Why is Narum Taking Developer's Money?
Original post made by rick-native, Pleasanton Valley, on Apr 5, 2013
I went to the city's website to look at the city council candidate's financial statements and was shocked at who Kathy Narum has taken money from. I couldn't believe the list of contractors, developers, land speculators/investors, land lawyers, consultans and others having a vested interest in doing business with the city of Pleasanton.
Here's the link to the city's portal where you can view all the candidates financials...check for yourself:
Now on to the Whos-Who list of people financing Narum:
James Tong - President, Charter Properties. Dublin high density housing developer. Narum took the money, is she planning to Dublinize Pleasanton?
Anthony Macchiano - Co-Owner, Pleasanton Garbage Service who own 7.5ac property that will be re-zoned by by East Side Specific Task force that Narum co-chairs. Does PGS expect Narum to give them the best re-zoning deal?
Robert Molinaro - Co-Owner, Pleasanton Garbage Service who own 7.5ac property that will be re-zoned by East Side Specific Task force that Narum co-chairs. PGS really wants Narum to win.
Patrick Costanzo - Kiewit Infrastructure Company Representative on East Side Specific Task Force which Narum is Co-chair. Kiewit owns 50 acres under consideration for re-zoning. Looks like Kiewit wants to keep the task force Chairman happy. Patrick is also associated with Regent Properties' Dublin development Phase II of Sorrento East at Dublin Ranch announced in February 2010. They will be building 581 homes in six communities.
Bridget Metz - Is a project manager for Legacy Partner Group. She works with Steve Dunn from Legacy Partner Group who represents Lionstone Group who owns 304 Acres under consideration for re-zoning. Steve Dunn also represents Legacy Partners Group on the East Side Specific Task Force which Narum is Co-chair. Legacy Partners owns 16 acres under consideration for re-zoning. Seems Legacy and Lionstone don't want to be left out in the cold when the task force gets around to rezoning and mega-increases their property values.
John Wyland - Is SVP BRE. We all know BRE. They are developing the high density housing project in the Hacienda Business Park of nearly 500 apartments and retail space on two parcels situated on the south side of the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station. Also, BRE Properties will construct 18 three- and four-story structures on an 8.4-acre site at the end of Willow Road and Owens Drive and an 8.1-acre site at the northern corner of Gibraltar and Hacienda drives. Narum is on the planning commission that approved this project.
Ronald Capilla - CEO Can Am Plumbing. Plumbing contractor specializing in residential projects encompass national, regional, and local builders and range from large 800+ home development projects to smaller, 10- to 15-home projects. Can Am needs more development to fuel its business. Narum is their pick.
Carlson, Barbee & Gibson - Civil engineering firm on Pleasanton projects: Kaiser Technology Center, Pleasanton Post Office, Pleasanton Ridge, Vineyard Corridor, Garms Ranch, Sycamore Lane PUD. All high density development needs civil engineering services and the civil engineers need their projects go smooth through planning staff, planning commission and city council. Are they securing their piece of the pie?
Wow why so much contractor money?
Ronald Cote - SVP Barry Swenson Builders. This company specializes in design-build projects; from commercial, industrial, high density residential, senior housing and historical restoration projects to hospitality and the build-out of intricate tenant improvements.
Dublin Active Investors, LP - Approximately 1,200 acres of the Doolan Canyon area is owned by a panopoly of longtime Tri-Valley real estate investors known as Dublin Active Investors, L.P. Another investor that wants to Dublinize Pleasanton.
Art Dunkley - Owner of Castlewood Properties. Founded in 1978, Castlewood Properties, Inc. is a private real estate investment company concentrating on domestic and foreign-based investment property acquisition, entitlement processing and management. Real estate investors love Narum too.
John Ferreri - Owner ACACIA Partners I. Real Estate investors. Another real estate investor.
Brad Hirst - Equity Enterprises. Property Developer Another property developer giving money to Narum.
Jerry Hodnefield - Owner of Hodnefield Properities. Commercial property management.
Oh my...my fingers are getting cramped from all this typing...I wonder if she has any average citizens sending her money?
Peter MacDonald - Property Attorney. Currently representing BRE. BRE is developing 500 high density apartments in Hacienda Business Park, with 15% subsidized low-income units. With Kathy's help, BRE's high density projects would in Hacienda would probably go smoother.
MacKay & Somps Civil Engineers/Planners/Surveyors Dublin High Density Experts - The Terraces, Dublin; Positano, Dublin; Sorrento, Dublin. A new Narum friend.
Pleasanton Gateway LLC - Developers at Bernal/Valley (new Safeway area) She was on planning commission that approved this development. Gave Narum money. Thanks for appoving our project!
Ponderosa Homes II - Developer of the Villages at Ironwood. A property adjacent the East Side Specific Plan currently under consideration maybe Narum can help.
Thomas Fehr, Jr. - Salesman Cornesh & Carey. Property management services.
Paul Sheehan - Broker, Cornesh & Carey. Property management services. C&C writes a second check.
Mark Sweeney - Broker, Cornesh & Carey. Property management services. C&C writes a third check.
Jim Peterson - VP, Cornesh & Carey. Property management services. The C&C VP ponys up 4th check...they must really want Narum.
Ruggeri-Jensen-Azar and Associates - Provide Civil Engineering/ Infrastructure and Urban Design and Land Planning. Narum takes money from another civil engineering company specializing in Urban Design.
Mike Serpa - Real Estate Developer / MAS Real Estate. Narum takes yet more developer money.
Varni, Fraser, Hartwell & Rodgers - Land use Lawyers. Experts in land use, condemnation, and governmental matters. If you are going to construct high density housing, you have to condemn someone's property. Narum likes their money too.
William Hezmalhalch Architects Inc. - Provide Architecture, Planning, Community Design, Urban Design, and Global Planning Design. I think Narum's friends are planning to screw us.
Charles Wiser - CenterPoint Properties, owned by CalPERS is focused on the development, acquisition and management of industrial property. A state owned development company funding Narum.
After looking at all the developers, consultants and contractors that want Narum on the city council, I don't.