Natarajan and Harrison end 2010 with huge campaign warchests

Speculation is that councilmembers Bill Harrison and Anu Natarajan will oppose each other — and maybe Steve Cho — for mayor next year.

If that’s the case, they’ve already got plenty of money for the campaign.

Natarajan ended her council campaign last year with a cash balance of nearly $28,000. Harrison ended his campaign with more than $32,000 according to campaign disclosure statements filed this week.

Their war chests come from a flurry of contributions in the final days of last November’s campaign.

Natarajan raised $22,879 from Oct. 28 through Dec. 31. Harrison raised $18,964 during the same period.

A lot of the contributors are unfamiliar to me, but here are a few familiar names.

Brad Blake, the developer at the 6-acre Centerville site gave Harrison $500 on Nov. 1.
Mission Pass Towing, which nearly lost its contract with the city last year, gave $200 to both Harrison and Natarajan

The Patterson family gave several thousand more to Harrison.

Natarajan got money from Keith Wolff and the A’s former front man in Fremont Jim Cuneen. She also got money from Summer Hill Homes, which got reduced developer fees to build in “Midtown.”

Matt Artz


  1. Sounds like Anu didn’t honor her “No Developer” pledge. Typical politician.

  2. I hope Steve Cho runs. That would be nice. Not sure about the other 2 candidates…

  3. It makese sick. The Developers control the political process in Fremont.
    The thought of Bill Harrison as Fremonts mayor gives me nightmares. Just how bad can it get.
    Why do the people of Fremont elect people who are Developer representatives.
    When was the last time the People of Fremont have won a battle with City Hall, NEVER.
    Who do these people represent??????

  4. With respect to the question posed by West (#4) about people winning the battle with City Hall, the Fremont voters recalled two City Council members, Loiselle and Mello, in the early 1900’s. The recall was spurred by the Council’s approval of a huge housing project on Catellus property west of 880. I suspect that the mayor at the time, Bill Ball, would have also been recalled had his name been on the ballot. We gathered over 12 thousand signatures to put the issue on the ballot, and the total number of votes for the recall was slightly less than the number of signatures.

  5. Loisel and Mello were recalled with more votes than they got elected by and it was triggered the night they voted to fire the city manager. Ball voted not to fire him and was not a target of recall.

    Again, from the history, hill initiatives in 1981 and 2000 (or so), referendums on an approval of development at Blacow and Central,a referendum to restore HARB when council abolished it, citizen’s suit which kept Gene Rhodes from running for re-election.

    As I typed that list, it came to mind. What is common in all of these? Citizens acted. They might have made a lot of noise too, but they did more.

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