Santa Clara residents finally have a mayor willing to stand up to the 49ers. Lisa Gillmor is a welcome change from the Jamie Matthews administration who genuflected at the team’s feet.
When Scott Herhold from the San Jose Mercury News suggests it’s a quarrelsome marriage, he ignores an important fact. It’s not just the Mayor who can’t trust the 49ers, it’s our community. And we have good reason.
The Santa Clara Youth Soccer players are heading into the 2016 Spring soccer season without soccer fields to play home games on, while the NFL completed construction of the media compound on the Soccer Park fields.Read more
We would like to respond to Miles Barbers latest "Milestones" Editorial published on January 6, 2016, regarding the take-over and destruction of the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park by the City of Santa Clara and the NFL.Read more
Tonight, at the Santa Clara City Council meeting, we stopped the San Francisco 49ers take over of the Youth Soccer Park.
Hundreds of people packed the city council chambers and an equal number stood outside.
About 75 speakers spoke publicly against the proposal. No one spoke in favor. Nobody.
The council decided to create a process that includes all stakeholders, not just the 49ers presenting their proposal behind closed doors.
Council-members Lisa Gillmor and Teresa O'Neill led the effort to make the process more publicly. Council-members Debi Davis, Pat Kolstad, and Jerry Marsalli were supportive.
But the work is not over. The council will still consider options.
So we need you to stay involved and ask friends to sign up at StandUpforSantaClara.com to keep informed. Please like and share this message on Facebook and Twitter.
And feel good about how we stood up for Santa Clara tonight!