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
“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.