City Council Preview — Stadium Curfew Is on the Agenda Again, But It’s Hidden
By Robert Haugh
The Council will deal with three major issues on Tuesday that have previously been discussed. This will be Interim City Manager Rajeev Batra’s last City Council meeting before new city manager Deanna Santana takes over in October.
Weekday Stadium Curfew
City Staff has put this on the agenda as a discussion of “Non-NFL Events” at the Stadium. It’s a good thing we read the agenda because the title is deceptive. Is this being purposely being done so that residents who want to protect the weekday curfew don’t show up? This is not open and transparent government and we criticized Batra for this is in final “report card.”
It’s too bad that in his last meeting, Batra has to go out trying to hide an important issue from the residents. We hope things will be different with Santana.
The agenda report has an interesting letter from 49er (ManCo) executive Jim Mercurio who says that we understand that you have a 10 p.m. weekday curfew but we can’t do anything about it if the bands want to play longer. Huh? Didn’t the team come to the council in January to request the curfew be changed? Why did they ask if they were not responsible? And why did the city fine them, if they weren’t responsible when U2 broke the curfew in May? So who’s responsible for enforcing the curfew? According to Mercurio, it’s Police Chief Mike Sellers. So maybe the city should take the fine out of Sellers salary if Coldplay breaks the curfew in October.
Charter Review and New Council Districts
The Charter Review Committee recommends that the City Charter is changed to:
- Elect City Council Members by two districts (District A and District B) with three Council Members representing each district;
- Elect three Council Members at the same time per district alternating/staggering between gubernatorial and presidential election years;
- Utilize Ranked Choice Voting by means of Single Transferable Vote as soon as the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Office can support such a system;
- Transition to include: elect two members to four-year terms in District A in 2018 and elect one member to a two-year term in District A and three members to four-year terms in District B in 2020.
The charter amendment recommendations would appear June 2018 ballot.
We’re not sure if this will satisfy San Francisco attorney Robert Rubin who sued the city alleging that Santa Clara has racially polarized voting.
In August, the City Council directed city staff to return with additional information regarding regulation of commercial marijuana in Santa Clara after the passage of Prop 64. The City Council also wants a report regarding a ban on commercial growth of marijuana plants within the city limits. The city staff is asking for authorization to hire a consultant to prepare this information by November so rules can be in place before new regulations go into effect in 2018.