By Robert Haugh
The City circulated a mailer in early October laying out the facts of how the 49ers have sued the City multiple times.
The City has never sued the 49ers. But a lot of people don’t know that and assume the City is antagonizing the team. It might be because of bad reporting.
The City’s information was also shared on social media.
This effort was decided at a September 29 Stadium Authority meeting. It was a unanimous vote.
The next day, on September 30, Jed York set up a campaign committee to elect four Council members.
York is trying to take control of the City Council by electing the following people:
- Anthony Becker (District 6),
- Harbir Bhatia (District 1),
- Suds Jain (District 5),
- Kevin Park (District 4).
York is officially opposing the following candidates:
- Rob Mezzetti (District 6),
- Bob O’Keefe (District 5),
- Councilmember Teresa O’Neill (District 4),
- Councilmember Kathy Watanabe (District 1)
On October 1, the law firm for Jed’s campaign committee, Miller and Olsen, filed a complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).
They argued that the City’s mailer was a political communication paid for by taxpayers.
The FPPC rejected their complaint last week. Here’s what they concluded:
The Enforcement Division found that the mass mailing and email sent on or around October 2020 by the City of Santa Clara did not contain express advocacy or unambiguously urge a particular result in an election with regard to either ballot measures or candidates on the November 3, 2020 General Election ballot. Since the mass mailing and email in question did not constitute campaign related material under the Act, we will not open an investigation into this matter.
This is the second time this year that the FPPC has received a complaint against the City from someone complaining about information the City has sent out.
Former Councilmember Patty Mahan attempted to do the same thing in March, 2020. But her complaint was more personal.
A couple weeks before the March primary, Mahan filed a complaint against Mayor Lisa Gillmor, City Clerk Hosam Haggag, City Manager Deanna Santana and City Attorney Brian Doyle.
The FPPC also rejected Mahan’s complaint.