It's a season of giving for construction interests from around the Bay Area.
Contributions from architectural firms, builders and organized labor made up much of the $167,600 total to a campaign committee backing Measure H. The $388 million bond measure on the Nov. 4 ballot would fund capital improvements at three campuses in the San Mateo County Community College District.
Three years ago, the district proposed a $564 million bond measure but it failed, missing the necessary 55 voter approval by 1.9 percentage points. The pace of giving is up this time. Finance reports showed $117,500 in contributions at this point in the 2011 campaign, about 30 percent lower than this year's donations.
Measure H also needs approval by 55 percent of the voters to pass. The measure would increase annual property taxes by $8.22 per $100,000 of a property's assessed value.
The college district includes Canada College in Woodside, the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, and Skyline College in San Bruno. Plans for the $388 million include eight new and nine remodeled buildings, with the remodeling to include seismic retrofits, energy efficiency and access for the disabled.
The campaign contributions, most from Bay Area firms, are listed in a report from the county Elections Office that covers the three months ending Sept. 30. The report lists 33 commercial or institutional contributors, with 19 giving $5,000 or more.
In the five-figure category of contributors are Swinerton Management & Consulting in San Francisco ($25,000), BCA Architects of San Jose ($20,000), Blach Construction in Santa Clara ($10,000), and MediFit Community Services in New Jersey ($10,000), the only out-of-state contribution.
MediFit Community Services is a fitness-center design and management firm, according to its website. Plans for Measure H include an expansion of a health-and-wellness center and a new kinesiology-and-wellness building at the College of San Mateo.
The contributions include $14,800 from organized labor and $50,000 from architectural firms.
Go to this link to see the campaign finance report (California form 460). We were unable to rotate the image, so you may need to print it out to view it. There are a total of 20 pages.