The California Taxpayers Union (CTU) is a non-profit public policy agency focused on raising the awareness of voters about the profligate spending, confiscatory taxation and unsustainable public pension debt facing cities across our state. We are building a statewide network for qualifying and passing ballot initiatives that will bring tax relief to beleaguered citizens and businesses, and reduce the unsustainable costs and debt of local and state government. Our organization is comprised of individuals, business owners and professionals who understand that uncontrolled growth in the size and cost of local and State government threatens California’s future; who understand that our current legislative process is broken; and who acknowledge that Californians have no choice but to employ the local and state initiative process to reduce the size of government and restore fiscal sanity and the economic promise of California. If we act now, we can change the political debate and create a genuine consensus for fiscal sanity, smaller government and economic prosperity in our Golden State.

President – Michael T. Alexander

A native Californian, Michael Alexander grew up in Huntington Park and served in the United States Marine Corps before graduating from U.S.C. Law School. Mike has a broad background in law, business and finance. Together with his wife, Patricia, he is a founder and managing principal of Private Trust Management Group based in Pasadena. The firm provides private trust services and investment counsel to trusts, individuals, families and retirement plans. He is involved in a number of community organizations, and together with his wife Patricia, helped to found St. Monica Academy in Montrose, California. He and Patricia live in Pasadena where they raised their four sons.




Board of Advisors

Robert De Pietro

Mr. Robert De Pietro is a Partner at De Pietro Holdings LLC, a real estate investment company based in Los Angeles that currently owns more than 545,000 square feet of office, medical office, industrial, and retail properties in the greater Southern California, Phoenix, and Denver areas, and more than 30 acres of developable land in California.

As part of senior management, Mr. De Pietro oversees the daily operations of the company with a focus on building engineering, asset management, construction & renovation.  Robert also oversees property management of the company’s portfolio, including leasing activity, contracted services, building operations and property maintenance & renovations.

Mr. De Pietro holds a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics from the University of California, Berkeley, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, and attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

De Pietro served as a Public Member & Past President of the California Architects Board, is currently a member of its Regulatory and Enforcement Committee, is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California, and is a past member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s Professional Conduct Committee.

He also serves on the Harvey Mudd College Alumni Board of Governors and is a former member of the Harvey Mudd College Board of Trustees.

In addition, he serves on the Boards of the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, the Ferrari Owners Club as Secretary, the Patrons of Italian Culture as Secretary, the Foundation Board of Glendale Adventist medical Center as Secretary, the Boards of the Historic Italian Hall Foundation, and the L.A. Railroad Heritage Foundation, the South Lake Business Association and is Chair of its Streetscape Committee.

Mr. De Pietro is a member of the Jonathan Club of Los Angeles, the Italian Catholic Federation, the Garibaldina Society of Los Angeles and the Kiwanis Club of Eagle Rock.

He is a supporter of Hillsdale College, the Claremont Institute, the Heritage Foundation and Saint Monica Academy in Montrose, California.

Thomas Sullivan

Mr. Thomas Sullivan is president of Ultimate Recycle, LLC, an innovative company which manufactures cold mix asphalt composed primarily of recycled industrial waste.  He is also a member of the board of Governors of Thomas Aquinas College since 1973, where he served as the Chairman of the Board from 1975 to 1985.  He is a board member of the Right to Life League, and is vice president of the Salvation Army Board.

Mr. Sullivan was formerly president of Jefferson Development Corp based in San Marino, CA.  He has served as president of the Pasadena City College Foundation and was president of the Los Angeles Rotary Club No. 5 from 1987-88.  He is past chairman of the Los Angeles County Productivity Commission.  He attended Fairmont State College, West Virginia and the University of California at Los Angeles.  


California Taxpayers Union

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Pasadena, CA  91106

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