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Counting the dollar endorsements

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

March 02, 2011|By Joe Piasecki,

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.


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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