The Lamorinda Democratic Club will kick-off its fall 2009 programs with the California Tax Reform Association’s Lenny Goldberg, who will discuss The California Budget Disaster: How We Got Into It, How We Get Out Of It.
The Lamorinda Democratic Club’s monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, September 17 (please note date), at the Orinda Community Church in Orinda. The social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the club’s business session to begin at 7:30 p.m., with Goldberg’s presentation to begin at 8 p.m. During the club’s business meeting, we will hear a short update from Moraga Council member Karen Mendonca. Golderg will discuss how the state budget disaster began, how it has grown worse, and what can be done to turn things around. Goldberg is leading efforts to reverse tax cuts that Republicans insisted upon in recent budgets even as California slashed support for education and health and human services programs.

Goldberg is owner of Lenny Goldberg and Associates, a public interest advocacy and consulting firm begun in 1985. He is executive director of the California Tax Reform Association (http://caltaxreform.org/), for which he has advocated on a broad range of tax and fiscal issues for over 20 years.

The mission of the California Tax Reform Association is a fair tax system in California, in order to provide the foundation for a healthy public sector and a successful economy. Founded in 1976, CTRA has been involved as an advocate for fair taxation in virtually every major tax policy debate in the legislature and at the state tax agencies. We have also been involved in many statewide ballot measures involving tax policy, and have provided our expertise in many forums, presentations, articles, and in the media.

Goldberg has also been the lobbyist for The Utility Reform Network (TURN) since 1990, involved in energy and telecommunications issues. He has also lobbied for and consulted with non-profit groups on privacy, consumer issues, housing, and human services. He writes a weekly report on taxes for a national publication, and is on the board of Citizens for Tax Justice in Washington, D.C.

He has also directed and been involved with a number of statewide initiative campaigns, primarily on tax and fiscal policy. He worked in the legislature for Assemblyman Tom Bates (representing the Lamorinda area) before founding his lobbying firm, and before that taught at CSU SF, UC Berkeley, and Laney College. He has a B.A. from Williams College and a Masters in economics from UC Berkeley.