By Robert Haugh
Former City Attorney Brian Doyle returned to City Hall. He wasn’t wearing a suit and tie, but he was all business.
“There are some serious inconsistencies in official filings by Councilmember Kevin Park that at best indicate an unacceptable level of deceit and at worse perjury,” said Doyle.
Doyle provided official documents that Park signed and claimed he was employed by “TCS” or Tata Consulting Services from 2017 to 2020.
But Park never reported any income from them during those years.
Park was elected in November 2020 when Jed York spent an unprecedented $3 million to help him and candidates Anthony Becker and Suds Jain win their council seats. The three were previously 0-6 in Santa Clara elections without York’s help.
Doyle asked the City Council to agendize the item so Park could explain himself to Mission City residents.
The request was rejected by the 49er Five and lost 5-2.
Becker made the motion to deny the request and Jain seconded. They joined councilmembers Raj Chahal, Karen Hardy, and Park to vote to deny.
Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Councilmember Kathy Watanabe voted to grant Doyle’s request.
“It’s a matter of transparency and the public has a right to know,” said Gillmor.
“I think this is an opportunity for questions to be answered and clarifications to be made,” said Watanabe.
Becker cited the advice of Interim City Attorney James Sanchez who said that the Council should not agendize the issue while Doyle is suing the City for wrongful termination.
Doyle was fired by the 49er Five in August 2021 without cause. It was done at the 49ers’ request.
But Becker screwed up. He admitted that the issue was discussed earlier in closed session. Whoops.
Doyle immediately caught it and said that Sanchez violated rules for what can be discussed in closed session since it wasn’t noticed.
This is likely a developing story.
(Note to Doyle: maybe you should let your attorney know.)
(Note to 49er Five: maybe Becker shouldn’t be making motions.)