Councilman Anthony Becker has been set up to go down. Mayor Lisa Gillmor wants him off the council and in jail. What is the crime he committed? He ran against Gillmor for mayor in November and came within one percent of winning. Almost immediately Becker’s life became a living hell.
The infamous grand jury report that was released in October conveniently criticized the “49er five,” which included Becker. Now, you wouldn’t really suspect this biased document was designed to be released just before the elections, would you? Absolutely it was, and it appeared to channel Gillmor’s playbook. The report disparaged the five council members Santa Clara residents elected to replace Gillmor’s misguided majority.
Just imagine for a moment how these five were criticized for meeting and planning with Santa Clara’s major mega-million-dollar business partner, the SF 49ers.
Conversely, we could not find even one meeting between Mayor Gillmor and the 49ers in the past four years.
As biased as the civil grand jury report was against Becker and the council majority, it was treated by Gillmor and District Attorney Jeff Rosen as the Bible of politics in Santa Clara.
Rosen has now indicted Anthony Becker for, of all things, lying about releasing the grand jury report early. Sorry Mr. Rosen, but you are mistaken.
The civil grand jury report was sent to a variety of individuals and organizations early. The SF Chronicle had a full article online and in print the next morning, as did the SJ Spotlight, the Mercury News and The Weekly. The only known council person who has a relationship with the SF Chronicle is Mayor Lisa Gillmor. In addition, the Santa Clara POA had a website purchased and named the Grand-Jury-Report-dot-com the next morning. The relationship between the POA and Mayor Gillmor is hand and glove.
Most important, we know this report was in circulation to a variety of media outlets before it was made public.
Unbelievable that Councilman Anthony Becker was singled out as a “lying leaker” when the report was already in the hands of the media. Yet, after detailing to the criminal grand jury how Council Member Kathy Watanabe gave the report to her husband to read and Gillmor emailed it to her personal email account, Deputy District Attorney Jason Malinsky told the criminal grand jury that no one else would be investigated or charged with leaking the document.
However, based on Becker’s statement that he did not leak the report, District Attorney Jeff Rosen went ballistic. Rosen accused Becker of lying and assumed guilt. He sent his troops to Becker’s home, not just once, but twice. They treated him like a drug dealer, showing up with weapons, ransacking his home with a search and seizure, taking his computer, his phone and leaving his home in total chaos.
Do you think there is a possible political relationship between District Attorney Jeff Rosen and Santa Clara Mayor, Lisa Gillmor?