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Posted: Monday, March 16, 2009 10:00 pm

California's 120 legislators recently disclosed their property ownership, stock holdings and political gifts they received in their conflict-of-interest statements.

The state's 80 Assembly members and 40 Senators were required to disclose stock holdings of $2,000 or more in any company that does business in California, along with stocks held by the member's spouse or registered domestic partner and dependent children, according to the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

Legislators are not required to disclose mutual funds, certain retirement accounts, savings and checking accounts, a residence used exclusively as a personal residence, government salary such as a school district, gifts from family members and travel paid by the legislator's government agency.

"Sometimes people over-report; sometimes people put something on the wrong schedule," FPPC spokesman Roman Porter said.

Here are the conflict-of-interest disclosures for 2008 by the three Assembly members and two state senators representing the Lodi-Galt area.

Assemblywoman Alyson Huber (Lodi area west of Bruella Road)

Stocks, bonds, other interests

Between $10,001 and $100,000: Apple, EMC, Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson.

Between $2,000-$10,000: Citigroup, Southwest Airlines.

Interests sold in 2008

Between $100,000 and $1 million: Berkshire Hathaway.

Between $10,001 and $100,000: Tejon Ranch Co. property management, Google, Chevron, IBM, Archer Daniels Midland farm products.

Husband's business: Law Offices of Timothy Huber, El Dorado Hills; fair market value between $100,001 and $1 million; gross income of more than $100,000.

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (Galt, Thornton)

Stocks, bonds, other interests

$1 million-plus: Aon Corp. (insurance broker).

Between $10,001 and $1 million: JP Morgan banking, Halo Fund (private venture capital investment fund.)

Between $2,000 to $10,000: Bank of America, Motorola.

Assemblyman Bill Berryhill (Victor, Lockeford, Clements, Morada, eastern Acampo)


Berryhill Orchards, Ceres, manager-partner: Gross income between $10,001 and $100,000.

Ceres Unified School District, trustee: Between $1,001 and $10,000.

Stocks, bonds and other interests

Between $100,001 and $1 million: WestAmerica Bancorporation, $100,001-$1 million.

Between $10,001 and $100,000: Alleghany CP Deleware, manufacturer; Nabors Industries, manufacturer; Berkshire Hathaway, investments.

Between $2,000 and $10,000: Leucadia National Corp., investments; Boulder TT Rtn, investments; General American Investments; Discovery Holding Co., investments.

Stock sold in 2008

Liberty Media, between $2,000 and $10,000.

Other income

BB Vineyards, Ceres, sole proprietor: More than $100,000 gross income; business has investment in Stanislaus Farm Supply with fair market value between $2,000 and $10,000.

Berryhill Orchards, Ceres, 25 percent stockholder: Gross revenue between $10,001 and $100,000; investment in Stanislaus Farm Supply with fair market value between $2,000 and $10,000.

Claire L. Berryhill Disclaimer Trust, Ceres: Gross income more than $100,000; notes receivable worth between $10,001 and $100,000.

Berryhill Family Vineyards, Ceres: 25 percent partner. Fair market value between $100,000 and $1 million; gross income between $1,001 and $10,000.

Triana P. Berryhill IRA, Ceres: Gross income between $1,001 and $10,000; IRA has investment with Westamerica Bancorporation with fair market value between $10,001 and $100,000.

Berryhill Family Limited Partnership, Ceres: Partner; fair market value between $100,001 and $1 million; partnership has interest in Paiva Berryhill Orchards in Chico, with fair market value between $100,001 and $1 million.

William and Triana Berryhill Revocable Trust, Ceres: Owns six farms in Ceres, Turlock and Clements. Three of them are worth more than $1 million, three others worth between $100,001 and $1 million.

Woody's on the River, a duck hunting blind and sales firm: Member with gross income of more than $100,000; firm owns real property in Stockton worth more than $1 million.


Donor: Chukchansi, Economic Development Authority, Coarsgold; dinner worth $63.92, lodging worth $75; food and beverage worth $75.64.

State Senator Dave Cogdill (Lodi area)

Real property

Bridgeport, Mono County, fair market value between $100,001 and $1 million.


Dinner valued at $61.15 from California Building Industry Association in Sacramento; dinner worth $84 from Air Transport Association in Washington, D.C.

State Senator Dave Cox (Galt)

Business entities

Integrated Benefits and Insurance Services, Sacramento; President/owner. Gross income of more than $100,000.

C.W. Wright Insurance Services, Sacramento: 50 percent owner/chairman. Gross income of more than $100,000.

Stocks, bonds, other interests

Between $10,001 and $100,000: Computer Sciences CP, Hewlett Packard, Intel Corp., Microsoft

Between $2,000 and $10,000: Bank of America, Brocade Communications, Ford Motor Co. (two purchases), Cisco Systems, CVC Caremark Corp., General Electric, Motorola, Viacom

Other assets

Margaret H. Cox Trust, Fair Oaks (owned by wife)

Stock between $100,001 and $1 million: Abbot Labs pharmaceuticals.

Between $10,001 and $100,000: American Capital Strategies, DuPont de Nemours (plastics and rubber), AT&T, Frontier Communications Corp., Exxon Mobil, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Hospira (biotechnology and drugs), International Business Machines, Microsoft, Montgomery Street Income, National Fuel Gas Co., Progress Energy, Royal Dutch Shell (oil and gas), Source Capital, Sovran Self Storage, Transamerica Income Shares, Verizon Communications, Westar Energy.

Between $2,000 and $10,000: Apple, Ford Motor Co., Glaxo Smithkline (pharmaceuticals), Iberdrola SA Spon ADR (electric utility), Idacorp (electric utility), Indymac Bankcorp, U.S. BanCorp, VISA.

Stock sold

Between $2,000 and $10,000: Apple.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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