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Reinventing State Finances to Tackle California's Needs in the 21st Century
The first decades of the 21st century have seen a dramatic evolution in the role of California's state treasurer. We must rebuild and expand infrastructure, help build green projects to build sustainable communities, reverse the awful trend of growing income inequality, and ensure that transparency is a top priority so that anyone in California can freely access information. Join us on February 10th to hear John Chiang, California State Treasurer, address these challenges. John Chiang was elected on Nov. 4, 2014, as California's 33rd State Treasurer. As the State's banker, he oversees trillions of dollars in transactions every year. One of his top priorities is to conduct the State's business in the most transparent manner possible. Chiang sells California's bonds, invests the State's money and manages its cash. In addition, he manages financing authorities that help provide good-paying jobs, better schools, improved transportation, quality health care, more affordable housing and a cleaner environment. He handles those duties while sitting on the governing boards of the nation's two largest public pension funds - the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS). Believing that sharing information with taxpayers enables them to hold government officials accountable, Chiang has made transparency a top priority. In November 2015, he unveiled DebtWatch, a website that offers the public easy access to three decades of data related to debt issued by State and local governments. Prior to being elected Treasurer, Chiang served from 2007 through 2014 as State Controller. He was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 1998 where he served two terms, including three years as chair. He began his career as a tax law specialist with the Internal Revenue Service and previously served as an attorney in the State Controller's Office. The son of immigrant parents, Chiang graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in finance. He received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. Introducer: Diana Peterson-More Invocation: Shel Capeloto Guest Introductions: Robert Lyons Song Leader: Darren Norton Accompanist: Ross Jutsum


Meeting Information

All are welcome to attend our meeting.
We meet each Wednesday at 12:00PM at:

The University Club
175 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, California  

Tel: (626) 793-5157

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Rotary Club of Pasadena
556 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Suite 101 #379
Pasadena CA 91105

Phone: 626-440-0908
Fax: 626-440-9806

Email: office@pasadenarotary.com

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Kathy's Corner

Thank you Program Committee, for such a wonderful slate of speakers. You are making it very hard for me to stop the speaker. I've tried to give them ten minutes of the Rotary business time but it isn't enough. This committee is one of the major reasons we are in the club.

The Scoot Zone By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief

Joe Henry was in charge of our songs today, and in light of today's program he said he found "dozens of songs about homelessness, but they're all unsingable!" So instead of singing, we all read the lyrics to Judy Holliday's "Homeless." We followed that up with "God Bless America" with Ross Jutsum on piano.

Kathy's Corner

What a program on Wednesday. A huge thank you to Bill Opel for arranging this. 

We had so many wonderful visitors we didn't have time to introduce them, which I really regret.