By Camela Algieri
Levi’s stadium has invaded Santa Clara District 1’s small community and caused disruption to many. Many community members have lived here before the stadium was built and have seen the changes the stadium as brought to our community. Not only has the stadium brought in more traffic, crime, and problems for the community it’s brought in more noise; noise from football games, concerts, helicopters and planes flying low to advertise or report on stadium events.
The stadium has continued to ignore neighborhood complaints and have not worked with us to help with the noise problem! We are a community of workers, families with small children, and public servants. I, myself, am a teacher who is up between 5:30-6:00 AM so I can head to school and get the day ready for my kids. I personally have been affected by the noise the stadium causes, making the following day more difficult for me because I couldn’t sleep soundly.
We need to live in a community where we can sleep at night and not be disturbed by various noise problems. But three new council members: Suds Jain, Kevin Park, and Anthony Becker are on the record saying they want to change the stadium curfew. These three candidates were backed by over 3 million dollars of San Francisco 49er and stadium money. NONE of the council members other than Kathy Watanabe live in our district and understand the impact that the stadium has on our community and lives. If you’ve been watching the council meetings you can see how these new members isolate Watanabe and ignore her recommendations and thoughts about issues surrounding the stadium. Jain, Becker, and Park don’t even LIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY. Why should they get to decide on something that is going to impact our community such a great deal?
If they want to change the stadium curfew they should be held accountable to help make the noise easier to manage. They should replace the windows in all houses within a five-mile radius of the stadium with ones that are more soundproof. Or they should provide new sound insulation in homes to help make our everyday lives quieter when events are going on.
This petition is to let the new council members know that we see them! We see them trying to make huge changes to our community that will affect us and how we live. They need to know that we see them and that we will hold them accountable! This petition will hold them accountable! We need to voice what we want our community to be like and help to support Kathy Watanabe who is the voice for our Santa Clara district. What will Jain, Park, and Becker be able to do or say to support their decision to change the curfew against the community’s wishes? If anything, it will hurt them in re-election in the next few years and hopefully help them not get re-elected and help their communities to see they are controlled by 49er and stadium money!
Please sign and share this petition with your friends and family in district 1, but also throughout all Santa Clara districts so they can see that our communities support one another and stand by each other!