Alhambra group wants to limit developers’ influence in elections

TRD LOS ANGELES /
Mar.March 14, 2018 02:13 PM
Lowe’s (credit: Getty Images, Pixabay)

Real estate and politics should not mix.

At least that’s according to an Alhambra advocacy group, whose members want to limit the ability of real estate developers to influence future elections through large donations.

Grassroots Alhambra In Action told the city it would petition for a ballot initiative to cap campaign contributions, singling out the outsized role of the real estate industry, the Pasadena Star-News reported. The proposal would also require election voting be done by district not at-large.

The group needs 3,982 signatures from Alhambra voters to be on the ballot.

The cap would prevent real estate developers from making large donations. Councilmembers David Mejia and Jeff Maloney both previously accepted $5,000 campaign donations from the Charles Company.

The Charles Company and GTR Property Development are developing a project that will include a Lowe’s and a pair of office buildings on South Fremont Avenue. A group of residents had filed a lawsuit, arguing that the developers should conduct a full environmental impact report.

Mejia told the Pasadena Star-News that caps on donations made sense, but voting by district did not.

In 2017 in Los Angeles, City Council candidates could accept a maximum of $700 from an individual and $30 per-person in cash. There was a $210,100 limit on non-individual contributions during the regular city election. [Pasadena Star-News] — Hannah Madans 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Architect Simon Park and a rendering of the project (Credit: SSPSTUDIO ARCHITECTURE & URBAN DESIGN)

Boyle Heights slated for another mixed-use project

Monica Rodriguez orchestrated the nixing of a residential project set for the Verdugo Hills Golf Course (Credit: Google Maps, Wikipedia)

The threat of fire doomed this Tujunga resi project. Now the developer will sue

6550 South Normandie Avenue (Credit: Google Maps)

Haroni Investments to turn parking lot into new apartments

Council President Herb Wesson and a rendering of District Square

City will draw up “anti-displacement zone” ordinance

Governor Gavin Newsom and Senator Nancy Skinner (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

Developers rejoice: Newest state law aims to boost housing production

Assemblyman David Chiu and Gov. Gavin Newsom (Credit: Wikipedia and iStock)

California passes landmark rent control law

Ron Galperin and an overview of LA (Credit: iStock)

LA owns thousands of properties, many of them vacant. LA’s controller has an idea to spur development

Bob Halavi and 827 South Grand View Street (Credit: LinkedIn and Google Maps)

This 60-unit resi project would add to MacArthur Park’s growing pipeline

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...