By Robert Haugh
Earlier this week, the City sent a warning letter to Sunnyvale-based developer SiliconSage that the company and its employees “likely” violated Santa Clara’s lobbyist ordinance.
The City is now investigating which employees lobbied before it can determine a fine. One of those employees is Harbir Bhatia. She is a City Council candidate in district one.
The lobbyist ordinance was established in 2016. It requires companies and individuals to register as lobbyists if they are trying to influence decisions at City Hall.
We received a copy of the letter sent to SiliconSage CEO Sanjeev Acharya from Santa Clara City Clerk Hosam Haggag.
That letter documents five different meetings between 2017 and 2019 attended by Acharya and five SiliconSage employees at City Hall. None of them registered as lobbyists.
The letter also asks for information about the work of Bhatia. According to Haggag’s letter, Bhatia was the subject of a citizen’s complaint about her possible lobbying activity for SiliconSage.
According to a reliable source, the citizen’s complaint also questioned Bhatia’s involvement in the massive Mariani development project on El Camino Real and her need to register.
Bhatia has hidden her association with SiliconSage during her campaign. We wrote about that last week.
We also wrote a story last year about how Bhatia helped Mariani’s project. But no one on the Mariani team registered as lobbyists.
This is a developing story.