Conflicts of Interest: Carolyn Schuk, Miles Barber, and the Santa Clara Weekly
By Robert Haugh
San Jose Inside took a hard look at Santa Clara WEEKLY reporter Carolyn Schuk and her conflicts of interest in regard to her non-profit organization.
Carolyn apparently has no qualms about writing stories about subjects then asking them for money for the Santa Clara Performing Arts Foundation. It’s an organization she controls and is not required to disclose where or how she spends the money. The story wasn’t pretty.
Carolyn allegedly dodged meeting with The Fly to answer questions about the organization. We will offer her and her board of directors an opportunity to write a guest column on this site if they wish to clear their organization’s name with the Santa Clara community.
But Carolyn isn’t the only one at the Weekly who has conflicts of interest. In articles about the massive Mariani’s development project, there has been no disclosure that the Weekly’s Publisher Miles Barber is a paid lobbyist for the project.
Here’s one example, a story by David Alexander.
Miles, himself, has often penned columns supporting high-density housing projects, but slyly avoids mentioning the massive Mariani’s development project. But he’s not really fooling anyone at City Hall. Here’s an example.
As many of you know, I used to work for the Weekly. We never discussed conflicts of interest or journalistic ethics. Well, some, like me, discussed it, and it was shot down. Maybe the Weekly should start. Or maybe it’s too late.
Editor’s Note: We’ve asked Lou Mariani to write an opinion piece giving us his perspective about the massive Mariani’s development project. He hasn’t responded yet.
Notice of disclosure: I feel it’s important to disclose that in the past I requested silent auction and/or raffle items from the 49ers and other local businesses for events hosted by my not-for-profit company, Wrestling For Charity, LLC. All proceeds from events were distributed to the beneficiary organizations and I received no money for my efforts. In fact, I had to contribute money to many events.