PIEDMONT -- Piedmonters reached deep in their pockets to support Measure H, which asked if voters would approve a $13.5 million school bond to renovate the aging Alan Harvey Theater.
The measure needed 55 percent of the vote to pass, but it was rejected.
Measure H supporters donated $20,469 to the Yes on H campaign, according to campaign disclosure statements filed with the Piedmont City Clerk for the period March 18 through May 17.
No on H supporters did not file any campaign disclosure statements, according to City Clerk John Tulloch.
As of the statement period's end, $16,123 was spent by Yes on H, with $9,302 remaining in the war chest.
Campaign treasurer Gautam Wadhwani, of Piedmont, said there were still some outstanding invoices to be paid with the remaining funds.
"Whatever money is left over will likely be donated to the Piedmont Education Foundation for the schools," he said.
Some Yes on H donors included $1,000 from campaign chair Annette Clear; $1,000 from Jean Jarvis; $5,000 from the Arns Law Firm, San Francisco; $5,000 from Piedmont Education Foundation; $2,500 from Piedmont Middle School Parents Club; $500 from school board trustee Andrea Swenson; and $250 from Mary Ireland.
Campaign expenses included walk cards, lawn signs, donation envelopes, brochures and postage. Wadhwani and many other supporters have said they are disappointed with the election's outcome. The school board will regroup and decide how to proceed following the defeat of the measure.
Low voter turnout, an aggressive opposition campaign and other factors are attributed to the measure's demise.
No on H principals declined to be interviewed by The Piedmonter for their stand on the election they worked to defeat.