August 2, 2008

Prola Top Spender in June 2008 City Council Campaign

San Leandro District 6 Councilmember Jim Prola was the biggest spender in the recent City Council elections, according to campaign finance disclosures that were due on July 31, 2008.

Prola spent a total of $34,787 for his City Council campaign and managed to avoid a runoff election, despite four other opponents in the race. Estelle Clemons, his closest competitor, received less than 18% of the vote, and was likely outspent by about five to one.

In District 2, newcomer Ursula Reed spent $18,000 but until Charles Gilcrest files his disclosure, it's a toss-up as to which of them spent the most money in that race. Although Reed and Gilcrest each outspent Linda Perry, neither could overcome Perry's name recognition. Perry was held to 41.52% of the vote and now faces a runoff against Reed on November 4, 2008.

District 4 incumbent Joyce Starosciak faced no serious opposition from perennial candidate Lou Filipovich and still spent more than $10,000 to defend her seat.

As of June 30, Prola reported $3,849.55 in his campaign account and a campaign debt of $8,000. Recent expenditures include $4,254.87 to Handled With Care for campaign mailings, $2,772.98 to Alliance Campaign Strategies for campaign consulting, $2,469.60 to Autumn Press for campaign literature, and $1,903.65 to Ken Pon for campaign consulting.

Recent contributions to Prola's campaign include $500 from AFSCME Local 2428 and $250 from Teamsters Local 853.

Hermy Almonte, who campaigned for the District 6 City Council seat, reported an expenditure of $400 to Vo's Vietnamese Restaurant. As of June 30, 2008, Almonte reported a zero campaign account balance with an outstanding campaign debt of $2,631.72.

District 6 candidates Clemons and Wafaa Aborashed had not submitted their campaign disclosures by the July 31, 2008, deadline. Mark Tichy stated that he would not spend or raise more than $1,000 and was exempt from campaign finance disclosure requirements.

In District 2, Reed reported a campaign account balance $2,271 as of June 30. Reed listed no recent expenditures and a recent contribution of $500 from John Gooding of the Quadric Group.

Perry reported spending $6,810.18 from January to June 30, 2008, and ended with a campaign balance of $1,009.82. Perry listed an expenditure of $264 for a print ad in the San Leandro Times. There were no recent campaign contributions and Perry reported an outstanding campaign debt of $6,250.

Gilcrest did not submit his campaign disclosures by the July 31, 2008, deadline.

In District 4, Starosciak reported a campaign account balance of $21,278 as of June 30, 2008. Starosciak spent $10,600 from January through June 30, 2008, including $1,000 to Luke's Grill for a fundraiser and $911 to herself for postage and campaign paraphernalia.

Recent contributions to Starosciak's campaign included $750 from Operating Engineers Local 3, $500 from Teamsters Local 853, $500 from the Teamster DRIVE Committee, $500 from Sheet Metal Workers Local 104, and $500 from Madison Marquette, the owners of Bayfair Center.

Filipovich, Starosciak's opponent stated that he would not raise nor spend more than $1,000 and was exempt from campaign finance disclosure requirements. Filipovich is running for the California State Assembly and for a seat on the Board of the Oro Loma Sanitary District in the November 2008 election.

Other City Council members who did not run for election in June 2008 but still have open campaign committees are also required to file disclosures.

Mayor Tony Santos reported a campaign account balance of $5,415 as of June 30, 2008, and an outstanding campaign debt of $25,084. Santos reported a contribution of $1,000 from the Rental Housing Owners Association of Southern Alameda County. Expenditures included $300 for the Alameda Labor Council Awards dinner and $100 to San Leandro Teachers Advocating New Directions (STAND).

Councilmember Michael Gregory reported no campaign activity. As of June 30, 2008, Gregory had $1,613 in his campaign account and an outstanding debt of $7,222.94.

Councilmember Surlene Grant reported expenditures of $500 to Barbara Lee for Congress and $200 to Black Elected Officials of the East Bay. Grant ended June 30, 2008, with a campaign account balance of $1,328.07. Grant reported no contributions.

Former Mayor Shelia Young had a campaign account balance of $9,989 as of June 30, 2008, and reported expenditures of $135 to PACE, and contributions of $300 to Davis Street Family Resource Center, $200 to United Parents of San Leandro High School and $100 each to San Leandro Boys & Girls Club and San Leandro Players. Young reported no contributions.

Councilmember Bill Stephens ended June 30, 2008, with a campaign account balance of $2,707.42. Expenditures included a contribution of $200 to the San Leandro Boys & Girls Club, a $150 contribution to Martin C. Kauffman 100 Club of Alameda County and $125 for an office expense to the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce.

See below for the original documents:

Recipient Committe Campaign Statements:

Jim Prola
Hermy Almonte
Ursula Reed
Linda Perry
Joyce Starosciak

Tony Santos
Michael Gregory
Bill Stephens
Surlene Grant
Shelia Young

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at August 2, 2008 8:21 AM | TrackBack
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