San Francisco 49ers podcast with Marko Ukalovic: 49ers politics at play for Santa Clara’s Mayoral race; Bosa one of the most powerful pass rushers in the NFL

Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor will be running against City Councilman Anthony Becker for mayor this November. The 49ers have contributed $750,000 to Becker’s campaign. (The Business Journal file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with Marko:

#1 Marko, the Santa Clara City Council who voted to approve accepting $1.6 million to settle stadium disputes with the San Francisco 49ers over city maintenance issues will have city councilman Anthony Becker running for Mayor against current Mayor Lisa Gillmor. This race is garnering publicity because of the F bomb filled debate language used by city councilman Becker before voting on accepting the 49ers offer to settle the dispute.

#2 There are Santa Clara City residents who did not want the 49ers to move to Santa Clara in the first place and are still steamed about traffic and noise issues will the voters vote for Gillmor as a protest vote against Becker.

#3 Onto the 49ers on the field for this Sunday in Chicago: 49ers pass rusher Nick Bosa has been like locomotive train and according to the Los Angeles Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth he said Bosa has shocking strength for a 21 year old to be that powerful.

#4 Marko, linebacker Fred Warner was noted as being one of the quietest players but now is a very vocal team leader how important is he to the 49ers core of veterans?

#5 The Niners open the season with the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field Sunday how do you see the 49ers defense going up against quarterback Justin Herbert and the offensive line?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Would 49ers have been better off just staying in San Francisco?; Troubles with City of Santa Clara

Levi Stadium the site of all operation cost disputes over the last few years between the San Francisco 49ers and the City of Santa Clara. Would the 49ers in hindsight been better off staying and building their own stadium in San Francisco? (file photo from Hochtief)

On 49ers podcast with Marko:

#1 The City of Santa Clara and the San Francisco 49ers continue to their embroil over stadium operation costs. The 49ers offered Santa Clara a $50,000 increase from the $650,000 to $700,000 to the general fund. In all the 49ers want to settle the dispute at a total of $4 million from $3.3 million.

#2 Marko, Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor said a proposal given to city council members by the 49ers ten minutes before a meeting was ridiculous because it did give her or city council members time to contemplate the impacts of the proposal. The conflict was not resolved despite the 49ers latest proposal.

#3 According to 49ers spokesman Rahul Chandhok the 49ers had lengthy discussions on how to settle the dispute with the Santa Clara city attorney over the last three months and that draft proposals were discussed and shared over the last two months and this should not have been a surprise to Gillmor and the city council.

#4 In hindsight considering all the problems with the city the 49ers have had over the operation costs with the city and some fans complaints about sitting in the hot sun on August and September days wouldn’t the team have been better off building the stadium and staying in San Francisco.

#5 Turning to the 49ers on the field the 49ers were shutout on Thursday in Houston 17-0 and 49ers quarterback Trey Lance said that there were mistakes and the team will get better and get ready for opening day on Sep 11th in Chicago.

#6 Marko, how doubtful is the offensive line was it a matter of Lance not getting enough time to throw and had to keep running because of the Houston Texans pass rush?

Marko Ukalovic is a 49ers beat writer for