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In California, Larry Tramutola is known as "The Billion Dollar Man," and the label isn’t simply flattering propaganda. One of the nation’s leading political strategists, Tramutola and his company (TRAMUTOLA) are responsible for generating about $15 billion through tax measures passed for schools, colleges, libraries, hospitals, and other public entities—not an easy task considering that most of those tax elections required a supermajority of 66%.
Born in Colorado, Tramutola is today hailed as a "master" and "visionary" for his political insight. He graduated from Stanford University in 1970 with ambitions of becoming a lawyer. However, a chance meeting with Fred Ross, Sr., the man who found and trained Cesar Chavez, completely changed the course of his life.
"I had just brought a load of donated food to the United Farm Workers strikers and their families when I met Fred Ross, Sr. What made Fred special was his belief that one person, if they could organize others, could change the world," remembers Tramutola in Sidewalk Strategies.
That very week, Tramutola signed on to train with Fred Ross, Sr. as an organizer for the UFW. It was a decision that would span the next decade of his life, as he worked passionately alongside Ross’s most legendary disciple, Cesar Chavez, earning $5 a week for about 11 years. He left the Union in the early 1980’s and moved to Oakland with his wife and two children.
In the following years, he would work with some of politics’ most public figures, including Bill Clinton in his first presidential run and Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. In 1988, he formed his own company, TRAMUTOLA, and began using his political expertise to help schools, colleges, hospitals, and library districts pass bond measures to finance needed improvements. The firm also provides winning political advice to candidates in local, state, and national elections.
To date, his firm has managed over 400 successful campaigns across California, including 130 tax measures with a 95% success rate.
Tramutola and his wife have four children and currently reside in Piedmont, California.
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Book Description TurnKey Press, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110974466824