Tunnel groups raise $72,000 for campaign

Half Moon Bay Review, Oct. 9, 1996

Measure T supporters have raised $72,635 from contributors, including high-profile environmental groups in and outside San Mateo County, campaign spending reports filed Monday reveal.

Save Our Coast/Citizens Alliance for the Tunnel Solution (SOC/CATS) raised $62,977 in the latest campaign spending period from July 1 to Sept. 30.

Coastsiders for Solutions, Not Roadblocks, which opposes Measure T, did not file a statement with the county Registrar of Voters by the 5 p.m., Monday deadline.

SOC/CATS ended the filing period with $33,046 in cash on hand, having spent $40,660 to date on the election. Among its expenses was $606 on the ubiquitous yellow bumper stickers and $2,116 on T-shirts.

The group's largest contributor was the Sierra Club, which donated $10,217. The San Gregorio Greenpeace Festival this summer netted $4,336 for the cause.

Menlo Park and Portola Valley were fertile fundraising grounds, with individuals from both communities giving substantial donations in the thousands of dollars. For example, Melvin Lane, a consultant for the Times Mirror Corporation, which owns the Los Angeles Times, contributed $5,000.

Although the Coastside business community has been perceived as mostly neutral or opposed to Measure T, several local businesses chipped in to SOC/CATS, including A Coastal Affair, El Granada Beverage Co., Biological Photo Service, of Moss Beach, and Goose & Turrets Bed & Breakfast.

Other contributors included: Greenbelt Alliance, of San Francisco ($1,000); Tim Molinare, a San Francisco resident and development director for the City of Pacifica ($100); Review columnist Merry Ann Moore ($100); Audrey Rust, executive director of the Peninsula Open Space Trust ($100); and Portola Valley resident Lennie Roberts, with the Committee for Green Foothills ($1,070).

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