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October 9, 2010
In a rematch of their 2006 race, Democrat John Chiang, now the incumbent state controller, faces off against Republican state Sen. Tony Strickland. Voters should ask themselves whether budget-busted California would have been better off had the single-minded Strickland won last time and been responsible for issuing or withholding paychecks, keeping an eye on cash flow and auditing state functions. There are a lot of things the state should have done differently over the last four years, but choosing a different controller is not one of them; Chiang was the best choice then, and his generally good performance during the last four budget meltdowns makes him the best choice now. In a low-profile office, Chiang has done an admirable job of sharing financial data with the public and spotlighting the depth of the state's fiscal crisis.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Despite fervent courting of delegates at the California Democratic Party convention this weekend, no statewide candidate in a contested race received enough votes to capture the party's endorsement, an official said Sunday. Candidates needed 60% of the vote to obtain the party's imprimatur, which can be a key signal to voters, especially in low visibility down-ballot races. Many credit Dave Jones' 2010 party endorsement as critical to his election that year as the state's insurance commissioner.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
State Controller John Chiang will conduct an investigation into the administrative and internal controls of scandal-battered Cudahy after receiving several requests from city leaders. “This is a significant milestone for the city,” Mayor Jack Guerrero said. “I'm encouraged by the news.” For several months, Guerrero and the vice-mayor made multiple requests to state officials for an audit after a federal bribery investigation last June revealed widespread corruption at City Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Organized chaos reigned Saturday afternoon as delegates of the California Democratic Party began casting their endorsement ballots in races featuring more than one Democrat vying for the party's backing. Cheering sections for state Sen. Alex Padilla of Pacoima, who is running for secretary of state, and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez of Los Angeles, who is campaigning for state controller, raucously greeted delegates as they arrived at the balloting area at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger filed a lawsuit Monday against state Controller John Chiang, aiming to force the unpaid furlough of 15,600 more state workers two days a month. The lawsuit, filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, seeks an injunction forcing the state controller to furlough employees of statewide elected officials such as the attorney general, the treasurer and Chiang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
The check is in the mail, says state Controller John Chiang. He began Friday resuming payment of state income tax refunds and other obligations that had been frozen last month when California ran out of cash. Chiang said the tax refund checks, cash grants for needy families and the elderly, blind and disabled, and grants for college students can be resumed now that the new state budget is replenishing state coffers.
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
December 22, 2010 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
A prominent accounting firm's audits of Bell's city finances amounted to a "rubber-stamp," according to a state controller's study concluding that much of the alleged wrongdoing would have been detected earlier had the firm done its job. The long-awaited report is being closely watched because Mayer Hoffman McCann audits the books of dozens of government agencies in California and has 30 offices nationwide. Officials at several agencies, including California's public employee retirement board, have said they were awaiting the controller's study to help determine whether they would consider changes in their auditing contracts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1997 | KATE FOLMAR
Touting the state's booming economy to business people, State Controller Kathleen Connell will address the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon Sept. 25. Connell, who is eyeing a run for the governorship in 1998, will speak about the state's economy and outline her vision for California's future.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton, welcoming delegates to their annual convention, said Friday evening that while they should savor their many victories, they must remain vigilant about them, staying involved in congressional and legislative elections this year. He noted the party's sweep of statewide offices in 2010, and touted Gov. Jerry Brown's work to fix the state's finances. “We've done such a good job, [Republicans] are having trouble finding anyone to run against some of our candidates,” Burton told hundreds of people gathered on the pool terrace of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
NATIONAL
February 25, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
HONOLULU - When the federal government began parceling out billions of dollars for the new health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's home state was in an enviable position. Hawaii already had one of the highest insured rates in the nation as the result of a 40-year-old state law requiring employers to provide coverage. The state received more than $205 million in federal money to build a health insurance exchange to serve those still uninsured.
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.
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
October 1, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
California schools and colleges received $1.28 billion in lottery funds last year, the state controller's office said Tuesday. More than $1 billion was paid to K-12 schools. Community colleges received more than $168.5 million, the California State University system was paid more than $46 million, and the University of California was allotted nearly $30 million. Other recipients for the 2012-13 fiscal year include the Hastings College of Law, the state Youth Authority, the Department of Developmental Services and special schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
State Controller John Chiang will conduct an investigation into the administrative and internal controls of scandal-battered Cudahy after receiving several requests from city leaders. “This is a significant milestone for the city,” Mayor Jack Guerrero said. “I'm encouraged by the news.” For several months, Guerrero and the vice-mayor made multiple requests to state officials for an audit after a federal bribery investigation last June revealed widespread corruption at City Hall.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2013 | By David Lazarus
I wrote recently about Bank of America charging a dead customer monthly checking account fees. Turns out they can do that for up to three years. After that amount of time, any funds in an inactive account must be turned over to the state controller's office. James wants to know if the same applies to the contents of safe-deposit boxes. He said his father-in-law died with a safe-deposit box at Wells Fargo, but family members were unable to find out what was in it. VIDEOS: David Lazarus answers consumer questions First off, these sorts of things are a powerful reminder of the importance of getting your financial affairs in order.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- Bill Lockyer, who has served in Sacramento for four decades as a legislator, attorney general and state treasurer, announced he will retire from elective office when his term expires in 2014. Lockyer, a Democrat who was first elected to the Assembly in 1973 and went on to serve as head of the state Senate from 1994 through 1998, had been preparing an effort to run for state controller. “I think I need to do something new,” Lockyer said in an interview, adding that he has no set plans for his future.
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