San Jose Mayor: ‘California Needs To Be More Business Friendly’

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – President Barack Obama will be meeting with a number of high-tech leaders including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and reportedly Apple’s Steve Jobs when he arrives in the Bay Area on Thursday.

However, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said the president’s next stop exemplifies what’s gone wrong in California and is suggesting the state needs to be more business friendly.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

When he’s done in the Bay Area, President Obama will leave for Hillsboro, Oregon to meet with Intel CEO Paul Otellini, where he’ll be given a tour of the company’s new chip-making plant.

“Intel has a headquarters here in Santa Clara County, but they just invested billions of dollars in Oregon. The jobs are being created, but they’re not necessarily staying in California. California has a terrible record on job creation, something that the state needs to change,” pointed out Reed.

Reed said the innovation is here, but that the Golden State is competing with other states that have resources to help cities acquire jobs and attract California companies.

“Oregon is one of those places that has a pretty good deal for people that want to invest in technology infrastructure,” said Reed.

Intel is now Oregon’s largest private employer.

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