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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!
Community Leaders and former candidates: Deborah Bress, Karen Hardy, and Kevin Park are Standing Up for Santa Clara
Santa Clara is our home -- there are things we have agreed to do in the community that have been maintained and are a part of our heritage. One of these is a commitment to our children. There is a plan to seize 11 acres of land and turn it over to the 49ers, leaving the children with nothing. We must unite to prevent this from happening.
-- Deborah Bress
Some people think it is noble to steal from the rich and give to the poor. But it is criminal for rich to steal from the children.
-- Karen Hardy
The city should not be taking away open space. The city promised several times not to touch this space. Let us hold our city to their word and have them maintain their promises for the future of all children. If this city council cannot maintain their word then let it be recorded against them.
-- Kevin Park