June 19th Luncheon: The California Economy: Challenges for Growth & Competitiveness

Past Event Tags: California Business Roundtable and quarterly luncheon.
Chelsea Minor addresses members of the Oakley Chamber of Commerce about the impact of energy policy on the state's economy.

Chelsea Minor addresses members of the Oakley Chamber of Commerce about the impact of energy policy on the state’s economy.

Chelsea Minor and Laura Murrell of KP Public Affairs gave a presentation about their work with the California Business Roundtable. In January 2013, the California Business Roundtable, endorsed by numerous chambers of commerce, wrote a letter to Governor Brown and the State Legislature asking for help creating policies that would “address the state’s high cost of doing business,” and put forth Five Legislative Initiatives for California’s Recovery:

  1. Pursue responsible energy policies that encourage job creation
  2. Create a state jobs and economic development plan
  3. Encourage hiring by eliminating excessive costs to employers
  4. Commit to long-term investments in needed infrastructure
  5. Reduce regulatory burdens
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They also presented some statistics: in spite of the claims coming out of Sacramento that 88,000 jobs have been created this year, the state is down 3 million jobs since the start of the  recession. Bay area residents pay 65.6% more than the national average for electricity and 30.6% more than the national average for natural gas.

Employers considering moving to East Contra Costa face not only the regulatory and economic barriers that affect the rest of the state, but a critical transport bottleneck. Although we have rail and water available to us along the Wilbur Corridor, Highway 4 is a disaster and there is no good truck route east to Highway 5. The completion of 239 will make the area much more attractive to manufacturing and light industrial companies, but that will take years to complete. Meanwhile, anyone driving from the west or the north has trouble even finding Oakley’s commercial district due to the misleading signage on the freeways. As a city and a chamber, Oakley can certainly relate to the difficulties inherent in starting up a business, never mind actually employing anyone in it.

Present at the luncheon were representatives from Delta Scrap and Salvage, ECC Bank, DMR Reporting, the Degree of Pocahontas, Oakley Seniors, Tax Specialty Service, Sutter Delta, The LaGrande Wedding & Event Center, Stonecrest Lending, Ignyter Software Development, WP Fangirl, Glow Wellness, Diablo Water District, Ridgewater Realty, and of course our hosts at the Black Bear Diner. Thanks to Darci Bowen for organizing the event.

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