Larry Stone

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Larry Stone is the County Assessor of Santa Clara County.[1] He was first elected in 1975 to the City Council of the City of Sunnyvale. After serving for 16½ years, including two terms as Mayor, he was elected in 1994 to serve as County Assessor for the County of Santa Clara, California for a four-year term representing not only the Capital of Silicon Valley, but also the seventeenth largest county in the United States, encompassing more than 1300 sqmi and 1.8 million people.[2][3] The county includes the cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and Sunnyvale.[4] He has been reelected by large majorities in 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2010.


Sunnyvale political career

Stone served 16½ years as a council member and Mayor of Sunnyvale during the period the City earned an international reputation for effectiveness and became a model for President Clinton's efforts to reform the federal bureaucracy. President Clinton said, "the National Performance Review was modeled in part upon the remarkable reinvention efforts pioneered by the City of Sunnyvale, where Larry Stone served as Mayor."[2][3]

Business career

After leaving Sunnyvale's city council, Stone founded Larry Stone Partners in 1990, where he currently serves as President and CEO. Before this, he served as Co-Founder of IMA Financial Corporation in San Francisco from 1970 to 1990. From 1981 to 1986 he served as President of the Regency West Real Estate Fund, and from 1978 to 1986 he served on the Board of Directors of Handar Electronics Corporation in Sunnyvale.[5]

Assessor career

As County Assessor, Stone has overseen significant improvements to streamline the operations of his office, eliminate backlogs, and achieve higher levels of public service, all while consistently operating substantially under budget. The State Board of Equalization acknowledged his office as one of the best-managed assessors' operations in California. Recognized as an innovative leader in Assessment practices and management, Stone was elected President of the California Assessors' Association in 2002.[2]

Government career

  • Law Foundation President's Advisory Council, 2005–Present
  • Mayor, City of Sunnyvale, 1979–1980; 1987–1989
  • Sunnyvale City Council, 1975–1983; 1985–1993
  • California Assessors' Association, 1995–Present, President 2002
  • Sunnyvale Redevelopment Agency Director, 1975–1983; 1985–1993
  • President, Santa Clara County Intergovernmental Council, 1982–1983
  • Board of Directors, League of California Cities, Peninsula Division, 1980–1983
  • League of California Cities, Revenue & Taxation Committee, 1987–1989
  • United States Conference of Mayors,Committees on Energy & Environment, Arts & Health, 1979–1980; 1987–1989
  • United States Conference of Mayors Delegation to Cuba, 1978; China, 1989; Israel, 1990
  • National League of Cities Finance, Administration & Intergovernmental Relations Policy Committee, 1987–1993; Steering Committee, 1991–1993
  • National League of Cities Committee on Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, 1982
  • Santa Clara County Airport Land Use Commission, 1975–1980; 1981–1982
  • Chair, Santa Clara County Mortgage Revenue Bond Committee, 1982–1993[5]

Community and personal activities

  • YWCA; Board of Directors 2004–Present
  • Rotary Club of San Jose; Member 1995–Present, Board of Directors 2005–2008
  • Capital Club Silicon Valley; Board of Governors 2002–Present
  • San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau; Board of Directors 2003–Present
  • San Jose Sports Authority, Board of Directors, 2006–Present
  • Knight of the Order of St. John (Chevalier); 2003–Present
  • American Leadership Forum; Senior Fellow 1994–Present
  • Democratic Forum of Silicon Valley; Co-Founder 1988–Present, Chair 2001–Present
  • San Francisco 49ers Stadium Advisory Council, Chair, 2007–Present
  • Arts Council of Santa Clara County; Co-founder, Board of Trustees 1984–2001, President 1987–1990
  • Cupertino Educational Endowment Foundation; Co-Founder 1984–2001, President 1996–1999
  • KTEH-TV; Member, Board of Directors 1992–2006
  • Urban Land Institute; Associate Member 1995–Present
  • California Air & Space Museum Educational Foundation; Member 1999–2006
  • Community Foundation of Santa Clara County; Member, Board of Advisors 1990–2007
  • Euphrat Gallery, DeAnza College; Member, Board of Directors 1989–Present
  • Silicon Valley Association for Corporate Growth, Board of Directors 2005–2006
  • Silicon Valley Charity Ball Advisory Council; Member 1990–1995
  • Santa Clara County Stadium Task Force; President 1988–1990
  • San Jose State University; Member, President's Advisory Council 1993–1997
  • DeAnza College Commission; Member 1992–1997
  • Community School of Music & Art; Member, Board of Directors 1988–2001
  • Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce; Member, Board of Directors 1993–1997
  • Strive for Five Steering Committee; Member 1990–1992
  • Midpeninsula Citizens for Fair Housing; Member Board of Directors 1983–1985
  • Ross Mosier Memorial Golf Classic; Co-Founder
  • Sunnyvale Community Players; Patron 1976–1992[5]


  • Resolution of Special Honor & Commendation, California State Senate, 1983
  • Resolution of Special Honor & Commendation, California State Assembly, 1979
  • Resolution of Commendation, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, 1979, 1983
  • Selected to "Outstanding Young Men of America", 1974
  • Named by The Economist magazine to "Who's Who in the Investment Industry", 1973, 1974
  • "Who's Who in California Business and Finance", 1979
  • "Who's Who in California", 1980–1981
  • "Who's Who in American Politics", 1991–1992[5]


Stone and his wife Carmen have lived in Sunnyvale since 1970 where they raised three sons, Edward, 41, Randall, 38, and Gregory, 36.[2][5]


  1. [1] California Board of Board of Equalization List of Assessors
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 [2] Santa Clara County Assessor's Office Bio
  3. 3.0 3.1 [3] Census Data
  4. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 [5] Biographical Outline (Vita)

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