SMELLS LIKE MONEY… Squid was planning to spend Oct. 10 basking in the glow of Squittleday, an actual event during the five-day International Cephalopod Awareness campaign. On Oct. 8, Octopus Day, one lucky eight-armed behemoth named Rizzo at Shedd Aquarium got a GoPro to play with in its tank. (Squid’s hoping for a lifetime supply of shrimp-flavored popcorn and a Donald Trump stress doll to squeeze.) Squid plans to take the day to Squidself, maybe do some yoga and make some campaign donations to some of Squid’s favorite candidates.

To prep for that, Squid spent some time trolling campaign finance forms to see who’s backing whom. Over in Marina, Squid took a gander at the website of Bob Nolan, the affable former Marina police commander who’s running for mayor against incumbent Bruce Delgado. Nolan is taking swings at Delgado, saying he caters to private interests that include accepting developer campaign contributions. So Squid decided to investigate.

Going back to 2010, Squid was able to track $3,645 Delgado accepted from developers. It’s almost enough to pay for postage on some mailers.

Squid then took a look at Nolan’s campaign forms: There’s $2,000 from Michael Tate, a real estate broker who sources tell Squid has been lobbying elected officials and staff to rezone a property he owns on Reservation Road so he can sell it to an apartment developer. There’s $10,000 from the Salinas Valley Leadership Group, better known as the Fund to Bring You Candidates That Appeal to Political Shotcaller and Cement Kingpin Don Chapin. Squid’s no math whiz, but by Squid’s accounting, there’s one candidate taking a lot of money from developers, and it ain’t Delgado.

SPEAKING OF AWKWARD… Squid was sad to hear the news that Sand City City AdministratorTodd Bodem is riding off into the sunset. Did he jump or was he pushed? A little bit of Column A, a little bit of Column B. Squid wondered who was going to steer the ship until a permanent city administrator was found, and Squid came across a blast from the not-so-distant past.

Former Monterey city manager Mike McCarthy, who most definitely jumped while being pushed following revelations that he was having (at least) a text-message canoodle with an underling, has been brought in to do human resources consulting for Sand City. According to his contract, McCarthy ain’t gonna get rich off the gig: The city is spending up to $45,000 to review the city’s personnel handbook and HR practices, review any new personnel rules and respond within 24 hours to HR-related questions. Squid questions the wisdom of taking HR advice from the guy who was an HR disaster for Monterey, but by now at least he knows a thing or two about updating harassment policies.

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