In a campaign largely bankrolled by one of its members, the Small City Preservation Committee has received more than $3,200 in cash contributions, including $100 from a Lodi planning commissioner.
The group, looking to thwart plans for a Wal-Mart Supercenter at Lower Sacramento Road and Kettleman Lane, received an additional $2,900 in in-kind contributions and a $10,000 loan.
The campaign disclosure information was made public Monday.
The citizens group, based in Lodi, collected enough signatures to place on the November ballot an initiative that would limit retail establishments to 125,000 square feet without voter approval.
Some opponents claim that the measure would also affect car dealers because the size of their outside retail area.
The largest monetary contributors were Beryl Georguson and Design Woodworking, Inc., both of Lodi. They contributed $500, each.
Other contributors include retired residents Walter Pruss and Jean May who gave $100 and $200, respectively. Committee chairwoman Betsy Fiske contributed $200, while retailer Peter Krengel donated $150 and rancher John Thompson, $100.
Planning Commissioner Dave Phillips, a local grower, also donated $100. When asked about it, he was surprised the information was reported but said he believes the city should stay small and protect its tourism.
"That's what I've said as a planning commissioner."
Phillips has also said publicly that he is concerned about building a new Wal-Mart when there is already one in Lodi.
City Attorney Stephen Schwabauer said there is nothing illegal about Phillips' donation, referring to it instead as "his First Amendment right."
Other committee expenses outlined in the report include:
• $9,648 in legal fees with attorney Don Mooney, of Davis. (There is a balance of $7,808.)
• $5,347 to David Vance, of Stockton, for petition circulation.
• $1,256 to the News-Sentinel for print advertising.
• $496 to Classic Copy and Printing, of Lodi, for campaign literature and mailings.
• $200 to the city for filing expenses.
Attorney and committee member Ann Cerney not only put up the $10,000 loan for the effort, she also donated the $1,136 to pay for two additional newspaper advertisements.
Husband Reid Cerney donated $1,840 worth of attorney fees.
Their in-kind donations make up the combined $2,976 received in non-monetary contributions, according to the filing.
Monday was the deadline for committees who receive contributions totaling $1,000 or more in a calendar year to file the appropriate papers with the City Clerk's Office. The date was extended because the July 31 deadline fell on Saturday.
The report includes any donations received between Jan. 1 and June 30.
Treasurer J. Kurt Roberts filed the report Monday. Roberts has also pulled nomination papers and is weighing running for one of two vacant seats on the Lodi City Council. He has yet to return the paperwork, City Clerk Susan Blackston said.