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Mayor Garcia Uses Contributions To His 2018 Re-Election Campaign To Make A Second $50,000 Loan To Garcia-Operated Garcia/Doud-Named Pro-AAA-DDD 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.
(November 28, 2018, 11:55 p.m.) -- Mayor Robert Garcia has loaned a second $50,000 sum -- using money given by contributors to his 2018 Mayoral re-election campaign -- to the Garcia-operated Garcia/Doud Pro AAA-DDD Committee.

A recent campaign finance report indicates that on Nov. 26, Garcia made a $50,000 loan (0% interest, "due date" June 30, 2019) that comes on top of a November 5 $50,000 loan (previously reported by on the same terms to the Garcia/Doud pro-AAA-DDD Committee from his 2018 re-election committee.

Garica/Doud pro-AAA-DDD Committee treasurer Mark Taylor tells "we expect the [AAA-DDD] Committee will pay back the loan in the weeks ahead."

As of November 13, the Garcia-operated pro-AAA-DDD committee listed a $10,484 cash balance with $153,589 in debts (unpaid bills.) Garcia operated the same committee (prior to adding Doud's name) to support City Hall's-desired June 2018 Measure M utility revenue transfer/diversion for the June 2018 election. Two years earlier, Garcia gave it a different name (listing former Mayors O'Neill and Foster with Garcia) urging support for the City Hall-sought Measure A sales tax increase. From July 1 through Nov. 6, 2018, the committee listed sums spent/expenses incurred of $265,263, some of which may stem from the Measure M campaign preceding the AAA-DDD campaign.

As of June 30, 2018, the Garcia for Mayor 2018 re-election committee reported a cash balance of $189,403 with no outstanding debts. In addition to its loans to the pro-AAD-DDD committee, Garcia gave $7,300 from his 2018 re-election campaign committee to support state Senator Ricardo Lara's campaign for state Insurance Commissioner.

The Garcia/Doud committee collected additional sums after the Nov. 6 election:

  • November 13: $7,500 from "AES Pacific & Aggregated Contributions" AES Alamitos operates the power plant on Studebaker Rd. in SE LB.

  • Nov. 16: $5,000 from "Vopak North American and Subsidiaries" which operates storage tanks on Terminal Island within Port of LB area for "petroleum products, chemicals, biofuels."

  • Nov. 19: $1,000 from "Shoreline Development Partners LP" (San Diego). In October 2018, the firm broke ground on the NW corner Ocean/Alamitos for the tallest building approved thus far in LB (35 stories) adjacent to its completed 17 story The Current.

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In the 17 days before election day, the Garcia-Doud committee reported incurring the following expenditures, unpaid as of Nov. 6:

  • $33,855 ($8,000 + $25,855) to Carillo Strategies of Wilmington (campaign consultants)

  • $5,402 to Anthony Hale (phone banks)

  • $6,481 to Toskr, Inc. of Oakland for "text messaging services"

  • $1,250 to Daniel Brezenoff (campaign consultants). [This is addition to $1,250 paid to Mr. Brezenoff by the committee earlier in the AAA-DDD campaign cycle (during which he webposted social media comments disputing statements by opponents of the Charter Amendments.).
  • During the same period, the Garcia-Doud committee paid Fairbank, Maslin, Maulin, Metz & Associates of Oakland [polling and survey research] $15,570 (portion may be from previous Measure M campaign) and still owes the firm $21,250.






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