Oxnard mayoral candidate Aaron Starr’s CPA status challenged

By George Miller

Recently, multiple people have challenged Oxnard Mayoral candidate and local financial executive Aaron Starr’s right to use the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) title. It doesn’t appear that Starr has been using that title, although others, including even this publication have incorrectly bestowed that title on him. He IS a CPA, but currently inactive. He could easily resume active status, but has no need to in his current profession.

Aaron Greer sent us the following message this week:

aaron starr is another one who’s license status is questionable. He is listed as inactive and not allowed to engage in the practice of public accounting, yet he just sent out a nice color flyer bragging about his cpa status. This needs to be made public.
– Aaron Greer
 Here is the portion of the flyer in question. As you can see, it does not claim that Starr is a CPA, but refers to his experience as a CPA:

From current Aaron Starr campaign flyer received 3-27-18

Starr’s CA Board of Accountancy online record:

Source: http://www2.dca.ca.gov/pls/wllpub/WLLQRYNA$LCEV2.QueryView?P_LICENSE_NUMBER=55867&P_LTE_ID=783

Status Definition

An inactive license is current; however, the licensee is not required to meet the continuing education requirements and is not permitted to engage in the practice of public accountancy.

Source: http://www.dca.ca.gov/cba/consumers/about-lookup.shtml#experience

Experience Completed

The Experience Completed field reflects the type of experience the individual completed in order to obtain his/her CPA license. This field may show A, G, or be blank.

All CPAs must complete a minimum amount of experience providing any type of service or advice involving the use of accounting, attest, compilation, management advisory, financial advisory, tax, or consulting skills. The experience may have been gained through employment in public accounting, private industry, or government.

This CPA also completed at least 500 hours of experience in attest services, the minimum amount of experience required to sign reports on attest engagements. This experience may have been completed before or after receiving his/her CPA license.

This CPA may sign reports on attest engagements.


We investigated and Starr is a bonafide CPA, as of 3-28-18. He has completed all of the educational requirements, passed the tests and has the requisite field experience.

His license is current until 2020. It is currently in an inactive status because he does not need it, since he is not a practicing public auditor, but rather is a financial executive. And, yes, he has every legal right to use the title, but since 2010, technically, it should be followed by “inactive” (see below).

Even so, we note that Starr does not actually use the title CPA after his name. His latest mailer simply states, “I will use my experience as a businessman and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to help Oxnard’s small businesses create more jobs.” There is no doubt that he has experience as both.


From CA Board of Accountancy:

Inactive License Disclosure

Effective January 1, 2010, the holder of a license in an inactive status, when using the title “certified public accountant,” the CPA designation, or any other reference that would suggest that the person is licensed by the CBA on materials such as correspondence, Internet websites, business cards, nameplates, or name plaques, shall place the term “inactive” immediately after the designation.

Source: http://www.cba.ca.gov/cba/licensees/inactive.shtml




  ( Heading of Division 3 added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 30. )

CHAPTER 1. Accountants [5000 – 5158]

  ( Chapter 1 repealed and added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 1353. )

ARTICLE 2. General Powers and Definitions [5030 – 5040]

  ( Article 2 heading repealed and added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 310. )


“Certified public accountant” means any person who has received from the board a certificate of certified public accountant and who holds a valid permit to practice under the provisions of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 310.)


George Miller is Publisher/Co-Founder of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard.

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Dotty Pringle
Dotty Pringle
3 years ago

This goes for many….those who choose to disbelieve, no amount of real evidence will change their minds.

This is sad and it is a disease in our society today. They are immune to TRUTH!