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News - October 27, 2010

Election: Bohannon adds $325,000 to Measure T campaign

by Sandy Brundage

Thanks to developer David Bohannon, financial support has skyrocketed for Measure T, the ballot proposal that would allow him to build a nearly million-square-foot office-hotel complex near Bayfront Expressway and Marsh Road in Menlo Park.

He contributed $325,000 during the past two weeks, and remains the sole contributor, giving almost half a million dollars total in support of Measure T. The developer stands to make millions annually if the hotel-office complex becomes a reality.

The donated money has not sat idle. $14,864 has been spent targeting the one City Council candidate who opposes the plan: Chuck Bernstein, who the developer accused of trying to "sabotage" Menlo Gateway in a series of attack ads. That amount is nearly as much as Mr. Bernstein's entire campaign fund.

The rest of the $280,027 in expenses went toward public relations, office expenses, surveys, design consultants, and friendlier mailers touting the virtues of Menlo Gateway.

The opposition, "Measured Growth for Menlo Park" (also known as "No on Measure T"), has more donors, but fewer dollars.

The group collected $9,400 to spend fighting the developer, with $5,350 in new donations reported on Oct. 21. Repeat donor Morris Brown contributed another $2,500, and Councilman Andy Cohen, $250, as did David Speer, Robert Ekedahl, and Susan Ringler.

"No on Measure T" leader Patti Fry donated $100; so did Menlo Park Downtown Alliance founder Nancy Couperus. Attorney Michael Brady and Transportation Commissioner Charlie Bourne made the largest donations, adding $500 each.

Campaign literature and yard signs have cost the coalition a total of $7,361 so far, with one week left before the Nov. 2 election.

Comments

Posted by Boohannon, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 28, 2010 at 9:41 pm

If everyone thinks this is such a great idea, why is the guy who stands to make hundreds of millions the only one contributing to the campaign? [Portion deleted.]


Posted by Reality Check, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 29, 2010 at 8:34 pm

This giveaway to "Moneybuckets" Bohannon will make the pool giveaway to Tim Sheeper look like child's play.


Posted by Morris Brown, a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Oct 30, 2010 at 6:30 am

Attached is an invitation to a party being thrown by David Bohannon for all the supporters of Measure T

Link:

Web Link

The point here is to see who Bohannon with his war chest of $475,000 has been promoting along with Measure T.

He spent almost $15,000 in hit pieces against the best candidate Chuck Bernstein, the only candidate who really has laid open up the fiscal mess the city faces.

The choices should be clear on Tuesday.

Vote No on T.

Vote for Chuck Bernstein.

If you vote for Cline, Robinson or Keith, you vote for more development, more traffic.

If you vote for Keith, you vote with certainty for higher taxes. Robinson has been trying to lead council in that direction for months.

Make the right choice on T. See the letter five former outstanding Mayors of our city have signed.

Web Link

Vote No on Measure T

Vote for Chuck Bernstein for council.

morris brown





Posted by Grassroots, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm

As we grassroots volunteer supporters of No on T are out in neighborhoods this weekend, we are seeing paid opponents hanging literature on doors and talking with selected voters. This is where some of the money is going.
It appears some of the rest is going to people who are stealing our right to free speech by removing No on T signs on major streets.

If this is so great, why aren't there unpaid supporters?


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm

"If this is so great, why aren't there unpaid supporters?"

A very apropos question. The answer being that it benefits NO ONE but Bohannon. If measure T passes, mark my words, we will be sorry.


Posted by the company you keep, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 31, 2010 at 9:46 am

I sincerely doubt anyone on this forum hasn't made up his or her mind about Measure T one way or another, but if you're still undecided, here's an easy way to get closure. Imagine being trapped in a Chilean mine with 33 random people from either support list:

- Menlo Gateway (Web Link)
- Facts Not Hype (Web Link)

Just sticking in the B's, I'll take Rose Bickerstaff, Harry Bims, and John Boyle any day over Don Brawner, Elias Blawie, and Morris Brown.


Posted by grassroots, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 31, 2010 at 10:24 am

This is about the project and whether it's a good deal for the city, not a popularity contest. We all will be stuck in this city with the impacts of the project. Many of us think the certain negative impcats are not worth the potential future benefits as currently negotiated. There's time to do better; nothing is going to happen soon.

PS Funny that "company you keep" didn't mention the developer Bohannon.


Posted by Another Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 31, 2010 at 6:43 pm


Right on "company you keep!"
I'm with you on that!

And seriously, endorsements are important--they are the reason campaigns collect them!


Posted by grassroots, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 31, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Now we know where some of the money is going - to paid precinct walkers who are dropping literature for Yes on T and for Council Candidates Robinson, Cline, Keith. Funny - weren't these the people who were against developer money in the past, and now are feasting on it?


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 31, 2010 at 8:49 pm

"weren't these the people who were against developer money in the past, and now are feasting on it?"

A politician being two faced? I'm shocked!! NOT! Disgusted, but not shocked. More good reasons to vote OUT the incumbents.


Posted by Boohannon, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 31, 2010 at 10:59 pm

You knew there were going to be payoffs to the council members/candidates who supported the Measure, but who knew they would be so soon and so blatant? Pretty arrogant, I'd say. The Editor of this rag censored my comments when I had earlier written theoretically about such payoffs--now we have documentation.

Incidentally, I'm wondering whether Bohannon has already contributed the maximum allowable to these candidates? If so, he is now over the limit, given that the value of these marketing services must be taken into account.

By the way, "Reality Check;" Sheeper is now making use of city resources (access to our email addresses), in order to explicitly seek support for his current campaign, in the form of letters to relevant City officials.

Not only that, "Menlo Swim and Sport" recently sent out an annoucement regarding the opening of the new gym complex (funded by taxpayers along with Mr. Arrillaga), implicitly taking credit for this development. Are we also giving the gym to Mr. Sheeper to run?


Posted by Like....totally...., a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 1, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Why does it seem like there is this pathetically juvenile "in-crowd" clique, reminiscent of high school, that seems to always aggregate on the same side of a debate in this one-horse town? Without mentioning names, these self-congratulating socialites with substantial personal wealth often seem to be doing their best to relive their High School glory and exclusivity. It's amusing, but tiresome.

There are those of us who were jocks in high-school and college, "popular kids", and achievers who have matured enough to see the superficiality, immaturity, and intellectual mediocrity of the MBA-set in town. We are the same folks that are unimpressed by advanced high school Excel and PowerPoint slide animation skills.

It would be nice if this MBA-set had some insight into their own intolerance of competing viewpoints without the social condescension of prom royalty in their 50s.


Posted by Like....totally...., a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm

As a side note, I support Measure T. The fact that I have to be on the same side as the "in-crowd" is bothersome. I suppose we all have to hold our noses at some time in life ... no?


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