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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  • NRA Life Member

    Gee, where have we heard this before? When all the Republican candidates for California offices said the same thing last year, “they were out of touch” and “trying to incite panic for political gain”. The Democrats painted a picture that everything was fine and now they are singing the same tune. So, who was working only for political gain? Guess those Democrats aren’t the sharpest knife in the political drawer. Who’da thunk?

  • RealityCheck

    Sorry Homie, but I’m a lifelong Republican and it just does not fly that this economic crisis is the fault of the city employees. The city, county, and state governments have all had a hand in it. How about Reed and the city administrator take 30% pay cuts and all other city department heads take 25%, that would make the regular employees feel much better about 10%. Trying to balance the budget on the backs of the employees is just cowardly. They are going to have to cut services regardless, and guess what, they’re also going to HAVE TO raise taxes. There is no other way out of it. But oh wait, if we raise taxes it will impact the “recovery” and job creation. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but unemployment is actually about 20-25%. That is if you really look at it and stop playing the numbers games they have been constantly reporting about what/who really are unemployed. Call it what it is, a depression!

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