Stadium Authority and Joint Council Meeting Preview: Community Room, Food Scraps Recycling & More

By Robert Haugh

The first Stadium Authority meeting of the year only has a few items, but is combined with a regular Council meeting.

A Stadium Authority study session will provide updates on community engagement issues relating to Levi’ Stadium. Among the issues to be tackled include noise, traffic, flyovers, public safety, loitering, pyrotechnics, post-event litter and curfews.

The agenda doesn’t have any supporting information, but says the consultants, The Lew Edwards Group, in conjunction with EMC Research and Public Dialogue Consortium will provide an overview of their plans. According to City staff, the goal is “to implement a transparent, independent and comprehensive process to gather statistically valid public views and to facilitate meaningful, robust input from stakeholders and the public.”

Levi’s Stadium So-Called Community Room

The Levi’s Stadium so-called community room will be discussed once again. But it looks like the Stadium Authority may take over new space for the community. Instead of the basement/dungeon that the 49ers have given the community, we may have a new community room of about 1,800 square feet next to the Bourbon Steak and Pub Restaurant.

The Stadium Authority board can elect to have Executive Director Deanna Santana include a cost estimate in the 2018-19 Santa Clara Stadium Authority budget for costs associated with the build out of a new community room in Levi’s Stadium. The best location near the restaurant is expected to cost $400,000-$800,000. So, the Stadium Authority will build a more accessible community room. The question is when the 2018-19 budget is done, who will pay for it? Is it coming out of money that would go the the city’s general fund? Or is it coming out of the 49ers side of the budget?  Stay tuned.


The regular Council meeting has a few major topics too:

Pilot Residential Food Scraps Recycling Program

This will be interesting. Many have found the pilot food scraps recycling program program inefficient and frustrating. Over 53 percent of residential customers surveyed claimed they had capacity issues with the new split-bin garbage containers. Let’s see how the issues are addressed to make the program more useable and successful.

Charter Amendment for Council District Elections

The Council will adopt resolutions calling for a Special Municipal Election to be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 for new district elections and method of electing city officers. In addition to placing on the ballot the two-district formula recommended by the Charter Review Committee, this will approve $188,000 for services to fund the ballot measure, and establish a five member Ad-Hoc Advisory Districting Committee who will draw the line dividing the two districts. We wonder if the two districts will be divided by a wall — and if the 49ers will pay for it.



  1. Is Vocal Critic really Caserta trying to type like an adult, so that we don’t recognize him? LoL

  2. in regards to mrhmyers and ABC comments, all of my submissions said they were being reviewed by the moderator but they never showed up in the discussion. They were not an attack on anyone and foul language was not used. So unless you are the moderator of this site, I suggest you do not comment on its operation because obviously you do not know how it is being monitored.

    • I’m the sole moderator. There are no comments from you prior to the last few days.

    • There are no comments SHOWING from me prior to the last few days. I assure you I have posted others that said they were being reviewed. Perhaps it was merely a glitch.

    • There were no comments from you prior to last few days. There have literally been a small handful of deleted comments, some attacked Mahan, some attacked Caserta, some used foul language. Nothing from “vocal critic” or your email has ever been deleted or edited. There are glitches through this site at times – my suggestion is registering through WordPress.

    • Vocal Critic LOL! You suggest we don’t comment … you’re a comedian 😂😂 You seem bitter, do you work for the Weakly? Maybe you forgot to hit submit after you typed comments LOL

  3. 1. I agree with ABC, either it wasn’t properly posted or was really, really bad. I am surprised at some of the anti-Robert posts that show up.
    2. Yes, I love the wall.
    3. Yes, the 49ers should pay for the wall.
    4. No way the residents should pay for the community room.

  4. It seems certain opinions and comments are blocked from this website. I have submitted numerous replies to various topics however only 1 has been posted; the one where I was slightly agreed with the author. If the publisher only allows comments that support his ideas and opinion, readers should be informed that their comments will be blocked and only those in agreement will be allowed.

    • The only comments not approved have been comments that directly make accusations toward people. 99 percent of comments are approved on this site. Very few have been removed over foul language, personal attacks on people and spam posts, which no one wants.

    • Not true. None of my replies have attacked or accused anyone and foul language has not been used.

    • I can assure no reasonable comments have been removed. So I’m not sure what you’re referring too. There are no comments from your name or email that were removed. Some have had issues with comments posting, so there may an issue with submitting. Sorry about thinking you’ve had comments removed. There’s really only been a handful of comments removed.

    • Vocal Critic, I can’t imagine how bad your comments must be to get blocked. Robert posts all the comments even the ones that hate on him. He even posts the lame Caserta (alias)comments that are anti Robert.

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