Congratulations to the SF 49ers for their win over the Washington Commanders and clinching the top position in the NFL playoffs. Their win gives them a two-week rest as they now prepare for the final push to reach the Super Bowl.
Santa Clara has been the recipient of, and benefited from, the 49ers playing at Levi’s Stadium since 2014.
It remains a quandary as to why Santa Clara’s Mayor Lisa Gillmor and her one remaining council supporter, Kathy Watanabe, continue to be at odds with the team and management.
It is incredibly difficult just to make it to the Super Bowl. The odds of winning are off the chart. Along the way, the 49ers have been exceptionally mindful of residents, fans, schools, nonprofits and community needs. They have been most gracious in sharing their wealth even during dismal days.
You have to wonder what accomplishments could have happened if Mayor Gillmor had developed a working relationship with the team. Remember, they are on paper and by contract, Santa Clara’s business partner. Some council members were bitterly criticized by the 2022 Grand Jury report for even talking to the 49ers. Of course, most residents recognize by now, the Grand Jury report was written and orchestrated by pro-Gillmor allies to be released just prior to elections.
Just imagine if Mayor Gillmor made an honest effort to use her talent, energy and political skills in building a healthy and productive relationship with the 49ers. One thing comes to mind, there would probably be no deficit in the city budget. In fact, Santa Clara could have become one of the wealthiest cities in the Bay Area.
Mayor Gillmor has no need or reason to be an adversary of the 49ers. As mayor, she has the position to provide leadership and vision. This year may provide the opportunity for Gillmor to exercise her political skills and work with her council and the 49ers, preparing Santa Clara to host the 2026 Super Bowl. Just imagine for a moment what an incredible opportunity this is for the Mayor and the 49ers to be on the same team.
The 49ers have proven they are good partners for Santa Clara. Mayor Gillmor has proven she is a skilled politician. Santa Clara city council members are committed to positive decisions benefiting the city.
Collective collaboration could cause a continuous celebration of community.