October 6, 2010

Mayoral Candidate Starosciak Leads Latest Round of Fundraising

Councilmember Joyce Starosciak raised $14,962 during the most recent reporting period, leading the field of candidates for San Leandro Mayor. Former school board member Stephen Cassidy followed with contributions of $10,270, followed by San Leandro's incumbent mayor Tony Santos with $8,899. Sara Mestas raised $785. Lou Filipovich and John Palau are not required to file paperwork because they do not expect to raise or spend more than $1,000.

With less than a month to go, Santos reported the most cash on hand, with $22,954, followed by Cassidy with $18,380, Starosciak with $11,181, and Mestas with $588.

There are no campaign contribution limits in San Leandro, so individuals and businesses may contribute any amount of money to local campaigns. Donations of $99 or less do not have to be itemized, but candidates are required to report the source of any donation of $100 or greater. Future financial statements are due on October 21 in 2010 and January 31, 2011. The election will be held on November 2, 2010.

Semi-annual campaign statements for active campaign accounts were due October 5, 2010, and are summarized below.


Joyce Starosciak, San Leandro City Councilmember, District 4

Starosciak reported campaign funds of $11,181 at the end of September and no campaign debt. Significant contributions included $3,500 from Creekside Associates, $1,000 each from the San Leandro Police Officers Association, government relations-advocacy firm owner Christopher Townsend, and local women's group Political Action Committee for Excellence, $750 from property developer Brandenbury, Staedler & Moore [sic], and $500 each from Thomas Dlugosh, Chang Income Property, Bayfair Center consultant Quadric Group, and 7-11 owner Amarjit Sekhon,

Starosciak's largest expense was $5,032 to Tramutola for campaign consulting, followed by $1,667 to Bruce Gordon of Gordon Commercial Real Estate Services for rental of her campaign office at 1505 E. 14th St., and $1,200 to Belleci Designs for campaign literature.

Starosciak's Campaign Statement for July 1 to September 30, 2010.


Stephen Cassidy, former member of the San Leandro School Board

Cassidy had $18,380 at the end of the reporting period with $9,080 in debt. The campaign received contributions of $590 from property manager John Sullivan, $500 each from Creekside Associates, attorney Joseph Saveri, Charles Ramsey's campaign committee, attorney Melissa Obegi, and Innisfree Ventures .

Cassidy's expenses included $4,575 to Autumn Press for campaign literature and lawn signs, $2,851 to Handle With Care for mailing literature, and $900 to Costco for campaign literature.

Cassidy's Campaign Statement for July 1 to September 30, 2010.


Tony Santos, Incumbent

Santos' contributions included $4,000 from The Sentinels, a $3,700 loan from Santos to his campaign, $1,000 from the Central Labor Council, and $500 each from Alameda County Firefighters Local 55, Marina Mechanical owner James Hussey, Overhead Doors owner Eric Eisfeld, and Creekside Partners.

Santos' expenses included $5,000 to Alliance Campaign Strategies for campaign consulting, $2,500 to Community Outreach Services for various campaign services, $1,716 to Autumn Press for campaign literature, $1,000 to Charles Gilcrest for campaign Consulting, and $934 to Voter Guide Slate Cards for a slate mailer.

Santos' Campaign Statement for July 1 to September 30, 2010.


Sara Mestas, Member of the Rent Review Board

Mestas reported $588 in her campaign account after raising $785 during the reporting period. Contributions included $396 from Mestas to her own campaign and $350 from Round Table Pizza.

Expenses included $370 to Chad Pennebaker for an office, $100 to CVS for gift cards, and $100 to Tasche Cryor for a DJ at a fundraiser.

Mestas' Campaign Statement for July 1 to September 30, 2010.


$53,000 to Campaign Consultants So Far

Campaign consultant Tramutola has received $25,249 from Starosciak's campaign, while Community Outreach Services has received $18,127 from Santos' campaign. Santos also paid $9,000 to Alliance Campaign Strategies and $1,000 to Charles Gilcrest for campaign consulting.

Oakland-based Tramutola also manages campaigns for Alameda County Supervisor-elect Wilma Chan, Alameda County Supervisor candidate Nadia Lockyer, and Oakland mayoral candidate Don Perata. Hayward-based Community Outreach Services is run by Eden Realty owner Tom Silva of San Lorenzo. Alliance Campaign Strategies is run by Alice Lai-Bitker Chief of Staff Shawn Wilson, Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee Vice Chair Royce Kelley, and Angela Ramirez Holmes.

Cassidy's campaign is managed by volunteer Tim Holmes and Mestas is managing her own campaign. Filipovich and Palau are not expected to campaign at all.

Full disclosure: the author, Mike Katz-Lacabe, is on Stephen Cassidy's campaign committee.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at October 6, 2010 3:06 PM | TrackBack
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