Bowers making the rich richer – and they’re not from Santa Ana

The issue of public funding for the Bowers Museum has been hotly debated this week. Here is some information that came my way today from  Thomas Gordon:

  • Did you know that Bowers President Peter Keller made $172,150 in Fy 04-05?
  • Did you know that Vicky Byrd, Bowers VP made $98,248 during the same period?
  • Did you know that Rick Weinburg made $67,479 as Director of Marketing?……..Have they ever marketed to you?
  • Did you know that Chris Townsend made $70,549 as a lobbyist for Bowers in Fy 04-05?

The other big issue has been the fact that the Bowers has almost no Santa Ana resients on its Board of Directors and Advisory Council. Let’s take a look at the places of residence of the Bowers’ Board members:

  • Las Vegas
  • Fullerton
  • Coto de Caza (2)
  • San Marino
  • Villa Park
  • Los Angeles
  • San Juan Capistrano
  • Santa Ana (Only 1!)
  • Newport Beach (2)
  • Corona del Mar
  • Huntington Beach (3)
  • Laguna Beach
  • Mission Viejo
  • Dana Point
  • Orange
  • Laguna Hills

It sure looks like Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido is laundering money through the Bowers to Chris Townsend…

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