Massive Mariani Development Project Hires New Consultant
By Robert Haugh
Kevin Moore, a former Santa Clara City Councilman, has been hired by Lou Mariani to help his floundering effort, the massive Mariani’s development project.
Moore tells us that he’s a consultant who is helping Lou Mariani with “community relations.” Moore couldn’t say what community relations activities he’s done so far. However, he says he is working to bring a “much better project forward that meets the needs of the community and its heritage.”
He started working for the project within the last couple months, he says, which was after Mariani let Miles Barber go as his lobbyist. This is like if Hulk Hogan were to replace Barry Horrowitz on wrestling card. It’s likely for the best.
Although he’s currently not lobbying for Mariani, he will not rule out lobbying for the project in the future.
Moore is a registered lobbyist for 10 clients, according to the Santa Clara City Clerk’s office:
- Barry Swenson Builder
- Ensemble Investments
- Irvine Company
- Santa Clara University
- Lamb Properties
- Republic Properties Corporation
- LPMD Architects
- DeAnza Properties (form amended and added May, 2017)
We’ve previously reported that Barber was the lobbyist for the massive Mariani’s development project. Barber and his paper, the Santa Clara Weekly, have written about project many times without disclosing this important fact to their readers. That’s a breach of journalistic ethics.
We still hear that the massive Mariani development project is DOA because of intense neighborhood opposition. They make a strong case that it’s bad planning. If it’s approved, it may lead to a big time neighborhood and voter backlash. The project certainly needs “community relations” assistance. Perhaps there won’t be as much opposition if a better project comes forth.
We think Moore will do a much better job of communicating about the project to us and others. When new information about the Mariani project arises, we will share it.