City Council Highlights
By Robert Haugh
The first council meeting of 2017 told us a lot. If you’re a Northside resident, you’ll be happy. If you’re the 49ers, you won’t be. If you’re U2, you can still sing in Santa Clara, but you can do fewer songs.
Curfew Extension for U2 Concert Denied
In the first 49ers-related vote with the “new” Council, the Council and Stadium Authority voted 4-3 to deny a one-time, one-hour curfew extension for the Wednesday, May 17 u2 concert. Currently, weekday events have a 10 p.m. curfew.
The tour date is listed on U2’s official website and tickets are already on sale. The concert is expected to attract 80,000 attendees.
Council members Pat Kolstad, Patricia Mahan and Dominic Caserta supported the curfew extension — this is the new 49er council coalition, while Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Council members Kathy Watanabe, Teresa O’Neill and Davis opposed the curfew extension. This is the majority that has stood up to the 49ers. The majority won and so did Northside residents.
Levi’s Stadium Community Room
Council member Debi Davis requested to set a future date to discuss use of the community room at Levi’s Stadium for non-profit events and meetings.
Davis stated that the request for information on facility use dates back over six months, with the Santa Clara Lions being one organization that has been trying to plan an event in the space. She didn’t seem happy that the team appears to be giving the community the runaround.
It is alleged that the 49ers have been using the space for non-civic functions/storage.
After discussion, it was agreed that city staff will bring forth a report regarding the community room to the Jan. 24 meeting. This will be another team versus community issue.
Moonlite Lanes Property
The Moonlite Lanes project (2780 El Camino Real) was continued to the Feb. 21 meeting for further staff research and community outreach. The developer, Prometheus has reached an agreement to add additional payments to Santa Clara Unified School District. That’s good for them because they have the official support of the school district. But it looks like they still have a lot of community opposition. It was a 7-0 vote to continue the item.