San Joaquin Taxpayers Association
Established in 1949!
The San Joaquin County Taxpayer's Association, Inc. was founded on August 30, 1949 by community leaders, including S.W. Beckman and Claude Wood of Lodi, Frank Mc Keegan, John De Carli and Leroy Sims of Stockton, George Clever of Tracy, Jack Johns of Escalon, C.B. Tawney of Ripon, Lester Schmiedt of Manteca and others. The SJTA became a key player in San Joaquin County's civic establishment as the founders developed a constructive working relationship with local government. Their independent approach to issues is still the signature of today's SJTA and we strive for the same goals that were established over 60 years ago!
Our members have worked hard to earn the trust of the public and elected officials. We take our responsibility seriously and we will continue to provide accurate, unbiased information to enable leaders and citizens to make informed decisions.
The SJTA is a voice for local taxpayers; a counter balance to those vying for fiscal or political advantage. Through research, analysis and commentary, we provide accurate and unbiased information to enable policy makers and local citizens to make informed decisions.
The SJTA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting accountable, cost-effective and efficient government, while opposing unnecessary taxation.
David Renison is a third generation Stockton resident and broker/owner of Renison Realty. He served as foreman of the San Joaquin County Grand Jury for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 terms. He was a commissioner for the Housing Authority of the County of San Joaquin from 2010 to 2014 and currently serves as vice-chairman of the San Joaquin County Tax Assessment Appeals Board. Dave was recently appointed by the Stockton City Council to serve on Stockton’s Measure A Citizens’ Advisory Committee to monitor and make recommendations to the Council for responsible management of the Apr. 1, 2014 sales tax revenues.
W. Ronald Coale, Honorary SJTA Director
Sadly, Ron passed from this life April 17, 2014 at 81 years of age.
Nancy Cochran is a bookkeeper. She was elected to represent the Supervisorial District 1 on the Republican Party County Central Committee in 2012. Nancy is politically active in the local community.
Dean F. Andal began his public career in 1991, when he won a special election to the California State Assembly. He compiled a conservative record and was assigned the position of chief budget negotiator for his caucus. He was reelected to a full term in 1992. In 1994 he was elected to the California Board of Equalization, a tax board, and he was reelected to a second term in 1998. From 2004 to 2008, Andal re-entered public life, serving on the Lincoln Unified School Board.
Dale Fritchen is President/CEO at Foster Angels. Dale’s public service includes many years as a trustee of the Manteca Unified School District and four years as a Stockton City Council Member.
Dennis Cochran is Executive Director at Graffiti Abatement Society. Dennis wants local government to serve its constituents with respect and fairness.
Leroy Ornellas is a third generation Tracy dairy farmer. Leroy served ten years on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors representing the 5th District which included Tracy, Mt. House, Manteca, and for a time Escalon, and Ripon. Leroy served several years on the San Joaquin Valley Air District Board including service as chairman. Mr. Ornellas is a Tracy Sutter Hospital Trustee and he was appointed by the Governor of California to serve on the Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.
Gary Malloy retired from the retail business. Gary has an extraordinary command of fiscal issues in Stockton and has participated for many years in the role of citizen oversight at Stockton City Hall.
We should be glad the taxpayer’s association is out there. Had it been out there in the ‘90s and ‘00s, Stockton city government may not have become a stealth gravy train chugging towards a fiscal cliff.
Michael Fitzgerald, The Record Metro Columnist
An excellent letter, Dave, that does the math and explains the obvious dangers of the continued unfunded pension liability. Thank you for taking the time to do the research because few others - especially those in decision making roles - have bothered.
Kathi Duffel, English teacher
Hello, David - I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your work with the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association. You are doing such a good job.
Lois M. Sahyoun, Retired Clerk of the Board of Supervisors
I will be there (candidate forum)… thank you for the opportunity that I have been looking for!
Christina Fugazi, Stockton City Council Member
I am honored to be invited and grateful that organizations like yours put on forums such as this one to help inform the public.
Dyane Burgos Medina, Stockton City Council member 2014
A very informative and successful forum… ‘Good job, Dave’.
Jon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
You are doing a great job!
Mary Knight, Senior Loan Consultant
Dave, thank you for the invitation to participate in your forum. I appreciate the opportunity and will definitely participate.
James Mousalimas, SJ County Superintendent of Schools
Keep up the good fight.
Matthew Arnaiz, Arnaiz Development Company
Excellent job, Dave. Great room, good crowd. Thank you.
Sara Blicharz, National Federation of Republican Women
Appreciate your work.
Steve Gutierrez, former SJ County Supervisor
It’s nice to see you out there!
Charlie Chapin, Ph.D.
Keep up your good work.
Alan Nakanishi M.D., former California Assembly Member
Dave, thank you for your leadership with SJCTA... truly appreciate the time, energy and dedication to educate and inform us.
Liz Blanchard, Commissioner, Port of Stockton
I never thought I would become a member of a taxpayers association. I find Dave to be refreshingly pragmatic.
Paul Fairbrook, Director, University of the Pacific Food Services
I’m very supportive of what they’re doing. Whatever your view of the proper role of government, we should all agree that we don’t want our money wasted.
Dean Andal, former California Assembly Member
Dave, I just read your letter to Judge Klein. This is one of the best, informed and well written letters I have ever had the pleasure to read. Fantastic job and right to the point. Indisputable. I wish more had your courage to speak to the heart of the matter and show true caring for our City and its future sustainability.
Russell Ray, CFO, Arnaiz Development Company
Mr. Renison, I thank you and your members for all the good work you do for the citizens of San Joaquin County and Stockton in particular. I was very impressed with the caliber of the questions at the recent candidate’s forum and the research into the same.
Mahesh Ranchhod, Interim CEO, Downtown Stockton Alliance