Gonzales, attorney talk about indictment
By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
June 26, 2006
SAN JOSE (BCN) - San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales said today
that his actions in connection with the controversial Norcal Waste
Systems garbage contract were all designed to achieve the goals
set by the City Council and that the contract saved rate payers
millions of dollars even with the additional $11.25 million paid
Gonzales held a news conference at San Jose City Hall in which
he reiterated his commitment to serve out his term of office.
"I don't intend to resign. I'm innocent,'' Gonzales said.
Gonzales's attorney, Allan Ruby, said that the City Council's
three main goals with the garbage contract were "prevailing
wages, retention of displaced workers and labor peace."
Gonzales said, "The end product is the product that the
City Council sought to have. There was about a $60 million savings
from the second bidder.''
Ruby displayed a number of documents on an overhead projector
during the news conference to bolster his case that Gonzales was
carrying out the council's wishes in his actions with Norcal.
The documents included a memo from then-City Manager Del Borgsdorf
to the City Council that predates the Oct. 6, 2000 meeting between
Gonzales and Norcal that forms the basis for the indictment. Ruby
said that document proves the City Council wanted the workers
to receive higher wages as part of Norcal's contract.
"The intent as shown by the September 22 document was always
prevailing wages,'' Ruby said.
Gonzales was joined at the news conference by his wife, family
and friends. He said his family has been in Santa Clara Valley
for more than 50 years and the Gonzales name has always had a
strong reputation. He vowed that he would be found innocent of
the charges against him.
"We're going to continue to have that strong name,'' Gonzales
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