By Robert Haugh
On Tuesday night, Santa Clara neighborhood leader Howard Myers requested that the City Council place on a future agenda an item asking indicted Councilmember Anthony Becker to resign.
He could not attend the meeting, but his request was read in the Council chambers. The text of Myers’ message is below. It has been edited slightly for clarity.
Myers’ request was supported by people who showed up to the meeting and called in.
No one publicly expressed support for Becker.
But Myers’ request was rejected on the 4-2 vote.
The 49er Five again were united in their opposition. Becker abstained from the vote but he criticized and challenged a member of the public who supported his resignation.
Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Councilmember Kathy Watanabe voted to allow a future discussion.
By Howard Myers
I would like to point out the problem caused by the influence of the 49ers in Santa Clara that led to the report by the Grand Jury and subsequent charges filed against Anthony Becker.
The results of this in the news have been to make Santa Clara a laughing stock locally and statewide.
You would expect a person who is truly dedicated to serving the people of Santa Clara to step down to save our City from continued embarrassment.
In case it didn’t occur to Mr. Becker that he should resign, numerous citizens have asked him to do so. That didn’t work.
So I’m now asking the City Council to formally request Mr. Becker to step down so the City and the City Council can be less distracted by the legal process that is about to begin.
As long as Mr. Becker is a sitting Councilmember, he will be a major part of any news story. He could spare us, the citizens, from asking him to resign but that has not worked.
Therefore, I’m imploring the City Council to ask him to spare us this tasteful distraction.
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.