The Santa Clara Family Health Foundation, a local nonprofit that helped bump up the county’s sales tax last fall, doesn’t want the public to know about its secret political activities. And now it’s lawyering up to quash Metro/San Jose Inside’s public records act requests. Health Foundation attorney Ash Pirayou informed county officials that he’ll seek a court injunction to prevent the Santa Clara Family Health Plan—a county agency that provides insurance to low-income children—from releasing Health Foundation board agendas, minutes and emails. The foundation leases office space from the Health Plan, led by CEO Elizabeth Darrow, and uses Health Plan email accounts. Health Foundation CEO Kathleen King, who served as mayor of Saratoga in 2010 and then briefly ran for county supervisor, has been scrambling for months to keep her organization afloat when it became clear the foundation served as little more than a conduit for funding to the Health Plan—after skimming off the top to pay King and her staff. Not content to let her $160,000 salary slip away, King recently hired a consultant to rejigger the foundation’s mission, which then led her to brazenly ask the county for $15 million extra in funding. But apparently County Executive Jeff Smith, whom we hear King unsuccessfully lobbied to defy the records request, told her he could find plenty of other ways to waste that money. One other possible reason for the panic, however, has much greater implications. The foundation last year handed $400,000—40 percent of its total revenues if you don’t count the $1 million in Healthy Kids insurance premiums that simply flow in and out of its bank accounts—to two groups controlled by county supervisor candidate Cindy Chavez. Chavez also serves as a Health Foundation officer and executive committee member. Could all this be an attempt to keep this information away from the public until after the special election?