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SoCal Jobs Defense Council Issues Support of SB 718

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August 12, 2014

Senator Roth
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


Mark Cafferty


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

Adecco Government

Paul De La CerdaDean, Economic & Workforce Development

East Los Angeles College

Dr. David ViarSuperintendent/President

Glendale Community College

Chris PowellFounder

Industrial Interface Inc.

David J. BlancoPresident

Performance Ascent, Inc.

Kimberly MaeversPresident

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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