City Council Preview: Council Will Consider Business Head Tax and Removal of Planning Commissioner, City’s Law Firm Wants to Triple Its Fee

By Robert Haugh

The Santa Clara City Council will vote tomorrow on a number of items. 

One of the most controversial items is the business head tax ballot proposal spearheaded by Raj Chahal. This tax is strongly opposed by local businesses.

The Council voted last week to defer discussion a week while a task force of Karen Hardy, Chahal and Kevin Park reviewed the matter with stakeholders.

The Council will also hear an item to triple the amount for interim City Attorney services by Lozano Smith LLP. The original contract was not-to-exceed $300,000. The law firm is asking to triple that to $900,000. Wow.

Recall organizers will have more to debate about

Other items:

  • Closed session — Conference with Real Property Negotiators — 5401 Lafayette Street, better known as the Santa Clara PAL BMX track – Police Activities League, Mike Walke, President Under Negotiation: Purchase/Sale/Exchange/Lease of Real Property (provisions, price and terms)
  • Joint Study session with Planning Commission on the Housing Element Update
  • Consent calendar — Action on the Approval of a Municipal Law Enforcement Services Agreement with San Francisco Police Department. This is regarding public safety services for events at Levi’s Stadium. There is no cost or fee schedule included in the report. Wow.
  • Public Hearing: Actions on a Multi-family Residential Project at 3141 – 3155 El Camino Real
  • Action on Consideration of Installation of Centerline Pavement Striping on Bray Avenue
  • Response to Councilmember Anthony Becker’s Written Request regarding the Recent Appointment of Ron Patrick to the Planning Commission
  • Action on a Written Petition Submitted by Cecilia Aguiar Requesting to Place an Agenda Item on a Future Council Meeting to Consider Traffic Calming Measures on Cabrillo Avenue
  • Action on a Written Petition Submitted by Craig Larsen Requesting to Place an Agenda Item on a Future Council Meeting to Hear an Explanation by Councilmember Park on the Apparent Inconsistent Statements in Official Filings Regarding Employment and Sources of Income. This is a follow up petition to the one filed by former City Attorney Brian Doyle that the Council refused to hear.
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