Krovoza with the Early Edge Over Wolk in Money Race

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The first test of the viability of anyone’s candidacy is the first reporting period, and while there is a long way to go and things will change, one thing is clear from the first filing: Joe Krovoza is a serious and viable challenger for the State Assembly District seat vacated by Mariko Yamada who is termed out after six years.

The Krovoza campaign amassed $118,161.62 in contributions from the January 1 to June 30 period.  Davis Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wolk was second with $49,856.62.  Napa County Planning Commission and District Representative to Noreen Evans, Matt Pope, amassed about $20,000 and neither Bill Dodd nor Anthony Farrington reported any contributions.

District 4 includes all of Napa and Lake counties, and parts of Sonoma, Colusa, Solano, and Yolo counties.

“I am humbled and heartened by the hundreds of supporters who have responded so quickly and enthusiastically to my candidacy,” said Mr. Krovoza. “This early support sets a solid foundation for my campaign as we move forward.”

Joe Krovoza raised over $100,000 from over 300 individual contributors from mid-May to the end of June.

“Krovoza has a long history of public service and volunteerism, beginning with his role as a community college trustee while a student and including seven years on the California Student Aid Commission.  Krovoza first moved to Davis in 1991 to attend law school at UC Davis and raise his family,” said a release.

“He has served on the Davis City Council since 2010 and as mayor for the past two and a half years.    Krovoza has led major moves toward long-term fiscal sustainability and reexaminations of how the city can best deliver services to its citizens. Krovoza works at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and Energy Efficiency Center where he is Senior Director for Development and External Relations,” the statement continued.

Will Arnold, Dan Wolk’s campaign manager, told the Vanguard on Wednesday, “Dan launched his campaign for Assembly on June 15 and, in the following two weeks, he raised an impressive $50,000. We have been amazed by the level of support the campaign has received thus far, evidenced both by the funds Dan was able to raise in such a short time, and by his growing list of campaign endorsers from throughout the district. This is exactly the start we hoped for.”

—David M. Greenwald reporting

Krovoza Contributions Over $250

NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR

CITY

AMOUNT

ANN EASTMAN

BERKELEY

$4,100.00

BETTY A. DOLE

DAVIS

$4,100.00

BILL IMADA

WEST HOLLYWOOD

$4,100.00

JAMES EASTMAN

BERKELEY

$4,100.00

RICHARD A. DOLE

DAVIS

$4,100.00

LORI D. KATSCH

DAVIS

$2,500.00

ROBERT S. EPSTEIN

BERKELEY

$2,500.00

SUNWEST WILD RICE COMPANY, INC.

WINTERS

$2,500.00

ANDREW F. BURKE

DAVIS

$2,000.00

CHARLES P. TYSON

DAVIS

$1,500.00

JOHN DICKINSON

BERKELEY

$1,500.00

UNIVERSITY IMPORTS AUTOMOTIVE

DAVIS

$1,500.00

ALAN E. PRYOR

DAVIS

$1,000.00

ANDREW HARGADON

DAVIS

$1,000.00

ARQ INTERNATIONAL GROUP

SACRAMENTO

$1,000.00

CC YIN

VACAVILLE

$1,000.00

CINDY E. ANDERSON

DAVIS

$1,000.00

DANIEL OHANLON

DAVIS

$1,000.00

ELIZABETH OHANLON

DAVIS

$1,000.00

JIM GRAY

DAVIS

$1,000.00

JOANNE ENGEBRECHT

DAVIS

$1,000.00

JOANNE ENGEBRECHT

DAVIS

$1,000.00

JOHN PICKEREL

WINTERS

$1,000.00

LAURA PAGE KENNEDY

WASHINGTON

$1,000.00

LESLIE Q. HUNTER

DAVIS

$1,000.00

LORENZO DI BONAVENTURA

LOS ANGELES

$1,000.00

MARY DE WIT

DAVIS

$1,000.00

MICHAEL A. VORHAUS

LOS ANGELES

$1,000.00

MICHAEL A. VORHAUS

LOS ANGELES

$1,000.00

MONT HUBBARD

DAVIS

$1,000.00

RICHARD THOMPSON

MENLO PARK

$1,000.00

SANDRA BERG

LOS ANGELES

$1,000.00

SCOTT GARTNER

STATE COLLEGE

$1,000.00

WILLIAM JULIAN II

DAVIS

$1,000.00

WINSTON KO

DAVIS

$1,000.00

ZHENPING WANG

ELK GROVE

$1,000.00

ROYAL GUEST HOTELS, INC.

DAVIS

$500.50

ALLEN BARNES

DAVIS

$500.00

BRODIE HAMILTON

DAVIS

$500.00

CAMERON ELDRED

HANOVER

$500.00

CATHERINE SCHWARZBACH

PLACERVILLE

$500.00

CHARLES LILLARD

WOODLAND

$500.00

COBY KING

CANOGA PARK

$500.00

CYNTHIA JO RUFF DBA NORCAL LAND

DAVIS

$500.00

DAVID BUNCH

DAVIS

$500.00

DAVID Y. TANG

DAVIS

$500.00

DELLA THOMPSON

DAVIS

$500.00

DENNIS BURKE

RIVERSIDE

$500.00

F. MARK BRALY

DAVIS

$500.00

GARRICK CHANG

DAVIS

$500.00

HARBINDER GILL

SACRAMENTO

$500.00

HOLLY DOREMUS

DAVIS

$500.00

JACQUELINE CLEMENS

DAVIS

$500.00

JAMIE B. MADISON

WINTERS

$500.00

JANET KROVOZA

DAVIS

$500.00

JEROME J. SURAN

DAVIS

$500.00

JODI LIEDERMAN

DAVIS

$500.00

JOHN OTT

DAVIS

$500.00

JONATHAN PERLMAN

DAVIS

$500.00

JOSE GOIN

DAVIS

$500.00

JOSEPH DEULLOA

DAVIS

$500.00

JUDITH E. MOORES

DAVIS

$500.00

LISA YAMAUCHI

DAVIS

$500.00

MALEK BAROODY

DAVIS

$500.00

MANUEL CARBAHAL

DAVIS

$500.00

MARILYN A. MOYLE

DAVIS

$500.00

MICHAEL MCCOY

WINTERS

$500.00

MICHAEL MCCOY

WINTERS

$500.00

MICHAEL O’BRIEN

DAVIS

$500.00

MOHINI JAIN

DAVIS

$500.00

NATHAN NANZER

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE

$500.00

NICOLE BIGGART

DAVIS

$500.00

PATSY OWENS

DAVIS

$500.00

PAUL SIMMONS

DAVIS

$500.00

RICHARD MAROVICH

DAVIS

$500.00

RICHARD SCHUMAN

DAVIS

$500.00

ROBERT CANNING

DAVIS

$500.00

SPYROS TSEREGOUNIS

DAVIS

$500.00

STEPHEN HENSON

SOUTH PASADENA

$500.00

TERRY D. WILL

DAVIS

$500.00

TIMOTHY M. TAYLOR

DAVIS

$500.00

VICKI T. BEATON

SACRAMENTO

$500.00

WESLEY BOYD

BERKELEY

$500.00

WILLIAM JULIAN II

DAVIS

$500.00

JIM GREY

DAVIS

$483.12

WILLIAM VALENTINE

NEWPORT BEACH

$450.00

JOSEPH KROVOZA

DAVIS

$400.00

DOS COYOTE

DAVIS

$324.00

JODI LIEDERMAN

DAVIS

$320.00

AMUL PUROHIT

DAVIS

$301.00

EI HUA LIANG

DAVIS

$300.00

JEAN JACKMAN

DAVIS

$300.00

JOHN HARVEY

DAVIS

$300.00

RONGHUA LI

WOODLAND

$300.00

WILLIAM L. OWENS

DAVIS

$300.00

WU AND PAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES

SACRAMENTO

$300.00

STRELIZIA FLOWER COMPANY

DAVIS

$270.00

BEST WESTERN INN

DIXON

$251.00

ALVIN D. SOKOLOW

DAVIS

$250.00

ALVIN D. SOKOLOW

DAVIS

$250.00

AMY JAFFE

FPO

$250.00

ANNETTE E. FINEBERG

DAVIS

$250.00

ANTHONY EGGERT

DAVIS

$250.00

BEDFORD MCINTOSH

MONROVIA

$250.00

BRIDGES, INC.

SACRAMENTO

$250.00

CARRIE SHAW

DAVIS

$250.00

CHRISTOPHER BEESON

DIABLO

$250.00

DAVID SZE

SAN MATEO

$250.00

DAWN M. DONAHUE

DAVIS

$250.00

DAWN MYERS PURKEY

DAVIS

$250.00

DELLA THOMPSON

DAVIS

$250.00

DENNIS J. DINGEMANS

DAVIS

$250.00

ERIK WISNER

DAVIS

$250.00

EVELYN MATTEUCCI

DAVIS

$250.00

FRANK LOGE

DAVIS

$250.00

GAEA FASHIONS DBA JEANNIE JOHNG-NISHIKAWA

DAVIS

$250.00

GAIL KLEIN

DAVIS

$250.00

H. M. ZHANG

DAVIS

$250.00

HAMILTON CANDEE

SAN FRANCISCO

$250.00

HAROLD THOMAS

SACRAMENTO

$250.00

HARRISON C. DUNNING

DAVIS

$250.00

HARRY H. CHENG

DAVIS

$250.00

JEREMIAH WILSON

LOS ANGELES

$250.00

MEEA KANG

DAVIS

$250.00

MICHAEL BARR

DAVIS

$250.00

RALPH ALDREDGE

DAVIS

$250.00

RICHARD MAROVICH

DAVIS

$250.00

RICHARD VORPE

DAVIS

$250.00

ROBERT DAVIDSON

DAVIS

$250.00

ROBERT DAVIDSON

DAVIS

$250.00

ROBERT MAZALEWSKI

DAVIS

$250.00

RODNEY NISHIKAWA

DAVIS

$250.00

SIVA GUNDA

DAVIS

$250.00

SUSAN HANDY

DAVIS

$250.00

THOMAS A. CAHILL

DAVIS

$250.00

WILLIAM KISSINGER

MILL VALLEY

$250.00

WILLIAM YATES

PORTLAND

$250.00

 

WOLK CONTRIBUTIONS OVER $250

 

NAME OF CONTRIBUTOR

CITY

AMOUNT

BRUCE WOLK

DAVIS

$4,100.00

KEVIN DE LEON FOR SENATE 2014

LOS ANGELES

$4,100.00

WOLK FOR SENATE 2012

ELK GROVE

$2,100.00

MARK DESAULNIER FOR ASSEMBLY 2016

SACRAMENTO

$2,000.00

WOLK FOR SENATE 2012

ELK GROVE

$2,000.00

A. TEICHERT & SON, INC.

SACRAMENTO

$1,000.00

CASS SYLVIA FOR YOLO COUNTY GUARDIAN

DAVIS

$1,000.00

GREENBERGTRAURIG

MIAMI

$1,000.00

HELEN MAC LEOD THOMSON

DAVIS

$1,000.00

MARGARET JOHNS

DAVIS

$1,000.00

MATT CHENEY

SAN FRANCISCO

$1,000.00

VANESSA ERRECARTE

DAVIS

$1,000.00

VICTOR BUCHER

DAVIS

$1,000.00

ROYAL GUEST HOTELS, INC.

DAVIS

$501.00

BEN BOURNE

DAVIS

$500.00

COLDWELL BANKER/DOUG AROLD REAL ESTATE, INC.

DAVIS

$500.00

CRAIG REYNOLDS

DAVIS

$500.00

CRAIGHTON CHIN, M.D.

DAVIS

$500.00

DAVIS COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES

DAVIS

$500.00

HEIDY KELLISON

DAVIS

$500.00

JIM BEALL FOR SENATE 2016

NOVATO

$500.00

LINDA DOBRIS

DAVIS

$500.00

LUTHER WATKINS

DAVIS

$500.00

MARK BRALY

DAVIS

$500.00

MARTHA ARNOLD

DAVIS

$500.00

MOHINI JAIN

DAVIS

$500.00

RICHARD BOURNE

DAVIS

$500.00

SHUN YAO

DAVIS

$500.00

TED CALDWELL

DAVIS

$500.00

TERRENCE DERMODY

STOCKTON

$500.00

THOMAS CROSS

DAVIS

$500.00

TRICIA NEAL

DAVIS

$500.00

WILL ARNOLD

DAVIS

$500.00

ANDREW BRADLEY

PALO ALTO

$300.00

JUDITH WYDICK

DAVIS

$300.00

BROOKS PAINTING, INC.

DAVIS

$250.00

CHRIS BEATTY

PHILO

$250.00

CHUCK KROUSE

DAVIS

$250.00

DEBORAH POULOS

DAVIS

$250.00

DIANE HOFFMAN

WINTERS

$250.00

DONALD MORRILL

DAVIS

$250.00

EDWARD PRIETO

WOODLAND

$250.00

ELISA LEVY

DAVIS

$250.00

GARY SANDY

WOODLAND

$250.00

IRWIN NOWICK

SACRAMENTO

$250.00

JENIFER SHORT

DAVIS

$250.00

JOHN POULOS

DAVIS

$250.00

KATRINA MCMORROW

DAVIS

$250.00

LAW OFFICE OF MARY-ALICE COLEMAN

DAVIS

$250.00

LONI HANCOCK FOR STATE SENATE 2012

SACRAMENTO

$250.00

MARTHA WEST

DAVIS

$250.00

MARTY BLOCK

SACRAMENTO

$250.00

MICHAEL P BARTOLIC

DAVIS

$250.00

MIKE LEVY

DAVIS

$250.00

PAMELA MARRONE

DAVIS

$250.00

RAMON DE LA GUARDIA

JOHNSON CITY

$250.00

REED YOUMANS

DAVIS

$250.00

RICK HOFFMANN

WINTERS

$250.00

ROBERT RUBIN

SACRAMENTO

$250.00

RON GLICK

DAVIS

$250.00

SCOTT LAY

DAVIS

$250.00

STEPHEN HARDY

VACAVILLE

$250.00

TED CALDWELL

DAVIS

$250.00

TRACY KRUMPEN

NAPA

$250.00

WILLIAM BERNHEIM

DAVIS

$250.00

WILLIAM ROE

DAVIS

$250.00

WILLIAM WEISGERBER

DAVIS

$250.00

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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40 thoughts on “Krovoza with the Early Edge Over Wolk in Money Race”

  1. medwoman

    [quote]The Krovoza campaign amassed $1118,161.62 in contributions from the January 1 to June 30 period[/quote]

    If that number is correct as written, my money is on Krovoza !
    I suspect the correct number is $118,161.62. In which case, he is still ahead, but not by a landslide ; )

  2. SODA

    yes, medwoman, I was amazed too. also may want to make clear that Will Arnold is DAN’s manager. the way it reads, sounds like Joe’s to the uninitiated!

  3. Brian Riley

    Let’s see if we can wrap our minds around this one… Joe Krovoza works in the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, and he has received a political donation from money which the State of California deems to be the community property of Linda Katehi and her husband, while Linda Katehi is a supervisor in the chain of command over Joe Krovoza? Is that right? Or did Katehi’s husband take that money from a special pot of money set aside from before his marriage that is his sole property?

  4. highbeam

    Sorry from copy editing – it has been a rough several weeks, and i am still in between homes, and no internet where i am staying…so morning shuttling to a Starbucks to proofread. Thanks for correcting that number, D.

  5. JustSaying

    “Let’s see if we can wrap our minds around this one….”

    Brian Riley, I realize you’re implying something underhanded is going on here. But, I’m missing your drift. What’s the offensive scoop?

  6. Davis Progressive

    while brian is trying to make something out of krovoza’s ucd connections, i’d point out former interim fire chief weisgerber who opposed staffing changes donated to wolk (who voted to oppose fire staffing changes)

    is wolk going to be the candidate for the firefighter’s union?

  7. Growth Izzue

    [quote]while brian is trying to make something out of krovoza’s ucd connections, i’d point out former interim fire chief weisgerber who opposed staffing changes donated to wolk (who voted to oppose fire staffing changes)

    is wolk going to be the candidate for the firefighter’s union?
    [/quote]

    DP, good find, I’ll never vote for Krovoza or Frerichs because of their fire staffing votes.

  8. Mr.Toad

    You see what this starts. Let’s remember people donate for all sorts of reasons. In my mind the biggest differential factor is probably age. Joe’s friends are older, more established and hopefully have less college debt.

  9. Birdman

    Its well known whoever gets the unions support (that means the firefighters) will most likely win the seat. It will be interesting to see who gets the nod. Good luck Joe 😉

  10. Mr.Toad

    Its well known whoever gets the unions support (that means the firefighters) will most likely win the seat.

    Does that mean just the firefighters or does it mean all unions? Although the firefighters have been the most powerful union in Davis they are not the most powerful when it comes to the legislature. So is your issue just with the firefighters or are you against all unions?

  11. Davis Progressive

    six years ago, the unions pushed a dead campaign and gave it life. however, no one raised the issue of union influence. that’s not going to be the same this time.

  12. Mr.Toad

    Yes friends and families donate. I’m sure a thorough analysis would show money from both these groups for all the candidates. An interesting question is when did these guys start taking donations? I know Joe announced sometime before Dan did. There is a long way to go this is going to be a marathon race. Both Joe and Dan are going to raise a lot of money and have already demonstrated their fundraising abilities. I’m sure the other candidates will do so as well as this race heats up. If you are going to start picking apart who got money from whom before groups like Students First and CTA weigh in you are going to miss the big dichotomy your representative in Sacramento will face.

  13. Growth Izzue

    [quote]DP, good find, I’ll never vote for Krovoza or Frerichs because of their fire staffing votes. [/quote]

    I made an error, I want to change that to:

    DP, good find, I’ll never vote for [b]WOLK[/b] or Frerichs because of their fire staffing votes.

  14. Davis Progressive

    “Yes friends and families donate. I’m sure a thorough analysis would show money from both these groups for all the candidates. An interesting question is when did these guys start taking donations? “

    more interesting is how much money did dan get that is not directly attributable to three categories: (1) his mother’s employees (2) former client’s of his mother’s employees (3) associations of his parents

  15. Anonymous Pundit

    It was Dan Wolk who voted with the firefighters, not Krovoza.

    Krovoza’s contributions represent a very diverse group; while Dan Wolk’s represent his mother’s connections. This does not bode well for Dan.

    Unions can be influencial, but they do not all march to the same drummer. If they did, they would likely be backing Pope, a Union organizer.

  16. Robb Davis

    My understanding is that at this stage in a campaign money is a proxy for popularity–a sign to “everyone” whether a candidacy is “serious” or whether they have widespread support in the community. So when I see significant sums of money coming from Stockton, Southern Cal, Berkeley, Sacramento or other places outside the district in question I ask how this indicates the “seriousness” or “viability” of a candidate or the actual level of popular support locally. I am not sure what it means.

    The only thing I do know is that when I see hundreds of thousands of dollars going into a single–state level–campaign I am saddened. I really like Dan and I really like Joe and that has nothing to do with whether I agree with them on everything they do on the CC (I don’t). I think they are decent people. But I am disturbed by how much money we accept going into these races when we have so many other needs in our community. I know, I know, this money is not “fungible”–people giving to these candidates are unlikely to give it for any other purpose. But still…

    Am I the only one who feels this way? When I read the comments here (they are not inaccurate) that blithely acknowledge the influence that is being purchased with these donations I can only say that ours is a broken system–and I am sad about that.

  17. Mr.Toad

    “six years ago, the unions pushed a dead campaign and gave it life. however, no one raised the issue of union influence. that’s not going to be the same this time.”

    Davis Progressive are there any unions you like? Or can it be said that Davis Progressive is anti-union?

  18. Brian Riley

    Just to give a little more context, Katehi’s husband was offered a salary to serve as a kind of an “assistant” in the administration. He earns $154,500.00 per year.

    That means the husband and wife team together take in $563,415.00 in base salary plus vehicle allowance, and that figure doesn’t include retirement benefits and the value of the free housing received by living in the chancellor’s residence. Once we take into account the housing and retirement we’re talking about something like $700K for the pair.

  19. Brian Riley

    @SODA: No, he’s listed as a “lecturer,” but is not a tenure-track professor. He has an office in Bainer Hall. Mostly, as I understand it, he has been working on wooing corporations to get involved in “partnerships” with UC Davis.

    He is called “Professor,” but that’s just a form of address, as a courtesy thing.

  20. Brian Riley

    @Mr. Toad and @Just Saying:

    If that money is the community property of both Linda Katehi and her husband, then that means that, in effect, the donation is a joint donation from both her and her husband.

    Does that make sense to you? If you were running for political office, would you feel right if *your boss* (or your boss’s boss) gave you a campaign donation? If you got elected, would you then feel that you could make decisions in office completely free of the influence of your boss?

  21. Mr.Toad

    i don’t have a problem with it. Its not like the Koch brothers trying to be less than transparent about funneling $10,000,000 to beat prop 30. You complain about Katehi’s husband and someone else complains about a firefighter. How about people focus on the big issues facing the state.

  22. Brian Riley

    @Mr. Toad: It’s not just about Katehi’s husband. Unless they have prenuptial agreement, which is doubtful, then that money that is registered as a donation in his name actually counts as a joint donation from both of them, per California community property law.

  23. medwoman

    Robb

    [quote]The only thing I do know is that when I see hundreds of thousands of dollars going into a single–state level–campaign I am saddened[/quote]

    As you know, I am with you on this. The question for both of us is, is it important enough to us to attempt to show that there might be another way ?

  24. Mr.Toad

    “The only thing I do know is that when I see hundreds of thousands of dollars going into a single–state level–campaign I am saddened”

    Yes I agree but that is the system we have so we need to change it. Until we can change we shouldn’t condemn those that need to work within that system for doing so..

  25. Brian Riley

    @Mr. Toad: That still doesn’t excuse the donation from Katehi and her husband, which seems immoral to me, if not in violation of any rules.

    How is Krovoza now supposed to do anything, politically, on the CC, without thinking about that donation, or do anything on the job in his position in the transportation studies institute without thinking about the attempted undue influence of his superiors? This is the kind of political “tone deafness” and incompetence that got us into the Nov. 18 mess in the first place.

  26. Mr.Toad

    As Jesse Unruh said “If you can’t drink a lobbyist’s whiskey, take his money, sleep with his women and still vote against him in the morning, you don’t belong in politics.”

    If there is a conflict between the mayor and his job at the university its not because of this donation. It seems to me that, if anything, his working under Katehi would be more problematic. Of course if we were to exclude anyone with an economic relationship with UC from serving we would have excluded not only the current mayor but also Lois Wolk, Ruth Asmundsen, Steve Souza, Jerry Kaneko, and Sue Greenwald among many others

  27. Mr.Toad

    “@Mr. Toad: And what’s in it for you, if you’re continuing to run interference for Katehi?”

    i don’t think there is anything in it for me. I simply disagree a $500 donation is corrupting. I think there is more of a chance of a conflict if you or your spouse work for UC and you serve on the city council. Yet I don’t think anyone has ever raised the issue before you Brian or accused anyone of being compromised by serving the City of Davis while being connected to UC. If you are correct Brian you would be the first to address an issue that has been hiding in plain sight for decades. Maybe historically what was good for UC was good for Davis and that is no longer the case. So maybe you are the first to raise this for good reason. However I disagree.

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