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A complaint filed with California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) this week alleges that well-known South Bay political consultant Jude Barry, a government relations consultant for The Related Companies, has been providing un-reported political consulting to Mayor Lisa Gillmor's slate of candidates for City Council.

Related is developing a 239-acre multi-use project, City Place Santa Clara, on the current municipal golf course. The mega-developer has been Barry's client since 2012, when he met with community representatives and members of the press,* to build support. Barry lists only one client on his 2015 Santa Clara lobbyist report: Related.

Campaign Reporting Failures "Pervasive"

The FPPC complaint, filed by attorney John Mlnarik who lives and has his office in Santa Clara, makes allegations against candidates Debi Davis, Teresa O'Neill, Tino Silva and Kathleen Watanabe; the Santa Clara Police Officers Association PAC; and political committee Stand Up For Santa Clara.

Mlnarik said his reason for bringing the complaint was "to call attention to the alleged widespread and pervasive failure or refusal by local Santa Clara public officials, council candidates and certain organizations to report political campaign contributions and expenses as required by local and state law."

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Who is Douglas Chan and Why Does He Care About Santa Clara Politics?
By Carolyn Schuk

Who is Douglas Chan and Why Does He Care About Santa Clara Politics?

If anyone wants to find out about BLUPAC and its founder Douglas Chan, there's an easy way to do that. Simply pick up the phone and call him.

That's what the WEEKLY did, and we can report that Chan not only answers the phone, but he's very happy to discuss anything from the BLUPAC "issues advocacy" group, to whether San Francisco's instant run-off elections really result in more democratic results, to how the Giants blew a three-run lead and ended local World Series hopes...

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Sex Trafficking Sting Bust in Santa Clara
Story by Diane Andrews

Sex Trafficking Sting Bust in Santa Clara

The night rescue of a teenage girl and arrest of her alleged pimp at an unnamed Santa Clara motel October 11 was part of a nation-wide sting operation by the FBI, targeting commercial sex trafficking of children. In Santa Clara County, the FBI worked with the County Sheriff’s Department...

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Wilcox Football Suffers Stunning Defeat in Palo Alto
By: Andrew Bensch

Wilcox Football Suffers Stunning Defeat in Palo Alto

The first big Bay Area rain storm in months steered clear of the peninsula on Friday night where the Palo Alto High Vikings shocked the Wilcox Chargers in come-from-behind fashion. With the rain staying away for another day, both teams were able to utilize their passing attacks, but it was the costly fumbles that haunted Wilcox, as they suffered their first conference loss of the season, 25-21...

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Body Cams Work Report Police Chief and Asst. Chief at Northside Library’s Chat with the Chief
By Cynthia Cheng

Body Cams Work Report Police Chief and Asst. Chief at Northside Library’s Chat with the Chief

Ever since officers of the Santa Clara Police Department have begun wearing body cameras on duty to record interactions with people, the department has received fewer complaints. Such information and more were shared at the city’s most recent Chat with the Chief, held at Northside Library on Oct. 3. Assistant Chief of Police Dan Winter moderated most of the conversation. Chief of Police Mike Sellers, running for re-election this November, had to attend a candidate forum but he still managed to stop by the library during the evening...

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Central Park Library Unveils New Bike Fixit Station
Story by Cynthia Cheng and photos by the Santa Clara City Library

Central Park Library Unveils New Bike Fixit Station

On Oct. 15, about 40 bicyclists riding in the Library 2 Library Bicycle Loop Tour stopped by Santa Clara’s Central Park Library for a break and serviced their bikes at the library’s brand new Bike Fixit Station, sponsored by the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends. The station was unveiled at the front of the library just earlier that morning. Also attending the event were Councilmember and Vice Mayor Teresa O’Neill, Library Trustee Lee Broughman, Foundation Board Members Carol McCarthy and Crystal Scheel and City Council candidate Suds Jain...

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Local Band Charged Particles Performs Music and Teaches About the Science Behind Sound
By Cynthia Cheng

Local Band Charged Particles Performs Music and Teaches About the Science Behind Sound

The music of the three-man band Charged Particles is silky, jazzy, lively and tempts one to get up and dance as if no one’s watching. People of all ages came to see this band perform and learn about the science behind the sounds that instruments make at Northside Library’s Oct. 15 program Charged Particles: Science of Sound.

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Sister Cities 2016 BBQ Sizzles Despite the Rain
Story and Photos by Diane Andrews

Sister Cities 2016 BBQ Sizzles Despite the Rain

Rain didn’t cancel the annual Santa Clara Sister Cities Association (SCSCA) Barbecue October 16. It did, however, change the venue from outside to inside at the Elks Lodge, 1680 Martin Ave, where about 100 SCSCA members and supporters lunched on barbecued chicken, baked beans, salad, and garlic bread...

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This Week's Letters

I was the Santa Clara Police Chief’s Administrative Assistant for 30 years, working with five Chiefs. I know what it takes for the Chief to manage incredible workloads, make difficult decisions and lead the department.

I know both Police Chief candidates well. I remember Nikolai getting hired and promoting to Sergeant. Although he often told me he was going to be Chief someday, he never worked towards it. Now, because Santa Clara elects their Chief, he wants to jump over three ranks to achieve his dream.

Chief Sellers is the polar opposite of his opponent. While working at SCPD and raising a family, he got his Bachelor’s Degree; tested successfully, promoting through each rank. Having worked at the Department, I can tell you promotion counts - gaining experience and skills needed to be successful.

Mike Sellers cares about SCPD and the community he serves. Please re-elect Chief Mike Sellers.

Terri (Silva) Kolstad

I have known Anna Welsh for over 15 years through our children’s school, sports participation, and throughout the community. Anna has always been an advocate for children and families in Santa Clara. I watched Anna support parents when she was a teacher at Wilson Preschool. Our sons were friends at an early age and I grew to appreciate Anna’s commitment to parent education and her dedication to participating in her children’s education. She balanced her work and her family commitments while always taking into consideration the needs of all children in our community. I am voting for Anna Welsh for School Board because she has shown that she is dedicated and knowledgeable of the wide needs of families in the Santa Clara Unified School District and I believe she is up to the challenge of meeting the diverse needs of each student.

Christopher Brown

For the past twelve years, the people of Santa Clara have known Rod Diridon, Jr. as their City Clerk, but I met him as a Professor for my spring Local Politics course. As a student at SJSU, I have yet to meet any other Professor so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the class they are teaching. Professor Diridon gave us a clear view, from his first-hand experience, of the importance of local government and how to make a difference in our communities. His dedication and commitment to the City of Santa Clara was obvious to any student lucky enough to be in his lecture. Santa Clara is fortunate to have such a dedicated and passionate City Clerk, and I hope you will re-elect him.

Natasha Baltazar

As a parent of elementary school students in Santa Clara, I am pleased that the Santa Clara Unified School District engaged the public to develop a five year strategic plan focusing on achieving academic excellence while improving existing facilities and expanding the number of schools to meet the district’s increasing population.  Electing Anna Welsh to the Board of Trustees in November will help continue this momentum by seating a passionate advocate for Santa Clara students, educators and parents during this period of growth in our District.  I have had the pleasure of volunteering with Anna at our elementary school and have witnessed her consistent dedication to providing quality educational opportunities for students and encouraging parental engagement throughout our District.  I hope you join me in voting for Anna Welsh for the SCUSD Board.

Gary W. Calfee

Dear Editor,
On our way to do some shopping at one of the only two hardware stores in Santa Clara, my  wife and I were dismayed to discover that Summer Winds plant nursery on El Camino had permanently shut down and that Office Max will be closing in November.  That’s three Santa Clara businesses that I know of that have closed within the last 12 months.  I see hundreds of apartments sprouting up throughout our city and business after business closing!  What’s going on?!  Where in Santa Clara can we go for office supplies?  When will the building that used to be Save Mart get a new tenant?  Can our city government do anything to bring in and keep new businesses?  This has to stop now!

Nick Dellaporta

The 49ers are a mature business with capable managers. They can and will capably defend themselves in their partnership with the city. We are very fortunate to have a mayor and some of the council, particularly Council Member Debbi Davis, who are willing to defend the residents of this city in that partnership as well as with other neighborhood issues.

The one new council candidate who has demonstrated an ability to effectively analyze all sides of each issue and who I believe is capable of reasoned solutions is Raj Chahal.

This City is on a steep trajectory to become more urban and developed. We need council members who can both envision the future as well as represent the interests of current residents. The 49ers will take care of themselves. We need leaders who do what is best for this city.

Hudson Washburn

Regarding your recent coverage of the Santa Clara Stadium Authority audit being conducted by our firm and discussed at the Ad Hoc Stadium Audit Committee’s September 26, 2016 audit status meeting, I believe the nature of the meeting and some of my comments were misrepresented. (“No Evidence of Deliberate Wrong-Doing” in Stadium Time Reporting, Says Auditor).

I want to emphasize that the audit is not complete and statements that I made do not represent final audit conclusions. Rather, they were presented as part of a periodic status report to the Committee, where we discuss issues being worked on and observations at that point in time. It was not our intent to provide, nor did the Committee expect, a presentation of all evidence and conclusions about City timekeeping practices and management or whether any deliberate employee wrong-doing has occurred. Final audit findings and conclusions on those and other topics will be made and presented only after our review and vetting of appropriate evidence.

Fred Brousseau, Principal
Harvey M. Rose Associates, LLC

With the focus on the presidential election, I worry that we may be distracted from a local election that will directly impact our families.

I am speaking of the election of Police Chief. Our current Chief, Mike Sellers, is running for re-election after four successful years as Chief. Crime is down. Hiring new police officers is up. Santa Clara – the only city in the state that elects the chief, has created the opportunity for a first line supervisor, who does not qualify for advancement beyond his current position, nor the opportunity to run for chief in any other city, to run for chief.

Chief Ferguson hired Mike. Chiefs Vasquez and Arolla recognized Mike’s abilities and promoted him through the ranks. As your Chief for 10 years, I also promoted and mentored Mike, as did Chief Kyle. Mike’s opponent did not seek advancement or mentorship. I encourage you to vote for Chief Sellers.

Steve Lodge
Santa Clara Police Chief (ret)

My years of life experience have taught me that there are many ways to send a message. I received a message in the mail that has all the appearances of subtle racism. The picture on this week's negative election "hit piece" sent around Santa Clara is absolutely a current unfortunate example of what subtle racism and bigotry is in action.

This Gillmor/SC POA political mailer is an insult to multiple ethnic groups in Santa Clara and to our citizens in general.  Mayor Lisa Gillmor and the Santa Clara Police Officers Association Political Action Committee owe the Santa Clara Community an apology for their extremely poor judgment. 

Additionally, I know that the larger element of the men and women who are the Santa Clara Police Department do not agree with the subtle racist background message that is very present.

Ed Richards

Students from Diverse Career Backgrounds Participate in Mission College’s Hospitality Management Program
By Cynthia Cheng

Students from Diverse Career Backgrounds Participate in Mission College’s Hospitality Management Program

Lunch at Mission College's Mission Bistro on Thursday, Oct. 13 came with a variety of items, including fragrant and tender garlic thyme chicken, peanut butter cookies with gooey melted chocolate and soothing and warm ginger chicken mushroom soup. The campus restaurant was packed for lunch, which was prepared by only nine students in Quantity Foods, a course in the community college's Hospitality Management program. Here, each student has a specific job whenever the restaurant opens.

Mission Bistro offers cafeteria-style dining in the fall and a full-service restaurant in the spring.

"This is our first capstone class where students apply what they've learned throughout the Hospitality Management program," says Haze Dennis, chair of the Hospitality Management department. "In our program, students come from diverse backgrounds. For example, we get transplants from healthcare, high-tech, and manufacturing..."

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Ethics Committee Chair Davis Vacationed With Alleged "Lobbyist" Between Meetings With Her
By Carolyn Schuk

Ethics Committee Chair Davis Vacationed With Alleged "Lobbyist" Between Meetings With Her

Santa Clara City Council Ethics Committee Chair Debi Davis vacationed with alleged All Vision lobbyist Patricia Mahan last May, in between her City Hall meetings with the outdoor advertising company. Davis also attended the May 27 closed session Council meeting by phone from Mahan's Montana ranch.

All Vision and its representatives met with Santa Clara city officials 13 times between March 15 and July 30 concerning the electronic billboard contract the City signed with the company in 2015. Mahan is listed on City officials’ calendars – including Davis’ – as an "attorney" before June and "resident and attorney" subsequently.

Since August, Mahan – an attorney, former Mayor and current City Council candidate – has been accused by political opponents of being an unregistered lobbyist for All Vision.

Santa Clara's lobbying ordinance exempts attorneys engaged for the specific business under discussion – the subject of their employment – from registration requirements (not lawyers engaged in matters of employment, as was misstated in an Aug. 12 complaint to the Council about Mahan)...

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New Exhibition, New Art & Art History Building: A Look at Pancho Jimenez’s New Work
Story by Maria Judnick

New Exhibition, New Art & Art History Building: A Look at Pancho Jimenez’s New Work

On Saturday October 22 from 11 am to 3 pm, Santa Clara University invites the community to celebrate the unveiling of a new “Arts District” beginning with the new Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History building. The festivities include highlights from the humanities: Music, Theatre, Studio Art, Dance, Art History, Film, Literary Arts, de Saisset Museum, and SCU Presents.

Art aficionados will particularly appreciate the new display space in the Art and Art History Building, a significant upgrade from the previous campus gallery. One of the artists, of course, whose works are on display is that of long-time faculty member Senior Lecturer Francisco “Pancho” Jimenez.

But, for Jimenez, there’s more to celebrate this Fall than the new artistic hub on campus. His solo exhibition “Excavations and Interpretations” at the Triton Museum of Art (closing on October 30), has been hugely successful...

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Politics and Passion at 25th Pacific International Quilt Festival
Story and photos by Diane Andrews

Politics and Passion at 25th Pacific International Quilt Festival

Fabric artists from around the world converged at the 25th annual Pacific International Quilt Festival held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, October 13 – 16. It is the largest quilting and textile arts gathering on the West Coast, and each of the more than 800 quilts and wearable art on display depicted a personal story, reflecting the politics and passions of the artists.

"I'm an artist and I've been quilting for 30 years, but I'm super inspired by coming to this show," said Kathy Hilliard from San Diego last Friday.

Beyond the U.S., the international quilt competition entries were from Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. "War and Peace" by Israeli Miriam Mayner reflects her belief in "peace as a basis for humanity." For "Gathered Consciousness," Australian Cindy Watkins used fabric created by Aboriginal artists to depict a young Aboriginal girl...

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Mayor Puts Her Seal on New Low for Campaign Ethics
By Carolyn Schuk

Mayor Puts Her Seal on New Low for Campaign Ethics

Political campaigns aren’t the places to look for humility or forthright honesty, but last week’s “Important Message From the Mayor “ lowered the bar on campaign ethics even further; creating new suspicions against city officials and staff, publishing it in a format that could easily mislead readers into thinking this was an official city communication, and topping it off with what some might call racially-charged imagery.

While John Mlnarik was filing a complaint about alleged FPPC violations by Mayor Lisa Gillmor’s endorsed slate of City Council candidates, residents opened their mailboxes to find this “important message” stamped with what looked like some new city branding: the seal of Mayor Lisa Gillmor/Mayor of Santa Clara, a knock-off of Santa Clara’s official city seal.

While John Mlnarik was filing a complaint about alleged FPPC violations by Mayor Lisa Gillmor’s endorsed slate of City Council candidates...

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Bruce Beasley Exhibits Coriolis and Torqueri series at de Saisset Museum
By Cynthia Cheng

Bruce Beasley Exhibits Coriolis and Torqueri series at de Saisset Museum

The web site for Santa Clara University’s de Saisset Museum defines “coriolis” as the “effects of the earth’s rotation on the movement of the air in the atmosphere and water in the oceans” whereas “torqueri” alludes to the movement of “twisting, bending, or distorting.” The sculptures in Bruce Beasley’s Coriolis and Torqueri series offer visual depictions of these terms with their whimsical shapes, unpredictable swerves and rollercoaster-like designs. The exhibit, which opened at the museum on Sept. 29, will be on display through Dec. 4.

“The sculptures are about visual communication,” Beasley says. “I’m not going to try to say in words what they are about. Just as geometry is the logical language of shape, sculpture is the emotional language of shape...”

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