The following was reported by Donna Jones of the Santa Cruz Sentinel:
SALINAS – Bucking Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to scrap the state’s much criticized enterprise zone program, Assemblyman Luis Alejo is pushing for reform.
Flanked by Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue and economic development officials from across the region at a press conference Friday, Alejo, D-Watsonville, said the state can’t afford to lose a program that has brought tens of thousands of jobs to disadvantaged communities.
Alejo has joined Assemblyman Manuel Perez, D-Coachella, in authoring three bills aimed at strengthening oversight, tightening eligibility rules and more closely linking the program to other state employment efforts.
“I propose to discuss meaningful reforms, to shift the conversation away from elimination of enterprise zones to reforms that will strengthen it for future use,” Alejo said.
Assemblyman Alejo of the 28th Assembly District is also Vice Chairman of the Assembly Local Government Committee.
Read the entire article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, but please overlook the article’s reference to “53 enterprise zones.” There are actually 42 current zones in California.
The press conference to which the article refers was held at the Green Vehicles Inc. factory in south Salinas.