With the City Council election just a week away, some candidates have begun borrowing heavily from their personal funds to pay for advertising and campaign mailers, according to the second round of disclosure statements for the period between Oct. 5 and Thursday. Mark Malatesta pumped $12,000 into his campaign, the largest personal loan by a candidate in the council election. In contrast, he has received only $150 in outside contributions and has spent just $1,263 so far.
Robert W. Forsberg loaned his campaign $5,000 while taking in $804 in political donations, according to the statements. Among the checks written to Forsberg's political committee were $100 from the Saddleback Valley Assn. of Realtors and $200 from the Manufactured Housing Education Trust, a group representing mobile home park owners.
Peter Herzog put $4,000 into his campaign, which received $2,341 in contributions. The largest contributor was developer Baker Ranch Properties, which gave $1,000.
Other active fund-raisers were Joe A. Hernandez Jr. and incumbent Councilman Richard T. Dixon.
Hernandez took in $3,140, reporting $2,041 in contributions of less than $100.
Dixon reported contributions of $4,098. His largest donations came from Baker Ranch Properties and waste hauler Browning-Ferris Industries, which contributed $500 each. Dixon also received $400 from the Manufactured Housing Education Trust.