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Developer and community outreach group of debated hotel made contributions to Lisa Bartlett’s campaign for Orange County Supervisor last quarter
By Andrea Papagianis
The Doheny Hotel developer and its communications consultant gave money to Mayor Lisa Bartlett’s campaign for Orange County Supervisor last quarter, contribution records show.
Beverly Hills Hospitality Group and Government Solutions, Inc. donated a combined $1,650 between Nov. 6 and Dec. 13 to Barlett’s campaign last year, according to records obtained from the Orange County Registrar of Voters.
Government Solutions, which secures government approvals for “complex” real estate land uses according to its website, contributed $250. The developer made two separate contributions for $500 and $900.
Bartlett announced her candidacy to replace Pat Bates as the Orange County Board of Supervisor’s 5th District representative in October. Bates, who is termed out at the end of the year, is running for the State Senate’s 36th District seat.
On Monday, the Planning Commission continued a public hearing on Beverly Hills Hospitality Group’s proposed hotel at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Harbor Drive. In December, the developer indicated a modified proposal would be submitted to the city that would use 0.76 acres of Lantern Bay Park to ease access to the hotel’s driveway. The land would also provide more space for taxis, parking and serve as an additional loading dock to the one proposed for PCH.
No decision on the hotel has been made, but the commission could come to one at its April 14 meeting.
If project changes gain commission approval, an easement onto parkland would need City Council consent. The land in question was deeded to the city by Orange County for park use. At a past meeting, City Attorney Patrick Munoz said an argument could be made that parking could fulfill the county’s requirement.
“Bartlett is very diligent about reviewing the agendas for the council and boards she sits on,” said campaign spokesperson Jeff Corless, adding Bartlett doesn’t vote on items where there could be a conflict of interest.
Councilman Robert Ming, of Laguna Niguel, and Frank Ury, a Mission Viejo councilman, are also in the running for Bates’ county seat. Bartlett is in her second term on the Dana Point City Council. Ming is termed out of his seat next year, and Ury’s term expires in 2016.
The 5th District encompasses the cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. It also represents a portion of Irvine and the unincorporated areas Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch and Las Flores.
Irvine and portions of Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.
Records show, as of Dec. 31 Ming had $103,744 on hand; Bartlett had $101,812; and Ury had $31,366.
According to finance records, three members of the Planning Commission donated to Bartlett’s campaign.
As of Dec. 31, commissioners Liz Claus, Norm Denton and April O’Connor had made contributions in the amounts of $100, $1,000 and $250, respectively. Additionally, Dana Point City Councilman Scott Schoeffel contributed $1,900 to Bartlett.
Bartlett also received a $1,900 contribution from Michael Crawford, the president and CEO of Sukut Construction, Inc., the company awarded a $72.7 million contract from the county to complete the Avenida La Pata/La Pata Avenue gap. Bartlett penned 22 contributions over $1,000.
Records also show Councilman Carlos Olvera made a $250 contribution to Ming’s campaign. Other notable Ming contributors include, $1,000 for CR&R Inc.; $1,800 from Laguna Niguel Mayor Linda Lindholm; and $1,900 from Allen Oldsmobile-Cadillac, Inc. Ming’s campaign recorded 11 contributions of $1,900 and 17 donations of $1,000.
Ury’s campaign noted contributions of $1,900 from CAB Engineers; the Orange County Business Council’s BIZPAC; Rancho Mission Viejo developer RMV PA2 Development LLC; Ware Disposal, Co., Inc., Eric Woolery, Riverside County treasurer; and Yorba Linda Estates.