Last June, Santa Clara voters passed Measure J, allowing the 49ers to begin construction on a stadium in their city. Supporters of the measure assured residents that the city’s general fund dollars would not be used to fund the stadium.
At the end of the 49ers’ preseason this August, Santa Clara resident Deborah Bress received a tip that city police officers were providing security for the team at preseason games. Bress’ request for public records revealed that the SCPD had been acting in this capacity since 2007, without compensation from the 49ers. The city’s general fund pays for law enforcement services – a fact which angers stadium opponents who don’t want tax dollars supporting the team.
Santa Clara Chief of Police Steve Lodge said the city plans to bill the 49ers for the security costs in the next few weeks.