By Robert Haugh
There’s been a lot of talk around the Mission City about Jed York dropping $2.4 million into four city council races.
It’s the most money anyone has spent on City Council races in Santa Clara history.
The Santa Clara Police Officers Association PAC, the Santa Clara Firefighters and Labor are also spending money in these races.
But their combined spending is a fraction of York’s millions.
You can track the spending on the City Clerk’s website. There are charts for each Council district.
York is trying to take control of the City Council by electing Anthony Becker (District 6), Harbir Bhatia (District 1), Suds Jain (District 5) and Kevin Park (District 4).
The POA PAC’s website JedYorkFacts.com calls them “Jed’s Team.”
York is opposing Rob Mezzetti (District 6), Bob O’Keefe (District 5), Councilwoman Teresa O’Neill (District 4) and Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe (District 1).
Jed’s Team is saying that they did not ask for the spending that’s supporting them. They also argue that they’ll be independent.
But York has a history of rewarding his supporters. He did that with disgraced former Councilman Dominic Caserta.
In 2014, Caserta supported giving away the Youth Soccer Park to York who wanted it for game day VIP parking. That’s right — to park VIP cars.
A few years later, Caserta ran for County Supervisor and York returned the favor with a huge financial contribution.
But Caserta dropped out of the race after multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
We’ll have to see if any of Jed’s Team is elected. Then, we’ll find out what Jed wants for his contribution.