“Consulting fees from a real estate broker”

Public officials are required to report income from all sources, not by the exact amount, but in ranges like:  $2,000-$10,000 etc. Andy Wilson always abides by the law, so he reported the $10,700 he received last year for consulting with the Avison Young company in the appropriate range: 10,001-$100,000.

Avison Young is an international firm that helps companies find office space in hundreds of cities around the world.  The firm does not develop office space itself and has no offices in Pasadena — although they do help clients look here for office space from time to time.  The company wants to expand their business with high-tech firms across the country.

So they sought Wilson’s advice as a successful entrepreneur actively involved in the high-tech community.  The contract had no more to do with Pasadena than with Palo Alto or Boston or Toronto any other city where high tech firms might seek space.

Those are the facts.  Here’s what Hosp told voters in the context of criticizing development projects in Pasadena:  “Wilson has received up to $100,000 in ‘consulting fees’ from a real estate broker doing business in Pasadena.”  The statement is technically true, but gravely and intentionally misleading.  Par for the course in the Hosp campaign.