Taylor Swift Concerts Broke Santa Clara City Curfew for Levi’s Stadium Concerts

By Robert Haugh

On Friday and Saturday nights, Taylor Swift sold out her concerts at Levi’s Stadiums.

But both concerts went past the 11 p.m. curfew.

According to press reports and some neighborhood residents, the Friday night concert ended around 11:40 p.m. The Saturday night concert ended around 11:35 p.m.

The fireworks show also happened later than was allowed and yielded neighborhood complaints.

On both nights, it took a couple of hours for crowds and traffic to disperse.

It’s not clear if 49ers management took efforts to enforce the curfew on either night.

In the past, the team, who manages non-NFL events at the stadium like concerts, has ignored the curfew.

And once the 49ers took over the City Council in 2020, they got the curfew changed to a later time at the team’s request.

And the 49er-friendly City Councilmembers voted to change the curfew the night after the team hosted them at a Monday Night Football game.  No kidding.

Councilmember Karen Hardy even campaigned to fight to change the curfew “over my dead body.” Then flip-flopped to help the team after getting elected.

But it looks like it may not matter what time the curfew is set for.  

The fine is a small amount for the team, only $1,000.

It’ll be interesting to see if the City takes stronger measures to force the team to take the curfew more seriously.

But some residents don’t think it’ll happen. Santa Clara community leader Burt Field said that his family and friends went to the show.

“It’s so great that both nights of the recent Taylor Swift concerts were sold out,” Field said.

“Sadly, it’s not a big surprise that the City isn’t enforcing the curfew. The 49er Five like to look the other way when the team breaks laws and ignores the needs and wants of residents.”

Editor’s Note: The 49er Five are Councilmembers Anthony Becker, Raj Chahal, Suds Jain, Karen Hardy and Kevin Park.

Jed York spent $3 million in November 2020 to elect Becker, Jain, and Park. They were previously 0-6 in Santa Clara elections. Chahal and Hardy have received gifts from the team without reporting them and received $1 million each for their elections in November 2022.

In 2022, the team spent approximately $2.5 million for Becker in his failed attempt to unseat Mayor Lisa Gillmor.

The 49er Five met with the team on an almost weekly basis and have voted to help the team win millions of dollars in concessions from the City since December 2020.

17 comments

  1. Pardon me.

    First, Points 1 to 4 ought to be reviewed in sequential order.

    Second, in Point 2, the statement “That means $1 in 2009 will be worth $0.20 in 2049” is if NOT adjusted for inflation.

    Third, commenter “Hannah Arendt quote…”. Your revelation of “who” Hannah Arendt moves me greatly as she lived through the toughest of all times. Thank you for introducing me to her and I need to learn more of her achievements.

    A quick review of Wikipedia states that “Her works cover a broad range of topics, but she is best known for those dealing with the nature of power and evil, as well as politics, direct democracy, authority, and totalitarianism.”

    Hannah being a victim of the Gestapo and antisemitism, as well as her views against the evils of “direct democracy” struck me poignantly.

    In direct democracy, the people decide on policies WITHOUT any intermediary or representative, whereas in a REPRESENTATIVE democracy people vote for representatives who then enact policy initiatives.

    So Fourth, in view of Hannah’s warnings against the evils of “direct democracy,” I must call out the attorney in Point 3.

    On p. 2 of Prop J, Don Callejon, Patrick Kolstad, and some “Aldytta Park(?)” acknowledge that “our attorney” (i.e., “their” attorney) is Barry Fadem.

    Does that attorney advocate for the EVILS for DIRECT DEMOCRACY…?

    https://www.independentnews.com/news/author-barry-fadem-calls-for-national-popular-vote/article_3c3e611a-7197-11eb-983d-eb9cdadc481d.html

    So, it sounds like Prop J was drafted by a person against the U.S. Constitution.

    Who picked this dude to draft Prop J? Any influence from Al “Jed York” Capone?

    • Hannah Arendt wrote a very very famous book about the Adolf Eichman Trial..coming the phrase “the Banality of Evil” One of the world’s preeminent political philosophers

  2. Point 4.

    Santa Clarans, please note the following in Prop J:

    “6. ACT (Proposition J) can only be AMENDED by the VOTERS: This Act can ONLY be AMENDED by a vote of the City’s voters, which means the VOTERS will maintain CONTROL over any CHANGES to the Act that might be proposed in the future.”

    That is, we Santa Clarans CONTROL any CHANGE on Prop J and how our City interacts with Jed York.

    Perhaps a Proposition J “2.0” can be proposed to include “a curfew,” or any other necessary accommodation that ensures us Santa Clarans benefit regardless of the underhanded dealings of Al “Jed York” Capone and his QUISLINGS known as the “49er 5.”

  3. Point 3.

    If I am correct regarding the deprivation of benefits to ALL Santa Clarans, the attorney that drafted this ought to be reprimanded severely as present and future Santa Clarans will lose out of the benefits of the intent of Prop J.

  4. Point 2.

    Admittedly, I am unfamiliar with Proposition J and its language. And it is difficult to find. See link below, which on p. 6 is deemed “FINAL.” Proposition J is whether the voters are to accept the terms of “The Santa Clara Stadium Taxpayer Protection and Economic Progress Act.”

    First, a quick search of Prop J does NOT include the term “curfew.”

    Second, I’ll need a fact check on the following. Prop J lasts for 40 years. BUT NOWHERE DID I SEE THE FINANCIAL BENEFITS for Santa Clara **ADJUSTED** for INFLATION. At an inflation rate of 5.0%, $1 in 2009 (Prop J date) will be worth $5 in 2049 (end of 40 years).

    That means $1 in 2009 will be worth $0.20 in 2049.

    Nowhere can I find an adjustment for inflation. I ask that someone please identify in Prop J that I am wrong.

    I hope I am wrong.

    Example 1. Sec. 17.20.020 Required Terms for a Ground Lease for a Stadium.

    (f) “over the initial forty (40) year term of the Ground Lease, with annual fixed base rent commencing in the first year of Stadium operations and increasing periodically over the term of the Ground Lease to a minimum of ***One Million Dollars ($1,000,000)*** beginning in the eleventh (11th) year of Stadium operations.

    Is ***One Million Dollars ($1,000,000)*** in 2009 adjusted for inflation to achieve a comparable value in 2049???

    Example 2. Sec. 17.20.020 Required Terms for a Ground Lease for a Stadium.

    (m) “The Ground Lease shall require that following the opening of the Stadium the City shall receive, in addition to the Ground Rent, a fee equal to thirty-five cents ($0.35) per ticket on each ticket for professional football games in the Stadium up to a maximum of Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000) per year (the “Senior and Youth Program Fee”).”

    This means that $250,000 in 2009 will be $1,208,683 in 2049 at an inflation rate of 5.0%. Therefore, the 49ers will NOT need to pay Santa Clara as well as the Senior and Youth Program the value difference in 2049 of **$956,683.” Jed York keeps it.
    Sounds like, unless my interpretation of Prop J is incorrect, that Santa Clara will be being deprived monies to the benefit of Al “Jed York” Capone.

    See:
    https://www.santaclaraca.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/13026/635713044859030000b
    (Final—p. 6)

  5. Point 1.

    Regarding all the great comments, I can see merits in favor extending curfew to benefit Santa Clarans, but should it be at the expense of our fellow Santa Clarans in District 1??

    Regarding the 49er 5: This issue is clear that Chahal (District 2), Hardy (District 3), Park (District 4), Scrubs Jain (District 5), and Tony Becker (District 666), all of whom represent districts that really don’t care about curfews. Their constituents are far enough that they can’t hear loud concerts after midnight. In fact, if the 49er 5 were dedicated to their constituents they would advocate elimination of any curfew.

    Question: Should Districts 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 “GAIN” (e.g., in terms of $$$) on the “SUFFERING” of District 1?

    Sad.

  6. Mt Winery venue in Saratoga has a stick curfew policy in place and the performers are aware of it. If they start late the concert still ends on the curfew time. And the residents adjacent to the venue can enjoy their nights. The only writing on the wall is the citizens come in second when it comes late night events in Santa Clara. Special treatment for certain businesses is unfair no matter how you try to justify it.

    • Adam,

      The Mountain Winery is a venue that is completely privately owned so all profits go to private hands. We the people of Santa Clara own Levi’s Stadium and half of the profits from nonfootball events go to our general fund so we have a collective community interest in maximizing stadium profit. So there is a balance to strike between the peace and quiet for stadium neighbors and the financial wellbeing of the entire city.

  7. My sympathies are extended to any neighbors of the stadium who truly are bothered by the noise and traffic. But the writing was on the wall as soon as Measure J was passed. There is too much money on the line for promoters and the Forty Niners and the city to run the stadium with residential neighbors first in mind. Fair or not it is not realistic to expect that the stadium management would cut Taylor Swift’s microphone at eleven P M.

    If that were done then maybe some people would have an easier time going to sleep a half an hour earlier than otherwise and also Santa Clara and its stadium would be instantly get a national reputation for being a wet blanket.

  8. A $1000. Fine big deal every 5 minutes selling beer covers that. What should the fine be is $5000. Every minute over. Friday event went 35 minutes over. At $5k x 35 min = $175,000. Fines are penalty not benefits $.
    Now for a real question, the voters passed the stadium ballot measure. In the ballot measure it specify curfew times. But our crooked 49er 5 changed it. Now would the ballot have failed if curfew was not in the ballot measure ? I’ll sure the residents on the north side may have reconsider. It seems to me if we vote on something the we should be the ones to change it by a vote. Definitely collusion between the 49ers and their 5 stooges and the citizens pay the price.

  9. Sorry Robert, I don’t agree with you in this one.

    The positive social and economical impact Taylor Swift had in the entire Bay Area far outweighed a noise or curfew violation. Let’s see what she did with the hotel taxes alone in two nights for the general fund!

    This lady gave thousands to a local food back and even gave her drivers a surprise bonus as a valued employee.

    I’m sure no one at the concert decided to pack up at 10pm cause of noise or curfew. Just like no one sent the hot dog vendors home for selling hotdogs not stored at proper temps. I know everyone has an axe to grind with the 49ers and their puppets, but the TS concerts generated much more positive and tangible results than a few people complaining about the noise.

    To be open and transparent, you should mention Watanabe invitation for those without tickets to show up and line the streets. She totally contradicted Levis and the police asking those without tickets to stay home. She even got on the news with her statement.

    I’m usually with you Robert, but this one I don’t agree with.

    • Taylor Swift purposely waited to start the show on Friday. Be on time and abide by the contract. The poor people on the north side were living there before the stadium was even thought of. They should have built the stadium in Alviso the wild life wouldn’t care what time it end. Have a little respect for those who have to live in the area of the stadium.

    • Arrendt also said thinking of Becker and his allies, “the greatest revolutionary becomes a conservative the day after tge revolution” look at becker and sudsy, day after put in office, they are begging the 49ers on recognition.” Arrendt totally ignored the impact of the Chinese and Russian Revolution. Why?

  10. “It’s so great that both nights of the recent Taylor Swift concerts were sold out. Sadly, it’s not a big surprise that the City isn’t enforcing the curfew. The 49er Five like to look the other way when the team breaks laws and ignores the needs and wants of residents.” – Burt Field

    And now for the most important question: To comply with the City’s written curfew, was Santa Clara Community Leader Extraordinaire Burt Field’s family and friends alredy outside the stadium and on their way home when the clock struck 11:00 PM?

    “Under conditions of terror, most people will comply but some people will not.” – Hannah Arendt

    • not up to the city to enforce curfew.
      Stadium management is responsible.
      Guess they Didn’t they communicate with production
      Staff? Just like they didn’t communicate
      About the fireworks from GA.

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