Ian Anderson 3:52 p.m., March 25
Developers chasing city deals cashing in heavily for Faulconer
GOP city councilman's first campaign money disclosure reveals roster of wealthy special interests, one looking for "wiggle room" at city hall
It didn't take long for Republican city councilman Kevin Faulconer to begin tapping into his deep base of real estate and city lease related political funders.
Days after his announcement for mayor, the former Porter Novelli PR maven has filed his first campaign finance disclosure report, revealing maximum $1000 contributions from nine fat cats closely tied to the real estate development and hotel and restaurant business here.
They include Democrat Michael Gelfand, president of Terra Vista Management.
Why would a wealthy Obama backer and 2012 Democratic convention delegate from Rancho Santa Fe give cash to the GOP candidate running for mayor of San Diego?
According to his firm's website:
Michael Gelfand is the owner and President of Terra Vista Management, Inc., and is the former President of De Anza Group, Inc.
In addition to operating mobile home, recreation vehicle, apartment, marina and golf properties throughout California and Nevada, Michael has overseen entitlement, development and construction projects at properties the company manages.
Among Terra Vista's real estate is Campland on the Bay, which is leased from the city.
According to a report earlier this year by the San Diego Community News Group, Campland has a bit of business coming up at city hall:
Campland on the Bay’s lease with the city is due to expire in 2017 and the property is to be returned to marshland, according to the Mission Bay Park Master Plan. But Campland general manager Marshall Wiseman believes there’s some wiggle room.
“We’re working our tails off to be able to stay where we are,” said Wiseman. “Campland (which opened in 1969) is the perfect use for land in Mission Bay Park. [Whatever the outcome], we will be on Mission Bay somehow.”
Then there is Bruce Tabb, listed as a real estate developer with Environmental Development, LLC. Tabb is a longtime giver to local politicos of both parties, and during the 2012 congressional funding cycle gave a total of $109,820 to federal candidates, including Democrat Juan Vargas and Republicans Brian Bilbray and Mitt Romney, according to a tally by CampaignMoney.com.
He was a Romney delegate at last year's GOP convention.