The Santa Clara vote on a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers is exactly one week away, and the papers are alread abuzz with talk about who’ll win and … okay, mostly who’ll win, because that’s all that papers care about these days.
San Francisco Chronicle columnist Ray Ratto writes that if the stadium referendum loses, 49ers owner Jed York could go down in history like Giants owner Bob Lurie, which is fightin’ words in the Bay Area. San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy is confused why he doesn’t get to vote just because he doesn’t live in Santa Clara, but nonetheless praises the 49ers stadium campaigners for “keeping it relatively low-key and businesslike” — notwithstanding the $150 per registered voter they’re spending on the referendum campaign, a possible new record for a local election and 180 times what opponents have spent.
Over in the Bay Citizen, meanwhile — which isn’t a newspaper and so can pay attention to those other things, what were they called? oh, right, “issues” — Alameda County Supervisor Gail Steele had this to say about Santa Clara’s plans to rely on seat licenses to finance the city’s $330 million share of the stadium cost:
“They’re crazy. … “I don’t want to hear they’re in Santa Clara and they’re in an upper-income area. Today’s market is really really risky — we’ve been to hell and back with this stuff.”
Yes, we noticed.
Finally, the Mercury News speculates that if the Santa Clara vote fails, the 49ers could get a new stadium in “San Francisco, Oakland [or] even Los Angeles” — notwithstanding that the only source in the story who comments about an L.A. move asserts that it’s not going to happen. But of course, it’s not like this kind of misdirection matters, since it’s not like the Yorks are using veiled threats to go to L.A. to encourage pro-stadium votes — oh, wait:
“What’s at stake is making sure the 49ers have a permanent home in the Bay Area for the next 40 or 50 years,” York said this week in an exclusive interview with Comcast SportsNet.
“Growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, I watched the (Cleveland) Browns become the Baltimore Ravens. And my family never wanted that to happen with the 49ers, to look somewhere else outside the market.”