Much news from Santa Clara County:
- A former Santa Clara mayoral candidate has sued to block the June vote on building a new San Francisco 49ers stadium. Deborah Bress charges that the ballot language is misleading and hides the project’s true costs; given that this issue has been raised before, if nothing else it’ll be interesting to see a court of law take up the question.
- The 49ers, meanwhile, have already spent $1.4 million on the stadium vote campaign, including, presumably, for the lawyers who wrote up that contentious ballot language. The stadium opposition has raised all of $3,000, which according to the 100-to-1 rule (stadium referendums generally only pass when proponents have outspent opponents by that margin) indicates that if these spending trends keep up, the Niners have a good chance of winning the vote. Assuming, of course, that there is one.
- Over in San Jose, meanwhile, Earthquakes owner Lew Wolff clarified his plans for where the heck he’ll come up with $40 million or so in “sponsorships” to pay for his proposed new stadium: He’s going to make some calls. “The process of contacting potential advertisers and sponsors will begin in about a month, maybe sooner,” Wolff told MLS Insider, adding, “It has to be privately financed in California, there is no public financing, so we do need certain level of pre-commitment to get the stadium done.”
- Finally, MLB commissioner Bud Selig said Sunday that he’s still waiting for that three-man commission he appointed last April to finish its report on sites for a potential new Oakland A’s ballpark — the most important element of which will be whether San Jose is on the list, and if so whether the commission has decided how much A’s owner Wolff would have to pay the San Francisco Giants owners for an official incursion into their MLB-designated territory. “They’re getting reasonably close to competing their work, but they have some left,” Selig told reporters Sunday. “They’re working their way through a lot of things and they’ve made no recommendations to me.” This is taking longer than watching Jack Cust try to score from first.