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Staying in California? Torrance Looks Good

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Sara Backner worked at NUMMI for 13 years. Her last assignment there was Senior Group Leader in the Toyota Production System office. She was also one of 25 people who stayed on after NUMMI closed officially on April 1st, 2010 … Continue reading »


Boeing Downshifts in Long Beach

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Boeing has announced it’s laying off 1,100 workers who build its giant C-17 cargo plane. Nine hundred of them work at the company’s sprawling plant in Long Beach.Under Boeing’s current layoff plan, the Long Beach plant will trim 400 jobs … Continue reading »


California Exports Hit October High

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$12.91 billion in goods exported to foreign markets would mark a 16.5 percent increase over October 2009. According to an analysis of today’s U.S. Commerce Department figures by Beacon Economics, we’re doing better than we’ve done in three years, in … Continue reading »


Bits & Pieces

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Many small and mid-size wineries are sour on proposed legislation in Washington DC that could make it difficult, if not impossible, for them to ship product directly to consumers. Portfolio reports H.R. 5034, backed by alcohol wholesalers, would give more … Continue reading »


Boeing C-17 Feature on NPR

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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 »


Still Making Planes in Long Beach

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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 »


C-17s on a Short Runway in Long Beach

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A shout out to some fun writing in the LA Times: For sale: a mammoth four-engine plane that can haul 60-ton tanks, troops and medical gear across continents and still land on short, shoddy runways. Price: about $240 million; volume … Continue reading »