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Taxpayer advocate Michelle Steel to be sworn in as newest OC Supervisor Monday, January 5, in Santa Ana
Orange County – On Monday, January 5, 2015, at 2:00p.m., the Honorable Michelle Steel will be sworn in as Orange County’s newest member of the Board of Supervisors, in the historic courtroom of the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana. Steel, who won the November 6th general election with more than 62 percent of the vote, will replace termed-out Second District Supervisor John Moorlach. Steel will be sworn-in by the Honorable Judge James E. Rogan.
What: Inauguration of Michelle Steel, Orange County Supervisor, Second District
When: Monday, January 5, 2015, 2:00p.m.
Where: Old Orange County Courthouse
211 W. Santa Ana Boulevard, Santa Ana, CA 92701.
A successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, Michelle Steel is finishing her second term as a member of the State Board of Equalization where she has represented more than nine million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.
As a member of the Board of Equalization, Michelle Steel distinguished herself as the state’s leading tax fighter. Her hallmark first-term achievement was the discovery, that the Board of Equalization had delayed the return of millions of dollars in security deposits owed to California businesses. Following her investigation, the agency refunded tax security deposits worth upwards of $50,000 each to over 5,500 small businesses. Procedures were changed due to Steel’s decisive leadership and hundreds of millions of dollars were returned on time to taxpayers. In 2013, Steel succeeded in eliminating the agency’s automatic security deposit program, freeing thousands of Californians from what was effectively a tax on new businesses and allowing them to use their scarce capital to create jobs and grow the economy.
As Southern California’s elected taxpayer advocate, Steel fought on the front lines of California’s perennial battle against higher taxes. In 2008, she successfully led the fight against a new iTax, a $500 million tax on digital downloads.
Michelle Steel holds a degree in Business from Pepperdine University, an Executive MBA from the University of Southern California, and is fluent in Korean and Japanese. She and her husband, Shawn, have been married since 1981. They live in Surfside, California.