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Gifts to Deukmejian, Speaking Fee Totaled Nearly $17,000 During '86

March 03, 1987|PAUL JACOBS and JERRY GILLAM | Times Staff Writers

SACRAMENTO — Gov. George Deukmejian reported receiving almost $12,000 in gifts last year, including a $300 vase, four Rose Bowl tickets, memberships in private clubs and $169 worth of chocolates, according to a report of his economic interests filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Deukmejian, who filed his disclosure statement ahead of the midnight Monday deadline for constitutional officers and legislators, also reported receiving a $5,000 speaking fee from the Chinese American Economic and Technology Development Assn. of Los Altos--his only paid engagement in a year when he was seeking reelection.

Among the other elected officials whose financial statements were available were a number of legislators who accepted a free, postelection trip to Australia and New Zealand paid for by Dow Chemical and the California Institute for Technology Exchange, a group associated with former California Gov. Edmund G. (Pat) Brown.

On the trip was Lt. Gov. Leo T. McCarthy, a naturalized citizen who is a native New Zealander. But unlike several others on the trip, McCarthy refused to accept $1,667 in travel expenses from Dow, according to a spokesman. However, McCarthy and his wife did take $989 from the technology group as partial reimbursement of their expenses. The purpose of the trip was to promote trade with California.

Others on the trip included Sen. William A. Craven (R-Oceanside), Sen. Robert Presley (D-Riverside), Assemblyman Robert J. Campbell (D-Richmond), Assemblyman Sam Farr (D-Carmel), Board of Equalization member Paul B. Carpenter and several legislative staff members, according to a McCarthy aide.

Financed Trip

Sen. Gary K. Hart (D-Santa Barbara) went on a $5,000 trip to Israel paid for by the American-Israel Friendship League of Washington.

State Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig traveled to India, the $2,229 cost paid by the U.S. Information Agency. He also reported that Albert Shanker, president of the American Federation of Teachers, paid $310 to upgrade Honig's coach air fare to first class on an April trip from New York to San Francisco.

Some legislators reported receiving substantial speaking fees last year, including Assemblyman Richard E. Floyd (D-Hawthorne), chairman of the Labor and Employment Committee, who reported a total of $15,560. Among those who paid the outspoken Floyd was the California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery, which paid him $2,500 for a speech in September and another $1,000 for a second appearance three months later.

Senate Majority Leader Barry Keene (D-Benicia) received $13,475 in honoraria from groups that included the California Mortgage Bankers Assn., $1,000; the American Optometric Assn., $1,500, and the California Assn. of Thrift and Loan Companies, $1,500.

Little Change

Deukmejian's report showed relatively little change in his financial standing from last year. He and his wife Gloria own stock in the Grand Prix Assn. of Long Beach, General Electric Co., Texaco Inc. and Unocal Corp., worth between $31,000 and $310,000. California's Political Reform Act requires that elected officials report the value of their investments but only in broad ranges--in the governor's case between $1,000 and $10,000 for one of his stocks and between $10,001 and $100,000 for three others. The last three stocks are the separate property of his wife and were inherited.

Deukmejian lives in a Sacramento home purchased for him by a nonprofit foundation with the proceeds from the sale of tickets to his 1983 inaugural ceremonies. The house cost an estimated $400,000.

The governor received memberships in six clubs, which were all unsolicited and in most cases unused, according to a Deukmejian spokesman. One of those is the Sutter Club of Sacramento, which has no women members, although women are allowed admittance to club facilities for social functions.

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