With the nation’s highest poverty rate and one of the nation’s worst unemployment rates, it’s pretty clear that California is in need of more economic development. This means generating sufficient private sector job growth to put large numbers of currently unemployed Californians back to work.
Our state has a commission with just such a mission. It’s chaired by Lt Governor Gavin Newsom. And it’s defunct.
In a rare interview, Newsom, who was elected four years ago, made the audacious claim that he has been “much more aggressive” than his predecessors in the Lt Governor role.
Yet if the Commission on Economic Development is the benchmark, Newsom fails his own test.
The 17 member commission is statutorily chaired by the Lt Governor, with its 16 other members appointed by the state’s Democrat Governor Jerry Brown, and the Democrat-controlled legislature. Yet, no members have been appointed, and Newsom himself does not constitute a quorum. Its last… Read More