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May 04, 2014


Thomas Hornblower

My grandfather's brother, William Hornblower was an assemblyman in '33 and co-authored with Tom Maloney the pari-mutual racing bill which passed on June 27, 1933. Bill Kyne, who built and managed Bay Meadows along with William Hornblower as Vice-President,finally achieved his dream of a pari-mutual racing law for California. My father put himself through UC Berkeley by working at the local race tracks. In '47 my parents left San Francisco's crime and congestion for Burlingame's more crime free open space. Unfortunately Burlingame is becoming/has become what they were trying to leave behind.

Doug Radtke


The Bay Meadows project to me has a stank of cronyism and corrupt politics.

Consultant and lobbyist Ed McGovern, was retained by Stockbridge Capital (AKA Bay Meadows Land Company). 1995 San Mateo Measure J to save Bay Meadows had virtually no opposition until Ed McGovern was retained by Stockbridge.

You'll continue see that guys name from here on out, running expensive pro-development anti-community campaigns. He was heavily involved in Measure N of San Bruno which I wrote the opposing argument against.



There are many pawns in this political chess game.

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