Aaron Resendez may be the first person to ever run for a seat on the San Jose City Council while simultaneously planning to become a registered lobbyist. The question is: should he already be registered? Resendez told Fly that in addition to serving as president of the Story Road Business Association, he also runs a consulting service for businesses that need an in at the city and county. Just recently, he said, he helped restaurant Mexico Lindo on The Alameda deal with noise complaints and a karaoke permit. âI had to talk to the planning department; I had to talk to the mayor,â Resendez said. âBut I know those people. Thatâs why people ask for my help. Iâm very well known with the people at City Hall and in the county.â He said his fee is âconfidential,â but money for meetings sure sounds like lobbying. Apparently, thatâs just the half of it. The underdog in the District 5 race featuring oft-investigated Councilman Xavier Campos and mail-stricken Magdalena Carrasco has also been trading favors for campaign contributions. âIâve been helping a construction company, a demolition company, work with the county, but I didnât take payment,â Resendez told Fly. âHe donated to my campaign instead.â That sounds all sorts of illegal, but Resendez added that he got clearance for his activities from City Clerk Toni Taber. âYes, Iâm lobbying on behalf of the business association, but I have to make a living,â Resendez said. âI double-checked with the city clerk, but she told me I donât have to register as a lobbyist. Iâll do that in June when Iâm no longer (association) president.â Taber could not be immediately reached to confirm that conversation as sheâs attending a city clerk seminar (which we hear are frickinâ ragers) in Pasadena this week. There are rumblings, however, that some board members in Resendezâ association are furious about his side biz.