San Jose officials have been sued by two groups for allegedly withholding details about a land deal with Google.

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San Jose Officials Sued For Allegedly Covering Up Deal With Google

Mike Colgan
November 13, 2018 - 3:49 pm

SAN JOSE — Nondisclosure agreements that San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and other city officials signed with Google are the subject a of a new lawsuit brought against the city. 

Two groups — Working Partnerships USA and the First Amendment Coalition — allege in their complaint that the city went to extraordinary lengths to maintain secrecy around San Jose's $67 million land deal with the tech giant. 

Liccardo and as many as 18 other officials signed NDAs.

"What are they hiding?" said Maria Noel Fernandez "What is it about this project that is so disturbing that they are shutting out the public to know exactly what this project is all about?"

Google plans to build a huge campus with office space for 15,000 to 20,000 employees, plus homes, shops and parks near San Jose's Diridon train station. The company declined to comment for this article. 

City attorney Rick Doyle said that there was no backroom deal and it's common for government officials to sign NDAs. 

"There's no Google-gate," said Doyle. "I've been at this 19 years as city attorney and this is probably the most transparent project that I've ever seen." 

City council members are scheduled to have a vote about the project on December 4.