Ed Lee Wants to Take Jed York Relationship to the Next Level
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 06: (L-R) San Francisco 49ers Team President Jed York, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bay Area Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman talk as they walk to a meeting with members of the Bay Area Council August 6, 2010 in Santa Clara, California. Governor Schwarzenegger spoke to business leaders about California's economy as state legislatures continue to battle over California's budget which is now almost six weeks overdue. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Arnold Schwarzenegger;Jed York;Jim Wunderman
Updated at 11:10 AM PST on Monday, Jan 31, 2011
First Ed Lee just wanted to be friends. Now the San Francisco mayor wants to get inside the "head" of 49ers' President Jed York.
One of Gavin Newsom's successor's first tasks as mayor of the City he said was to mend the tattered relationship between the former mayor and the young leader of the 49ers.
Lee said he wasn't sure he could convince York to change his mind and stay in San Francisco but he at least wanted the City to have a good relationship with the team.
Now the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Lee is "committed to forging personal relationships with York and other major personalities, like billionaire Oracle CEO Larry Ellison."
Lee said one of his major responsibilities as mayor is to restore trust in the City and he can't do that with the 49ers without developing relationships.
Still the mayor is not saying he thinks he can keep the 49ers from driving down the 101 but the two are at least planning to meet soon and the team says it is still open to San Francisco as a backup option to Santa Clara.
Things have improved between the team and the City. Recently the City's Recreation and Park Commission, who runs Candlestick Park, approved an agreement to keep the team at the stadium through 2015.
The agreement between the City and the team would change the current lease between the two and give the team rent credits for deferred maintenance and safety at the stadium.