Only Los Angeles and San Francisco spent more on lobbying than HMB

Posted by on Sun, February 8, 2009

California Secretary of State, via Sacramento Bee

The city of Half Moon Bay spent $958,951 on lobbying the state legislature in the 2007-08 legislative session. The only California cities that spent more were Los Angeles and the city and county of San Francisco, reports the Sacramento Bee.

Statewide, more than $58 million was spent by local government, not including colleges, utilities, special districts or regional coalitions.

Tiny Half Moon Bay, with only about 13,000 residents, helped lead the parade by paying nearly $1 million to push two bills aimed at easing its $18 million debt over a stalled housing project. Neither bill passed.

This is even more dramatic when you consider that Half Moon Bay’s budget was spent lobbying for the passage of a single bill and LA and San Francisco were lobbying on a vast array of issues that affected their millions of residents.



Recall that the City’s lead lobbyist was Lanny Davis  (Bill Clinton’s lawyer in the Monica Lewinsky case).

Unbelievable that the Old Guard City Council would spend $1 million on high-priced lobbying rather than appealing the Beachwood judgement.

I doubt these council members would have ever disclosed this spending on their own, despite their campaign promises of “transparency in government.”

Comment 2
Sun, February 8, 2009 11:00am
Steve Waller
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This is stunning, in a ranking sense, and irresponsible spending.  I still cannot grasp the notion why we (HMB) had an expectation to be bailed out from a lost lawsuit, in Federal court, particularly when the judge ruled HMB clearly at fault on numerous points.

Comment 3
Sun, February 8, 2009 11:01am
Barry Parr
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And this is just the portion that was reported as lobbying. This may not include the legal fees associated with the settlement and public relations surrounding AB1991.

Comment 4
Sun, February 8, 2009 11:16am
John Lynch
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Comment 5
Mon, February 9, 2009 1:02am
Tim Payne
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The word Criminal comes to mind. Disgusting. Shame.

Comment 6
Mon, February 9, 2009 11:19am
Todd McGee
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I would add one more word to Tim’s excellent list:

I would hope that irresponsible behavior and/or poor choices would be rewarded in the next election cycle.