By Robert Haugh
She was once a staunch stadium opponent. She supported the weekday stadium curfew to protect the Northside neighborhoods. But she changed her mind about the curfew after a meeting at the 49ers HQ. Who is this person?
A — Patty Mahan
B — Karen Hardy
C — Taylor Swift
D — Deborah Bress
A — Mahan? Nope. She’s been a strong and consistent 49ers supporter. She was a leader of the stadium campaign when she was Mayor. She supported the team’s push to lift the curfew when she was a councilwoman.
B — Hardy? No way. She’s a strong curfew supporter and she won’t take money from the 49ers for her council campaign according to the Stand Up for Santa Clara survey.
C — Swift. Don’t think she cares. She’s played at Levi’s Stadium a few times. She doesn’t have a problem with the curfew. Right now, she cares more about voter registration.
D — Bress? Yup. A lot of people were scratching their heads when she changed her tune about the curfew. Bress was an active leader in the campaign against the stadium with Santa Clara Plays Fair.
So no surprise that at the council meeting on June 6, 2017, Bress supported the weekday curfew. Here’s what she wrote in a comment on this site.
Live with it! You, 49ers, wanted to build a stadium/entertainment venue into an established residential neighborhood with conditions … TOUGH — DEAL with it — the neighbor’s come first.
“I’ve never been shy about being against the stadium,” said Council regular Deborah Bress. But “we need to make money on that stadium. We should allow them go past the 10 p.m. three or four times a year.”
Flip Flop After Meeting at 49ers HQ
For the last year, numerous people have told us about a meeting in early August 2017 at the 49ers HQ. Bress met with 49er VP Jim Mercurio and former Councilman Kevin Moore. Right after that meeting, Bress changed her opinion about the curfew. Hmmm.
We asked Moore about the meeting. He said it was about getting the 49ers involved in “community events.” Hmmm.
Moore is extremely close to the 49ers. A couple weeks ago, he was at the flag raising ceremony for the 100-day countdown to the 2019 College Football National Championship at Levi’s Stadium. The ceremony was in San Jose. No other Santa Clara leaders were there.
In 2017, Moore was employed by LiveNation as a lobbyist to push for lifting the curfew. LiveNation is the concert promoter that stages the big Levi’s Stadium events for the 49ers.
Looks like Moore did some impressive work for the 49ers and Live Nation, even though they lost. The council would not lift the curfew. But Moore apparently got Bress, a loud critic, to flip flop on the issue. Kudos to Moore.
Now Moore is working as a lobbyist for Kylli’s mega-development near the stadium and the massive Mariani development proposal near the El Camino.
From what we can tell, there’s a lot of neighborhood concerns about both projects, especially with traffic. The majority of the council looks like they’ll give both projects a thumbs down. Let’s see if Moore can work his magic again.
But don’t look for Bress to show up to testify for either project. She’s moved to Lake Tahoe where there’s no stadium or stadium curfew.