News Release
For Immediate Release
February 21, 2019
Contact: Jean Nakano

BOE Vice Chair Vazquez to Speak at the 50th Anniversary Conference

Sacramento - Board of Equalization (BOE) Vice Chair Antonio Vazquez will speak at the 50 Anniversary Conference El Plan de Santa Barbara on Friday, February 22, 2019, at 11:15 a.m. at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). The conference will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the UCSB McCune Conference Room in Room 6020 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (located near the intersection of Ocean Road and El Colegio Road on the UCSB campus) and is free and open to the public.

As a new member of the BOE, Vazquez will discuss how his experience as a student and member of MEChA at the University of Southern California helped lead him to become the first Latino ever elected to the Board since its inception in 1879.

The event will commemorate El Plan, drafted in April of 1969 at UCSB, which laid the foundation for the establishment of Chicano Studies at UCSB and other colleges and universities - and unified the Chicano student movement under one name, MEChA. The Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s was the most widespread civil rights and empowerment movement by Mexican Americans.

"I am both excited and honored to participate in this important conference that not only addresses the history of El Plan, but also highlights its continuing relevance today," said Vazquez. "I commend UCSB for the part it played in nurturing and supporting the birth of Chicano Studies programs, which have empowered Mexican American students and enriched their communities for 50 years.

Elected on November 6, 2018, Board Member Antonio Vazquez is the Third District Member of the California State Board of Equalization, representing more than 9.5 million residents in Los Angeles, a portion of San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. Vazquez previously served on the Santa Monica City Council for over 10 years, including holding the offices of Mayor Pro Tempore in 2015 and Mayor in 2016.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board that serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes.

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