Garrett Harris 10:11 p.m., May 23
Irwin Jacobs bankrolls $2.8 billion San Diego Unified school bond campaign; Buzz Woolley opposes
The campaign to pass Proposition Z, a $2.8 billion bond measure put on the ballot by the San Diego Unified school district, has collected $266,075 through September 30.
A good chunk of the money has come from firms with a stake in public school construction projects, but the biggest donor was Qualcomm billionaire Irwin Jacobs of La Jolla; he and his wife Joan kicked in a total of $80,000 on September 29.
The Jacobs donation marks yet another big money contribution during what is shaping as the busiest political season yet for the controversial Democrat, who has given $2 million to support the re-election of president Barack Obama while at the same time endorsing GOP city councilman Carl DeMaio's bid to become mayor of San Diego.
According to its most recent disclosure statement, filed October 5 and posted online by the county registrar of voters, the "Save Our Neighborhood Schools - Yes on Z " committee spent $174,573, and ended the reporting period with $106,140.
Besides Jacobs and his wife Joan, donors included contractor Gafcon, Inc., with $5,000 on September 19; Mike Kooyman of PCM3 ($5,000, August 29); CSDA Architects of San Francisco ($5,000, September 18); and PJHM Architects of San Clemente ($10,000, August 31).
Gafcon also loaned the Yes on Z committee $15,000.
On the other side of the issue from Jacobs is R.B. "Buzz" Woolley, founder of the Jacobs-backed Voice of San Diego online news site.
Woolley gave $10,000 to oppose Prop Z on September 13, according to the No on Z committee's disclosure filing. He was joined by the San Diego County Apartment Association PAC, with $5,000 on September 28, and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association PAC, with $2,000 on September 11.
As reported here earlier today, a firm run by Woolley's fellow charter school advocate Rod Dammeyer - who last year teamed with Jacobs in a failed attempt to remake the school board by adding appointed members - contributed $3,350 to the Taxpayers Association PAC on August 29.
As of the September 30 reporting deadline, the No no Z forces had raised $17,000, and had unpaid bills of $20,000, with $16,985 of cash on hand.