting courtship between the Joke (York) Family and city officials in Santa Clara, CA continues with a new development that could bring the 49ers to a new stadium closer to their team headquarters. The City of Santa Clara and the 49ers are close to an agreement to build a 68,500-seat stadium. We have heard this before and reasons for the agreement never being a done deal is logistics. Past hang ups have dealt with infrastructure issues surrounding the potential site, environmental impacts and an agreement in which the Joke Family are forced to purchase the Great America theme-park which is right next door. Even if an agreement is reached, which is likely, the citizens of Santa Clara have to approve the deal when voters head to the polls in November. A little something called a recession is going on and the Joke Family want some of the cost of building a stadium to come from public funding. I wonder how big of fans Santa Clara residents are of the 49ers. Their loyalty will be put to the test with higher taxes and bond measures to fund the new stadium. Good luck Joke Family…
The City of San Francisco and Mayor Gavin Newsom have proposed a new 49ers stadium to be built at the abandon Navy Hunters Point Shipyard. The Joke Family have dismissed the site as not being practical because they believe toxic clean-up of the site, which is ongoing, will not be done in time by the teams deadline of moving into a new stadium which is 2012. To make matters worse and basically a big middle finger to The City, the Joke Family has asked San Francisco for $61 million in deferred maintenance, for The City to complete a $1 million evaluation of structural issues and other repairs for the deteriorating Candlestick Park. The 49ers have a lease through 2013 with options to stay though 2023. San Francisco like the rest of the country is facing huge budget deficits. I doubt the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department will pony-up the deferred money.
I see both sides of the argument. For the 49ers they did not like the proposed stadium at Candlestick Park which among other things they did not like because of parking and the tailgating experience. That is when the 49ers started looking at Santa Clara, Millbrae, and other cities in the South Bay. San Francisco City Officials proposed the current deal of a stadium being built at the Hunters Point Shipyard along with other city developments at the site. The 49ers bulked and now continue their relationship with Santa Clara because they see no other option of staying in San Francisco. But for the Joke Family to ask for millions of deferred maintenance while at the same time moving forward their plans in Santa Clara is like telling your girlfriend you are going to break up with her soon and date a new girl but in the meantime could we still date.
The 49ers are San Francisco and to move the team away from the city where it had all its glory years would hurt San Franciscans beyond repair. Santa Clara is still in the Bay Area but anytime you move a team away from its hometown and you do so as the Joke Family is doing by courting a new city while asking the current one you play in for millions of dollars it does not have and will be hard to forget. And what if the citizens of Santa Clara say no in November? How many bridges will have been burnt down by then with San Francisco City Officials saying no thanks if the Joke Family want to return to the Hunters Point Shipyard proposal?
“We’ll keep fighting (to keep the team). But I’m not going to lie and say I’m pleased with the fact that they continue to belittle our chances of keeping them. Nor will I sell the soul of the city to keep them.” Mayor Gavin Newsom