By Theresa Harrington
The Mt. Diablo school district’s Measure C campaign reported receiving $204,500 through May 26, 2010, according to documents filed with the Contra Costa County elections department.
The money helped pay for numerous mailers, campaign consultants and pollsters, whose survey results have not been released to the public.
Big supporters included contractors, unions, lawyers, architects and bond underwriters, who could arguably benefit from construction contracts if the measure passes. The campaign received smaller contributions from educators and school parent groups.
The campaign reportedly received $142,237 by May 22. It pulled in another $62,500 on May 25.
Here’s a rundown of some of the biggest contributors:
$25,000: Seward L. Schreder Construction, Redding
$25,000: Northern CA Carpenters, Regional Council Issues PAC
$25,000: IBEW 302: Community Issues PAC
$25,000: Stone and Youngberg, San Francisco, bond underwriters
$15,000: George K. Baum and Co., Denver, bond underwriters
$15,000: Sheet Metal Workers International, Local Union No. 04
$15,000: Brandis Tallman LLC, San Francisco, bond underwriters
$10,000: Diablo Education Association Political Account
$ 7,500: Haight, Brown & Bonesteel, LLP, Los Angeles
$ 5,000: Law Offices of Peter Bonis
$ 5,000: Bret and Valerie Taber, Taber Construction Inc., Martinez
$ 5,000: Matthew P. Juhl-Darlington, bond disclosure counsel
$ 5,000: Vanir/3DI, a Joint Venture, Sacramento
$ 5,000: Verde Design, Inc., Santa Clara
$ 4,500: Taber Construction, Inc., Martinez
$ 2,500: Trico Pipe, Martinez
$ 2,500: Capital Engineering Consultants, Inc., Rancho Cordova
$ 1,500: Corlett, Skaer and Devoto Architects, San Francisco
$ 1,000: Nacht and Lewis Architects, Sacramento
$ 500: College Park PTSA, Pleasant Hill
$ 500: Clayton Valley High School Parent Faculty Club, Concord
$ 500: Government Financial Strategies, Sacramento
$ 250: Teamsters Local Union No. 315 PAC, Martinez
The campaign received 11 contributions of $100 each from individuals and organizations including former Interim Superintendent Dick Nicoll, trustee Linda Mayo, assistant superintendent Mildred Browne and the Mt. Diablo Council of Parent Teacher Associations.
Here are some of the large payments made with the money:
$85,176: TBWB Strategies, San Francisco, campaign consultants
$20,415: EMC Research, Oakland, research and polling
$ 8,427: Paul Higgins, San Jose, salary and field office expenses
Many nonunion contractors are opposing the measure because they fear the district would impose a Project Labor Agreement, which would exclude them from bidding on contracts.
The school board approved a bond counsel contract with Matt Juhl-Darlington on April 13. Trustees approved a master investment banking agreement on May 11 with the bond underwriting team of Stone & Youngberg, George K. Baum & Co., and Brandis Tallman LLC.
TBWB Strategies consultant Jared Boigon informed me the campaign committee decided not to release poll results from EMC Research to the public. A Public Records Act request from me to the district for the poll results is pending, based on the fact that trustees relied on the poll when they voted March 9 to put Measure C on the June 8 ballot.
Are you surprised by the list of donors? Do you think the public has the right to see the polling results?
By Theresa Harrington