February 8, 2010

Economic Development Alliance and its San Leandro Political Connection

In a recent campaign finance filing for San Leandro mayoral candidate Joyce Starosciak, the Economic Development Alliance was reported to have contributed $1,000 to Starosciak's campaign, her single largest donation in the second half of 2009. The Economic Development Alliance is a Los Angeles-based political action committee. In April 2008, the group contributed $500 to Starosciak when she ran for re-election to the San Leandro City Council. It also contributed $500 to Councilmember Jim Prola's campaign in 2008.

The Economic Development Alliance has no web site. However, you can use its FPPC ID# (1303625) to find it on the California Secretary of State's web site.

According to information from the California Secretary of State, the Economic Development Alliance has raised $89,200 since January 2008, with $30,000 from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, $15,000 from the California Medical Association, $12,000 from Indian gaming tribes, with lesser amounts from Securitas, PG&E, EdVoice (a proponent of charter schools), Norcal Mutual Insurance, Anthem Blue Cross, and Dentists Insurance Company.

Of the $59,950 it has spent since its inception, $49,575 (83%) went to support the election of Dennis Hayashi to Alameda County Superior Court Judge. Hayashi is the husband of California State Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, who was elected in 2006 and represents San Leandro. Prola and Starosciak, who received contributions from the Economic Development Alliance, were both endorsed by Mary Hayashi during their campaigns. Other candidates who have received contributions from the group, Francisco Zermeño, Nadia Lockyer, Jean Quan, and Marvin Peixoto, have all been endorsed by Hayashi during their campaigns.

The phone number and address for the group, lead to the Los Angeles company David L. Gould Company, an organization that performs political finance, reporting and consulting services.

According to the David Gould Company, the Economic Development Alliance was formed in January 2008 and its principal is Afton Kobayashi. The purpose of the group is "Voter education and awareness." Kobayashi is the Director of the
Iris Alliance Fund, a mental health foundation founded by Mary Hayashi.

Click here for a complete list (in Excel format) of expenditures and income for Economic Development Alliance.

In future articles, San Leandro Bytes will look more closely at other political contributors.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at February 8, 2010 10:51 PM | TrackBack

It's good to see who has bought and paid for Joyce. It makes sense now how she would want try to sabotage the Kaiser Hospital with her ridiculous hotel idea, since she's working for a PAC sponsored by Blue Cross. And you can pretty much take it as a given that she'd support nearby Indian Gaming, higher PG&E rates; and WOULD NOT support San Leandro Schools. She's already turned her back on San Leandro public schools by placing her daughter in private school.

Posted by: Frank Lynn at February 12, 2010 10:51 AM

WOW, Joyce is awfully low budget if a whopping $1k contribution can buy her. I too would put my children in private schools in San Leandro if I had any, even if I was in a political office here. Its just a fact the schools are a little ghetto and rough in SL and the middle school and high school are low scoring in achievement tests compared to the better suburbs. Lets be real, they really are not "the best" in the Bay Area and Joyce is not on the School Board after all.

Posted by: Barry at February 12, 2010 9:59 PM

Joyce *is* low-budget; and I wouldn't put my children in San Leandro schools either--which is why I moved out of town. But it's interesting that most local politicos such as Michael Faggory, Joyce, OB Badger--put their kids in private school while paying lip service to supporting public schools.

Posted by: Frank at February 14, 2010 10:15 PM

Mike, thanks so much for your detailed reporting. Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Jeff H. at February 20, 2010 10:20 PM

I object to the use of the term "Faggory" in place than Gregory. This isn't the first time Frank has done this and I find it disgusting and objectionable.

I ask for a retraction and I ask the moderator to, well, moderate...

Posted by: Tim at October 26, 2010 10:49 AM
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