By Robert Haugh
Santa Clara City Councilmember Anthony Becker likely violated an California Fair Political Practices (FPPC) rule at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday.
Becker sponsored an agenda item called a “030” that allows Councilmembers and the public to request a topic be placed on a future Council agenda.
Becker wants a report released about an investigation into his behavior last August. He made his case during a Council discussion.
The Council unanimously approved Becker’s request on a 6-0 vote with Becker abstaining.
Yup, Becker introduced the issue and advocated for it. He even pushed City staff to schedule the meeting for a specific date, December 5.
When vote came and Becker said he was abstaining. Wow.
According to a knowledgeable attorney, Becker committed a violation. Becker participated in the discussion instead of leaving the room as the law requires.
Becker has never abstained on an issue during his time on the Council or declared a conflict of interest. But he’s seen his colleagues do it numerous times since he’s been in office.
So Becker is familiar with the rule and practice.
Here’s the FPPC language:
The investigation that Becker wants released involves his alleged actions during a closed session in August, 2022.
Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Councilmember Kathy Watanabe said they felt threatened by Becker who allegedly yelled “F-you” at them and made an obscene gesture.
Becker hung up the phone when a San Francisco Chronicle reporter asked him about the incident. The newspaper broke the story.
Becker has a history of abusive behavior in Santa Clara that Santa Clara News Online has tracked.
Becker is also facing misdemeanor and felony charges for leaking a Grand Jury report and lying about it.
Last Tuesday’s apparent FPPC violation, according to our source, would not likely be a felony.