Thursday, December 31, 2009
Posted by Bill Bailey at 12:40 PM
Friday, December 11, 2009
Dear Santa Clarans,
The 49ers' "We're-writing-our-own" ballot measure arrived at the City Clerk's office earlier this morning. This is only the "intent-to-file" stage - but there's enough in it, we feel, to be of serious concern to Santa Clara's voters. By the numbers:
Section 2.A.1 Generate new revenues for Santa Clara?
- The pathetic Fixed Ground Rent of $8M (TOTAL! Over 40 years!) comes nowhere close to covering the $67,000,000 General Fund LOSS that the stadium will cause. (Ref. 1)
- It will certainly never make up for the upfront stadium subsidy of $114,000,000. (Ref 2)
Section 2.A.2. Create New Jobs?:
- The last construction worker will walk off the job in the year 2014 - but we'll be paying interest and coupon for that poor job creation through the year 2053. For the money "in", the job creation "out" is miserable.
Section 2.A.3. Provide Taxpayer Protections?:
- We really don't think so. How does squandering $114,000,000 in "corporate welfare" to the 49ers really 'protect taxpayers'? How does a $67,000,000 LOSS to the General Fund 'protect taxpayers'?
Section 2.A.4. Generate Community Funding?:
- The Stadium Subsidizers are giving you only half of the "schools story". The TRUE story is: The City, the County and the Santa Clara Valley Water District LOSE $17.3 million in order to generate that "schools funding." (Ref. 3)
- Bad stadium funding scheme = bad schools funding scheme. Unfortunately, that's the "New Math."
If some "plan" to subsidize a $1,000,000,000 NFL stadium requires your RDA to stop paying your General Fund what it owes, then that stadium DOES rip off your General Fund.
Registered voters in the City of Santa Clara: You'll be asked in the coming months for your signature on petitions barely originated by Santa Clarans - but surely paid for by the San Francisco 49ers themselves.
Santa Clara Plays Fair asks only this of our fellow Santa Clarans: Please consider who's really behind this "initiative" - and who's really paying for it. Urge your neighbors to be skeptical, too. Don't settle for hazy claims and glib promises - the four bullets above should make clear what this "49ers-own" ballot measure is really all about.
And please bear in mind that this measure has been thrust at us for one reason only: To prevent any legal challenges to the badly deficient Environmental Impact Report, or EIR, that came before the Planning Commission on November 18th and before the City Council on December 8th.
That EIR certainly isn't going to be in any better shape by the time we finally see some sort of "project" some eight or nine months from now.
Thanks for your support, and best regards,
Bill Bailey, Treasurer
Ref. 1: CITY COUNCIL - City Staff's Term Sheet Presentation, 6/2/2009 (SLIDE #48)
Ref. 2: CITY COUNCIL - Term Sheet, Exhibit 7, 6/2/2009
Ref. 3: CITY COUNCIL - Agenda Report on Tax Benefits, 6/2/2009 (Page 5)
Posted by Bill Bailey at 8:15 PM
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Dear Santa Clarans,
We'll be voting on something on June 8th, 2010.
But we're not quite sure what. Just when the City Council went forward to direct that a measure be placed on the June Primary ballot for next year - a "citizen's group" stands up to tell us that they're preparing an initiative also.
Why not let the City Council do their work for them?
Well, after spending four hours assuring us that the EIR process was clean and that CEQA was being obeyed - stadium proponents readily admit that the reason for their initiative is to exempt the entire project from any court challenges.
That is: Court challenges associated with the faults in the environmental review process they claim aren't really there.
In fact, the Stadium Subsidizers were even honest about one other thing: They freely admitted that the San Francisco 49ers will be paying for their petition signature gatherers.
This should be cause for great concern: A group of individuals - spending lots of 49ers money - paying lip service to the notions of a fair and transparent process, but all the while, seeking to undermine it by any means necessary. Who's really behind it?
And who's really paying for it?
I'd like to offer special thanks to Santa Clarans who stayed late tonight in Chambers, and spoke up. You challenged not only the certification of an EIR-that-ain't, but you also drew bold lines under what the 49ers are really doing to the process. Thank you.
Bill Bailey, Treasurer
Posted by Bill Bailey at 2:12 AM