In this week’s Saratoga Today, Bob Manz who heads the Saratoga PAC wrote a letter in which he praised Rick Wirth and Sarah Burger for meeting with them seeking their endorsement for Public Safety Commissioner. He castigated Chris Mathiesen for declining to meet with them.
Some of you will remember that in an earlier blog I asked all three Public Safety Commissioner candidates if they would seek the endorsement and support of the PAC. As thoroughly documented in my blogs, the PAC is comprised primarily of companies related to construction and real estate and was formed in opposition to provisions in the city’s new Comprehensive Plan that continues to protect the greenbelt from development such as proposed by Saratoga National Golf Course. Mr. Manz heads D.A. Collins which is probably the largest construction company in the area.
When I asked Sarah Burger and Rick Wirth whether they would seek or accept an endorsement and money from the PAC they offered “transparently evasive (hard to put those two words together)” answers. This is covered in my July 27 post titled “To Candidates For Public Safety: Will You Feed From Saratoga PAC’s Money Trough.” In contrast, Chris Mathiesen made clear that he was not interested in legitimizing them by seeking their support.