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Council, school board incumbents qualify for ballot

Board of Education election over as only incumbents are running. One challenger in the council race.

August 12, 2010|By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com

POTENTIAL CANDIDATES PULL OUT

Patrascu was one of three non-incumbents who pulled nomination papers, but the only one to file them with City Clerk Martha Anderson by the 5 p.m. Aug. 6 deadline.

Richard Picheny, who said he was on the fence until Aug. 6, decided against running.

"Basically, I felt in terms of organization and fundraising, I had started too late to run the campaign I wanted to run," he said.

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Former Mayor Ann Christoph also considered running.

"After Richard dropped out, I looked at the field of candidates and I was concerned about some of Emanuel's statements that were the opposite of what I would like to see," Christoph said.

Christoph would have preferred a more positive approach.

"I wanted to present a more positive image of what we could achieve." Christoph said. "There are things we can do rather than just complaining about them."

She had hopes of running a civil, low-budget campaign, but was told she would be a sitting duck and be attacked.

"My message would not have gotten across, so I decided not to run," Christoph said.

A representative for Al Salehi, who had pulled nomination papers, arrived at the city clerk's office one or two minutes before 5 p.m. deadline to file, but he did not have the required financial statement, which made Salehi ineligible as a candidate.

Anderson accepted the available documents and forwarded them to the office of the county Registrar of Voters.

Even if Salehi had all his paperwork in, he would have been ineligible because earlier in the day he registered to vote in Buena Park where he is on the ballot for the Library District, according to the county registrar of voters' records.

Salehi also pulled nominating papers to run for the Board of Education, but did not file the necessary paperwork.

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CANDIDATES' REPORT INCOMES, ASSETS

Boyd valued the Marine Room Tavern between $100,001 and $1,000,000. He declared a gross income of more than $100,000.

Pearson listed consulting fees of between $10,001 and $100,000 from Mission Hospital Laguna Beach and T. D. Service Financial.

Iseman's assets include properties in Laguna valued at more than $1 million each, one of which provides rental income between $10,001 and $100,000; a third Laguna property valued between $10,001 and $100,000 and property in Arizona valued at between $100,001 and $1 million with a rental income between $10,001 and $100,000.

All City Council candidates receive a stipend, which is public information.

Patrascu lists his occupation as a small-business owner. His company is called eMotive Marketing Inc. with a fair market value between $10,001 and $100,000. He also works for State Sen. Tom Harman, for which he is paid between $10,001 and $100,000.

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WAR CHESTS

The candidates are required to file periodic reports on the funds they have raised, from whom or what it has been raised and how it has been spent. The reports are public documents.

Boyd's campaign committee raised $24,680 between Jan. 1 and June 30 and has spent $1,998.

Pearson raised $46,294 in the first six months of the year and spent $30,376.52.

Iseman reported no campaign funds raised as of June 30.

Patrascu has spent $750.75 of the $4,420 he raised between Jan. 1 and June 30.

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