August 16, 2011

San Leandro Mayoral Candidates Fundraise to Pay Off Debt and for Future Campaigns

The latest financial statements from San Leandro's mayoral candidates show that fundraising continued after the 2010 election as candidates tried to pay off campaign debt, usually personal loans that they made to their own campaigns. San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy raised $10,826 during the period from January 1 to June 30, 2011. Former Mayoral candidate Joyce Starosciak raised $6,649 and paid off a $5,000 loan that her company Starotech made on December 28, 2010. Former Mayoral candidate Tony Santos raised $2,202 and closed his campaign account.

Starosciak also closed her Mayoral campaign account and transferred all of its remaining funds to a campaign account for City Council in 2016. Starosciak will be termed out in 2012, but will be eligible to run for the same seat in 2016, just as Santos did in 2000, when he ran for a third term.

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 more.

Semi-annual campaign statements for active campaign accounts were due August 1, 2011, and are summarized below. Reports from Lou Filipovich and John Palau were not required since neither candidate raised nor spent more than $1,000.

Joyce Starosciak

For her City Council 2016 campaign committee, Starosciak reported $1,119 in her campaign account at the end of the reporting period.

Significant contributions to her City Council 2016 campaign committee included $300 from Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 and a $900 transfer from her Mayoral campaign account. Starosciak also reported $125 in unitemized expenses.

For her Mayoral campaign committee, Starosciak reported no money in her campaign account and $5,000 in outstanding debt from a loan from her company Starotech.

Significant contributions to her Mayoral campaign committee included:

  • $500 from EF Communities, a local developer

  • $500 from the San Leandro Police Officers Association

  • $200 from Teamsters # 853

  • $200 from Michael Pretto

  • $200 from Windsor Partners

  • $200 from Hayward Fire Chief Craig Bueno

  • $150 from former San Leandro Councilmember Gordon Galvan

  • $125 from Hayward Councilmember and California Assembly candidate Bill Quirk

  • $100 from Simon and Company, the lobbyist for the City of San Leandro

  • $100 from Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley's campaign account

  • $100 from former San Leandro Police Chief Joe Kitchen

  • $100 from San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy's campaign account

  • $100 from Shelia Young for Mayor 2014, a campaign account

  • $100 from Isabel Polvorosa's San Lorenzo School Board campaign account

  • $100 from former San Leandro Councilmember Johan Klehs

  • $100 from former San Leandro District 5 City Council candidate Corina Lopez' campaign account

Significant expenses included:

  • $900 transfer to Joyce Starosciak City Council 2016, a campaign committee

  • $750 to Christine Wise for professional services

  • $500 to Mon Cafe for a fundraiser on January 13, 2011

Starosciak's City Council 2016 Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2011
Starosciak's Mayoral Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2011


Tony Santos

Santos reported an ending cash balance of $0 at the end of the period and has terminated his campaign account. Significant contributions included $1,400 from consultant Charles Gilcrest and an $802 from himself.

No expenses were reported, but a loan of $2,600 from Charles Gilcrest and a $3,898 personal loan to his own campaign were reported as forgiven.

Santos' Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2011


Stephen Cassidy

Cassidy reported an ending cash balance of $130 with $1,130 in campaign debt. Significant contributions included:

  • $1,180 from Karma and Willian Denyer, a financial consultant at Charles Schwab

  • $500 from David Irmer of Creekside Associates

  • $500 from Eric Hohmann of Madison Marquette, the company that owns Bayfair Center

  • $500 from John Gooding of the Quadric Group

  • $500 from Louis Pellegrini of Aladdin Properties (previously reported as with Alameda County Industries)

  • $425 from Earl & Charlene Kehret, retired

  • $400 from Brad & Kim Nichols, a mortgage broker at Pret Capital Group

  • $250 from former District 5 City Council Candidate Corina Lopez and Luis Colon of Pinnacle Vista Technology

  • $200 from Anthony Batarse of Lloyd Wise automobile dealerships

  • $100 from Allan and Joyce Starosciak

  • $100 from Dale and Michael Gregory

  • $100 from Hayward Councilmember and Assembly candidate Bill Quirk


Cassidy's expenses included $10,900 to repay a personal loan to his campaign and $100 for a contribution to Starosciak's Mayoral campaign.

Cassidy's Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2011


Sara Mestas

Mestas reported an ending cash balance of $789 with $357.97 in campaign debt. She reported a $658 refund from the City of San Leandro for her candidate statement and a $658 payment to Chad Pennebaker for rent.

Mestas' Campaign Statement for January 1 to June 30, 2011

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