Bill Horn (left) benefited from political contributions by Stan Herzog (right), who had an interest in seeing SANDAG’s Measure A pass. It didn’t.
Wealthy out-of-town contractors doing business with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG for short) continued right up until the end to give big money to the agency’s ultimately failed sales-tax-raising Measure A, which fell short of required two-thirds voter approval last week. The day before the November 8 election, an outfit calling itself Mid-Coast Transit Constructors, with an address in Alameda near Oakland, kicked in $45,000 for the campaign. A peek behind the corporate curtain shows that the entity is a consortium formed by three giant multi-national public contractors. One of them, Skanska, is based in Stockholm, Sweden. Oakland-based Stacy and Witbeck, along with St. Joseph, Missouri’s Herzog Contracting Corp., round out the arrangement.
The joint venture was created to build the new trolley-line extension from Old Town to University City, getting its first contract on the job, worth $40.3 million, from SANDAG this past June. The project is ultimately expected to cost taxpayers more than $2 billion over four years of work. Stan Herzog, who oversees the family’s business, is most noted for his financial support for Courageous Conservatives, a political action committee that tried to stop president-elect Donald Trump from getting the Republican nomination. Locally, Herzog has provided funding to an array of political causes, including $70,000 for the San Diego County Republican Party and $17,500 to the GOP Lincoln Club, along with $20,000 to the San Diego County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, which spent the money to help re-elect Republican county supervisor Bill Horn.