More on that California state senate bill that would allow the San Francisco 49ers to duck competitive bidding for their planned Santa Clara stadium without a public referendum. Reports Mike Swift of the San Jose Mercury News:
Alquist’s press secretary, Russell Lopez, described the original bill as an “economic stimulus” initiative, but a review of the original text shows that its various versions have dealt with everything from the cultural and linguistic competency of dentists to details of the state’s unemployment insurance code.
The reason for the subterfuge, explains Lopez: His boss adapted the bill at the request of team and city officials — city officials say it wasn’t their idea — inserting new language into an old bill because there was no time to introduce new legislation. (This is an old legislative trick, though I can’t for the life of me remember the term for it. I want to say “zombie bill,” but that’s probably because I have zombies on the brain.)
Swift further notes that the 49ers owners gave $1,000 in campaign donations to Alquist last October. Though to be fair, I’m sure they give that to all the legislators.