Stockton council members this week filed their mid-year campaign financial statements. Some highlights:
* Mayor Anthony Silva has a negative balance of $1,204. He lists $300 in “equipment” rental for his State of the City Speech, and he paid somebody $900 to operate his teleprompter. That teleprompter put him in the hole $1,100, about as much as his campaign debt. Or perhaps the $300 expense was for renting the gladiator helmet and mace. “I am ready to go to battle for Stockton,” rawrrrrr!
That deficit comes after raising $20,500 in the last six months from donors in Stockton, Sacramento, Los Angeles and Orange. An $8,000 check, by far his biggest, came from Operating Engineers Local #3 in Alameda.
* Vice Mayor Paul Canepa has the most on-hand at $11,118, but that’s old money left over from last year. He hasn’t raised anything in 2013.
* Councilwoman Kathy Miller transferred all of her City Council campaign funds to her San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors’ effort. Over there, she’s got $17,792. (She and Canepa are both running for that supervisor seat, which will be an interesting race.)
* Councilwoman Dyane Burgos has $4,762. She’s got money from Assemblywoman Susan Eggman’s camp: $250 from Eggman’s district director, Anne Baird, and $100 from Christian Burkin, Eggman’s legislative assistant. There are equally modest contributions from inside City Hall: Carol Roby, an administrative assistant, pitched in, as did Burgos’ mother, Tammy Hunt, a program assistant in City Hall. Clem Lee gave her $100; Councilman Michael Tubbs gave $100. Word is Christina Fugazi, Eggman’s appointment to the Planning Commission, will challenge Burgos next year in what will be another race to watch.
* Tubbs has a balance of $6,794. Retired astronaut Jose M. Hernandez of Manteca kicked in $250. Some money came from Arnaiz Development Co. ($250); Howard Seligman ($150); and Fereidon Shemirani gave him (and Silva each) $1,000.
* Councilman Elbert Holman has $5,663, which appears to be left over money, because he lists no contributions for the last six months.
* Councilman Moses Zapien holds about $4,000. His contributors include Anne Bairde ($100) and Gregory Basso ($100). The International Longshoremen’s Local showed him some love, with contributions coming from members John Morley ($100), Albert Aschieris Jr. ($250) and the longshoremen’s PAC ($100).
Individuals and companies sprinkling money among candidates are: Golden Bear Insurance Company of Stockton; Stockton banking executive Michael Duffy of the Financial Center Credit; South Bay Auto Auction; Fereidon Shemirani of Orange.
Patrick K. Willis, who owns the University Waterfront Plaza Hotel, made it rain for several candidates last year, but he’s conspicuously absent this go-around, except that both Burgos and Silva paid him to hold events at the sparkly hotel.