By Robert Haugh
Yesterday, the Santa Clara City Council met for its annual priority setting meeting. They got a wake up call with some negative numbers.
First, the good news. People like Silicon Valley Power. Their total positive-to-negative rating was 86-13. Kudos to them.
Now, the bad news. The majority of voters think that Santa Clara does a poor or just fair job focusing on priorities that matter. That rating was 44-52. Ouch.
This is the first time since I’ve been covering City Hall for over a decade that the City Council was considered out of touch with residents.
City Hall did even worse on the question of how responsibly they’re handling tax dollars. That rating was 43-54. Wow.
Again, in recent polling the City did much better on that issue. But that was before the new City Council, a.k.a. “The 49er Five,” took over a year ago.
There will be more coverage of Council priorities in the coming days.
For example, last night we learned from City staff that they’re having trouble completing work because there’s no City Attorney.
It looks like the 49er Five are having trouble hiring a City Attorney after they fired former City Attorney Brian Doyle without cause last August. Is that a surprise?
Also, looks like they want to raise new taxes, and get rid of the elected Police Chief and City Clerk.
Looks like it’s going to be an interesting year, but not a good one.