The Press Democrat and two affiliated publications in Sonoma County are being sold by Florida-based Halifax Media Group to a local partnership that includes two Democratic power brokers. Here's a look at the main investors:
An aide and driver for North Coast Rep. Doug Bosco in the 1980s, Anderson, 48, became a leading Democratic fundraiser before founding a trio of lobbying, development and investment firms that quickly made him one of the Bay Area's top dealmakers. Through a partnership earlier this year, he bought a majority stake in the Sonoma Index-Tribune. His proposed 59-room luxury hotel, Chateau Sonoma, would sit on land that includes the newspaper's office, a half-block from the Sonoma Plaza. His commercial and residential holdings in Sonoma and Sonoma Valley alone now total more than $15 million, including the Fifth Street East estate where he lives in Sonoma, a 75-acre spread in Kenwood and Ramekins Culinary School, Event Center and Inn in Sonoma. He is a former consultant to the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and a lobbyist for the tribe's partner, Station Casinos of Las Vegas, which together are building the 3,000-slot machine casino next to Rohnert Park. His development firm is a managing partner in the $6 billion redevelopment of San Francisco's Treasure Island.
A former assemblyman who represented the North Coast in Congress from 1982 to 1990, Bosco, 66, is one of the region's chief political power brokers, opening his stately home on Santa Rosa's McDonald Avenue to a steady stream of candidates for national, state and local office. A self-described “conservative Democrat,” Bosco's stands on logging and oil drilling in the region clashed with more liberal party members and led to his ouster from office. As an attorney in private practice, he has represented timber, mining and railroad interests and is a partner in the company now operating freight trains in Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties. He is married to Gayle Guynup, a retired Sonoma County judge who is part of a wealthy Humboldt County timber and ranching family.