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Who was the biggest gift recipient of all among California legislators from San Diego in 2012?

All filings aren't in yet, but according to a spreadsheet analysis of the delegation's personal financial disclosure statements recently posted online by the state's Fair Political Practices Commission, high on the list will be 80th District Assemblyman Ben Hueso, currently running for the state senate seat vacated by fellow Democrat Juan Vargas, who has moved on up the local political ladder to Congress.

Hueso picked up a total of $8,892 worth of various gifts, including golf clubs, golf attire, wine, a blanket, a soccer game ticket, lodging, and some free roaming around the state.

Sources ranged from utility giant Sempra Energy, which came up with $26 in food and drink, along with $119 of "emergency backpacks," to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, which threw in $187 worth of food and lodging. The Chukchensi Economic Development Authority, which runs the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Coarsegold, kicked in a total of $196 in food and drink.

The Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America came up with $198 in wine and a blanket. Edison International and Affiliates contributed $116 worth of food.

The Assemblyman apparently has a soft spot for golf, based on the many duffer-related gifts he got.

There was $333 worth of golf from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, otherwise known as the powerful state prison guards' union; a $328 golf club from Crime Victims United; golf balls and clubs worth $307 from Minorities in Law Enforcement; $358 worth of golf apparel from the Coalition for a Safer California; $330 in more golf from the Governor's Cup Foundation; and $182 in admission and food at the Farmers Open, courtesy of Farmers Group, Inc.

Hueso's travel related gifts included $276 from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association for a speech; $321 in meals and lodging from the Klamath Alliance for Resources and Environment; $357 in travel from Humboldt Redwood Company, LLC; and $631 from the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy which held a "roundtable" attended by the Assemblyman, according to the filing. $325 each came from Trout Unlimited, California Trout, and the Nature Conservancy, for a "habitat restoration educational tour."

In addition, SeaWorld San Diego furnished Hueso with a $78 "entrance ticket for legislative tour."

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Bob McPhail March 4, 2013 @ 11:13 a.m.

Wish I could find someone to buy my blankets for me.


Javajoe25 March 4, 2013 @ 12:55 p.m.

Get some of those strings that dangle from the Statehouse in your hand; offer to pull them for friends, and you'll get blankets.


sbillinghurst March 5, 2013 @ 9:09 a.m.

`Farmer's Insurance hit me the deepest. I have seen so many glass ashtrays, I know that red Farmer's logo under soot. Guess it's trying to become Karma Insurance, but I identify hispanics as predators of Catholics when they look like Hueso does now. Humans make the best totems. None of those ill-gotten objects could lead to the man's death. I'm not responsible. Read my lips: K-A-R-M-A. music fan: I'm a political man and I practice what I preach So don't deny me baby, not while you're in my reach. I support the left, tho' I'm leanin', leanin' to the right I support the left, tho' I'm leanin' to the right But I'm just not there when it's coming to a fight. Hey now baby, get into my big black car


sbillinghurst March 5, 2013 @ 9:55 a.m.

PRIMA: Did you get this yet? SECUNDA: I got this far. PRIMA: And you didn't get your hands off. SECUNDA: What I didn't get may be insubstantial. PRIMA: Run the program. Nothing has been rising. SECUNDA: That meant that you spent the money before you knew what to buy. ORACLE: "grass-is-always-greener"

What agency could work better with a two-party system? Since when do people die just because a political system fails? It is up in history, so which fact did being up-to-date miss?

I tried the stun and it missed. Catch-as-catch-can Set it on kill, as a miss'll stun more. Stunned is got the message. Bite from wanting life, not a message. You are going to be as light, which is as a message, then become alive, then others of your kind should continue to drop down in the sputum and phlegm. Once you deny the right to be born, to any baby for the foreseeable future, we probably will have marsupials.


sbillinghurst March 5, 2013 @ 10:42 a.m.

Àt several points you were going to say "do you mean coda?" i. Many sounds sound good, ii. Much of what we know sounds good, run it as meaning two, eg the alcohol worms harbor presence ever since life diverged, as we only breathed now half as long as we drank (the DNA evolution). The numbing experience and pseudo-time dilation of unconsciousness has left us precarious against mollusks who had venom. Not only them, the slime that is too poison to eat conferred with them, leaving us only this mitochondrial sink. Quite a few caloric and thus epistemological constraints.


Sjtorres March 5, 2013 @ 11 a.m.

Isn't this the same guy that spent $1,500 of his campaign money on a one night fancy hotel and dinner package in LA for his brother?


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