campaign finance

The November 2014 election is (finally!) over, but we’ve still got a few post-election items to share. Here’s our brief wrap of Election 2014.

Updated at 5:16 p.m. Thursday, October 30 in BOLD

With Election Day less than a week away – and formal campaign finance disclosure deadlines safely behind us – independent groups are unleashing tens of thousands of dollars to fund a mountain of last-minute mailers touting (or trashing) local candidates and ballot measures.

 
Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Alameda police are rescinding a ticket they gave a homeless veteran on a charge he was illegally living in his car. On October 1, the department asked the Alameda County Superior Court to dismiss a ticket issued to Aaron Colyer after police found him sitting in a parking lot in his van.

A late campaign finance filing shows Councilman Stewart Chen has raised almost as much as the top city candidate for office this this fall.

The donor list, which was due Monday but not filed until midday Wednesday, showed that Chen has taken in $34,024.70 in support of his re-election bid this year and spent about $9,500, leaving him with $28,140.15 to fund the remainder of his campaign.

Chen is running against Jim Oddie and Frank Matarrese for two council seats. So far, Oddie has raised a few hundred dollars more than Chen – $34,294.31 – while Matarrese has taken in $10,472.06.

Mayor Marie Gilmore has out-fundraised challenger Trish Spencer by a five-to-one margin, just-released campaign finance disclosures show, though City Council candidate Jim Oddie appears to have raised more money than any city candidate.

Here's what we know so far.

We’re opening this week’s (slightly late) Campaign Column with some exciting news: We’re partnering with the Alameda Sun on a pair of candidate debates in September.

Candidates for City Council and mayor will go head to head from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 18, while those running for the school board will meet from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, September 20. Admission to these forums is free, and open to the public.

We’re racing to finalize locations for the forums but wanted to let you know right away that we’ve got all the candidates signed up for these dates and that the forums are happening. Stay tuned here for an update next week!