By Robert Haugh
More details are emerging from the Criminal Grand Jury transcripts that led to the indictment of Santa Clara City Councilmember Anthony Becker.
Lance Williams and Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle report that former 49ers Exec and Lobbyist Rahul Chandhok is the key prosecution witness against Becker.
The story has a lot more detail, including information about local journalists that Santa Clara News Online will report on later.
It may be behind a paywall, so here are key excerpts:
Rahul Chandhok told a criminal grand jury on March 21 that Becker gave him a confidential copy of a watchdog agency’s report accusing the 49ers of having undue influence over government in Santa Clara, home of publicly owned Levi’s Stadium. Becker is charged with one felony count of perjury and one misdemeanor count of failing to perform his official duty.
Chandhok said Becker sent him the document via an encrypted communications app on Oct. 6, a month before a local election in which the 49ers spent $2 million in a failed effort to elect Becker mayor – and four days before the report was to become public.
Becker was called to testify before a grand jury in November. Under oath, he denied leaking the report and even claimed he had cut off all contact with Chandhok and the 49ers on June 27, at the start of his mayoral campaign.
By contrast, Chandhok described multiple contacts with Becker throughout the mayoral campaign; Chandhok said he broke off contact with Becker after the election.
In addition, he told team president Al Guido the 49ers “needed to prepare a media plan” to blunt the report’s impact. As for team CEO Jed York, Chandhok said, “I don’t have a memory of discussing it with Mr. York.”
This is a developing story. Stay tuned for more.