Friday, March 19, 2010

Why Bishop-Wisecarver Supports the California Jobs Initiative

Earlier this week as a director for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA)  I voted to support the California Jobs Initiative, a proposal to temporarily suspend implementation of AB 32 until California's unemployment rate sinks to 5.5% for four consecutive quarters.  The initiative will likely go before voters on the November, 2010 ballot.
 I believe along with the CMTA that adjusting the schedule of regulations under the state’s greenhouse gas reduction law until the California economy recovers is necessary because:
AB 32 will cost California even more manufacturing jobs
Restoring jobs and supporting a healthy California economy should be our state’s first priority.  We’ve already lost over 630,000 high wage manufacturing jobs since 2001 and AB 32’s costly regulations will put even more jobs at risk – jobs we simply can’t afford to lose. Temporarily suspending AB 32 will help keep manufacturing in California.
 AB 32 implementation will increase costs for manufacturers, employers and consumers
Sharp increases in energy and other costs for manufacturers under AB 32 will translate not only to lost jobs but to higher costs for employers and consumers at a time they can least afford it. This will worsen the current recession and delay the economic recovery California so desperately needs.   
 Temporarily suspending AB 32 will help keep California manufacturing competitive
Because manufacturers in other states and countries are not subject to AB 32 costs, implementation at this time will create an unlevel competitive playing field for California manufacturers.   The temporary suspension of AB 32 will give California manufacturers an incentive to remain in the state rather than move jobs and tax revenues to states where their operating costs would be more affordable. 
 California will still have the strictest environmental laws in the country even if AB 32 regulations are postponed until the economy recovers
AB 32 applies only to greenhouse gas emissions, which do not have local impacts.  Suspending AB 32 will not weaken or repeal other existing laws that protect our air and water quality, which have made California manufacturing facilities cleaner-operating than most in other states.
 I am part of a family that has lived in California since 1854. I love my state, and I want to see it return to the vibrant economic powerhouse it once was. Manufacturing jobs are essential to California’s economic recovery. Temporarily suspending  AB 32 will help preserve jobs and make it easier to create more.  The California Jobs Initiative will help put Californians back to work and its economy back on track.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It's All in the Family

Being part of a family business has its pros and cons. Succession can be very tricky and can leave permanent scares on the family. I found a wonderful program at Center for Family Enterprises, Kellogg School of Management called Governing the Family Business. It was really great to sit in a room full of people that all know and understand the emotional side to running a family business. Professor John Ward knows family business like no one else I have come across. Now Kellogg, John Ward and Ivan Lansberg have added a new program, New Leadership for the Family Enterprise. This is a new one week, residential course for anyone who is nearly or newly taking on a leadership role in their family business – president, or chair or family council head, etc. For more information check out I know for me, their programs are the best bang for my buck!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Open House and Opening up Opportunities

I have the pleasure of serving on the board of directors for Wardrobe for Opportunity. This local non-profit has been helping clients find jobs, keep jobs and build careers since 1995. You can learn more at . Tonight we celebrated the renovation of our Oakland office. I want to give a shout out to my friend Teri Flynn for her wonderful design of the new space . The new design gives us so much more usable space. The whole energy and flow of the space is fabulous and makes it an environment that is comfortable and professional. Our classroom where we hold our Pathways and Success programs is expanded and provides a much better learning experience. It is really rewarding to be a part of a group that changes lives every single day.


Since chocolate is such a popular topic I thought I should share this recipe.
Though be forewarned if you are on Weight Watchers I have been told it will cost you 23 points!

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug (MicroSafe)

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).
And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?
Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!