City Council Preview
By Robert Haugh
The June 6 City Council meeting has a jam-packed agenda. It’ll be like having a 100-person battle royal. It sure makes for interesting theatre. The City may as well start charging admission.
According to the City staff’s agenda report, the 49ers will be at this meeting to address several items:
Stadium Authority Board Questions
City staff provided very brief answers to questions asked at the May 23 Council meeting. There’s surprisingly little detail or analysis.
For example, the Council asked why there was an increase in public safety costs. There’s a two sentence answer that’s confusing.. It says that salaries went up. But it also says that costs could be reduced by “the use of additional Security personnel.”
Wouldn’t adding security add to costs?
Another interesting answer: the 49ers finally paid their police overtime bill on May 26 for the January 1, 2017 game against the Seahawks. It was almost six months after the game, and happened after the Council asked at the May 23 council meeting if the bill had been paid. How many other bills are late? Does the team pay interest on late bills? If not, do other businesses in the City get their late fees waived, too?
We didn’t expect this discussion to linger, but in addition to breaking the curfew law by scheduling U2 to go well past 10 p.m., the noise from the concert far exceeded noise ordinances. Neighbors were not happy. It’ll be interesting to see what the Council decides to do about this.
Tasman East Specific Plan Area Study Session
The study session will address placemaking, mobility objectives and road network design. There’s a lot of interesting information being presented. But there’s one head-scratching design issue. There’s the potential for 4,500 new residential units in the area. But the design of the Plan Area requires residents to never cross a public street to access a park.
The Council will increase by as much as $100,000 fees for the Thomas Law Group to represent the City in City of Santa Clara v. City of San Jose (San Mateo County Superior Court Case No. 17-CIV-00547). It looks like the legal battles with San Jose over Santana West won’t be ending soon.
Coming Soon – New City Manager?
The deadline to file an application for the City Manager position was May 31. This will be discussed in closed session. Interim City Manager Rajeev Batra retired at the end of March but has stayed on as a consultant. The City is overdue to bring in a full-time City Manager.