Monthly Archives September 2019

Has California Reached a ‘Tipping Point’ for Businesses?

September 22, 2019 The latest company to leave California is San Francisco-based Circa of America, which got its start in that city in the late 1960s, and which makes leather goods in the largest manufacturing facility remaining in the city. Circa is closing the plant, laying off 92 employees, and moving its headquarters to Atlanta. “Circa had reached its tipping point, when the disadvantages of operating in San Francisco outweighed the advantages,” wrote journalist Dan Walters on CalMatters. In a devastating critique, Walters added: “The larger question is whether California as a whole could reach a tipping point when high
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California Politicians Turn Against Their Most Loyal Business Supporters

September 21, 2019: For some time I’ve been thinking about how the deterioration of California’s business climate continues unabated based on my knowledge about headquarters and manufacturing plants leaving the state for friendlier environments. Now, we see that a string of big San Francisco and Silicon Valley tech companies are finding themselves targeted by politicians whose very campaigns have benefitted from cash, rhetorical support and professional assistance from those very companies. Here, we’re talking about companies such as Google, Apple, Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Yahoo, Facebook, Instacart and Postmates. But I needn’t write such an article about those elected officials because
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