By Robert Haugh
We heard rumors that the massive Mariani Development Project has been rethinking its strategy and its team of consultants. We’ve confirmed that at least one of them has been dropped from the team.
Former City Councilman Kevin Moore is no longer working with Mariani. Here’s what Lou Mariani said in an email:
“Not currently, he completed his community relations assignment several months ago.”
Here’s what Moore wrote to us:
“Yes, that is correct, not currently working for the Mariani family. Completed my recent assignment.”
We reported that Moore joined the team in June 2017. He replaced lobbyist/publisher Miles Barber of the Santa Clara Weekly.
Barber was controversial and neighborhood leaders and some councilmembers felt he did a terrible job with community relations. One even asked the City to investigate if Barber violated the City’s lobbyist ordinance.
(Note to City staff: any updates?)
Moore could not tell us what he did for community relations. Maybe that’s why neighborhood leaders did not consider Moore to be very effective.
It’s not the first time Moore has taken a short-term assignment. He lobbied for the 49ers and Live Nation to change the weekday stadium curfew. LINK The curfew did not change because Mayor Lisa Gillmor, the majority of the council, and Northside neighborhoods were against it.
Mariani has hired lots of people to help the project for temporary assignments, like Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce Boardmember Harbir Bhatia for digital media. And Singer and Associates for communications.
But none of them registered as lobbyists. Could this be an issue when the project comes to the Council for approval sometime this year?
Stay tuned as we follow this controversial project.