California's business climate

05/25/2014 9:05 AM

05/20/2014 8:54 AM

Re "Missing the full economic picture" (Forum, May 18): I appreciate Christopher Thornberg's column regarding Toyota's recent announcement to move a portion of its California working group to Texas. His perspective and discussion of facts provides a much better understanding of California's business conditions and what companies may consider when choosing to retain or move some of their employees from a particular location.

A successful company generally elevates employee talent above all other considerations and it will evaluate a location's attributes to attract and retain such talent. It makes sense that a desirable location for employment would have good affordable housing, access to well-functioning transportation and energy systems, and solid primary, secondary and higher-learning educational institutions. I also thank the Bee for making this column available to its readers.

-- Daniel Fong, Rancho Cordova

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