Dissecting April 9’s Campaign Financing

Dissecting April 9’s Campaign Financing


The latest campaign finance filings for the two initiatives on the April special election ballot were released last week.

The We Care Alameda Yes on A committee (WCA) filed campaign statements in support of Measure A, the McKay Avenue Wellness Center Development initiative. 

WCA’s only campaign finance statement, a California Form 460, covered the period between Jan. 1 and Feb. 23. WCA raised $13,311 during this time, while racking up expenditures in the amount of $10,474.50. The statement shows that 18 of the 19 financial contributions came from individual Alameda residents. Mark Kellogg, a Google employee, and Ed O’Neil, a retiree, donated $1,000 each. 

The bulk of the $13,311 received came from an $8,000 contribution from Alameda Point Collaborative (APC). APC is the housing community that plans to create the wellness center on the 3.65-acre parcel along McKay Avenue. APC is currently leasing the building on the site. APC contributed another $20,000 on March 9.

During the seven-week period ending on Feb. 23, WCA spent $2,789 on lawn signs, $7,195 on campaign consultants, $333.50 on professional services and $157 for web services.

Friends of Crab Cove (FOCC) filed campaign statements in favor of Measure B, the McKay Avenue Parcel Open Space Designation initiative. FOCC filed four California Form 460 campaign statements. The latest statement detailed the period between Feb. 24 and March 23. FOCC received $6,856 in contributions, while spending $3,284 during this period. The majority of the money received came from a $3,500 donation from Cardoza Properties, a real estate firm located in Pleasant Hill. The remaining money came from 11 individual contributors, nine are Alameda residents.

The third campaign finance statement filed by FOCC marked the period between Jan. 1 and Feb. 23. The Measure B proponents received $1,485 in contributions of less than $100 each. FOCC reported expenditures of $2,589.30. The majority of the expenditures were spent on campaign material. In addition FOCC paid a $373.89 fine levied by the Fair Political Practice Commission for failing to file a semiannual campaign statement for the reporting period of Jan. 1, 2018, through June 30, 2018, in a timely manner (“Center Opponents Facing Challenges” Feb. 26).

FOCC filed their first two campaign finance statements for the periods of April 13, 2018, to June 30, 2018, and July 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2018, on Jan. 9. 

FOCC received $15,120 in contributions between April and June of last year, while spending just $7,940.49. Cardoza donated $5,000 on April 17, 2018, while Timberloft Trust of Georgetown, Calif., contributed $4,500. The rest of the money received came from 18 individuals, all but one were Alameda residents. 

During this period FOCC spent $5,590.95 for petition circulation, including $4,000 to AAP Holdings Company, Inc., a Westlake Village company. During the second half of 2018 FOCC received $10,824 in contributions, while spending $16,945.47. Cardoza donated another $5,000 during this period, while Crown Harbor Homeowners Association of Newark contributed $4,500. On the filing it shows Crown Harbor and Cardoza Properties own Neptune Properties, Inc., a real estate brokerage firm in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Expenditures for this time period include a $14,376.40 expense to AAP Holdings and a $1,250 payment to Barbara Thomas for legal services. Thomas is a former Alameda City Councilmember. 
In all, Cardoza Properties was FOCC’s largest donor with $13,500 in contributions. FOCC’s largest expenditure was to AAP Holding Company, Inc. for $18,376.40.

For the full list of filings, see www.southtechhosting.com/AlamedaCity/CampaignDocsWebRetrieval.