Ramirez's campaign reported receiving donations from Rosenberg ($250), Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian ($350) and former Councilman Mike Kasperzak ($100), who is also serving as his campaign treasurer.
Fellow Planning Commissioner Ellen Kamei is not far behind, reporting about $13,000 in fundraising, including donations from Councilwoman Lisa Matichak ($130), Planning Commissioner Robert Cox ($100) and South Bay Assemblyman Evan Low ($500).
Incumbent Councilwoman Pat Showalter has raised nearly $6,800, including a $1,000 contribution from Deb Henigson, an organizer with the Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning who is also serving as her treasurer. Showalter also received $500 from her former employer, Norma Camacho, CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
Campaign filings were not immediately available for Mayor Lenny Siegel, former Councilman John Inks or Alison Hicks, who have also declared candidacy in the race.
CSA draws record crowd to backpack giveaway
More than 550 children from low-income families received free backpacks and school supplies at an annual giveaway organized last week by the Community Services Agency.
The back to school giveaway goes back more than a decade — so far back that most staff can't quite recall how long it's been going.
Years ago, the backpack event was paid for by the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View. Today, the bill is being footed by Google and the Dudley-Vehmeyer-Brown Memorial Foundation at a cost of about $40,000.
Organizers at CSA say this year's giveaway on July 23 was the largest ever. CSA used a robocall system to alert client families about the event.
Agency officials planned to hand out about 450 backpacks loaded with school supplies such as pencils, pens and erasers. But more families kept coming in, said volunteer coordinator Ladrea Clark. Some children didn't get all the school supplies, but CSA workers were able to find some extra backpacks so everyone got one.
Parents were also given $25 gift cards intended to help buy school clothes or shoes for their children.
"We want the children to feel that they're starting school at the same entry point as any other child," said Anita Grossman, CSA development director.
At the event, Councilman John McAlister donated nine tubs of ice cream and more than 800 cones for all who attended.
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