Mayor Gonzales booed while speaking at San Jose special meeting
By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
June 28, 2006
SAN JOSE (BCN) - San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales was booed
in the city council chambers today as he reiterated his intention
to remain in office until his term ends in December despite being
indicted on six felony charges.
An unidentified member of the half-filled city council chamber
audience yelled, "you should stand in front of a jury,"
when Gonzales asked his family and then his staff to stand as
he spoke about how important both groups are to him.
Gonzales told the audience anyone interrupting or speaking without
being recognized would be removed.
The mayor's voice broke briefly as he implored the city council
not to punish them by cutting the budget for the mayor's staff
in an effort to punish him.
"Their work ethic is incredible," Gonzales said of
Last week the mayor was indicted by a Santa Clara County grand
jury in connection with his conduct regarding the city's garbage
and recycling contract with Norcal Waste Systems. A majority of
the council has called for Gonzales to step aside but he has proclaimed
his innocence of the bribery, conspiracy and other charges against
him and has vowed to remain in office until the end of his term
on Dec. 31.
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