By Robert Haugh
Santa Clara City Councilman Anthony Becker has been campaigning on how he can be a better fiscal manager for the City as Mayor.
But he has had serious problems with his personal financial history.
Santa Clara News Online (SCNO) pointed out how he spent an extraordinary amount on food in his last campaign, making local fast food restaurants happy that he’s running again.
Since that story appeared, a person who Becker had a dispute with over a financial matter pointed out that Becker has a troubled financial history.
Between 2004 and 2018, Becker has been taken to court for collections by:
- Keypoint Credit Union,
- Pallisades Collections,
- Calvary, and
On Becker’s 2020 Form 700, his economic interest disclosure, he reports a car loan from Ally at 19 percent interest.
A person in the finance industry, says this is a “super high interest rate.” It’s called a “beat loan” and means the person has bad credit.
Becker frequently talks about his challenges of living in a high-cost area for someone who like him who doesn’t have a steady job or income.
A lot of people can relate to that (including SCNO). But we’re not running for Mayor and hoping to manage a billion-dollar plus budget and figure out if the 49ers are paying their stadium debt.