San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy was among the Mayors appearing in a video released today by Freedom to Marry. Freedom to Marry is an organization working to "win the freedom to marry" nationwide for same sex couples. The organization announced today that 175 Mayors from 32 different states have signed onto the campaign. Cassidy participated in a press conference while he attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors in January 2012. Other California Mayors appearing the video include Ed Lee from San Francisco, Jerry Sanders from San Diego and Antonio Villaraigosa from Los Angeles.
The latest financial statements from San Leandro's candidates show little activity during the last half of 2011. San Leandro District 4 Councilmember Joyce Starosciak reported the most activity, with payments to four organizations totaling $650.
Starosciak previously 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.
Former San Leandro Mayors Tony Santos and Shelia Young previously closed their campaign accounts, as did Councilmember Diana Souza and formal Mayoral candidate David Anderson.
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 the period from July 1, 2011, to December 31, 2011, were due January 31, 2012, and are summarized below. Reports are not required for candidates that neither raised nor spent more than $1,000.
For her 2016 City Council campaign committee, Starosciak reported $429 in her campaign account at the end of the reporting period.
Starosciak reported no contributions to her campaign.
Starosciak contributed $250 to Anthony Portantino's Congressional Exploratory Committee and $100 each to the San Leandro Police Officers Association, Boys & Girls Club of San Leandro, Building Futures for Women and Children, and Stepping Stones. Anthony Portantino's California Assembly Campaign Committee contributed $500 to Starosciak's Mayoral campaign in 2010. The San Leandro Police Officers Association also contributed $1,000 to Starosciak's campaign in August 2010 and $900 to previous campaigns.
Cassidy reported an ending cash balance of $155 with $1,380 in campaign debt. The sole contribution was $250 that Cassidy loaned his campaign.
Cassidy's sole expense was a $150 to the United Democratic Campaign of Alameda County.
Mestas had not filed a campaign statement at the time
District 1 Councilmember Michael Gregory reported $323.53 in his campaign account and $19,781.26 in debt. Gregory's only campaign account activity was an expense of $50 to the San Leandro Downtown Association for office expenses.
District 2 Councilmember Ursula Reed reported no cash in her campaign account, no debt, and no campaign account activity.
Reed's declared opponent Chris Crow reported $787.55 in his campaign account and $500 in debt.
Crow's contributions included a $500 loan from himself to his campaign and $100 contributions from Ronald Crow, J&D Painting Company, and David Jagoda.
Former District 2 City Council candidate Linda Perry reported $1,542.48 in her campaign account and $11,250 in debt. No other campaign account activity was reported.
District 5 Councilmember Pauline Cutter reported $981.65 in her campaign account and no campaign debt. Cutter reported a $100 contribution to Wilma Chan's Supervisor campaign and $75 to the Alameda Building Trades Council for a meeting.
Former District 5 City Council candidate Corina Lopez reported $161 in her campaign account and no debt. No other campaign account activity was reported. Lopez subsequently noted that the campaign still had $23,503 in debt and would be filing an amended statement.
District 6 Councilmember Jim Prola reported $3,778.45 in his campaign account with $4,000 in outstanding debt. Except for a $50 contribution, no other account activity was reported.
The next election for San Leandro City Council is November 6, 2012, unless the City Council . Although the information is not yet posted on the City of San Leandro web site, the candidate nomination period for the November 6, 2012 election is expected to begin on July 16 and end on August 10, 2010.
Reed faces re-election for the District 2 seat against opponent Chris Crow, who was recently removed from the Planning Commission. In District 4, Starosciak is termed out and cannot run for re-election. Benny Lee, who was appointed to the Personnel Relations Board by Mayor Cassidy, is the only person to announce his intention to run for the seat. In District 6, Prola faces re-election, but no opponents have emerged yet.
Update: Updated 2/2 to add Chris Crow's late filing and Lopez' loan correction.