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Goleta City Council Cash Race

For Last Minute Voters!


It’s probably too late for most of you voters, but for those curious about who the Goleta city council candidates are relying on for their funds, this IndyNewsFlash should prove enlightening. But before getting to each individual candidate, let’s check out the late filings. On October 27, Michael Bennett accepted $3,000 from the California Real Estate Political Action Committee as did Roger Aceves. Bennett also received $1,000 from gas station owner John Price. The Friends of Goleta group doled out $1,091 to Cynthia Brock, Margaret Connell, an Jack Hawxhurst, also accepted another $2,500 from the Pacifica Suites Hotel.

But most interesting of all the campaign statements in The Indy‘s possession are those filed under the name “Goletans for Fiscal Responsibility.” This group, which is funding the campaigns of Michael Bennett and Eric Onnen with more than $7,000 a pop, does not seem to be a thoroughly locally minded group. Indeed, the group’s treasurer James Lacy lists his address as being in Laguna Niguel and the assistant treasurer Barrett Garcia is Lacy’s neighbor in San Juan Capistrano. And the money being raised here is jaw-dropping. The late filing alone includes $7,000 from the Shelby Family Partnership and another $10,000 from Venoco. And then, in the filings that go through the end of September, the Goletans for Fiscal Responsibility took $9,000 from New York investor Stephen Mann and $5,000 from PCF Capital in Delaware. Then in October, the GFR took in another $9,000, this time from Ira Wolff of Great Neck, Long Island. Oddly enough, the campaign statement mistates Wolff’s state as California.

But enough about the GFR. The following tallies are based on campaign financial statements obtained by Independent.com that almost go to the end of October. Voters are selecting three of the following six.

Roger Aceves Amount received: $16,629 Amount spent: $12,179 Notable donors (more than $500 cash): Asset Holdings West (from S.F.); PCF Capital (Dover, Delaware); Horizon Realty Corp (Carson City, NV); Stevenson Street Associates (S.F.); S.B. Women’s Political Committee; Arnulfo Juarez

Michael Bennett Amount received: $19,969 Amount spent:$16,586 Notable donors (more than $500 this period): Jean Blois ($1,250); S.B. County Firefighters ($7,500)

Cynthia Brock Amount received: $18,946 Amount spent: $14,825 Notable donors (more than $500 cash this period): S.B. Women’s Poltiical Committee; Richard Whited ($7,000); Awin Management (related to BFI trash);

Margaret Connell Amount received: $20,645 Amount spent: $16,364 Notable donors (more than $500 cash this period): S.B. Women’s Political Committee; Lessie Sinclair Nixon; Friends of Salud Carbajal for Supervisor; Awin Management; Friends of Goleta

Jack Hawxhurst Amount received: $16,588 Amount spent: $11,451 Notable donors (more than $500 cash this period): Pacifica Suites Hotel ($2,500); Richard Whited ($4,000)

Eric Onnen Amount received:$22,529 Amount spent: $20,599 Notable donors (more than $500 cash this period): ABC Clio; Beneflew Insurance Services; Marlys Boehm; GA Enterprises DBA McDonalds



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