By Robert Haugh
At Tuesday’s Santa Clara City Council meeting, Santa Clara Vice Mayor Kevin Park and Councilmember Anthony Becker were accused of abusive behavior.
Santa Clara business leader Kirk Vartan played a video of Park belittling him at the February 7 Council meeting. Becker was videotaped laughing and encouraging Park.
You can watch Vartan’s 3-minute testimony here.
Or you can watch a full discussion of the event with more video on the Public Trust Review YouTube channel.
Ethicist Dr. Tom Shanks who helped establish Santa Clara’s award-winning ethics programs decades ago said that Park’s behavior is “one of the most egregious violations of the ethics code that I’ve seen in any City in the last 30 years. There’s no reason ever for somebody to attack a public person from the dais.”
“It violates every single one of the city’s core values and the fact that that Councilmember Becker is laughing at this, he’s understanding exactly what’s going on and he thinks it’s funny,” said Shanks.
“It’s not it’s inappropriate and it is egregious for the behavior of a councilman this is not role model behavior which is what everyone has the right to expect from the council.”
This is not the first time that Park or Becker have been accused of attacking the public.
Last year, Park had to publicly apologize for comparing former City Manager Deanna Santana to a “dog.”
In December 2021, Becker was once compared to a “bad mall Santa” for his tirades.