San Francisco 49ers podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Will Mayor’s office payback 49ers for what some called a dirty campaign?

Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor who was re-elected as confirmed on Wed Nov 16, 2022. The 49ers spent over $4 million to try and defeat Gillmor which failed. (file photo Mercury News)

On the San Francisco 49ers podcast with Marko:

#1 San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York paid millions to deliver mayoral candidate Anthony Becker who ended up losing to current Lisa Gillmor 14,376 to Anthony Becker 13,686. Gillmor wins by 687. How concerned has Jed have to be knowing that there was heavy campaigning against Gillmor sometimes some mudslinging and the 49ers could see payback from what some people called a nasty campaign.

#2 The election was Tue Nov 8th and in a tight race with over 95% of the ballot counted Gillmor was the decided winner on Wed Nov 16th from the Register of voters office in Santa Clara County. This was a crucial vote for York and the 49ers as York had been butting heads with Gillmor since Gillmor had been mayor and now they will have to try and do business another four years into her second term.

#3 Gillmor had sought maintenance revenue from the 49ers something both sides had haggled with over the years and when the opportunity came to vote Gillmor out of office York spent over $4 million in campaign money to get her voted out of office which the 49ers failed to do but by a narrow margin.

#4 Turning the 49ers next game up the team had been in Colorado Springs all week adjusting to the high elevation climate in preparation for tonight’s Monday Night Football game in Mexico City against the Arizona Cardinals. How beneficial do you see working out in Colorado and going onto Mexico City for Monday Night Football?

#5 Marko, how ready is Cardinal quarterback Kyler Murray he had been out with a hamstring and is expected to start on Sunday. He can be potent and drive the offense against the 49ers not to mention he can carry the ball.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Could Santa Clara election turn control over to the 49ers?

San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York meets with the media back on Jan 24, 2020 during Super Bowl 54. York has reportedly spent over $3.8 million for the Nov 8th, 2022 Santa Clara Mayoral and City Council election (AP News file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with Marko:

#1 Reports say that the Santa Clara election on Nov 8th could be politically influenced by 49ers CEO Jed York who contributed to the campaign fund donating over $3.8 million through it’s sports franchises and related entities towards electing a new mayor Anthony Becker and five city council members after the York and 49ers had been hounded about paying stadium management revenues to the city over the last few years. The Niners settled with the city for $1.6 million.

#2 The City Council voted to settle the stadium management debt that the 49ers owed Santa Clara but not without much rancor as in that city council meeting Becker was reportedly shouting and cussing at Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor and city Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe causing them to call a policeman to stand in the meeting chambers for the rest of the meeting.

#3 After learning these reports Marko, how concerned are Santa Clara residents going into this election and could they be concerned that the Mayoral and city council races are heavily influenced by the 49ers and it could go the other way re-electing Gillmor because residents are afraid that the 49ers would have control on the city leadership?

#4 To this week’s action on the field Sunday’s win in Los Angeles over the Rams 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went to work in the second half after the 49ers were down by four points at half.

#5 The Los Angeles Chargers (4-3) head to Santa Clara for Sunday Night Football on Nov 13th a 5:20 pm kickoff at Levi Stadium. The Chargers have won three of their last four games. How do you see this match up this Sunday night.

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