Emeryville's Measure J, like other recent school bonds statewide, was funded by firms that would benefit financially from passage of the measure. Measure J cleared $95 million in Emeryville taxpayer funded bonds for the building of the Center of Community Life.
The Measure J campaign was funded by:
- $3000 from Nexus Partners- the architectural design team hired by the School District after the election to the tune of $6 million
- $10,500 from Caldwell Flores- the politically connected Emeryville bond writing firm who got the Measure J contract worth millions of dollars
- $1000 from Greg Kato- the vice-president of Caldwell Flores
- $5000 from Jones Hall- a bond counsel firm
- $10,000 from Turner Construction- the contractor selected to build the project worth millions of dollars
It should be noted all these campaign donations occurred before the election and subsequent passage of Measure J. Only two private citizens not expected to receive pay back donated (a small amount) to the campaign, everyone else stood to benefit financially with passage of the measure.
The figures above illustrate the huge payout a small investment in a school bond can bring; the focus of the Bay Citizen story.
The Bay Citizen story highlights a San Jose School District and its recent school bond, coincidentally also a Measure J.
Here then is today's Bay Citizen story: