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On 4/20, John Chiang Visits Cannabis Dispensary and Stresses Need for Public Bank

To mark 4/20 (National Weed Day) today, John Chiang visited The Apothecarium, a cannabis dispensary in the Castro District of San Francisco, that has two other locations in the Bay Area and an additional location in Las Vegas, NV. As treasurer, Chiang has been one of California’s leading advocates for filling in the holes left by Proposition 64, which went into effect on January 1, 2018, and allows Californians (21+) to purchase limited quantities of legalized cannabis for recreational use.“I want to thank the team here at The Apothecarium for showing us their operation and discussing the needs of...

Villaraigosa’s First Ad Fails to Mention How he Slashed Public Services, Put Public Safety at Risk

An independent expenditure backed by two multi-millionaires supporting Antonio Villaraigosa for governor and trying to buy the governor’s race for the former mayor has begun airing an ad claiming that Villaraigosa “brought both parties together to balance the state budget” as speaker of the state legislature. But the ad fails to mention how Villaraigosa took a heavy hand to Los Angeles’s Fire and Police Departments as mayor of the city, resulting in increased gang violence and a disparate number of firearm hospitalizations for African Americans and Latinos in the city.“It’s the height of irony for Antonio Villaraigosa to be...

On Tax Day John Chiang Visits Tax Assistance Event & Highlights His Record of Fiscal Responsibility

To mark Tax Day, today, John Chiang visited one of the United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sites in Sacramento. The VITA program is a national program that offers free help to people who make a limited income and need help preparing their tax refunds. During his tenure at the Board of Equalization and as state controller, Chiang held tax seminars up and down the state, and assisted faith-based organizations, LGBTQIA individuals, communities of color, and low-income Californians in maximizing their tax returns.“I’m glad to see that the United Way is carrying on the important work of the VITA program,...

John Chiang Endorsed by CA Insurance Commissioner & Former High School Running Mate Dave Jones

At an event in Los Angeles this morning, John Chiang received the endorsement of California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones in the race for governor. Jones not only leads the California Department of Insurance and regulates the California insurance market, but also attended high school with Chiang in the south suburbs of Chicago, where the two ran for class president and vice president together in the 1979/1980 school year.“I’m proud to announce my support and endorsement of John Chiang to be California’s next governor,” said Jones. “I have had the privilege of knowing John since we met over 40 years...