By Robert Haugh
Last Tuesday, the City Council unanimously extended the exclusive negotiating agreement (ENA) for Republic Metropolitan LLC for a high-rise residential development.
It’s planned for the Caltrain Santa Clara Station Park-N-Ride lot located at 500 Benton Street.
Some speakers called in to support the project or the agreement. Some were opposed.
One supporter of extending the ENA was Anthony Becker who is the Planning Commission chair. He’s also a candidate for City Council this year.
Here’s what Becker said: “I’m in agreeance that we should extend the ENA to go deeper into this project and reevaluate it.”
Becker spoke for about two minutes with some suggestions about the development.
Becker concluded by saying: “I really hope we can extend this.”
You can listen to him on YouTube.
But Becker flip-flopped less than an hour later online. (Yup, less than an hour.)
Here’s what he wrote on Facebook: “The more you think about it and with the entire transit area and downtown, this may not fit the right way and the ENA probably should not be extended.”
Thanks to a loyal reader for catching that and sending us the evidence.
Another reader in the Old Quad tells us that Becker has been “promising different things to different people” and he’s not always consistent.
We can’t wait to read his brochures.