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christmastree.jpgGov. Jerry Brown received $11,721 in gifts and travel payments last year, mostly to pay for his trip to China, according to his latest financial disclosure statement.

Brown received 21 non-travel gifts valued at $2,301 and four gifts of travel valued at $9,420, according to his filing Monday.

The vast majority of the amount - $8,455 - was from the Bay Area Council for Brown's trade mission to China last year. The business group helped organize and fund the trip.

Brown also reported $394 from the Placer County Sheriff's Department for a flight to Lake Tahoe to attend a meeting of the California State Sheriff's Association, and he ate more than a dozen free meals.

Brown reported a $295 gift of dinner from the San Francisco Symphony. The reported value of attending a holiday party at his own office - an event put on by the nonprofit California State Protocol Foundation - was considerably less: $34.37.

In a separate filing, Brown's office reported gifts involving the governor's travel on four other occasions, totaling $6,583.

The majority of that amount - $5,000 - was a one-way flight from Palm Springs to Bakersfield, paid for by the California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, whose meeting Brown attended in November.

TriCal Inc., a distributor of soil fumigation products, provided a round-trip flight from Oakland to Fresno in October for Brown to attend and speak at the funeral of George Zenovich, a former lawmaker. The trip was valued at $1,092.

Editor's note: This post was updated at 3:13 p.m. Monday to include information about Brown's travel from an additional filing.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown attends the 82nd Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting on December 12, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Jose Luis Villegas


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