Special Council Meeting: Stadium Noise Monitoring and 49ers Media Claims Monitoring
By Robert Haugh
A special Council Meeting was announced for today at 5 p.m.
The City Staff will present an update on noise monitoring for Levi’s Stadium, in particular the 10 p.m. weeknight event curfew.
The Council will also be given an opportunity to direct the City Manager to “return with an update on the status of noise monitoring for Levi’s Stadium and an implementation schedule to make the information available on the City’s website.” That’s good news. Then, the public will be able to monitor stadium event noise.
There are four noise monitors near the stadium. Preliminary data provided by Wilson, Ihrig & Associates (WIA), a firm hired by the City, reports noise levels were well beyond normal. It makes you wonder why there were only six “official” complaints after the Coldplay concert. We heard from some that this concert was louder than other past concerts.
According to the staff report, new City Manager Deanna Santana was not forwarded memos between the 49ers and former interim city manager Rajeev Batra when she initially took the position. Santana is responding by asking about “lost concert revenues” in a letter to 49er executive Al Guido who told the media that the city lost $600-800,000 in revenue from the Coldplay concert but never provided any proof. Now, the city wants proof.
Also, Guido says that he informed Batra that Ed Sheeran would not play in Santa Clara unless the curfew was changed to 11 p.m.. Board members claim they were unaware a Sheeran concert was even being considered. Maybe Batra didn’t tell anyone. Santana apparently wants to make sure that doesn’t happen on her watch. She’s asked Guido for confirmation that there will be no other weekday concerts, as the team has told the media.
We like Santana’s letter because it forces the team to put their claims in writing. We particularly like the last line because it reminds the 49ers that the City owns the stadium and they’re suppose to manage it and obey the laws of the city.
“Thank you again for touring the Stadium with me and my staff today. It allowed me to learn more about the City’s asset.”