Santa Clara City Manager Statement on Citywide Curfew
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 1, 2020
CONTACTS: Lenka Wright, Director of Communications, 408-615-5515 or email@example.com
Statement from City Manager Deanna J. Santana: Proclaiming a local State of Emergency is a decision made with the utmost care for the safety and well-being of the residents, businesses and employees of the City of Santa Clara.
The curfew that was issued on May 31, 2020 was based on the rapidly changing situation and with legitimate threats of looting, which required immediate action by City leadership including issuing a citywide curfew. At the time of issuance, there was already observed looting in Santa Clara and credible intelligence of Westfield Valley Fair and Santana Row shopping districts being identified as locations of potential raids. We received these threats of looting in Santa Clara around 6:30 p.m. and at 8:07 p.m. the Santa Clara Police Department noticed the community that a curfew would be put in place. Because San José and Santa Clara were working at our shared city borders, we aligned to their curfew.
As Santa Clarans know, every second counts in being able to respond effectively to emergency situations such as when peaceful protests get overtaken by unlawful gatherings. A citywide curfew also allows the Police Department to preserve limited resources for responding to large-scale incidents. In this case, given that Santa Clara has many shopping districts throughout the entire city, having fewer people out at night puts fewer people at risk as we worked to preserve safety at various potential locations for looting/raids.
The curfew will be reassessed after tonight to ensure there’s no credible threat to the safety of our community. The Santa Clara Police Department will exercise reasonableness as individuals make their way about the city, particularly those individuals going to and from work and facilitating deliveries. The curfew will be utilized as a tool, if necessary, to combat illegal activity. Unless personal travel is necessary, residents are asked to stay home. Due to COVID-19, we are already under public health orders to maximize sheltering in place.
For more information, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/curfew.
About the City of Santa Clara
Located at the heart of Silicon Valley about 45 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Santa Clara truly is “The Center of What’s Possible.” Incorporated in 1852, Santa Clara covers an area of 19.3 square miles with an estimated population of 129,498. Santa Clara is home to an extraordinary array of high-tech companies, including Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Nvidia, Oracle, and Ericsson. The City of Santa Clara is also home to Santa Clara University, California’s Great America Theme Park, and Levi’s® Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and SB50. For more information, go to SantaClaraCA.gov.