Candidate Peggy Wolff leads in fund raising and campaign spending with nearly $18,000 in contributions among the three candidates running for the Laguna Beach school board, according to financial disclosure records filed with the Registrar of Voters office in Santa Ana.
Both first-time office-seekers Wolff and Howard Hills filed disclosure forms required of candidates that expect to raise more than $2,000 during their campaign, while incumbent Jan Vickers filed a different form for those who expect to stay under the $2,000 cap.
Wolff reported contributions of $17,743 with a $1,398 balance, according to her Oct. 22 filing.
Hills’ campaign filing shows total contributions of $15,450, including a $1,000 loan from himself, and a balance of $4,880 as of Oct 22.
Hills was unaware his campaign was out of compliance with the disclosure filing rules until contacted this week by the Indy. He said he had prepared the forms ahead of the filing deadline, but had entrusted them to his daughter who he discovered had failed to mail them.
In an interview this week, Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley said Hills had missed the Oct. 27 pre-election filing cutoff and will be subject to penalties. “The law is pretty clear. He will receive a letter saying he missed the deadline,” Kelley said. Penalties amount to $10 a day.
Hills rectified the lapse by personally delivering the forms to the registrar’s office Wednesday, Nov. 2. In doing so, he would avoid more penalties and avert further enforcement action by the Fair Political Practices Commission, according to a letter from the registrar’s campaign disclosure filing officer Christina Avila.
Hills’s contributors include current school board member Dee Perry and residents David Vanderveen, Dr. Gary Arthur, Wenjie Li, Jennifer Zeiter and David Flores.
Wolff’s contributors include former board members Theresa O’Hare, Betsy Jenkins and El Hathaway and soon to retire board president Bill Landsiedel; City Council members Robert Zur Schmiede and Toni Iseman and former mayor Jane Egly.
The biggest expense of the Wolff and Hills campaigns went towards print ads and yard signs, their disclosure forms say.
Vickers says she recycles her signs from past elections.
“Hills was unaware his campaign was out of compliance with the disclosure filing rules until contacted this week by the Indy. He said he had prepared the forms ahead of the filing deadline, but had entrusted them to his daughter who he discovered had failed to mail them.”
Howie is a past president of the Laguna Beach Republicans. It is NEVER the Republican’s fault. Always blame someone else.
You can put Howie in a non-partisan(LOL) race, but you can’t take being
a Republican out of Howie!