Follow the Money

Despite Year-End Solicitation By Garcia, His Garcia-Doud Campaign Committee For "Good Gov't" Measures AAA-DDD Ended 2018 With Less Than $4,000 Cash And $126,000 In Debts (Includes $90,000 Loaned By/Not Repaid To Garcia's 2018 Re-Election Committee) is reader and advertiser supported. Support independent news in LB similar to the way people support NPR and PBS stations. We're not non-profit so it's not tax deductible but $49.95 (less than an annual dollar a week) helps keep us online.
(Feb 9, 2019, 11:50 a.m.) -- Despite a year-end solicitation by LB Mayor Robert Garcia, the political campaign committee he operated and titled a Committee by Mayor Garcia and City Auditor Laura Doud "to Support Good Government Measures AAA-DDD" ended 2018 with less than $4,000 cash on hand and over $126,000 in debts (includes $90,000 loaned by/not repaid to Garcia's 2018 re-election committee.)'s "Follow the Money" coverage below lists the entities and individuals that contributed to the committee after it ran a campaign telling voters Measure BBB "strengthened" term limits when it actually made it easier for two-term LB incumbents to seek third terms by repealing LB's voter-enacted write-in requirement for more than two terms.

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In the specially-called citywide November 6, 2018 election, the Garcia-run committee faced first-ever organized opposition from the newly formed grassroots LB Reform Coalition. In the first few weeks of its existence, the Reform Coalition collected over $40,000 and mounted a campaign against Measure BBB. As election day approached, Garcia increased spending in response by tapping unspent funds from his 2018 re-election warchest (he was re-elected in April 2018), loaning his Garcia-Doud ballot measure committee $50,000. A few weeks after the election, he made a second $50,000 loan from his re-election committee to the Garcia-Doud committee (a total of $100,000.)

A few weeks later (reported Dec. 11, 2018 by, Garcia sent an emailed solicitation seeking contributions -- at suggested amounts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 per contributor -- to pay debts owed by the Garcia-Doud ballot measure committee. He also simultaneously sought contributions of up to $1,000 each for his "officeholder account" (the largest contribution sum allowed for that committee.)

Campaign finance reports now show the results from the day after the Nov. 6 election to year-end. The Garcia-Doud-named committee received $37,350 in cash from the individuals and entities listed below. notes
November 13, 2018:AES Pacific & Aggregated Contributions $7,500AES Alamitos operates the power plant on Studebaker Rd. in SE LB
Nov. 16, 2018Vopak North American and Subsidiaries$5,000Operates storage tanks on Terminal Island within Port of LB area for "petroleum products, chemicals, biofuels."
Nov. 19, 2018Shoreline Development Partners LP" (San Diego)$1,000In Oct. 2018, firm broke ground on NW corner Ocean/Alamitos for 35 story/tallest building approved to date adjacent to its completed 17 story The Current.
Dec. 6, 2018Joseph Vanderhorst1,000Listed as Attorney, Metropolitan Water District
Dec. 12, 2018Doug Haubert City Prosecutor 2018$250Sum from his April 2018 re-election committee, faced no ballot opponent
Dec. 13, 2018Elaine Hutchinson$1,000Manager, Paragon Equities
Dec. 13, 2018Michael Tumanjan$10,000Developer, Tumanjan Homes Corporation
Dec. 13, 2018Erik FallisAssociate VP, Dick Jones Communications
Dec. 19, 2018Portside Partners, LLC$5,000
Dec. 19, 2018Queensway Bay Hotel, LLC$5,000Does business as Hotel Maya [source:]
Dec. 20, 2019Big E Pizza (Signal Hill$1,500



The Garcia-Doud Committee ended 2018 with a cash balance of $3,234.99 and outstanding debts of $126,207. Its debts consist of $36,307.42 in unpaid bills plus $90,000 remaining to be repaid (only $10,000 was repaid) of the $100,000 Garcia loaned his Garcia-Doud ballot measure committee from his 2018 re-election committee.

On Jan. 7, 2019, the Garcia-Doud committee received a $5,000 contribution from the CA Teamsters Public Affairs Council in Sacramento. will separately list the individuals and entities who gave money to Garcia's "officeholder account" (following his April 2018 re-election) between July 1-Dec. 31, 2018 (and how he spent it) in a report coming shortly.




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