Harkey Hosts Holiday Open House in Murrieta

BOE Member Diane Harkey and Assembly Member Melissa Melendez celebrated the holiday season with a few hundred friends, Southern California business owners and political partners recently during their “Small Business and Community Holiday Open House.” Harkey organized the event at Murrieta BMW to meet with community members and business leaders, and hear their thoughts about California’s economy and a legislative update. She also shared with the gathering information about the work she’s doing on their behalf – while enjoying an evening with delicious food, festive music, and good cheer.

Board Member Harley and guests observes the Murrieta Mesa Choir.
Board of Equalization Member Diane L. Harkey, and guests at the Small Business and Community Holiday Open House, enjoy the evening as the Murrieta Mesa Choir sings Christmas carols during the event.


“I am thrilled to represent the 9.5 million Southern Californians of the Fourth District,” Harkey told the guests. “And I am honored for this opportunity to improve California’s economy for all Californians and California businesses.” According to Harkey “there are too many taxes overwhelming businesses,” and she wants to reduce the tax burden to make California an attractive business destination that is more competitive with other states. The board member’s comments were met with generous applause from the crowd.

Harkey also introduced the tax and legal experts on her staff dedicated to working on behalf of taxpayers and business owners, and urged the audience to take full advantage of the many services made available to help them. Harkey’s staff assisted a number of guests during the event by answering their tax related questions.

Mayor Randon Lane welcomes guests to Murrieta open house event.
Murrieta Mayor Randon Lane welcomes Member Harkey and guests to his city who enjoyed food provided by several local eateries.

In addition to receiving expert tax advice, guests were treated to holiday entertainment including a rousing performance of the National Anthem sung by 15-year-old Temecula student Lauren Sothers, a presentation of colors by the Pacoima Valley High School ROTC Color Guard, and holiday carols by the Murrieta Mesa High School Choir and the Wine Valley Harmonizers. Local eateries Broken Yolk Café, BJ’s, Pat and Oscar’s Catering, E.A.T. Marketplace, Zabber Thai Fusion and Starbucks provided beverages and a selection of gourmet dishes for the open house.

Festive Christmas carols were performed by the Murrieta Mesa High School choir.
The Murrieta Mesa High School Choir performed carols during the open house event.


Board Member Harkey met with Assembly Member Melissa Melendez and Chief Deputy Russell Lowery.
Assembly Member Melissa Melendez, Chief Deputy Russell Lowery, and Fourth District Board Member Diane L. Harkey met with community member at the Murrieta open house event.


Assembly Member Melendez recognized Harley for her partnership and work on behalf of Californians. Murrieta Mayor Randon Lane, Councilman Johnathan Ingram, and several other local representatives were in attendance, and supported the event.

Harkey and her staff have resolved over 300 tax cases in favor of California taxpayers and business owners since the 4th District Board Member took office in January of 2015. Harkey remains committed to working on behalf of California taxpayers and business owners, and her goal of making California “a Golden State” for business.

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