Yes, it can happen in Oakley!!

The Santa Clara City Council dais is being purchased with 4.5 million dollars in campaign contributions by the San Francisco 49ers to three city council candidates. If you think this cannot happen in Oakley, you might want to rethink the situation. Remember, Santa Clara is a City of Santa Clara is a little over 128,000 in population.

Below is a link to an article by the San Francisco Chronicle detailing the contributions by the 49ers.

 George Fuller, MPA, MA
         City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA

Developers Try to Buy Oakley City Council Dais

Why are developers trying to buy two seats on the City of Oakley City Council Dais? This is the question Oakley voters need to ask themselves, at least in my perspective. Two candidates for the City Council, Hugh Henderson and Shannon Shaw, have accepted a total of more than $11,000.00 from developers during the current election campaign. Yes, if you believe the developers expect the two to “give them what they want” I would say you are correct.

Here is the breakdown of the two regarding developer contributions.

Hugh Henderson, candidate for District 2:

California Real Estate Political Action Committee – $3500.00

California Real Estate Political Action Committee is a Los Angeles based organization   

      involved in real estate sales and development throughout California.

G. Ferrabee Co. – $500.00

     G. Ferrabee Co. is a property developer located in Concord, CA.

Ponderosa Homes – $250.00

     Ponderosa Homes is a Pleasanton, CA., property developer

Build Jobs Political Action Committee – $1000.00

     A political group out of Concord, CA. Indications are the PAC is backed by Seeno Developers   

     and O’Hara Properties.

C. A. Lauritzen, LLC – $250.00

     Chris Lauritzen is a local developer and a owner of Big Break Marina. He is also a member of     

     the Rotary Club of Oakley, and an elected member of the Ironhouse Sanitary District. DeNova Homes – $1000.00

     DeNova Homes is the developer building homes on the Northeast Corner of East Cypress

     Road and Bethel Island Road

JMI Properties – $500.00

     JMI Properties is a developer out of Clayton, CA

Chris Lauritzen – $100.00

     Chris Lauritzen is an owner of Big Break Marina. Mr. Lauritzen is also an elected member of

     the Board of Directors of the Ironhouse Sanitary District, and a member of the Rotary Club of

     Oakley.

O’Hara Properties – $2000.00

     O’Hara Properties is owned by Mathew and Stephen Beinke in Danville, CA. Mathew Beinke   

     recently attempted to have a McDonald’s and a Quick Quack Car Wash built on Laurel Plaza,

     across from Laurel Elementary School.

Total Developer Contributions – $9,100.00

A link to Henderson’s contributions is below:

Shannon Shaw, candidate for District 4:

DeNova Homes, $1,000.00

     DeNova Homes is developing the Northeast corner of Bethel Island Rd and East Cypress

     Rd., which is located in District 4.

California Real Estate Political Action Committee, $1,000.00

     The California Real Estate Political Action Committee is a PAC that operates throughout   

     California promoting real estate transactions and land development.

JMI Properties, $500.00

     JMI Properties is a land developer located in Clayton, CA.

David Wahl, $100.00

     David Wahl is a Brentwood resident and a founding member of the Rotary Club of Oakley.

Total Contributions – $2,600.00

A link to Shaw’s campaign reports listing contributions is below:

Total Henderson/Shaw developer contributions – $11,700.00

George Fuller, MPA, MA
      City Councilmember, City of Oakley 

Shannon Shaw Accepts over $2,000.00 in Developer Contributions

Candidate Shaw accepts over $2,000.00 in campaign contributions from developers for Oakley election.  Shannon Shaw, a candidate for the Oakley City Council in District 4, has received multiple monetary contributions from land developers. The list of contributions is:

 DeNova Homes, $1,000.00

      DeNova Homes is developing the Northeast corner of Bethel Island Rd and East Cypress   

      Rd., which is located in District 4. 

California Real Estate Political Action Committee, $1,000.00

     The California Real Estate Political Action Committee is a PAC that operates throughout  

     California promoting real estate transactions and land development. 

JMI Properties, $500.00

     JMI Properties is a land developer located in Clayton, CA.

David Wahl, $100.00

     David Wahl is a Brentwood resident and a founding member of the Rotary Club of Oakley.

Total Contributions – $2,600.00

A link to Shaw’s campaign reports listing contributions is below:

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA 

Land Developers Attempt to Buy Oakley, CA, Election

Henderson accepts over $9000.00 in campaign contributions from developers in Oakley. The breakdown of the political contributions is:

California Real Estate Political Action Committee – $3500.00

California Real Estate Political Action Committee is a Los Angeles based organization involved in real estate sales and development throughout California.

G. Ferrabee Co. – $500.00

     G. Ferrabee Co. is a property developer located in Concord, CA.

Ponderosa Homes – $250.00

     Ponderosa Homes is a Pleasanton, CA., property developer

Build Jobs Political Action Committee – $1000.00

A political group out of Concord, CA. Indications are the PAC is backed by Seeno Developers and O’Hara Properties.

C. A. Lauritzen, LLC – $250.00

Chris Lauritzen is a local developer and a owner of Big Break Marina. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Oakley, and an elected member of the Ironhouse Sanitary District.

DeNova Homes – $1000.00

DeNova Homes is the developer building homes on the Northeast Corner of East Cypress Road and Bethel Island Road

JMI Properties – $500.00

     JMI Properties is a developer out of Clayton, CA

Chris Lauritzen – $100.00

Chris Lauritzen is an owner of Big Break Marina. Mr. Lauritzen is also an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Ironhouse Sanitary District, and a member of the Rotary Club of Oakley.

O’Hara Properties – $2000.00

O’Hara Properties is owned by Mathew and Stephen Beinke in Danville, CA. Mathew Beinke recently attempted to have a McDonald’s and a Quick Quack Car Wash built on Laurel Plaza, across from Laurel Elementary School.

Total Developer Contributions – $9,100.00

     I was disappointed to see that Candidate Henderson did not list his income from Hook, Line, and Sinker, an Oakley business on his Statement of Economic Interest Form 700. Henderson has repeatedly stated over the years that he manages the Hook, Line, and Sinker. Yet, he failed to list the income on the Form 700 to be a candidate for the City Council, nor on the Form 700 submitted when he became a Planning Commissioner for the City of Oakley. However, that is an issue to be resolved by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) in the future.

Links to Henderson’s campaign contributions reporting form, and the Forms 700 of Henderson, are below.

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA 

Rotary Club of Oakley and Oakley City Government

Regarding the Rotary Club of Oakley, I previously posted that with the election of Hugh Henderson and Shannon Shaw to the Oakley City Council, there would be six people in key City of Oakley governmental positions who are members of the Rotary Club of Oakley. Actually, there would be eight members of the Rotary Club of Oakley in key governmental positions in the City of Oakley. They would be: City of Oakley City Council Aaron Meadows – Vice Mayor; Shannon Shaw – Councilmember; Hugh Henderson – Councilmember; Josh McMurray – City Manager; Diablo Water District Scott Pastor – Director, Board of Directors; Dan Muelrath – General Manager; Ironhouse Sanitary District Chris Lauritzen – Director, Board of Directors; Peter Zirkle – Director, Board of Directors.

Yes, there is a situation where Shannon Shaw, Candidate for City Council, District 4, is the spouse of Jason Shaw. He will be sworn into office in December as a Director Board of Directors, Diablo Water District. I mention the above because, in my opinion, the residents of Oakley should be aware of how the candidates affiliate with others while elected members of the City of Oakley governmental positions.

Yes, the founders of the Rotary Club of Oakley were Bryan Montgomery, former city manager of Oakley, and Dave Wahl, a Brentwood resident. Below are two articles, one concerning the City of Santa Clara and the other with the City of Los Angeles, where relationships with others outside the council chambers have been a concern.

https://fullerforoakley.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/santa-clara-grand-jury-rpt.pdf

https://fullerforoakley.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/racist-remarks-nury-martinez.pdf

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA 

A Moratorium on Development in the City of Oakley

Oakley’s zoning regulations are on the city council agenda, again, tomorrow night (Oct 11, 2022). I will call for a moratorium on issuing all building permits, CUP permits, variances, and other development projects. Tonight’s agenda calls for an indefinite continuance of the council reviewing the zoning regulations in the city. The situation has become unacceptable to me. It is also disrespectful to Councilmember Williams.

            Councilmember Williams called for zoning ordinance reviews over eighteen months ago. The first presentation to the council of the proposed changes met with a very hostile reception by some council members. The item was sent back “for further work.” Each time the proposals come to the dais, they return to city staff with a promise to the community that “we’ll get it together.” In the interim, developers have a free hand in the city’s development, with an impetus to “step things up” knowing zoning changes are pending in Oakley.

            It is an indefinite delay request, which usually means “never” in city hall jargon. My proposal is all development cease until the new zoning regulations are approved and implemented.

            Contacting your council members to encourage them to approve a moratorium must be done before tomorrow night’s council meeting.

George Fuller, MPA, MA
       Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA 

Shelly Fitzgerald is THE Choice for Oakley Councilmember, District 2

Election tidbits for Oakley election November 8, 2022 – I was reading through Shelly Fitzgerald’s website – Shelly Fitzgerald4Oakley.com – and came across her vision for Oakley. The concept is reflective of Ms. Fitzgerald’s passion and commitment to Oakley. Shelly Fitzgerald has demonstrated grit that reflects her work as an Emergency Services Registered Nurse in a major hospital in the Oakley area. Shelly has served the community residents with dedication during the pandemic, exposing herself to long hours and possible Covid infections in providing medical services through the treacherous period.

Ms. Fitzgerald has also demonstrated the same commitment to Oakley. She diligently researched the dangers that were proposed in the development of Laurel Plaza, while continuing her services as a nurse. Using her resources, she has rallied the community for the safety of the children attending Laurel Elementary School.

Ms. Fitzgerald is certainly my choice for the council member to serve District 2 in the forthcoming four years.

Below is a copy of Ms. Fitzgerald’s vision for Oakley.

VISION FOR OAKLEY’S FUTURE

Shelly is ready to take on the challenges Oakley is facing today, as well as set into motion solutions that will have a positive impact on residents’ safety and quality of life well into the future:

* Sustainable and safe growth and development – work to bring goods and services the community needs, while upholding the General Plan and keeping local control within the limits of the law.

* Protect and expand on Oakley’s beautiful outdoor spaces –  Work with local and regional partners along with developers to integrate pedestrian and bicycle access across the city.  Support preservation of Delta and agricultural resources.

* Jobs – Create living-wage local jobs by attracting new and diverse businesses to Oakley. Bring apprentice and training opportunities to Oakley.

Oakley City Council Member Candidate Visits Local Cannabis Shop with Rotary Club of Oakley

Shannon Shaw, candidate for Oakley City Council in the November 8, 2022, election recently visited CoCo Farms in Antioch, CA. She attended a visit to the cannabis distribution retail shop with the Rotary Club of Oakley. Me, I am strongly opposed to cannabis distribution is the City of Oakley.

Below is a link to a picture of their attendance.

https://fullerforoakley.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Rotary-Club-of-Oakle-CoCo-Farms-retail-store.jpg

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA

Election Tidbits for Oakley City Council Election on November 8, 2022

An election tidbit about the Oakley Municipal Election – November 8, 2022. Adam Gerhart, a resident of District 4 (Summer Lake), has pulled papers to enable him to campaign for election as a write-in candidate.

I was informed that Jacob Shaw, wife of Shannon Shaw, also a City Council candidate from District 4, has filed for election for the Diablo Water District Board of Directors. No other candidate filed for election in his district, so Mr. Shaw will move on to the Water District Board of Directors dais. I am curious how the FPPC and Contra Costa District Attorney’s office will respond. Conflict of interest laws prevents one person from sitting on two different election positions simultaneously. I do not know how it will go with a married couple living in the same household regarding conflict-of-interest regulations.

There are two Rotary Club of Oakley members on the managing team of the Diablo Water District. Scott Pastor, who is a Director on the Board of Directors, and Dan Muelrath, Director of the water district.

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA, City Council 

Laurel and O’Hara in Oakley Must Improve

Oakley must resolve Laurel and O’Hara. The traffic bottleneck at the intersection is untenable. Laurel has extended West beyond the 160 and thus increased the traffic flow on Laurel. In my perception, the bottleneck is unsafe for the community and a liability for the City.

I have asked several times from the dais to seek eminent domain to purchase the property to expand Laurel. Yet, the City Manager, Josh McMurray, has not placed the item on the agenda. I think some council members oppose taking the property at the intersection to facilitate the widening of Laurel, which would enhance the safety of everyone in our community.

Oakley will elect two new council members for Oakley on November 8, 2022. Now would be the time to learn which candidate(s) favor expanding Laurel at the intersection, using eminent domain to purchase the property.

George Fuller, MPA, MA
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA