By Robert Haugh
After spending two hours in a closed session, the City Council took “no reportable” action to replace former City Attorney Brian Doyle. Last week, the 49er Five terminated Doyle with “no cause.”
There must have been a lot of discussion or debate. A lot of eyes will be on this appointment.
On a written petition submitted by David Donaldson, the City Council was asked to establish the Mayor and City Council positions as full-time. Donaldson suggested that the salaries should be $96,000 annually for the Mayor and $80,000 for Councilmembers.
The City Council had to decide if they wanted to put it on a future agenda. On a 4-3 vote, they decided to consider the issue.
Councilmen Anthony Becker, Raj Chahal, Suds Jain and Kevin Park voted in favor.
Mayor Lisa Gillmor, and Councilwomen Karen Hardy and Kathy Watanabe voted against.
The supporters of the discussion all said that they believe the City Council should be full-time because of the workload. They also said that a larger salary would attract more candidates.
The opponents disagreed. Gillmor and Watanabe reminded the Council that some of them voted to cut police funding. So raising Council salaries would not be a good thing. (Hardy was one of the people who voted to cut Santa Clara police funding.)
Hardy feels that the Council should be part-time because she likes the strong city manager form of government.
Donaldson also asked the City for matching funds for donations, funding caps, and disclosures of fundraising activities.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Council handles those issues since the 49ers’ b wrote checks totaling $3 million to get Becker, Jain, and Park elected when they always failed to win on their own.
We’ll cover this issue in depth when it comes back.