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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

San Diego CountyCandidate for Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk

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Matt Strabone

Ethics Attorney
216,248 votes (32.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Pay less property tax: Nearly 150,000 homeowners in San Diego County aren't getting all the property tax exemptions they deserve. Are you one of them? We'll fix that, and we'll work with you to find other tax savings you might have missed.
  • Eliminating corruption: I will never use the power of the office to enrich myself, misuse taxpayer money, or play favorites. We must demand better.
  • Public records belong to you, the public, and we will make it easier and less expensive for you to obtain copies of them.



Matt Strabone is an ethics attorney who owns his own law practice in San Diego. Matt gives legal and ethical advice to charities, other nonprofits, and public officials. His clients have included nationwide nonprofits dedicated to women's health and local charities committed to assisting our veterans. One particular highlight of Matt's career has been providing legal counsel to President Barack Obama.

Service to his community has always been a driving force in Matt's life. Matt currently serves on the board of directors of the San Diego Leadership Alliance, a nonprofit that trains civic-minded young professionals in our region to create positive change, and the North Park Community Association, a civic organization dedicated to community improvement. Matt is also an appointed member of the City of San Diego Parking Advisory Board, a member of the Holiday Bowl Committee, a partner of the Truman National Security Project, and an active participant in Sierra Club's San Diego chapter.

Matt received his bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester and went on to earn his law degree from the University of Southern California. Prior to starting his own law practice, Matt was an attorney with Perkins Coie. In addition to practicing law, Matt is also a frequent commentator on issues of the day and has had editorial pieces published in U.S. News & World Report, The Hill, The Diplomat, the Georgetown Public Policy Review, and the Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (15)

  • San Diego County Democratic Party
  • California Nurses Association
  • Sierra Club
  • League of Conservation Voters
  • National Latino Peace Officers Association
  • Mexican American Business & Professional Association
  • San Diego CityBeat
  • San Diego Free Press
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569
  • San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • San Diego County Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • UNITE HERE Local 30
  • United Association of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 230
  • Run for Something

Elected Officials (19)

  • Scott Peters, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Juan Vargas, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Toni Atkins, President Pro Tempore, California State Senate
  • Todd Gloria, California State Assembly
  • Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, California State Assembly
  • Marc Berman, California State Assembly
  • Chris Ward, City Council, San Diego
  • Barbara Bry, City Council, San Diego
  • David Alvarez, City Council, San Diego
  • Mary Salas, Mayor, Chula Vista
  • Mara Elliott, City Attorney, San Diego
  • Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, City Council, National City
  • Colin Parent, City Council, La Mesa
  • Cori Schumacher, City Council, Carlsbad
  • David Arambula, City Council, Lemon Grove
  • Dwight Worden, City Council, Del Mar
  • Jennifer Mendoza, City Council, Lemon Grove
  • Mark West, City Council, Imperial Beach
  • Tasha Boerner Horvath, City Council, Encinitas

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Thousands of San Diegans Are Overpaying Their Property Taxes and I'm Going to Fix It


Around 150,000 homeowners aren’t getting all of the exemptions they deserve and are actually overpaying their property taxes.

I want to give 150,000 more homeowners in San Diego County a property tax break.

That’s one reason why I’m running for San Diego County assessor-recorder-clerk. Though county assessor may not be a position you’ve thought about much, the person in that role has a big impact on your bottom line — specifically, by deciding how much property tax you pay. The county assessor is also responsible for granting you certain exemptions that can save you money on your tax bill.

Right now, around 150,000 homeowners aren’t getting all of the exemptions they deserve and are actually overpaying their property taxes. These folks are missing out on the Homeowner’s Exemption, which provides a $7,000 reduction on the taxable value of your home simply by filling out a one-page form and sending it to the county assessor. Any homeowner who lives in their home — meaning any owner-occupied home — is eligible for this exemption.

How do we know that nearly 150,000 people are missing out on this tax break? The most recent Census estimates from 2016 tell us that there are about 634,000 owner-occupied homes in San Diego County. And statistics from the state Board of Equalization show that of those 634,000 homes, only 487,000 homeowner’s exemptions were granted, meaning there are about 147,000 instances in which a homeowner in San Diego County did not receive the homeowner’s exemption in 2016. That’s far too many.

Why are so many homeowners missing out on this seemingly simple tax savings? Well, because nobody’s told them about it, and with just a little bit of hard work on the county assessor’s part, we can do a lot better.

I’m going to fix this problem through better outreach. One thing I’ll do is hold public workshops in every community across the county once I’m elected to make sure that you get this exemption and any other tax breaks you deserve. These workshops will be open to everyone, and we’ll engage with community partners to help get the word out and ensure that no one is missed. Eligible homeowners will also be able to sign up to receive the homeowner’s exemption form via email if that’s easiest for them, and if they want the form mailed to them, we can do that too. This outreach effort will be a great opportunity to serve the people of this county and make their lives a little bit better.

We deserve a government that works for us, that’s transparent and accountable, that provides excellent service and that saves San Diegans money.

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