Gifts showered down on Mayor Ed Lee last year, ranging from a $140 bottle of Dom Perignon to two tickets to the Davies Symphony Hall for $320.
On Jan. 14, just days after his inauguration, Lee received his first gift of the year, a $50 box of Godiva Milk Chocolate Expressions from retired Diamond Heights resident Jo-Ann Butler.
What followed were 16 more gifts. All told, the value of the gifts totaled $1,520.
Elected and some appointed city officials are required under state law to file what are known as Form 700 documents with the Ethics Commission. The forms must be filed by April each year. They list economic interests such as income sources other than official city posts, investments in stocks and any gifts received.
There is nothing out of the ordinary about a mayor receiving gifts. Past mayors have reported numerous gifts as well.
Other than gifts, Lee’s Form 700 listed no other economic interests.
Lee’s gifts included drinks and food such as $90 for two wine bottles from the Mi Sueño Winery in Napa Valley; the $140 Dom Perignon 2002-vintage bottle from the Double AA Corporation; and $40 worth of cookies from SugarSaltSpice.com, which were given by the consulate general of Singapore.
The $100 book “Korean War Memorial in Pictures” might be found somewhere on Lee’s coffee table, as well as an $85 book from Ken Rackow, the marketing director for Gelfand Partners Architects, about sustainable strategies for commercial building.
In December, Jitu Somaya, consul of Mauritius, and Susan Somaya gave Lee a $50 Seiko clock. China’s Vice Minister Liu Lihua of Beijing gave Lee a $60 onyx Buddha statue in May. Also in May, Lee received a $100 Kia Kaha tie and scarf from New Zealand’s Christchurch delegation. Other gifts included orchids, roses and a holiday wreath.