City Council Preview: Routine Business; But Will the Meeting End Before Midnight?

By Robert Haugh

Today’s Santa Clara City Council meeting will include several routine items as well as a strange request by indicted Councilmember Anthony Becker.

Here are the agenda items:

  • Closed session — conference with Labor negotiators Units #5, 7 & 8-City of Santa Clara Employees Association Unit #9A-Unclassified Police Management Employees
  • Study session — Joint City Council and Senior Advisory Commission dinner meeting
  • Proclaim Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, 2023
  • Proclaim September 16, 2023 as Mahsa Amini Day
  • Hold a Public TEFRA Hearing and Action on the Adoption of a Resolution approving the California Municipal Finance Authority (CMFA) issuance of tax-exempt bonds for the financing of a 200-unit Multi-family rental housing project for low-income households at 80 Saratoga Avenue.prob
  • Action to Adopt a Resolution amending parking regulations on Lafayette Street related to possible parking removal for the Lafayette Street Class IV Bikeway Project and direction on Use of Roadway on Lafayette for Bicycle Paths – deferred from August 22, 2023.
  • Action on Proposed Council Policy 053 – Santa Clara Convention Center and Levi’s Stadium Policy for operational tours for designated City/Stadium Authority officials. This is a long overdue item. It will provide guidance on elected officials receiving “tours” during events. 
  • Action on a written petition submitted by Councilmember Anthony Becker requesting to place an agenda item at a future Council meeting to consider a Policy to normalize and make consistent speaking at public events.


  1. Sigh.

    Living in Santa Clara and listening to elected officials is increasingly like living in the Twilight Zone.

    It is very disturbing that EACH and EVERY councilmember is so isolated from the communities they serve. While it is encouraging to observe volunteering citizens dialogue with our fractured city council, those conversations revealed that many city councilmembers are, well, disconnected/isolated from the districts in which they serve.

    As an example, in the most recent meeting and dinner with volunteering citizenry, an issue about having a “bean bag toss” set-up in the parks was raised. Kevin PARK recommends cement bean bag toss ramps because he has ‘seen’ bean bag ramps in “Bravo Land,” of Kettleman City, CA.


    Apparently, he cares less to understand or enjoy parks in District 4. Embarrassing.

    Mr. Park: Homeridge Park is IN YOUR DISTRICT has on this DAY the very ‘concrete’ bean bag ramps.

    Your ignorance, which is understandable, is perhaps because the last Parks & Rec commissioner had been politically eliminated. So, there’s lost information that could have saved your dumb face for making comments that suggest you know more about places OUTSIDE our city than INSIDE our city. This blows back is on YOU!

    As you do not know your district, here you go:

    Oh yea. There was much interest in pickleball and NONE of the councilmembers even suggest this:

    Santa Clarans, with leadership like this…. oh well, you know what is coming. Save yourself.

  2. The 5 are pushin hard to get their “Must Do For Jed” lists fulfilled before they’re all thrown under the bus. Hey isn’t Raj runnin for Mayor? He wants to go glad handin since he can’t do anything else worthwhile. Make sure you got the Weakly and Flashlight takin pics and that they get your good side!

  3. What the heck is a Becker talking about? Are we going to spend two hours talking about what he meant versus what he wrote on paper? The man just needs to go. I don’t think he has a brain cell left. He needs to step down from his position.

    • Debbie

      Becker is mad that Lisa gets to greet celebrities.
      Becker wants it rotated.

      Remember kids with See’s Candy.

      Why does Lisa get the sprecklex mocha?

      Becker tired of just getting marzipan.

      Look at 704 city charter.

  4. When we say “leave your ego at the door,” we are referring to the idea that one should check their sense of self-importance at the “door” before entering a situation or conversation. This means letting go of the need to be right, to be in control, or to be recognized for one’s accomplishments.

    Becker – take the advice! No one cares about what you have to say!

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