Current Santa Clara Council War on 49ers Started Over Soccer Fields - Part II Three-Way Proposal for Soccer Fields, Stadium Parking DOA

Current Santa Clara Council War on 49ers Started Over Soccer Fields – Part IV: City Staff, Political Opponents and the Press Become Targets in Soccer League’s War

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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In 2014, the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League (SCYSL) became a political force in Santa Clara when it organized to protest what it called a "broken promise" on the part of 49ers owner Jed York to build new soccer fields for the league's use. These would replace the Youth Soccer Park, adjacent to Levi's Stadium, on stadium event days. Two years later the league was now operating what could be...

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How City Council Spends Their Time

Developers Spend a Great Deal of Time at City Hall

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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Last week, the WEEKLY dissected Council Member calendars, detailing which people and organizations rack up the most time with those governing Santa Clara. This week, the WEEKLY is taking the same public calendar data—from November 2016, when current Council took office, until June 2017—and breaking it down by project to explain how often developers and lobbyists are meeting with Council...

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Current Santa Clara Council War on 49ers Started Over Soccer Fields - Part II Three-Way Proposal for Soccer Fields, Stadium Parking DOA

Current Santa Clara Council War on 49ers Started Over Soccer Fields – Part III: Super Bowl Countdown to Contention and an Uncontested Mayor’s Seat

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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After two years of conflict over its use, the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park was back in the spotlight in 2015 when the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League (SCYSL) objected to the NFL using it for Super Bowl 50. Although the dispute was with the NFL, it quickly became conflated with the soccer league's earlier claims of betrayal by the 49ers. “The 49ers and NFL care more about the property than...

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How City Council Spends Their Time

How City Council Spends Their Time

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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It’s no surprise that members of the Santa Clara City Council are busy people, often jumping from meeting to meeting and spending their days determining the actions and decisions needed to make the City a better place for residents. In an effort to move toward a more open government, Council has elected to make Council Member calendars public, allowing anyone with an Internet connection to...

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Santa Clara Voting Rights Lawsuit Moves Into The Courtroom

Santa Clara Voting Rights Lawsuit Moves Into The Courtroom

  • By Rex McIntosh
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The City of Santa Clara’s lawsuit over election methods has moved into Santa Clara County Superior Court. At this early stage of this case, all attorneys for the case, representing both the plaintiffs and Defendant parties, must appear at a case management conference, which was held on July 28. The “First Joint Complex Case Management Conference Statement,” provided a summary of the...

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Current Santa Clara Council War on 49ers Started Over Soccer Fields - Part II Three-Way Proposal for Soccer Fields, Stadium Parking DOA

Current Santa Clara Council War on 49ers Started Over Soccer Fields – Part II Three-Way Proposal for Soccer Fields, Stadium Parking DOA

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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In 2014, the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League (SCYSL) made a cause célèbre out of its claim that the San Francisco 49ers reneged on a promise to refurbish soccer fields for the league's use during stadium event days when Santa Clara's Youth Soccer Park wasn't accessible. Almost exactly a year later, in April 2015, outraged young soccer players, their parents and fans again filled the Council...

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Santa Clara Council's War with 49ers Started Over Soccer Fields - Part I: Promises or Perceptions, Side Effects of State Policy

Santa Clara Council’s War with 49ers Started Over Soccer Fields – Part I: Promises or Perceptions, Side Effects of State Policy

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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The escalating conflict between the San Francisco 49ers and the Santa Clara City Council and Mayor Lisa Gillmor that has been playing out for over a year really began several years ago when the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League (SCYSL) charged 49ers owner Jed York with reneging on a promise to build soccer fields for the league's exclusive use. The dispute is a story of how a private group...

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Will That Be Cash, Check or Charge? Council Consultant Polls Taxpayers on How They Want to Pay For New $250M Swim Center

Will That Be Cash, Check or Charge? Council Consultant Polls Taxpayers on How They Want to Pay For New $250M Swim Center

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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Last week City Hall opened up an online survey to measure resident sentiment about a new International Swim Center, Swim Hall of Fame and community recreation center complex. The survey asks respondents about their interest in different programs at a new complex, how much they would use them, and how much they would be willing to pay in fees and public money for them–including how much they...

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No Easy Answer to Santa Clara's Forecast Structural Deficits

No Easy Answer to Santa Clara’s Forecast Structural Deficits

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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While Santa Clara's general fund revenues are projected to grow 15 percent from $221 million to $255 million over the next five years, general fund costs are projected to grow at over twice that rate—35 percent—from $219 million to $295 million. That adds up to a $38 million deficit in 2022-23 and a $116 million collective shortfall over the next five years. Pension costs drive that...

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City Staff Fires Back at Mayor’s Stadium Audit

City Staff Fires Back at Mayor’s Stadium Audit

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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Last month Santa Clara’s finance, police, and fire departments and the 49ers both weighed in on Harvey M. Rose's (HMR) draft report, now public at the Mercury News website. The number and kinds of corrections made by City staff may suggest to some a startling lack of understanding or attention on HMR's part. Forty-Niners General Counsel Hannah Gordon put bluntly, "The lack of business...

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