For Measure E, 'yes' outpaces 'no' in fundraising

Voters will decide Nov. 8 on 'undedicating' part of baylands park for organic processing plant

The "Yes on Measure E" campaign outpaced the "No on Measure E" campaign in fundraising, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday.

In the period between Sept. 25 and Oct. 22, the "yes" campaign reported receiving $5,945 in contributions and the "no" campaign reported $4,585.

Year to date, the "Yes on E" campaign has raised $24,718 and the "No on E" campaign $16,391.

Voters will decide Nov. 8 whether 10 acres in the baylands' Byxbee Park should be "undedicated" as parkland for the purpose of building a processing facility for yard trimmings, food waste and other organic material.

Supporters say the processing facility offers a financially and environmentally sound way for the city to handle its own organic waste in the era of climate change. Opponents say the measure represents a costly land grab that sets a precedent for "undedicating" other parkland, and that the city already participates in a proven regional solution that processes Palo Altans' organic waste in Gilroy.

The largest cash donations to "Yes on E" in the past month came from Palo Alto resident Carolyn Curtis at $1,500 and Palo Alto resident James Phillips at $500.

The largest non-monetary contribution came from the Santa Clara County Republican Party, which reported spending about $2,829 on a mailer to its members in support of Measure E.

The second-largest non-monetary contribution came from real estate manager Jim Baer, in what was listed as $2,392 in "print ads."

Other contributors to "Yes on E" in the Sept. 25 to Oct. 24 reporting period were Palo Alto residents Arthur Kraemer, Beverly Wade, Bruce Rohde, Charles Schulz, Corey Levens, Craig Barney, Craig Thom, Cynthia Costell, David Bower, Debbie Mytels, Diana Modica, Diane Rolfe, Donald Mayall, Donald Morgan, Elizabeth Wolf, Ellen Probst, Gary Fry, Greg Bell, Irene Coats, Irvin Dawid, John Dawson, John Toor, John Van Horne, John Woodworth, Joyce Snyder, Julie Norman, Kate Godfrey, Lisa Fowkes, Lisa Lawrence, Maggie Anderson, Maureen Kennedy, Michael Santullo, Nancy Peterson, Norma Grench, Patricia Corl, Richard Moyer, Robert Kirkwood, Stephany Grossman, Stuart Hansen, Sue Thiemann, Susanne Friedlaender, Ted Baer, Thomas Moutoux and Urban Cummings; Menlo Park residents Linda Craig and Matthew Harris; Stanford resident Mary Gill; Los Altos resident Marcene Van Dierendonck and Mountain View resident Margaret Abe Koga.

None of the Sept. 25 to Oct. 22 contributions to the "No on E" campaign exceeded $250. However, some contributors, including Mildred Davis, David Bubenik, Emily Renzel, Thomas and Madge Jordan and Enid Pearson, all of Palo Alto, had year-to-date contributions of $500 or more.

Other contributors to "No on E" included Palo Alto residents Firooz and Farah Alami, Michael Griffin, Joseph Hirsch, Joy Robinson, Jean Wilcox, Steve Albertolle, Karen D'Amico, James Bailey, Cherie Donald, John Edwards, Margaret Feuer, Annette and Gary Fazzino, Mary Gordon, John Hancock, Elizabeth Weingarten, Frances Harrington, Alan Kaiser, Arthur Keller, Ashok Khosla, Yoriko Kishimoto, Judith Kleinberg, William Leikam, Jane and David Moss, Dena Mossar and Paul Goldstein, Virginia and Robert Saldich, Greg Schmid, and Jackie Schoelerman; and Los Altos resident Peter La Tourette.

As of Oct. 22, the "Yes on E" campaign reported having $8,951 in cash and the "No on E" campaign reported having $2,279.

Chris Kenrick

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Posted by Lynn Krug
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 29, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Speaking of money, who is going to pay for the treatment plant?
We may only be short 110 - 256 million dollars.

Numerous fellow citizens have asked my opinion on this issue,
and they get quiet when in replying to them,
I simply say, "Who is going to pay for it?"

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Posted by Stop enslaving the kids
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Oct 30, 2011 at 5:37 am

I sure hope, for the sake of the children of Palo Alto, that everyone seriously considers the answer to your question, Lynn

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Posted by Emily Renzel
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Where does the money come from? When you subtract out major donations from developers of at least $11,892, the Yes on E campaign has raised $12,826 vs. $16,391 raised by Save the Baylands- NO on E Committee without any developer money. It's also interesting that one retired person who gave $100 in the last reporting period, gave $1500 in this reporting period -- coincidentally the amount paid to lobbiest Alex Di Giorgio for managing the Yes campaign. And a county partisan political party committee spent $2829 for a mailing when this is not a partisan issue. It would be interesting to see if there have been any recent donations to that party committee in a similar amount.

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Posted by Craig Laughton
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm

"And a county partisan political party committee spent $2829 for a mailing when this is not a partisan issue. It would be interesting to see if there have been any recent donations to that party committee in a similar amount."

No Emily, tell me it ain't so! There should not have been any gambling in Rick's bar in Casabalnca, either. BTW, Emily, which political party is it?

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Posted by Developer money
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 30, 2011 at 11:01 pm

The in-kind printing Jim Baer gives to the Yes campaign works for him several ways: it also ties him to the newspapers that he presumably pays for the ads. Clever.

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Posted by curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Follow the money trail. This is not a confrontation between environmentalists, as the local media mistakenly portray it. It is the classic battle between environmentalists and developers.

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Posted by henry
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I will not vote for E because it takes away parkland. A better solution is to close the airport and put the green waste treatment facility there. We will have a chance for more parkland and playing fields with the closure of the airport.

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Posted by Elaine Elbizri
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Walking the Park, Walking the Streets

Natalie do you believe the City is going to choose composting technology that provides contaminated compost for my tomatoes?!!! 10/28 PA Weekly.Wet Compost

Yesterday I walked in Byxbee and watched the earth moving vehicles landscaping the landfill, along with me was a northern harrier doing his daily patrol skimming the new rolling hills, a turkey vulture was circling, eyeing the new site from directly above. There are no squirrels and mice living in the new ground yet but after the winter growth the geese will move in, grazing and providing their particular fertilizer, the hares and meadow larks will follow. May be in a few years we can entice the burrowing owls back. The view of the new hills and gullies was the first time I got excited about Byxbee and its potential for a great park and natural habitat.

This excitement is twined with the feelings I have as I knock on doors and talk to fellow residents about Measure E. The support interest and encouragement for the city to use its waste to provide energy and compost has been very evident throughout this campaign. Palo Alto is addressing a basic infrastructure issue. What is most interesting for many residents is that they are part of the process the City is conducting. A process to determine whether or not a composting facility that makes use of yard waste, kitchen scraps and biosolids is realistic, matches Palo Alto's environmentally sustainable goals and is financially sound.

I look forward to hiking in the new Byxbee with the squirrels, coots,jack rabbits, and phoebes in the knowledge that the process of the continuing goals of waste management, self sufficiency and environmental sustainability are being implemented right there.

Elaine Elbizri, yard sign deliverer, & Farmers Market tabler for Committee for Measure E
Greer Road Palo Alto

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