On Representation

My opponent has stated:

“As important as civil rights are to all of us, I don’t for a second believe that is Jed’s motivation. He cares about being able to use Levi’s Stadium to further enrich himself and not be accountable to the people of Santa Clara.”

Teresa O’Neill, in a letter to residents

She is likely pointing to the fact that the ’49ers helped defeat the council majority-backed Measure C earlier this year. What she is not saying is that she speaks publicly about supporting minority rights, yet backed the two measures that would have limited the voices of under-represented minorities and supported fighting the CVRA lawsuit that brought minority representation to the city council for the first time in the history of Santa Clara. Rather than fight CVRA, she could have simply helped legislate changes that were compatible with CVRA guidelines and saved the city from fighting two lawsuits that will likely cost in excess of $5 million. She says many things in favor of representation, but she does not do anything to back up her words. She may say nice things, but she does the WRONG thing.

On civil rights, I was surprised myself when the β€˜49ers came out supporting minority representation and opposed Measure C, which would have limited minority voting groups, earlier this year. We can question their motives, but they did the RIGHT thing.

I could just as easily paraphrase that, “as important as civil rights are to all of us, I don’t for a second believe that is Teresa O’Neill’s motivation. She cares about being able to use Santa Clara to further enrich her council majority bloc and not be accountable to the people of Santa Clara.” Actions speak louder than words.