continued Shirley Babbitt, manager, McMillin Co., $250; Gary Beason, CEO, McMillin Co., $100; Vince Balanger, developer, McMillin Co., $250; Michael Brekka, architect, McMillin Co., $100; Kimberly Cherry, loan officer, McMillin Mortgage, $250; Sandy Fish, realtor, McMillin Realty, $100; Isabel Hall, realtor, McMillin Co. $250; Teresa Hamm, realtor, McMillin Co., $250; Richard Jarrett, sales vice president, McMillin Co., $200; Joe Kaelin, estimator, McMillin Co., $100; Jean Lewis, broker, McMillin Co., $250; Philip Martin, sales counselor, McMillin Co., $100; Melissa Mohr, vice president, marketing, McMillin Co., $100; Charles Smith, sales manager, McMillin Co., $100; Richard Teichman, loan officer, McMillin Mortgage, $150; Kenneth Baumgartner, president, McMillin Co., $100; Thom Fuller, vice president, McMillin Land Development, $150; Macey McMillin (again), CEO, McMillin Co., $125; Scott McMillin, vice chairman, McMillin Co., $250.
McMillin principals also contributed heavily to Davis in the 2001 elections:
Barbara Brown, manager, McMillin Realty, $100; Isabel Hall, manager, McMillin Realty, $250; Scott McMillin, president, McMillin Realty, $250; Kenneth Baumgartner, president, McMillin Co., $150; Barbara Brown, manager, McMillin Realty, $100; Loren Gibbs, developer, McMillin Co., $200; Erich Goodbody, vice president, McMillin Co., $150; Chris Lewis, broker, McMillin Realty; Macey McMillin, CEO, McMillin Co., $250; Marc McMillin, president, McMillin Co., $250; Scott McMillin (again), vice chairman, McMillin Co., $250; Rick Ray, vice president, McMillin Co., $250; and Vonnie McMillin, who lists her occupation as homemaker but her address as that of the McMillin Realty office in National City.
(Note that Scott McMillin's donations exceeded the $250-per-election-cycle limit.)
Within minutes after hanging up the phone with Kaheny, the city attorney phoned me back and said he remembered that the code regarding the $1000 limit had changed. A phone call later, he had located an article, though not the code itself. The article, which I retrieved from the archive, dated November 24, 2001, indicates that although the residents of Chula Vista were not clamoring for a change of this reasonable safeguard, in November of 2001 the city council "deleted" the law, which "limited the combined contributions from any one organization to any single candidate to $1000 over four years. The law further required that any council member receiving more than $1000 from any particular organization would be prohibited from voting on any matter involving that organization." According to that same article, David Malcolm, perhaps predictably, was the first person to question "the part of the ordinance that called for candidates to keep track of how much was contributed to their campaigns from all people affiliated with any one organization or company." Former Councilmember John Moot and Councilmember Davis were appointed to the newly created committee to review and revise the contribution ordinance.
This deletion lets Councilmember Davis off the hook for the most recent election; however, her 1998 contribution disclosure indicates that she should have recused herself on issues pertaining to McMillin projects.
Following the scandal surrounding former port commissioner David Malcolm and his resignation, the Chula Vista City Council was obliged to choose a new port commissioner. They chose William Hall. William and Isabel Hall, of the same mailing address, both donated the maximum of $250 to Davis's first run for city council, the runoff election, and her most recent campaign. Isabel Hall lists her occupation as real estate manager for McMillin Realty.
The eastern development in Chula Vista has been mired in the SR 125 battle for at least ten years now. The toll road has been touted by developers and city officials as the answer to Chula Vista's traffic problems -- although the ten-lane private toll road will also provide the necessary infrastructure for further sprawl. Thousands of houses have been preapproved pending the construction of SR 125, and a good portion of those are McMillin's. Campaigning for reelection, Davis told the Union-Tribune that "her main focus will be traffic congestion and making sure planned roadways such as Route 125 are completed."
In the letter that Horton wrote for the McMillin publication, she assured prospective buyers that "SR 125 -- a vital north/south highway...has received federal and state environmental approval." Actually, what the Environmental Protection Agency said about SR 125 in its report is, "We envision that a variety of adverse effects are reasonably expected to accompany such growth, including air pollution; increased congestion; loss or degradation of wetlands, vernal pools and other habitats; increased water pollution; groundwater depletion/ degradations; loss of biological productivity; habitat fragmentation; and increased generation of hazardous wastes."
Further, the tollway will impact "252 plant species, 18 invertebrate species, 3 amphibian species, 15 reptile species, 94 bird species, and 23 mammal species." It will also obliterate "49,000 square feet of the critically endangered Quino checkerspot butterfly's habitat."
Horton's statement was also misleading because the Audubon Society, Preserve South Bay, Center for Biodiversity, Sierra Club, and Preserve Wild Santee have filed a suit to challenge the Endangered Species Permit and the Clean Water Act permit and the Environmental Impact Report. They have also filed a preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order to halt all building until the suit is settled.
"It's a huge case," said Allison Rolfe, executive director for the San Diego Audubon Society, "involving so many different violations. There is no way we would have taken this case unless we thought we had a good chance of winning it."
The citizens of Chula Vista are going to pay $140 million for a bridge-connector to the toll road that will be 150 feet up in the air and will run just west of the Sweetwater Reservoir. Several years ago, upon hearing of the predicted traffic traveling SR 125, the Sweetwater Authority (the body that governs the Sweetwater Reservoir, which provides water for Chula Vista, Sunnyside, and Bonita) approved a study to measure two chemicals, acetaldehyde and acrolein, which might enter the reservoir from auto emissions. In a 1998 Star-News article, the general manager of the Sweetwater Authority said, "According to the study, 2.6 million people could get cancer each year from deposits of these two chemicals." Rolfe says that this will "result in another unfair fiscal impact: $20 million in new costs to treat the local drinking water."