Ed Lee wants better relations with 49ers 

Former Mayor Gavin Newsom had a notoriously strained relationship with 49ers owner Jed York. In fact, it got go so bad it was thought the two had no relationship at all. While it appears Newsom will go down in history as the mayor who lost the 49ers, as that franchise pursues a new stadium in Santa Clara, not every one has given up on keeping the team in San Francisco. And not everything is going according to plan with the move.

City Administrator Ed Lee, who is to be appointed mayor of San Francisco at 3 p.m. Tuesday, said earlier in the day he wants to have a close relationship with York. Could Lee be the Hail Mary San Francisco football fans have been praying for?

“I don’t know about convincing them to stay, however, I will have a personal relationship. I want one with the 49ers owner, with Mr. Jed York. I want to know what he is thinking. I want to know what he feels about The City. I also want to let him know that I’m a big 49ers fan. Also let him know that I’m a West Coast offense guy,” Lee said.

The team and The City recently negotiated terms of an agreement for the team to keeping playing in Candlestick for at least five more seasons.

Lee said good things can happen as result of improving relations.

“Anything can happen. What I have learned over the years. And I know [former Mayor] Willie Brown taught me this very well, those relationships are key because you begin discussing what is common, philosophy and then you build trust,” Lee said. “I know that the 49ers, while they are a business organization, every business also works also on trust, particularly with government officials. If we can make an assurance here and there that certain things can happen and they can respond positively to that who knows where it goes. I am full of hope. In this sports arena you never have one way of making the play. There is always many ways. And I think when you work as a team, when you believe in the people that are working with you, a lot of other things can happen. That really has worked very well for me in these years.”

The City has a plan for a brand new stadium as part of the massive redevelopment of Bayview-Hunters Point if the team decided to stay.


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