TORRANCE, Los Angeles County(KCBS)— Toyota’s announcement this week that it’s moving roughly 3,000 sales and finance jobs from Southern California to Texas must be music to Governor Rick Perry’s ears.
The Japanese automaker is picking up from its U.S. headquarters in Torrance and is headed for Plano, a suburb of Dallas. The move has some questioning California’s business climate and its ability to compete with Texas for jobs.
“No matter how our governor’s office [Jerry Brown] tries to spin this, it’s a blow. It’s a particular blow for Torrance. Toyota and Torrance were synonymous since the 70s when they moved here,” said Bob Gardner, founder and president of The Advocacy Group, a San Francisco based firm specializing in corporate, crisis and political communications.
Gardner said 3,000 jobs doesn’t sound like a lot in a huge state in California, but that it’s really more the psychological damage that will be done.
Factors like tax breaks and the hospitality provided in the Lone-Star State must be weighted in to a situation like this according to Gardner.