By Robert Haugh
Yesterday, Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor said Councilmember Anthony Becker should resign since he was indicted last week for allegedly leaking a civil grand jury report and lying about it.
Becker allegedly gave the leaked information to the 49ers and the 49er-friendly SV Voice. He has been charged with felony perjury and a misdemeanor.
Gillmor was at the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Future of Santa Clara” conference when she made her statement.
Gillmor was asked by the publications Editor-in-Chief J. Jennings Moss whether Becker should resign. Gillmor said, “Yes, I do.”
Gillmor later tweeted: “Anthony Becker has lost the trust of the people of Santa Clara.”
The only other time Gillmor asked for a colleague to resign happened in 2018 with disgraced former Councilmember Dominic Caserta.
Caserta had numerous credible sexual abuse and improper behavior complaints against him from his female students at Santa Clara High School. Caserta was a teacher there.
Caserta eventually resigned from the City Council and his candidacy for County Supervisor and was forced to leave his teaching job.
Becker has not responded to calls for him to resign from numerous community leaders who attended last Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
A local attorney familiar with the Becker situation said Becker is using his resignation as “a bargaining chip to stay out of jail.”
But the attorney added that District Attorney Jeff Rosen and Deputy District Attorney Jason Malinsky would look weak if they let that happen because Becker would be removed from office anyway if he’s found guilty of either the felony or the misdemeanor.
“Since the evidence has been presented to a criminal grand jury, it’s presumably substantial,” said the attorney who asked not to be identified for professional reasons.
Other local attorneys concurred with his assessment.
Becker returns to court on May 3 to present his plea to the charges against him.