Wrong for San Jose.

Cindy Chavez voted to spend $76 million of federal COVID relief funds on bonuses for her cronies and counterparts in county government. ¹

Dollars meant to help struggling families and businesses instead pad the pockets of public employees.

Even county executives making salaries over $330,000, received generous bonuses of $2,500 ²

That is money that could have gone to helping working families struggling to get by in the midst of a global pandemic.

Even members of Chavez’s own political party called the actions “indefensible.” ³


1: Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Agenda Item No. 20 - Motion to Approve Request for Appropriation Modification No. 71, 10/5/2021, Passed 4-0, Cindy Chavez – AYE

2: “COVID: Santa Clara Supes Approve $76M In ‘Hero Pay’ Bonus Checks To Nearly All County Employees,” CBS SF Bay Area (KPIX 5), October 5, 2021

3: “Battle Brewing in Santa Clara County Over Hero's Pay,” NBC Bay Area, October 18, 2021

Cindy Chavez voted to spend $4.5 million on valet parking services for her and county staff. ⁴

When presented with the option of extending the county’s parking services contract and requiring county staff to park their own cars, Chavez voted No. Instead, opting for the multi-million-dollar valet contract. ⁵

Thanks in part to Cindy Chavez, taxpayers are on the hook for millions to valet park cars at the County Civic Center.

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4: “How’s this for a government perk? Free valet parking for Santa Clara County workers,” San Jose Mercury News, December 6, 2018

5: Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Agenda Item No. 49 - Approve First Amendment to Agreement No. CW2227501, 10/20/2018, Passed 3-2, Cindy Chavez – NAY

Cindy Chavez voted to increase funding for the contractor who led the disastrous Valley Medical Center construction project. ⁶

The Santa Clara County Executive stated that the delays forced the county to “Turn Away Patients, Daily” and “Lose at Least $100,000 a Day in Revenue” ⁷

What did Cindy Chavez do? Approved giving the contractor an additional $15 million – twice! ⁶

Chavez’s approved contractor ended up costing the county three years in delays and millions of dollars in lawsuits.

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6: Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Agenda Item No. 96, 8/13/2013, Passed 5-0, Cindy Chavez – AYE; Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Agenda Item No. 112, 6/24/2014, Passed 5-0, Cindy Chavez – AYE

7: “$300 Million Medical Facility Behind Schedule, Over Budget,” NBC Bay Area, August 28, 2015

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