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Facts >> Money Behind City Council Members

Following are the 2004-2006 Form 460 filing details for City Council members, as related to donations from developers, construction and home improvement companies, realtors, and the Patterson family. These are groups that benefit from development proposals that are approved by city council. This information is available at the City Clerk’s office.

Runaway housing development results in increasing traffic, overcrowded schools, deteriorating roads, insufficient police and fire services. Over time, housing developments are a drain on city services. The current city council has not had the vision to attract businesses that provide good-paying jobs and tax revenues for the city.

Mayor
Bob Wasserman
Term Expires: 12/2012
Vice Mayor
Anu Natarajan
Term Expires: 12/2010
Councilmember
Bob Wieckowski
Term Expires: 12/2012
Councilmember
Bill Harrison
Term Expires: 12/2010
Councilmember Suzanne Lee Chan
Term Expires: 12/2012

Bob Wasserman

Total campaign raised in 2004: $78,986 (ran for mayor)

Developers/Construction companies
Total: 30 (elected as mayor and supported by Fremont’s political machine; majority of donors are outside of Fremont who want to influence outcomes of development proposals)*

Real Estate Agents/Realtors
Total: 28 (6 are outside of Fremont)

Home Improvement Companies (remodelers, concrete, drywall, plumbing, etc.)
Total: 14

Patterson Family
Total: 19 (Patterson Ranch proposal property owner, contributing maximum of $250 each; family members live outside of Fremont in Portola Valley, Woodside, Palo Alto, Atherton, etc.)

Richard Frisbee, developer of Patterson Ranch proposal
Total: 1 (maximum of $250 in 2006)

*Note: 5 contributions of $250 each from Robson Homes.
Developer has already developed thousands of houses in MSJ: Boxwood, Canyon Heights, Catalina, Covington, Mayfield, Mission Arroyo, Mission Cielo, Morrison Crossing, The Old School, Rosewalk.

Anu Natarajan

Total campaign raised in 2006: $86,668 (ran for city council)

Developers/Construction
Total: 31 (21 are outside of Fremont)*

Real Estate Agents/Realtors
Total: 15 (3 are outside of Fremont)

Home Improvement companies (remodelers, concrete, drywall, plumbing, etc.)
Total: 7 (6 are outside of Fremont)

Patterson Family
Total: 19 (Patterson Ranch proposal property owner, contributing maximum of $250 each; family members live outside of Fremont in Portola Valley, Woodside, Palo Alto, Atherton, etc.)

Richard Frisbee, developer of Patterson Ranch proposal
Total: 1 (maximum of $250 in 2006)

*Note: 6 contributions of $250 each from Robson Homes.
Developer has already developed thousands of houses in MSJ: Boxwood, Canyon Heights, Catalina, Covington, Mayfield, Mission Arroyo, Mission Cielo, Morrison Crossing, The Old School, Rosewalk.

Bob Wieckowski

Total campaign raised in 2004-2006: $64,448 (ran for city council)

Developers/Construction companies
Total: 14 (5 are outside of Fremont)*

Real Estate Agents/Realtors
Total: 8 (3 are outside of Fremont)

Home Improvement companies (remodelers, concrete, drywall, plumbing, etc.)
Total: 10 (9 are outside of Fremont)

Patterson Family
Total: 25 (Patterson Ranch proposal property owner, contributing maximum of $250 each; family members live outside of Fremont in Portola Valley, Woodside, Palo Alto, Atherton, etc.)

Richard Frisbee, developer of Patterson Ranch proposal
Total: 1 (maximum of $250 in 2006)

*Note: 6 contributions of $250 each from Robson Homes.
Developer has already developed thousands of houses in MSJ: Boxwood, Canyon Heights, Catalina, Covington, Mayfield, Mission Arroyo, Mission Cielo, Morrison Crossing, The Old School, Rosewalk.

Bill Harrison

Total campaign raised in 2006: $90,567 (ran for city council)

Developers/Construction companies
Total: 19 (10 are outside of Fremont)*

Real Estate Agents/Realtors
Total: 12 (4 are outside of Fremont)

Home Improvement companies (remodelers, concrete, drywall, plumbing, etc.)
Total: 6 (5 are outside of Fremont)

Patterson Family
Total: 16 (Patterson Ranch proposal property owner, contributing maximum of $250 each; family members live outside of Fremont in Portola Valley, Woodside, Palo Alto, Atherton, etc.)

Richard Frisbee, developer of Patterson Ranch proposal
Total: 1 (maximum of $250 in 2006)

*Note: 4 contributions of $250 each from Robson Homes.
Developer has already developed thousands of houses in MSJ: Boxwood, Canyon Heights, Catalina, Covington, Mayfield, Mission Arroyo, Mission Cielo, Morrison Crossing, The Old School, Rosewalk.

Suzanne Chan

Suzanne Chan, candidate for city council, received 25% of her campaign contributions from developers, the majority from John Dutra (a large developer in Fremont area), his family, and associates.

Comment from Friends of Coyote Hills

FCH strongly believe that the above named council members who accept money from developers should excuse themselves from voting on crucial development proposals such as Patterson Ranch.

We need to elect city council members who would have a fresh approach—who understand what would constitute quality of life for Fremont residents, who draw strong businesses into the city, who work more closely with the school district when evaluating proposed developments, and who reach out to neighboring cities on common issues. Friends of Coyote Hills endorsed Vinnie Bacon and Kathy McDonald for Fremont City Council 2010.

Vinnie Bacon, is well qualified and would be a voice for the voters of Fremont. With master’s degrees from UC Berkeley in urban planning and transportation engineering, he is currently a technical support manager in the software industry. He was a proponent of Measure K, initiative to protect Coyote Hills. He accepts no campaign donations from developers.

The other well qualified candidate is Kathy McDonald, who also accepts no contributions from developers. As a leader in school PTSAs, successful fundraiser for non-profit organizations, and past director of recruitment research for a global company, she knows how to engage diverse community groups to accomplish reach goals.

 

 

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