San Francisco Continues Effort To Keep 49ers
Nov. 20 - KGO (KGO) -- San Francisco continues to try to come up with ways to keep the 49ers from heading south to Santa Clara. Now there's a suggestion of a new site and Tuesday there's a public hearing.
Another day and another City Hall attempt to hang onto the Niners.
ABC7's Carolyn Tyler: "Is there more hope today than last week in terms of retaining the team?"
Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco: "I don't know. There'll be ebbs and flows. This is a long-term negotiation."
One new possibility is for the team to build a stadium at the old Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard, rather than Candlestick. But the mayor says no matter what, the team should keep its promise to build housing there.
Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco: "You can't abandon that commitment. This is bigger than just a team that throws a pigskin up and down a field."
Team owner John York was booed at the Niner game Sunday. On Monday, it was his 25-year-old son Jed who was handling talks with the city.
Jed York, 49er owner's son: "We have the door open to San Francisco. If they can come up with a feasible plan for us to deliver the right game day experience for our fans, we're more than happy to look at that option."
There is a full court press to stop the team from moving to Santa Clara -- from California Senator Dianne Feinstein to State Senator Carole Migden in the huddle. Migden is introducing a bill denying state money for a stadium to counties that in her words raid other county's sports teams.
State Senator Carole Migden, (D) San Francisco: "So I think this will be a way to stop Santa Clara from offering up a proposal."
The Board of Supervisors meets at City Hall Tuesday to hold a public hearing on the controversy.
It will include the unveiling of the city's original Candlestick Point blueprint -- the one the 49ers have rejected. The mayor says the public has a right to see for itself what the city has spent time and money working on.
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