Community Rumblings: SummerHill Homes and the Curfew (Again)
By Robert Haugh
This weekend a flyer was distributed around Santa Clara opposing the SummerHill Homes development that’s on tonight’s council agenda.
As we reported yesterday, there’s some controversy brewing about the existing tenants. Some of them have moved out. Others feel they’re being squeezed out.
This flyer goes further, saying the development is “evil.” That’s right. Evil.
The language in the flyer is over the top. But there is one interesting issue the opponents raise. Apparently, Kevin Moore, the former councilman turned lobbyist, told the Planning Commission in September that seniors could sell their homes and rent in the new development.
Moore’s statement is being used by the project’s opponents to highlight how there’s no rent control, no assisted living support, no on-site medical care and no affordable units for seniors as part of this project. Will this be the first Santa Clara residential development project in years not to require affordable housing? It should an interesting council meeting.
Stand Up for Santa Clara has posted a new video about the weekday stadium curfew battle. It’s well done and should get some good play on social media.
It highlights how Vice Mayor Dominic Caserta and Councilwoman Patty Mahan supported the 10 p.m. weekday curfew in 2010. But after that, they received direct and indirect financial support from the 49ers and the infamous BluPac dark money group. Then they flip flopped. They now want to allow 11 p.m. weekday concerts to accommodate major acts like U2, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran.
Until this debate, we didn’t even know Ed Sheeran was a major act. But if you’re dying to see him, he’s playing with Taylor Swift at the SAP Center on December 2. They can play past 10 p.m. because it’s a Saturday, it’s indoors and it’s in San Jose. But they may not want to, because then they’ll have to stay in San Jose where the airport curfew is 11 p.m. Maybe the Mercury News who argued Santa Clara should extend the weekday stadium curfew will ask for flight exemptions to the airport curfew for big name music acts so that San Jose can make some extra money. But that might be too consistent for a major newspaper.