With less than a week left until Election Day, the campaign in support of Palo Alto schools parcel tax Measure A has raised more than $88,800, according to the latest campaign finance report filed with the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.
The "Support Palo Alto Schools Yes on A" campaign managed to nearly double its fundraising since the last filing, which covered the period ending on March 21. The new report covers the period from March 22 through April 18.
The campaign has been rallying support for Measure A in recent weeks -- phone-banking, sending mailers and holding meetings with likely voters as some vocal opposition to the tax has emerged online. (Read: Battle over Measure A heats up)
No arguments opposing Measure A were submitted to the registrar.
Measure A would raise the $638 per-parcel tax that voters now pay by $120, to $758 per parcel. The tax would begin on July 1 and last six years with 2 percent annual increases, the same as the last parcel-tax increase that Palo Altans approved in 2010.
Top donors for this period, all of whom each gave the largest donation amount so far of $2,500, include: local real estate developers Gates Land Company and Keenan Land Company; San Francisco-based Deems Lewis McKinley (DLS) Architecture firm, which oversees the design for many district projects; fs3 Hodges, a construction management firm at which district's director of bond program management, Tom Hodges, is a principal; community advocate William (Bill) Reller; Sarah Sands, who serves on the Partners in Education (Pie) advisory council; and community member Diana Lee.
PiE Board of Directors President Asha Guha also chipped in $,1000, as did "Yes on A" campaign co-chair Nana Chancellor and community members Kimberly Klikoff, Jeff Magioncalda and Robyn Reiss.
Contributors at the $500-level this period include PiE's director of marketing, Susie Levine; the district's law firm, Dannis Woliver Kelly (DWK); and parent and former Stanford University dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising, Julie Lythcott-Haims.
The Leonard Wheeler Ely III Trust, a foundation started in honor of Palo Alto businessman and philanthropist Leonard Ely, also donated $500.
Palo Alto Unified Superintendent Max McGee donated $100, as did former PTA president Sigrid Pinsky and current president Susan Usman.
The Addison Elementary, Fairmeadow Elementary and Gunn High schools' PTAs followed suit from site PTAs who donated $999 during the last filing period.
The "Yes on A" campaign has so far spent about $46,500, with the lion's share of that ($28,000) going to TBWB Strategies, a San Francisco-based strategy and communications consulting firm that specializes in public finance ballot measures supporting programs, services and facilities.
With just under $40,000 received this period, the "Yes on A" campaign coffers remain flush with about $42,300.
The election takes place on Tuesday, May 5, but as it is an all-mail ballot election, there will be no polling places on Election Day. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day and must be received by Friday, May 8 (three days after the election). Ballots that are returned in-person must be received by 8 p.m. on May 5, and can be dropped off at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. The registrar will also be offering early voting and drive-thru drop-off sites at City Hall on Saturday, May 2.
As of Thursday, April 30, 14,174 Palo Alto ballots had been returned, according to Registrar of Voters Media Officer Philip Chantri.
More information is available from the Registrar of Voters' Office at 1-408-299-VOTE (8683); toll-free at 1-866-430-VOTE (8683) or sccvote.org.