A California Economy for Everyone

Lenny Mendonca
Chief Business and Economic Adviser to Governor Gavin Newsom

Editor’s Note: Governor Newsom’s new Chief Business and Economic Adviser, Lenny Mendonca, recently spoke to the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Governors about his priorities for ensuring that every person has a pathway to prosperity in any region of the state. The following excerpt of his remark were originally published in David Abel’s […]

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California’s Top Two Primary is on the Voters’ Side

Lenny Mendonca
Chief Business and Economic Adviser to Governor Gavin Newsom

By definition, conventional wisdom is convention. It often has the added value of being right. I read a commentary by Joe Matthews in Fox and Hounds recently that argued California’s Top Two Primary works against centrists and actually increases the advantage of t­he more ideological candidates of the left and right. He argued that the pending primary […]

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Business Interest in the Public Interest: DisruptDC’s Case for Better Government

Lenny Mendonca
Chief Business and Economic Adviser to Governor Gavin Newsom

Most people — especially those who read this blog — are already aware of the political gridlock and dysfunction in Washington, D.C. Watching Democrats and Republican spend their time arguing with each other and posturing for the camera is frustrating for most of us—-and is no substitute for what most of us want—meaningful progress on the issues […]

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Thumbs Up for Initiative Reforms

Lenny Mendonca
Chief Business and Economic Adviser to Governor Gavin Newsom

It is not impossible to tell how Hiram Johnson would be keeping score on his Progressive Era reforms, and in particular the initiative process. He would clearly see some successes to set beside the shortcomings the Bee editorial board pointed out last week. For starters, he would count Proposition 11, the citizens redistricting measure from 2008, […]

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What Tesla’s Choosing of Nevada Over California Really Means

Lenny Mendonca
Chief Business and Economic Adviser to Governor Gavin Newsom

Tesla’s decision to build its $5 billion gigafactory in Reno, Nev. is disappointing – but not the loss decried by its harshest critics. It is impossible from the outside to know the details of what was offered, promised, and conditioned. To be certain, California’s leaders were deeply engaged and willing to make a deal if […]

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