Thursday, August 9, 2012
Should California economic development go for gold, or set stage for jobs?
Whether California's economy is broken, merely hobbled or on the road to recovery is a matter of debate, but one area in which state government has clearly failed is economic development. Jeff Gorell, a Republican Assembly member from Ventura County, thinks he has a solution. Working with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Gorell has put together what he calls "Gold Team California" to aggressively solicit out-of-state companies to move to California. It's a local effort, focused on Ventura County for now, but there's a distinct whiff of statewide politics in the air, too. If Gov. Jerry Brown and Newsom, the former San Francisco mayor, are going in different economic development policy directions -- or whether Newsom is simply trying to distance himself from unpopular Brown policies in his ultimate quest for the governor's seat -- this seems like a battleground.