City Calendar Review — How Did City Leaders Spend Their Time?
By Robert Haugh
We took a look at the publicly available calendars for Santa Clara city leaders which is on the city’s website.
We last did this in April.
Here are some general highlights for April-June, 2017:
- Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Councilwoman Teresa O’Neill are the busiest, attending required public meetings, community gatherings, and individual meetings or calls.
- Of the council, Councilman Pat Kolstad attended the fewest non-required public meetings.
- City Clerk Rod Diridon, Jr. did not attend any non-required public meetings.
Here are some interesting meetings:
- Gillmor met with San Jose City Councilman Don Rocha and former Campbell Mayor Jason Baker in June. They’re both running for County Supervisor against Vice Mayor Dominic Caserta who Gillmor un-endorsed in May.
- Police Chief Mike Sellers also met with Baker, in March. Caserta endorsed Sellers’ opponent, Pat Nikolai in last year’s police chief election.
- On April 3, Kolstad met with former City Attorney Ren Nosky who resigned in January. The meeting is listed as “social.”
- Miles Barber, once a lobbyist for the massive Mariani development project, likes to meet with O’Neill. They had meetings in April and May. According to her calendar, she’s met with him four times in the last year.
The first Barber-O’Neill meeting was listed as “General Business Discussion and Mariani’s proposed development.” The last three meetings have been about “city issues.” The only other councilmember that reports meeting with Barber was Caserta over a year ago, on April 2016, about the Mariani project. That’s a lot of meetings for someone who is no longer a lobbyist.
Here are some commendable meetings:
- On June 10, Gillmor and Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe attended the Muslim Support Rally near Valley Fair/Santana Row. It’s too bad others did not show up.
- On June 12, Councilwoman Patty Mahan attended a community meeting to hear what Santa Clarans want in a new city manager.
- On June 19 Gillmor, Watanabe, and Councilwoman Debi Davis did the same.
- On June 22, the following people attended the LGBTQ flag raising ceremony at City Hall with County Supervisor Ken Yeager: Gillmor, Caserta, Davis, Watanabe, and Interim City Manager Rajeev Batra. Kudos to them. It’s too bad not everyone was in attendance.