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Builders up donations to college bond
October 29, 2011, 03:57 AM By Heather Murtagh Daily Journal Staff

Campaign contribution filings — due Thursday — showed more than $340,000 was donated to the effort to pass a $564 million community college bond measure — mostly from those in the building industry.

Financial support also grew for other local school measures. Donations from groups supporting three local school measures — the San Mateo County Community College District bond measure, a $30 million bond measure for the Millbrae Elementary School District and a $76 annual parcel tax benefiting Burlingame schools — showed lots of financial support. Campaign finance forms were not available for the San Bruno Park Elementary School District’s  $40 million bond measure. Bond measures could mean new and updated facilities while a parcel tax would raise funds for programs.

Emerald Hills resident and Libertarian Jack Hickey called the amount raised for the college measure "amazing.” He also noted not seeing any contributions from any individuals instead the large amount of donations came from the building industry. Hickey, who opposes the measure, added the district doesn’t need the funds and should consider other ways — like selling property — to raise funds.

Supporters of the community college district bond, Measure H, have raised $341,323 thus far, $89,500 of which was raised since Sept. 25, according to campaign finance forms released Thursday.

Among the donations supporting Measure H are $1,000 from the Building and Construction Trades Council; $5,000 from Advance Soil Tech in San Jose; $1,500 from Alfa Tech in San Jose; $2,500 from Denali Group in Pleasant Hill; $2,000 from the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union; $1,000 from AFSCME; $2,500 from AEDIS Architecture and Planning in San Jose; $5,000 from Pankow Special Projects in Pasadena; $5,000 from Keenan and Associates in Torrance; $10,000 from Design Acquisition Corporation in Fremont; $25,000 from McCarthy Building Companies in St. Louis, Mo.; $7,500 from Chevron; $1,500 from LPAs in Sacramento; $2,500 from CSW ST 2 in Novato; $5,000 from Steinberg Architects in San Jose; $5,000 from Allana + Buick + Bers in Palo Alto; $5,000 from Noll & Tam Architects and Planners in Berkeley; and $2,500 from GRD Energy, Inc. in Corte Madera, according to campaign finance forms.

Thus far, the campaign spent $140,065 at Sacramento-based JPM & M for consulting, mailers, printing, design, information, postage and photography.

The campaign supporting the measure has just more than $200,000 left in its account.

Burlingame’s parcel tax, Measure E, raised $55,713 thus far, $22,160 of which was generated since Sept. 25. Donations include $499 from the Burlingame Education Association; $999 from the Roosevelt PTA: $999 from the Franklin PTA; $500 from Callander Associations; $500 from Trustee Davina Drabkin; $500 from Orbach, Huff and Suarez; $200 from Elmast Construction and Inspection; $2,500 from Backstrom McCarley Berry and Company; $200 from Marc Friedman, San Mateo Union High School District trustee; $200 from Burlingame Councilman Michael Brownrigg; $999 from Washington PTA; $400 from Superintendent Maggie MacIssac; $500 from Sugimara Finney Architects; $999 from McKinley PTA; and $5,000 from Dreiling Terrones Architects. Supporters spent $32,292 this period including $29,903 to TBWB Consultants; $1,835.54 to Ben Cohn for photos; $124.03 to Lara McDonald for literature; $350 to the San Mateo County Democratic Party; $1,715 to Bel-Aire Displays for literature; $3,057 to Pacific Print Resources for literature and postage; $795 to Zebra Graphics for literature; $657.10 to Precise Printing for mailing and postage; $2,156.39 to the post office for postage; and $1,305 to Political Data for polling information.

Supporters of Measure N in Millbrae raised $15,000 this period bringing its total to $27,950. Among the donations are $5,000 from Northcross Hill and Architecture, In.; $1,000 from the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union; $2,750 from BFGC-IBI Group Architecture; $500 from Gale Associates, Inc.; $1,000 from Angus-Hammer, Inc.; $1,000 from Sandis Civil Engineers; $750 from American Consulting Engineers Electrical Inc.; $1,000 from Axiom Engineers Consulting Mechanical Engineers; and $2,00 from Northern California Regional Committee. So far, $10,185.24 was spent including $2,500 for Political Designs for campaign software data; $1,712.03 at Bayside Printed Products for literature; $5,000 to Connell Lindh for consulting; and $973.21 to Accurate Mailings for postage.

Heather Murtagh can be reached by email: or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 105.

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