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8 Out of 10 of the Highest Unemployment Rates in the Country are in California Enterprise Zones

According to this article from the AP, the top 10 highest unemployment rates in the Country are: El Centro, Calif. 26.8 Yuma, Ariz. 23.1 Merced, Calif. 18.7 Yuba City, Calif. 18.1 Visalia-Porterville, Calif. 16.2 Fresno, Calif. 16.2 Modesto, Calif. 16.1 Stockton, Calif. 15.9 Hanford-Corcoran, Calif. 15.3 Ocean City, N.J. 15.1 Eight out of those 10 […]

Unfriendly to Business in Siskiyou County

Siskiyou County Enterprise Zone manager is one of the voices featured in this news story about the assault on business in that county:

Iconic Company Sneaks out of California

The “Business Relocation Coach” details a fascinating story of how an iconic California employer packed up and left without anyone knowing: Ridiculous but true – California has a surplus of politicians who are contemptuous towards business and refuse to admit that the state’s policies are causing companies to move to other states and foreign countries. […]

Study: Tulare County Ranks Last in Quality-of-Life

Maybe that’s why it’s an Enterprise Zone. From the Sacramento Bee: Tulare County’s three biggest cities collectively have the lowest quality of life in the 109 mid-sized American metropolitan areas in new survey by, a website of local business newspapers – and the main reason are their lack of college-trained professional workers. … The […]

EZ Business Owner Strugles to Justify Staying in California

Here is an editorial that appeared in today’s San Bernardino Sun by the owner of Cannon Safe. Cannon Safe was the venue for Meg Whitman’s tour of the Enterprise Zone back in March. I recently took a trip to Sacramento to talk to state legislators about the pressing economic issues facing the state of California. […]

CalChamber 2010 List of Job Killer Bills

SB 974 is on the list, while AB 2476 is not.

More Evidence of Businesses Fleeing California

The Business Relocation Coach has updated his list of companies that have fled California from 114 to 129.

More Cases of Employers Leaving California

The Business Relocation Coach provides some more examples of employers leaving California in recent years that he has compiled: Events prove once again how difficult it is to assemble a list of companies that have left California. After a recent radio appearance, I was inundated with information about company departures that I’ve not previously listed. […]

EZ Expansion Into Berkeley Approved

Last July I posted a video of a meeting of the Oakland City Council where there was a passionate appeal to expand Oakland’s Enterprise Zone into part of the City of Berkeley in order to prevent Bayer Health Care from relocating a major facility out of the country.  In September word came that Bayer had […]

Study: Cost of Regulation

KQED‘s John Myers, in his Capital Notes Blog, discusses the background and implications of a new study released this week, “Cost of State Regulations on California Small Business Study.” The 85 page study is posted on the State’s Small Business Advocacy page here: Cost of State Regulations on California Small Business Study – The Executive […]

Bayer Will Stay in Berkeley!

Breaking news from the Contra Costa Times: BERKELEY — Bayer HealthCare announced Wednesday it will invest more than $100 million to upgrade and improve its manufacturing capabilities here, a decision that dispels fears the pharmaceutical giant would exit this city. The decision by Bayer HealthCare to manufacture future versions of its hemophilia drug Kogenate isn’t […]

Capitol Weekly Editorial: “State’s Economic Woes Reflect State’s Poor Leadership”

Here is an editorial by CAEZ President Craig Johnson in Capitol Weekly: n the wake of the overwhelming rejection of the package of budget-related ballot measures crafted by the Governor’s Office and the Legislature, and the seriously flawed budget deal that really nobody is happy with, now is a good time to examine exactly what […]

Nevada Keeps Trying to Lure California Businesses

From the Las Vegas Sun: The Nevada Development Authority’s newest advertising campaign to lure Southern California businesses to Las Vegas says if they stay there they can “kiss their assets goodbye.” The $1 million campaign, which breaks Friday in Southern California on television, radio and print, is the NDA’s latest attempt at enticing businesses to […]

Breaking News: Tax Foundation: “California is Not a Low-Tax State”

From the Tax Foundation’s Tax Policy Blog: California is Not a Low-Tax State, Despite Proposition 13 by Joseph Henchman Joel Kotkin at Forbes wonders what killed California’s economy: It took some amazing incompetence to toss this best-endowed of places down into the dustbin of history. Yet conventional wisdom views the crisis largely as a legacy […]

California Slips on Forbes List

Dan Walters at the Sacramento Bee alerts us to California’s new rank in business friendliness: California has dropped from 34th to 40th place in Forbes magazine’s annual rankings of states’ business climates – just in time to help Republican legislators make their pitch for adopting business-friendly policies as part of any deal on the overdue […]

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