A digital picture frame, a rolling bag, a leather portfolio and the cost of attending a reception were among the few gifts disclosed by state Sen. Sam Blakeslee and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, both Republicans representing San Luis Obispo County in the California Legislature.
The economic interests of the two local politicians were made public this week along with the rest of California’s elected officials for 2010.
Achadjian was the recipient of the frame and rolling bag — both courtesy of the California Republican Party — at a combined value of about $200. He also was given a leather portfolio valued at $110 by the campaign committee of John Perez for Assembly.
Blakeslee, who served in the state Assembly through August, attended a reception held by the California Tribal Business Alliance of Sacramento valued at $92. He reimbursed the cost and has been noted as one of only two state lawmakers who reimbursed the cost of gifts.
Blakeslee has taken a strong stance against lawmakers accepting superfluous gifts — saying it hinders public trust.
He has proposed legislation that would stop state officials from accepting gifts such as tickets to sporting events, plays and race tracks and gift cards from lobbyists.
Other financial holdings disclosed by the local lawmakers on the Form 700 — also called the Statement of Economic Interests — includes businesses and investment properties owned or partnered in, stocks, bonds, travel reimbursements and other assets.
The 700 is one of several forms that elected officials must file with the state Fair Political Practices Commission. The intent is to allow taxpayers to decide whether there are any potential conflicts of interest.
Blakeslee identified his role as president at the financial planning corporation Blakeslee and Blakeslee on Marsh Street in San Luis Obispo. He also disclosed his wife’s position as a broker at the firm. That business is valued at more than $100,000.
Blakeslee does not own any investment property, stocks or bonds. He does have mutual funds, which are not part of the required reporting, said Erin Shaw, his communications director.
Achadjian’s filing includes his partnership in two gas stations. The Shell and Mobil stations in Arroyo Grande that he owns have a combined value of more than $1 million. He also disclosed more than $2 million in income properties, including one of the gas stations and a property in Arroyo Grande.
Achadjian declared owning five rental properties in Arroyo Grande and one in San Luis Obispo. Income from those properties ranges from about $10,000 to $100,000.
He also received a salary of $2,000 a month as a director at the Santa Lucia Bank in Atascadero.