Barry Chang saying something inappropriate in public is hardly earth-shattering news, but this time the Cupertino councilman may have actually broken the law. Chang, who’s running for Paul Fong’s termed-out State Assembly District, showed up at the Feb. 5 Saratoga City Council meeting to rail against the Highway 85 express lane construction. In the course of a two-minute diatribe about how the project needs an independent environmental review—a valid point, we might add—he mentioned a lawsuit initiated between the city of Cupertino and the Valley Transportation Authority, the agency heading the highway-widening project. There’s just one issue—discussion of that lawsuit was held in closed session a day prior, which makes it off limits for public comment. Oops. In his defense, Chang did preface his statements by warning the council he’d come down with a high fever and it’s possible he mixed up his talking points. Chang has made the $170 million widening project a focus of his campaign. But Chang’s public faux-pas on environmental issues are well-documented. In late 2011, County Executive Jeff Smith sent him a written reprimand for his views on the Permanente Quarry. According to the latest campaign filings, Chang raised just $37,250 last year, while Evan Low—the about-to-term-out mayor of Campbell and an opponent in the Assembly race, raked in roughly $236,000 in 2013. Fly couldn’t find financial statements for Republican candidates Chuck Page, a Saratoga Councilman, and YouTube sensation Michael Hunsweck, but both announced last year that they plan to run in the district that spans throughout west San Jose, Cupertino, Campbell, Saratoga, Los Gatos and Monte Sereno.