Education Matters/Opinion: Campaign contributions received for local bond measures

Marsha Sutton
Marsha Sutton

By Marsha Sutton

The second filing period for disclosure of campaign contributions to November ballot measures closed Oct. 25. Of those donors contributing $1,000 or more to Propositions AA and CC, the local school bond measures, most came from organizations and businesses locally and statewide.

For the San Dieguito Union High School District’s bond measure, Proposition AA, $11,000 was received during the first reporting period (through Sept. 30). Half, $5,500, was given by Brad Shoen, a Torrey Pines High School parent involved in the Yes on AA campaign. The rest came from firms and individuals who each donated $500 or less.

For the Oct. 1 through Oct. 20 reporting period, $191,100 was received and $180,000 came from the following firms:

•$25,000 from Gilbane Building Co., headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island

•$25,000 from Lionakis of Sacramento, an architectural and engineering firm

•$25,000 from De La Rosa & Co., investment bankers in Los Angeles

•$25,000 from Westberg & White Architects of San Diego

•$25,000 from MVE Institutional architectural firm in Santa Ana

•$15,000 from Erickson-Hall Construction Co. of Escondido

•$11,000 from Balfour Beatty Construction Co. of San Diego

•$7,500 from Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke & Associates, an architecture and design firm based in Riverside

•$5,000 from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, a San Francisco law firm

•$3,000 from Pardee Homes

•$2,500 from HMC Architects of Ontario, Calif.

•$2,000 from Kilroy Services, a Los Angeles realty corp.

•$2,000 from Gould Electric Co. of Poway

•$1,500 from Pecoraro, a painting contractor in San Diego

•$1,500 from Brady Co. of La Mesa, subcontractors in metal framing and drywall installation

•$1,000 from Masson & Associates, a land development and surveying firm based in Escondido

•$1,000 from Berg Electric of Escondido

•$1,000 from Dynalectric of San Diego

•$1,000 from Ralph Roesling of San Diego’s Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects

Of the $10,500 donated to the Del Mar Union School District’s Proposition CC campaign reported through Sept. 30, $9,000 came from three companies outside San Diego County: $5,000 from Jones Hall, a San Francisco municipal bond law firm; $2,500 from the Newport Beach law firm of Bowie Arneson Wiles & Giannone; and $1,500 from Royce Printing, a printer in Mill Valley.

For the Oct. 1 through Oct. 20 reporting cycle for donations to Del Mar’s Yes on CC campaign, $21,000 of the $21,900 came from six companies:

•$7,500 from the Dolinka Group, Irvine-based financial consultants for the bond

•$5,000 from Stone & Youngberg, a municipal finance company based in San Francisco that has a contract with the Del Mar district to provide underwriting services for the bond should it pass

•$5,000 from San Diego’s Balfour Beatty Construction Co.

•$1,500 from Eric Hall & Associates, a school facilities funding and planning firm located in Carlsbad

•$1,000 from Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo, a law firm with offices throughout California

•$1,000 from Borrego Solar of San Diego

The Dolinka Group, the financial advisory firm that achieved local and national notoriety by assisting the Poway Unified School District in structuring its much-criticized Capital Appreciation Bonds, donated $7,500 to the Yes on CC campaign. Dolinka will receive hourly fees to “evaluate need for a general obligation bond measure” if Del Mar’s bond passes, according to its contract.

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