By Robert Haugh
The 49ers are having a good week. They beat the Rams on Monday. Last night, the 49er Five also delivered a win for the team.
First, they changed the curfew that has been in place since the stadium was opened in 2014. It exists to protect Northside neighborhoods. The curfew helps kids and workers who have school and work the next day.
Weekdays are limited to 10 pm. But concerts can play until 11 pm on weekends.
It was a good compromise to protect the neighborhoods and allow concerts.
But last night, the 49er Five approved giving the team an additional five weekday concerts a year including pyrotechnics that can go as late as 11 pm.
If the 49ers want more than those late-night concerts, they have to get Council approval.
This is something that the team has been pushing for since 2017 to make more concert revenue.
But they never had the votes on the Council until this year.
That’s when Councilmen Anthony Becker, Suds Jain, and Kevin Park joined the Council after getting elected with 49ers CEO Jed York’s $3 million contribution.
Their opponents claimed that they would pay York back. And they were right. I dug out a brochure from the 2020 City Council campaigns:
And not to brag, but here’s my column from last February predicting this would happen before the end of the year. (Hat tip to my sources close to the team).
The City staff wanted to create a new curfew pilot program that would include neighborhood protections and eliminate money-losing concerts that hurt Santa Clara taxpayers.
The 49er Five rejected the staff recommendations.
A motion was made by Mayor Lisa Gillmor and seconded by Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe who represents the Northside.
Gillmor wanted the 49ers to resolve legal issues with the City, prove they haven’t violated labor laws, and pay for security so Santa Clara neighborhoods won’t have reduced police patrols during big events.
The 49er Five rejected those proposals.