Four of Five County Supervisor Candidates Oppose Changing Weekday Levi’s Stadium Curfew
By Robert Haugh
We asked the candidates who are running to replace termed-out Supervisor Ken Yeager, what they think of the weekday stadium curfew that the 49ers want to lift for big-name entertainers at Levi’s Stadium.
Four out of the five would keep the weekday 10 p.m. curfew in place. Only Santa Clara Vice Mayor Dominic Caserta would lift the curfew. He was on the losing end of a 4-3 vote to do this is in January when the 49ers requested it for U2 and again in August for Coldplay.
Here’s what each candidate had to say, except for Caserta who would not respond to the question because as he wrote in his email reply to me, “You are a hack. You are simply a joke.” Oh well, I guess I’m not getting a holiday card from him this year.
Jason Baker, former Campbell Mayor
As a former Mayor myself, I know that when people are losing sleep, they look to the Mayor to keep the city’s promise, in this case the promise of a curfew, and that’s what Mayor [Lisa] Gillmor tried to do. There should be real consequences for any entity that violates a curfew that the Council has already put in place – just paying a fine isn’t an excuse for violating the law and harming neighbors. It’s up to the city to decide what time is the proper curfew time, and as a County Supervisor I’ll support Santa Clara and every city in the Santa Clara County to decide what curfew time is right for their community.
Susan Ellenberg, San Jose Unified School District Board of Education Vice President
This is about public trust both in the 49ers as a community partner and in the political process. Any change to the curfew must be reviewed and approved by the neighbors. The families in the neighborhood that I’ve spoken to about this issue have significant concerns. Until those concerns are addressed and the community is thoroughly engaged on the issue, I do not support changing the curfew.
Pierluigi Oliverio, former San Jose City Councilman
From my ten years on the San Jose city council, I am keenly aware of the importance of curfews for places such as the airport, food/alcohol establishments, and sports and concert venues, and the impact they can have on adjacent neighborhoods. Whether we as individuals agree or disagree with an established curfew, it was passed by a majority of council members and is, therefore, a rule that must be followed. (Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from an oped Oliverio wrote for this site)
Don Rocha, San Jose City Councilman
I support the initial decision/agreement that the Council and the 49ers entered into in terms of the current curfew. With that said, I prefer to weigh in on issues knowing the full story/analysis and I am not privy to the negotiation that lead to this decision. So one has to assume that the two parties arrived at the current 10 p.m. time for good reason and a well thought out approach with respect to the community and potential impacts.