By Santa Cruz Sentinel | September 29, 2022 at 5:00 a.m.
If you have any doubt that Measure O would stop the hotel and its associated gentrification, follow the money. Barry Swenson Builders, (a likely candidate for hotel/ garage construction) put in $10,000 against Measure O. Developer Owen Lawler, who brokered the hotel deal, contributed $2,500. And counting.
There is a certain poetic justice in the way that Measure O would stop both projects. In hindsight, the publicly acrimonious garage deal was mirrored by a privately quiet hotel deal, supported by two years worth of closed session City Council meetings...
--Micah Posner lives just across the river from downtown. He was on the City Council from 2012 to 2016.