November 14, 2011 |
Last year, the medical technology firm Numira Biosciences packed its bags and left Irvine for Salt Lake City. When asked about the firm's departure, its chief executive praised Utah's quality of life but also blamed California's business environment for the move. "The tipping point was when someone from the Orange County tax [assessor] wanted to see our facility to tax every piece of equipment I had," Michael Beeuwsaert told the Orange County Register. For years, California could rely on its temperate climate and a talented workforce to attract and keep businesses even as taxes and regulations increased.
September 23, 2011 |
Amazon.com Inc. will change the way it does business, at least in California, now that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that requires the giant Internet retailer and certain out-of-state online merchants to collect sales taxes on purchases by Californians. Starting next Sept. 15, Amazon and many other Internet retailers will lose their ability to offer essentially a savings to customers by skipping the levy of 7.25% or more, which bricks-and-mortar stores and other merchants must collect.
May 24, 2011 |
It's a sweet time to be in the honey business. California's abundant rainfall, a growing consumer demand and a tightening worldwide honey supply have the state's bee industry buzzing with excitement. Honey prices have reached record highs, and there's no sign that they will fall anytime soon. "Yes, we are having one of our best years in a long time," said Max Eggman, a Tulare County beekeeper and honey producer. "And we needed it. " Just five years ago, bees across the country were dying by the thousands.
December 27, 2010
A broken California? Re "California isn't broken," Opinion, Dec. 20 The comments of California Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Stephen Levy regarding California's business climate are absurd. As an employer operating in 12 Southwest states, I experience firsthand the cost of doing business in California. The employee and facility expenses are the highest of any state in which we have employees. As a result, my employee head count is half of what it was before 2008. I have closed one facility in 2010 and will close a second by June 2011.
August 24, 2009 |
The Golden State won't let its businesses go easily, especially not to Nevada, if one California lawmaker has his say. A week after the Nevada Development Authority ran a series of advertisements urging California companies to jump ship, Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) is retaliating. "I was pretty outraged by the nastiness of their tone," he said. "It's one thing to compare states in a factual way, but when you're doing nasty ads veiled in humor which dehumanize Californians, that's over the top."
July 30, 2009 |
Wilbur D.Curtis invented the globular glass coffeepot, that staple of coffee counters everywhere, in 1940. Since then his son and grandsons have turned Wilbur Curtis Co. into a manufacturing concern that earns revenue approaching $100 million by turning out commercial coffee brewing equipment from a sprawling factory in Montebello.