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Community Forum on statewide pension reform
California Senator Mimi Walters was invited to speak at a forum hosted by the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association, where the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Foundation released a new study showing unsustainable numbers.  (photos)
Forum on local school bonds
Local school superintendents spoke about current projects, future plans and oversight for their respective voter-approved bond measures at a forum hosted by the SJTA 
(photos)
Civic-minded individuals are needed to serve on boards and commissions.  Please click on your area of service!
San Joaquin County Sheriff Candidate Forum 2014  video
Sheriff Steve Moore and Sgt. Pat Withrow fielded questions in a forum hosted by the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association.
The Record 3-26-14    Lodi News-Sentinel 3-26-14    
Welcome!  The San Joaquin County Taxpayers Association is one of the oldest taxpayer organizations in California.  We monitor and report on tax-related matters and other financial issues in San Joaquin County.  Members prepare articles, special reports and written analyses to help local residents understand the background and development of the issues that affect our quality of life.

We educate the public by hosting public forums featuring political candidates, community leaders and elected officials in San Joaquin County.  The SJTA has earned the reputation of being fair and balanced, and the association is instrumental in influencing government through oversight and reporting on key issues.  We invite you to join us as we partner with local government officials through a non-partisan approach to solving problems.

David Renison
SJTA President
San Joaquin County Supt. of Schools Forum 2014
Apr. 24, 2014.  James Mousalimas, Jeff Tilton and Mike Gillespie answered  questions posed by the SJTA.
The Record      Lodi News-Sentinel
SJTA Endorsement Policy
The San Joaquin County Taxpayers Association, a nonpartisan organization, encourages informed and active participation in government.  We work to influence public policy through education and advocacy, but we do not support or oppose any political party or any candidate.  We may, however, take action on selected government issues in the public interest.
Kudos to these local officials 
and community leaders!

San Joaquin County Supervisor Candidate Forum 2014  video
The San Joaquin Taxpayers Association threw questions at two candidates vying for a seat on the County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 11, 2014  The Record    Lodi News
Stockton City Council Candidate Forum 2014  video
Bankruptcy, crime, Measure A, economic development were among the topics in 38 questions presented by the SJTA on Sept. 25, 2014. The Record
Stockton City Council candidates and others face off
On Oct. 1, 2014 - Candidates vying to lead the city into its still-uncertain future faced off in a series of forums hosted by the League of Women Voters.
Click here for video. 
Stockton bankruptcy confirmation
CalPERS bullied its way about in Stockton's bankruptcy case with an iron fist insisting that it and the municipal pensions it services are inviolable.  The bully may have an iron fist, but it also terms out to have a glass jaw.   READ MORE

Stockton court ruling to exit bankruptcy
The court's ruling is only a fragile new beginning for Stockton.  City Hall must change the way it does business.  An approval of the Plan of Adjustment does nothing to the budget forecast and responsible modifications must still be made to unsustainable pensions or the city will soon return to insolvency.

San Joaquin County Mosquito Abatement District Trustees
A wide-ranging problem... local and state legislation would stop this unconscionable abuse of taxpayer money!  READ MORE

Stockton's Measure A - Oversight of the 2014 sales tax increase
The City of Stockton promised the voters 120 new police officers in 3 years and we are tracking the progress.  READ MORE

How high are building permit fees in Stockton?
Build a house in Stockton - OR - build one in Manteca AND one in Lodi for the same cost!  READ MORE

Lodi City Council Members' health benefits
The problem was defined; solutions were presented.  But things became worse for Lodi taxpayers in June 2014.  READ MORE
Public forums allow attendees to learn more about a candidate’s focus, role of government and his/her awareness of various issues of concern. All of this is related to the candidate’s attitudes regarding the spending of money.
   Nancy Cochran, SJTA Board Member
(2013-2014)
STATEWIDE PENSION REFORM
California State Senator
SCHOOL BOND MEASURES
Local School District Superintendents
STOCKTON SALES TAX - MEASURE A
Council Members and Civic Leaders
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY SHERIFF
Candidate Debate
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION
Candidate Debate
    STOCKTON CITY COUNCIL
Candidate Debate
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY SUPERVISOR
Candidate Debate
We are looking for volunteers with a commitment to serve:
Membership and Fundraising
    Develop support for the organization

School District Bonds
    Study the efficiency of bond dollars

Public Employee Compensation
    Collective bargaining, pensions and benefits

Political Action
    Educate through public forums

City Governments
    Oversight for City Council action

County Administration
    Budgets and committee appointments

Tax Measures
    Evaluate the cost-to-benefit

Promise Tracker
    Track the performance of elected officials
Watch for announcements of upcoming forums and candidate debates hosted by the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association!