By Ron Patrick
The City Council voted unanimously for me to serve on the Santa Clara Planning Commission.
Councilman Anthony Becker wants to reconsider his vote and my appointment one month after it was made. He says he “discovered” a few hours after the vote that I may not be a city resident.
Let me clarify the facts.
First, I have changed my legal voting residence to 5191 Lafayette in Santa Clara.
Elections Code 349 allows a person to have more than one residence at a time, but only one domicile for voting purposes.
I do reside at 5191 Lafayette in Santa Clara, and I have designated that place as my “residence for voting purposes” pursuant to Elections Code 349.
I have had a nomadic life since my divorce in 2010, which is when I bought the property on Lafayette. At that time and in a very short period, I lost my wife, my children, my father, my best friend, and my secretary.
I still own the marital house, which is in Mountain View.
During this time of profound loss, I purchased my property in Santa Clara, and I consider it to be my home base for the rest of my life.
As such, I am deeply invested in Santa Clara’s success. I am an involved citizen. I want to play an active role in ensuring a vibrant future. I value fairness and good planning. I pay attention. I devour information voraciously. I am smart. And I am relentless in my commitment to justice.
My quest to be on the Commission is already costing me a bundle in terms of time and money.
Why am I doing this? Because I am passionate about the future of Tasman East and I care deeply about Santa Clara.
If I am allowed to serve on the Planning Commission, you can be sure that my dedication to the success of Santa Clara will not waver, and I will do a careful and good job for all the citizens. I will be a passionate advocate for smart and fair development in this city of ours.
This is a decision that is essentially political. And many Santa Clara residents watching this process think there’s a political agenda at work, including me.
Maybe it’s because I’ve raised issues in the past about how the stadium events negatively impact neighborhoods and more needs to be done about it.
To be fair, the staff at the Community Development Department might find me annoying at times, but I want things done right, and I work hard to make sure that happens.
This motivation would make me a good Planning Commissioner and I hope to serve my City as one.