At November 1’s Milpitas City Council meeting, Councilmember Karina Dominguz said that she and her family have been receiving death threats due to social media posts made about her by Mayor Rich Tran. Said Dominguez, “I have been followed, and I have been receiving death threats.”
She also mentioned that threats have been made to her family. During an interview with The Beat, Dominguez stated, “There’s enough information and evidence to be extremely concerned and now there’s evidence to support that I have been followed for the past couple of weeks…I’ve personally been made aware of at least one stalker on the campaign trail.”
During the Council meeting, she also announced that she will have a cease and desist letter sent to Mayor Tran. “I am asking you, Mayor…to please stop this nonsense that is not only dividing our community, but someone could end up being hurt,” Dominguez said.
After she concluded, Mayor Tran told Dominguez he was unaware of what she was talking about.
However, after the City Council meeting, Mayor Tran posted the following on Facebook: “We’re all shocked to find out from Councilmember Dominguez during the meeting that she is receiving death threats along with her family due to politics.” He added, “We will find these perpetrators and bring justice to our community. We will stand up to this heinous act.” He also mentioned that an investigation into the death threats has been opened by the Milpitas Police Department.
The Beat asked Dominguez for any documentation of the death threats, and she said she couldn’t provide it due to the active investigation. She also declined to answer which of Mayor Tran’s posts could have potentially led to any threats against her.
At the Council meeting, Dominguez specifically asked Tran to remove the most recent post he wrote about her on his Facebook page within 24 hours.
The Beat checked the Mayor’s Facebook page, and found that this was the most recent post Tran had written about Dominguez; it regards a Sleep-Out she held at City Hall back in February:
During the Sleep-Out, Dominguez and others camped outside of City Hall to show their support for Milpitas’ unhoused residents, after Tran had expressed his desire to discontinue funding the County’s HEAT program.
In recent weeks, Mayor Tran has published multiple social media posts on his Facebook page, some in support of candidates and others critical. In addition to Dominguez, Tran has also aimed criticism toward Councilmember Anthony Phan, who like Dominguez is a Mayoral candidate, and Milpitas Unified School District Board of Education candidate Robert Jung.
Dominguez did not provide a copy of the cease and desist letter to The Beat, again stating that the threats are under “active investigation” by the Milpitas Police Department. However, she did say that she wanted to “thank the Milpitas Police Department for their support and for just being there for my family as well as myself and taking the incidents very seriously.”