City Publicly Corrects Weekly’s Carolyn Schuk Reporting — Again
By Robert Haugh
In January, City staff issued a public correction of “inaccurate and misleading articles” that appeared in the Santa Clara Weekly/Silicon Valley Voice written by Carolyn Schuk and Publisher/Lobbyist Miles Barber.
But Schuk didn’t really fact check anything or get the City’s perspective. That’s a big mistake for a reporter.
Here are some interesting facts that the City put out that was missing in Schuk’s article:
the 49ers have been booking money losing events since they began managing Levi’s Stadium.
one concert date alone lost the Santa Clara Stadium Authority over $2 million.
the 49ers give away tens of thousands of free tickets at a financial loss to the Stadium Authority.
Here’s what the City concludes about Schuk’s reporting:
The article is just one example of the media and 49ers’ choosing to highlight only the events that slant the story on the “curfew”, without discussing the other money losing events or free giveaways that cost the Stadium Authority money.
Here are some important facts from that news release:
non-NFL events held at the Stadium on average have brought in between $45,000 to $55,000 per event to the General Fund.
On an annual basis, the 49ers book several non-NFL events that lose between $3 to $3.6 million, which offset the net revenue from the weekend events, such as concerts and soccer matches that do make money.
But if Schuk doesn’t want to read City news releases for facts, she can check out some of our stories for facts. Just last month, we wrote about the curfew, too.
Anyone honestly following this story knows that the 49ers agreed to the curfew when the stadium opened — in 2014! Now they want to change it.
But the City doesn’t trust them because Jed York broke his promise on the Youth Soccer Park. And the team tried (unsuccessfully) to lower their own rent. And they purposely broke the law by violating the curfew a few times. And they’re withholding documents …
Maybe the solution to the curfew and concerts is to have someone else manage the stadium. The City needs a good manager who won’t lose money, and who they can trust.