No developer money in council race

By: Joyia Emard,, Loomis News Editor
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No Loomis Town Council candidates have received any money from developers, according to the campaign contribution reports filed by candidates with the town of Loomis.

According to the California Fair Political Practices website, state law dictates that all candidates and their committees for a variety of positions and ballot measures must report and itemize the sources of donations of $100 or more during the reporting period. A California Form 460 was filed by each of the candidates’ campaign committees.

Loomis council candidates Rhonda Morillas, Gary Liss and Dave Wheeler all recently submitted reports to Crickett Strock, Loomis town clerk.

Liss’ report was filed by Patricia Miller, his campaign treasurer and domestic partner. It covers contributions made from Aug. 23 until Oct. 3. Donations to Liss’ campaign total $4,115. The largest donations of $1,000 came from Marilyn Jasper, of Loomis, who is retired and serves on the executive committee of the Motherlode Chapter of the Sierra Club; and another $1,000 was donated by Robert Jasper. Other donations include $250 received from Recology, and $100 donations made by individuals involved in the recycling business that live in San Francisco and San Rafael. Liss and Miller together donated $450. Bill Branch donated $300 and Councilman Walt Scherer donated $200.

Brenda Newsom, treasurer for Rhonda Morillas’ campaign, stated in her report that $3,537 in donations had been received as of Oct. 5; of those $350 was donated by Don Fisher, a family member, and $100 was donated by a local couple. The remaining contributions are credited to “other.” Newsom said the donations in “other” are made up of small donations from locals.

“The donations averaged $25 to $50. Ninety-five percent were $10 or $20 donations made by local people,” Newsom said.

Tom Millward, treasurer for the committee to elect Dave Wheeler, filed in his report that donations through Oct. 5 total $5,873. Jim Holmes, Placer County Supervisor District 3, donated $250; Gary Doupnik Manufacturing, Inc., a Loomis business, donated $250; and Richard Clausen, A Roseville consultant donated $200.  The remaining donations received were in the amount of $99 or less.

The candidate committees must file another 460 form with the town by Oct. 25.