Follow the Money: Her CD1 Has Worst Shootings Citywide. She Was Elected Aided By $30k From Garcia-Gonzalez-LB Police Union Bypassing Candidate Campaign Committee Contrib Limit; See Entities/Persons Who Want Zendejas Re-Elected In 2022
Contributors include Council incumbents Allen, Price, Saro, Richardson; Multiple Developers, Lobbyists, Unions
|(August 28, 2021, 8:30 a.m.) -- LBREPORT.com provides a link to the campaign finance disclosure form showing persons and entities who have given CD1 incumbent Mary Zendejas a nearly $40,000 war chest in the first half of 2021 to deter potential challengers in 2022.
Her early re-election contributors include four of LB's nine Council incumbents: Cindy Allen (CD2), Suzie Price (CD3), Suely Saro (CD 6) and Rex Richardson (CD9) plus LB Mayor Robert Garcia (from his 2024 "Lt Governor" campaign committee.)
Also contributing to Zendejas re-election campaign committee: the LB Police Officers union PAC, LB Firefighters union PAC, retired LB Health/Human Services Dir Ron Arias (recently given "Key to the City" by Mayor Garcia), retired LB City Mgr. Henry Taboada, LBCC Trustee Uduak Ntuk, Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell, Waterford Property principal Sean Rawson, LBUSD School Boardmember Megan Kerr (seeking 2022 re-election), Andrew Kerr (Garcia appointee/homeless "task force"), Ensemble Developments (Mayor Garcia issued recent statement praising firm's LB projects), LB Grand Prix Ass'n, LB Harbor Comm'r Bonnie Lowenthal (Garcia appointee, former CD 1 Councilwoman and state legislator.).
The Zendejas campaign returned a $400 contribution from Oxbow Energy Solutions.
From contributions of $40,543, minus payments of $2118, Zendejas' 2022 re-election campaign committee reported $38,431 cash on hand as of June 30, 2021.
(Thus far, only one candidate (Steven Estrada) has surfaced. From his Twitter self-description: "I am running as an open member of the Communist Party USA which has led worker struggles for over a century...").
Zendejas became a Councilmember aided by $30,000 financial contributions in 2019 by Mayor Garcia, state Senator Lena Gonzalez and the LB Police Officers Association PAC that exceeded LB's voter-enacted limits to candidate campaigns. Each of them gave $10,000 contributions to the LB Firefighters Ass'n PAC which set up an "independent expenditure" campaign (not legally bound by candidate contribution limits) that supported electing Zendejas.
That action -- which LBREPORT.com named its "2019 Outrage of the Year" -- was in addition to over $100,000 that Zendejas' candidate campaign committee collected from various corporate/development interests, their lobbyists and organized labor. (similar to her now 2022 re-election campaign.)
The net result produced 858 votes for Zendejas (in a multi-candidate race in a district with roughly 50,000 residents.) It was sufficient to install her as CD 1 Counclmember through at least Dec. 2022.
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