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Many Feel 49ers Move To Santa Clara Would Be Devastating For S.F.
Published July 13, 2009
|S.F. Residents, Former Mayors Feel Loss Of
49ers To Santa Clara Would Be Blow To City
INDIVIDUAL PERSPECTIVES: In a special to the S.F. CHRONICLE, S.F. Mayor Gavin Newsom wrote the "big picture in San Francisco remains the revitalization of the Bayview, Hunters Point and Candlestick Point neighborhoods," an effort that is "finally close to fruition." And while it would be "only appropriate for the 49ers to be a part of this rebirth," it would "not be fair to the residents of southeast San Francisco to allow any more delays in this plan after so much work has been done to make it happen." Still, Newsom wrote the city's stadium option for the 49ers "remains the most realistic and feasible," and as the city works to "secure rights and approval for the redevelopment, the stadium option will remain on the table for the 49ers for as long as possible" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/12). S.F. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu wrote it is "hard to imagine the 49ers football franchise without" S.F., which is why the city "needs to make every effort to keep the 49ers from moving." The city can "save the 49ers without leveraging the farm: A well-designed stadium will generate sufficient revenue for the franchise." Chiu noted the 49ers have $100M "waiting for them on a parcel down the street from Candlestick Park from a private source," and this commitment "should be honored" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/12). Policy wrote while the 49ers have a "strong fan base in the South Bay," but that is "equally true to the north and east." Policy: "A stadium accommodates the 49er Faithful to a much greater degree if it is located in San Francisco." The team "desperately needs a new stadium, but it must also consider the long-term ramifications of the decisions made during these trying times." It "remains possible to keep promises to a neglected community" in S.F. and "at the same time find a new home for the team" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/12).
Writer Defends 49ers Owners' Interest In
Santa Clara As Smart Business Move