Gov. Jerry Brown, other lawmakers release financial reports for 2013
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown received more than $11,000 in gifts last year, and reported assets worth millions of dollars, according to a financial disclosure statement he filed with the state Monday.
The bulk of Brown’s gifts — $8,400 — came from the San Francisco-based Bay Area Council, which sponsored the governor’s trade mission to China in 2013 and paid his way on the weeklong trip.
Brown took private flights to attend a meeting of state sheriffs in Lake Tahoe and a flight from Palm Springs to Bakersfield paid for by the California Assn. of Hospitals. He also accepted more than $1,600 worth of meals from Facebook, the San Francisco Symphony and a handful of other groups, according to the report.
Brown’s financial disclosure was among dozens filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission by state officeholders and made public Monday. Officials had until midnight Monday to file their disclosures.
The filings also showed the governor and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, own more than $1 million in stock in the fast-food company Jack in the Box, where Mrs. Brown is a former board member. The couple also own an interest of more than $1 million in an Oakland-based real estate development company called Madison Park Holdings Inc., which owns and manages more than $300 million worth of commercial and residential buildings, mostly in downtown Oakland, company president and Chief Executive John Protopappas said in an interview.
Anne Gust Brown, who is Brown’s unpaid senior counselor, will file her own disclosure forms by the end of the month, according to a spokesman for the governor.
Other California lawmakers reported receiving thousands of dollars in sports tickets, meals, amusement park admissions and other gifts, many from special interests that lobby state government.
Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) received nearly $38,000 in gifts and travel payments last year, the documents show. Nearly half of that — about $16,000 — came from three trips paid for by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, a nonprofit group that hosts policy conferences for top lawmakers.
Pérez sits on the foundation’s board and served as host for the group’s National Speakers Conference, a gathering of state speakers and their chiefs of staff, in Los Angeles last year.
The National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia paid more than $9,600 for Pérez’s trip to the country last fall. Several other legislators also took part in the delegation. He returned from the trip with a number of souvenirs, including $100 worth of books from Karekin II, the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian gave the speaker religious relics worth $80 and Armenian brandy, valued at $94.99.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) reported one of the largest hauls of gifts among state senators, including $891 in travel expenses for a Canadian study tour from that country’s government and $710 in travel expenses to Switzerland from an arm of that nation’s government.
He also received a $125 ticket to a Kings basketball game from the DLA Piper law firm and two tickets worth $178 to a Giants baseball game from the Hanson Bridgett law firm.
The California Latino Caucus Leadership PAC gave Padilla and other members each $373 worth of gifts that included a personalized box, tie and portfolio.
Last month, Steinberg appointed a Senate Ethics Working Group to look at improving campaign finance and gift rules. One member of the panel, Sen. Richard Roth (D-Riverside), said he wants the group to consider outlawing certain gifts, including sports and entertainment tickets, that are not necessary for lawmakers to do their jobs.
Roth did not report any sports or entertainment tickets. His only gift was a $93 dinner hosted by Brown and his wife for all senators, with costs covered by the nonprofit California State Protocol Foundation.
Times staff writer Melanie Mason in Sacramento contributed to this report.
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