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COUNCIL CANDIDATES REPORT SPENDING.

Byline: EUGENE TONG

Staff Writer

BURBANK -- With just a week before election day, two City Council candidates are fending off attacks from a mailer questioning their integrity, while two others led the field of four in spending.

Up for grabs in the April 10 runoff are two seats to be vacated this month by Mayor Todd Campbell and Councilman Jef Vander Borght. According to campaign-finance disclosures filed March 28 by the husband-wife candidates, Carolyn Berlin has spent $22,000 and her husband, Philip Berlin, $26,900.

Carolyn Berlin, who served on the city planning board for nine years until 2003, declared total contributions of more than $27,000 this year as of March 24, of which $20,700 is a personal loan.

Philip Berlin, who served on the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport commission from 1995 to 2001, had a campaign war chest of $26,400, including a $20,700 loan.

Gary Bric, who finished first in the Feb. 27 primary, has raised $21,200, which includes a $4,800 loan. The restaurant owner and city Traffic and Transportation Committee member has spent a total $19,100.

Candidate Anja Reinke declared contributions of $18,701, including an $8,000 loan. The city Police Commission member has spent about $19,600.

An independent political committee called Working Californians spent more than $18,039 in support of Bric and $5,017 on behalf of Reinke.

A negative campaign mailer has appeared, noting Bric's run-ins with the law and attacking Reinke's position at a local charity.

The Coalition for Responsible Leadership spent a total $4,720 on a mailer that pointed to Bric's 1997 conviction for driving under the influence and 1990 arrest on bookmaking charges, which were later dropped.

Bric said Monday his arrest record has been public knowledge since he ran for council in 2003, and he condemned negative campaigning.

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