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“I have been receiving death threats,” says Councilmember Karina Dominguez

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.” 



Maria Denise Cuenca
Maria Denise Cuenca
Maria Denise Cuenca is a Senior at Milpitas Middle College High School. As part of the inaugural class, she’s the editor for the student newspaper, the Stepping Stone, and works concurrently as the President of the school’s She’s the First Chapter, an organization that supports girl-centered programs throughout the world. As a writer for the Milpitas Beat, she has the opportunity to write about issues relating to homelessness, local politics, and women’s rights. For over a year, she’s been a proud intern for Camp ButterFLY, where she organizes meetings, designs flyers, and does marketing for the organization to further their mission of teaching women to be leaders and find a path towards a career. During her free time, she enjoys watching shows on Netflix and reading the news.


  1. Stochastic terrorism is “the public demonization of a person or group resulting in the incitement of a violent act, which is statistically probable but whose specifics cannot be predicted.” This is what fascist/authoritarian leaders do to their opponents. Right-wing hate radio and Fox so-called News have demonized Nancy Pellosi for years; they bear most of the blame for the attack on her husband. Thom Hartmann delves deeper into this with his article entitled “What Is the End-Point for Republican Terrorism?” https://hartmannreport.com/p/what-is-the-endpoint-for-republican

  2. Not like all the hate speech and open encouragement by the left of violence against the right. Hartman again. His bias is well known.

    • Don, please provide one example of “hate speech and open encouragement by the left of violence against the right.” Just one.
      According to this article, “Feds now say right-wing extremists responsible for majority of deadly terrorist attacks last year”. (Jana Winter·Investigative Correspondent, February 19, 2021) “The U.S. government is acknowledging for the first time that right-wing extremists were responsible for the majority of fatal domestic terrorist attacks last year, according to an internal report circulated by the Department of Homeland Security last week and obtained by Yahoo News.” https://news.yahoo.com/right-wing-extremists-responsible-for-majority-of-deadly-terrorist-attacks-181352019.html
      For an in-depth look at right-wing violence, check the American Progress article that includes this:
      “The Anti-Defamation League’s report, “A Dark and Constant Rage,” catalogued 150 right-wing attacks from 1993 to 2017, noting that “right-wing extremists have been one of the largest and most consistent sources of domestic terror incidents in the United States for many years.” The Center for Strategic and International Studies also reported that, between 2016 and 2017 alone, right-wing inspired violence had quadrupled in the United States.” https://www.americanprogress.org/article/confronting-domestic-right-wing-terrorist-threat/
      Hmmmm, between 2016 and 2017 Trump was elected. I say the two are connected.

  3. Cry wolf, shall we? Please provide proof and documentation of this “alleged” act Karina Dominguez…. The information she alleges would prove Vital to the public… unless it’s just made up false report at an attempt to garner public sympathy. And the cease and desist is also an attempt to silence her critics….

    • Jamie, I guess you did not read the part above where Ms. 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.” Apparently, such evidence must be kept secret during an active investigation. As a San Jose Police Department employee, Karina may know more than both you and me about that. In the meantime, I continue to await the indictment of the former guy — long after we have plenty of proof and documentation of his guilt.


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