San Francisco Board of Supervisors approves $290,000 payout for Journey guitarist wedding case

By , August 12, 2016 11:09 am

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday granted a US$ 290000 payout to conciliate a lawsuit by guitarist of rock band Journey which said that the city jacked up fees unfairly to use a city landmark for his grand wedding ceremony.
The board unanimously voted to sanction the settlement with Neal Schon, who tied the knot with Real Housewives of DC star Michaele Salahi at the Palace of Fine Arts back in December 2013. The reception took place at an adjacent building which once the Exploratorium science museum.
Schon stated that he agreed to pay the city US$ 58000 for the use, but was stormed when he came to know days before the ceremony that he would have to submit US$ 240000 for the deluxe event to go on. He paid with reluctance, likening the price hike to “extortion.”
In February, the couple sued in federal court, claiming that the city jacked up the fees in an unfairly manner after they came to know that the couple had plan to broadcast the event on pay-per-view.
Initially, city attorney Dennis Herrera defended the higher charge as right for a commercial event. But later, things changed.
Journey is a band almost synonymous with San Francisco in few circles. Two of its tracks, “Lights” and “Don’t Stop Believin” are unofficial theme songs of San Francisco Giants. Before entering in the 2010 season of “Housewives,” Michaele hit the headlines when she and her former-husband crashed a state dinner at White House in the year 2009.

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