LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Evaluating a location for employees
Re “Missing the full economic picture” (Forum, May 18): I appreciate Christopher Thornberg’s article 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.
– Daniel Fong, Rancho Cordova
Christopher Thornberg’s pep piece about how California is a leader in economic growth is nonsense. It misses all the bases.
Our de-industrialization continues apace, accelerated by Assembly Bill 32’s rising carbon dioxide taxes on energy production and use, and fueling the relentless rise in prices for electricity, gasoline, food, transportation, etc.
Aerospace, automotive, aluminum, steel, oil and 600,000 other jobs are largely gone. Houston has added 9 million square feet versus 1 million in Los Angeles.
Four million middle-class workers have left for other states in the last decade. We have the highest poverty rate and the largest fraction of the nation’s welfare recipients.
Our schools and roads are ranked near the bottom, but teachers and Caltrans employees are the country’s highest paid.
The left cares little. The death spiral of the economy means increasing numbers on government assistance who will vote for Democrats.
– F. Paul Brady, Davis