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Grand Jury Transcript Shows District Attorney’s Office Selective in its Pursuit of Justice

Santa Clara City Council Member Anthony Becker faces charges of perjury and “violation of duty.” When asked in April about the charges, District Attorney Jeff Rosen told the media that when the criminal grand jury transcript was released, the public would have a better idea of why the office pursued the charges.

The more than 850-page document was released on May 19. While it does lay out a case against Becker, it also leads to several new questions. Such as, why was Becker the only one charged? And why were only certain leaks investigated at such length?

It should be noted that Becker pleaded “not guilty” to the charges on May 3. In a previous article, The Weekly examined Deputy District Attorney Jason Malinsky’s case against Becker. This article looks specifically at the other potential violations revealed during testimony.

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Mayor Lisa Gillmor’s Forwarded Emails

Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor was initially interviewed during the investigation into the leak. But what Gillmor said in its entirety may forever remain a mystery.

That’s because while Becker’s entire testimony was submitted into evidence in the court proceedings, only a summary of Gillmor’s testimony was released to the public. That summary was presented through the words of Malinsky, not Gillmor.

“Mayor Gillmor testified before the civil grand jury that she sends her work emails to her personal email address, quote, all the time, unquote. Quote, especially if she needs to print something. Unquote,” stated Malinsky to the criminal grand jury. “She explained that she does this because she does not print from her City devices at home or in her business office. She called herself, quote, old school, closed quote, and she said she likes hard copy documents to review.”

“Mayor Gillmor testified that when she received the report from Interim City Attorney Steve Ngo, she emailed the report to her personal email and printed it at her business office in Santa Clara and immediately went through the report in detail,” continued Malinsky.

It is worth noting that prior to the release of the criminal grand jury documents, The Weekly submitted a public records request to the City of Santa Clara for “Email communications to and from Mayor Gillmor’s emails from her city account to her personal email account(s) from Oct. 3, 2022 through Oct. 12, 2022.”

The response The Weekly received from the City included several work related items, but no proof that Gillmor emailed the civil grand jury document to herself as she stated in her grand jury testimony. The City stated it withheld certain documents pursuant to two government codes which relate to personal or medical files and one government code related to attorney-client privilege.

It is unclear whether emailing a now public document to oneself falls under any of these three categories.

In Malinsky’s words, Gillmor testified that she did not leak the report. In fact, she testified to that regard twice.

“She came up with a plan for how city council should respond and actions they should take regarding the report. Mayor Gillmor denied leaking the grand jury report,” said Malinsky. “Gillmor was also interviewed in a follow-up interview at the district attorney’s office. In that interview, she denied leaking the grand jury report.”

Who Leaked the Document to the San Francisco Chronicle?

In the grand jury transcript provided, Malinsky set out to prove a close relationship between Becker and two publications, The Weekly/Silicon Valley Voice and San Jose Spotlight. He cited frequent communications between Becker, two members of The Weekly staff and Spotlight cofounder Ramona Giwargis. Malinsky never intimated that there was a relationship between Becker and the San Francisco Chronicle.

However, Malinsky’s investigator Ben Holt testified that the Silicon Valley Voice was the first publication to post an article on the preliminary civil grand jury report. Holt testified that the Silicon Valley Voice article did not include a copy of the document.

Holt said that by 8:58 a.m., the Chronicle had its own article online, followed by the San Jose Spotlight. Holt said the Spotlight was the first news agency to include a copy of the preliminary report.

In the 850-plus pages of criminal grand jury testimony, Malinsky does not dive deeply into how the Chronicle obtained the document. He also does not prove that there was a close relationship to the Chronicle with any of the witnesses who testified before the criminal grand jury.

If Malinsky asked Gillmor about a relationship with reporters from the Chronicle, it was not discussed in his summary of her testimony.

However, history has shown that Gillmor has some form of connection to the Chronicle, specifically reporters Ron Kroichick and Lance Williams, the two reporters who published the initial article about the preliminary civil grand jury report.

For example, the Chronicle quickly posted an article claiming that Becker told Council Member Kathy Watanabe to “go f—k yourself” during the Aug. 30, 2022 closed session of the City Council. The incident, which Becker was later cleared of through an independent investigation, occurred during a discussion about a settlement agreement with the San Francisco 49ers.

During his testimony, Becker said Williams called him for a quote about the settlement and the incident mere hours after it was discussed.

“He [Williams] usually calls my personal [phone]. Sometimes I try not to talk to him, mainly because his reporting has been very bias. I take the call, for example, in—in August 31st, he—or sorry, I think it was September, one of those two days, he gave me a phone call and said he was sitting there reading the settlement agreement,” Becker testified to the civil grand jury. “And I said, how is that possible he’s reading the settlement agreement when I just got the settlement agreement in my hands, in my e-mail? And he had questions about it. And I said, ‘I’m sorry, I don’t discuss closed session matters to reporters or the public.’ And then he says, ‘Even when the police were called?’ And I said, ‘I’m sorry, I have nothing further to say.’”

Malinsky did not pursue the line of questioning.

What About GrandJuryReport.com?

Both Jain and Becker reference grandjuryreport.com in their testimony.

“He [Becker] told me about this website, grandjuryreport.com, which apparently was registered by the Police Officers Association on October 7th, 36 hours after I received the grand jury report,” Jain told Malinsky. “And I was very surprised that the POA would have published that, especially since the grand jury report was very negative to five of the City Council members.”

Malinsky did not pursue that line of questioning.

At a later time in the interview, Jain again mentioned the website as something he discussed with Becker between Oct. 5, 2022 and Oct. 10, 2022.

“The only thing we [myself and Becker] did talk about was that there were news reports of the grand jury report, one was the Santa Clara Weekly. I believe that was on either the 6th or 7th, and then the grandjuryreport.com, which was put up by the POA on the morning of October 7th,” Jain testified.

Again, Malinsky did not pursue that line of questioning.

Becker’s testimony to the civil grand jury, which was read into the criminal grand jury transcript by investigator Holt, also mentioned the site grandjuryreport.com. In that testimony, Becker said the weekend before the report was supposed to be released, the group Stand Up for Santa Clara was running ads on Facebook for the grandjuryreport.com website. Becker says the site quoted the report even though it was not released.

The first snapshot of the grandjuryreport.com on the internet archive known as the “Wayback Machine” does not appear until Oct. 13, 2022. It’s worth noting that the “Wayback Machine” does not capture snapshots of every site, every time it is updated.

A search of the WHOIS database shows that the site grandjuryreport.com was registered on Oct. 7, 2022 at 10:40:53Z. In timestamps, Z stands for Zero timezone, often referred to as Universal Time (UTC). If you adjust the time, it shows that the site was created approximately 41 minutes after the Silicon Valley Voice published its article at 3 a.m.

Were Other Santa Clara City Council Members Involved?

It is unclear whether other Santa Clara City Council members were involved in leaking the document. There was little to no reference to two council members, Karen Hardy and Raj Chahal, in the transcript.

Council Member Suds Jain was called to testify before the criminal grand jury. As stated in a previous article, Jain testified that Becker told him that he (Becker) leaked the document to the media. When Jain was asked directly if he leaked the report, Jain said no.

Like Gillmor, Council Member Kevin Park’s testimony was also summarized but not included in the court records. According to Malinsky, former 49ers Vice President Rahul Chandhok’s phone records show a call from Park to Chandhok at 11:34 a.m. on Oct. 6, 2022 that lasted approximately seven minutes. In separate testimonies, neither Park nor Chandhok can recall what was discussed.

Malinsky says Park “was asked multiple times about leaking the grand jury report.” In all instances, Park denied leaking the report.

Council Member Kathy Watanabe’s testimony was also summarized by Malinsky.

“She admitted showing the grand jury report to her husband when she received it because—again, this is in summary, but she was so pleased and excited by the contents,” said Malinsky.

Malinsky said Watanabe denied leaking the report. Malinsky also said Watanabe’s husband was interviewed via Zoom and denied leaking the report.

How Many People had Access to the “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” Report?

The preliminary civil grand jury report was clearly the worst kept secret in the City of Santa Clara. Not only did all of the members of the Santa Clara City Council have it, but it was delivered to them by Interim City Attorney Steve Ngo. The significant other of at least one member of the City Council also viewed the report.

In previous testimony, it was revealed that City Clerk Hosam Haggag did not open the initial email containing the report. The representative for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County called the City Clerk’s office and then emailed the report to Assistant City Clerk Nora Pimentel and the City’s public facing email address.

The Weekly is working to receive clarification about whether Haggag was on leave that day and exactly how many City employees have access to the public facing email address for the City Clerk’s office.

In Malinsky’s summary of Gillmor’s testimony, it is clear that Gillmor emailed the document to her personal email and printed the report at her office. It was unclear who has access to Gillmor’s personal email, how many people have access to the printer at her office that she used to print the document and what Gillmor did with the document once it was printed out in hardcopy.

By the Saturday before the official grand jury report was set to be released, The Weekly, the Chronicle, the Spotlight and the Mercury News all had articles posted online about the contents of the civil grand jury report.

Testimony presented in the criminal grand jury transcript shows that the 49ers also had it. And, as shown through the WHOIS database, the website grandjuryreport.com was already purchased.

Since the court case has not started, it is unclear if the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office plans to attribute all of these leaks to Becker or if charges for other people involved are to come. However, given the line of questioning presented in the current criminal grand jury transcripts, it is clear that Becker was the target of the investigation from the start.

Editor’s Note: The transcripts from the criminal grand jury consisted of approximately 850-pages of testimony. The Weekly has determined that there are many storylines in the document that affect the City of Santa Clara and its residents. As a result, this is just one of a series of articles about what was revealed in the criminal grand jury transcripts. By law, we cannot share the entire document with the public.

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21 Comments
  1. Buchser Alum 9 months ago
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    There is little doubt that this investigation was prejudiced.
    Why is the DA not conducting a full investigation into Gillmor and Watanabe like they are with Becker? Why does the DA take Gillmor and Watanabe’s testimony as face value, but not Becker’s?

    It is unmistakably claimed that The Mercury published their article first, in which they mention having “extensively reviewed” the Grand Jury Report. However, they later took the story down from their website, uploaded it again, took it down again, and finally uploaded it one last time later in the afternoon.

    The DA appears to be framing Becker while ignoring all the evidence.

    The hatred Watanabe harbors for the other council member can only be expressed by the phrase “but she was so pleased and excited by the contents.” Watanabe will flat-out disregard other council members and act as if they do not exist, as other council members have often claimed.

    Furthermore, you don’t have to send yourself a document in order to print it. Who knows what other confidential information Gillmor emails to herself and distributes in person to her fan base.

  2. SC Last 9 months ago
    Reply

    Maybe the Special Advisor to the Mayor holds the cards? Has he been interviewed?

    They don’t have printers at city hall? who knew!!!

    Sadly Becker fell into a trap of well “if someone else is leaking this so can I”.

    Could it be LG was the first leak in the bucket?

    The plot thickens….. Thank you Erika for looking into this.

  3. SC Voter 9 months ago
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    So Kathy Watanabe ADMITTED in her testimony that she leaked the information, and yet she was not charged too???

    The person to whom she leaked it ALSO admitted receiving it???

    Yep—something is very fishy here.

    And how many hundreds of thousands of our tax dollars are being spent on this investigation and prosecution???

    It looks like three members of the city council leaked information about a report that was going to be public in three days. Give them a reprimand and MOVE ON.

    I can think of hundreds of better uses for our tax dollars!!

  4. CSC 9 months ago
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    Regardless whether last November you were Team Becker, Team Gillmor, or just wanted anyone else but the other guy, I think we can all agree Becker is less than sophisticated when it comes to business and is probably in need of a bit more personal maturity. But should this event rise to the level of a felony with possible four years in prison? No. The Civil Grand Jury Report was leaked to the media for sure, but did it contain information of an ongoing criminal investigtion or internal personnel matter? Also No! It contained opinion that jurors thought the relationship between certain city council members and a professional sports team were a bit too cozy. It alleged not one single bit of criminal wrongdoing. So Becker is being prosecuted for a crime of leaking information and potentially lying about a report that involved no internal personnel matters and wasn’t part of an active criminal investigation.
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    DA Rosen came into office in 2011. I recall an incident in 2012 that was reported in 2013 when former Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre was discussing confidential information at a restaurant with another former City Manager Glen Rojas, which was overheard by a local reporter who started digging into the story. Under California law at the time, internal affairs investigations and complaints of misconduct or police disciplinary records were confidential personnel matters. The leaked information regarded Menlo Park police officer Jeffrey Vasquez who was on-duty in Sunnyvale and decided to stop by a motel to pay for services from a prostitute. Apparently the cop admitted to being a habitual ‘john’ and supported local human trafficking. On the day the trial against the Menlo Park officer was supposed to start, a Sunnyvale cop testifying for the prosecution suddently had to take care of his wife therefore Rosen’s office withdrew the entire case. And the City Manager who leaked confidential information about the case to a non-employee in a public space, to our knowledge, was never charged by Rosen’s office with crimes of leaking confidential information.
    • https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2013/01/15/menlo-park-cop-caught-with-prostitute-keeps-job
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    Vasques kept his job and retired with a nice pension, McIntyre remained Menlo Park’s City Manager continuing that role down in Ventura, CA, and after a great amount of taxpayer resources were spent no one was ever prosecuted for human trafficking, possesion of controlled substances, or leaking confidential information. Becker should certainly receive rebuke for his actions but make no mistake, this prosecution is a large political favor between Gillmor, Nikolai, the SCPOA, and DA Rosen.

    • Buchser Alum 9 months ago
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      It is not a minor thing for an elected official to illegally use privileges of his position to help a corporate special interest that has some financial interests counter to those of the people he represents.
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      Particularly when that corporate special interest has spent millions of dollars to promote that elected official’s political aspirations. And that of other elected officials who consistently vote as they would want them to vote.
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      This is only what has been proven through sworn testimony. It raises the question of whether or not there were more quid pro quo dealings and whether or not the payoff was more than political ads but if there was also cash given by the Forty Niners to Becker. Or someone else on council.
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      But if Becker took cash bribes he was probably too stupid to hide this. And if no sign of them can be found then I think it is fair to let the issue go and be merciful upon Becker. Let him plead out to a misdemeanor and maybe reflect on his bad choices in county jail for a few weeks and then slink out of the public spotlight and try to rebuild his life.
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      But the fact that Rosen gave Forty Niners executives immunity in order to get the truth out of them about Becker says he will be happy to punish Becker for what is ultimately public corruption. Years in state prison is too much and I hope to not see this.
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      If it comes to pass then Becker is to blame. But so is anyone who is smarter and more experienced and who should know better. All the experienced political operators who built him up and carried water for him and inflated his ego and protected him with favorable news coverage no matter what. People like Rahul Chadhok and Al Guido and Carolyn Schuk and Miles Barber and Angie Tolliver and Ramona Giwargis all used Becker.
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      All their hands have been dirtied with the wreckage that is now Becker’s life.

      • CSC 9 months ago
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        “But so is anyone who is smarter and more experienced and who should know better. All the experienced political operators who built him up and carried water for him and inflated his ego and protected him with favorable news coverage no matter what.” Make America Great Again!
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        We’re walking down the same road here. Becker’s handlers let down the lane bumpers and his spontaneous action put all their butts on the skyline. Malinsky and Rosen are charging hard at the patsy, Becker is the only one they can or care to go after and they’ve got him stretched over a barrel. The POA Voting Bloc (Rosen, Nikolai, Gillmor) are going to try and make Becker sing for a lesser plea in hopes of taking out four birds with one stone – a potential rebalance of the City Council in 2024. Becker should quickly cop to any mistake(s), take a plea, and move on.
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        I don’t think the public will rest assured transparency, accountability, and harmonious civic engagement will be restored without looking at all leaks to include Watanabe’s admission and Gillmor’s forwarding of the report to personal email and printer. We can bet our last dollar SCCDA investigators closely examined Becker’s personal email and hard drives.

        • Buchser Alum 9 months ago
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          CSC,
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          Is this really the “CSC” who has been commenting here? The writing in this comment does not feel like that of the “real” CSC. It is unfortunate that the Silicon Valley Voice cannot install a modern commenting system that allows for some sort of verification of commenters so that people are not impersonated by others whether they use their real name or an alias such as CSC and I do.
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          I will respond to you with the assumption that you are the real CSC.
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          First of all you seem to be making some sort of insinuation that I am a MAGA extremist. You could not be further from the truth and I have never presented any reason to make anyone think that I am a MAGA type and have written much to show the contrary. This sort of silly ad hominem attack is not what I would expect from the real CSC.
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          Becker is not merely a patsy and I do agree that it is not necessary for the public interest to have him bear the maximum penalty for the crime he appears to have committed. But simply because he was charged with the crime and it does have a maximum penalty does not mean that he will end up being convicted of that crime much less sentenced to the maximum penalty.
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          “The public” as in the general public by and large has no clue that any of this is going on. A very small percentage of Santa Clara residents might know that Anthony Becker was charged with felony perjury. A much smaller percentage of these people really understand the circumstances and story behind this all. A smaller percentage will monitor Becker’s case so that they can feel confidenct in “transparency, accountability, and harmonious civic engagement.” Far less have concerns about these factors when it comes to Watanabe showing the report to her husband and Gillmor forwarding it to her personal e-mail account and whether or not that was to make it easier for her to print it at home.
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          Becker’s giving the report to supposed news publications was bad but it was much worse that he gave it to a corporate special interest that was a subject of the grand jury investigation. Using his office to help a corporate special interest formulate PR spin to undermine a grand jury report for the purpose of enhancing public perception of them and denigrating the public perception of his political rival. And seemingly to please the corporate special interest who was his political benefactor spending millions of dollars to promote his political career.
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          There has been sworn testimony by multiple parties that Becker leaked the report to multiple parties and since he denied this in sworn testimony it is natural that a judge may have awarded the necessary subpoenas and search warrants to examine his personal email and hard drives. If that in fact was done.
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          There is no such reason to search Lisa Gillmor’s. The SCPOA registering “grandjuryreport.com” does not mean they received a copy of the report much less from Lisa Gillmor. The SCPOA’s membership are Santa Clara police and there must be dozens if not hundreds of people in the district attorney’s office or who is a court employee or a bailiff or connected member of the sheriff’s office who might have tipped off the SCPOA that there was a grand jury report to be released or even got them a copy.
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          The Chronicle’s story from October 7 even after revision contains no comment from Lisa Gillmor or anyone attacking the Forty Niners or the council majority friendly to them. I am curious to see more detail about how prosecutor’s investigators determined that the Chronicle had an article up before the Spotlight because that morning I could not find an article on the Chronicle despite searching for obvious terms to find one and I stated this fact in a comment to the original Silicon Valley Voice article from October 7. Perhaps Silicon Valley Voice staff can view a timestamp of that comment because I regular readers cannot.
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          https://www.svvoice.com/grand-jury-accuses-santa-clara-city-council-of-unsportsmanlike-conduct/
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          I do remember the first version of the Chronicle article being brief and general as if the only sources they had to report the story were the Silicon Valley Voice and San Jose Spotlight articles or perhaps general rumors off the record from who knows telling them the general gist of the grand jury report.
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          Ultimately there was no reason for Lisa Gillmor to leak the report. The report was highly critical of the council majority friendly to the Forty Niners and the Forty Niners. I agree that there was political motive behind the grand jury and or its investigation and or the report. But there being a political element does not change the fact that the report also contains many facts and conclusions that are simply factual and cause for concern.
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          Becker knew this and so did the Forty Niners. This is why they responded to the report by making ad hominem attacks upon Lisa Gillmor and Jeff Rosen and at least some of the grand jury members.

          • CSC 9 months ago

            The real CSC would point out you countered their comment with a 4:1 word ratio counter-comment.
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            The MAGA point was a general comparison of Political Operator to Political Puppet relationships work at both the local and national levels. If I wanted to call you a MAGA Trumpster I would do it directly and explicitly. So, lighten up Francis. If you don’t get that one, here’s a reference for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ICMg8GV7Zs

          • Bucher Alum 9 months ago

            CSC,
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            Yes someone who wrote like CSC also showed a new penchant for counting words instead of talking about the issues raised with words and also for more and more personal snideness instead of talking about issues.

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  5. Resident 9 months ago
    Reply

    From the SF chronicle

    One friendly reporter at the Silicon Valley Voice texted Chandhok that she thought his rebuttals would be effective, according to court records.

    “Oh, yes. That’s what we needed to shove Lisa’s October surprise right up her ass,” reporter Carolyn Schuk wrote, referring to Gillmor.

    *****

    So glad we have such an unbiased newspaper (cough) in Santa Clara.

    • Resident 9 months ago
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      However, her October surprise would not be able to fit due to people such as city staff, DAs, One (umm) Council Member and (biased *cough*) bloggers occupying that space indefinitely.

  6. Buchser Alum 9 months ago
    Reply

    The grand jury transcript shows that the Silicon Valley Voice has been serving as a mouthpiece for Anthony Becker and the San Francisco Forty Niners under the guise of being a journalistic newspaper.
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    Specifically Miles Barber and Angie Tolliver and Carolyn Schuk have been carrying water for the Forty Niners and Anthony Becker.
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    This was all obvious to anyone paying attention before but now it is part of the public record as indisputable fact.
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    It is too bad for Anthony Becker that he was being used by you three at least as much as he was using you. You all know better but he does not and thanks to you that simpleton now faces hard time.
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    Hopefully Rosen recognizes that Becker was in the end a useful idiot for the Forty Niners and supposed journalists like Carolyn Schuk and Angie Tolliver and Miles Barber and Ramona Giwargis and shows some mercy so that Becker can rebuild his life after slinking away from the public spotlight.
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    He will end up forgotten. The political agenda of the Silicon Valley Voice and the San Jose Spotlight will not be forgotten.

    • Resident 9 months ago
      Reply

      If Becker is “such an idiot” then how was he able to “Frame Gillmor” with, according to Gillmor supporter, no resources? I mean, we’ve seen bloggers post his finances, and according to them – it seems that he can’t support himself.
      Either you did no research or just seem to hate Becker. Or both. Make sense.

      • Buchser Alum 9 months ago
        Reply

        Resident,
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        He did not frame Gillmor. He tried to get a campaign volunteer to falsely implicate Gillmor for something he himself had done. That takes no resources or intelligence to attempt.
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        I do not hate Becker. I think he is unfit to serve on our city council much less be our mayor. Aside from that I pity him.

        • Resident 9 months ago
          Reply

          okay, haggag

          • Buchser Alum 9 months ago

            You telling everyone that you think I am Hosam Haggag is telling everyone that you are conspiratorial minded in a way that is highly irrational and a sign that you need to slow down when you read so that you can read carefully for the sake of your comprehension of what is written and how it is written.
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            Santa Clara has over one hundred and twenty thousand residents. There are many more who could have reasons to be very interested in our city. It is just silly for you to jump to the conclusion that I am someone you know or that I am someone that is well known in Santa Clara.
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            There are many more reasons why your presumption is silly.

          • Hosam Haggag - City Clerk 9 months ago

            Hey there Resident,

            I have only posted here with my actual name. I am not Buscher Alum, nor do I know who he/she/they is/are.

            There’s not really much I can do to convince you as such, because anonymity on the internet is easy to accomplish, other than you taking my word for it. However much that holds in terms of weight. But just putting this out there.

            Those who’ve known me since my many years of City involvement (4.5 years as your elected City Clerk, and years before that as a resident-activist) know that I don’t really have any need to post anonymously and have spoken publicly many many times regardless of what people think of me or my stances/positions. In fact, since I have been elected I have significantly reduced (or even eliminated) sharing my views on issues to remain as impartial and neutral given my role as the City Clerk.

            I guess that might give you fodder to believe that I’d post anonymously, but I just simply haven’t – and many times have posted (using my real name) here and on other news sites/blogs. Of course there was that one time recently someone impersonated me and thankfully the SV Voice staff took that comment down and reached out to me for verification.

            Again, nothing I say will or can convince you. You’re free to believe what you want to believe, but I only ever post here with my real name, for what it’s worth.

            My door is always open, email, phone, and you all know where I live if you want to stop by and say hi. I’m happy to even take anonymous emails and phone calls too if that’s your thing, and quite frankly given the vindictiveness and pettiness of some community members I don’t quite blame those who choose to remain anonymous. But for me, that’s just not my style.

            Hosam Haggag – your elected City Clerk

  7. The Dude 9 months ago
    Reply

    All the Becker backers are focusing on who leaked the grand jury report (the Misdemeanor crime) and diverting attention away from the Felony charge of Perjury.

    • Yep 9 months ago
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      You are right. The issue is that Becker apparently LIED under oath. If he had just admitted to the misdemeanor charge, this wouldn’t be in the news today.

  8. Buchser Alum 9 months ago
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    If Becker had not used his office as an elected representative of Santa Clara district six residents to give the Forty Niners advanced warning about a grand jury report that pointed out unethical behavior by them and by him then he would not have had to admit or lie about it.
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    He used a privilege of his office as a city official to warn a corporate special interest that has some financial interests counter to the city’s so that they could try to deflect attention from alarming facts and conclusions in the report. And they did so not by addressing the many alarming facts and conclusions but by making personal attacks on the county’s elected district attorney and our city’s elected mayor and the grand jury’s volunteer members.
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    And so if Becker acted as if his loyalties are with his constituents and all people of Santa Clara and not the Forty Niners or himself then he would not have abused his office to help the Forty Niners and then he would not have to admit to this or lie about it.
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    It is shameful that the Silicon Valley Voice is so blatantly trying to ignore his unethical behavior and is even trying to deflect attention from his crime with attacks just like the Forty Niners did. But this is no surprise since thanks to the grand jury we also know that Carolyn Schuk of the Silicon Valley Voice had open communication with Rahul Chandhok of the Forty Niners to coordinate their attempt to spin public opinion about the grand jury report before it was supposed to be released.

  9. Ben 9 months ago
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    I don’t understand how Jeff Rosen can lay judgement on anyone. He lets people kill parents who don’t want their kids raped.

    How can he even show his face in a courtroom and lambast Becker for betraying public trust? Protecting children from being sexually abused is one of the most basic tasks that he could perform. But since the person sex trafficking my kids is an associate of his, DA Rosen just looks the other way.

    Until he protects me and my kids, I will never believe that Mr. Rosen cares about anyone.

    I have posted more info here, if anyone is interested:

    https://www.thepetitionsite.com/272/404/301/district-attorney-jeffrey-rosen-please-stop-sex-trafficking-my-kids/

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