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Fundraising numbers for school board races

They don’t generate the big-time bucks that your average race for city council does, but school board candidates have to report their financial dealings as well.

Something to note: Candidates who anticipate they will both raise and spend less than $1,000 in a calendar year are allowed to file a shorter form, known as “Form 470,” in which they do not have to detail expenses and contributions.

The numbers are for this year through Sept. 30.

Lafayette School District

  • Art Kapoor (i): $1,000 in contributions all from himself, $1,000 cash on hand and $703 in outstanding debts
  • Teresa Gerringer (i): Said she filed Form 470
  • David Gerson: $1,000 in contributions (plus a $1,000 personal loan), $2,000 cash on hand and $995.16 in outstanding debts
  • Berch Parker: $475 in contributions, $475 cash on hand and $975 in outstanding debts
  • Saveth Soun: Did not file Form 460 by the Oct. 5 deadline. Soun has not yet responded to an e-mail regarding whether she filed another form.

Orinda Union School District

  • Sarah Butler: Said she filed Form 470.
  • Tyson Krumholz: $550 in contributions, $219.94 in expenditures, $330.06 cash on hand, and $509 in outstanding debts
  • Julie Rossiter: $2,210 in contributions (plus a $1,200 personal loan), $2,593.29 in expenditures, $816.71 cash on hand and $40 in outstanding debts
  • Christopher Severson: Said he filed Form 470.
  • Bekki Van Voorhis-Gilbert: Did not file by the Oct. 5 deadline. She said in an e-mail she was at Point Reyes from Oct. 5 to Oct. 7 for her daughter’s field trip, then broke a bone in her foot and had to have it set Friday, and with county offices closed for Columbus Day planned to file today. Her mid-year filing shows that as of June 30 she had received $4,985 in contributions, made $2,556 in expenditures and had $2,429 cash on hand.

Posted on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
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FAIR endorses Bob Jungbluth for MOFD board

Not exactly a surprise, but FAIR today officially endorsed Bob Jungbluth in the race for the Moraga-Orinda Fire District Board of Directors seat from Division 4.

Jungbluth is running against incumbent John Wyro, who has been on the board for most of its 13-year history.

That fact was not lost on FAIR, which in its endorsement said there have been relatively few elections in the district’s history and change is needed on the board.

“Bob is not ‘FAIR’s candidate’ for the board … but we have spoken with him and we think he is willing to question how MOFD is operated and do what is best for the citizens and taxpayers of Orinda and the rest of the district also,” the group said in a statement.

Jungbluth ran for Orinda City Council in 2006 and is currently and Orinda planning commissioner.

Posted on Friday, October 8th, 2010
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Moraga candidates forum online

Courtesy of the good people at the Lamorinda Weekly. Lots of small videos instead of one long one. Find them here.

Posted on Thursday, October 7th, 2010
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Reilly leads Lafayette money race

Traci Reilly has raised the most money in the race for Lafayette City Council, according to campaign reports filed with the city on Tuesday, followed by Don Tatzin. Reilly, Tatzin and Brandt Andersson all have significantly out-raised Dino Riggio. Here’s how the numbers break down (they’re for this calendar year through Sept. 30):

  • Brandt Andersson (i) — $4,220 in contributions plus a $500 personal loan, $2093.16 in expenses and $2,626.84 cash in hand.
  • Traci Reilly — $7,674 in contributions plus a $750 personal loan, 6,950.03 in expenses and $1,473.97 in cash on hand
  • Dino Riggio — $849 in contributions plus a $3,500 personal loan, $2,466.59 in expenses and $4,349 cash in hand.
  • Don Tatzin (i) — $6,674 in contributions plus a $1,000 personal loan, $2,198.49 in expenses and $5,475.51 cash on hand

Posted on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
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Lafayette candidates’ forum notes

Few real surprises in last night’s Lafayette candidates’ forum, sponsored by the Lafayette Homeowner’s Council. Attendees (a big enough crowd to force organizers to move everybody to a larger room) were treated to a point/counterpoint presentation on Proposition 22, speeches from school board and council candidates and a question-and-answer session with each group of participants.

Common theme of the night? “Sorry for the OSHA violation,” repeated multiple times by Homeowners Council President Marie Blits, referring to the power cords leading to the rudimentary podium from which candidates spoke.

Each council candidate had the podium to themselves for 10 minutes while the others sat outside. The candidates then fielded questions from the audience as a group.

The candidates stuck to the familiar script. Like incumbents do, Brandt Andersson and Don Tatzin ticked off the recent accomplishments of the council, saying the board has been doing a good job and thus making the case for their re-election. And like challengers do, Traci Reilly and Dino Riggio spent their time making the case that the current council has underperformed, and they are the ones who can bring about change.

“I’ve been on the council for 25 years and I’ve helped bring around many of these improvements and I’m proud of that record,” Tatzin said after listing the number of changes in Lafayette since the mid-80s like downtown development and the library.

Noting the council has also dealt with an unforeseen financial crisis, Andersson said, “In the next four yers we need people who can deal with those issues that we don’t know about yet.”

With many homeowners association members in the audience, Reilly found a crowd receptive to her opposition to the downtown specific plan and the recent charter city/property transfer tax proposal. The council, she said, has forged ahead on these issues despite the community’s opposition.

“I will bring fiscal restraint and insist on thoughtful growth,” she said.

Riggio, while offering few policy specifics, emphasized that, at 29 and as an Acalanes High alum, he represented the next generation of Lafayette leadership and a new voice on a council that has become “entrenched.”

“The term ‘different perspective’ always gets thrown around, but essentially that’s what it is,” he said. “It’s not the repetition that we’re used to.”

Reilly probably thought she had landed a joke when the audience laughed when she said she was the only council candidate with a child in grades K-11. But the crowd was likely still thinking about a comment by Andersson, who spoke just before Reilly while she was out of the room. Referring to Reilly’s statement (which is on her campaign flier), Andersson said her exclusion of 12th grade was not because the high school district had made some dramatic changes but because he currently has a daughter who is a high school senior.

More levity: After Blits introduced Riggio essentially with Riggio’s campaign slogan, calling him the next generation of leadership, Tatzin said, “I guess that means I’m the older generation of candidate. I’m still actually the second youngest member of the City Council.”

Most specific audience question of the night award: What are each of the candidates going to do about the stoplight at Pleasant Hill Road and RohrerCondit(???) (Could have sworn questioner said Rohrer, but since the two streets aren’t anywhere near each other that can’t be. Anyone hear more clearly than I?)

Most relevant question of the night: Do you believe the city is run as efficiently as possible? Reponses:

Tatzin: The council has periodically asked a volunteer group of residents who are financial experts to review the city’s budget and the council implemented most of their recommendations. Council subcommittee will also present recommendations for dealing with long-term budget gap soon.

Andersson: The city staff provides services that the residents demand, but if large projects die down and if planning applications decrease, the city may have to re-evaluate the city’s engineering and planning staff levels.

Reilly: The city added staff for projects (Veterans hall, library) that are now complete, so “I do think it would be a reasonable thing to look at staffing levels.” It was “insulting” that city staff received raises during the recession. (Reilly was referring to a roughly seven percent average raise city employees received in 2009. The employees have agreed to freeze wages as part of their current contract).

Riggio: City’s long-term projections may be off. It also may be a good time to take another look at the peer cities used to set salary rates. “No, I don’t think (the city is) being run as it could be.”

For more info on the school board candidates, here’s my election story posted yesterday afternoon. Also, keep an eye out for school board candidate profiles next week.

Posted on Friday, October 1st, 2010
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