BY SARA TABIN
Daily Post Staff Writer
Los Altos City Council candidate and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Scott Spielman has out-raised his competitors by a long shot with $19,058 in donations, according to state finance forms. He received large sums from several residents who have been critical of the current city government.
Freddie Wheeler gave Spielman $1,708. Earlier this year Wheeler filed a state complaint against Mayor Jan Pepper. She said Pepper should recuse herself from the city’s gas ban because Pepper is the CEO of Peninsula Clean Energy. Peninsula Clean buys electric power from wind and solar generating farms, puts that energy into the grid, and then charges its customers in San Mateo County. for the power
Roberta Phillips donated $500 to Spielman. She speaks at many council meetings and has complained that the sitting council held meetings in the city’s Youth Center rather than City Hall for most of the past year. All city meetings are done by video.
James Jolly donated $7,500. In 2018, Jolly was part of a group of residents who pushed for a ballot measure to stop the city from selling more than 7,500 square feet of public land without voter approval.
Verizon Chief of Staff John Corrigan donated $1,000 to Spielman. Verizon has been in conflict with the city because the city blocked the company from placing small cellular nodes in town.
Stanford political science professor Stephen Haber donated $200 to Spielman. Public Arts Commissioner Nancy Ellickson gave him $500.
Lee Eng’s donations
Incumbent Lynette Lee Eng has the next highest amount of cash with $12,648. Lee Eng, who is frequently in the 2-3 minority on council, most recently spoke against the city’s ban of natural gas.
She also got $500 from Phillips, $2,000 from Jolly and $200 from Haber. Lee Eng and her husband gave her campaign $5,000.
Candidate and Planning Commissioner Sally Meadows has $3,089. She got $2,000 from Mountain View resident Lyubov Kipnis.
Candidate and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Jonathan Weinberg has received $1,675 in contributions. He got $250 from Former Mayor King Lear, who has been involved in a controversial plan to build bocce ball courts on city parkland.
Candidate and Finance Commissioner Kuljeet Kalkat has $3,529 including $250 from former Mayor Jean Mordo.
Realtor Terri Couture has $1,100 with donations from several other real estate agents. She got $50 from Compass Realtor Dottie Monroe, $100 from Caldwell Banker Realtor Kathryn Tomato, $100 from Compass Realtor Kiersten Ligheti and $500 from Compass Realtor Kathy Bridgman.
Alex Rubashevsky did not spend more than $2,000 meaning he didn’t have to file a 460 finance form.