Local campaigns report fundraising totals

Megan V. WInslow/ Town Crier
Political signs line the perimeter of Cuesta Park in Mountain View. Candidates fundraise to offset the costs of such signs, among other expenditures.

Measure GG proponents pushing for a new parcel tax to fund Los Altos School District schools were by far the biggest fundraisers in local election campaigns. Supporters raised more than $100,000 from Parent Teacher Associations, the California Charter Schools Association and other organizations.

As Tuesday’s election approaches, fundraising for the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees and the Los Altos City Council races has mostly come to a close. Following are the candidates’ fundraising totals.

Los Altos School District

Of the two candidates vying for a two-year seat on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees – Bryan Johnson and Tanya Raschke – Raschke raised more money for her campaign.

As of Oct. 22, Raschke raised $8,914. Of those funds, 72 percent were unitemized contributions, or contributions less than $100. Unitemized contributions do not require disclosure of the contributor on the financial report.

Among Raschke’s itemized donations, contributors included Los Altos City Councilman Jean Mordo ($250) and Los Altos Hills City Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan ($250).

Johnson raised $5,945 as of Oct. 22. Four percent of his donations were unitemized.

His campaign contributions included $1,265 from the Los Altos Teachers Association, $500 from district Trustee Sangeeth Peruri and $500 from incoming Trustee Jessica Speiser.

Measure GG

Supporters of Measure GG, the Los Altos School District’s $223 parcel tax, raised $105,242 in monetary contributions as of Oct. 22.

The PTA of each school in the district, including Bullis Charter School’s parent group, donated $5,000 to the campaign. Other donors included Superintendent Jeff Baier ($500), the California Teachers Association ($1,125), the Los Altos Teachers Association ($5,500), the California Charter Schools Association ($7,500) and the Los Altos Educational Foundation ($10,000).

Peruri donated $1,000, Trustee Vladimir Ivanovic donated $100, board President Pablo Luther donated $500, outgoing Trustee Tammy Logan donated $500 and Speiser donated $6,030.50.

Candidates Johnson and Raschke donated $2,500 and $100, respectively.

Los Altos City Council

Four of the six candidates running for three seats on the Los Altos City Council raised, combined, nearly $40,000.

Neysa Fligor raised $18,913 – by far the most of any candidate. The total included $2,000 out of her own pocket and $1,000 from the attorneys at California American Water and SunEdison. Los Altos Community Investments donated $500 to Fligor’s campaign.

Incumbent Jan Pepper raised $9,496, including $2,800 in loans from Pepper herself. She listed 34 different donors in September and October who gave between $100 and $250.

Mayor Jeannie Bruins raised $6,720 for her re-election campaign, including $500 each from former Mayor Ron Packard and his brother Von Packard. Bruins’ son, an engineer at Apple Inc., contributed $603 worth of lawn signs.

Lynette Lee Eng raised $4,670. Her donor list comprised primarily residents who donated a few hundred dollars to her campaign. The single largest donor listed was Jim Jolly, a retired Los Altos resident active in city politics.

Steve Smiley filed a form stating that he intended to raise no more than $2,000 for his campaign and therefore did not need to itemize donations.

Alex Glew has not yet filed a fundraising form. He told the Town Crier that he had raised $1,049.97 as of press time.

Update: Neysa Fligor has returned the $500 donated to her campaign from Los Altos Community Investments.

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