|110 N. Wacker, Chicago|
If you are the transportation provider for the city and you want to continue your contract, grease the wheels. Want to build a development on some soggy land, flood the politicians with some cash.
Even though we as citizens may not like the drill, as long as it is disclosed it is all perfectly legal under California law.
Every now and them however, a donor appears on a candidates 460 form that makes you scratch your head.
That is the case with Elk Grove City Council Member and mayoral candidate Gary Davis' most recent contribution filing. The donor, who gave Davis $1,000, was Howard Reserach & Development Corp., 110 N. Wacker, Chicago. A search of this led us to the address of none other than General Growth Properties - the original developer of the unfinished Elk Grove Promenade Mall.
A further search of Howard Research & Development Company seemingly shows this entity to be part of the Rouse Company that GGP bought back in 2004 and helped lead GGP into its historic bankruptcy five year later and six month after construction stopped on the Elk Grove Promenade. Going back one more step, the Howard Hughes Corporation became a subsidiary of Rouse in 1996.
In addition to developing malls, Rouse is best known for developing the master planned communities of Columbia, Md. and The Woodlands, Texas.
Aside from padding Davis' campaign by another $1,000, it is hard to say with any certainty why Howard Research and Development is suddenly interested in Elk Grove elections. Do they want to revive constructions of the half-built Elk Grove Promenade? Are they interested in the SEPA? Or could it be the 8,000 acres the city is hoping to expand by that is the apple of their eye?
One thing is for sure, Howard Research and Development has a long history of undertaking major developments.