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State agency faces elimination after first black woman takes charge

In January, members of the California Board of Equalization (BOE) selected Malia M. Cohen, former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, to chair the 140-year-old state agency.

Cohen became the first Black woman elected to the board last May and the first to lead the agency responsible for representing taxpayer interests and “equalizing” county-by-county tax assessments across the state.

Now, less than eight months into her 4-year term and under two months as chair, Cohen has been thrust into a difficult fight, perhaps the most crucial of he