Companies, jobs streaming out of Calif.

Sept. 29, 2012

By John Seiler

The progressive California utopia foisted on us by ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and current Gov. Jerry Brown is killing jobs by the thousand. The latest:

“In an abrupt announcement that caught state and local business officials off guard, cable giant Comcast announced Tuesday that it’s closing all of its California call centers, including one in Natomas that employs about 300 workers….

“Earlier in the day, citing the state’s ‘high cost of doing business,’ a regional Comcast official said the company’s Natomas, Livermore and Morgan Hill call centers will be shuttered on Nov. 30. Overall, about 1,000 jobs will be relocated to existing centers in Portland, Seattle and Denver.

“But hours later, after state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and the Governor’s Office interceded, Comcast backtracked, saying its initial reasons were ‘incorrect.'”

Comcast is a giant conglomerate that still employs thousands in California. So it obviously was pressured by Brown and Steinberg, the state’s top two political thugs. You thought free speech existed? Not when a massive tax increase that will kill even more jobs, Proposition 30, is at stake.

Then there’s this about a Campbell’s soup plant:

“The Sacramento plant, which makes soups, sauces and beverages, will close in phases before shuttering for good in July, the company said. As Campbell’s oldest American facility — it was built in 1947 — the factory has the highest production costs in the company’s network.

“About 700 full-time employees will lose their jobs, according to Campbell. Production will be redistributed to plants in Maxton, N.C.; Napoleon, Ohio; and Paris, Texas.”

I heard Joseph Vranich, the relocation specialist, on the John & Ken show yesterday evening. (Audio here.) He said the Campbell’s plant was ideally located in Sacramento because that’s near where the food is grown. But AB 32, Arnold’s beloved Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, kicks in big time next year with its absurd Cap and Trade program. Processing food creates a big “carbon footprint,” so it’s best to skedaddle to a state that treats businesses better.

Vranich said the cost of doing business in California is at least 20 percent higher than anywhere else in America.

This is the continuation of a long-term exodus. Soon the only jobs left in California will be for 180-IQ computer geeks in Silicon Valley, Hollywood producers, government workers, drug dealers and moving companies.

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  1. RoseMarie Poirier
    RoseMarie Poirier 29 September, 2012, 07:27

    I plan on being on that bus out out of town and Im taking my money with me F*** Jerry Brown

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 29 September, 2012, 08:31

    PACK AND SHIP!

    Our biggest blow out month yet…..see our specials at Ulyssesmovesyahright.com.

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 29 September, 2012, 08:38

    You conservatives are in the dumb businesses….the action is in exit interviewing, transportation, window boarding, welfare admin, apple polishing and selling……

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  4. Donkey
    Donkey 29 September, 2012, 09:25

    Russia is in the process of stripping red tape and expanding freedom so its people can grow both in freedom and wealth. The exact opposite is taking place in our state, and we are seeing what happened to the old Soviet style system taking hold right here! 🙂

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  5. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 29 September, 2012, 09:51

    The Sactown Campbell’s plant was the oldest and most antiquated in the nation, I am wondering of the reason to shutter it was due to that vs the regulations in the state. I don’t know and am just guessing, but that guess would be that the plant age was also a major factor.

    I do agree our state is doomed the way it is headed.

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  6. us citizen
    us citizen 29 September, 2012, 11:33

    “This is the continuation of a long-term exodus. Soon the only jobs left in California will be for 180-IQ computer geeks in Silicon Valley, Hollywood producers, government workers, drug dealers and moving companies.”

    You forgot Illegals.
    And even Hollyweird wont film here anymore. Talk about hypocrites.

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  7. Katy Grimes
    Katy Grimes 29 September, 2012, 11:54

    Take a guess why Rex, the Sacramento Campbell’s Soup plant had not been updated? I live in Sacramento and worked down the street from Campbell’s Soup; their fight ith the City of Sacramento was well-known, going back to when Darrell Steinberg was their city councilman. Sacramento city and county have the most ridiculously nasty air quality regulations, and have targeted all area manufacturers for years. Campbell’s Soup had its own energy plant on site to help defray costs, but even this is now a problem with AB 32 looming around the corner. Energy producers have already been tagged as big “polluters” and are being forced to buy carbon emission credits in the upcoming cap and trade auctions.

    It was a double-whammy for Campbell’s Soup – as a food procesor and an energy producer, the state would surely have killed off any remaining profit.

    Katy

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  8. Karen Myers-Vance
    Karen Myers-Vance 29 September, 2012, 12:02

    So you are telling me that there are not enough good people in the entire state of California that have the intelligence to pull together and reverse these horrid laws and taxes, and start proceeding to impeach the idiot of a Governor that is letting all of this happen? Do all of you really want to be doomed, compared to the Soviets, called dumb, leave on the next bus? Are you to lazy to pick up the phone and call your rep and let them know how you feel, or spread the word about these articles being published by this site to your neighbors and friends in this state?

    I had a boss tell me one time that the power of a bad thing happening in your life you will talk about over and over again, but a good thing happening, you will probably only tell people very close to you.

    This is a BAD THING PEOPLE!!! If you want to survive here, I suggest you get up off of your back sides and help put things back in order here. We don’t need another actor, offspring of a former Governor, or a power hungry rich person running this state. We need someone that really wants this state to be successful again like we do. All we are asking for is that our state government do the right thing and quit lying about what they are doing. Is that too much to ask? The entire country is laughing at our state, with good cause, and I am tired of it.

    Are you ready to make a change?

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  9. Bob
    Bob 29 September, 2012, 12:32

    WHERE DOES THE BROWN STAIN AND CLOWNBERG GET OFF TELLING COMCAST WHAT TO SAY ABOUT WHY IT IS LEAVING THE STATE?

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  10. Queeg
    Queeg 29 September, 2012, 12:42

    Bob your juvie slurs add nothing to the debate. Get out of the sandbox and be a gentleman!

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  11. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 29 September, 2012, 12:46

    Karen….no there are not enough producers…..the down hill slide to serfdom could be in your immediate future…..defense related job pink slips are on the way……that carbon gonna get ya real good too.

    PACK AND SHIP

    I need the business.

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  12. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 29 September, 2012, 13:15

    Teddy your juvie gimmick accounts add nothing to the debate. Get out of the sandbox and be a gentleman! 🙂

    Katy- I don’t know all the facts on the plant closure, only that it was the oldest and was somewhat antiquated and speculated as if age was a part of the reason to close it……………………….

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  13. surfpunk
    surfpunk 29 September, 2012, 16:20

    karen, The legislators from San Deigo,San Jose know how, WE THE PEOPLE, feel. They all support the lawsuit to stop reform. Back in 70s we joked about BROWNS FASCIST STATE,it just took 30 years.I do not want to leave, but my tipping point is the fire prevention tax i will not pay it. The will have to take it out of ESCROW!

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  14. Queeg
    Queeg 29 September, 2012, 17:25

    For the usual uninformed chatter mouth:

    The plant produced it’s on energy too……so…..carbon pollution taxes on various agriculture work packages and energy prodution..double whammie….bye bye $20.00 hr jobs plus benefits….replaced by Hope and Change…

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  15. us citizen
    us citizen 29 September, 2012, 17:46

    Karen, the problem is there are too many on the take in this state now. We are the minority.

    I fought the feds for 15 years about the imports being brought in and ruining companys here. That there was not a fair playing field. Where are we today? Just look around.

    I also fought illegals when they had their first may day extravaganza, walking down the middle of a freakin freeway, protesting about OUR laws. Where did that get us? We are bombarded with them now.

    I fight, but geeesh…………we have to have some help here! But I am with ya.

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  16. David Travers
    David Travers 29 September, 2012, 20:24

    Typically a company will not update a plant it is planning to close. The carbon trading setup is another tax in a state where it is already expensive to operate. A company planning for the future, which Cambells does very well, would look at these facts.

    The Comcast call centers was a big deal when they opened. The politicians were falling all over themselves taking credit when no credit was due them.

    The fact that the high cost of doing business here is taken out of the equation because a politician was upset shows that we are doomed when the facts are ignored in such an important turn of events.

    Where are the liberals? 5000 jobs lost easily affects spouses and dependants as well. 5000 lost jobs affects 20,000 people. That would be the population of a moderatley sized city in Cluckafornia placed into depression.

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  17. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 29 September, 2012, 20:31

    “Soon the only jobs left in California will be for 180-IQ computer geeks in Silicon Valley, Hollywood producers, government workers, drug dealers and moving companies.”

    John, you forgot to mention all low wage burger flipper and toilet cleaner jobs that can’t be outsourced. There will be plenty of menial low wage jobs for half educated third world peasant immigrants. The rich environmentalist elites will have an army of poor, ignorant immigrants to boss around and underpay.

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  18. Queeg
    Queeg 29 September, 2012, 21:56

    Ulyssess will be there for movers.

    Anyone need discount cuopins or forever tokens?

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  19. DAN
    DAN 30 September, 2012, 07:59

    REPLY TO KAREN MEYERS-VANCE: SADLY, THIS IS NO LONGER A QUESTION OF INTELLIGENCE. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION THAT ARE TAKERS EXCEED THE PERCENTAGE WHO ARE MAKERS. CALIFORNIA HAS 10% OF THE U.S. POPULATION, BUT 30% OF ALL THOSE ON WELFARE. ADD IN THE OTHERS DEPENDENT ON THE VARIOUS LEVELS OF GOV’T (INCLUDING BLOATED CITY, COUNTY AND STATE WORKERS)AND YOU HAVE A PERMANENT MAJORITY OF LEECHES ON THE SYSTEM. THIS IS WHY THE MAKERS ARE VOTING WITH THEIR FEET, CITIES ARE GOING BANKRUPT ONE AFTER THE OTHER, AND GOV’T SERVICES ARE TAKING A BACK SEAT TO BLOATED PENSIONS AND BENEFITS OF THE RETIREES.

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  20. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 30 September, 2012, 08:28

    Dan, I like your comment, but lay off the CAPS.

    http://fffff.at/fuckflickr/data/kanye-webst/web/kanye-holds-caps-button.jpg

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  21. Hondo
    Hondo 30 September, 2012, 13:54

    That basketball star who is the mayor of Sac town made no effort to save Campbell’s. Neither did guv Moonbeam. Steinberg said people are eating less soup.
    If you looked at all those workers getting those pink slips from Campbell’s, you will see a majority of people of color. Those were good jobs for minorities.
    But I’d guess each of them will get an Obama phone instead of a job.
    Tom Joad’s gonna be on the last freight out of Kalifornia.
    Hondo…….

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  22. Queeg
    Queeg 30 September, 2012, 16:17

    The safety net you pay for will save these poor people. Don’t you feel good about yourself?

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  23. Ronald Stein
    Ronald Stein 1 October, 2012, 09:31

    LEAKAGE of businesses and citizens will most likely INCREASE significantly as Cap and Trade, and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) drives California’s energy costs to even higher levels and transportation fuels may be anywhere from $1.00 to $1.50 higher than anyone in the country will be paying for their transportation fuels.

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