10:00 PM PST on Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Candidate Norman Towels continued to pour thousands of his own dollars into his campaign for the Jurupa Valley City Council, according to the second round of campaign disclosure statements released this week by the Riverside County Registrar of Voters.

For the reporting period that ended Feb. 19, Towels loaned his campaign $3,000. He had previously loaned himself $2,250.

As was the case with the first round of statements filed in January, several of the candidates who filed forms for the second reporting period said that their campaigns are largely self-financed.

Brian Scott Berkson was the biggest fundraiser for the reporting period, listing $1,717 in donations.

Berkson received a $500 donation from Joseph Holt Plastering in Corona, $500 from Stratham Properties, Inc. of Irvine and $467 from his former campaign for a seat on the Jurupa Community Services District board of directors.

John J. Chavez, Russell E. Tourville, Gilbert Calzada and A.J. Scroggins each filed a Form 470 stating that they will collect less than $1,000 in contributions and spend less than $1,000 during the campaign.

On March 8, Jurupa Valley residents will vote on whether they want the unincorporated northwest Riverside County region to become a city.

The Jurupa Valley includes the communities of Mira Loma, Glen Avon, Pedley, Indian Hills, Jurupa Hills, Sunnyslope, Rubidoux and Belltown.

Measure A, as it will be listed on the ballot, needs a simple majority to win.

Sixteen candidates are on the ballot for five seats on a Jurupa Valley City Council. Last month, Sylvester Bland, the pastor of a Jurupa-based church, announced he was running for the city council as a write-in candidate.

If cityhood is approved, the top five vote-getters would be elected to the council.

Brad Hancock, who sits on the Jurupa Area Recreation and Park District board of directors, reported $850 in donations including a $200 donation from his father, Lorin Hancock and a $200 donation from his brother Randy Hancock.

Frank Johnston reported $847 in monetary contributions and a $750 loan from his wife, Donna Johnston.

Donna Johnston is an aide to Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, whose Second District includes the Jurupa Valley.

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