stated early in the campaign he was undecided on the St Vincents
development and that he was waiting for the EIR before he decided, knowing
the EIR would not be completed before election day. Business sees big
bucks and the unions see big jobs in the ST. Vincent/Silviera projects and
are all going to be behind him for that reason only. This
is not about "need" in the Cohen campaign, this is about
Two years ago the City Manager stated that the city needs more space to
develop additional commercial zones for additional revenues. The City
Council of San Rafael has followed his dictate to the letter and in the
process has plans to developed all existing
commercial zones within the existing city limits. East Francisco
Blvd. development is almost completed and infill development is all but
non-existent. There is no more space in San Rafael to develop and the city
will now move further north to find those additional commercial zones to
develop. This during a time of 21% commercial vacancies in San Rafael.
Paul has been a major player in these developments
and has not once voted against a development in San Rafael.
To his credit he did work to get some affordable housing in the infill
areas of downtown San Rafael, however it was too little and will not
alleviate the shortage of affordable rental units in town.
Shapell has funneled money into Paul Cohen's
campaign through Cynthia Murray. You knew of Shapell's history in the East
Bay of usurping public opinion and contributing campaign funds to
specifically targeted supervisors and elected officials to pass their
gated community developments.
As far as creating coalitions on the board. Some
have stated Susan will not be able to work
with a board that she has suggested should take a 16% salary cut. Those
people do not know politics. When the campaign is over the work of being a
supervisor will begin. Issues are decided by supervisory votes on a day to
day basis and creating majorities for an issue is only a two vote deal.
After supervisors vote, the issues align themselves with the supervisors
specific goals. District needs override any previous issues and they move
on. Having a vendetta against one supervisor would do nothing but hurt
your agenda. It just doesn't play out that
supervisors would not work with Susan or anyone elected to office
no matter what their campaign promises were. It would not be politically
prudent to ostracize the one vote you might need to help pass your