Big East Bay fundraiser planned for Jerry Brown

Some East Bay development, political and labor hoi polloi will be hosting a big-ticket fundraiser for Jerry Brown’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign on Sunday, June 14 in Concord; the requested contribution is at least $5,000 per person, and that ain’t chicken feed.

The hosts are developer and former Oakland A’s co-owner Ken Hoffman; United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry international representative Jim Kellogg; developer Al Seeno; developer Ken Behring; lobbyist and former state lawmaker Dan Boatwright; attorney Jerry Hallisey; real estate and garbage hauling magnate Sil Garaventa; State Building and Construction Trades Council of California President Bob Balgenorth; Contra Costa County Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Officer Greg Ferre; and developer Phil Tagami.

The Secretary of State’s database shows Brown’s campaign has banked at least $1.2 million since the start of 2009, atop the $4.1 million it had in the bank at the end of 2008. Say what you will about his politics, but the man looks like a fundraising powerhouse.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.