Prop 23 Update: Silicon Valley Not Saving CA Economy

Russ Steele

I hope that you all remember the Prop 23/AB-32 debates, when our local left who were promoting AB-32, told us that going green in Silicon Valley would be the engine that would save the California economy.

Forbes magazine ranked the nation’s 51 largest metro areas for high tech employment.

1. Seattle, WA
2. Baltimore, MD
3. Columbus, OH
4. Raleigh, NC
5. Salt Lake City, UT
6. Jacksonville, FL
7. Washington DC
8. New Orleans, LA
9. San Bernardino-Riverside
10. San Diego

Where is Silicon Valley? San Jose is at 17; San Francisco at 29;  and Sacramento at 43.

According to Forbes,  Silicon Valley remains the `biggest loser’ among the nation’s tech regions, surrendering roughly one quarter of its high-tech jobs — about 80,000 — in the past decade.

Now let’s hear from our local lefties, what happened? Could it be that AB-32 and similar regulations are squeezing the life out of the Silicon Valley and the innovators have moved to more business friendly states and regions in California? Just asking?


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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