February 2, 2010

Unions Dominate Early Political Contributions for 2010 Mayoral Race

With the date of the 2010 election set for November, the candidates are in full fundraising mode. San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos took full advantage of the power of incumbency, raising $20,000 during the second half of 2009. Similarly, Councilmember Joyce Starosciak transferred $21,589 from her City Council campaign account to her mayoral campaign account.

Semi-annual campaign statements for active campaign accounts were due February 1, 2010, and are summarized below.

Santos' first fundraiser last year contributed significantly to the $24,628 reported in his account at the end of 2009. Contributions included $2,500 each from the Sheet Metal Workers Union, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Operating Engineers Local 3, and Electrical Workers Local 595. Santos also received $1,500 from the Teamster DRIVE committee, $1,000 from the District Council of Iron Workers, and $500 each from former Councilmember Kent Myers, Galvan and Associates, Robert Molinaro of Pleasanton Garbage, Batarse Family Trust (Anthony Batarse owns auto dealerships), and UA Local 342. Galvan and Associates is the lobbying firm owned by former San Leandro Councilmember Gordon Galvan. This does not include contributions from a fundraiser held on January 26 at The Vo's Restaurant.

District 5 City Council candidate and recent Human Services Commission appointee Corina Lopez contributed $250, former California Assemblyman and current lobbyist Johan Klehs contributed $250 and Hayward Councilmember Bill Quirk contributed $100.

Santos' only expense was $300 for an Alameda County Labor Council fundraiser.

The previous campaign statement for the Santos campaign listed $27,500 in campaign debt, but no campaign debt was reported on this statement nor is there any indication that it was paid off.

Santos' Campaign Statement for July 1 to December 31, 2009.


Starosciak reported campaign funds of $13,675 at the end of 2009 and no campaign debt. Significant contributions included $1,000 from the Economic Development Alliance, $500 from Tom Dlugosh, a retired member of the Sentinels, $500 from contractor Jim Hussey, $500 from Milledge Hart, a retired resident of Dallas, Texas, and $500 from Creekside Partners. The Economic Development Alliance seems to be a political action committee funded by Indian gaming interests and corporations. Galvan and Associates contributed $250, half of what was contributed to Santos' campaign. District 4 Human Services Commissioner Amada Robles contributed $100. This does not include contributions from a fundraiser recently held in southern California.

Starosciak's largest expense was $10,017 to Tramutola for campaign consulting, followed by $3,857 to Printopro for campaign literature, and $642 to In & Out Printing for campaign literature.

Starosciak's Campaign Statement for July 1 to December 31, 2009.


Former San Leandro School Board member Stephen Cassidy reported $5,053 at the end of 2009 with $1,270 in campaign debt. Contributions included $1,000 from fellow attorney Robert Lieff, $750 from retired couple Phyllis and Steven Gee, and $500 from former California State Controller Steve Westly, a venture capitalist.

Cassidy's biggest expense was $1,051 to Autumn Press for campaign literature.

Cassidy's Campaign Statement for July 1 to December 31, 2009.


San Leandro School Board member Pauline Cutter reported $3,696 at the end of 2009 with no campaign debt. Most of her funds came from the $1,649 transferred from her School Board campaign committee. Significant contributions included $500 from Steamfitters Local 342, $250 from Jennifer Heystek and former School Board member Louis Heystek, and $100 from current School Board member Carmen Sullivan. Cutter has a fundraiser scheduled for February 4, 2010, at Zocalo Coffeehouse.

Cutter's sole expense was $246 to In & Out Printing for campaign literature.

Cutter's Campaign Statement for July 1 to December 31, 2009.


Corina Lopez, Cutter's only opponent so far for the District 5 seat, hadn't raised any money by the end of last year.

Councilmember Bill Stephens, who will be termed out this year, contributed $100 to the San Leandro Scholarship foundation, but raised no money last year. Stephens had $2,014 in his campaign account at the end 2009 and no campaign debt.

Stephens' Campaign Statement for July 1 to December 31, 2009.


District 1 Councilmember Michael Gregory, who will seek re-election in 2010, didn't spend or raise any money during 2009. Gregory had $1,613 in his campaign account and $7,222 in outstanding campaign debt.

Gregory's Campaign Statement for July 1 to December 31, 2009.


District 3 Councilmember Diana Souza, who will also seek re-election in 2010, doesn't have a active campaign account.

District 2 Councilmember Ursula Reed had no expenses and raised no money during 2009 and ended the reporting period with no campaign debt and an empty campaign account.

Reed's Campaign Statement for July 1 to December 31, 2009.


Former Councilmember Surlene Grant contributed the remaining $272 of her campaign account to the Stephanie Brown Cadet Foundation in Redwood City. Grant did not raise any money and had no money in her account at the end of 2009. Grant was termed out of office in 2008 and was succeeded by Ursula Reed.

Grant's Campaign Statement for July 1 to December 31, 2009.


Former District 2 City Council candidate Linda Perry had no expenses and raised no money during 2009. Perry ended the reporting period with $1,542 in her campaign account and $11,250 in campaign debt.

Perry's Campaign Statement for July 1 to December 31, 2009.


The financial statement for former City Council candidate Charles Gilcrest was not available as of February 2, 2010, but City officials expected to receive it soon.

District 6 City Councilmember Jim Prola reported $234 in unitemized expenses in the last half of 2009. Prola raised no money and as of December 31, 2009, had $4,403 in his campaign account and $4,000 in outstanding debt.

Prola's Campaign Statement for July 1 to December 31, 2009.


Campaign statements from former District 6 City Council candidates Estelle Clemons and Wafaa Aborashed were not available as of February 2, 2010, but were expected soon.

Former Mayor Shelia Young, who has been mentioned as a potential candidate for San Leandro Mayor, Alameda County Supervisor, and Oro Loma Sanitary District, did not raise any money in all of 2009. Young contributed $250 to the Chabot College Foundation and $90 to the Political Action Committee for Excellence, a women's political organization. As of December 31, 2009, Young had $8,324 in her campaign account and no campaign debt.

Young's Campaign Statement for July 1 to December 31, 2009.

Update: Corrected to show that Cutter is not yet a former School Board member.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at February 2, 2010 3:23 PM | TrackBack
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Mike, thanks for posting the reports. It should be noted, however, that Pauline Cutter is not yet a "former" member of the School Board. Pauline has been on the Board for 12 years.

Posted by: Louis Heystek at February 3, 2010 9:56 AM

Louis,

I guess I got carried away after summarizing Stephen Cassidy's information. And as long as we're being detail-oriented, Pauline has been on the Board for 11 years and 2 months - not 12 years. :-)

Posted by: Mike Katz-Lacabe at February 3, 2010 3:35 PM

Why does Starosciak have to get money from Southern California, doesnt anyone in Northern California, specifically San Leandro want to help her?

Posted by: Mike at February 3, 2010 4:30 PM

If you're referring to Starosciak's fundraiser in Southern California, Tim Wendler, a classmate of hers from Harvey Mudd College, threw her a fundraiser. You can see the listing here: http://www.pasadenademocrats.com/node/view/1802. This picture shows Starosciak third from the right and Wendler on the far right: http://www.pasadenademocrats.com/images/HopkinsMooreBlueStarosciakWongWendler.JPG According to campaign finance records, Wendler gave $100 to Starosciak for her first city council campaign in May 2004.

Posted by: Mike Katz-Lacabe at February 5, 2010 2:03 AM
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