By Robert Haugh
Santa Clara resident Travis Flora came to the City Council meeting to complain that City Councilman Anthony Becker was abusive on two separate occasions during the November 16, 2021 meeting. Both times were related to FIFA items, said Flora.
“By retaliating against a member of the public, Councilman Becker violated Santa Clara’s Code of Ethics and Values, injured the good name of the City, and undermined the effectiveness of the City Council,” said Flora.
Flora believes Becker is creating a hostile environment and the Council should consider admonishing or censuring Becker at a future meeting.
Becker immediately moved to dismiss the complaint. He was not a happy camper. You can watch Becker’s negative response here.
Mayor Lisa Gillmor offered a substitute motion. She suggested that Flora and other residents’ complaints about Becker be taken seriously. Gillmor suggested that Becker meet with Flora and report back to the Council.
Becker agreed to Gillmor’s suggestion. Then Councilwoman Karen Hardy asked Becker if he would be more comfortable if she attended the meeting with him. Becker said yes.
The Council voted unanimously to have Becker meet with Flora and other residents who he’s offended and report back.
Laurel Park East Sound Wall
There was another resident request on another issue.
Santa Clara resident Jared Peters wants the City to review what he and some of his neighbors say is an unstable sound wall in their Laurel Park neighborhood.
They succeeded in getting the Council to put the issue on a future agenda. The vote was unanimous. Gillmor had to recuse herself because she lives within 1000 feet of the sound wall she reported.