News - December 8, 2010

Bohannon amends campaign report

by Sandy Brundage

Developer David Bohannon filed an amended campaign finance report on Nov. 30 that now includes non-monetary assistance given to several Menlo Park City Council candidates during the first two weeks of October.

Planning Commissioner Kirsten Keith, Menlo Park Fire Protection District board president Peter Ohtaki, and incumbents Heyward Robinson and Rich Cline each received an estimated $155 in assistance distributing campaign literature, according to the report.

In the weeks before the election, Menlo Park residents reported receiving copies of the candidates' fliers enclosed in brochures supporting Measure T, the local ballot measure that would allow Mr. Bohannon to build Menlo Gateway, a nearly 1-million-square-foot office-hotel complex east of U.S. 101.

That's $621 in total non-monetary assistance reported so far — a drop in the bucket compared to the approximately $14,864 the developer has reported spending on fliers attacking council candidate Chuck Bernstein, who publicly opposed Measure T and was not elected.

Measure T passed with 64.5 percent of the vote. Of the four candidates Mr. Bohannon supported, all but Mr. Robinson were successful in their bids for a spot on the dais. The new council members will be sworn in on Tuesday, Dec. 7.


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