Tequila is among the gifts received by Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Brown collected under $4,000 in gifts last year, including $200 in tequila from the president of Mexico

Gov. Jerry Brown collected just under $4,000 in gifts last year, including $200 in tequila from the president of Mexico, according to a state report released Monday.

The Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, visited Sacramento in August, a few weeks after Brown was in Mexico City.

The California Chamber of Commerce’s foundation covered the $2,291.05 cost of the governor’s trip, the single-largest gift from last year.

Most of Brown’s gifts were meals, including dinners from Theranos, a Palo Alto health technology company, and the Berggruen Institute on Governance, a think tank founded by billionaire investor Nicolas Berggruen.

The governor’s investments and income were largely unchanged from the previous year, although he did collect new money from his stake in a downtown Oakland building. He received more than $10,000 in rental income from a local store that sells Oakland-themed clothing and accessories.

Other state officials reported gifts as well. 

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom listed $3,386 in gifts, including $562 in tickets to Cirque du Soleil from Charles Zukow Associates, which he partially reimbursed.

There was also a $375 tray from Francois Hollande, the president of France, and $350 for a game ticket, hat and T-shirt from the Oakland Raiders.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla reported $2,736 in gifts last year, including $1,200 in travel expenses from the prison guard union to give a speech away from Sacramento. The union also provided Padilla with $247 worth of golf.

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