Dear Santa Clarans,
In addition to the $32,000 from developers and real estate interests accepted by the Caserta campaign, ten executives from the front office of the San Francisco 49ers poured in an additional $5,000 - all within 48 hours beginning on May 1st.
Anyone can read what I've read. The FPPC Form 460 for Dominic Caserta's dollar-drenched campaign is here - just search for "Caserta."
But the 49ers have their subsidized stadium in our city - and we Santa Clarans are stuck with it. So what would make the team's management so fearful?
Well, Santa Clarans will probably learn that the San Francisco 49ers need a compliant council in order to guarantee a compliant Stadium Authority. This means a Santa Clara Stadium Authority that won't stand up to the team on issues such as parking stalls on the Montana hotel parcels - and which will not ensure access to the city's Youth Soccer Park by parents, soccer coaches and players during the NFL season (The 49ers want your Soccer Park so that they can park stretch limos on it.).
If you have a council and Stadium Authority that considers the 49ers' needs to be more important that residents' needs, then we have a big problem. But putting the 49ers first has been an agenda for our city's leaders since at least 2007, when then-Mayor now-Councilwoman Patricia Mahan justified putting a 14-acre stadium on a 17-acre plot by stating: "This site, we believe, would give the fans a great game-day experience and that's what it's all about: doing what's best for the 49ers and doing what's best for the fans." (Emphasis mine.)
Santa Clarans living north of U.S. 101 will tell you exactly what the price of the above policy has been. Does anyone actually believe that Dominic Caserta will go up against his 49ers when real neighbors truly need his support?
Recall Dominic's sandbagging the "No-on-A/B" voters on the BAREC issue in the previous post. Still believe him?
We need an independent city council in Santa Clara - but Dominic Caserta is simply too flush with developer dollars and Niner Bucks to claim as much - any more than he can claim that he's running any kind of "grassroots" campaign.
But I want a council that puts Santa Clarans at the top of the list, and I believe you do also. We'll only achieve that by denying Dominic Caserta our votes.
The candidate who has taken no developer money or Yorkbucks - and whose campaign is truly grassroots - is right there on that same ballot for Council Seat 5.
Please. Vote for real change. Vote Kevin Park on November 4th.
William F. "Bill" Bailey, Treasurer,
http:://www.Santa Clara Plays Fair.org
Still coming: Dominic Caserta and the Housewives of Silicon Valley
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Dear Santa Clarans,
Posted by Bill Bailey at 9:00 AM