continued Another "retired" donor listed by Murphy is H. Page Howe of Carlsbad, who gave the campaign $250 on December 22, 2000. Financial-disclosure statements on file with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission list Howe as a "self-employed investor." In a filing dated November 20, 2000, Howe is reported to be chairman of the board of Kwickweb.Com, Inc., a "development-stage company" formed in 1999 "to develop residential financial analysis software for real estate brokers." That plan was later abandoned, according to the filing, and in June 2000, the company formed Internet Properties Development, Inc., as "a wholly owned subsidiary to pursue the development and incubation of emerging Internet-based business, and going forward we intend to focus on the development and expansion of our Internet incubator business."
The filing also notes, "We have incurred operating losses since our inception and, as of September 30, 2000, had an accumulated net loss of $892,148. We have not generated any revenues to date, and we expect to incur operating losses until such time as we can conduct our operations in a profitable manner. We are unable to predict when we will be able to generate profits from operations, and there can be no guarantees that we will be able to do so."
As of last week, according to a news release from Internet Properties Development, the "retired" Howe was busy promoting Internet domain names for golfers. "We believe that .golf represents a huge improvement over the existing options open to golfers and the golf industry."
In addition to the former Roberts contributors, Murphy was also able to draw in new construction-industry donors who had given to neither candidate during the campaign. Alpine's John Benson, president of Squires-Belt Material Company, which records show sells stucco, drywall, and other construction material, gave $500 on December 27. Benson's contribution, which exceeded the $250-per-election contribution limit, was booked as being divided equally for the March 2000 primary election, as well as the November runoff, although they were made on the same day.
Engineer Richard David Black of Westminster, Colorado, gave $250 on December 20, as did Douglas Sain of Sain communications, a onetime staffer to ex-city councilman Harry Mathis. James Likins of Del Mar, a consultant with GeoCon, Inc., gave $150 on December 20. Other Murphy donors that same day included Brian Mooney, environmental planner, Mooney & Associates ($250); and Tommy Johnson, a construction contractor from Clayton, California ($250). Henry Pizarro, of San Antonio, Texas, listed as retired, also gave $250 on December 27.
Steve Zapoticzny, in charge of local environmental and occupational health issues for Kelco, contributed $150. In 1996, Kelco, which harvests and processes kelp, agreed to pay a $1.8 million fine to the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration for air-pollution violations. At the time Zapoticzny said the company neither admitted nor denied the allegations.
Pacific Beach's Karen Turk, wife of contractor Mike Turk, a onetime partner with Roger Hedgecock in various North Park condo projects, gave $250 on November 14 and another $250 a day later. La Jolla's Jeanette Webb gave $250. James Ahern, a real estate broker from La Jolla, gave $150 on November 17. Xingli Gan, listed as retired, gave $200 on November 17.
But Murphy wasn't San Diego's only newly elected official to hit the fundraising trail.
Employees of Shea Homes, a residential-development company based in Orange County, were the largest post-election contributors to fifth district city councilman Brian Maienschein. On December 8, Shea president Mark Brock and staffers Bradley Pontius, John Vance, and James Yoder each gave $250. Shea is one of the largest home builders in Scripps Ranch and other neighborhoods within Maienschein's district. Marcia Gaboury of Laguna Niguel, wife of another Shea executive, gave $250 on December 11. Other late donors included Douglas Leiber, the assistant general manager of the Rancho Bernardo Inn, who gave $250 on December 27. Hershell Price, a Del Mar developer, one-time stadium-board member, and boyfriend of county supervisor Pam Slater, gave $250 on December 15.
Maienschein's disclosure statement shows he lent his campaign -- which raised $194,665 through December, 2000 -- a total of $38,500.
Second District councilman Scott Peters made a personal loan of $27,000 to his campaign on October 30, less than a week before election day. On November 1, six days before the election, he made an $8000 loan, and on December 29, he made yet another loan of $17,500. Total outstanding campaign debts of the Peters campaign as of the end of the year were $218,000, the bulk of which was owed to him personally. In early November, Peters told a Union-Tribune reporter that he was forced to loan his own money to the campaign because his opponent had been endorsed by the building-industry lobby. "That's generally where money comes from in San Diego politics, so we've had to make up for that by kicking in our own funds."
But the builders apparently weren't sore losers. After the election, they quickly jumped onto the Peters fundraising bandwagon, and Peters did not refuse their largess. Developer Morgan Dene Oliver and his wife each gave $250 on November 16, as did LaDonna Monsees, president of Newland Communities; Newland CEO Robert McCleod; David Poole, a civil engineer with Brookfield Homes; James Hunter, executive vice president with Corky McMillin; Lennar Communities lobbyist Michel Anderson; developer James McMillan; Ernest Wright and Debra Keough of EHW Management; Laurie M. McKinley of MNA Consulting; as well as developer attorneys John Ponder, Earl H. Maas III, and Ali M.M. Mojdehi.
On November 27, Bevin Beaudet, a vice president of Ch2M Hill, a large consulting firm specializing in toxic cleanups, water treatment, and sewage systems, gave the campaign $250, as did Ch2M Hill's Theodore Popowchak. Peters is the chairman of Mayor Dick Murphy's clean-water task force, which among other issues will grapple with the problem of runoff and treatment of effluent generated by new development.
Over in the Seventh District, Councilman Jim Madaffer was also busy collecting post-election campaign money. On December 7, Montgomery Watson's Harold Glaser and Mark Biggers gave $250, as did Gordon McKenzie and Timothy England of Laguna Beach's Polygon Development, Audrey Doherty of Bendetto Advocacy, Vernon Turley and Eugene Luth of Luth & Turley Construction, John Hanson of Pacific Soils in Oceanside, William Dick of Project Design Consultants, consultant Jan Nunning Devries, David Novak of Cox Communications, and financial advisor Cynthia Piazza.