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Two dozen companies commit to leaving California

 

Arizona leaders are aiming to get California businesses to move to the Grand Canyon State as part of its “California 100” campaign. SOURCE: Mike
Two dozen California companies have said they are tired of the business-bashing in Sacramento, along with the high taxes — and they are now threatening to leave the state.
Prop 30 spurs business backlash as firms flock to flee Calif.
The day after Proposition 30 passed, triggering $6 billion in new annual taxes, Arizona launched a campaign to lure some of California’s top companies.

KCRA 3 has learned that 24 chief executives are flying to Phoenix, Ariz., to explore the land of lower taxes and a much friendlier business environment.

View photos — Ariz. launches campaign for Calif. businesses

“We can deliver the mayors, we can deliver the CEOs, we can deliver the legislative support,” said Barry Broome, president of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

Broome launched his campaign to recruit California CEOs one day after voters in the Golden State approved Prop 30 last November, and the campaign is working.

Broome said 24 CEOs already have committed to leaving California.

“You start sending the wrong message to those folks and they start voting with their feet,” Broome said.

Dave Albertson is one of the people who found greater opportunities in the Grand Canyon State.

Albertson recently moved his marketing and technology company, Wholesalefund, from California to Arizona, where he now does business in a Scottsdale office park.

“Certainly when we were weighing the pros and cons, the operating costs and certainly some of the benefits of Arizona, (it) looked favorable,” Albertson told KCRA 3.

The Greater Phoenix region grew by 50,000 jobs last year.

Meanwhile, many California companies are thinning their ranks.

Chevron is moving 800 jobs from their Bay Area headquarters to Texas, and Waste Connections shifted more than 100 jobs to Texas from Folsom.

Other California firms are also on the move.

Business relocation expert Joe Vranich has been counting.

“I tracked for 2011, that 254 companies of all sizes and shapes and kinds left the state for primarily other states,” said Vranich, the president of Spectrum Location Services in Irvine.

He told KCRA 3 that companies leave California for three primary reasons: “High taxes, excessive regulations and the threat of really ridiculous lawsuits.”

And they are leaving for places such as Arizona, a state that means business.

The state is big on streamlining business regulations and cutting through bureaucratic red tape.

In Phoenix, the emphasis is on granting business permits very quickly.

Arizona’s fast-track permitting allows certified architects and engineers in Phoenix to get building permits in a single day.

By contrast, Duane Woods told KCRA 3 that California’s process is painfully slow.

As a former executive at Waste Management, the largest recycling company in the world, Woods moved his regional headquarters from California to Arizona.

“We started trying to permit a major recycling facility in LA at an old landfill site, mind you. That site is still not permitted to this day,” the former VP told KCRA 3.

Woods said the permitting process has taken more than 10 years, and there still is no facility in California.

Yet, it took just two years to build the same plant in Arizona.

“If you took a white board and said, how can we make it difficult, how many agencies can we layer on, California is just as complex as it can be,” Woods said. “It’s not an employer-friendly state. And to that end, it’s more difficult — definitely more costly to operate in.”

Of all the states, California ranks dead last for policy friendliness, with key negatives for high taxes, high workers compensation costs and high electricity costs, according to the most recent report from the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.

But the Brown administration denies that California is bleeding jobs to other states, despite the 254 companies counted by Vranich.

“Well, we know businesses are concerned about tax policy,” said Kish Rajan, the director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, or GO-Biz for short.

“But at the same time Mike, I have to tell you — we see companies that are coming here, that are expanding here. Great names like Caterpillar, Amazon, Samsung, Sutter Health up here in the Sacramento area, VSP in the Sacramento area,” Rajan told KCRA 3.

But the former executive of Waste Management believes it’s too little, too late.

“Denial is not a strategy,” Woods told KCRA 3.

The California legislature is now considering a bill to add yet another paid holiday for state workers.

Meanwhile, Arizona has placed a moratorium on future regulations for business. The contrast exemplifies how Arizona and California have radically different values when it comes to business and labor.

California used to be a magnet for people to move from other states, but U.S. census data shows the population patterns have reversed.

Nearly 100,000 more people moved out of California than moved in, with the prime destinations being Texas and Arizona.

Of course, there are multiple reasons for people to leave a state, including family issues — so, not all the migration is job related.

But the trends continue to show California as a net exporter of people to other states.

In part three of “Arizona, Here We Come,” KCRA 3 looks at how Arizona’s top universities are part of the campaign to recruit California businesses.

Tucker Carlson clashes with violent Berkeley protester who wants to ‘shut down’ free speech


Fox News host Tucker Carlson had a heated 10-minute interview on his show Monday night with Yvette Felarca, a middle school teacher and organizer for the violent, left-wing protest group By Any Means Necessary.

Felarca, who helped organize the violent protests at UC Berkeley two weeks ago over a scheduled speech by alt-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, was unapologetic for her desire to use violence and force to “shut down” people she believes are “fascists.”

In fact, a television station in Sacramento videotaped Felarca assaulting a man at a neo-Nazi rally last year, leading her school district to place her on administrative leave for “personal matters.”

The activist told Carlson that she believes so-called “fascists” need to be “shut down” because they incite and organize violence against “women, immigrants, black people and other minority groups,” in addition to “espousing genocide.”

“In all of his talks all over the country, what Yiannopoulos has done is whip up a whole lynch mob mentality where people who come to see him or his supporters not only agree with his views but also attack other people,” she claimed.
“In Berkeley we made sure that didn’t happen because we were able to shut him down,” she added.

Felarca went on to allege that Yiannopoulos is funded by Breitbart News and chief White House strategist Steve Bannon to recruit young people at colleges to “carry out fascist attacks” on behalf of himself and President Donald Trump.

Noting that she’s an organizer for an organization that uses violence to restrict the rights of others, Carlson pressed Felarca on what exactly should happen to “fascists” like Yiannopoulos.

“If you think that someone is espousing genocide, what should we do with them?” he asked. “Should that person be allowed to walk free? Should we put them in jail? Should we kill them? Should we exile them?”

Felarca responded with her most honest answer: “[Yiannopoulos] should not be allowed to speak in public to spread his racist and misogynistic and homophobic lies. No, he does not have the right to do that.”

“When he’s using his speech to whip up … and spread lies about our humanity? No he doesn’t have the right to do that,” she explained.

Carlson continued to press Felarca over what she thinks should happen to “fascists” who “espouse genocide,” but the teacher dodged the question. In the end, when Carlson reminded her that Americans have the First Amendment right of free speech, Felarca broke to an entirely separate topic to allege that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) had her First Amendment rights violated last week when the Senate voted to stop her from talking during debate over the confirmation of former Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general.

 

 

Look What Just Happened To Kellogg’s After They Trashed Conservatives And Also Fund Black Lives Matter

Kellogg Co. officials insisted this week that a boycott called against it had no real impact on its bottom line as it offered a look at its future.

However Kellogg, which through its foundation funnels money to groups such as Black Lives Matter, also reported several facts showing the cereal giant faces major challenges.

Kellogg forecast its 2017 sales would drop 2 percent. Previous forecasts had called for flat 2017 sales.

Cereal sales in the U.S. were flat over the last three months of 2016, the company reported.

In addition, the company is closing 39 distribution centers, with a potential loss of more than 1,000 jobs.

Kellogg CEO John Bryant, however, said there was no “discernable” impact on the company after it was struck by a boycott in November.

The boycott followed Kellogg’s announcement that it would pull its advertisements from Breitbart News website, saying at the time the company wanted to ensure ads did not appear on sites that aren’t “aligned with our values.”

 

Americans overwhelmingly oppose sanctuary cities

An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to federal authorities.

The poll shows that President Trump has broad public support in his effort to crack down on sanctuary cities.

A survey from Harvard–Harris Poll provided exclusively to The Hill found that 80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with.
As it stands, hundreds of cities across the nation — many with Democratic mayors or city councils — are refusing to do so.
Trump has signed an executive order directing Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to find ways to starve these sanctuary cities of federal funding. A Reuters analysis found the top 10 sanctuary cities in the U.S. receive $2.27 billion in federal funding for programs ranging from public health services to early childhood education.

Kelly is expected to hire thousands of new immigration enforcement agents with broad authority to detain and deport those in the country illegally, potentially setting up a showdown between the federal government and sanctuary cities.

The Harvard–Harris Poll survey found strong support for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, with 77 percent saying they support comprehensive immigration reform against only 23 percent who oppose.

“While there is broad support for comprehensive immigration reform, there is overwhelming opposition to sanctuary cities,” said Harvard–Harris co-director Mark Penn. “The public wants honest immigrants treated fairly and those who commit crimes deported and that’s very clear from the data.”

The finding is one of several in the survey that show Trump has support for some of the controversial immigration proposals that were a hallmark of his campaign.

A majority — 52 percent — say they support Trump’s two executive orders allowing for the construction of a southern border wall, increasing the number of immigration officers by 10,000 and finding a way to revoke federal funds for sanctuary cities.

The crackdown on sanctuary cities is the most popular feature of those actions, followed closely by the directive to increase the border patrol, which is backed by 75 percent of voters.

The wall is the most divisive element of Trump’s plan, with 53 percent opposing its construction.

Meanwhile, 53 percent of voters surveyed said they back Trump’s travel ban, which was rejected by the courts. That order temporarily suspended the United States’ refugee program for 120 days, indefinitely suspended resettlement for Syrian refugees and imposed a 90-day travel and immigration ban from seven predominately Muslim nations: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia.

Kelly has said the administration will roll out a “tighter, more streamlined version” of the executive order some time soon.

Trump’s new order is expected to target the same seven countries but will not include people who already have a visa to travel to the U.S. It will also exempt green card holders who are citizens of one of the countries in question.

Fifty-six percent say they support the specific aspect of Trump’s order that pauses immigration from the seven countries on the terrorism watch list until a new vetting system is in place.

Support for that policy goes up to 60 percent when the seven nations are described as “Muslim majority countries.”

Voters are worried that the federal judge’s suspension of Trump’s order — a ruling that was upheld this month at an appeals court in San Francisco — could put the nation at risk.

A plurality — 38 percent — say the federal judge’s suspension makes the nation less safe. Thirty-six percent said the court’s ruling will have no impact, and 26 percent said it will make the country safer.

The survey also found there are deep concerns among Americans over refugees fleeing their homelands for safety in the U.S.

Forty-seven percent said allowing refugees into the country has a negative impact on the nation, compared to only 33 percent who said it has a positive effect.

When voters are told that the U.S. is slated to receive 100,000 Syrian refugees, 51 percent said that number should be lower, 34 percent said it is an appropriate number, and 15 percent said the U.S. should allow more.

“Americans support both comprehensive immigration reform and stronger vetting and reduced refugees — they want a mix of compassion, strong borders,” said Penn. “They see ISIS as the greatest threat to the country and that is spurring concerns about refugee migration.”

The online survey of 2,148 registered voters was conducted between Feb. 11 and 13. The partisan breakdown is 39 percent Democrat, 30 percent Republican, 27 percent independent and 5 percent other. The Harvard–Harris Poll survey is a collaboration of the Harvard Center for American Political Studies and The Harris Poll.

James Woods Crashes Stage and HIJACKS Hollywood Award Show When Host Starts Torching Trum

James Woods is one of the best Twitter follows out there and he has also been arguably the most outspoken Trump supporter in Hollywood.

 

Hollywood isn’t exactly a place where conservatives are welcomed and we all know how dicey award shows have been recently.

From Young Conservatives

Meryl Streep’s meltdown at the Golden Globes has pretty much become the norm.

However, there was a glimmer of hope at the recent Writers Guild of America award show and it involved James Woods.

 

IT BEGINS! First Sanctuary City SURRENDERS To President Trump! And It’s A BIG ONE!

President Trump promised that during his presidency he would completely exterminate sanctuary cities, and that is exactly what he is doing. On Friday, the first sanctuary city CAVED due to threats of withholding funds.

From Liberty Writers News

Fox News:

“Miami-Dade County commissioners voted 9-3 Friday in favor of upholding Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s order to drop the county’s status as a sanctuary city.

Miami-Dade is the only U.S. county where more than half the population is foreign-born. As one of his core campaign promises, President Donald Trump vowed to eliminate federal funding to these so-called sanctuary cities.”

Judge Alex Ferrer discussed the groundbreaking vote and explained that we are likely to see a pattern of this happening.

“It’s a harbinger of what’s gonna [sic] happen across the country as cities are denied the money that they depend on for their budgets and for their special projects,” said Ferrer, a former Miami-Dade County circuit judge.

He said Trump plays a direct role in this situation since he is the one that started the change, and this is a change that was desperately needed.

Besides the overwhelming amount of crime, sanctuary cities impose billions in cost to taxpayers that has been hidden from public view and shielded from political accountability.

That annual taxpayer burden amounts to over $14 Billion nationally, over $1 billion in California and Texas and over $100 million annually in over a dozen states.

What President Trump is doing isn’t cold-hearted, it’s just the opposite. Our president is stopping wasteful spending and more importantly, he is saving American lives.

GARGANTUAN Liberal Scandal Erupts…Biggest Scam In American History REVEALED!

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What HAVEN’T the Democrats lied about?

Seems like every time you turn around, you’re hearing about yet another despicable cover-up on the part of the leftists.

Which is why nobody was surprised when the White House revealed yesterday they had “enormous evidence” of voter fraud in major U.S. elections. Liberals have been doing stuff like this for decades.

And then there’s the standard liberal cry of “global warming.” Yeah, well, that too has been crumbling in recent weeks thanks to new leaks and information.

As for the man who helped kick off this crazy crusade…

You almost feel that even if Al Gore made an announcement tomorrow that global warming has all been a huge hoax, the media would spend years destroying the reputation of the ex-Vice President and painting him as a radical know-nothing who flew around in air-polluting jets.

In addition, they would spend as much time bringing in every “scientist” who needed the media exposure and government grant money to proclaim the soundness of the reality of climate change and the mental instability of Al Gore.

But we’re onto the scam now; more and more insiders keep coming forward.

Allen B. West:

“Earlier this week Christiana Figueres, a Costa Rican-born diplomat who was nominated for Secretary General of the United Nations, served as Vice-President of the Bureau of Climate Convention in 2008-2009, and the UN’s Climate Chief since 2010, was the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and who is credited for what globalists view as a ‘successful conclusion’ to the Paris global warming talks last December.

At a news conference in Brussels, Figueres admitted — with cameras rolling and microphones recording — that the notion of man-made global warming is largely a conspiracy set in play by the UNFCCC, of which she is the Executive Secretary.

The UNFCCC doesn’t have the end goal of environmental activism in an effort to save the world and mankind from some looming ecological disaster(s), but rather has, as its mission, the destruction of capitalism.“

Ah yes, the underlying cause of just about every liberal “movement:” the destruction of capitalism. They just can’t handle a system that rewards effort, drive, intelligence, ambition, etc.

As for Figueres, in her pride and obvious belief that the masses in general pay about as much attention to real data and true statistics as they do to pop tart cooking instructions, totally fessed up. Kudos on that

And now it’s becoming clear that global warming is nothing more than the systematic destruction of our capitalist economic system in order to start over with socialism installed.

In rare moments of candor, the rich and powerful elites can be so revealing as to unravel decades of strides made in the direction of complete dominance over any number of systems.

We love it when people step up and speak the truth, whether it’s women like this, or brave veterans like Mark Geist rightfully going after Democrat policy.

Thus, too, with this ridiculous global warming Ponzi scheme, the ones with largesse in the rainmaker’s corporation. tend to become richer, while the poor schmucks like us tend to grumble, bite the bullet, continue to vote against this type of blackmail, and still get poorer.

Trump doesn’t need Nikki Haley as ambassador to the UN. Trump just needs to serve them an eviction notice.

A FINE TUNED MACHINE

Trump Outsmarts John Lewis, Elijah Cummings. Expect the Unexpected!

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are known for being race baiting-trouble starters in Washington. No matter what the issue, they will find a way to connect it to race. They have had nothing but negative things to say about our president, including calling his presidency “illegitimate”.

From Liberty Writers News

Last week, Trump was asked during his press conference why he hasn’t met with the CBC yet. He responded by saying that he would love to meet with them. In fact, President Trump DID try to reach out to meet with a prominent member of the CBC, Rep. Elijah Cummings, weeks ago.

Cummings canceled because such a meeting would be bad for him politically. He blamed the cancellation on his staff for not giving him the message.

Well, now Cummings has no excuse.

“President Trump has formally invited the entire Congressional Black Caucus to have a meeting with him personally.”

Let’s be honest, the CBC HATES that he did this. They are looking for any reason they can find to paint Trump as a racist, but he hasn’t given them one. On the contrary, Trump has already done more for the black community than Obama ever did.

President Trump even announced a new Executive Order specifically designed to help inner city minorities. The order eases the regulatory burden on historically black colleges and funnels more money to them for their academic needs.

Something Strange Happens When Democrats Leave Office

Something Strange Happens When Democrats Leave Office

[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn (Derrick Wilburn is the Founder and Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives and BlackandConservative.com.

As they prepared for their exodus from the White House, the Obamas are joining another rarified club – that of the ruling liberal elite class owning multiple ultra-expensive homes in highly exclusive communities that none in America can afford save the one-percenters. The very same one-percenters whom they rant and rail against as being the greedy, ego-centric millionaires who simply have too much.

Following the likes of Bill and Hillary Clinton who, despite Hillary’s claim earlier this year that they left the White House dead broke, they somehow managed to educate their daughter at Stanford, Oxford, NYU and Columbia; acquire a $1.7 million estate in Chappaqua; and a $2.85 million mansion in Georgetown. And Bernie Sanders, who shortly after ending his 2016 presidential bid, bought his third home – a $600,000 lakefront vacation house on Lake Champlain. Barack and Michelle have grandiose real estate designs of their own.

Earlier this year it was revealed that, upon his leaving the presidency, the Obamas will not be returning to Chicago. They have, instead, moved into a $6 million, 8,200-square foot, 9-bedroom, 12-bathroom mansion in Kalorama, one of the District’s most posh, desirable and exclusive neighborhoods located in the heart of one of America’s wealthiest zip codes.
With daughter Malia off to college, that leaves just Barack, Michelle, and Sasha until the younger daughter graduates high school in 2018. Nothing says “I care about climate change, energy consumption, and our CO2 footprint” more than keeping an 8,200-square foot house heated and air conditioned year round for just three people. The hypocrisy and ‘do as I say, not as I do’ hubris of all these wealthy climate change proponents is sickening. By the way, the Obama’s new home is just two doors down from Clinton campaign manager, John Podesta, who recently lost the most significant campaign of his life.

But that’s not the new news. We have now learned Barack and Michelle are the proud owners of yet another home — this one on the Left Coast.

As reported by Page Six and other sources, the Obamas have a new home in Rancho Mirage, California. Rancho Mirage is a popular golf getaway, which would explain its attraction to the ex-golfer-in-chief. By some counts this makes the Obama’s fifth home. Also from PageSix, The Obamas are also said to have bought a holiday getaway in Obama’s childhood home state of Hawaii. Now… how many American families own five of anything, let alone houses? Let alone houses in Hawaii that they see once a year or so. Most of us are blessed if we’re able to rent a hotel room or condo on Hawaii once a decade.

The relocation habits of Democrats leaving office is very interesting. For example; having been voted out of office in 2014, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu didn’t return to Louisiana. She instead made her 7,300-square foot $2.5 million Washington DC mansion her new home. Rather than returning to Little Rock, when Bill and Hill left the White House, they chose the liberal, ultra-wealthy haven of Chappaqua, New York, with its average household income of $285,801 and average household net worth of $1,564,366 for their new residence.

Now it’s the Obama’s turn. Would they go back to Chicago to live amongst the ‘little people’, and take their chances becoming yet another statistic (total number shot as of this writing this year: 3,961)? No, not so much.

They, like the others, have moved into a private, secured community to live in a protective high-walled house, big enough for five families, where they will host cocktail parties for golf buddies and other millionaire and billionaire friends.

Yet like the Sanders, Landrieus and Clintons of the world, they will accept exorbitant five-, six-, even seven-figure speaking fees to give speeches about how the rich in our country are steadily pulling away from everyone else and increasingly isolating themselves. About how the concentration of wealth at the top is allowing some Americans to own multiple houses, vacation when and as they please, and live lives most of the rest of the country cannot fathom. They’ll blather on and on about how the rich are a big part of the problems in our country.

They will, in part, be right.

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