By Robert Haugh
San Jose Inside (SJI) had a nice scoop on Santa Clara Councilman Kevin Park last week.
Park is being investigated for failing to file financial disclosure forms by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).
But it’s not the first time for Park. Here’s what SJI reported.
“The engineer and first-term City of Santa Clara councilmember neglected to file required disclosure forms with California’s political watchdog agency during his unsuccessful 2014 and 2016 campaigns. And he remained paperwork-challenged even after he won the Mission City’s District 4 seat.”
Park says he’ll file the forms. That’s legally required of every elected official. “When you look into it, you’ll find that there really isn’t anything there,” Park told SJI.
But rumors are swirling in the Mission City about where Park gets his income. Here’s what SJI wrote in their story:
“According to Park’s forms from December 2020, he listed no reportable income—at all. However, the engineer’s name and loan are connected to an “unnamed startup” located at 5201 Great America Parkway—the five-story Techmart office building.”
There are more stories floating around Santa Clara about Park soliciting money from the 49ers without reporting it.
This would not be the first time Park hid things related to the 49ers.
As we reported in April, Park failed to list on his calendar a January meeting with the team. It was just hours before a City Council meeting when they had important items on the agenda. That’s a violation of a City ordinance.
Councilman Anthony Becker also failed to list a 49er meeting. But we publicized it and community leader Howard Myers filed a complaint. Then, Becker amended his calendar.
Park, Becker and Councilman Suds Jain were supported by 49ers owner Jed York’s $3 million campaign to get them elected in 2020. The three failed numerous times to win Santa Clara elections before York opened his wallet for them.
But it looks like Park is a lot less responsible than Becker. Park’s calendar is still not amended. It’s now 253 days since Park met with the 49ers.
We’ll continue to keep track of the days and the number of investigations into Park.