They reported beer kegs, baby gifts and bricks
Many of the entries on state lawmakers’ 2013 gift disclosure forms released Monday were expected items that resurface year after year – flowers, wine and what seemed to be enough free meals to feed a district’s constituents for a month.
Others were a little odd:
• AssemblymanRichard Gordon
got four $54-apiece bricks from “49ers stadium” – part of the promotion of the new Santa Clara structure.
• AssemblymanRoger Hernández
was treated to a concert byMorrissey
, a leading inducer of angsty ’80s teen swoons.
• Sen.Alex Padilla
, who had a son in March, received multiple baby gifts.
• A cigar aficionado, Assembly SpeakerJohn A. Pérez
got $1,469 worth of stogies and humidors.
• AssemblymanWes Chesbro
got $465 worth of beer kegs and cases.
• The California Cattlemen’s Association handed out multiple $20 cowboy hats.
• After Republican Sen.Andy Vidak
won a bitterly contested special election, Senate President Pro TemDarrell Steinberg
, a Democrat, sent him $211 worth of flowers.
– Jeremy B. White
“I love the role of public service, and frankly I’m ready for the next challenge.”
ASHLEY SWEARENGIN, Fresno mayor and a Republican, filing to run for state controller.