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Counting the dollar endorsements

A well-oiled local election campaign doesn't come cheap.

March 02, 2011|By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com

Davitt jump-started his campaign with a $10,000 loan — quickly paid back once contributions started flowing in — from Michael Powers, a local resident and friend of Davitt’s dating back to their days attending Loyola Marymount University.

Attorney Brad Schwartz gave $1,000 to Olhasso and $250 to Voss.

Married couple Charles Kinney and Mary Pinola, who have been active in a number of community boards and activities, gave $1,000 to Voss and $250 each to Davitt and Olhasso.

Heather Haaga, who is chair of the Descanso Gardens Board of Trustees, joined husband Paul Haaga in donating $2.1 million to build the Sturt Haaga Gallery there and also gave to candidates: $500 to Olhasso and $250 each to Voss and Kamar.

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Local schools boosters also made significant donations to council candidates, in large part helping Kamar and Olhasso.

Kamar, who has been active with the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation, received $250 from LCFEF member Craig Mazin through his company and $300 from local PTA organizer Meredie Heaton.

Olhasso received $150 from LCFEF Endowment Trustee Rene La Bran and another $150 from former LCUSD Governing Board member Meredith Reynolds.

CORRECTION: This story contains changes to an earlier version posted March 2 that under-tallied some candidates' fundraising totals.

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