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January 25, 2006

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Update from the Daily Journal:

The Board of Supervisors gave the green light Tuesday to help fund a documentary on the history of San Mateo County, calling it a good opportunity to teach residents about its colorful 150-year past. The board unanimously agreed to give the project $75,000 as long as the San Mateo County Historical Association ponies up the difference. The cost of completing a 30- to 60-minute video is between $100,000 and $200,000. Jack Olsen, co-chair of the county's committee to celebrate the sesquicentennial, said the group is ready to actively seek the extra money along with funds to reproduce the video.Supervisor Jerry Hill, who proposed the grant along with Supervisor Adrienne Tissier, suggested copying the finished video and distributed the copies to schools, nonprofits and citizens. The video will be produced by Jon Rubin and KM2 Communications of South San Francisco. Rubin is currently shooting footage for three exhibit galleries at the historical museum and much can be used in the full-length feature, said Mitch Postel, director of the county's historical association. As proposed, the video will highlight the county's history from its rural roots through the post World War II boom to today's spectacular economic and social diversity,? according to the report by Hill and Tissier.

The video is expected to be unveiled Dec. 9 at the sesquicentennial's signature event slated for the Fox Theater. The documentary will then become a permanent feature at the museum. It's always appropriate to try to understand our history but in no year can it be more appropriate than this year, our sesquicentennial year,? Postel said. The association will monitor the film's production and will not sign off on any product that doesn't meet historical accuracy, Postel said. Before the board voted on the resolution, Supervisor Mark Church brushed off any idea of a conflict with hiring Rubin to complete the project. One county resident last week asked the board to reconsider because of Rubin's political work. Rubin is CEO and president of the Peninsula Coalition, a local political action group that includes members from labor, business and the community

Casey

Jon Rubin's partner on this film is Kevin Mullin. Is this Gene Mullin's son?

Yes

There have been at least two or three more letters about this issue as it seems many of us think "there is something rotten in the State of Denmark".

Andrienne Tissier is a friend of Rubin and Mullin too

And let's not forget that Jon Rubin and Supervisor Adrienne Tissier were business partners in Bay Area Relations not too long ago. Hence the connections. This should have been put out to bid.

Both Kevin Mullin and Jon Rubin are founding members and on the board of directors of Peninsula Coalition.

Casey

Is this something the San Mateo Grand Jury can investigate? How can an objective documentary about San Mateo County be done by political insiders?

And why didn't this project go out to bid? Both Kevin Mullin's company (KM2 Communications) and Jon Rubin's company are heavily tied to local politicians and political campaigns.

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