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49ers fans have been buying commemorative bricks at the team’s new stadium, set to open this fall in Santa Clara. One state lawmaker reported receiving four bricks as a gift.

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  • Lobby watch

    Sacramento’s Sloat Higgins Jensen & Associates lobbying firm has now lost three prominent clients it billed $636,000 last year as revelations surfaced that founder Kevin Sloat would pay a record-breaking $133,500 fine for giving prohibited campaign contributions to California officials. Sloat lost contracts with Accenture, the San Francisco 49ers and Verizon, according to the latest filings with the secretary of state’s office. Verizon was Sloat’s most lucrative client last year, paying his firm $352,000 in 2013.

    – Laurel Rosenhall

The Buzz: Lawmakers get beer, cigars and Morrissey tix; What could go wrong?

Published: Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 - 12:00 am

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:

•  Assemblyman Richard Gordon got four $54-apiece bricks from “49ers stadium” – part of the promotion of the new Santa Clara structure.

• Assemblyman Roger Hernández was treated to a concert by Morrissey, 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 Speaker John A. Pérez got $1,469 worth of stogies and humidors.

• Assemblyman Wes 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 Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat, sent him $211 worth of flowers.

– Jeremy B. White

Worth repeating

“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.



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