By Robert Haugh
On Tuesday, the Mercury News ran two stories involving Indicted Santa Clara City Councilmember Anthony Becker.
They were even written by the same reporter Grace Hase.
One of the stories could result in Becker serving up to four years in prison. It was buried.
Becker’s trial for leaking and lying about a Grand Jury report was finally set. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Daniel Nishigaya set a trial date for March 2024, almost a year after Becker was indicted.
Becker has delayed his trial with deceptive tactics. Becker said he was looking for a private attorney when there’s no evidence he was doing so or could afford one.
His public defender Christopher Montoya is trying to delay it longer.
Becker has refused to resign from the Council and will continue to collect his taxpayer funded paycheck while he awaits trial.
That story was buried on page 3 of the Local section.
The second story was about how Becker with his 49er Five colleagues Councilmembers Suds Jain and Kevin Park filed ethics charges against Stand Up for Santa Clara, a grassroots organization.
As Hase wrote in her story, the charges look frivolous. Stand Up for Santa Clara was created by the Mission City residents who successfully fought the 49ers’ attempt to take over the Youth Soccer Park.
The organization educates the public about how the 49ers control the Santa Clara City Council, but it does not engage in political campaigns.
According to documents shared with Santa Clara News Online, they are a registered nonprofit, a fact that is not in Hase’s story.
Becker, Jain and Park falsely claim the organization is not registered.
That ethics complaint was on the Local section’s page 1. Wow.
To be fair to Hase, she doesn’t determine placement of her stories. It’s her editors.
But this is another in a long list of stories that show how bias the Mercury News is against Santa Clara and for the 49ers.
Here’s just a few of the many examples Santa Clara News Online has documented in the past: