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1 Candidate Tops Limit in Campaign : Politics: Eight of nine competing for three seats on the City Council met their voluntary goal of spending less than $50,000 on the election.

August 13, 1992|G. JEANETTE AVENT | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

BEVERLY HILLS — All but one of the candidates in this year's Beverly Hills City Council race held to their campaign promise to spend less than $50,000 on the election, according to final campaign finance statements filed with the city clerk.

Incumbents Allan L. Alexander and Vicki Reynolds were returned to office in the April 14 election, but Bernard J. Hecht was defeated by newcomer Thomas S. Levyn. The incumbents faced six challengers.

Reynolds led the pack in spending, with $51,092, followed closely by Hecht and Alexander, who came in slightly short of the voluntary $50,000 ceiling.

Reynolds said her spending went over the limit because of costs associated with setting up a campaign office. Alexander and Levyn did not have the increased office expense because they ran their campaigns out of their homes, she said.

The candidates took in $319,894 in donations and spent $217,951, according to statements filed by seven of the nine candidates. Donations ranged from $131,110 for Hecht to $3,506 raised by college student Dean Lavine. Hecht's campaign chest included an $81,800 loan he had made to his campaign for the 1988 race.

Expenditures ranged from $3,402 for Lavine to $51,092 by Reynolds. Funds largely went toward such expenses as printing and postage for mailers and newspaper advertisements.

Salvatore W. Di Salvo was not required to file a California Disclosure Statement because he signed a statement at the beginning of the campaign that he was not going to raise or spend more than $1,000, City Clerk Jean M. Ushijima said. One other candidate, Martin Halfon, has not yet filed a report, Ushijima said.

Hecht, who was edged out by Levyn by 103 votes, spent $49,294 on this election, less than half of what he spent getting elected four years ago. His largest contribution in the final weeks of the campaign came from the Luckman Management Co., a commercial real estate company in Los Angeles, which donated $2,500. He also received $1,000 from Fred Hayman, owner of a retail store on Rodeo Drive bearing his name, and the Cheesecake Corp. of America, and smaller contributions from Hilton Inns, Litton Industries, Peck Jones Construction and Playboy Enterprises.

Alexander took in $60,766, including a $15,000 loan he made to his campaign. He spent $47,761 seeking a second term.

His largest contribution during the final weeks was a $1,000 donation by Beverly Hills resident Jacob Graff, owner of Premier Management Co. He also received smaller donations from state Controller Gray Davis, the California Real Estate Political Action Committee and Playboy Enterprises.

Reynolds received $57,223 in donations and made no loans to her campaign. Her largest contribution before the election was a $1,000 donation from retired Beverly Hills resident Sylvia Weisz Hirschfield. She also received smaller amounts from Litton Industries, the Women's Political Committee and the Terry Friedman for Assembly campaign fund and $2,188 in donated office space from Peterson Publishing.

Levyn recorded contributions of $45,501, including $18,186 he lent to his campaign. He spent $44,614. His largest donations of $1,000 each came from Oakland attorney Edward L. Blum and Beverly Hills resident M. S. Rayle-Tax, also an attorney.

Dentist James E. Fabe reported raising and spending $10,372. Herm Shultz, a retired businessman, raised and spent $11,416.

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