October 22, 2010

Starosciak Leads Campaign Contributions in Race for Mayor in Latest Period

Once again, San Leandro Councilmember Joyce Starosciak raised $10,780 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 $4,342 and Sara Mestas raised $900. San Leandro's incumbent mayor Tony Santos raised just $600. 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 11 days until the election, Starosciak reported $15,868 in her campaign account, followed by Santos with $12,191, Cassidy with $10,473, and Mestas with $1,004.

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 January 31, 2011. From now until the election, any contributions of more than $1,000 are required to be reported within 24 hours. The election will be held on November 2, 2010.

Pre-election campaign statements for active campaign accounts were due October 21, 2010, and are summarized below.



Joyce Starosciak, San Leandro City Councilmember, District 4

Starosciak reported campaign funds of $15,868 at the end of the reporting period and no campaign debt. Significant contributions included:

Contributors to Starosciak's campaign included $600 from three employees of Tramutola, the consulting firm to which she has paid more than $25,000 for campaign consulting. In addition, Side Walk Strategies, a firm with the same address as Tramutola, contributed $500 to her campaign.

Starosciak's largest expense was $3,633 to Adept Printing for campaign paraphernalia, followed by $1,233 to Bruce Gordon of Gordon Commercial Real Estate Services for rental of her campaign office at 1505 E. 14th St., and $600 to Daniel Ziegler for campaign literature.

Starosciak's Campaign Statement for October 1 to October 16, 2010



Stephen Cassidy, former member of the San Leandro School Board

Cassidy had $10,473 at the end of the reporting period with $9,080 in debt. Campaign contributions included:

  • $500 from Sunny Tong, Managing Director of Westlake Development Partners
  • $250 from Veronica Mendoza and Robert Mercer
  • $250 from Nikii Torres-Menasco and Ken Menasco
  • $250 from Robert Caruso
  • $250 from Kevin and Nicky Cassidy

Cassidy's expenses included $4,846 to Autumn Press for mailer printing and lawn sign wires, $3,300 to the San Leandro Times for two ads, and $2,520 to Handle With Care for mailing literature.

Cassidy's Campaign Statement for October 1, 2010 to October 16, 2010.


Tony Santos, Incumbent

Santos' reported $12,191 in his campaign account and $4,700 in campaign debt. Contributions included:

Santos' expenses included $4,922 to Handled With Care for postage and mailing services, $3,297 to Autumn Press for campaign literature, $1,294 to Alliance Campaign Strategies for campaign consulting and automated calls, and $565 to Voter Information Guide for a slate mailer.

Santos' Campaign Statement for October 1 to October 16, 2010


Sara Mestas, Member of the Rent Review Board

Mestas reported $1,004 in her campaign account after raising $900 during the reporting period. Contributions included:

Mestas' treasurer, Alexander Morey, has the same address as Kent Entertainment.

Expenses included $299 to Sign Depot for lawn signs and $185 to Chad Pennebaker for an office.

Mestas' Campaign Statement for October 1 to October 16, 2010

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

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