Mercury news editorial_ santa clara mayor lisa gillmor saying all the right things – san jose mercury news

Mercury News editorial: Jamie Matthews’ post Super Bowl flight incomprehensible But if she can make good on the goals she’s setting out, this will be a very good thing for the small city beset with big challenges that include huge development plans and an evolving relationship with the 49ers. Having recently won the fight for a lobbyist disclosure law, Gillmor now wants to require that City Council agendas be posted well before the state requirement that allows items to pop up on Friday night before a Tuesday meeting, often accompanied by voluminous staff reports. San Jose’s 10-day notice seems to be working nicely. For some time she has been


fighting for greater transparency in the council’s dealings in general and particularly involving the 49ers. Now as mayor, she seems to be doubling down. She said 49ers CEO Jed York reached out to her last week and, at a meeting Friday, extended an olive branch. He agreed to provide more financial data and to work with the community, she said, particularly the soccer parents who’d pretty much been stiffed by the team and by what used to be the council majority, when Matthews was the tie breaker.

Gillmor was the soccer-mom hero in that conflict. Matthews’ sudden resignation — speaking of things we’ll probably never understand — right after the Super Bowl left a council divided between three gung-ho supporters of the 49ers and three members who believed the team wasn’t providing financial and other information required under its contract with the city. Gillmor was in the second group. It’s not just the soccer crowd that’s been alienated.

Once excellent at public outreach with Jennifer Sparacino as city manager from 1987 until 2012, Santa Clara City Hall has hunkered down since Julio Fuentes succeeded her. Gillmor wants to reopen the doors — for example, holding public meetings at convenient times for working residents so they can weigh in on important matters like planning the new downtown. Feb 11: Feb 9: Feb 8: We’ll probably never know exactly how Lisa Gillmor went from being the pariah of half of Santa Clara’s polarized city council just two weeks ago to emerge as its unanimous choice Wednesday to succeed Jamie Matthews as mayor. Herhold: The background of Santa Clara mayor’s departure Feb 16: Equally important, Gillmor wants to restore City Hall’s relationship with the community.

Santa Clara council starts to replace mayor, but retains city manager She promises an audit to determine whether the city and 49ers are in compliance with oversight commitments made in Measure J, which voters passed in 2010 to greenlight Levi’s Stadium. She promises to enforce requirements for the 49ers to file regular financial, marketing and other reports as stipulated in the contract between the team and the city. Feb 17: Big picture, Gillmor’s main challenge is to end both the reality and perception of deals being cut behind closed doors. If she can do that and banish the warring-faction style of Santa Clara politics, she will be a fine mayor indeed.

Santa Clara: Mayor Jamie Matthews announces retirement, effective Tuesday Santa Clara leaders call emergency meeting to appoint next mayor Feb 12: Santa Clara: Lisa Gillmor unanimously appointed mayor

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