“California’s business climate” is a phrase like “job-killer” or “investing in our future,” one that corresponds to reality but achieves its greatest resonance as political rhetoric. Today we’ll get a better look at the intersection of politics and California’s economy, complete with the business community’s point of view, with the latest installment of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association’s business forecast conference, held in Burbank.
Panels at the daylong event will touch on a wide range of topics that will include, cap-and-trade, consumer privacy, the ongoing health care overhaul and policy emanating from California judges. A talk on what November elections mean for business will feature Dan Schnur, the former secretary of state candidate now safely re-installed at the University of Southern California, and The Bee’s crack gubernatorial reporter David Siders. Bee columnist Dan Walters will join California politics reporter John Myers and Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, for a “What Were They Thinking” talk touching on a scandal-scarred couple of years.
Speaking of shameless plugs for reporters: a Sacramento State University conference on California’s transportation infrastructure will also include the presentation of the California Journalism Awards. You can check out a list of the worthy nominees, including a few McClatchy employees, here.