By Miriam Raftery
October 30, 2018 (El Cajon) – Council Ben Kalasho has raised $10,259.77 for the reporting period ending October 20th, and 100% of that was donated by Kalasho, who lists no other donors to his campaign. By contrast, his opponent, Councilman Gary Kendrick, has raised $23,170 this reporting period. For the campaign to date, Kendrick has raised over $46,000 while Kalasho has received $22,200 total, according to reports filed with the city of El Cajon.
In the most recent reporting period, Kendrick reports donations from 22 different donors. Most striking is a $10,000 donation from Waste Management, which withdrew its financial support of Kalasho’s chamber of commerce after Kalasho failed to recuse himself on a vote on city trash liens in which he had a conflict of interest since Waste Management is the city’s trash hauling service.
Other large donations to Kendrick include hefty funds from developer and real estate interests: $6,000 from San Diego Realty Group Inc., $1,250 from two members of the Dentt family employed by Dentt Properties, a developer, $1,000 from real estate firm Hanken Cono Assad & Co. and $1,000 from San Diego Realty Group. He also received $2,140 from Gregg Hamann, investor, and $1,420 from the J.C.
The El Cajon Police Officers Association gave $1,500 to Kendrick and Citizens for a Better East County donated $1,250.
Contributions from $500 to $750 were made by La Mesa Councilwoman Kristine Alessio and County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk Ernest Dronenberg. There were also several smaller donations of $150 or less from individuals in occupatons ranging from recycler to taxpayers’ rights advocate to the pastor of Foothills Church.