Liccardo added he's still living and owning nearby. "Everybody knows that, because it's on my website. There was never any doubt about the fact that I, along with tens of thousands of other folks who own property downtown — our homes — might benefit if there’s economic development downtown."
San Jose's city attorney says the law doesn’t find conflict of interest unless a property is within 500 feet of a development. But critics of the sale to Google say it's one more thing that doesn't look good about the deal.
"Some people are making a lot of money off of this deal and there’s other people who are going to lose everything," said Sandy Perry, president of the Affordable Housing Network of Santa Clara County. "They’re just being crushed by the tech industry moving into Silicon Valley, and the rents are going through the roof."
Perry believes Liccardo should have recused himself from voting on the Google project. Instead, he cast two votes in favor of it.
Scott Wagers wouldn't go that far. The pastor at CHAM Deliverance Ministry works with local politicians on behalf of the homeless and believes Liccardo is well-meaning. However, he said, "It doesn’t look good. I don’t mistrust him personally, but it creates distrust."