By Robert Haugh
Last night, the Santa Clara City Council appointed seven Mission City residents to serve on a Charter Review Committee.
Their charge is to evaluate eliminating the elected Police Chief and City Clerk.
They will make a recommendation to the City Council for a possible ballot election in March 2024.
Only Santa Clara voters can change the City Charter. Currently, the right to vote for the Police Chief and City Clerk is enshrined in the City Charter.
But 49er Five have expressed an interest in getting rid of both elected positions.
The City Council gave general direction to the Charter Review Committee at the Tuesday night meeting. It passed on a 5-2 vote.
Councilmembers Anthony Becker, Raj Chahal, Karen Hardy, Suds Jain, and Kevin Park supported the motion.
Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Councilmember Kathy Watanabe voted no.
The Council made the following appointments:
Gillmor: Joyce Davis (at large, city wide)
Watanabe: Satish Sandra (District 1)
Chahal: Chiragkumar Patel (District 2)
Hardy: Christine Koltermann (District 3)
Park: Daniel Huynh (District 4)
Jain: Jeff Houston (District 5)
Becker: Clysta Seney, registered as “Clysta ES Mclemore” (District 6)
The deadline to apply for the Committee was July 12.
Huyhn, Park’s appointee, missed the deadline by a day but still got appointed. It’ll be interesting to see how the Committee deals with this.
Every other appointee made the deadline.