(R) Senator Tom Harman to run for Board of Equalization 3rd District

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Based on a fundraiser letter that just hit the  wires it appears that Huntington Beach (R) state Senator Tom Harman will run in 2014 for the Third District Board of Equalization (BOE) seat currently represented by Michelle Steel. Senator Harman was a member of the Big Five negotiating with governor Jerry Brown on the state budget.

This fundraiser is being held on April 21st at Nello Cucina in Costa Mesa.

The Third Board of Equalization District, currently represented by Michelle steel  includes the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego. ” Elected to the Board of Equalization in 2006, Michelle Steel serves as the country’s highest ranking Korean-American officeholder and California’s highest ranking Republican woman.”

As most Californians are not familiar with the BOE let me provide the list of currently serving members. The Board’s five members “serve concurrent four-year terms as the nation’s only elected tax commission. Their popular election ensures that the Board’s tax program administration remains directly accountable to the people. Four members are elected by district. The fifth member, the State Controller, is elected at large and serves in an ex officio capacity.”

Betty T. Yee, First District is responsible for the Counties of Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Trinity, Yolo, and a portion of Santa Barbara.

George Runner, Second District covers the Counties of Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yuba, and portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Santa Barbara

Michelle Steel, Third District office is responsible for the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego.

Jerome E. Horton, Fourth District Fourth Board of Equalization District, includes 73 cities of the 88 cities in the County of Los Angeles.

One name that we have seen of late is our state Controller who recently exposed abuses by our redevelopment agencies. John Chiang, California State Controller. “As State Controller, he presides over the Franchise Tax Board and is a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) Board. These two funds have a combined portfolio of $300 billion.”


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