Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa this week filed his annual “statement of economic interests” with the state Fair Political Practices Commission. Obtained by the Weekly, it's a list of valuable gifts he has received, including some interesting ones …
-$65 cuff links from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
-A $50 tie from former state assembly speaker Willie Brown.
-A $75 bottle of tequila from famed Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez.
-A $100 tie clip from shipping company Maersk.
-A $57 meal from Walt Disney Co.
-A whopping $17,346.01 worth of travel expenses (for a mayoral speech) from the Washington, D.C.-based Academy of Achievement.
-And $420 (420?) in travel expenses from Mexican businessman Ricardo Salinas Pliego, one of the world's richest people.