News Release: California Fair Political Practices Commission Will Not Pursue Allegations Made by Former Councilmember about Measure C Public Outreach
Former Councilmember Patricia M. Mahan’s allegations against Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor, City Clerk Hosam Haggag, City Manager Deanna J. Santana and City Attorney Brian Doyle were fully dismissed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) notified the City of Santa Clara today that it won’t pursue “an enforcement action” based on allegations, submitted by former Councilmember Patricia M. Mahan, against Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor, City Clerk Hosam Haggag, City Manager Deanna J. Santana and City Attorney Brian Doyle, about public outreach done for Measure C. The sworn complaint was submitted to the FPPC on Feb. 20, 2020.
The complaint alleged City officials of using public resources to campaign in favor of the March 2020 ballot measure. Measure C concerned amending the City Charter to elect councilmembers by district.
“It comes as no surprise to the City that the FPPC dismissed this frivolous complaint,” said City Clerk Hosam Haggag who was among those named in the complaint. “Providing educational information to residents is what the City has done in the past and is one of my duties as your elections official. We will continue to encourage residents to engage in civic participation and will not be dissuaded by hollow threats and baseless allegations.”
The City’s Measure C educational information, which included mailers and flyers, is available on the City website.
“This is not the first time that former Councilmember Mahan used this tactic to discredit the good work of City officials and staff. She filed the same allegations two years ago with the same FPPC outcome—which was that her allegations had no merit and were fully dismissed,” said Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor. “I want to thank the City for continuing to provide good public information and education for voters.”
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