Council candidates report warchests

Mayor Pearson reports most donations of the four candidates.

September 02, 2010|By Barbara Diamond,

City Council candidates have reported the donations they received and the money they have spent in the first six months of the year to get elected. The next financial statement, covering July 1 to Sept. 30, is due Oct. 5.

Mayor Elizabeth Pearson reported the most donations of the four candidates.

She received 137 donations, 19 of them from companies. Laguna Beach residents accounted for 110 of the donors of individual contributions and 10 of the 19 non-individual donations were from companies headquartered in town. Donations totaled $46,294.

Local donors ranged from arts patrons to developers and included her re-election committee treasurer Matt Lawson, Realtor Michael Gosselin, Crevier BMW, art patrons Louis and Laura Rohl, former Mayors Kathleen Blackburn and Cheryl Kinsman, attorney and Laguna Beach County Water District Commissioner Susan Trager, Laguna Beach Live! founder Cindy Prewitt, attorney Gene Gratz, developers Joe Hanauer and Sam Goldstein, and the Rev. Colin Henderson.


Donations from outside the city came from Cox Communications in Rancho Santa Margarita and Waste Management in Sacramento, and Doctor's Ambulance in Laguna Hills, but Pearson returned those checks.

Pearson reported spending $30,376.52 through June 30. Expenses included $360 for food catered by House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer for a fundraisier; other fundraising expenses of almost $2,100; campaign consultation fees of $4,725; printing costs of $17,532; $6,500 for print ads and $1,084 on the internet and about $400 for office costs.

Pearson lists her occupation as businesswoman and mayor.

Councilman Kelly Boyd came in second in the fundraising with a total of $24,680 from 82 individual donors, all but 14 from Laguna, and two Laguna Beach businesses.

Many of the donors to Pearson's warchest were contributors to Boyds' re-election campaign, including former School Board member Tim Carlyle, Mozambique owner Ivan Spiers, Friends of the Library and Laguna Beach Taxpayers Assn. President Martha Lydick, Chamber of Commerce Board member Michael Kinsman, Realtor Bobbi Cox and Planning Commissioner Linda Dietrich.

Through June 30, Boyd spent $1,796 on printing and banners and $119 for office expenses.

Boyd, who owns the Marine Room Tavern, identified his occupation as incumbent.

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