By Robert Haugh
Last Tuesday at the Santa Clara City Council meeting, community leader Debbie Tryforos presented a video created by local business leader Kirk Vartan.
Vartan challenges the ethical standards of the 49er Five.
“Knowing you all just completed your AB 1234 ethics training about a week ago, how many Councilmembers have the courage to comment on the many ethical violations in just this one example?” Vartan asks.
“On October 10th 2022, the day the grand jury report was released to the public, Councilmember (Anthony) Becker made a press release that I believe is one of the worst and most disingenuous statements he has made:”
“How credible and ethical is Councilmember Becker when he says this just four days after he gave the confidential grand jury report to the 49ers?
“How can this Council majority remain silent ignoring Councilmember Becker’s unethical actions in hiding his contact with the 49ers from the public?”
It’s a 3-minute presentation that you can watch here.
Editor’s Note: The 49er Five are Councilmembers Anthony Becker, Raj Chahal, Suds Jain, Karen Hardy and Kevin Park.
Jed York spent $3 million in November 2020 to elect Becker, Jain, and Park. They were previously 0-6 in Santa Clara elections. Chahal and Hardy have received gifts from the team without reporting them and received $1 million each for their elections in November 2022.
In 2022, the team spent approximately $2.5 million for Becker in his failed attempt to unseat Mayor Lisa Gillmor.
The 49er Five met with the team on an almost weekly basis and have voted to help the team win millions of dollars in concessions from the City since December 2020.