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Leonard Letter **Special Edition**

***Special Edition***
A weekly electronic newsletter about California government, business and taxes
Bill Leonard, Member
State Board of Equalization

March 9, 2010

***Until We Meet Again***

It has been an honor and pleasure to provide you with information and commentary about state government these past years.

Today I am accepting an appointment from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as the Secretary for State and Consumer Services with the mission to hold down government spending. I am resigning my position the Board of Equalization and turning it over to the capable hands of my chief deputy, Barbara Alby.

Because I now have only one boss, the Governor, this will be the last edition of the Leonard Letter for 2010. I need to focus exclusively on helping the Governor with the duties he assigns me.

Thank you for your comments, support, suggestions and prayers, as they are all greatly appreciated.

You may continue to reach me at or connect with me on Facebook.

***California Trivia***

So that I do not leave any trivia buffs hanging, here is the answer to yesterday's question.

Question 10: What law passed in 1911 and was overturned in the 21st century?

Answer: California banned slot machines in 1911.


For answers to your general tax questions, call the Board of Equalization information center. Customer service representatives are available to help you from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday (except state holidays).

Toll-free number: 800-400-7115
TDD service for the hearing impaired
TDD phones: 800-735-2929
Voice phones: 800-735-2922

To reach the Taxpayer Rights Advocate’s office for assistance with any BOE issues, see, or call toll-free 1-888-324-2798.
HOW TO CONTACT Barbara Alby Acting Board Member for the Second District

400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2340
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 445-2181
Fax: (916) 327-4003


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