Things here are hectic, so not much time to blog:
Here are some excerpts from my conversation with John Dutra. I know I’m playing stenographer here, but Dutra’s been blasted in the comments section, so he should get his say:
On ties to the A’s project:
“There is no financial connection between me, my family, my company and the A’s; and there will be none. I will not accept any compensation from the A’s, and I won’t work for them directly or indirectly for that matter. I met Lew and Keith six months ago; prior to that I didn’t even know these people.”
Dutra also said that he doesn’t have any projects coming before the council. He said his son Dominic does, but city officials didn’t seem to know what project that might be. I’ll call Dominic. Obviously, Dutra does support the A’s coming to Fremont.
On charges that he’s formed a slate of candidates for city and school races:
“I don’t have any slates. I just have candidates that I’m supporting. They asked for my support and I gave it. I’m going to raise money for everyone I support. Raising money during this economic time is very difficult. I’m always going to back candidates who I think are quality candidates, who I think are going to serve this community well.”
Dutra is backing Desrie Campbell and Bryan Gebhardt for school board, Teresa Cox for Ohlone Board, Bob Wasserman for mayor and Bob Wieckowski and Sue Chan for city council. He said they all asked for his support and that his support has nothing to do with his or his family’s business interests. Dutra does own land near the Ohlone frontage property.
On the assertion made by several people on this blog that Sue Chan will rely almost exclusively on his fundraising prowess while Trisha Tahmasbi won’t have the same help from her boss, Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico:
“What a joke that is. With all due respect to Alberto, he is a fundraising machine. He has access to lobbyists up and down the state. He’s working very hard to make calls for Trisha.”
On Trisha Tahmasbi:
“Trisha worked for me as a receptionist. She’s a very fine young lady. She should have gotten a little more experience in the community. Right now, as much as I like and respect her, I know she’s not quite ready.” Continue Reading