By Robert Haugh
Last week, Councilman Anthony Becker asked for a special meeting to fire a City employee.
Multiple sources, including at least one, who has talked to Becker confirm that he’d like to fire City Attorney Brian Doyle.
But Becker doesn’t have a reason for firing Doyle. Here’s what Becker wrote in an email to City staff on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
“I would like to request a special closed session meeting promptly to consider the dismissal of a public employee for no-cause under their employment contract.”
That’s right. Becker put in writing that there’s no cause to fire Doyle. He’d just like to do it anyway.
Becker also told City staff in his August 25th email what info (or lack of info) to disclose to the public:
“The notice shall read as follows and shall not include the name or the title of the employee.”
‘PUBLIC EMPLOYEE DISCIPLINE/DISMISSAL/RELEASE or Gov’t Code§ 54954.S(e)’”
Wow. That’s right. Becker wrote “not include the name.” Becker wants to get rid of Doyle but doesn’t want anyone to know about it in advance.
Becker also told City staff when to schedule the meeting. Here’s what he wrote in his email:
“I hearby [sic] request that this special closed session be scheduled as soon as possible but no later than Friday September 3, 2021 to consider this item.”
Why is Becker in a rush? Maybe there’s an important 49ers court case coming up. His push is raising lots of questions.
(Note to Anthony: turn spell check on.)
Becker is not a lawyer. So he probably doesn’t use the word “hereby” a lot.
According to retired City employees, they’ve never seen anyone do that before in Santa Clara history. Never.
They also expect Doyle to sue the City. Most believe he has a really strong case.
We wonder if Becker will have to write another apology to Santa Clara residents for costing the Mission City lots of money.