2016 Santa Clara Candidate Forum, Aug. 31, 2016

September 1, 2016 - There was a record turnout last night for the 2016 Santa Clara Candidate Election Forum hosted at the Santa Clara Senior Center.If you could not attend the first 2016 Santa Clara Candidate Forum or could not get into the room because we ran out of space, you can now watch the entire forum right here. Many thanks to the Old Quad Neighborhood Association (especially Noreen Carlson and Adam Thompson), the Santa Clara CAC, Sierra Club, Committee for a Green Foothills, and Win6 Village for helping organize and promote the event. 

We want to thank all the candidates for attending

Santa Clara City Council candidates: Tino Silva, Raj Chahal, Patricia Mahan, Markus Bracamonte, Teresa O'Neill,Kevin Park, Ahmad Rafah, Debi Davis, John McLemore, Kathy Watanabe, Suds Jain, Mario Souza and Anthony J. Becker.

Santa Clara Chief of Police candidates: Pat Nikolai and Mike Sellers.

Santa Clara City Clerk candidates: Deborah Bress and Rod Diridron Jr.

Click here for a complete list of candidates and links to their websites and social media sites.



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Santa Clara Candidate Forum, August 31st


Elections are always important to local communities, but nothing can be more critical to Santa Clara than a majority of City Council seats up for grabs. Seeing your current council members and prospective council members answer questions regarding future development, affordable housing, open space, urban agriculture and transparency in government can help you make an informed decision. 

This is a non-partisan forum and open to all candidates.

Come join the Old Quad Residence Association partnered with the Sierra Club, Stand Up for Santa Clara, Win6Village and other neighborhood groups for an evening of questions and answers.

Wednesday, August 31st, 6:30pm-8pm
Location: Senior Center located at 1303 Fremont Street, Santa Clara, 95050

We plan to video tape and publish the forum on YouTube after the event.

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Former Santa Clara Mayor Accused of Lobbying Law Breach


Reported from the San Jose Mercury News on August 25, 2016

Santa Clara city officials say they’ll hire an attorney to investigate claims that former mayor and City Council candidate Patty Mahan violated the city’s new lobbying ordinance.

The complaint against Mahan has political undertones. It came from Deborah Bress, who’s running for city clerk against Rod Diridon, Jr.and who has been a sharp critic of the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium project which Mahan had supported.

Mahan is accused of not registering as a lobbyist despite meeting with city officials to discuss a billboard company’s contract.

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Santa Clara: Power struggle unfolds over four City Council seats

Reprint by Ramona Giwargis, rgiwargis@bayareanewsgroup.com

SANTA CLARA -- Two years after the San Francisco 49ers opened their new stadium here, the NFL team officials are finding a chilly reception at City Hall, where Santa Clara's elected leaders had once welcomed them with open arms.

Mayor Lisa Gillmor, who had backed the stadium project, is now among team management's sharpest critics. With voters set to decide four seats on the seven-member City Council in November, including three Gillmor allies seeking re-election, she and her allies are casting the race as a referendum on the team's influence over City Hall.

"I think this is going to be a monumental election in Santa Clara, and it will define where we go as a city," Gillmor said. "I've heard the 49ers are lining up their candidates that will do their business. The question facing Santa Clara voters is going to be very simple: Do you want the 49ers running the city?"

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Conflict of Interest ALERT! - City Staff Want to Hire Pro-49ers Law Firm Against Football Team

Santa Clara city staff wants the city council to hire the law firm of Burke, Williams, and Sorensen LLP to represent our city against the 49ers who are trying to lower their own rent. This is the same Pro-49ers law firm who has been sitting on the same side of the table as the 49ers against the Santa Clara Youth Soccer community.

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Mission Accomplished, But We're Just Getting Started

Get Up Stand Up, Stand Up for Your Rights!

We're thankful for everyone's support and happy to report that the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park is back in operation. The NFL is making due on their promise to repair the Soccer Park, and while we wait for replacement soccer dugouts to get installed, we give the NFL credit for repairing the damages from Super Bowl 50. 

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