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Loella Haskew Pursues City Council Seat

Retiring CPA takes out nomination papers to run for Walnut Creek council in Nov. 6 election.

Correction: Aug. 1, 2012. Due to an editor's error, the original version of this article cited the wrong committee that Loella Haskew was treasurer for. This version is corrected to name the correct committee: Yes for Walnut Creek.

A fourth candidate has emerged for three four-year seats open on the Walnut Creek City Council.

Loella Haskew, 66, of Dantley Way, is a retiring Certified Public Accountant in downtown Walnut Creek. She took out nomination papers earlier this week from the city clerk's office.

"I respect the values of the people of Walnut Creek and feel that I can reflect them on the City Council," said Haskew in a phone interview Tuesday. "It's going to be a tough couple of years and hopefully we can get out of the economic recession."

Incumbent Gary Skrel has said he is undecided about running again. The nomination period ends Aug. 10, or Aug. 15 if it turns out an incumbent fails to file by Aug. 10.

Haskew served on the Community Blue Ribbon Task Force on Fiscal Health that last winter recommended structural changes in Walnut Creek's budget.

In that experience, Haskew said, "I learned about how the finances go together, learned what we've asked staff to do already … I'm sensitive to the city's financial situation."

As a CPA, Haskew said, she has advised businesses about their finances and can bring that perspective to city government.

Haskew has also been.

Also, Haskew said, she serves on three nonprofit boards:

  • Cancer Support Community Board, which "helps people and their families travel through the life journey of dealing with that disease and all the attendant psycho-social issues at no charge to the people using the services."
  • Kennedy-King Memorial Scholarship Board, which "raises funds to assist qualified minority students with significant scholarship funds toward their college educations," and
  • Diablo Regional Arts Association Board.

Haskew is married to Ralph Haskew, also a CPA. They have an adult son, Steven Dotterer, who is in the Army; he is married to Joelyn. They also have two grandchildren, Makila and Alan.

Cj Miller August 01, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Ha! I called that one. I knew Cindy Silva and the in "arts" crowd would have a candidate. I figured it would be Mrs. Haskew. Why is this stuff so easy to call??? She's all over the Cindy Silva campaign website from 2010 and in with the Library Foundation et al. Walnut Creek politics is so predicable with all the little groups recycling candidates.
SR August 01, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Not a surprise. She has been a behind the scenes player for years. The Chamber DOES NOT go unrepresented in Walnut Creek politics. Hasn't for 15 years. There is simply too much $$$ at stake. People will defend her as a caring person, a thoughtful and responsible candidate etc but let's be real-you don't run a political action committee for the Chamber of Commerce without an agenda. It's not necessarily a bad thing just one that should be recognized. Walnut Creek residents will always be a close second to the interests of those centered around downtown with money (business owners, developers, real estate interests etc). The spin machine will say otherwise but if you believe it I have some vacuums to sell you!
obiwan August 01, 2012 at 04:21 AM
SR- were you being sarcastic about that "close second" comment? When was it ever close? The interests of the Chamber and the developers ALWAYS trumps the interests of the residents. Who wants the BART Transit Village, for example? It's not the residents/commuters who will spend even more time stalled in the Ygnacio bottleneck every weekday. But for a few more potential customers downtown, the Chamber doesn't care HOW it impacts the residents.
Julie Jepsen-Grant August 01, 2012 at 12:56 PM
"This is our most desperate hour. Help us Obi-Wan. You're our only hope." If you run, Obiwan, I will vote for you. :-D
SR August 01, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Obiwan, not really. I've met Loella and she seems nice enough. She is however exactly what Walnut Creek doesn't need right now. She'll consider those that live here but her social and political circles (Chamber, Library Foundation) will always come first. We need some balance. In case no one's noticed those interests are heavily represented already. I also see the fact that she is a retired accountant as a potential negative. We pay people to handle the books. City staff has good people managing the money and we have an elected Treasurer. The problems start when Council Members think they know more than the paid employees and start micromanaging. Think City Manager Mike Parness telling the Council in 2007 the numbers for the library didn't add up. The result: "we know better!” Well we all know how that worked out and the financial mess it's created. Her election would really be quite bad for any area of Walnut Creek not within the 5-6 block downtown area.
Marc August 01, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Did she have a professional glamour shot photo taken just for the election? That's way to "politican" for me!
David Sussman August 01, 2012 at 04:08 PM
One learns so much from these comments. Keep up the great work
Steve Lundgren August 01, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Loella Haskew, you certainly have my support. Thank you and good luck!
SR August 01, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Well I hope you support her Steve since you serve on the DRAA Board together! Not to mention supporting Cindy Silva's campaign, WALPAC etc. Not being negative just saying you appear to have identical interests.
Steve Lundgren August 01, 2012 at 06:57 PM
SR, it would be unfair to Mrs. Haskew for you to assume she and I have identical interests. I do know her to be extremely competent and not a push-over. Most anyone living in Walnut Creek would be quite comfortable knowing she is involved with running the City.
SR August 01, 2012 at 07:24 PM
That is a fair enough point Steve. I would say however that it would be equally unfair to assume "most anyone" living in Walnut Creek would be confrotable with her involved in running the city. I believe some fairly logical, dare I say objective, concerns have already been raised on this page and it is only day two!
Lance Howland (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Commenters: I have just corrected this article due to my error. I cited the wrong committee that Loella Haskew was treasurer of as WALPAC. In actuality, she was treasurer of the "Yes for Walnut Creek" committee. This might have influenced your comments and opinions on her background. I misread a citation in an old Patch story. My apologies to you and Loella Haskew. -- Lance Howland, editor, Walnut Creek Patch
SR August 02, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Thank you for the clarification Lance. With all due respect they are basically the same thing. YES for Walnut Creek and WALPAC supported (support) the same exact things-tax money for the Library, Nieman Marcus and the Cindy Silva campaign were the big three. Although the San Francisco based BART developer that donated $15,000 to WALPAC for the Silva campiagn did not donate to YES for Walnut Creek many executives from the same companies did donate to both PAC's (BRE, Colliers, Grubb and Ellis etc).

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