February 4, 2009

More Than $100,000 Spent by San Leandro City Council Candidates in 2008 Elections

According to financial disclosures filed on February 2, 2009, San Leandro City Council candidates spent more than $100,000 in the June 2008 and November 2008 elections. The most expensive individual campaign was waged by Jim Prola, winner of the District 6 San Leandro City Council seat. None of the races, however, were as expensive as those waged in 2004 for the District 4 seat by Joyce Starosciak and Mike Mahoney or in 2006 during the race for Mayor between Tony Santos and Orval "OB" Badger.

Ursula Reed, winner of the race for the District 2 San Leandro City Council seat, spent $32,138 during the campaign, nearly double the $16,566 spent by former School Board member Linda Perry. Reed spent about $3,000 less than Prola, who secured the District 6 City Council seat in the June 2008 election. Reed and Perry faced a run-off election in November after none of the candidates secured more than 50% of the vote in the June election.

Reed's campaign raised a total of $8,357 between October 19 and December 31, 2008, including $2,500 from The Sentinels, $1,000 from the PAC Political Action Committee, $500 each from UA Local 342 PAC, Sheet Metal Workers, and Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, and $250 each from the Central Labor Council of Alameda County Solidarity PAC, Teamsters 853, and Waste Management. Reed's campaign raised a total of $37,773 for the entire campaign and has $4,500 in outstanding debts.

Reed's expenses included $8,124 to Pacific Print Resources for campaign literature and mailing, $6,767 to The Next Generation, a campaign consulting firm run by EBMUD Director Doug Linney, and $460 to Mikko Design for campaign literature.

As of December 31, 2008, Reed had $5,635 in her campaign account.

Click here to download Reed's latest financial disclosure.

Linda Perry raised $745 between October 19 and December 31, 2008, and a total of $18,109 during the campaign. Contributions to Perry's campaign included $200 from Harold Kitzmann and $545 in contributions of less than $100 each.

Perry's campaign spent $4,189 for postage with Handled with Care Mailing Services, $740 for campaign signs from BelAire Displays, and $1,315 for campaign literature with In & Out Printing.

As of December 31, 2008, Perry had $1,542.48 in her campaign account and $11,250 in outstanding debt.

Click here to download Perry's latest financial disclosure.

Charles Gilcrest had not filed his semi-annual financial disclosure as of February 3, 2009

The Yes for Public Safety Campaign, which was formed to pass Measures RR, SS, and TT, reported $6,550 in contributions between October 19 and December 31, 2008. Measures RR and SS to revise the utility users tax and convert the 911 fee into a tax both passed, but Measure TT, a public safety parcel tax, failed to get the 66.7% approval needed for passage. Contributions included $3,000 from the Peace Officers Research Association, $1,000 from Meyers Nave, the City of San Leandro's law firm, $1,000 from the Alameda County Firefighters Association, $1,000 from The Sentinels, $250 from Jayne Williams, the attorney for the City of San Leandro, $200 from then Police Captain Ian Willis, and $100 from Carolyn Knudtson, the Recreation Director for the City of San Leandro.

Yes for Public Safety's expenses included $4,110 to Gilcrest Campaign Management for campaign consulting, $3,195 to Autumn Press for a mailer, $1,522 to BelAire Displays for lawn signs, $2,632 to Handled with Care Mailing Services for mailings, and $1,106 for a full-page ad in the San Leandro Times.

As of December 31, 2008, there was no money in the campaign account for Yes for Public Safety.

Click here to download Yes for Public Safety's latest financial disclosure.

District 6 Councilmember Jim Prola raised $5,200 between July 1 and December 31, 2008, to help pay down his debt from the June 2008 election. Prola's contributions included $1,000 each from the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, Electrical Workers Local 595 PAC, and UA Local 342 PAC fund, $500 each from Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 and the Peace Officers Research Association, $250 each from UFCW Local 5, Gordon Galvan, and Pacific Gas & Electric, and $100 from former San Leandro School Board member Ray Davis.

Prola's expenses included $4,000 to pay off loans he made to his campaign, $290 to Ken Pon for professional services and a $250 contribution to United Democratic Campaign of Alameda County.

As of December 31, 2008, Prola had $4,434.55 in his campaign account and $4,000 in outstanding loans.

Click here to download Prola's latest financial disclosure.

District 6 candidates Estelle Clemons, Hermy Almonte, and Wafaa Aborashed had not filed their semi-annual financial disclosures as of February 3, 2009. Mark Tichy did not plan to raise or spend more than $1,000 and is not required to file financial disclosures.

District 4 Councilmember Joyce Starosciak raised $396 between July 1 and December 31, 2008. The filing didn't include any information about the contributions, but expenses of $1,127 included $200 to Dennis Hayashi's campaign for Superior Court Judge, $150 to Christine Wise for professional services, and $100 each to Joan Buchanan's Assembly campaign, the San Leandro Public Library, and the Fund for Union Democracy.

As of December 31, 2008, Starosciak had $20,547 in her campaign account and no outstanding loans.

Click here to download Starosciak's latest financial disclosure.

District 4 candidate Lou Filipovich did not plan to raise or spend more than $1,000 and is not required to file financial disclosures.

Mayor Tony Santos report no contributions during the reporting period. Expenses consisted of a $2,500 loan to campaign consultant Charles Gilcrest, which will be used for a fundraising event later in 2009. As of December 31, 2008, Santos had $2,915 in his campaign account and $25,084 in outstanding debts.

Click here to download Santos' latest financial disclosure.

District 5 Councilmember Bill Stephens reported almost no activity during the reporting period and had $2,632.42 in his campaign account as of December 31, 2008.

Click here to download Stephens' latest financial disclosure.

District 1 Councilmember Michael Gregory reported no activity during the reporting period and had $1,613.45 in his campaign account as of December 31, 2008, with $7,222.94 in outstanding loans.

Click here to download Gregory's latest financial disclosure.

Former District 2 Councilmember Surlene Grant reported no contributions during the reporting period. Expenses included $500 to the Mandela Wist Training Center in Oakland and $200 to the "Adopt-a-Family" program. As of December 31, 2008, Grant had $592.07 in her campaign account and no outstanding loans.

Click here to download Grant's latest financial disclosure.

Former Mayor Shelia Young also reported no contributions during the reporting period. Expenses included $200 to Jerry Hill for State Assembly and $100 each to Ursula Reed's campaign, Tim Sbranti for Mayor, the Carolena Foundation, Calico Center, and Davis Street Family Resource Center. As of December 31, 2008, Young had $9,239 in her campaign account and no outstanding loans.

Click here to download Young's latest financial disclosure.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at February 4, 2009 7:01 AM | TrackBack
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