By Robert Haugh
Today, at Santa Clara City Hall approximately 40 residents gathered to form a committee to recall Councilmembers Anthony Becker, Suds Jain and Kevin Park.
Committee member Teresa O’Neill said that Santa Clarans “are fighting back against potential corruption and wrongdoing with this recall project.”
Recall organizer Burt Field said the committee is targeting a special election in 2023.
Becker, Jain and Park are up for reelection in 2024.
Here’s a YouTube link to a video of the event.
According to O’Neill, the recent Civil Grand Jury report will be the basis of the “Notice of Intention.” That’s the document that will be officially presented to Becker, Jain and Park as the reasons they’re being recalled.
O’Neill outlined the key findings the recall committee will use:
- Findings 1a, 1b, 1c: Potential Violations of Public Meeting Laws
- Findings 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d: Potential Misappropriation of Public Funds
- Finding 5: Potential Violation of City’s Ordinance Prohibiting Lobbyist Gifts
- Finding 8a: Termination of City Staff That Are Potential Coverup of Conflicts
O’Neill said residents should go to GrandJuryReport.com, a site put up by the Santa Clara Police Officers Association to learn more about the findings and to download the full report.
The other Councilmembers accused of wrongdoing by the Civil Grand Jury are Raj Chahal and Karen Hardy. They are up for reelection this November so they’re not targets of the recall.
The recall committee has a site for residents to sign up: SaveOurSantaClara.com.