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State Treasurer John Chiang Could Become the Next Governor of California

John Chiang, the 33rd State Treasurer of the Golden State, is determined to become California’s next governor. In his role, the 55-year-old Democrat oversees trillions of dollars in annual transactions and is the largest issuer of municipal bonds.Chiang began his career as a tax law specialist and later served two terms on the California State Board of Equalization, including three years as chair. He is prepared to take on political opponents to become California’s first Asian-American governor.“There are three things that set me apart from other candidates: integrity, trustworthiness, and a record of...

Gubernatorial candidate Chiang wants drastic tuition roll back at California’s public universities

California State Treasurer John Chiang and candidate for governor lays out his higher education vision at a forum hosted by the Campaign for College Opportunity in Los Angeles on April 2, 2018. Campaign president Michele Siqueiros interviewed him.Gubernatorial candidate and State Treasurer John Chiang wants to roll back a decade of tuition increases at the University of California and the Cal State systems, reducing those costs by more than 40 percent, while also providing two years of free community college.Chiang, who previously was state controller, said...

Handicapping California’s celebrity-free governor’s race

When Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger ran for governor, they both benefited from celebrity. Who in the voting booth didn't recognize their names?This California primary season, none of the eight remaining candidates for governor is a movie star. Still, right from the start, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was mayor of San Francisco, and Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles, enjoyed a clear advantage in terms of having a high profile.That isn't a strike against them. But as we are all living with the fallout...

California’s John Chiang joins state treasurers seeking meeting with Trump administration over banking for pot industry

Four state treasurers including California’s John Chiang requested Thursday that U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions meet with them to find a way to allow banks to handle money from the marijuana industry in states that have authorized cannabis sales.“This is not just a blue state phenomenon but includes purple and red states in every corner of our country,” they wrote in a letter to Sessions. “A majority of Americans now live in states where they have decided to legalize cannabis.”Besides Chiang, who is running for governor, those requesting a meeting included the...