By Robert Haugh
At last night’s Santa Clara City Council meeting, indicted Councilman Anthony Becker was asked to resign by community leaders including some of his friends.
District Attorney Jeff Rosen is charging Becker with allegedly leaking a confidential grand jury report to the 49ers and the Silicon Valley Voice, a pro-49er publication, and lying about it.
Becker is accused of a misdemeanor and felony perjury. He could spend up to four years in jail if found guilty.
“I’m very sad to see my friend indicted on a very serious charge,” said Yuki Ikezi who served with Becker on the Planning Commission and supported him when he ran for City Council.
“You need to save yourself. I’m speaking as a friend. I hope you can plead down to a lesser charge.”
“I’m requesting the resignation of Anthony Becker from the City Council,” said community leader Debbie Tryforos.
“He has been indicted by a criminal grand jury. This has resulted in nationwide news coverage and it’s an embarrassment to our city and the people who live in his district. He’s no longer worthy of a City Council seat and needs to resign immediately.”
Business owner Ron Patrick described how he has been trying to minimize the impacts around the stadium neighborhoods where his company is located. But Becker has undermined them.
“Mr. Becker has been working for the 49ers, getting them internal information, and lying about it to a grand jury,” said Patrick.
“Mr. Becker was a large component of our problem. Why would the 49ers organization do anything to improve things if they have their man working in secret for them within the city?”
Patrick called Becker a 49er lap dog with anger issues. He also called for him to resign.
Becker did not respond to any of the comments. That was unusual for him.
His colleagues known as the “49er Five” also remained silent and did not defend Becker.
Becker must turn himself into the County Sheriff’s office to be booked, fingerprinted, and take a mug shot before May 3. That’s when he returns to court to enter his plea.
Editor’s Note: The 49er Five are Councilmembers Anthony Becker, Raj Chahal, Suds Jain, Karen Hardy and Kevin Park.
Jed York spent $3 million in November 2020 to elect Becker, Jain and Park. They were previously 0-6 in Santa Clara elections. Chahal and Hardy have received gifts from the team without reporting them and received $1 million each for their elections in November 2022.
In 2022, the team spent approximately $2.5 million for Becker in his failed attempt to unseat Mayor Lisa Gillmor.
The 49er Five met with the team on an almost weekly basis and have voted to help the team win millions of dollars in concessions from the City since December 2020.