City Councilor Anthony Becker wants city to apologize for racist election with error-filled letter of apology – Santa Clara News Online
Member of the board Anthony becker urged city council to apologize to Santa Clarans for having racist voting systems.
“An apology is due to the people of Santa Clara, including all of the minorities in this city,” Becker said.
But no one saw Becker’s draft letter before the meeting. Becker actually sent his letter after the meeting started at 5:29 p.m. Wow.
Yesterday we highlighted the fact that Becker had not done his homework on an important issue.
After Becker read his letter at last night’s meeting, it was clear that it contained a lot of inaccurate information.
For example, the counselor Kathy watanabe rectified the file and said that Roger martinez was the first minority elected to the Santa Clara City Council. He was elected in the 1970s, when districts were spread across the city.
The errors and omissions in Becker’s letter were also pointed out by other council members and residents who testified publicly.
Same board member Kevin Park, who supported Becker’s apology, said Becker’s letter needed to be corrected. Park volunteered to help rewrite it.
The council passed a motion to apologize publicly and create an ad hoc Becker and Park committee to correct Becker’s letter. The vote was 4-0 with 2 abstentions.
Becker, park, city councilor Foam Jain, and vice-mayor Raj chahal voted yes.
Watanabe and the mayor Lisa Gillmor abstained.
“The Santa Clarans vote for a candidate’s qualifications, not the color of their skin,” Watanabe said.
“Anyone who read our legal arguments or our voting arguments would clearly see that the City was not racist,” said Gillmor. Anyone who listened to our Charter Commissioners debate this issue would see that they were not racist. Many Santa Clarans thought we had better alternatives like rank voting and multi-member ridings. It is not racist.
Advisor Karen hardy was on vacation and did not attend the meeting last night.