By Robert Haugh
On Tuesday, EMC Research and the Lew Edwards Group released information from a recent Santa Clara citywide survey.
The news was not good.
For the first time since I’ve been covering City Hall for over a decade, the Santa Clara City Council is considered out of touch with our residents.
In this year’s survey, 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 percent.
The numbers are worse on the question of how responsibly they’re handling tax dollars. That rating was 43-54 percent.
It’s clear that since the 49er Five took over, the numbers have taken a big dive.
EMC Research and the Lew Edwards Group also did polling for the Mission City in past years. So we can see similar or identical questions on this survey compared to 2018 before the 49ers took over the City Council.
In 2018, voters thought the City did an excellent to good job responding to concerns and complaints 50-34 percent.
We can compare that to this year’s “priorities that matter” question (44-52) because they’re similar. The numbers have dropped from a plus-16 in 2018 to a minus-8 in 2022. That’s a change of minus-24. Wow.
On an identical question about ‘using tax dollars responsibly,” voters in Santa Clara felt positive in 2018, 49-41 percent.
Now, that question results is negative, 43-54 percent. That’s a change from plus-8 in 2018 to minus-11 in 2022 for a total of minus-19. Ouch.
These are terrible numbers for a City that has always been considered well run. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised.
Santa Clarans have been buzzing for months about how the 49er Five fired former City Attorney Brian Doyle without cause at the team’s request. These numbers reflect how Mission City voters think about the direction of our City.