San Francisco Chronicle: Matier & Ross: Back with a vengeance [SunCal], October 11, 2010


Back with a vengeance: SunCal, the Irvine developer whose bid to build out the old Alameda Naval Air Station site was rejected by the City Council, has fired back by sending out thousands of mailers accusing the town's acting city manager, Ann Marie Gallant, of corruption and comparing her to the crooks down in Bell.

The mailer - which features the mug of disgraced Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo and the headline, "City Hall Corruption" - notes Gallant's $285,000-a-year salary and the fact that she has had six jobs in the past 10 years. And it accuses her of wasting tens of thousands of tax dollars on an undisclosed "personal vendetta."

The mailer urges voters to call Alameda Mayor Beverly Johnson - who is up for re-election next month - and ask her why she's continuing to back Gallant.

SunCal spokesman Sam Singer said the company believes that Gallant "single-handedly killed the first project, harming the city and SunCal as well."

The mailer is hitting voters just as SunCal is floating a new plan for the base. But it's not winning the company a lot of friends at City Hall.

"It's the most disgusting thing I've ever seen," said Councilwoman Marie Gilmore, who is running for mayor against Johnson. "No one deserves to be treated this way."

As for Gallant's reaction: "What can I say? They're going to do what they are going to do. I'm just glad they put their name on it."