James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/06/2011 10:25:59 PM PST
California’s political watchdog has released annual reports showing the gifts given to state lawmakers as well as their investments and income.
The forms, called statements of economic interest, show most San Bernardino County lawmakers are well-invested and commonly receive gifts from interest groups.
The California Fair Political Practices Commission, which collects the reports and released them Thursday, called the reports “an important means for the official that files them, the media and the public to help gauge where potential conflicts of interest may exist.”
The reports list the details and precise dollar values of gifts given to lawmakers, but information about income and investments are given only in ranges – for instance, an investment worth between $2,000 and $10,000, or between $100,000 and $1 million.
Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, reported investments of between $110,000 and $1.1 million in two partnerships, one a land company and the other an investment group. He also reported stock investments, including investments in Chevron and IBM, with a total value of between $136,000 and $1.3 million.
Along with his investments, Dutton is president and CEO of Dutton and Associates Inc., a Rancho Cucamonga real estate brokerage. He reported income of between $10,000 and $100,000 from the company in 2010. He also reported income of between $10,000 and $100,000 each from his position as a partner with two other companies – Dutton and Associates, apparently separate from the brokerage, and West End Investments.
He reported income of more than $100,000 last year from his sale of his interest in the Ontario-based United Investors LLC.
Dutton reported more than $2,500 in meals, lodging and gifts from interest groups and other lawmakers, including a $21.53 meal from former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, $369.23 in food and drink from Pacific Gas and Electric and $14.25 in the form of a screening of “Iron Man” from the Walt Disney Co.
Gloria Negrete McLeod
State Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Montclair, reported only one investment: She owns a rental property in Montclair, worth between $100,000 and $1 million. She reported rent income in 2010 of between $10,000 and $100,000.
Negrete McLeod also reported relatively few meals and other gifts. She reported a $55.55 meal from the California Democratic Party and a $224 meal from the California Manufacturers and Technology Association.
She also reported receiving nearly $2,000 in travel, lodging and meals during special events, including $1,376 from the California Independent Voter Project during a meeting in November.
Wilmer Amina Carter
Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto, has an investment in a local business and several properties.
Carter reported an investment of between $10,000 and $100,000 in Rialto-based Elegant Floors. She reported income of between $1,000 and $10,000 from that company.
She reported property investments – including a property in Barstow and two in Mississippi – worth between $122,000 and $1.2 million.
Carter received $1,174 in meals, lodging and gifts, including a $174 dinner from Orlando-based firm Darden Restaurants and $744 from the California Legislative Black Caucus Policy Institute for lodging and meals during a two-day event in October.
Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucaipa, reported a single stock investment – a stake in the drug company Pfizer, worth between $10,000 and $100,000.
He also reported owning four parcels of land in Yucca Valley, worth between $40,000 and $400,000.
Cook reported $2,316 in gifts, the largest of which was a parking pass for Ontario Airport, worth $1,100. He also reported $209 in food and beverage from FedEx, a $113 hotel room from Morongo casino and a $16.95 flower bouquet from the California State Floral Association.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Claremont, reported only one investment: his business.
He reported an investment of between $10,000 and $100,000 in Donnelly Plastic Equipment Inc., and an income of between $10,000 and $100,000 from that company.
Donnelly was elected in November and took office in December, so didn’t have much time to collect gifts or meals in 2010. He reported $353 worth of gifts, including a $146 rolling bag from the California Republican Party and – like every other local Assembly member – a $110 leather portfolio from Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, D-Los Angeles.
Assemblyman Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, who represents Victorville and Adelanto, reported a single investment: a Palmdale home worth between $100,000 and $1 million.
The home provided Knight, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer, with a rental income of between $10,000 and $100,000 in 2010.
Knight also reported $6,762 in gifts, lodging and meals, including more than $1,300 in golf-related gifts: a $395 round of golf from Minorities in Law Enforcement, a $290 round of golf and $72 in golf balls from Crime Victims United, a $100 golf bag and $121 worth of golf clubs from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, $363 worth of golf clubs from drug maker Eli Lilly and a $25 golf glove from the Coalition for a Safer California.
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