Redevelopment Agency director Harry Mavrogenes might be quitting the broke-ass agency—hey, four decades is enough to ask of anybody in this town—but he’s not planning to fade into the sunset and paint water colors. That’s what his one-time boss Frank Taylor did. Or live on a boat in the Caribbean on the San Jose tax money she escaped with, as predecessor Susan Schick did. Maybe he’s a glutton for punishment, but the Mavster will be staying involved in local public affairs.
On Monday, he’ll participate in San Jose Stage’s vicious political satire production, Monday Night Live. Last year he was taken to a garbage dump for a Pulp Fiction-style execution in a video screened at MNL.
And, get this, he says he’s been encouraged to run for Nancy Pyle’s termed-out District 10 council seat next year and is “considering it.” Just when we thought we were hearing things, Mavrogenes repeated himself, saying he was “thinking about it.” (Memo to trial ballooners: good strategy to get ink is to repeat key point twice or more within earshot of journalist at social function.)
Financial advisor Johnny Khamis is the only person who has come right out and filed papers with the city clerk, but a flock of other candidates are swarming to join the fight over District 10 dominion. Claude Fletcher, a councilmember and failed mayoral candidate back during the Reagan administration, is considering leaving his post as chancellor of Valley Christian High School for a return to politics. Evangelical activist school board member Leslie Reynolds is also expected to join the fray. And former council aide Edisa Bitbadal will likely try to parlay the exceptional wisdom she gained while working for former boss Kansen Chu.
But only one other mentioned candidate comes close to knowing how to play the political game as well as Sega Mavrogenesis—former top cop Rob Davis. If the recently retired police chief decides to run, he might not even have to raise campaign funds after all the money he cashed out in sick leave.
UPDATE: Add Robert Braunstein, who runs Cal-Hi Sports and is a long-time Almaden resident, to the list of people seriously considering a run for the D-10 seat. He should find out soon enough that similar to sports, politics don’t build character, they reveal it.