SLO unions raising more than opponents in campaign against measures A and B

PAC has gotten $24,062 more in cash than citizens group

acornejo@thetribunenews.comAugust 19, 2011 

San Luis Obispo police and fire unions have raised significantly more money for a campaign to defeat city ballot measures A and B than a committee supporting the measures has raised trying to pass them.

The San Luis Obispo Police and Fire Association Political Action Committee has collected $24,062 more in cash contributions than San Luis Obispo Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, a group supporting passage of the measures.

The PAC has raised a total of $59,170 to date in cash contributions compared with the $35,108 raised by Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility.

The latest round of campaign donation disclosures Thursday shows the fire union gave another $15,000 on top of $27,415 previously donated to oppose the measures. The city police union added $5,000.

The PAC has spent $17,945 on advertisements and pamphlets against Measure B since July 18. In total, the group has spent $44,351 in an effort to keep voters from eliminating police and fire unions’ ability to call for a neutral third-party arbiter to choose between city or union contract proposals if the sides can’t agree.

The largest expenditure made by the PAC in the past month was $4,461 to pay for phone banks.

The latest filing by the committee supporting measures A and B, Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, shows an additional $5,670 in cash contributions and $5,012 in nonmonetary donations since its previous filing.

The committee has raised a total of $7,496 in nonmonetary donations, on top of the cash donations, in support of the measures.

The largest of the recent donations supporting passage of the measures came from Poor Richards Press at $2,980. Other notable donations include $500 from former San Luis Obispo City Manager Ken Hampian.

Barnett Cox and Associates, a local public relations firm, donated $5,012 worth of design services in support of measures A and B.

The committee recently spent its funds on advertisements, signs and one campaign worker. A total of $36,485 has been spent to date, leaving the committee with $11,618 on hand for additional campaigning.

Ballots, which can either be mailed or dropped off, must be received by the county clerk-recorder by 8 p.m. Aug. 30. Ballots will be counted that evening.

Reach AnnMarie Cornejo at 781-7939. Stay updated by following @a_cornejo on Twitter.

Measures summarized

Measure A

Asks voters to amend the city charter to eliminate a requirement that the City Council hold an election to obtain voter approval to terminate its contract with CalPERS or negotiate another contract to reduce employee benefits. CalPERS is the statewide retirement system used by San Luis Obispo.

Measure B

Asks voters to repeal binding arbitration, a means of neutral mediation available to public safety unions, and return discussions of such contract issues as wages, hours or terms and conditions of employment to the collective bargaining process.

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