Welcome to the City of Santa Clara where “Yes” means No, and “No” means yes. That is, when it comes to the Measure J Campaign, the drive to build a football stadium for the 49ers. A posting on the website, Save Santa Clara.com, indicated that supporters of Measure J had gone to the trouble of registering several different domain names that might have been useful to the opposition. Apparently, it’s true.
If you Google Search http://www.votenoonj.com , you are offered a “Yes on J” site that is run by Santa Clarans for Economic Progress, who are supporters of Measure J. According to GoDaddy.com, the “votenoonj.com” domain name was registered by Santa Clarans for Economic Progress!
Of course, “hijacking” domain names is legal, but is it ethical or fair? If the supporters of Measure J have such a superior argument, what are they afraid of? Why the need to resort to such a tactic? The 49ers and the City of Santa Clara are asking voters to take a leap of faith and to trust that the promises outlined in Measure J will be delivered. How does using the “Vote No on J” domain name work towards building that trust? Very poor form, if you ask me.