January 1, 2015
“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”
I dream of hope.
I dream of peace.
I dream of each of us lending a hand to another to hold fast to dreams.
These are my dreams for the New Year.
All best wishes for a meaningful and purposeful New Year,
November 6, 2014
For the commitment you made to my campaign to serve as California’s next Controller — with your financial resources, your endorsement, or your time to volunteer assembling campaign literature, making phone calls, knocking on doors, writing letters to the editor, or reaching out to your professional and personal networks via e-mail or social media — thank you.
Your commitment and the people whom I met on this journey buoyed me each and every day of the campaign. The trials and triumphs that working families shared with me as I traveled throughout the state will guide the work I will do as Controller to ensure equal opportunity for all Californians.
I thank Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin for focusing on the importance of the State’s fiscal health and economic development during the campaign.
I am honored to serve as California’s next chief fiscal officer and independent fiscal watchdog, and I look forward to our continued engagement.
November 4, 2014
The election is today! Polls are open from 7am to 8pm in California, if you are in line by 8pm you will be allowed to vote. Click here for more information or to find your polling place. Thank you for your support.
October 27, 2014
You are cordially invited to join me and
State Board of Equalization candidate Fiona Ma
for an Election Night Watch Gathering.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
8:00 pm to 12:00 Midnight
Delancey Street Foundation
Herbert Halper Town Hall
San Francisco, CA 94107
Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to Patricia Cheng by 5:00 pm on Monday, November 3, 2014 by emailing
Patricia@BettyYee.com or by calling (415) 813-1933.
We look forward to seeing you. Thank you for your support.
September 22, 2014
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced his endorsement of Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee for California State Controller.
“California needs a chief fiscal officer with deep finance experience and a track record of solving problems,” states Mayor Garcetti. “Betty Yee has worked to apply her expertise in tax policy to maintain property tax exemptions for affordable housing and to update tax rules to support the green economy and its services, technologies, and products. She understands the burden that income inequality places on all taxpayers, and I look forward to working with Ms. Yee on tax reform and other initiatives that will foster job creation and respond to the income gap.”
“I am honored to have Mayor Garcetti standing with me in my campaign to become California’s next Controller,” responds Board Member Yee. “I applaud The Mayor’s goal of holding city departments accountable publicly, and I intend to do the same as Controller with respect to state agencies and departments. I share the Mayor’s vision of leadership: back to basics by solving every day problems — no hype, no headlines. This is what I believe the public expects. This is what I will join Mayor Garcetti to deliver.”
Betty Yee faces Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin in the November 4th statewide general election.
For more information about Betty Yee’s candidacy, visit www.bettyyee.com.
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August 13, 2014
California Attorney General Kamala Harris today announced her endorsement of Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee for California State Controller. Attorney General Harris is running for re-election this November.
“Betty Yee is one of California’s most knowledgeable and responsible money managers,” states Attorney General Harris. “Her experience crafting balanced budgets and smart tax policy make her well-suited to serve as California’s chief fiscal officer and independent fiscal watchdog. I am proud to endorse Betty Yee for Controller.”
“I am deeply honored to have Attorney General Harris standing with me in my campaign for Controller,” responds Board Member Yee. “Attorney General Harris is an outstanding elected leader whose smart, no-nonsense approach to her work has earned the respect of a diverse array of interests. I look forward to continuing to work with her on combating the underground economy as we work to expand economic opportunities for all.”
The Statewide General Election is on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
For more information about Betty Yee’s candidacy for Controller, visit www.bettyyee.com.
August 6, 2014
Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee today announced the California League of Conservation Voters has endorsed her candidacy to become California’s next Controller.
“California will gain in Betty Yee, a Controller who understands the economic and fiscal impacts of climate change, states David Allgood, CLCV Political Director. “Betty has demonstrated leadership standing up against oil companies as well as working to update our state tax rules to support the green economy and its technologies, services, and products. CLCV wholeheartedly endorses Betty Yee for Controller.”
In response to CLCV’s endorsement, Board Member Yee remarks, “I have had the great privilege of representing the beautiful northern and central California coast on the Board of Equalization, a district where protecting the environment is paramount.” Yee continues, “As Controller, I will put my fiscal and finance experience to work in addressing the urgent effects of climate change before the costs of doing so put funding for other vital public services at risk. I am honored to have CLCV’s support.”
The Statewide General Election is on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
For more information about Betty Yee’s candidacy for Controller, please visit www.bettyyee.com.
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July 28, 2014
California State Controller John Chiang today announced his endorsement of Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee to succeed him in the office of Controller. John Chiang is a candidate for California State Treasurer.
“I am delighted to support Betty Yee, a long-time colleague at the Board of Equalization who has built a reputation of public service based on solving problems and delivering results,” states Chiang. “Betty will be an outstanding Controller, ready to serve and protect taxpayers through continuing the office’s push for greater transparency and fiscal accountability.”
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of John Chiang, who has worked hard to restore the independent fiscal watchdog function of the Controller’s office,” replies Yee. “I look forward to continuing the track record of Controller Chiang’s administration in calling out wasteful spending and ineffective financial management of public funds.”
The Statewide General Election is November 4, 2014. For more information about Betty Yee’s candidacy, visit www.bettyyee.com.
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July 22, 2014
Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization in California, today announced its endorsement of Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee for State Controller.
Hon. Betty Yee is one of four members elected by district on the California Board of Equalization. She has 30 years of dedicated public service, with deep expertise in state and local finance and tax policy.
Yee has been an exceptional champion of fairness and equality for LGBT Californians, especially in advancing tax equality for same-sex couples as a member of the Board of Equalization. She has also served with distinction for many years on the board of directors of Equality California Institute, EQCA’s educational affiliate.
“Betty Yee is one the LGBT community’s greatest advocates – having her as our next State Controller would be a great win for our community and all Californians,” said Rick Zbur, EQCA executive director-elect. “From her dedicated service on the Equality California Institute board to her work to advance tax equality for same-sex couples, Betty has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to civil rights and equality for LGBT Californians.”
The State Controller, in addition to being the chief financial officer for the state, sits on 81 state boards and commissions with jurisdiction over issues that touch the lives of LGBT Californians such as education, housing, and health. Yee would bring a passionate voice to these decision-making bodies on behalf of the LGBT community.
“I’m very proud of my work to advance equality for the LGBT community and I am grateful to have the support and endorsement of Equality California in my campaign for Controller,” said Yee. “I look forward to bringing my extensive finance experience and commitment to equal rights together to ensure that all Californians have the tools to succeed in their lives.”
Yee prevailed as one of two finalists in a close primary election, narrowly beating out Speaker Emeritus of the Assembly John A. Pérez. Yee will face Republican mayor of Fresno Ashley Swearengin in the November general election.
The Equality California Political Action Committee endorses viable candidates running for statewide offices and the state legislature who have a proven track record of supporting equal rights and legal protections for LGBT Californians and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.
Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization in California. For more than a decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive protections in the nation. Equality California has partnered with legislators to successfully pass 96 pieces of pro-equality legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org