Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown — who finally announced today that he’s an official lobbyist — vented in his Chronicle column, Willie's World, about the Levi's Stadium ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 17, essentially saying that the 49ers no longer belong to its namesake city.
Brown dramatically writes: “The ties with the team's past and with San Francisco have been all but severed.”
He notes that aside from District Attorney George Gascón, no other San Francisco elected officials attended the event, calling out Mayor Ed Lee, Dianne Feinstein, and Nancy Pelosi as no-shows. Many South Bay politicians attended, including the mayor of Santa Clara, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
49ers co-chairman John York did reportedly say that if the team wins the Super Bowl, San Francisco would host the celebratory parade.
Brown also takes a dig at the new $1.3 billion stadium, saying “it lacks the warmth and beauty of AT&T Park.”