By Jim Tortolano
Campaign contribution statements for those running for seats on the Garden Grove City Council are in, and the biggest contribution was received by the man running with no one else on the ballot.
Councilman Steve Jones, who is seeking the mayor’s spot, received a contribution worth an estimated $58,019 from the Great Wolf Garden Grove. But that wasn’t in cash, it was the “fair market value” of a “Garden Grove Day” at the water park hotel-resort on Harbor Boulevard for 2,000 attendees.
Jones is not running unopposed, but the other candidate is Tony Flores, who is competing as a write-in candidate.
The second largest contribution to Jones’ campaign was $5000 from Outdoor Associates.
For Jones and all other candidates, the statements of income, loans and expenditures through the period of July 1 to Sept. 24 must be submitted to the city clerk’s office and become public record.
Here are the key figures for other candidates who filed the Form 460.
Clay Bock (candidate for Council District 3): Has raised $2797, spent $1497 for a cash-on-hand balance of $1304. No contributions above $250.
Demian Garcia-Monroy (candidate for Council District 5): Raised $6408, spent $3875 with a cash-on-hand of $2422. Contributions include a $5000 loan to self, and $500 from Derrick Nguyen.
Stephanie Klopfenstein (candidate for Council District 5): Raised $5,575, spent $2120.7 with a cash balance of $3000. Biggest contribution was $2000 from Steve Fellner, representing the firefighters’ union, and an $850 loan from parents Mike and Marla Biehl.
Rickk Montoya (candidate for Council District 6): Raised $6906, spent $7432, with a cash balance of $5160. (Montoya reported receiving $5805 in contributions before July 1). Biggest contributions were $2000 from the Garden Grove firefighters’ union, and $2000 from Local 3090 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Kim Nguyen (candidate for Council District 6): Raised $12,310, spent $6440.78 with a cash on-hand-balance of $5,869.32. Biggest contributions were $2000 from the firefighters union and $1000 each from Outdoor Associates and Women in Leadership. She also made a $2000 loan to herself.
Thu Ha Nguyen (candidate for Council District 3): Raised $18,310, spent $4511.22 with a cash balance of $18,516.17. She listed $4480.17 in unpaid expenses. Largest contributions were $2000 from the firefighters and $1000 each from Saigon Xpress, Lien Tran and Phu Nguyen.
John O’Neill (candidate for Council District 2): Raised $3200, spent $1312.01 with a balance of $1887.99. The biggest contributions were $2000 from the United Food and Commercial Workers union and a loan of $1200 from Sylvia O’Neill.
All the figures and totals above reflect contributions and expenses through Sept. 24. Candidates receiving large contributions after that date must file a new form within 24 hours. For example, according to the city clerk’s office, after Sept. 24, O’Neill has received $2500 from the Garden Grove police officers association, as has Klopfenstein. A contribution of $3000 was made to Kim Nguyen.
For a complete record of the candidate filings go to http://www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us and search for “Election Information.”
Figures for the Westminster mayor and city council candidates will be posted on Wednesday.
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