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Shifting Gears is a yearlong, multi-platform project from The California Report. On public radio, and right here online, we’re exploring how California’s manufacturing industry — and the people in it — are adapting to a changing industry and economy. More...
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Monthly Archives: April 2010
Manufacturing and politics go together like peanut butter and jelly. Or perhaps I should say like tomatoes and bisphenol-A, aka BPA. Food processing is big business in California, and one of California’s big political figures, Senator Dianne Feinstein, has proposed … Continue reading
As promised, here is my interview on tax credit-induced digital animation explosion in Vancouver (at California’s cost) with Ron Diamond of Animation World Network. What do you think? Comments, please!
Brian Watt’s feature for Shifting Gears aired on All Things Considered Monday, albeit slightly tweaked for a national audience. Note the comments on npr.org, where you see clearly the political liability of relying on government pork. Hence the pressure to … Continue reading
As noted here repeatedly, Chinese manufacturers are investing in Los Angeles. And soon, possibly, Fremont, too. At least, that’s the hope, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Bruce Kern, executive director of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, led a … Continue reading
Runaway production continues to run north of the border. The Globe & Mail reports that Pixar, the Emeryville animation studio owned by Disney, is opening a new studio in Vancouver. It’s become “an exciting year” for the city’s digital-animation and … Continue reading
The New York Times reports Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and other venture capitalists are making a $129.4 million bet on Amonix, a company in Seal Beach. “We have reviewed hundreds of solar companies, and Amonix stands out to us … Continue reading
KQED reporter Oanh Ha has been working on a provocative three-part series on education for The California Report. The first feature aired Friday, exploring ways business is stepping up to help schools teach math and science. Ask yourself this question: … Continue reading
About 5,000 people work in Long Beach on the Boeing C-17. The massive plane can carry tanks, people and disaster relief supplies across long distances – yet take off, land and maneuver on short dirt runways. President Obama cites it … Continue reading
It’s starting to seem like every electric car maker, existing or in development, simply HAS to have a factory in Los Angeles County. No complaints here. The Los Angeles Business Journal reports Coda Automotive Inc. is looking to open a … Continue reading
Questions have surfaced about the Fremont company’s viability. Solyndra plans to go public soon, but Reuters reports PricewaterhouseCoopers reports Solyndra’s recurring operating losses, negative cash flows, $532.3 million stockholder deficit and other factors “raise substantial doubt about its ability to … Continue reading