Democrat-turned-independent Lori Saldaña, who placed third in last month’s race for San Diego mayor, is looking for more campaign cash for a low-five-figure post-election personal payback. “I will formally close my campaign account at the end of July,” says a fundraising email to hoped-for financial angels from the ex-assemblywoman. “We made it clear San Diego needs a Mayor who is willing to work on issues like improving public safety, closing the income inequality gap, providing more affordable housing and improving support for people who are homeless…. However, I need your help to pay some final campaign debts.”
According to her most recently posted disclosure statement, for the period ending May 21, the campaign fund had outstanding debts of $11,270, with the $10,000 owed to Saldaña herself for a personal loan she made on January 19. Expenses included $7500 paid to campaign manager Michael Kreizenbeck and $1000 for treasurer Simon Mayeski. As of the end of the period, $50,101 had been raised and $47,598 spent.
Donors included Android software developer Carl Manaster, who used to work for ResMed, the medical device business run by Republican kingpin Peter Farrell, a major contributor to Kevin Faulconer’s political funding and nonprofit One San Diego. Manaster kicked in $1050, as did attorney Cory Briggs, whose hotel-tax-hike measure will appear on the November ballot. Democratic school-board member Kevin Beiser came up with $250.