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SANTA CLARA -- Two years after the San Francisco 49ers opened their new stadium here, the NFL team officials are finding a chilly reception at City Hall, where Santa Clara's elected leaders had once welcomed them with open arms.
Mayor Lisa Gillmor, who had backed the stadium project, is now among team management's sharpest critics. With voters set to decide four seats on the seven-member City Council in November, including three Gillmor allies seeking re-election, she and her allies are casting the race as a referendum on the team's influence over City Hall.
"I think this is going to be a monumental election in Santa Clara, and it will define where we go as a city," Gillmor said. "I've heard the 49ers are lining up their candidates that will do their business. The question facing Santa Clara voters is going to be very simple: Do you want the 49ers running the city?"Read more