Re "Lawmakers 'solving' own mess" (Dan Walters, March 20): I have long read and respected Dan Walters, but life would be boring if we always agreed. On Monday, under the leadership of Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, the state Assembly took proactive action to unanimously pass his legislation - AB 113 - to act on an unacceptable backlog of 122,000 business filings in the Secretary of State's office.
Rather than the seven-day online process in New York, or the five-day online process in Texas, California's primarily paper process averages 63 days, delaying the ability of small businesses and start-ups to run their operations. Perez saw the problem, focused on a solution, produced a bill that demands both accountability and transparency, and attacked the issue rather than individuals. His leadership resulted in bipartisan, unanimous support, earning praise from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and countless business representatives throughout the state.
-- Carl Guardino, San Jose, president and CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
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