Go one-on-one with Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor on Friday, June 1st at 7pm. Join Santa Clara Charter Review Committee and super community activist Hosam Haggag as he leads an interview with Mayor Gilmor. Join the call and ask Mayor Gillmor questions at 712-451-0881 access code 787012.
Santa Clara City Council Member Dominic Caserta resigned from the city council on Tuesday, May 15th and ended his election run for Santa Clara County Supervisor seat after 9 people filed police reports pertaining to allegations of sexual misconduct.
Mr. Caserta has also been disciplined multiple times over the years for sexually harassing students by the Santa Clara Unified School District. In a written statement made yesterday, he still denies the sexual harassment claims ever took place while many of his political endorsements dropped their support. (Source: San Jose Inside, May 16, 2018)
Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gilmor led the Santa Clara City Council with swift and responsible action towards a censure vote against Caserta had he not resigned in the morning (the City Council cannot take action against a Santa Clara Unified School matter). Last Tuesday's City Council Meeting was packed with people and emotions. Mayor Gilmor graciously led the meeting and gave alleged Caserta victims to stand-up and speak-out.
Mayor Gilmor stated:"As a mother with children the same age as Councilman Caserta's alleged victims, let me say to you: I feel sorry for what you ay have experienced. But I also commend you for your courage. It's not easy for anyone, especially young adults and minors, to stand-up to people in positions of power. But many of you stood up. Our community should applaud your bravery."
It's time for the community to heal and for the alleged victims to see justice served.
Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gilmor is leading the city council with swift and decisive action to officially admonish City Council Member Dominic Caserta and start the process to censure him and ask for his resignation at tomorrow's council meeting.
Nine police reports have now been filed against Mr. Caserta about potential sexual abuse and improper behavior.
"As a mayor, I feel that we as a city council must act quickly and responsibly. I’m confident we will," said Mayor Gilmor. "As a mother, I feel sad for the potential victims. I have children who are the same age as the students and campaign workers who Councilman Caserta may have abused. I’m sickened by what they’ve publicly disclosed to the media."
I know that it takes a lot of courage for someone to stand up -- especially minors and young adults who may have been abused by someone in a position of power. We as a community should be proud of them.
Join Mayor Gilmor in demanding the resignation of Council Member Dominic Caserta and sign our online petition.
I remember when Santa Clara Police Chief Mike Sellers told Superior Court Judge Huber that the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park had to be turned over to the NFL for use by Homeland Security to protect the Super Bowl. It was a “fake news” as the NFL used the soccer park to host the press and media.
Now I am surprised to learn that Santa Clara Police Chief Mike Sellers is being considered for a raise. The item was on the Santa Clara City Council Agenda a few months ago and will return for consideration at a future meeting.
I hope the city council will reject Sellers’ raise. His performance cannot justify it. Here are some examples why:
1. Sellers leads the police department that violated Measure J, the law that voters passed to protect Santa Clara’s general fund from stadium expenditures. At first, he told the city council that no tax dollars were spent on the stadium. Then, Sellers later admitted it happened. According to the Mercury News (May 13, 2016), Sellers “when asked why his employees are saying otherwise, he said they're "naive" and "they don't know." This is a clear example of poor management and leadership.
2. Under his watch the police department spent well over $100,000 on public safety costs that were spent in violation of Measure J (from audit).
3. There have been multiple incidents of serious violence at 49er games, and Sellers has not requested the 49ers either pay for additional public safety costs or take control of alcohol sales shutoff. He defers to the 49ers and chose to protect the team’s profits over the safety of Santa Clara residents.
4. Three veteran Santa Clara cops have been ensnared in extracurricular criminal activity — one for indecent exposure, another for running a chop shop, and a third for shoplifting.
5. Sellers does not have the respect of the men and women in uniform who work for him. Last year, for the first time, the Santa Clara police chief received a vote of “no confidence.” Why should anyone who received an overwhelming thumbs down from employees be given a raise?
Chief Sellers makes almost $443,000 in salary and benefits, according to the website TransparentCalifornia.com. He’s one of the highest paid police chiefs in the state. Unfortunately, he doesn’t deserve a raise.
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Join Santa Clara resident and super community activist Hosam Haggag tonight (Thur/May 18th) at 8pm when he kicks-off the new "Transparency Tour" with Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor. Click here to join the Town Hall chat on Hosam's Facebook page.
The objective of the Transparency Tour is to engage Santa Clara residents on the issues we all care about and to bring more transparency to our local government. Events will be hosted in public meeting locations and broadcast live on Facebook. Video recordings will also be archived for viewing on his Facebook page.
Reprint from: Santa Clara News Online By Robert Haugh
City Appoints New Interim City Attorney
The City of Santa Clara has a new, Interim City Attorney. It’s Brian Doyle who is a Santa Clara resident and Civil Services Commissioner. He received unanimous support from the city council with Dominic Caserta absent for the vote.
Ren Nosky, who was the City Attorney, suddenly resigned during the holidays. Around town, people, say it wasn’t as dramatic as former Mayor Jamie Matthews’ resignation the day after the Super Bowl, but it was close. And there are some similar rumors swirling about reasons why.
Santa Clara residents and Stand Up for Santa Clara supporters- please show your support for Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor, and Santa Clara City Council Members Teresa O'Neill, Debi Davis and Kathy Watanabe at Tuesday's City Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 22nd. They are standing up and doing what is RIGHT for the CITY and our RESIDENTS.Read more
Did you know that just months after Santa Clara established a lobbyist ordinance it was violated? And the violator was a former mayor and city council member who, coincidentally, is running for city council again. That would be Patty Mahan who was hired to lobby for a billboard company.
It’s easy to miss this piece of news. The city buried the report on its website.
Has Ren Noskey buried this report as a way to hide his responsibility for the poor enforcement of the lobbyist ordinance? Or is Noskey attempting to help Mahan’s council campaign? Either way, it’s not good.
The report was made public on September 28th. But the report and investigator have not been placed on a city council agenda for discussion. It’s not on today’s agenda, the last one before the November election.
If Santa Clara is serious about good transparent government, it shouldn’t bury lobbyist violations by a former mayor. And it shouldn’t have a city attorney who can’t be trusted to enforce good government measures.
Please sign the petition if you agree that:
- Patty Mahan violated the lobbyist ordinance. But she should not receive special treatment because she’s a former mayor and current city council candidate.
- City Attorney Ren Noskey has handled the lobbyist ordinance in a manner that’s not open or transparent or consistent with good government principles. The City Council should remove him from this role and establish an alternative system to handle potential violations.
Watch our press conference video to understand how we believe the San Francisco 49ers are secretly laundering money to influence the local 2016 Santa Clara Political Election.
Blupacus.org is a 501c4 Political Action Committee set-up by Douglas Chan in 2015. Their website endorses Patricia Mahan, John McLemore, Ahmad Rafah, Dr. Mohammed Nadeem, Police Chief Mike Sellers and Rod Diridron Jr. (removed last week). Blupac is trying to discredit Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor, City Council Members Debi Davis & Kathy Watanabe, and city council candidate Tino Silva. They are attacking Mayor Gillmor for leading an independent financial audit into Measure J even through she is not even running for re-election.
Blupacus.org gave $49,265 to Citizens for Economic Council (another 501c4 Political Action Committee) and CforEC filed papers to advertise direct mail for Santa Clara City Council candidates Patrica Mahan, John McLemore, Ahmad Rafah and Dr. Mohammed Nadeem. These independent expenditures will be used to mail fliers to Santa Clara residents trying to convince Santa Clara residents to vote for them. By using the two PACs the money can be hidden and used indirectly to support these 49er candidates and would allow Mahan, McLemore, Rafah and Nadeem to claim they never received money from special interest groups.
Rich Robinson (49ers political consultant) is partners with Douglas Chan, and they list many clients including the 49ers, John McLemore and Rod Diridron Jr.
We are asking Jed York to come clean and stop the money laundering scheme.
Relates In the Press
- Santa Clara: Attorney behind PAC accused of funneling “dark money” won’t disclose donors - October 3, 2016, San Jose Mercury News
- WATCHDOG GROUP CLAIMS 49ERS TRYING TO INFLUENCE LOCAL ELECTION - October 4, 2016, ABC TV
- Is Dark Money Targeting Santa Clara Officials? - October 4, 2016, San Francisco Chronicle
- Questions Arise on ‘Dark Money’ Influence in South Bay Politics - October 5, 2016, San Jose Insider
- 49ers Accused of Laundering Money into Santa Clara Politics - October 7, 2016, MSNBC
- A Secret Meeting to Get Rid of Santa Clara Mayor? - April 21, 2016, San Jose Mercury News
- Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews Announces Resignation - February 8, 2016, San Jose Insider
- Civil Grand Jury Investigates Stadium Authority for Levi’s Stadium, Site of Super Bowl 50 - February 3, 2016, San Jose insider
A smear campaign started by a pro-49er organization trying to discredit Mayor Lisa Gillmor , Kathleen Watanabe, Tino Silva and Debi Davis. All have fought to protect the rights of Santa Clara residents. Blupacus.org or Citizens for Economic Council or some PAC bought the Santa Clara voter file and now using your address, email, home phone and cell phone number to spam you and try and convince you to vote for Patricia Mahan, John McLemore, Ahmad Rafah and Dr. Mohammed Nadeem. They are using: rob calls, fake political phone survey, text messages, Google ads and direct mail. Please tell your family and neighbors about this smear campaign.Sign up