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Haskew Leads Fundraising Efforts In Campaign's Final Days

Loella Haskew leads the candidate pack in fundraising, followed by incumbent Bob Simmons.

(Update: this story now contains information from the Walnut Creek Police Officers Association PAC).

 In the final days of the Walnut Creek City Council race, there are two candidates who have raised the most money so far – retired CPA Loella Haskew is on top with $34,830 in cash and loans, followed by incumbent Bob Simmons with $30,275 in cash and loans. Haskew has spent a total of $27,147 as of the end of the last reporting period, while Simmons spent $23,739.

Among the large donors to Haskew is homemaker Sandra Seeno, Allied Waste Services and CPA Doug Regalia, all of whom donated $160 each to her campaign.

Simmons received $160 donations from the Walnut Creek Employees Association, BART Director Gail Murray, Concord realtor Terrylynne Fisher and retiree Mary Ann Hruska.

Contra Costa County assistant district attorney Barry Grove has raised a total of $17,886 and spent $13,430 as of the last reporting period. Among his $160 contributors are Walnut Creek Employees Association, the Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, California Real Estate PAC, and homemaker Naomi Murphy.

Entrepreneur Justin Wedel raised a total of $12,233 and spent a total of $7376 by the last reporting period. His $160 contributors include Brian Hirahara, owner of BH Development and Bechtel engineer James Murray of Walnut Creek.

The Walnut Creek Police Officers Association PAC raised a total of $20,377, and spent $26,011 (there was cash left over from previous years). Of that, $20,953 went for campaign flyers, signs and other material for Grove, and $2,824 went to Simmons. 

The Walnut Creek PAC raised a total of $5,950, and spent a total of $1,471. Among the $1,500 donors to this PAC were BH Development owner Brian Hirahara, Livermore rental supply owner Westin Cook, real estate developer Steven Cortese, and real estate broker Edward Del Beccaro.

The PAC donated $160 each to the campaigns of Simmons, Wedel and Haskew.

See each candidate’s 460 forms for a complete list of cash donations, expenditures and donors.

JM Hogan November 01, 2012 at 04:41 PM
We received a flyer yesterday for Simmons and Haskew which was from Citizens for a Better Walnut Creek, or something like that (don't have it in front of me). Is this a new PAC?
SR November 01, 2012 at 05:09 PM
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/05/04/18712877.php Nice to see Ms. Haskew is getting donations from the Seeno family. With all the federal indictments one would think they'd save their money for a legal defensive in their upcoming federal trial.
SR November 01, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Citizens for a Strong and Vibrant Walnut Creek is the new library and arts Political Action Committee. They are spending a bunch of money but you won't know who is behind them until after the election due to filing deadlines. Basically they are trying to counter any influence from the police and direct more money to the library and arts. With Measure Q expiring in a year this is the first step toward persuading people more tax dollars need to be spent paying county library employees at the expense of police services like traffic enforcement and school resource officers. It is such a terrible argument that they are in desperate need of political messaging and spin to help sway public opinion. Save the money and put it to a vote.
Julie Jepsen-Grant November 01, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Thank you, Mr. Joe Caroompas, for this story. Hey you are into music, right? Remember the song by the Temptations titled Ball of Confusion. (I think it is from the 60's.) I love the line "Politicians say more taxes will solve everything, and the band played on." Are you WC Patch's new editor? If so, welcome!
No New Taxes! November 01, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Please vote against Loella Haskew-the only candidate advocating higher taxes for Walnut Creek residents. Also ignore Citizens for a Strong and Vibrant Walnut Creek. The sole purpose of this shadowy group is to promote a tax increase to fund library operations despite past pledges it would be self-sufficient. No new taxes this election!
One more time with feeling November 02, 2012 at 06:18 PM
"No New Taxes!" I agree. Rather than creating/funding a POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (PAC) to push the political agenda of forcing City tax revenue pay for the Contra Costa County Library downtown Walnut Creek Branch (and Arts), one would expect that expending such an effort into getting the Library Foundation's endowment going would be more appropriate. http://walnut-creek.org/faqs/categoryqna.asp?id=32#467 Perhaps some folks think it is easier fool voters and roll the politicians into funding the grossly under planned funding requirement. A local PAC would not be able to raise enough money to support any sort of endowment - but I would expect those who fund the PAC are the same ones who misguidedly support the Library. And I am not anti-Library. I am anti-overspending. Our City does not have a revenue problem - we have a spending problem.
I wonder November 05, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Loella Haskew, Littering the state property along the 680 off-ramp at Ygnacio with campaign signs is a violation of state law and Walnut Creek's election rules.
michael frederick November 05, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I think the headline is a bit misleading, as it suggests a ground-swell of WC resident support for Ms. Haskew. It's as misleading as her carpet-bombing with yard-signs of public property -- an activity that has extended beyond the city limits into the county! In actuality, Simmons raised more $$$ -- Ms. Haskew's kitty just appears larger because she loaned herself more $ than people contributed to her. Once you get past this, you need to consider that exactly half of the monetary contributions come from OUTSIDE Walnut Creek: What is being offered and sold abroad, I have no idea. However, it is bothersome that a WC candidate has such poor judgment that they'd think listing Seeno as support is worth $160 in-hand! This leaves 71 WC contributors; sing along, please: Silva, Regalia, Hicks, Rainey, Ceaser, Brian Hirahara (BH), Lyn Hirahara, Merle Hall (Hall Equities), Bonnie Hall, Gary Fisher, Susie Fisher, Michael White, Peggy White, Bob Brittain, Cindy Brittain ... and a whole bunch of other Art and Library Club members. The Chamber of Commerce debate sparked comment on Patch from ONE WC resident: Ralph Hoffman. The election of Ms. Haskew, contrary to the inference above, only ensures that even Ralph will no longer be able to stomach the proceedings: One interested resident is one to many, apparently. And so, incumbents will retain the freedom to exercise their mandate -- to govern via the name recognition that comes from littering mailboxes and the counrtyside.
Jojo Potato November 06, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Cindy Silva came to my house yesterday afternoon with a flyer for Haskew. When I mentioned to her that I would not be voting for Haskew because she "had the courage to raise taxes", Cindy replied "We can't do that, it needs a vote". I retorted that the library had been voted down 3 times and the city still built it, she threw up her hands and walked away while exclaiming "No you didn't!". I think that Haskew is just a proxy to raise taxes to get Cindy's library operations funded. I wish I had more than one vote to not give her. With the police department going down the tubes I would hope for a more rational allocation of funds.
Steven Mehlman November 06, 2012 at 03:50 AM
It's shocking that we have a bunch of tea party anti-tax people monopolizing the comments on this site. What makes Walnut Creek such a great place to live is the amenities that the City offers. Those amenities, like our great new library, our parks, pools and tennis courts, regional arts center come at a cost. I for one and happy to contribute my share so that our City can continue to maintain and provide these amenities, that increase my property values far beyond the extra tax burden.
michael frederick November 06, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Steven, The "tea party" people you are referring to are called "residents" -- as opposed to land use attorneys ingratiating colleagues / potential clients or partners of Cortese, who dumped $1000 into Walpac to help circumvent WC campaign limits... Are your opinions those of a resident, as you misrepresent them, or just those of a Chamber of Commerce member promoting the party line, to promote his business? Personally, I find people resistant to taxation by an authority which earns Superior Court verdicts of "arbitrary and capricious" much less "shocking" than the unethical misrepresentations of forked-tongues who make a living practicing LAW. I'm sure we'd all be better off without the latter -- I know respect for the LAW would be, also.
Jim November 06, 2012 at 06:44 AM
You are already happily contributing your share. The majority of the city budget goes to the things you described. Take out the 33-35% for police protection and maybe 15% for administration, roads etc and the rest is arts/rec (21%) and the remainder of public services for pools/fields/tennis courts/lighting etc. The library was sold to the public as cost neutral after it was up and running. Now we know it's running about a million dollars to operate and maintain. How much more do you what? $200 per household? $500? $1000? "Fool me once-shame on you. Fool me twice-shame on me"
Julie Jepsen-Grant November 06, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Mr. Mehlman, Everybody and anybody can comment on Patch. Editors aren't selecting which letters they will print. Finally, the Power of the Press doesn't belong to the people who own it! I do have a question for you? Why are property values so much higher in Alamo? They don't have a mega library or arts center. Do they have public pools? Or a skateboard park? Lots of shopping?

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