In addition to its eight constitutional officers, California voters elect the five members of the state ________ __________ _____________. The state controller has a seat on the board, and the others are elected from four districts, each consisting roughly one-fourth of the state's population. Two of the districts - one in coastal Northern California and the other in Los Angeles County - have a majority of Democratic voters. The other two are majority-Republican; one consisting of the Central Coast, Central Valley, and Sierra Nevada region, and the other consisting of Orange, San Diego, Riverside, and Imperial Counties. Despite the low political profile of this board, members wield a great amount of power in collecting state and local sales taxes as well as use taxes and excise taxes from the sale of gasoline, beverages, alcohol, and cigarettes. Another important function is to review and harmonize the tax assessments of California's 58 counties.
Board of Equalization