California legislators report gifts received in 2012
March 4, 2013
California lawmakers disclosed trips, sports tickets, meals and other perks they received in 2012 in a report released Saturday. [LATimes]
In August, legislators killed a measure by former Sen. Sam Blakeslee that would have prevented companies that hire lobbyists from providing lawmakers and their families with tickets to amusement parks, racetracks and professional sporting events, as well as rounds of golf, spa treatments and gift cards.
The bill passed the state Senate but died in the Assembly. Blakeslee said the gifts reported are not needed for lawmakers to do their jobs.
“I think the public is fed up with these overly cozy relationships between powerful moneyed interests and legislators,” Blakeslee told the LA Times. “The public expects better.”
One of the top gift recipients, Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles), received $17,800 in gifts including $5,830 in travel expenses for an education trip to South Korea, concert and sports tickets, nine gifts of cigars, and a $100 crystal duck from the California Retailers Assn.
Former state Sen. Michael Rubio (D-Shafter), who resigned last month to work for the Chevron Corp., received more than $8,500 in travel expenses from the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, which is financed by companies including Chevron.
The Legislature and governor regulate matters such as gambling, horse racing, and consumer issues in California.