By Robert Haugh
The City Council censured Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe for not allowing Councilman Kevin Park to speak at a Stop Asian Hate rally.
It made no sense because Park never requested to speak until minutes before the rally ended. In fact, he never committed to attending the event.
It also really made no sense because Park himself said he wasn’t offended.
At least four times, Park says, “Not speaking isn’t what offended me …”
Okay, then what offended Park?
“The bigger implication for me wasn’t that I wasn’t allowed to speak, it was past interactions where Kathy would not acknowledge me. She wouldn’t even talk to me.”
“I have a long history with Kathy Watanabe,” said Park. He claimed that Watanabe’s involvement in the Santa Clara Sister Cities organization was “one of the reasons” he left that organization.
Maybe that’s true. Maybe it’s not. Like The Miz, Park has a reputation for being annoying and saying things that he can’t back up.
For example, at the Council meeting, Park claimed Watanabe removed the Stop Asian Hate event from her Facebook page. That turned out to be false. Watanabe responded later, showing the event on her personal and Council member page.
Park also spent a lot of time saying he had a video to play but could never find it and never showed it. Whoops.
So Park’s issue wasn’t really about Watanabe’s actions at the event. It was a lot of past stuff. It’s a shame he got the Council majority to play along.