August 12, 2014
State Capitol, Room 4034
Sacramento, CA 95814
Re: Senate Bill 718 (Roth) – SUPPORT
Dear Senator Roth:
On behalf of the SoCal Jobs Defense Council, a network of Southern California-based organizations and leaders from the business, labor, education, nonprofit, and public sectors dedicated to protecting the hundreds of thousands of workers, countless families, and entire communities throughout the region and state, we are pleased to offer our support for Senate Bill (SB) 718. We believe SB 718, which provides equal access to the economic incentive provided under Assembly Bill (AB) 2389 to prime and subcontractors, will greatly enhance California’s competitive position for the Advanced Strategic Aircraft Program and send a message that California cares deeply about the solvency and growth of its aerospace industry.
As you know, the aerospace industry has a long and rich history in Southern California. This extremely diversified industry is comprised of small, medium and large enterprises that manufacture aircraft (civil and military), missiles, satellites and other space vehicles, as well as the businesses that manufacture and distribute parts and components. The state’s aerospace industry directly supports about 140,000 high-paying, high-skill jobs. More than 88,000 of those jobs are located in Southern California.
However, we must always remember that in today’s global economy, location is not permanent, but by choice. Companies – especially those that would avail themselves of the economic incentives offered in AB 2389 and now with SB 718– have many opportunities to locate outside of California. We have to be ready as a state to make that choice easier for them to locate, innovate, produce, and expand here. And while we fully understand that one program is in no way a panacea to save an industry, it is a small step in the right direction to help us attract new companies as well as grow next-generation aerospace businesses.
For all of the reasons mentioned above, we proudly submit our support of SB 718—a critical piece of legislation to improve the competitiveness of California for aerospace and defense companies and contracts.
|Vicki MedinaExecutive Director
Antelope Valley Board of Trade
|David Flaks, Chief Operating OfficerLos Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
|Jo Marie DiamondPresident/CEO
San Diego East County Economic Development Council
|Mayor Suzanne FuentesCity of El Segundo
|Halston Howard, Program Manager Jackson Aerospace|
|James C. Leford, Mayor of City of Palmdale||Holly Schroeder, President and CEO of Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC)||Cynthia KurtzPresident & CEO
San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
|Brent D. PageGovernment Liaison
|Paul De La CerdaDean, Economic & Workforce Development
East Los Angeles College
|Dr. David ViarSuperintendent/President
Glendale Community College
Industrial Interface Inc.
|David J. BlancoPresident
Performance Ascent, Inc.
Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance
|Tracy RafterBizFed Founding CEO
|Kellie JohnsonPresident, ACE Clearwater
|Ivan RosenbergAerospace & Defense Forum|
|Mehrdad SharbafDr. Mehrdad S. Sharbaf
Adjunct Professor, Chair IEEE Coastal Los Angeles Section, Chair CLAS IEEE Computer Society Chapter
Loyola Marymount University
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