By Robert Haugh
We got an unusual notice yesterday about a special city council meeting today. But as we’ve said before, nothing is really unusual with this new council.
Today at 1:15 p.m., the City Council will meet in closed session to discuss the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) case.
The meeting is being held less than 24 hours after the eNotify email went public at 2 p.m.
This didn’t make a lot of sense since the CVRA appeals hearing happened yesterday morning.
As we reported, the Sixth District Court of Appeal heard arguments from both sides. The judicial panel that heard the arguments were these judges: Eugene Premo, Franklin Elia and Allison Danner.
According to City staff, soon after the hearing, four Council members requested a closed session to discuss the case.
That’s interesting because if more than three Council members talked to each other that would be a Brown Act violation.
Here’s what happened when yesterday with some interesting timing:
12:02 p.m. — New Councilman Suds Jain emailed City staff requesting the closed session. He copied Councilman Raj Chahal in his email.
Chahal tried to get the Council to throw in the towel and throw away over $3 million before the hearing at the December 8 Council meeting.
Jain wrote in his email yesterday: “My desire is that this meeting occur ASAP with the intent that it is held before the judges issue a ruling.” Wow. Sounds like Jain is concerned that the City might win the appeal.
12:46 p.m. — New Councilman Anthony Becker made his request to City staff for a closed session meeting. He did not copy Chahal.
12:51 p.m. — Councilwoman Karen Hardy made her request to City staff. She did not copy Chahal.
12:53 p.m. — New Councilman Kevin Park made his request to City staff. He did not copy Chahal.
We won’t be able to see the Council discuss the issue because it’s a closed meeting. But people can comment publicly before the closed session happens.
- Via Zoom: https://santaclaraca.zoom.us/j/99706759306 Meeting ID: 997-0675-9306
- Phone: 1(669) 900-6833
- Via the City’s eComment (now available during the meeting)
- Via email to PublicComment@santaclaraca.gov
The public may view the meetings on SantaClaraCA.gov, Santa Clara City Television (Comcast cable channel 15 or AT&T U-verse channel 99) or the livestream on the City’s YouTube channel or Facebook page.