You got a what?

Just for fun, I reviewed a form that lists the economic interests of Monterey Park council members. The documents, called California Form 700s, didn’t show anything out of the ordinary – until I spotted an item listed under “Income – Gifts” on Councilman Benjamin “Frank” Venti’s form:

Name of Source: Futo Industries Group
Address: 1 Kiaofhan Rd., Fupiag Shaanxi, P.R. China
Date: 01/10/06
Value: $275
Description: An Eagle

An eagle?!
So during a phone interview today with Venti, I brought it up.
“What kind of Eagle did you get?” I asked him.
It turns out it was a table with an Eagle statue on it. Maybe he should have put that under the description instead.