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BY SARA TABIN
Daily Post Staff Writer
Palo Alto Councilman Greg Tanaka raised a record-breaking $83,260 for his re-election campaign, including a $1,000 donation from Tesla Inc.
Tanaka has been pro-growth and pro-business during his council tenure. He opposed the council’s plan to put a business tax on the November ballot. The tax was postponed because of the pandemic.
Tanaka raked in large donations from the real estate industry.
Roxy Rapp donated $10,000, John Shenk and Chop Keenan each gave $5,000. Stephen Reller of R&M Properties gave him $1,000. Brad Ehikian of Ehikian Company donated $5,000. The California Real Estate Political Action Committee gave him $2,500.
Councilwoman Lydia Kou has raised $50,628. She got $500 from Planning Commissioner Doria Summa, $950 from former Planning Commissioner and former Castilleja School Trustee Asher Waldfogel, $950 from Waldfogel’s wife Helen MacLean, $500 from former Planning Commissioner Arthur Keller and $1,000 from Councilman Eric Filseth.
Newcomers in the council race have also raised tens of thousands of dollars.
Human Relations Commissioner Steven Lee has raised $43,600. He got 207 donations, including money from community activists and local politicians.
Lee received $100 from YIMBY activist Angela Evans, $500 from school Trustee Jennifer DiBrienza, $500 from Magical Bridge Foundation Executive Director Jill Asher, $350 from school board member Ken Dauber, $263 from school board member Shounak Dharap, $50 from former councilwoman Gail Price, $100 from Redwood City Councilwoman Giselle Hale, $100 from Mountain View Councilman Lucas Ramirez, $300 from Stanford Law School professor Michele Dauber, $100 from fellow candidate Raven Malone and $200 from County Supervisor Cindy Chavez.
Planning Commissioner Cari Templeton raised $40,109. She got $200 from Hale, $250 from political consultant Mary Hughes who is married to County Supervisor Joe Simitian, $100 from former Mountain View Councilwoman Pat Showalter, $125 from police critic Aram James, $100 from Lee, $500 from former Mayor Larry Klein, $60 from Price and $500 from Zachery Ross, who is district director for Assemblyman Marc Berman.
Planning Commissioner Ed Lauing has raised $30,771 including several donations from current council members. He received $500 from Councilwoman Alison Cormack, $200 from Councilman Tom DuBois, $950 from Waldfogel, $950 from MacLean, $250 from former planning commissioner Arthur Keller, $1,000 from Councilman Eric Filseth and $500 from Planning Commissioner Doria Summa.
Candidate Raven Malone, who moved to Palo Alto in March, racked up $26,496.
Like Lee, Malone is a pro-growth, progressive candidate who says she wants to keep Palo Alto police in line. Their donations had some overlap. She got $500 from DiBrienza, $100 from Evans, $100 from Lee, $200 from YIMBY activist Kelsey Banes, $250 from Dauber, $200 from planning commissioner Mike Alcheck, $500 from former Mayor Larry Klein, $500 from Menlo Park Housing Commissioner Karen Grove, $150 from Asher, $100 from retired judge LaDoris Cordell, $125 from police critic Aram James, $400 from former councilman Cory Wolback, $100 from former school Trustee Teresa Godfrey and $100 from Ramirez.
Former Mayor Pat Burt has raised $32,575. He got $300 from Ken Dauber, $200 from DuBois and $1,000 from Klein.
Greer Stone, a teacher, has raised $25,864. His donations included $175 from slow-growth advocate Fred Balin, $900 from Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District board president and former mayor Karen Holman, $250 from Keller, $500 from Summa, $50 from Carol and Ian Kiparsky, $200 from DuBois, $950 each from Walsfogel and Maclean and $250 from Cordell.