Alhambra mayor donates campaign funds from Lowe’s developer

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Alhambra , CA United States

Alhambra mayor and city council member Jeff Maloney has gone public with his donation of the $5,000 contribution he received from the developer who sought to bring a Lowe’s to the city in 2017.

Maloney divided up the donation between 10 local non-profit and community organizations, he told the Alhambra Source. In an Aug. 6 op-ed on Colorado Boulevard, Sean McMorris pointed out that Maloney had yet to donate the promised $5,000, based on forms listing campaign donations from January through June 2018.

The recipient organizations of Maloney’s donation work in youth development, education and environmental justice and include Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement, which promotes sustainability in the Asian American Pacific Islander community. In his op-ed, McMorris pointed out that so far, the donation to API Forward Movement was the only one listed Maloney’s Form 460, which reflect donations he made during the first half of 2018. The rest of the donations were made after the June 30 filing deadline and will be reflected in paperwork filed at the end of the year, Maloney said.

McMorris’ Op-Ed also pointed out that the Maloney campaign’s cash balance was under $5,000 during the first half of 2018. Maloney said that he donated to his own campaign in order to fulfill his promise.

“The situation with the Lowe’s developer was troubling, and highlights the need for local residents to stay active and involved in what happens in our city,” wrote Scott Chan, program director for API Forward Movement in an email. “To support that local involvement, the donation we received is being invested directly back into Alhambra.” Chan said that the organization would use these funds specifically to host workshops, discussions and after-school programs for local residents.

Jay Parker, owner of the Mosaic Lizard Theater, was another recipient of Maloney’s donation. “This donation not only met a financial need but it also sends us a message that our mayor supports arts and culture in our city,” wrote Parker, whose theater recently obtained a city permit to put on performances again, in an email.

Maloney pledged to donate the $5,000 he received from Arman Gabay for his 2016 campaign for Alhambra City Council. Gabay is the co-founder of the Charles Company, who tried to bring a Lowe’s to Alhambra, a development that proved controversial. He was arrested this past May on federal bribery charges. Lowe’s withdrew from the project last year after the local group Grassroots Alhambra filed a lawsuit blocking it.

Gabay’s trial is scheduled to start on Feb. 26, 2019, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Updated at 2:04 p.m. with comments from API Forward Movement, Mosaic Lizard Theater and information about Arman Gabay’s court date.

Updated at 5:29 p.m. to clarify purpose of Colorado Boulevard Op-Ed.

Updated August 14, 2018 with Jeff Maloney’s donation to his own campaign.

2 thoughts on “Alhambra mayor donates campaign funds from Lowe’s developer”

  1. Well, well, well, Mayor Maloney finally got a conscience. It’s easy enough to say you are going to give the money to charity, but actually doing it is another thing. I have no doubt that had the Mayor not been outed by McMorris for not donating the money, the majority of it would have stayed in Maloney’s own coffers.

  2. Great! And perhaps the Alhambra Source can also follow up on why Mayor Maloney spent $5,000 in campaign funds to retain a lawyer, which was also pointed out in the Colorado Boulavard.net article.

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