By THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
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.