VALLEJO – Candidates for Vallejo City Council have submitted financial information for their campaigns as the November elections are underway, showing how they have funded their campaigns since July 1.
Health Administrator Peter Bregenzer is leading the fundraiser after receiving more than $16,000 in cash and non-cash donations since July 1, campaign records show. Bregenzer’s campaign raised $9,960 in cash and another $6,354 in non-cash contributions. Bregenzer seeks to represent District 5, the center of Vallejo, on the Vallejo City Council.
Notable contributions included $750 from former Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan, who donated $150 in cash and $600 in auction items. Likewise, council member Katy Miessner donated $200 in cash while donating $2,500 worth of auction items.
During the same period, $1,000 came from Carrie Jurney, $750 from Paula McConnell, wife of Mayor Robert McConnell, $400 from Jimmy Genn and $350 from Cynthia Bregenzer.
Local businesswoman Tara Beasley-Stansberry, candidate for District 5, said she received $12,105 in cash, which includes a $3,000 cash contribution Beasley-Stansberry donated to her own campaign, according to the campaign records. Beasley-Stansberry co-owns Noonie’s Place restaurant with his wife.
The Beasley-Stansberry campaign received major donations of $4,900 from Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and $2,500 from Jamese Beasley, owner of real estate company J Beasley Enterprises. She also received $500 from Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan, $300 from Vallejo Supervisory Advisory Board member Phillip Balbuena, and $100 from Valllejo Community and Volunteer Coordinator Shelee Loughmiller. according to campaign records.
Other District 5 campaigns showed modest gains with college career counselor Tanya Hall giving her campaign a $3,000 loan, while planning commissioner Melissa Bowman received $1,943 in contributions — but the vast majority of that $1,700 she herself donated. She also loaned her campaign an additional $1,900.
Finally, business owner Dwight Monroe Jr. received $1,300 in cash contributions with notable contributions of $500 coming from James Long, pastor of Truth Faith Baptist Church and $100 each from the man of local businessman JD Miller and Tiffanee Jones, who is currently District Manager for State Assemblymember Lori Wilson.
District 4 – Mare Island/West Vallejo
Former Planning Commissioner Chris Platzer got the most funding of the four men seeking to represent District 4 on the Vallejo City Council. The new neighborhood includes Mare Island and Downtown Vallejo.
Platzer received $8,000 in cash contributions, including $3,000 from local businessman Buck Kamphausen. Other notable donations include $1,500 from Mare Island Dry Dock, $1,000 from the Napa-Solano Central Labor Council and $2,000 from Maximilian and Dorothea Platzer.
Planning Commissioner Charles Palmares raised $3,200 in cash contributions with notable donations of $200 each from local realtor Diana Lang and Phillip Balbuena, who serve on the city’s oversight advisory board. Palmares’ campaign also accepted $100 from local activist Liat Meitzenheimer. Palmares also gave his campaign a $200 loan, records show.
Finally, former Vallejo School Board Trustee Ruscal Cayangyang received $2,100 in cash contributions, with notable donations of $250 from Paula McConnell and $200 from Jovanka Beckles, who sits on the board. from AC Transit.
Community advocate Ravi Shankar reported no donations or expenses.
District 2 – North Vallejo
Cassandra James, who serves on the Housing and Community Development Commission, leads all candidates in fundraising in the race for District 2, which represents North Vallejo. James has received more than $9,000 in cash contributions since July, including $4,900 from Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and $1,800 from Dignity CA SEIU Local 2015.
Planning commissioner Diosdado “JR” Matulac raised over $5,000 and also loaned his campaign $10,000.
Matulac received $2,000 each from the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce and Buck Kamphausen, according to campaign records.
He collected smaller donations from well-known sources, including $200 from outgoing Vallejo School Board counselor Tony Ubalde, $200 from Vallejo Vice Mayor Rozzana Verder-Aliga, and $100 from the coordinator of the Valllejo community and volunteer Shelee Loughmiller, according to campaign records. The campaign received $250 from Local 400 Cement Masons and $125 from Dennis Yen.
Meanwhile, community attorney Garrett Toles received $5,600 in cash, the bulk of which, $4,900, came from Kolaboration Ventures Corporation, which operates the V-Town Farms cannabis dispensary in the district. Toles also reported a $500 cash contribution from Gary Banks, who is listed as a business consultant.
Local real estate agent Don Jordan said he received more than $5,300 in the same period, including $2,000 from Associated Tax Services, $1,000 from James Sharpe, who is listed as retired on the funding form from the campaign, and $500 from management consultant Kevin Slater.