May 23, 2008

Incumbents Raise Most Money for San Leandro City Council Election

The latest campaign finance disclosure filings for candidates for San Leandro City Council are in and incumbent Jim Prola continues to lead the field in campaign contributions and expenditures.

District 6

During the most recent reporting period from March 18 to May 17, 2008, District 6 candidate Prola spent $16,545 including $6,773 to Autumn Press for campaign literature, $3,500 to Alliance Campaign Strategies for campaign consulting, $2,605 to Handled With Care for mailings, $1,859 to Prime Signs for lawn signs, and $665 for the Voter Information Guide slate mailer.

Prola received contributions of $1,000 from the Rental Housing Owners Association of Southern Alameda County, $1,000 from The Sentinels, and $500 from Assemblyman Alberto Torrico's campaign, . Unions gave $10,500 to Prola's campaign, with $1,500 from Operating Engineers Local #3, $1,000 from American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), $1,000 from the Teamsters DRIVE Committee, $1,000 from AFSCME Local 2019, $1,000 from Good Jobs JAC, Unite Here Local 2850, $1,000 from the California Nurses Association, $650 from International Association of Firefighters Local 55, $500 from United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 5, $500 from AFSCME Local 444, $500 from Sheet Metal Workers Local 104, and $500 from International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21.

At the end of the reporting period, Prola had $14,153 in his campaign account and $8,000 in outstanding loans.

In a late filing dated May 21, 2008, Prola reported an in-kind contribution of $2,650 from AFSCME.

Prola's Campaign Statement for March 18 to May 17, 2008.

Prola raised more than three times his closest District 6 competitor, Estelle Clemons. Clemons raised $4,400, including contributions of $999 from the Political Action Committee for Excellence (PACE), $600 from Dover Investments Corp., and $500 from California Real Estate Political Action Committee.

Clemons spent $4,459 during the reporting period, including $4,195 to In & Out Printing for campaign literature and lawn signs.

At the end of the reporting period, Clemons had $4,690 in her campaign account and $4,000 in outstanding loans.

Clemons' Campaign Statement for March 18 to May 17, 2008.

District 6 candidate Hermy Almonte reported $2,956 in campaign contributions, consisting largely of a $2,631 loan to his campaign. Almonte spent $2,558 during the reporting period, including $1,200 to repay a loan and $431 to Vista Print for campaign paraphernalia.

At the end of the reporting period, Almonte had $653 in his campaign account and $2,631 in outstanding loans.

Almonte's Campaign Statement for March 18 to May 17, 2008.

Wafaa Aborashed failed to submit her paperwork on time and Mark Tichy has indicated he will not raise or spend more than $1,000 and is not required to file a campaign finance campaign disclosure.

District 2

In District 2, Charles Gilcrest was the lead fundraiser with $7,413, including contributions of $1,500 from Rental Housing Owners of Southern Alameda County, $1,000 from The Sentinels, $650 from Alameda County Firefighters Local 55, and $500 from Louis Pelligrini of Alameda County Industries. Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, who was the keynote speaker at Gilcrest's fundraiser on May 12, 2008, gave $1,000 from his campaign fund. Former San Leandro Chamber of Commerce CEO Heidi Finberg was listed as providing a non-monetary contribution of food for a fundraiser.

Gilcrest spent $11,054 during the reporting period, including $3,141 to Autumn Press for campaign literature, $2,693 to Prime Signs for lawn signs, $2,442 to Handled With Care for mailing, and $813 to Trident Communication for automated campaign calls known as robocalls.

At the end of the reporting period, Gilcrest had $1,064 in his campaign account. Gilcrest failed to report outstanding loans totaling $5,250.

Gilcrest's Campaign Statement for March 18 to May 17, 2008.

Ursula Reed raised $6,614 during the reporting period and reported $8,427 in non-monetary contributions. Substantial contributions included $999 from PACE, $500 from Eric Hoffman of Madison Marquette (owners of Bayfair Center), $500 from Dr. James Perry of Oakland, $500 from Monica Walker, an investment advisor in Chicago, and $200 from San Leandro Councilmember Surlene Grant. Non-monetary contributions included $5,000 in catered food from Manor Delicatessen and $2,988 in campaign flyers from American Lithographers.

Reed spent $9,573 during the reporting period, including $4,461 to The Everhart Co. for campaign consulting, $1,500 to The Howard Agency for data analysis services, $1,345 to Kirk Briggs Signs for lawn signs, and $924 to Computerized Political Services for data analysis services.

At the end of the reporting period, Reed had $2,271 in her campaign account. Reed failed to report an outstanding loan of $3,000.

Reed's Campaign Statement for March 18 to May 17, 2008.

Linda Perry raised $5,350 during the reporting period, including a $5,050 personal loan to her campaign and a $250 contribution from Ken Pon, a former member of the San Leandro School Board.

Perry spent $5,308 during the reporting period, including $3,503 to Autumn Press for campaign literature and postage, $802 to Bel Aire Displays for lawn signs, and $665 for the Voter Information Guide slate mailer.

Perry had $191 in her campaign account at the end of the reporting period and $6,250 in outstanding loans.

Perry's Campaign Statement for March 18 to May 17, 2008.

District 4

Incumbent Joyce Starosciak raised $8,899 during the reporting period, despite the lack of any campaign by her opponent Lou Filipovich. Substantial contributions included $1,000 from the California Apartment Association PAC, $1,000 from the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, $1,000 from International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), $1,000 from Electrical Workers Local 595, $999 from PACE, $500 from the Peace Officers Research Association of California, $500 from the Economic Development Alliance, $500 from James Hussey, a contractor with Vanesco Consulting, $500 from former San Leandro City Councilmember Gordon Galvan, and $100 from Hayward Councilmember Bill Quirk.

Starosciak spent $6,834 during the reporting period, including $5,015 to Integrity IBS for campaign literature and $665 for the Voter Information Guide slate mailer

At the end of the reporting period, Starosciak had $12,941 in her campaign account and no outstanding debts.

Starosciak's Campaign Statement for March 18 to May 17, 2008.

In a late filing dated May 23, 2008, Starosciak reported contributions of $1,000 each from Sprinkler Fitters & Apprentices Local 483 and Good Jobs JAC Sponsored Committee of Unite Here Local 2850.

Lou Filipovich has stated he will not raise nor spend more than $1,000 and is not required to file campaign finance disclosures.

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