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Volume 2 • Issue 2

January 27, 2020

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Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers held their annual ceremony to recognize our local Law Enforcement agencies. “A trending them of the night was appreciation to those who show support to those who make sacrifices while serving. [Continued on Page 6]

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Westfield Valley Fair, Silicon Valley’s luxury retail destination rang in the “Year of the Rat” with a month long series of celebrations and community events, including the launch of an instagrammable and interactive maze installation.

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Through the month of January, guests and visitors were welcomed to join Westfield Valley Fair in unveiling its firstever instagrammable maze in celebration of the “Year of the Rat.” [Continued on Page 14]


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Public Service

The Need for Public Transparency Regarding a Councilmember’s Resignation The purpose of this news release is to address some of the statements regarding Councilmember Mahan’s resignation. “When a councilmember resigns, that is a public act of a public official so we had to report it to the Council,” said Brian Doyle, City Attorney. “Eventually whatever the communication is that says, ‘I am hereby resigning’ – that is communicated to Council so they can do their duty under the Charter to declare the seat vacant.” The resignation of an elected official is not a confidential matter; it is an inherently public act. The City Charter requires

the Council to declare the Councilmember’s seat vacant. This action will be scheduled for the Feb. 11 Council & Concurrent Authorities Meeting. Per the Charter, the Council must act within 30 days of the vacancy being announced. These options include: • Appointing someone to the seat by a fourfifths vote within 30 days of the vacancy being announced; • Hold a special election; or • Keep the seat vacant until the November 2020 election. Councilmember Patricia M. Mahan’s official resignation, dated Jan. 22, 2020, was

transmitted to the City Council as part of the online agenda packet for the Jan. 28, 2020 Council and Authorities Concurrent Meeting. Per Councilmember Mahan’s resignation, the effective date is Feb. 1, 2020. “We understand that there have been statements about HIPPA violations. I am confident that no one in the City has violated HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) or any laws regarding confidentiality,” City Attorney Brian Doyle clarified. On Jan. 22, City Manager Deanna J. Santana contacted Councilmember

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On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Councilmember Patricia M. Mahan submitted her resignation from her District 5 seat due to serious medical issues. Councilmember Mahan’s resignation will become effective on Feb. 1, 2020. “On behalf of the City Council, thank you to Councilmember Mahan for her significant contributions and service to the Santa Clara community,” said Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor. “We respect her decision and are thinking of her and her family as they face a very challenging time ahead.” There will be an agenda item informing the Council of the resignation on Jan. 28. The City Charter requires the Council to declare the Councilmember’s seat vacant. This action will be scheduled for the Feb. 11 Council & Concurrent Authorities Meeting. Her four-year term expires November 2020. More information about the Councilmember’s public service is available on SantaClaraCA.gov.


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Especially, when our trials and tribulations in life test us and sometimes try to intimate us. It was an honor, to honor those who make a commitment to serve and honor tradition to service.” - Dee Barragan President, Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers

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Honor and Service

Steve Mello was honored as Crime Stopper of the Decade for his many years in Law Enforcement and work on behalf of Crime Stoppers

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Good Move On January 10, Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his record $222 Billion state budget for 202021. The $84 billion he allocated in it for K-12 schools and community colleges represents a historic high level of funding for education in California. The proposed investment in K-14 education is 3.03 percent or $3.8 billion more than last year. Total K-12 expenditures from all sources in the budget are projected to be $17,964 per pupil. While state spending on education is at its highest level numerically, Governor Newsom expressed that “none of us is spiking the ball” because education outcomes for many students are not where it

should be or can be. According to Newsom, “We are making progress, but it is stubborn and slow. We have disparities that are being closed and disparities that are persistent.” The achievement gap is being closed for Latinx students, students with disabilities, low income students, and AfricanAmerican students in some metrics. Latinx students narrowed their gap in English language arts scores and high school graduation rates. Students with disabilities made the greatest gains in math and English language arts. AfricanAmerican students showed the largest graduation rate gain among student groups. Where progress has been slow has been with

Gov. Newsom Breaks Record With Tens-of-Billions Spending Plan for Public Schools students with disabilities, youth in foster care, homeless youth, and African-American students continuing to score below the state standard on English language arts and math tests. Newsom was very candid in pointing out that 23 low-performing, high-poverty school districts have an overrepresentation of AfricanAmerican students. “It seems self evident that we should focus and concentrate our efforts in those areas in order to address ….the substance of the vexing issue as it relates to academic achievement for AfricanAmerican students.” “We have to start

said. The budget includes $100 million to fund $20,000 stipends for new teachers who choose to teach in high-need schools. This addresses the stubborn fact that high-poverty schools have three times as many unprepared teachers. $300 million in grants is being made available to close the academic achievement in the lowest-performing districts. Another $300 million is proposed to expand community schools to address students’ physical and mental health needs by establishing publicprivate partnerships with community services. The funds will also be

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end of next year. Education leaders’ reactions to the governor’s 2020-21 state budget presentation has been mixed. “The Governor mentioned that students should have teachers that look more like

them, and we couldn’t agree more. We look forward to having the opportunity to invest in our teacher workforce and the pipeline of future teachers coming into the profession, specifically teachers of color and in the fields of science, math, and special education,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said. State Board of Education President Linda Darling Hammond said, “Some students spend the year in classrooms staffed by highly trained, highly prepared teachers. But many others do not. These disparities are particularly grievous for low-income students of color. The 2020-21 budget investments in educator recruitment and professional development will help place California on solid footing moving forward as we work to

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Good Move build, train and support the kind of high-quality educator workforce all our students need and deserve.” California Teachers Association President E. Toby Boyd expresses some cynicism. “Despite California’s economy consistently expanding – now being ranked fifth-largest in the entire world – we have some of the most underfunded schools in the country,” he said. “We rank 39th in the nation in per-pupil funding. We boast the most overcrowded classrooms in the entire country.” Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner said, “California’s public schools will remain woefully underfunded, especially when compared with the rest of the

nation.” “This budget proposal does not go far enough in funding supports for our most vulnerable students,” Beutner added. “Including students whose families are experiencing homelessness and students with special needs.” The governor’s presentation begins the formal state budget process. Over the next several months, the California legislature will hold hearings on the budget and special interest groups and the public will have an opportunity to comment on various budget proposals. In midMay the Governor will release a revised budget plan reflecting changes to spending. The budget will be finalized by the end of June 2020.

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YANG CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES CA STATE ASSEMBLYMEMBER EVAN LOW AS NEW NATIONAL CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIR On January 15, California State Assemblymember Evan Low officially endorsed Andrew Yang

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for president. Low is the Assemblymember for the 28th California Assembly District that encompasses the heart of Silicon Valley. In addition to the endorsement, Low is joining the Yang Campaign as a National Campaign CoChair. “Andrew Yang has proposed the most innovative solutions to the toughest problems facing our nation,” said Assemblymember Evan Low. “He inspires a brave, bold new vision for our country. His tenacious presidential

campaign performance proves he is the candidate we need to make the current occupant of the White House a one-term president. I am proud to endorse Andrew Yang and serve as a National Campaign Co-Chair.” “Evan is a dynamic and proven leader in the great State of California. Time and time again, he has demonstrated his commitment to representing diverse and dynamic voices and enacting policies that make our society more equitable,” said Andrew Yang. “I’m excited to welcome this trailblazer to our team as we work to rewrite the rules of the 21st century for our children.”

Low, a longtime champion for Silicon Valley families in the state legislature, is the founder of the California Legislative Technology and Innovation Caucus. He is also Chair Emeritus of the California LGBT Legislative Caucus. As a State Assemblymember and advocate, Low has successfully pushed through legislation protecting and celebrating LGBTQ rights, fighting opioid abuse, and maintaining the integrity of the electoral process. Low joining the campaign follows Andrew Yang’s record $16.5 million haul in the final fundraising quarter of 2019, and on the heels

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Making a Difference

American artist Thomas Kinkade’s Family opens CityTeam House of Light for Homeless Women and Children Thomas Kinkade, t​he Painter of Light™, is one of​America’s most recognized artists whose artwork was at one time found in 1 out of 20 households in the U.S.​ After his passing in 2012, Kinkade’s wife, Nanette, and their four daughters, Merritt, Chandler, Winsor and Everett, founded The Kinkade Family Foundation to honor his memory in the ways he

would most appreciate, by touching lives with his art and helping people in need. Encompassing these beliefs the Kinkade Family Foundation donated funds for a 6 bedroom home to CityTeam naming it the House of Light in recognition of Thomas Kinkade’s signature artwork. “The Kinkade Family

Foundation is delighted to open the doors to the CityTeam House of Light”, s​ aid president, Nanette Kinkade​. “We congratulate everyone who worked to make it a happy, safe home for women and children in need. This home is a living example of love in action through the cooperation of generous hearted people. We pray it will always be filled with

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The Year of the Rat

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