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January Council Calendars: Still Light, but Much to See

The first calendars of 2019 for the Santa Clara City Council are up. Here’s how our seven elected officials spent their month.


Mayor Lisa Gillmor
Early in January, Mayor Lisa Gillmor met with Council Member Kathy Watanabe and Zero Emissions Recreational Organization, Inc.’s President Dean Stanford about the Police Activities League (PAL) track. Later on Jan. 3, she met with Santa Clara Police Officers Association Interim President Alex Torke about the union. On Jan. 10 she met with resident Harbir Bhatia and community member Jasmeet Kaur regarding citizenship.

The Mayor notched her only meeting with a developer when she had a phone meeting with Related’s Executive Vice President Steve Eimer on Jan. 25 to discuss “The Related Company’s New Santa Clara offices.”


The majority of the remainder of her recorded calendar items were public events, public meetings and events for invited guests.


Vice Mayor Patricia Mahan

The Vice Mayor only recorded three items in January, all of which were public meetings.


Council Member Kathy Watanabe

Council Member Kathy Watanabe met with the CORE Companies’ Senior Development Manager Vince Cantore and Vice President of Development Paul Ring regarding Agrihood on Jan. 10. The CORE Companies’ project was approved by Council on Jan. 29.

Four days later, Watanabe met with David Bini, executive director of the Santa Clara and San Benito Counties Building and Construction Trades Council regarding construction projects.

Ten dates after, on Jan. 24, she recorded a meeting with Omid Shakeri, president of ECCO Buildders, Inc. about 1530-1540 Pomeroy Ave., where an eight-unit townhome project has been proposed. On Jan. 25 she met with Lakeshore Homeowners Association members regarding stadium issues and parking concerns.

Near the end of the month, on Jan. 28, Watanabe had a second meeting regarding Agrihood with members of SV@Home and she recorded a second meeting with Bini on Jan. 29. She ended her month meeting with Council Member Debi Davis and members of the Silicon Valley Korean American Federation to discuss a potential Friendship City relationship with Icheon, Korea.

Nearly all of Watanabe’s other recorded calendar items were public meetings or public events.


Council Member Teresa O’Neill

Council Member Teresa O’Neill spent much of January in meetings regarding VTA, of which she is on the board. Her first non-public meeting, event or VTA item was on Jan. 8 when she met with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) about SVBC issues.

Three days later, on Jan. 11, she met with Rod Diridon, Sr. about Santa Clara County Transportation issues. On Jan. 14 she recorded time with International Rescue Committee members about Santa Clara’s naturalization program.

On Jan. 21 O’Neill met with resident Clysta McLemore regarding pedestrian safety and access issues. Two days later the Council Member met with UA Local Union 393 Plumbers, Steamfitters and HVACR Service Technicians Political and Communications Director Jean Cohen about upcoming construction projects.

Catalyze SV founder, local business owner and San Jose resident Kirk Vartan showed up on O’Neill’s calendar when he, along with San Jose’s Vice Mayor Chappie Jones and Chief of Staff David Gomez and  San Jose resident Ken Pyle, met about “city governance meeting on new transportation policies and methods” on Jan. 23.

A day later, O’Neill met with The CORE Companies’ Ring and Cantore on Agrihood and later that day she recorded a meeting with Planning Commissioner Suds Jain about transportation issues.

On Jan. 25 O’Neill met with Bruce Donoghue, resident and Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) member about the committee and on Jan. 28 she shared a hike and lunch with members of the Santa Cruz County Board of Trustees member Rose Flicetti, Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees member Pearl Cheng and former member of Cupertino Unified School District Board of Trustees Jo Lucey.

Most of O’Neill’s other recorded items were public events and meetings.


Council Member Debi Davis

Council Member Debi Davis recorded her first lobbyist meeting when she met with Carlene Matchniff for lunch and to discuss the Irvine Company’s projects on Jan. 10. Later that day, she recorded her second lobbyist meeting with Cantore and Ring of The CORE Companies about Agrihood.

Davis’ third lobbyist meeting came when she notched time with Bini about upcoming construction projects on Jan. 17.

On Jan. 30 she met with Butch Coyne of Santa Clara University for lunch to discuss SCU Presents updates.

Most of Davis’ additional recorded items were public meetings and events.


Council Members Raj Chahal and Karen Hardy

Santa Clara’s two newest Council Members continued their tradition of keeping their calendars light. Both only recorded public events and meetings in January.

View all Council Member calendars here.


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