Publication 216, The First 100 Years


This is a History of the California State Board of Equalization. It recounts the events that occurred during the Board's first century of service to California, and was written during the Board’s Centennial Year, 1979-1980.

Serving on the Board during this significant period are the following Board Members:

GEORGE R. REILLY, San Francisco, First District

ERNEST J. DRONENBURG, JR., San Diego, Second District

WILLIAM M. BENNETT, Kentfield, Third District

RICHARD NEVINS, Pasadena, Fourth District

KENNETH CORY, Sacramento, State Controller

The Executive Secretary is Douglas D. Bell of Sacramento.

This History is the culmination of extensive research and numerous interviews with former Board employees. It was written by Steven P. Arena, an employee in the Board’s Sacramento Headquarters. The text was edited and the book designed by the Board’s Tax Information Officer, Sidney A. Mandel.

Note: This is a digital reproduction of a publication that is no longer in print.