Throughout January and February, contributions from the construction industry have been steadily streaming into the campaign committee promoting Measure I.

If approved by a 55-percent majority of within the Morgan Hill Unified School District boundaries, Measure I would provide up to $900 million in construction bonds to spend on local school facilities upgrades, repairs and replacements over the next 30 years. Measure I is sponsored by MHUSD.

The measure appears on the March 3 primary election ballot.

From Jan. 1 to Feb. 15, the campaign committee Friends of MHUSD Measure I collected $73,750 in contributions from more than two dozen people and businesses, as reported on the committee’s Fair Political Practices Commission financial filings. The committee has spent nearly $61,000 on campaign expenses in the same time period.

Those contributing the most to the Measure I campaign are companies or business owners who work in the Bay Area construction industry, including contractors, architects, engineering firms and consultants. San Jose-based Furman Construction contributed $7,500 to the Friends of MHUSD Measure I committee; David Robertson, owner of DRP Builders, contributed $10,500; Palo Alto-based CAW Architects contributed $5,000; Cleary Consultants, a Campbell-based geotechnical testing service, gave $10,000 to the pro-Measure I committee and LPA, an Irvine-based contractor, contributed $10,000.

Most of the reported expenses from Jan. 1 to Feb. 15 were paid to private campaign consulting company TBWB, which is based in San Francisco. According to TBWB’s website, the company is a “strategy and communications consulting firm specializing in public finance ballot measures supporting programs, services and facilities.”

Since Feb. 7, the Friends of MHUSD committee has reported 11 more contributions totaling $22,500. These contributions came from construction-related businesses in the Bay Area.

No organized committee opposing Measure I has registered with the state FPPC or county election officials.

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Michael Moore is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor for the Morgan Hill Times, Hollister Free Lance and Gilroy Dispatch since 2008. During that time, he has covered crime, breaking news, local government, education, entertainment and more.


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