Santa Clara: Media blackout weighed as survey of Levi’s Stadium neighbors gets underway

SANTA CLARA — Elected officials in Santa Clara are at odds over whether to respond to media inquires as the city gauges public concerns and satisfaction with how Levi’s Stadium is run.

Catherine Lew, principal and co-founder of the Lew Edwards Group that is helping coordinate the outreach effort, raised the question in an email Friday to the Stadium Authority, which is comprised of council members. She pointed to recent reports by this news organization and NBC Bay Area about singer Ed Sheeran’s decision to play his next Bay Area show at AT&T Park in San Francisco instead of Levi’s because of the latter’s 10 p.m. curfew.

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Lew urged council members to expand their previous agreement not to attend any community meetings related to the effort and refrain from “speaking to the media about their individual positions on these matters until the completion of our current surveys.”

“I am less concerned about the coverage itself, but … more concerned about the views of the elected board, all of whom are influential, affecting the community views being tested at this time,” she wrote. A final report is due to the city by June 15.

The NBC report included an interview with Councilman Dominic Caserta, who called the curfew draconian. He claimed it is costing the city hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Other council members, however, see the curfew as fulfilling a promise to regulate noise coming from Levi’s.

At a Stadium Authority meeting Tuesday, Vice Mayor Kathy Watanabe questioned the timing of the reports by this organization and NBC Bay Area, which coincided with the first round of interviews with neighbors who live within a mile of the …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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