If you've ever paid $200 for a concert ticket or a night out at a fancy restaurant and felt ripped off, you can take some pleasure in the tales of Ventura County legislators who will end up paying more for gifts of entertainment than they would have paid had they shelled out the dough in the first place.
The Fair Political Practices Commission has levied the following fines on county legislators (and, in one instance, a staff member) for failure to properly report the receipt of gifts:
Assemblyman Pedro Nava: A $400 fine for failing to report a reception hosted by Bank of America valued at $74 and a dinner from the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians valued at $95.
Sen. George Runner: A $400 fine for failure to report gifts of two concert tickets with a combined value of $115.75 from the Pechanga tribe.
Elizabeth Fenton, chief of staff to Sen. Fran Pavley: A $200 fine for failure to report tickets, parking and refreshments at a performance of the Blue Man Group, a gift from AT&T valued at $130.52.
Assemblywoman Audra Strickland: A $200 fine for concert tickets from the Pechanga tribe valued at $89.50.