“Can-Do California” Lefty View of Economic Development

Russ Steele

When ever I see the word “smart” in a report my BS detector goes off. You can imagine what happened when I read the following description of an Southern CA economic summit. [My emphasis added.]

We branded the summit “Thriving Regions Lead to a Thriving State” and the theme of this summit, which will address actionable priorities in five areas, is “Can-Do California.”

Smart workforce: Despite out-of-work Californians, there are not enough qualified workers, even for middle-class manufacturing jobs. We must strengthen the talent pipeline, short-term and long-term, to meet the skill needs of our ever-changing economy. California can do that.

Smart infrastructure: The bill for California’s infrastructure neglect is $765 billion, including transportation, water and public facilities. We need world-class infrastructure. The summit will identify ways to improve our existing infrastructure and map out innovative financing for new infrastructure, and it will focus on water, a top San Diego priority. California can solve its infrastructure problem.

Smart innovation: Californians still lead the world in technology, agriculture and entertainment, but we’re complacent. Other regions and other nations are closing the gap. With our world-class universities, there is more we can do to move ideas from the lab to the market and to help entrepreneurs succeed. Policies that foster innovation across all industries are critical to regional economies, so the summit will identify the next best ways to connect, feed and entertain the world. California can remain the leader in innovation.

Smart capital: Creating jobs takes money. At every regional forum, entrepreneurs implored: Help us find the money! We can leverage existing resources, identify ways to invest locally, including a California version of crowdfunding, and expand on the linkages that help ensure young businesses succeed. Californians want to invest in and buy from Californians, given the chance. California can connect entrepreneurs with capital.

Smart regulations: California is said to be a tough place to do business. Regional forum participants said “more red carpet and less red tape,” and offered ideas that protect the intent of California’s key environmental regulation, CEQA – high environmental standards – but limit the actions of those who use CEQA for non-environmental reasons. The regional forums also explored ways to streamline permitting of all kinds. California can maintain the highest environmental standards and be streamlined, certain and business-friendly.

In short, thanks to the regions and the many Californians who participated in regional forums, we can become a “Can-Do” state once again.

Huh?  Switch your BS detector on as there are still more details HERE.


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.

13 Responses to “Can-Do California” Lefty View of Economic Development

  1. sean2829 says:

    You gotta love their enthusiasm. The K-12 students are getting less money (and part of that in IOU’s) while retirees from the state are doing better than ever. The UC and state university system is reducing enrollment for in-state students while admitting more full tuition students from out of state than ever before. The ones that do go to these schools are looking at 5-6 years to graduate because of cut backs in classes. Young families are leading the exodus out of the state. “Can do” has become “we re out here”. It says later in the article that Tom Friedman, a columnist for the NY Times and book author will speak at an upcoming event. That should get the think tank folks fired up.

  2. stevefrisch says:

    Funny, once again on a critical state issue, I am at the Summit while you, and your buddies, are sitting on their backsides on the Cement Hill or You Bet. We are here crafting a bi-partisan approach to CEQA reform and you are bitching about the idea that regulation is the problem. We are here supporting STEM education, you are bitching that students are too stupid to fill open slots in our workforce.

    Complain, complain, complain……I

    • Au contraire SteveF. We are the doers of society. We create the private sector jobs and pay the taxes (I personally put 40 million through the private sector here over my lifetime ). The SMART folks are the takers. If I had a dime for every meeting I was told was going to solve the state’s problems I’d be rich. The meeting you are attending is simply a place for people likme you to feel important for a day by bloviating BS. It is probably a GSA type meeting with a prize a the end for the best video. Amazing. Oh, and complaining is not the thing we do because we already did our jobs in site of the takers hear in California. Look at the cartoon in the Union today, it is actually very accurate.

  3. Dena Wiltsie says:

    Throw government at the problem when government IS the problem.

  4. stevefrisch says:

    This is not a government initiative, it is a private sector initiative, led by 16 regional economic organizations.

    • Dena says:

      Many of those “Ideas” are just ripe for government funding. You can’t tell me that private industry is going to spend large amounts of money on education when the student will end up getting a job out of state because they can’t find anything i California.

  5. D. King says:

    Does “Smart infrastructure” involve blowing up dams?

    Anyway, here the CEQA Statute and Guidelines for 2012.


    • CEQA has been bastardized by the econuts and wimpass judges to become the monster we have today. Every time there has been a attempt to “fix” it, the Sierra Club and their pals threaten the weak kneed politician into inaction. All you have to do is wait for the meeting to end and the recommendations to flow out and you will see the documents will actually be more onerous. Just watch.

  6. stevefrisch says:

    SMART stands for “Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely.”

  7. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Mr. Frisch, when no improvement to CA comes from this latest Preen and Posture show, will you apologize for your insults? Art Day, Native Son of the Golden West, San Francisco, 1932. NCHS Class of ’50.

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