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Candidates work on war chests

January 25, 2013|By Alene Tchekmedyian and Kelly Corrigan, Times Community News

With the Feb. 26 primary fast approaching, candidates for public office in Burbank have begun fundraising in earnest, records show.

The six hopefuls vying for three City Council seats have collectively raised nearly $30,000 on the campaign, according to recent campaign expenditure reports filed at the city clerk’s office.

LAPD Officer Bob Frutos is leading fundraising efforts in the first stretch of the race, having amassed $7,799 in contributions as of Jan. 12.

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Roughly half that amount comes from a $4,200 loan from himself, but the other half comes from 19 sources, including $250 from the Los Angeles Police Protective League — the union that represents L.A. police officers — and $100 from Burbank Police Commissioner Elise Stearns-Niesen.

All but four of his sources are Burbank-affiliated, according to his statement.

Frutos reported spending $5,915 on campaign materials as of Jan. 12.

On Tuesday, Frutos — who is running again after losing the 2011 election by 86 votes — hosted a campaign kickoff where he raised an additional $1,000, which will be logged on his next financial statement, he said.

“A lot of people who supported me the last time are definitely excited abut my candidacy, running again,” he said.

Optometrist David Gordon, who is serving his seventh year on the council, has amassed $6,187 thus far, including $3,000 he lent to his campaign.

The remaining $3,187 comes from 20 sources, 15 of which are Burbank-affiliated.

“In a difficult economy, it’s difficult for people to make contributions,” Gordon said. ”I greatly appreciate the support that’s come in.”

He has spent $4,005 on campaign materials, according to his Jan. 12 statement.

Jess Talamantes, a retired firefighter who’s wrapping up his first term on the council, has collected $4,847 in campaign contributions, including $2,910 he lent to himself, according to the filings.

Talamantes culled $1,750 from eight Burbank residents and one business — Burbank’s Handy Market. He had spent $2,805 on campaign materials as of Jan. 12.

Political newcomer Juan Guillen has reportedly received $4,434 — $684 of which he lent to himself.

He reported a $250 contribution from Luther Middle School Assistant Principal Liz Costella and $40 from Carlos Cerdan, a Los Angeles Unified teacher.

The remaining $3,460 was collected at a pizza fundraiser with students from Downey Adult School, where he teaches physical fitness, he said.

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