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School Bond Campaign Contributions Near $250,000, Dominated by Outside Firms


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October 31, 2018 -- The campaign for a local school bond has raised nearly $250,000, thanks to major contributions from companies outside Santa Monica and local PTAs, according to the latest campaign finance disclosure statements.

With less than one week before voters decide the fate of Measure SMS -- a record $485 million bond to improve and build facilities at Santa Monica's public schools -- the campaign has raised a total of $236,135.

To date, $169,550 in cash contributions has come from 44 entities from outside Santa Monica, while the remaining $66,585 has come from 22 local contributors.

Since the last reporting period ended September 22, 24 contributors from outside Santa Monica have given a total of $88,550 as of noon Wednesday.

As was the case during the previous reporting period, most are companies that provide consulting, design, engineering and construction services ("Santa Monica School Bond Measure Largely Bankrolled by Outside Firms," October 4, 2018).

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The largest out-of-town contributions -- of $10,000 each -- were made by HMC Architects from Ontario, California, and McCarthy Holdings, Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri.

HMC designed the Santa Monica-Malibu USD High School/Middle School Expansion, while McCarthy was awarded a $54.2 million contract this year to rebuild the front third of Malibu High School.

Arcadis, a firm based in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, that provides design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services, contributed $7,000.

Four construction-related unions contributed a total of $10,500.

Of the local contributions made since September 22, five totaling $30,050 were made by local PTAs and PTSAs.

They include the PTAs at Roosevelt, Will Rogers and SMASH; the PTSA at Samohi and the Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs, which was the biggest contributor to the campaign with $11,051.

The Santa Monica Police Officers Association (POA) contributed $8,384; Mike Sullivan, the owner of LAcarGUY, contributed $5,000, while Santa Monica Forward contributed $3,290.

Five individuals contributed $500 or less.

According to the finance statements for the period covering September 23 to October 10, the SMS campaign spent $106,450, bringing its total expenditures to $122,093.

There is no opposition campaign, and no opposing arguments were submitted for the ballot ("Record Bond Measure for Santa Monica Schools Draws No Opposing Ballot Arguments," September 12, 2018).


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