Santa Clara: Power struggle unfolds over four City Council seats

Reprint by Ramona Giwargis, 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 […]

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Conflict of Interest ALERT! – City Staff Want to Hire Pro-49ers Law Firm Against Football Team

Santa Clara city staff wants the city council to hire the law firm of Burke, Williams, and Sorensen LLP to represent our city against the 49ers who are trying to lower their own rent. This is the same Pro-49ers law firm who has been sitting on the same side of the table as the 49ers against the Santa […]

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Mission Accomplished, But We’re Just Getting Started

We’re thankful for everyone’s support and happy to report that the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park is back in operation. The NFL is making due on their promise to repair the Soccer Park, and while we wait for replacement soccer dugouts to get installed, we give the NFL credit for repairing the damages from Super Bowl […]

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Super Bowl Media Compound Completed While Soccer Players are Still Without Game Fields

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. There are reports circulating about rain water trapped underneath the plastic flooring due to the torrential El Nino rain […]

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Santa Clara City Council Attempting to Change Developer Fee Agreement & Jeopardize Parks & Open Space

Certain members of the Santa Clara City Council are attempting to change a developer fee agreement which became fully effective in 2014, to provide funding and protect Santa Clara’s Parks and Open Space. Members of the Council want to reduce developer fees by 35%, and this would leave the city without adequate funds needed to purchase […]

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We’re Standing Up, Not Getting Rolled-Over

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. Mr. Barber, We would like to respond to Miles Barbers latest “Milestones” Editorial published on January 6, 2016, regarding the […]

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Youth Soccer League Unexpectedly Halted Due to NFL’s Super Bowl

Posted in NBC Sports By Joe Prince-Wright Dec 22, 2015, 9:59 AM EST Youth soccer players in Santa Clara, California won’t be able to play for a couple of months in 2016 due to the Super Bowl “media village” being set up on their fields. With Levi’s Stadium the host for Super Bowl 50, the NFL will shut down […]

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Super Bowl 50: Tempers flare over NFL using Santa Clara soccer park

By Ramona Giwargis | San Jose Mercury News SANTA CLARA — Excuse Andrew Robertson for not joining in the excitement building around his hometown hosting the biggest football game on the planet right next door to the youth soccer park where he grew up playing for the past 10 years. In less than two weeks, […]

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Debi Davis, Teresa O’Neill and Lisa M. Gillmor: Santa Clara needs to register lobbyists

With Super Bowl 50, Santa Clara will be in the national spotlight. Our city of 125,000 people will host the biggest American sporting event of the year. Although we proudly maintain a small-town feel, we’ve clearly become a major city. But it’s not just the Super Bowl or Levi’s Stadium that has changed Santa Clara. […]

Santa Clara City Council Hide NFL Usage of Soccer Park in a Closed Session Meeting

Santa Clara City Council Move Soccer Park Discussion to Closed Door Meeting The Santa Clara City Leadership Team just moved the discussion about the NFL’s use of the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park from an open and transparent conversation, to a Closed Door Meeting held Tuesday, December 8th. We don’t understand why they refuse to communicate the […]