By Robert Haugh
Santa Clara Councilmember Suds Jain has had several issues with conflicts of interest.
At last Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Jain left his seat on a controversial issue in his district.
A home at 1485 Bellomy wants to add a lot of square footage and a second story on a lot that’s approximately 3,900 square feet. That has some neighbors in the Old Quad concerned.
An Old Quad resident named Elizabeth wondered why Jain could not participate.
“Why we have the one person who lives in this area not able to speak on behalf of his constituents that chose him as their leader so to speak,” she said.
You can watch her brief statement here:
Earlier, Jain said that he could not participate in the discussion or vote because the “City Council” advised him that he could not participate “due to the proximity of my house to this property.”
Jain had to clarify that he meant “City Attorney.” Whoops.
Here’s Jain’s statement and video of him leaving the meeting.
Elected officials have to recuse themselves from votes if their residence is within 1,000 feet of a project.
After the project’s presentation and public comment, the City Council voted 5-1 to ask the applicant to downsize the project.
Councilmember Kevin Park voted no and Jain was not present.
This isn’t the first time Jain has had conflicts that stop him from representing his district and constituents.
Most downtown residents say there are two major developments that will shape their neighborhoods: downtown revitalization and the BART station area plan.
Jain only recently told residents that he can’t vote on either of them.
After an August, 2021 meeting, a few downtown Santa Clara residents told Santa Clara News Online that they were very upset. They believe Jain and his wife Lori Jain misled voters during his 2020 campaign when he told them he had no conflicts.
Santa Clara News Online has documented how Jain knew about his conflicts as a Planning Commissioner and how he lied about them during his campaign.
The list of Jain’s conflicts grows longer.