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On Point: Hopping down the money trail

Submitted by on 1, August 7, 2009 – 6:00 am6 Comments

Last Friday marked the latest filing deadline for campaign finance statements, which this time around included contribution and expense statements from proponents and opponents of a pending ballot measure to develop Alameda Point.

The folks at SunCal have put $563,901.11 into Revitalize Alameda Point, the political committee they set up to put the measure forward, through June 30 of this year. So far, they have spent $536,148.87, the statements show.

The amount includes more than $51,000 to signature gatherers Arno Political Consultants and over $17,000 to two companies, Express Employment Professionals of Oklahoma City and California Call of Oakland, for phone banking. (Heck, it looks like just getting copies of the petitions cost ’em 18 grand alone.) The attorneys who drafted the initiative petition, Peter Bagatelos and Barry Fadem, got another $32,840.

They’ve also spent nearly $41,000 on public relations services, with the lion’s share, $33,095, to Doug Linney’s The Next Generation (Linney is a local who you may also know as our local representative on the East Bay Municipal Utility District board).

Overall, the filings detail more than $273,000 in employee compensation costs, with a fraction going to three named campaign staff (one of whom recently left local political strategists Tramutola LLC to work on this campaign). Those costs are listed on the second of Revitalize Alameda Point’s two filings but are not fully itemized. (Overall, the filings show that SunCal $75,000 in consulting fees plus postage and other miscellaneous costs that are not more specifically itemized.)

Meanwhile, the folks at Protect the Point, which opposes the ballot measure, have raised $9,726.69 and have spent $4,995.16. The amount includes a $6,000 loan from local resident Reyla Graber and donations from a group of other (mostly) local residents that includes onetime City Council candidate Ashley Jones.

The group’s expenditures include $3,416 for consulting work from Jim Ross Political Consulting.


  • E T says:

    Mmm… Michele, we cannot forget to include the money SunCal pays our city staff, ANNUALLY. I know it is not included on the list, but shouldn't it be? After all, it buys the interest of our paid city staff.

  • Scott says:

    if my math is right sounds like protect the point has -$1,269 when you take away the $6,000 loan. Keep up the good work folks at protect the point. It is time to embarace the changes at the point and enjoy the transfermation. This is a project that is going to make Alameda a world class city.

  • Barbara Thomas says:

    Do you really mean "our local representative on the East Bay Municipal Utility District board"? What is Mr. Linney's salary, per diem whatever from EBMUD, as compared to SUNCAL's wages in terms of hourly pay?

    I'd say he's like SUNCAL's representative, but they couldn't vote him in, just rent him after he was duly elected to public office as a public servant to uphold the public trust. What am I taking about? This, like everything else SUNCAL touches, doesn't pass the smell test. It stinks.

  • RM says:

    Sun Cal and their deep pocket global hedge fund financier D.E. Shaw are using their money to buy their way into Alameda.

    They pay the salaries of many city hall workers, and they pay elected "officials" to lobby on their behalf.

    These tactics and their plan for the old navy base are not in the best interest of Alameda.

  • AMLH says:

    Just which city hall workers are they paying for and how much?

  • E T says:

    The positions and the amounts are listed (not names of the current job holders) in exhibit C "Cost Recovery Budge" (the last page of the document) of the ENA between SunCal and the City of Alameda:


    Check it out!

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