I would like to take a moment to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and Happy New Year.
I wish you and your families' good health and prosperity in the coming year.
The New Year will mark the end of my eight years representing the taxpayers of Southern California on the Board of Equalization, and the beginning of my first term as Orange County Supervisor for the Second District, which includes the cities of Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley.
It has been a true honor to serve the more than nine million residents of the Third District for the past eight years. During that time, I was able to find a multi-million dollar error in the BOE's security deposit program and return hundreds of millions of dollars to taxpayers. Just last year I worked with my colleagues to achieve my long-time goal of eliminating the automatic security deposit program all together. I successfully fought a $500 million iTax on Internet downloads, stood firmly against new taxes and illegal regulations, such as the ones placed on flavored malt beverages and certain types of wine. And I was able to host tens of thousands of small-business owners and nonprofit leaders at tax seminars throughout the counties of Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego.
I would like to thank the residents of the Third District for eight excellent years as Southern California's elected taxpayer advocate.
In my new position as an Orange County Supervisor, I will continue to work on behalf of taxpayers and do all that I can to protect the hard-working citizens of this state from increasingly aggressive government. I will continue to fight for Californians to have the freedom we need to prosper, innovate, and grow. And I will continue to have an open door for all constituents in need of assistance.
As always, it has been an honor to serve as your elected taxpayer advocate.
Vice Chair, Third District
California State Board of Equalization