By Robert Haugh
Santa Clara City Councilman Kevin Park is in the middle of another controversy. This time Park is under fire for comparing former City Manager Deanna Santana to a “dog.”
Here’s what Park told the Mercury News on February 24 about why he voted to fire Santana:
“When you get bitten by a dog, you need to heal regardless,” he said. “The teeth may leave holes, but you need to remove the dog. There’s some things you have to do.”
Yesterday, six local organizations condemned Park. Those groups were:
- Asian Law Alliance
- Asian Pacific Islander Justice Coalition
- La Raza Roundtable of CA
- Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley
- Native Voice
Here’s what they wrote:
“We are in complete and utter shock that any public official would compare any person to “a dog” who needed to be removed. This language is unacceptable, inappropriate, and has a negative impact beyond its intended target.
“As community leaders, representing a diverse and multiethnic community, we will not stand idly by while women are being disrespected and mistreated. We demand better from our civic leaders, each other, and the greater community.”
They’re asking Park to make a public apology.
According to a reliable source who knows Park, he did not want to apologize last week. But Park will do so at the Council meeting tonight because of public pressure. Double wow.
Park is known in Santa Clara for insulting people and saying inappropriate things. He’s had this reputation even before he was elected to the Council in 2020 with the help of Jed York’s $3 million expenditure for him.
Park routinely insulted people when he spoke as a resident at Council meetings. He even made sexually inappropriate jokes.
Park also insulted Santana before. At the June 8, 2021 Council meeting, he said her work and her staff’s work were “FUD.” Santana did not like the insult. She publicly chastised Park for it.
Park also insulted Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe during a debate about whether he should have been allowed to speak at an event. Park did not RSVP for the event and requested to speak during the final minute.
At the April 7, 2021 Council meeting, Park claiming he was a victim said:
“I understand the desire to help the young girl, the young Asian girl, that was abused. She’s just a child,” said Park. “But what about the Asian man that was abused (himself) by a mother (Watanabe) who acted like a child?”
Park also insulted Santa Clarans who opposed higher densities on El Camino Real.
Park in a long winded speech, insulted residential home owners. “Just like you can’t ask toddlers to specify their own lunch, you can’t really have single family homeowners design a city,” Park said on July 6, 2021.
Most Santa Clara community leaders who have worked with Park and watched him over the years are not surprised at his poor behavior. They also bet that it will continue.
This is very likely a developing story.