By Robert Haugh
According to multiple sources, a committee is forming to start a recall campaign against Santa Clara Councilmembers Anthony Becker, Suds Jain and Kevin Park this month.
In March, Santa Clara News Online (SCNO) published a Q and A with one of the recall organizers, Burt Field.
Field was one of the founders of the grassroots group Stand Up for Santa Clara that rallied support to fight 49ers’ CEO Jed York’s takeover attempt of the Youth Soccer Park.
Field recently confirmed that he has received enough contribution pledges to start a committee and file paperwork.
“We’re likely to get off the ground in July, or early August,” said Field. “Every bad Council decision helps our numbers.”
Sources say the organizers are debating what issues to emphasize.
Some say that the unprecedented firing of former City Manager Deanna Santana and former City Attorney Brian Doyle should be the focus.
Replacing both Santana and Doyle has been way more costly than anyone thought it would be.
Others believe the financial giveaways to the 49ers should be the focus of the campaign.
Since the 49er Five took over the Council in December 2020, the 49ers have been granted huge contracts and giveaways by the Council totaling millions of dollars.
The 49er Five are Becker, Jain, Park plus Councilmembers Raj Chahal and Karen Hardy.
Chahal and Hardy are up for re-election in November and are likely to draw strong opponents.
SCNO obtained a copy of a fundraising email Field sent to supporters in mid-June. Field writes:
I’m aware of some upcoming news that may help us make a case that we need new leadership on the City Council. So I’m encouraged that we can be successful.
Field would not disclose what he meant by “upcoming news.”
Field said anyone interested in the recall campaign, contact him at Burt.Field@gmail.com.
This is a developing story.