Lisa Gillmor - San Francisco 49ers point woman

Lisa Gillmor Santa Clara politician San Francisco 49ers point womanLisa M. Gillmor

Lisa Gillmor was a Santa Clara city council member from 1992 to 2000. She had to leave due to California term limits, but like most Santa Clara politicians, she is back, using the loophole in term limits that allows a return after sitting on the sidelines for two or more years. In 2010 she worked diligently with the San Francisco 49ers through their front group Santa Clarans for Economic Progress to get a tax dodging city subsidized 49ers stadium in Santa Clara. Her group allowed the 49ers to funnel 5 million dollars into the stadium campaign and shield the fact that it was actually the team buying the election by flooding mailboxes with dishonest propaganda and running commercials that among other things, told people how great the word "yes" was. Gillmor was the key press spokesperson on this effort.

Lisa is the daughter of former Santa Clara politician and real estate multi-millionaire Gary Gillmor. She works for him in his real estate company Gary Gillmor and Associates. Lisa and her father were taken to small claims court over illegal cash contributions they gave to Santa Clara politicians. In court both she and her father stated - despite the fact that they were both multi-term Santa Clara politicians - that they had no idea that giving over 99 dollars in cash to a politician was illegal.

If the issue is jobs - the answer is not a billion dollar NFL football stadium

On the April 25, 2010 Channel ABC News 11:00pm newscast report on the Santa Clara San Francisco 49ers stadium, 49ers point woman Lisa Gillmor was shown saying that it was about "jobs, jobs, jobs". And that the stadium was a great thing for a bad economy. She knows that the 49ers polling shows that this is the biggest reason people are saying they will vote yes on the idea of the city of Santa Clara helping to pay for and then owning an NFL football stadium.

Christmas tree lot Can you pay the rent on a stadium job? No. Can you make a car payment on a stadium job? No. A stadium job would be less desirable than a job selling Christmas trees - it offers equivalent pay, but less hours. An NFL football stadium is almost never open. And only open a portion of the day on the few days that it is open. It would be used 10 days a year for the San Francisco 49ers and another 10 if the Oakland Raiders come. Throw in a concert, an international soccer game, a monster truck pull, and a Christmas tree lot is still comfortably ahead in hours. When almost a billion dollars is spent you expect some good jobs. Not part-time temporary low wage jobs. Will most of the part-time temporary low wage stadium jobs go to Santa Clarans - the people of the only city paying for the stadium? No, Santa Clara is much smaller than next door neighbor San Jose and is only one city among 15 in Santa Clara County, not to mention other nearby counties. What would Lisa Gillmor say if one of her kids told her they were quitting their full time job or dropping out of college in order to get a new stadium job selling refreshments or taking tickets a couple dozen days a year? Her shriek would be heard as far away as the stadium site - and that's a long way away. None of the current and former politicians cheerleading a new NFL football stadium in the city of Santa Clara live in the neighborhoods near the stadium. The neighborhoods that will be affected by the traffic, the noise, and the tens of thousands of fans celebrating victories and decrying losses after games while leaving a stadium that will not have parking for the vast majority of them.

And the same problems that exist for stadium jobs exist for any jobs created as a result of the stadium - restaurant/bar/hotel - jobs. How many new jobs - that is - how many people would be hired by restaurants, hotels and bars in order to accomodate a stadium that is only open a few dozen days a year? It seems likely that they would just ask some of their staff - many of whom are working part-time already - to work additional hours. Stadium related jobs have an additional problem - anyone flying in to see a 49ers game doesn't have to stay in a Santa Clara hotel. They don't even have to stay in a Santa Clara County hotel. If they are coming to the Bay Area for a weekend, of which only 4 hours will be spent in a Santa Clara San Francisco 49ers stadium, they will likely rent a room near where they will be spending most of their weekend. Downtown San Jose, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, etc. People driving or taking mass transit to the game will have far more choices of restaurants in Mountain View and San Jose than they will in Santa Clara. Which is why stadium proponents will talk about a stadium benefiting the region - since Santa Clara is only a small part of Santa Clara County and the Bay Area. And yet Santa Clara is the only city that will pay for it, the only city that will be responsible for it's expenses, the only city that will have to issue bonds to pay for construction.