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Chiang to speak on state budget crisis

RANCHO SANTA FE — California Controller John Chiang will speak on the state budget crisis when he joins the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club for its meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 16 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, 5827 Via de la Cumbre. Members and nonmembers are invited to hear the inside story, from one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s key cabinet members.
As the state’s chief fiscal officer, Chiang is the central elected official charged with managing and administering the state’s more than $130 billion budget. Recently elected to his second term, Chiang will discuss the causes and possible solutions for the fiscal crisis gripping the state. The meeting convenes with the program starting at 7 p.m. Entry for members is $15, and the fee for non-members is $25. Membership is $50 annually and is available at the door.
Chiang, 48, is the son of immigrants from Taiwan. He was born in New York City and grew up Illinois. In high school in Chicago, Chiang served as student body vice-president alongside Dave Jones. Lifelong friends, Chiang and Jones would run again together in 2010 on the California Democratic slate, with Chiang winning reelection as state controller and Jones being elected California Insurance Commissioner. Chiang graduated with honors with a degree in finance from the University of South Florida and earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He came to Los Angeles in 1987 where he became involved with the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley.
Chiang began his career as a tax law specialist for the IRS. He worked as an attorney for then California State Controller Gray Davis, and also worked on the staff of California Senator Barbara Boxer. He was first elected to public office as Member of the Board of Equalization in 1998 and elected to a second four-year term in 2002.
Founded in 2008, the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club plays an active role in supporting Democratic candidates for local, state and national offices, and serves as a place to discuss and debate the important issues facing San Diego, California and the United States. The club welcomes members and guests from throughout Southern California.
For more information or to register, visit or call (858) 869-9515.