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Enterprise Zone Press Conference in Santa Ana

There was a big press conference today in Santa Ana with a lot of electeds highlighting opposition to the Governor’s proposal to eliminate Enterprise Zones. A correspondent who was at the event sent me the following account:

Staged on the production floor of Tenacore, a medical supply company whose EZ employees constitute a third of its entire payroll, more than 60 people packed the area.

Speaker lineup constituted a quorum of the Santa Ana City Council:
Mayor Miguel Pulido
Councilwoman Michele Martinez
Councilman P. David Benavides
Councilman Vincent F. Sarmiento

Tammy Tran of Senator Lou Correa’s Office
Jessica Gutierrez of Assemblyman Jose Solorio’s Office
Peter Bonon, CEO of Tenacore

In attendance but not speaking were the Santa Ana City Manager and Assistant City Manager, Communications staff and two Economic Development Specialists. The others in the room were EZ employers and workers, many of whom were in company-logo working attire.

Councilmembers all spoke passionately about the value of the Enterprise Zones and their commitment to preserving them. Councilwoman Martinez called herself the “poster child” of the Enterprise Zones, having apparently worked for an EZ company herself at one time. All urged the attendees and the public at large to write to their elected representatives to show their support for the zones.

Senator Correa and Assemblyman Solorio’s representatives both indicated that they were there on behalf of their bosses to show solidarity with the EZ workers and companies, to let them know they are strong supporters of the Zones and are fighting to protect them. Both gave out phone and email contact info and encouraged the public to write letters to help the Senator and Assemblyman help them in Sacramento.

Peter Bonin had a great story to tell about how the program has helped his business to grow, enabled him to create jobs and also to manufacture his products here in California – not China.

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