IVP Conference: What California Really Needs for Economic Development

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California lawmakers put aside party labels this week to engage in an informed conversation with representatives from the tech and manufacturing industries on the need for a comprehensive plan for economic development in California during a panel discussion at the Independent Voter Project Conference.

The panel on economic development was one of a series of 5 panels at the IVP Conference focusing on major issues facing California. The purpose of the panels was to have a substantive conversation about real issues, beyond the larger public dialogue that often reduces serious issues to superficial talking points.

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One major economic concern for California is the increasing cost of operations, including the cost of energy, said a representative from the manufacturing industry in California.

This problem is exasperated by the closure of San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California. Workplace costs have resulted in billions of dollars of debt owed by employers, not the state. California’s workers’ compensation system has drastically changed since the passage of Senate Bill 863.

When companies look at locating in California, they look at all these factors: cost of operations, cost of energy, workplace costs, and regulations. Due to the unpredictability of the future costs in California, companies have been shying away from developing in the state.

For tech companies, the accessibility to talent is the biggest factor in deciding where to locate, with more tech jobs than there are qualified employees, a representative from a major tech industry stated.

This prompted a more in-depth discussion of how to expose students to computer science at a young age. Only 15 states in the United States recognize computer science as math and science in school curriculum. In those 15 states, the number of students in those computer science classrooms increased an average of 53 percent.

A huge issue for the tech industry is working to increase the prevalence of computer science in classrooms around the state of California. Living in a knowledge based economy, the knowledge and level of talent is not where it needs to be for economic development in California.

That’s why tech companies across the state are getting involved in the immigration reform debate, a representative from the tech industry said.

“It’s our preference to get the talent domestically, but when we have such a shortfall of talent we need to get that talent somewhere,” the representative explained.

Of the top 10 jobs with the most growth in California, 6 are based in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Education. We need to start exposing students to computer sciences at the K-12 level and expose them to this curriculum early, a tech industry representative argued.

Legislators intercepted the conversations, discussing the obstacles they face in trying to pass legislation on economic development.

“There are several micro-economies in the state, so it’s hard to pass legislation in the state of California,” a California Assemblymember said.

What’s best for one district may not be what’s best for the state as a whole, challenging lawmakers to try to both accurately represent his or her constituents while advancing economic development for the whole state.

The media today, however, ignores the competing interests lawmakers must take into account in their decision-making process. It’s these types of balancing acts that guide the decision-making process, and these types of rational value judgements that don’t make headlines.

California needs to get serious about job creation, panelist and legislators all concluded. This means setting partisan differences aside and working together for the future of California. Candid discussions like this, informed by industry experts, are a step in the right direction.

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  1. Odette1460 Clayton... I agree with you. Our children's education started a down swing the moment we cut our Creative Arts programs. Children who could normally afford these kinds of classes are suffering with rest in terms of music and art. Since then, history in America, and why we are who we are, has totally gone by the wayside. I believe that the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat themselves, when we don't know our history. WWII and WWII and our contribution to slavery should be included in the basics of history, and how they affect the US today. I think that the future of our children and grandchildren lies with the history before us and our current history today.
  2. Eric Michael Samuels What we need in CA is a business and family friendly political environment not this failed welfare state we currently have.
  3. Mike Gunderson It should be offered, and the decision be up to parents. That way, survival of the fittest, remains.
  4. Clayton Bailey Well we need those STEM classes to make progress in those areas but if we allow thise classes to take priority over the creative arts then we are allowing one side of the brain to cut off circularion to the other side, consequently creating independent thought atrophy. If we dont make a stand for balanced education we will continue to spiral down to chaos and oblivion. What we need to do is force our public school s to teach the difference between an American Citizen and a UNITED STATES citizen in grades 8-12 and the concept and responsibilities of being and acting like the sovereign men and women we have the ability to be. Ignorance of these principles and concepts have led to the monitization of human lives that are being devoured by our corrupt legal system and the prison industrial complex that it feedss. These concepts (Americans are sovereign) and principles have taken a back seat to programming our brothers and sisters to accept being reduced to a cog in the wheel of the capitalist hierarchy our current system has created.
  5. Mark Schlager Illegals have destroyed Cali. Same with massive third world immigration, causing white flight and now whites are the minority. California has no future
  6. Kathy Jones unless you speak very good Spanish getting a job in California tough. Even nurses are having a tough time.@
  7. Raymond Jay NO! That would make sense and ruin government image!! LOL
  8. Jill Miller Yes and No. STEM is needed and should be encouraged BUT not every kid is going into related fields. Couldn't hurt most of them to be exposed to it.
  9. Chuck Shepard what cali needs is an anti stupidity feast
  10. Stephen Hagdorn Jr. You idiots. Prayer isn't banned in school. Students form youth groups, and some morning announcements include a moment of silence so one who claims any religious denomination can pray (or not). God isn't "allowed" because not every kid believes in god.
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Odette1460
Odette1460

Clayton... I agree with you. Our children's education started a down swing the moment we cut our Creative Arts programs. Children who could normally afford these kinds of classes are suffering with rest in terms of music and art. Since then, history in America, and why we are who we are, has totally gone by the wayside. I believe that the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat themselves, when we don't know our history. WWII and WWII and our contribution to slavery should be included in the basics of history, and how they affect the US today. I think that the future of our children and grandchildren lies with the history before us and our current history today.

Eric Michael Samuels
Eric Michael Samuels

What we need in CA is a business and family friendly political environment not this failed welfare state we currently have.

Mike Gunderson
Mike Gunderson

It should be offered, and the decision be up to parents. That way, survival of the fittest, remains.

Clayton Bailey
Clayton Bailey

Well we need those STEM classes to make progress in those areas but if we allow thise classes to take priority over the creative arts then we are allowing one side of the brain to cut off circularion to the other side, consequently creating independent thought atrophy. If we dont make a stand for balanced education we will continue to spiral down to chaos and oblivion. What we need to do is force our public school s to teach the difference between an American Citizen and a UNITED STATES citizen in grades 8-12 and the concept and responsibilities of being and acting like the sovereign men and women we have the ability to be. Ignorance of these principles and concepts have led to the monitization of human lives that are being devoured by our corrupt legal system and the prison industrial complex that it feedss. These concepts (Americans are sovereign) and principles have taken a back seat to programming our brothers and sisters to accept being reduced to a cog in the wheel of the capitalist hierarchy our current system has created.

Mark Schlager
Mark Schlager

Illegals have destroyed Cali. Same with massive third world immigration, causing white flight and now whites are the minority. California has no future

Kathy Jones
Kathy Jones

unless you speak very good Spanish getting a job in California tough. Even nurses are having a tough time.@

Raymond Jay
Raymond Jay

NO! That would make sense and ruin government image!! LOL

Jill Miller
Jill Miller

Yes and No. STEM is needed and should be encouraged BUT not every kid is going into related fields. Couldn't hurt most of them to be exposed to it.

Stephen Hagdorn Jr.
Stephen Hagdorn Jr.

You idiots. Prayer isn't banned in school. Students form youth groups, and some morning announcements include a moment of silence so one who claims any religious denomination can pray (or not). God isn't "allowed" because not every kid believes in god.

Cecelia Henderson
Cecelia Henderson

Is prayer allowed in your school? It's banned in some and some schools do want to chip the kids. Glad you're not in one of those schools.

Don K Pierstorff
Don K Pierstorff

As long as students are taught how to read, to write, and most of all, to think, then fine.

Nathaniel Drake
Nathaniel Drake

Some of the smartest people I know smoke weed. Idiot

Ron Scott
Ron Scott

California no longer has smog. It is now pot smoke that makes them so ignorant.

Nathaniel Drake
Nathaniel Drake

Uh...what? I am an American high school student, and I can assure you that no one is denying any student freedom of religion or putting tracking chips in our bodies. 1 does suck though...wait you also don't think people should be knowledgeable about world religions? Really?

Cecelia Henderson
Cecelia Henderson

Yes, but our educational system is having a hard time just teaching kids to read and write. They are too busy controlling how kids dress, killing their freedom of religion, teaching them about Muslims and putting tracking chips in their bodies.

Rick Gorud
Rick Gorud

CREATIONISM!! That's the answer!!!That'll have our students competing with Asia's in NO time!

Angie Sannebeck
Angie Sannebeck

Yes. Currently in our middle school, science is not considered a "core" subject. Only math and language arts are core, while science and social studies are swapped every couple weeks.

Vincent Verret
Vincent Verret

We need more lawyers, not math and science related graduates.

Amalija DiGiorgio
Amalija DiGiorgio

No, they should not prioritize a child/students education based off of job growth because what happens to the other classes? This question sickens me, as a 2nd year college student who sees the arts, history, music and humanities budgets continue to dwindle down.. It's a serious problem. Let the STUDENTS decide what to make a priority; offer them all subjects equally. We want well-rounded individuals for a balanced society where more skilled and innovative workers can bring synthesis to different perspectives, am I right??

DarylReeves
DarylReeves

I think upcoming college students need to be made aware of growing industries and the demand for the type of skills they can learn in college. Often times, friends of the past went to college for the sake of going to college. It's troubling because the educational pursuit should be driven by fulfillment rather than desires for money.

Patty
Patty

Every student should learn the basis of computer science, and this should happen in Elementary school. 

Darwin
Darwin

@Patty  In theory... ever thought of how much that would cost?

Eric Killeen
Eric Killeen

@Darwin It is about how we prioritize the program and allocate funds. There are likely fiscally sound alternatives to explore.

Patty
Patty

@Darwin There are a lot of programs working towards finding cheap solutions. Code.org is already working on getting computer sciences in schools http://code.org/