Posts Tagged ‘jobs’
This op-ed originally appeared in Steve Frank’s California Political News & Views
Common sense dictates that people as well as employers will act in their own best interest. This is the premise underlying market economies and why they provide more goods, services and improve the lives of all of us, much more so than a command or government manipulated market can. One of the risks associated with beginning or expanding a business (that is unsupported by government largesse) is in fact, government. That is, existing regulations and tax structure as well as anticipated or future regulatory and tax structure. If you are going to invest large amounts of money or throw the dice, you want to be fairly certain of the rules of the game. If the rules change after the dice land, you lose.
If you have listened to KCBQ 1170 or many other San Diego radio stations in the last few weeks, you’ve no doubt heard the voice of Texas Governor Rick Perry. This month, Governor Perry launched a campaign to recruit jobs from California to Texas. While he did not visit San Diego in person, his commercials have been running on local radio stations. The commercial begins with the line “Building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California is next to impossible.” Governor Perry goes on to tout the “low taxes, sensible regulations and fair legal system” California businesses would enjoy if they relocated to Texas.
By Supervisor Bill Horn
The history of Veterans Day dates back to Armistice Day and the end of World War I. To observe what we now know as Veterans Day, President Woodrow Wilson said Americans should “be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.” Those words still ring true. I’m filled with deep admiration knowing we are blessed with the best military in the history of the world.
“Job Creation isn’t a Partisan Issue; it’s a San Diego Issue,” says DeMaio
San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio announced today the formation of a broad coalition of Independents, Republicans and Democrats who will provide business leadership and guidance on job creation for San Diego.
Quiet since the primary, an overwhelming majority of the founders of the Movement to the Middle have now endorsed DeMaio. Movement to the Middle is a grassroots coalition of business and community leaders who want constructive, pragmatic leaders who want an end to the relentless divisiveness and bitter partisan battles that have caused gridlock in government.
California Restaurant Association, San Diego Chapter Endorses DeMaio
San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio garnered the endorsement and enthusiastic support of one of the largest small business organizations in San Diego: the San Diego County Chapter of the California Restaurant Association which represents over 6,500 restaurants in San Diego County and employ more than 100,000 employees in the county.
“As a former business owner, Carl DeMaio knows that streamlining bureaucratic regulations for small business owners will attract employers and increase jobs which in turn will generate more revenue for the City and restore neighborhood services,” said Mike Morton, Jr., President of the San Diego County Chapter of the Restaurant Association. “Our members appreciate his well thought out jobs plan and his leadership in support of small businesses.”
This op-ed, co-authored with Senator Bob Dutton, originally appeared in the Flashreport
As of today, the Governor has yet to act on any of these bills. When he is done, we will grade Governor Brown on his performance. The Governor’s “letter grade” will be computed using the following scale… If he vetoes 90% or more, the Governor got an “A”, 80% – 89% a “B”, 70 – 79% a “A”, 60 – 69% a “D” and below that, an “F”…
For convenience, we have broken down the bad bills into seven different categories… Next to the bill number and author, in bright red, will appear the action taken by the Governor on each bill (none as of today).
“Carl DeMaio has a proven track record of results. While he has an ambitious vision for our Port and San Diego’s economy as a whole, he is the only candidate who can actually get these visions done,” said Sharon Bernie-Cloward, President of the San Diego Port Tenants Association. “When Carl DeMaio said we need to reform city pensions, he got it done. When Carl DeMaio said we need to streamline the reimbursement process for Business Improvement Districts in the city, he got it done. We believe that Carl DeMaio is the only candidate who will get the job done of economic growth at our port.”
After months of holding Job Creation Summits, examining best practices from cities across the nation, and soliciting advice from local business leaders, City Councilmember Carl DeMaio today released an 86-page Pathway to Prosperity Job Creation Plan which spells out 112 ideas to streamline city regulations and launch a number of initiatives to create and keep jobs in San Diego.
“We need to get San Diegans back to work – and this plan will make San Diego the leader in innovation, entrepreneurship, and job creation,” said DeMaio
As a proud military town with a large population of service members and veterans, San Diego must be a city committed to ensuring our veterans are successfully employed upon leaving the military and entering the civilian workforce.
There were roughly 200,000 more veterans in the labor force this June than there were a year earlier, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Los Angeles Times.
Unfortunately, a higher percentage of veterans end up without employment than the average population. In fact, recent veterans face unemployment rates twice as high as the rest of the population, according to news reports.
San Diegans rightly expect all levels of local government to be focused on creating and maintaining jobs, especially in this period of economic uncertainty. Today in front of the international headquarters of San Diego-based manufacturer Solar Turbines, City Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer joined County Supervisor Greg Cox, Port Chairman Scott Peters and many more local leaders to unite behind protecting thousands of San Diego jobs that may be in peril.
Will Call for 50% of all Permits to be Ministerial Within 5 years, Greater Leadership on Regulatory Reform and Enaction of “Regulatory Amnesty” at Entrepreneurs’ Organization Event
Councilmember Carl DeMaio will deliver a major speech on his jobs plan to help spur job creation at a meeting with the San Diego business group “The Entrepreneurs’ Organization.” After a highly successful series of “Pathway to Prosperity” Job Creation Forums and Regulatory Relief Day at City Council this week, DeMaio is calling for the following reforms as he presents his comprehensive job creation proposal, the “Pathway to Prosperity,” to San Diego’s leading entrepreneurs.
DeMaio Lays Out Bold Proposals to Simplify City Rules as City Leaders Hold “Regulatory Relief Day”
Carl DeMaio is calling on City leaders to move forward on two major proposals which will implement real regulatory relief by turning around the slow, overgrown, and bureaucratic permitting process at City Hall. DeMaio is calling for a major overhaul of the City’s Development Services department and proposing that the mayor be empowered to grant citywide “Regulatory Amnesty” to waive penalties and fines.
“We must enact real regulatory reform now, when small businesses are hurting the most. The time for talk is over, and City leaders can start with these two proposals immediately,” said DeMaio.
DeMaio Brings Together Leaders in the Biotech, CleanTech, Communications, Defense, and Other Emerging Sectors
Calling it “one of the most important economic issues facing our region,” Councilmember Carl DeMaio today held his most recent “Pathway to Prosperity” Job Creation Forum to focus on expanding and retaining San Diego’s high tech and defense sectors.
“We must commit to make San Diego the innovation capital of the nation,” said DeMaio.
Not only is job creation on the line, but many of these companies partner regularly with UC San Diego and other local universities to draw millions in research grants, provide hands-on training for students, and provide career opportunities for graduates right here in San Diego.
“Time is money.” It’s an all-American saying that every small business in San Diego lives by.
Today, City Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer joined Council President Tony Young, Councilmember Lorie Zapf, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and Building Industry Association of San Diego to committ to helping businesses spend less time navigating the City bureaucracy so they can focus on generating more money – for their families, for our local economy, and for job creation.
As Major Coastal Commission Vote Looms, DeMaio Issues a Call-to-Action to Urge Support for Stalled Navy-Broadway Project
Calling it the “single most important military project proposed in San Diego in decades,” Councilmember Carl DeMaio today called on the California Coastal Commission to drop its efforts to block construction of the much-anticipated new Navy Headquarters in San Diego.
“The importance of completing the new Navy Headquarters project cannot be over-stated: literally thousands of jobs each year – and billions in long-term economic benefits – are on the line for San Diego,” noted DeMaio.
Outlines “Hire-A-Youth” Job Training Program for 5000 Students and Proposes Stronger Partnerships Between City, Colleges/Universities, Veterans Groups, and Businesses Key to Equip San Diego Workers with Skill Sets]
Councilmember Carl DeMaio wrapped up his latest “Job Creation Summit” today by issuing a call to action to “make San Diego’s workforce the most innovative workforce in the country.” DeMaio pledged to make workforce development a major component of his “Pathway to Prosperity” Jobs Plan for jump-starting San Diego’s economy again.
“If we are to get San Diegans back to work, we must make sure they have the skill sets they need to succeed in a highly competitive 21st century economy,” DeMaio noted.
Can you join us this Friday morning for our second “Jobs Summit?” (see below)
We are tackling the important issue of workforce development, job training, and youth mentorship to prepare San Diegans to compete in a 21st century economy. We will also discuss ways to cut red tape, get government out of the way of small businesses, and encourage innovation.
All of the ideas we are collecting are being vetted and added to my “Pathway to Prosperity” Jobs Plan — so don’t be shy!!
Suggestions Include: Cut Red Tape, Speed Up Permit Processing, Invest in Infrastructure, Partner with Business Groups
Councilmember Carl DeMaio wrapped up the first in a series of “Job Creation Summits” with San Diego business leaders armed with a list of what he calls “cutting edge ideas that will make San Diego the leader in innovation, entrepreneurship, and job creation.”
“We need to get San Diegans back to work – and I’m aggressively pursuing ideas to make city government a help, rather than a hindrance, to economic recovery in our region,” DeMaio said.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Forums with San Diego Business Leaders to Generate Breakthrough Ideas on How to Cut Red Tape, Support Innovation, and Jumpstart San Diego’s Economy
Are you a business owner with a gripe about city government?
Have ideas on how to foster job creation in San Diego?
A cross section of San Diego’s business leaders will participate in two “Job Creation Summits” with Councilmember Carl DeMaio to discuss a laundry list of challenges faced in our local economy – and outline ways city government can reform its processes, regulations and programs to help spur job creation and retention.
Getting San Diegans back to work is one of my top priorities and the focus of my Pathway to Prosperity plan – but this won’t happen just by making it easier and cheaper for companies to do business in San Diego. Local leaders must also do everything they can to make sure San Diegans are prepared for the jobs available in the local market, especially emerging, high-paying careers. Workforce development is one of the major aspects of my job creation proposal, the Pathway to Prosperity.
Per Richard Phillips of the Encinitas City Manager’s Office:
Construction of the Santa Fe grade-separated pedestrian undercrossing was been placed out to bid by SANDAG today (8/30). The project is the first of four grade-separated pedestrian undercrossings that are planned for the rail corridor that runs through Encinitas. Part of the Santa Fe project includes construction of a small portion (220’) of the rail trail just south of the undercrossing site. The purpose of the grade-separated pedestrian crossings is to improve pedestrian access and circulation across the rail corridor and improve rail/pedestrian safety conditions. Planning of the project began in 2002 with the settlement agreement between the City and NCTD and obtaining a funding commitment from the State for preliminary design and engineering. The City and SANDAG partnered in the project, with the City taking the lead in design approval and environmental documentation phase, and SANDAG on the construction phase. Funding for the project is from State TCRP, STIPP, a TransNet funding swap by SANDAG and the City of Encinitas CIP # WMC02A ($1.25 m).
Getting San Diegans back to work is one of my top priorities – which is why I am presenting my “Pathway to Prosperity” plan to create and keep jobs in San Diego.
One of my Pathway to Prosperity reforms deals with attracting “Clean Tech” companies to San Diego.
The next big wave of innovation and economic growth will be fueled by the global transition to sustainable living – in terms of water conservation, renewable energy, materials reuse, and smart design. San Diego must position itself at the forefront of that global transition – both for companies operating locally and for the manufacturers of Clean Tech products and services.
On the heels of my “Roadmap to Recovery” plan to fix the city’s financial problems, today I outlined a “Pathway to Prosperity” plan to jumpstart job creation in San Diego.
I’d love to hear your reaction to the plan — and your additional ideas on how we can get San Diegans back to work!
DeMaio Kicks Off Major Job Creation Initiative Dubbed “Pathway to Prosperity”
Outlines 7 Policy Proposals, Appoints 15-Person Job Creation Task Force, Unveils Regulatory Relief Hotline, and Convenes Jobs Summits