The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department arrested and then released Mayor Ron Gonzales and his budget director, Joe Guerra, after the pair posted bail. They are scheduled to be arraigned in state court on Monday. The indictment against the pair is under seal.
At least two San Jose City Council members called for Gonzales, a Democrat, to resign.
“I strongly would urge the mayor to step down. These charges will certainly be a distraction to him and to the city administration,” council member Ken Yeager said.
Gonzales spokesman David Vossbrink said the mayor “intends to finish out his term.”
“He broke no laws,” Vossbrink said in a statement.
Gonzales has been under fire since last year when a civil grand jury issued a report blasting him for making a “backroom deal” with a city garbage contractor in 2000 to avoid possible labor unrest among trash collectors and which resulted in a 9 percent hike in city garbage rates in 2003.