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May 26, 2010
John Chiang Party: Democratic Occupation: State controller Age: 47, born in New York City City of residence: Torrance Personal: Married Education: Bachelor's degree in finance, University of South Florida; law degree, Georgetown University Law Center Career highlights: Aide to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), 1992; aide to then-Controller Gray Davis, 1989-91. Elected to State Board of Equalization, 1998. Elected state controller in 2006.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
State Controller John Chiang has asked every public school district in the state to provide salary and benefit information for all employees and elected officials so that it can be posted on the Web and shared with the public. Chiang has said that making the salary information easy to access on a state Web page is another step toward government transparency in the wake of the 2010 salary scandal in Bell. The controller mailed a letter Monday to 58 county offices of education, 949 school districts and 992 charter schools, requesting the information in no later than 90 days.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Despite two losses in court and a dwindling stock of legal arguments, John Chiang has made himself the roadblock to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to ratchet down the paychecks of some 200,000 state employees to minimum wage. Chiang, the state controller, has said the order is illegal. He has said it is impractical. He has said his computers can't do it. Mostly, he's just said no. Through the tussle, the unassuming 47-year-old Democrat has emerged as an unlikely counterweight to the muscle-bound Schwarzenegger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) announced Wednesday that he will run for the office of state controller next year. "California has made great strides in its path to recovery, but our work is far from complete," Pérez said in a statement. "I'm running for controller to ensure our government reflects the values of the people of California and increases prosperity, by managing our finances smartly, efficienty and effectively. " Pérez revealed his bid for to be the state's chief fiscal officer Wednesday afternoon during a Q & A session at Town Hall Los Angeles, a public discussion forum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — State Controller John Chiang did not have the authority to dock legislators' pay last summer after concluding that the budget they passed was not balanced, according to a tentative court ruling Tuesday. The Legislature meets its obligation to pass a budget when it sends the governor a bill that, "on its face," proposes spending that does not exceed revenue, wrote Sacramento County Superior Court Judge David I. Brown. He will consider finalizing the ruling at a hearing Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1999 | SHEILA HOTCHKIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Chiang should have been celebrating in January. After defeating 10 candidates in a hotly contested primary for a seat on California's Board of Equalization and easily winning the general election, the Chatsworth resident was beginning his first full term on the board of the state agency. But shortly after Chiang was sworn in, a distressing phone call from his brother cast a shadow over his success: Their only sister, Joyce, had mysteriously disappeared Jan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Forensic tests will determine whether the decomposed body found along the Potomac River in southern Fairfax County last week is that of Joyce Chiang, the Immigration and Naturalization Service lawyer who disappeared from Dupont Circle on Jan. 9, the FBI said Tuesday. Chiang is the sister of John Chiang, a Chatsworth resident who was elected last fall to the California state Board of Equalization.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2005
This is in response to "Giving Your Vacation Break to Katrina Victims" (Sept. 18) describing new federal tax benefits for employees who would like to donate the cash value of their vacation, sick time or personal leave to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. I would like to inform you that state Controller Steve Westly and I have announced that the Franchise Tax Board will conform its policies to the temporary IRS rule discussed in your article. In other words, the tax benefits recently enacted by the IRS also are available in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) announced Wednesday that he will run for the office of state controller next year. "California has made great strides in its path to recovery, but our work is far from complete," Pérez said in a statement. "I'm running for controller to ensure our government reflects the values of the people of California and increases prosperity, by managing our finances smartly, efficienty and effectively. " Pérez revealed his bid for to be the state's chief fiscal officer Wednesday afternoon during a Q & A session at Town Hall Los Angeles, a public discussion forum.
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January 9, 1997 | JAMES BORNEMEIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson's office said Wednesday he is challenging the appointment of an acting member of the State Board of Equalization by an outgoing tax board member who was elected to Congress, saying there is no authority in law to hand down the post that way. Freshman Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks, who was sworn in Tuesday as a member of Congress, resigned from the state tax board effective Jan. 2, and said the job automatically passed to his chief aide, John Chiang, the next day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California's teacher retirement system does not take adequate measures to prevent pension "spiking," missing opportunities to reduce such abuses by insufficiently auditing benefits, the state controller said Wednesday. Auditors in Controller John Chiang's office spotted raises of up to 26% for retiring executives in the San Francisco and San Diego school districts without enough documentation to justify the end-of-career boosts. Part of the problem, Chiang said, is that the California State Teachers' Retirement System - the largest in the nation - hasn't taken full advantage of electronic warning systems designed to identify problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — State Controller John Chiang on Monday appealed a recent court decision that said he lacked authority to dock legislators' pay last year after he determined the budget they passed was not balanced. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge David I. Brown ruled May 8 that the Legislature met its obligation to continue being paid when it sent the governor a bill that, "on its face," proposed spending that did not exceed revenue. California voters passed a law in 2010 allowing the Legislature to approve state budgets on a simple majority instead of a two-thirds vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — State Controller John Chiang did not have the authority to dock legislators' pay last summer after concluding that the budget they passed was not balanced, according to a tentative court ruling Tuesday. The Legislature meets its obligation to pass a budget when it sends the governor a bill that, "on its face," proposes spending that does not exceed revenue, wrote Sacramento County Superior Court Judge David I. Brown. He will consider finalizing the ruling at a hearing Wednesday.
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April 9, 2012 | By Dan Turner
Californians: Do you know who John Chiang is? You should, because you inadvertently made him one of the most powerful people in the state. If you guessed that Chiang is the Golden State's controller, you get high marks (and extra wonk credit if you can list what, precisely, the controller does). Chiang became much more controlling than the average controller after voters passed Proposition 25 in November 2010, the initiative that wisely did away with the two-thirds vote requirement for the Legislature to pass a budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2012 | By Anthony York and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- Democratic lawmakers sued state Controller John Chiang on Tuesday, arguing that he misused his power last summer when he docked their pay for passing a budget he said was not balanced. The lawsuit, filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, does not seek reimbursement of the $583,200 in withheld pay. Lawmakers want the court to bar the controller from doing it again if they approve a budget that they deem balanced. Chiang, a Democrat, said he was exercising authority given to him by voters when they approved Proposition 25, a constitutional amendment, in 2010.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2011 | By Abby Sewell and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
The state controller's fourth and final audit of financially troubled Montebello found the city's internal controls severely lacking, opening the door to waste and possible malfeasance. Controller John Chiang said the lapses in Montebello were so severe that he compared them to those in Bell, a city that has become synonymous with mismanagement and allegations of public corruption. The audits didn't allege criminal wrongdoing in Montebello but did find serious lapses. "While the roots of Montebello's problems are different from Bell's, they both share the common trouble of having little or, at times, no accountability in their spending of public dollars," Chiang said.
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April 9, 2012 | By Dan Turner
Californians: Do you know who John Chiang is? You should, because you inadvertently made him one of the most powerful people in the state. If you guessed that Chiang is the Golden State's controller, you get high marks (and extra wonk credit if you can list what, precisely, the controller does). Chiang became much more controlling than the average controller after voters passed Proposition 25 in November 2010, the initiative that wisely did away with the two-thirds vote requirement for the Legislature to pass a budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2006 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
Rich gambling interests and a Silicon Valley software giant are using their wealth to transform an otherwise sleepy statewide campaign into a major partisan battleground. With separate million-dollar infusions, a group of casino-owning Southern California Indian tribes and the software company Intuit are changing the complexion of the race for California state controller. In the process, they are underscoring the power of the post, which has vast sway over state tax policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2011 | By Jessica Garrison, Sam Allen and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
An engineering firm at the center of a federal bribery investigation awarded about $2 million in contracts to itself under an arrangement with the city of Montebello that state auditors found to be improper. Montebello hired AAE to serve as its city engineer, with the power to pick outside firms to do various engineering jobs for the city. But state Controller John Chiang's office found in an audit released Tuesday that AAE awarded all the work to itself and then approved its own invoices and oversaw its own compliance, which Chiang called "a potential conflict of interest.
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August 19, 2011 | By Gale Holland and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
State auditors have urged the Los Angeles Community College District to seek a criminal investigation into allegations that the selection of an inspector general to police the district's troubled construction program was rigged. Jeffrey Brownfield, chief auditor for state Controller John Chiang, told the district's Board of Trustees that an independent probe was needed to determine how the district allegedly violated its own bidding rules in choosing someone with no experience in audits or investigations over higher-rated applicants.
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