Simmons Leads Council Fund-Raising Race

Incumbent reports contributions of $27,195; challengers document donations ranging from $10,000 to $16,000.

The thickest report down at the city clerk's office in Walnut Creek belongs to the incumbent, Bob Simmons, the mayor, running for re-election to the City Council Nov. 6.

Friday, Oct. 5, was a filing deadline for candidate statements for the Walnut Creek City Council race. Simmons' report is the thickest with the most pages, reflecting the largest number of donors and dollars. In the reporting period of July 1 through Sept. 30, Simmons reported total contributions of $27,195 from 145 people.

The paper reports are available for citizens to look at in the city clerk's office on the third floor of City Hall, 1666 N. Main St. The reports will be scanned electronically and available digitally on the city's website by the end of the work week, Oct. 12, said City Clerk Suzie Martinez.

Contributions reported by candidates (all listed except Kish Rajan cover the period from July 1 to Sept. 30 ):

  • incumbent Bob Simmons — Reporting $27,195 in contributions from 145 people and expenditures of $16,710. The biggest category of donors was "retiree" for Simmons, a retired attorney.
  • incumbent Kish Rajan (filed as candidate but not pursuing re-election; Rajan's filings reflect Jan. 1 through Sept. 30) — 
  • Barry Grove — Reporting $16,371 in contributions and $12,262 in expenditures. Grove, a deputy district attorney in Contra Costa County, listed 48 contributions ranging from $25 to $1,000 listed collectively from five individuals at a Walnut Creek law firm and insurance agency. There were a number of contributions from lawyers, staff at the district attorney's office and police officers.
  • Loella Haskew — Reporting $12,615 in contributions and $8,704 in expenditures. Haskew, a Certified Public Accountant, listed 76 contributors ranging from $50 to $160. Many contributions came from businesses in town, some people in the financial field and local businesspeople.
  • Justin Wedel — Listing $10,638 in contributions and expenditures of $6,047. There were 69 contributors ranging from $10 to $160. Wedel, an entrepreneur in the information technology field, listed contributions from financial services people, many retirees and $150 from the Republican Club of Rossmoor.


In other city election news, the Contra Costa Times a week ago endorsed Wedel, Simmons and Haskew for the three seats on the City Council.

michael frederick October 10, 2012 at 09:07 AM
David P, Thanks for sharing. My "opinion", as with the above, usually comes with a substantiation and context that conveniently escapes you. Yours, as here, does not. That they are both "opinions" is where any similarity ends. I would hope anyone reading your "opinion" and mine could make that distinction. If they can't, they probably shouldn't drive or vote and they definitely shouldn't be Council-appointed anything. If you'd like to grace us, for instance, with your perspective on the insignificance of 1/3 of Haskew's support coming from library advocates, at a time when the same library advocates are actively lobbying for city funding -- PLEASE do so. As a WALNUT CREEK Council-appointed commissioner, do you think this is something voters should be cognizant of or is this just "nasty" and "mean"? Please elaborate. Unlike the politically conniving amongst us, my opinions are honest and public. "Targets" are free to respond honestly and publicly. That they usually choose not to is probably significant. I'd be delighted, for instance, to have "Jerry Hicks" log on to address why my act to "condemn" him (IN YOUR WORDS) for being associated with the "condemn"able commentary above is misplaced -- really rip "Jerry" a new one! Why don't you give him a call with this suggestion, to easily end any suffering he may feel as an undeserving "target"?
Jim October 10, 2012 at 02:46 PM
This can all be solved by PATCH simply sending an email asking if there is any truth to this stuff. If there isn't Ms. Haskew and Councilmember Silva can say so and everyone else can shut up. However, this is serious stuff. Potential violations of state election law on one extreme or maybe just dirty political tactics on the other. The candidates have all read this already and it makes the Haskew people look guilty by not responding. If it did occur but Ms. Haskew didn't know about it she should say so as well. Sooner or later someone's going to release a copy and not commenting now is going to make it look WAY worse. “Secret guilt is by silence revealed.” -John Dryden
Julie Jepsen-Grant October 10, 2012 at 03:18 PM
If Mr. Howland contacts 'Disappointed' by email, 'Disappointed's' wife is then revealed. Dear 'Disappointed' if you have an email. Print it out. Cut off your contact info on it and snail mail it to Mr. Howland. Then, we hope Mr. Howland will put on his Journalism hat and let the Real People of Walnut Creek know. But we know it is very hard to 'bite the hand that feeds you'. And being a college educated journalist myself (I know, I should have gotten a different degree) I hate writing! Remember what they taught us? Journalists don't have friends, just sources, and a cold cup of java. Good luck.
Edna Sovanquist October 11, 2012 at 02:22 PM
These tactics are shameful. Ms. Haskew lost my support.
One more time with feeling October 30, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Thank you Mr. Grove for commenting on this. Now that at least two posters said this email happened, is there some sort of legal action against this kind of fear-mongering tactic? Two years ago CERT volunteers were told not to vote for a certain candidate because this candidate would shut down the CERT program. Perhaps this same group of insiders are trying a similar tactic - this cycle using the Lesher Center. "Disappointed" is no longer the only one reporting the existence of the "questionable" email http://walnutcreek.patch.com/articles/opinion-public-safety-is-no-1-priority#comments (scroll down to Darlene Mendez' comment) Ms Mendez, if you would be so kind as to forward the email you received to Lance Howland (Editor). Thank you.


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