By Robert Haugh
Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor responded to the scathing Civil Grand Jury report with a 6-point “Anti-Corruption Reform Plan.”
“The Civil Grand Jury report clearly documents violations of law and the potential for corruption. It’s a sad day for Santa Clara and a wake-up call that says we need to clean up our city,” wrote Gillmor in an email to reporters after the report’s official release.
Here are the elements of Gillmor’s plan:
1. The City Council should accept the Grand Jury’s findings and recommendations at the next possible council meeting.
2. The City Staff should work on the Grand Jury recommendations immediately to meet the February deadlines.
3. Councilmembers should publicly pledge to voluntarily and fully cooperate with all investigations that involve potential violations of law or potential corruption.
4. If Councilmembers wish to redact or withhold information from investigators, they must publicly report at a City Council meeting why they are doing so.
5. Councilmembers should disclose to our City attorneys all communications with the 49ers lobbyists on all matters that could have a financial impact on the City.
6. The City Council should create an independent Ethics Commission that is responsible for ethics training of Councilmembers and City Staff and has the power to censure and admonish wrongdoing.
“The City Council majority may be resistant to this plan,” said Gillmor.
“But they should realize that because the 49ers have spent millions of dollars to influence our elections and City Council decisions, public trust in Santa Clara has been destroyed. If we love our City, we need to rebuild our bond with residents starting today.”
The next City Council meeting is Tuesday, October 18, 2022.