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City of Los AngelesCandidate for Controller

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David T. Vahedi

Chief Financial Officer
39,240 votes (7%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Efficiently audit critical city departments that have the greatest likelihood of saving money for the city while at the same time improving public safety and helping to address homelessness crisis.
  • Implement an anti-corruption program in the Controller's office to root out corruption and fraud before it occurs.
  • Expand the outreach of the office to include additional stakeholders to build political willpower to have audit recommendations actually implemented.



Profession:Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Auditor, Attorney
Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Retail Print Media, Inc. (2015–2022)
Administrative Law Judge, California Department of Tax and Fees Administration (2010–2018)
Board Member, Westside South of Santa Monica Homeowner's Association — Elected position (2000–2014)
Board Member, Westside Neighborhood Council (5 terms) — Elected position (2001–2011)


Loyola Marymount Law School Juris Doctorate, Law (1998)
Cal State University Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Major in Accounting, Minor in Finance (1996)

Community Activities

Coach, NFL Flag Football (2015–2020)
Referee, AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) (2012–2015)
Pro Bono Attorney, Friends of Animals (2007–2013)
Volunteer Attorney, Protect the Vote (2005–2010)


I am a lifelong resident of the City of Los Angeles. I reside today with my wife, Karli, and two boys, Connor, 15 (Hamilton High School) and Ronan, 10 (Clover Elementary) and two dogs, Dakota and Sedona, in West Los Angeles.

I attended public schools from kindergarten to high school and graduated from college with a BS in Accounting and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Marymount Law School. I am an active member of the State Bar since 1998.

I was put to the test early in my career as a government auditor. As organized crime infiltrated the nation’s fuel supply chain resulting in California losing over $148,000,000 in 1994 to tax theft, the state was caught flat footed and unprepared. In response, the State Board of Equalization (SBOE) asked me and several other auditors to be the founding members of its first dedicated criminal investigation unit. After three years of hard work and dozens of prosecutions and targeted legislation, the team and I essentially eliminated tax theft in the fuel industry and re-leveled the playing field for honest businesses. Based on the unit’s early success, the legislature and the SBOE created a permanent criminal investigations unit with limited peace officer status to protect California’s taxpayers.

I authored and was the proponent of Proposition 228 ( 1998) Co-sponsored by Senator Diane Feinstein, Mayor Richard Riordan, and Congressman Howard Berman, the initiative required 95 cents of every school dollar to be spent at our schools which would have shifted $1.2 billion a year back to our classrooms without a tax increase.

After graduating law school and developing a successful law practice, I was drawn back to government service in 2010. This time I was asked to be part of a team to decentralize the SBOE’s Appeal Program and be its first Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) based in Southern California. Our work saved millions in travel costs while speeding up the appeals process and settlement program. 

I am currently the CFO (Cheif Financial Officer ) of Retail Print Media, a media buying company.  

I cannot win this campaign without your support and vote. I will never forget that I work for you. Thank you!

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe in people. While I know we have a lot of problems at all level of government, we cannot give up. My number one goal is to re-instill peoples faith in government and all of the good it can do. For this reason, I actully provide my cell number on literature so voters can always reach me and share their concerns and ideas. I also do not accept special interest donations. Special interests funding campaigns only ends up with special interests having their agenda heard and encated over what is good for the people. I am a strong supporter of public financing of campaigns to root out the special interest influence. 

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