By Robert Haugh
The City Council yesterday announced that it will allocate another $300,000 to the Small Business Assistance Grant Program. The City has distributed almost $800,000. This will bring the total to $1.1 million to help Mission City businesses. Kudos to the City Council and City staff.
The City came up with the additional $300,000 when City staff announced that the Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) will reimburse the City for the money it’s been spending to feed SCUSD students on the weekends.
The City will also be reaching out to larger corporations in Santa Clara for help to increase the grant program. The group that was supposed to do that was NOT the Chamber of Commerce. But they have raised only $1,500 in the last month to help small businesses.
Memorial Day Celebration — Where’s Waldo?
This year’s Memorial Day Celebration happened without a crowd because of social distancing guidelines.
On Monday at Central Park’s Veterans Memorial, Mayor Lisa Gillmor, City Councilmembers Kathy Watanabe, Teresa O’Neill, Karen Hardy, and Debi Davis were joined by Fire Chief Ruben Torres and Police Chief Pat Nikolai to remember and honor fallen military heroes who served our country.
But one person was missing. Councilmember Raj Chahal did not show up for the 4-minute video or the flag-raising ceremony. According to a neighbor of Chahal’s, he was in Santa Clara that day. According to Chahal, he skipped the ceremony because of seasonal allergies.
- The Council extended the City’s hotel tax that’s currently $1 per room. It’s supposed to be used for marketing the Convention Center. But there’s no conventions now and some of the North Santa Clara hotels are closed because travel is way down. We’ll write more to explain this in a few days.
- The Council unanimously voted to go to court to “validate” the Stadium Authority’s budget. We’ll write more about that decision, too.
Editor’s Note: We updated the story at 2:26 p.m., Wednesday to include the reason behind Chahal’s absence.