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How to watch and participate in Santa Clara City Council meetings

One of the easiest ways to get involved in local politics in Santa Clara is to follow and participate in City Council meetings. Here’s how you can watch, learn and make your voice heard at Santa Clara City Council meetings. Also see our guides for San Jose City Council and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors meetings....

UPDATE: Santa Clara begins tracking police military equipment

Santa Clara took a step toward police transparency Tuesday when the City Council approved a new policy determining when and how its police department will be allowed to use military-level equipment. The policy, which the City Council approved unanimously, guides how the Santa Clara Police Department should pay for, acquire and use certain types of...

Santa Clara to hire attorney after firing city manager

Days after firing the city manager, the Santa Clara City Council plans to hire an attorney—but won’t let the mayor take charge of the search. The council voted 6-1 on Tuesday to have Councilmember Karen Hardy seek out legal counsel to represent the local government. Councilmember Kathy Watanabe cast the lone dissenting vote, arguing this...

Santa Clara officials fire city manager

The Santa Clara City Council has fired city manager Deanna Santana in an emergency meeting Thursday night. The council voted 4-2 in closed session to remove Santana as city manager based on a lack of confidence and to suspend her with pay immediately. The council also voted 4-2 to reconvene in a week to appoint...

Santa Clara quietly settles lawsuit with chamber of commerce

This time last year, Santa Clara publicly threatened to sue its chamber of commerce for nearly $600,000 it claimed the city was overcharged—but the two sides quietly settled the dispute for about half that amount last fall. The city and the Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce reached a settlement that requires the business group to pay the...

Santa Clara says goodbye to Columbus Day

Santa Clara leaders Tuesday night praised the City Council for voting to ditch Columbus Day and instead celebrate a day that highlights indigenous people and cultures. “We’re particularly happy and proud that our task force was able to make this recommendation while also acknowledging another thing that we saw in our surveys,” said Neil Datar,...

Money and politics: Santa Clara mayor’s family empire

Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor might represent a smaller Bay Area city, but there’s nothing small about her business empire. Gillmor, who is up for reelection in 2022, controls a sprawling real estate portfolio that includes strip malls in Santa Clara, swaths of undeveloped land near Gilroy and a small plot in San Bernardino County. Her...

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