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Gift Time

By Matt Artz
Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 6:22 pm in Uncategorized.

Every April, city councilmembers, commissioners, and some city employees have to fill out forms  stating their economic interests and any gifts they’ve gotten during the past calendar year.

Last’s year’s was more interesting.

For one, Councilmember Sue Chan and Mayor Bob Wasserman reported no gifts. Last year, the mayor got truffles, champagne – even a scanner.

On Aug 30, Councilmembers Bob Wieckowski and Bill Harrison went to an A’s game courtesy of Assemblyman Alberto Torrico. The triumvirate must have been good luck. The A’s won late 3-2. I wonder if they stayed till the end.

On Nov. 21, Wieckowski and Harrison were guests of KB Homes at a Warriors game. The home team lost that one.

As for Harrison, he also reported  $250 from SMG (a company that manages arenas) for Disney on Ice tickets in both March and October; $150 from the Chamber of Commerce for wine garden tickets; and $250 from Malcolm Pirnie Inc., and environmental engineering consulting firm that has done business with the water district.

Moving along …

Anu Natarajan reported a gift from the Chamber of Commerce for its wine tent at the Fremont Festival of the Arts; $50 for the Festival of India Banquet; $60 for the FSNC(?) Banquet and $60 for two tickets to the Nutcracker from the Fremont Symphony, which was begging for money last year.

Bob Wieckowski: $200 bike rental from the Bicycle Garage, $160 for a Bay East Association of Realtors reception, $250 from Flash Electronics for, from what I can gather, Chinese Art Education; $75 for a NUMMI reception; $300 worth of needlepoint art from his big city-sponsored trip to China, and $80 Warrior tickets from Fox Sports Network.

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