A version of this story that appeared in the Oct. 7 print edition under the headline "Spielman leads Los Altos council candidates in total fundraising" with a graph showing the amount of contributions to each candidate's campaign is inaccurate. The financial disclosure statements provided by the city on Sept. 29 showed an earlier version of Meadows' fundraising, but up-to-date totals for the other candidates. The story below has been updated to reflect Meadows' correct numbers. The Town Crier regrets the error.
Sally Meadows, Planning Commission member, leads the group of seven candidates for three open seats on the Los Altos City Council in donor contributions, with Scott Spielman, vice chairman of the Parks and Recreation commission, not far behind.
Meadows has raised more than $25,000 as of Sept. 20, according to recently released campaign disclosure statements, with contributions from over 70 donors not including herself. None of her contributions exceed $2,000, indicating a large amount of donors. She has spent $13,500 on her campaign.
Spielman had raised more than $19,000. A large portion – $7,500 – came from Los Altos resident James Jolly. Residents Freddie Wheeler, Wallace Palmer Jr., Roberta Phillips, John Corrigan, Frank Martin and Ron Packard, a former mayor, each contributed $1,000 or more. Spielman leads in expenditures made at more than $18,000.
Some of Spielman’s donors have been involved in recent city-related issues. Jolly helped put Measure C on the ballot in 2018, a measure that would have required voter approval to make land-use changes to city-owned property. Wheeler filed an FPPC complaint earlier this year against current mayor Jan Pepper alleging a conflict of interest regarding Pepper voting on adopting reach codes in Los Altos. Corrigan is the chief of staff at Verizon, which is suing Los Altos after the city denied its application to install cell nodes last year.
Terri Couture, a local realtor, has the next-highest-funded campaign at more than $15,000, though she provided more than $14,000 through loans. She has spent more than $13,000 on her campaign.
The lone incumbent in the race, Councilwoman Lynette Lee Eng, raised more than $12,000, with $5,000 coming from herself and her husband, Walter. Lee Eng also received a $2,000 contribution from Jolly.
Jonathan Weinberg, who serves on the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, funded $10,000 toward his own campaign via a loan – a majority of his $11,800 raised. He also received contributions from former mayors King Lear and Mary Prochnow.
Kuljeet Kalkat, Financial Commission chairman, raised more than $3,000, with a contribution from former mayor Jean Mordo.
The final candidate, Alex Rubashevsky, said in an email that he is self-funding his campaign and has spent approximately $1,000 so far.