By Marsha Sutton
The second filing period for disclosure of campaign contributions to November ballot measures closed Oct. 25. Of those donors contributing $1,000 or more to Proposition AA, the local high school bond measure, most came from organizations and businesses locally and statewide.
For the San Dieguito Union High School District’s bond measure, Proposition AA, $11,000 was received during the first reporting period (through Sept. 30). Half, $5,500, was given by Brad Shoen, a Torrey Pines High School parent involved in the Yes on AA campaign. The rest came from firms and individuals who each donated $500 or less.
For the Oct. 1 through Oct. 20 reporting period, $191,100 was received and $180,000 came from the following firms:
•$25,000 from Gilbane Building Co., headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island
•$25,000 from Lionakis of Sacramento, an architectural and engineering firm
•$25,000 from De La Rosa & Co., investment bankers in Los Angeles
•$25,000 from Westberg & White Architects of San Diego
•$25,000 from MVE Institutional architectural firm in Santa Ana
•$15,000 from Erickson-Hall Construction Co. of Escondido
•$11,000 from Balfour Beatty Construction Co. of San Diego
•$7,500 from Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke & Associates, an architecture and design firm based in Riverside
•$5,000 from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, a San Francisco law firm
•$3,000 from Pardee Homes
•$2,500 from HMC Architects of Ontario, Calif.
•$2,000 from Kilroy Services, a Los Angeles realty corp.
•$2,000 from Gould Electric Co. of Poway
•$1,500 from Pecoraro, a painting contractor in San Diego
•$1,500 from Brady Co. of La Mesa, subcontractors in metal framing and drywall installation
•$1,000 from Masson & Associates, a land development and surveying firm based in Escondido
•$1,000 from Berg Electric of Escondido
•$1,000 from Dynalectric of San Diego
•$1,000 from Ralph Roesling of San Diego’s Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects
The Dolinka Group, the financial advisory firm that achieved local and national notoriety by assisting the Poway Unified School District in structuring its much-criticized Capital Appreciation Bonds, has a contract with San Dieguito, although to date the county shows no contribution to the Yes on AA campaign from Dolinka.
According to San Dieguito’s contract, Dolinka was compensated $29,500 plus expenses for initial polling of the community to determine the level of interest in a bond. In addition, Dolinka will receive, should Prop. AA pass, an additional $20,000 for preliminary work and $65,000 for each bond issuance under Dolinka’s involvement.
San Dieguito is using the legal services of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, which donated $5,000 to the Prop. AA campaign. But Eric Dill, SDUHSD’s assistant superintendent of business services, said the district has no contract with the law firm and pays for its bond services on an hourly basis.
De La Rosa and Co., which donated $25,000 to SDUHSD’s bond campaign, will be paid, based on its contract with the district, under the following terms for “Fees”: “Our underwriting discount will be not-to-exceed $7 per $1,000 of par amount, subject to negotiation prior to each bond issue, plus reimbursement of our reasonable out-of-pocket expenses.”
There are expected to be four to five issuances of San Dieguito bonds.
All contracts are available to the public through the school districts.
Campaign contributions for these and other ballot measures can found at the County Registrar of Voters Website at: https://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/voters/Eng/proceed.html.