God Bless The Child . . .
The following appeared on page 8 of the April 19th Bay News. While the amount the contractors donated would just be added to their bill as a part of doing business (ironically to be paid for by the homeowners in the prohibition zone, had the recall failed), it is not known if Pandora & Company charged the Save the Dream organization for sending an email to the Regional Water Quality Control Board’s CEO Roger Briggs begging him to fine the CSD out of existence when it became clear the recall would succeed.
Dreams Spent A Nightmare Amount of Money
The Save the Dream group spent more than twice as much s the Los Osos Community Services District Recall Committee in last September’s election for the ages, a review of campaign spending documents reveals.
The disclosure statements are submitted to the County Clerk’s Election Office, and show the victorious Recall Committee received $58,097 in contributions, while Save the Dreamers picked up $133,763.
Save the Dream received $10,000 each from sewer contractors Barnard Construction and Montgomery Watson Harza; $2,000 from Bonaire Investments; $2,000 from Van Beurden Insurance Services; and $7,300 from Anastasi Construction. They also received a $15,000 loan from Hand Watterworth.
Pandora & Company was paid $3,869 for public relations services, according to the documents.
The Recall Committee received $3,995 from Chuck Cesena, who went on to assume a seat on the CSD Board of Directors. James Tkach, an engineer for Caltrans, anted up $1,359. Activist Gail McPherson donated $850, and Los Osos resident Katherine Ramano contributed $1,000.
Among non-monetary contributions for the recall effort was $1,215 worth of jewelry donated by Bo and Lacey Cooper for use at a silent auction.