By Robert Haugh
On Tuesday night, the clash between Police Chief Pat Nikolai and Councilmember Kevin Park was the main event.
But there were other things that happened too on the undercard of the Santa Clara City Council meeting.
Don Heinsen and Laney Brown called into the meeting and asked for indicted Councilmember Anthony Becker to resign. “You should resign immediately,” said Brown. “You’ve lost our trust.”
There’s been a steady drumbeat of people showing up or calling into Council meetings to ask Becker to resign since he was charged in April with leaking and lying about a Grand Jury report.
Becker does not respond to the public comments. That’s something that’s rare for him.
During the meeting, Becker had his light on and Mayor Lisa Gillmor called upon Becker to speak. “Sorry, I have no comment,” Becker said. Wow. We’re not kidding.
Becker and Councilwoman Karen Hardy could be seen whispering and sharing notes with one another throughout the meeting.
Santa Clara Swim Center
Approximately a dozen community members, including Santa Clara Swim Club Head Coach Kevin Zacher spoke to the Council about repair problems at the George F. Haines Santa Clara International Swim Center.
The fabled facility has been out of service for several weeks, which caused the popular Santa Clara International Swim Meet to relocate to San Jose. Apparently, repairs require customized parts that are hard to obtain.
Gillmor said the Swim Center would be addressed during the Budget discussions. By consensus, the Council asked City staff to look into the issues and report back to Council.
Assistant City Manager Manuel Pineda served as the acting City Manager for the meeting. City Manager Jovan Grogan was on vacation.