How Recruiters Can Help Your Current (or Future) Job Search in California

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director & Milken Institute Fellow

(This is one of an occasional Fox & Hounds series on employment counselors, coaches, and recruiters in California, and their advice for job seekers).

Employment recruiters in California, like staffing company professionals, offer us valuable insights into the state’s labor markets. They are on top of who is hiring and what jobs they’re hiring for on a daily basis. Andy Moy is a recruiter who is in the middle of current hiring boom in tech, and he offers advice for job seekers that are applicable to tech jobs and other sectors and occupations.

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 3.01.36 PMMr. Moy is a member of the recruiter team at Beyondsoft Consulting Services, the giant China-based firm. He started his career as a recruiter with Robert Half in Chicago and since 2011 has been a recruiter in the Bay Area, specializing in IT workers and connecting them to IT jobs throughout California and nearby states.

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When 82 Percent Voter Turnout Isn’t Good Enough

Bruno Kaufmann
Journalist and election commissioner in Falun, Sweden; founder of People2Power, a publication on democracy

Election Participation in My Swedish City Could Crush Any Town in America. But We Decided There Was More to Be Done.

I did not receive the warmest welcome from my colleagues four years ago, at my very first meeting of the Falun Election Commission. In fact, most members of the authority in Falun, the Swedish city of 57,000 where I live, were surprised I had called a meeting at all.

“What is this all about?” a colleague asked me. “The next elections are in four years and we had just an election with a great turnout. The only thing we are elected to do is administer the next elections.”

My colleague had a point. The Swedish law makes clear the election commission’s job is to administer elections, full stop. And participation in the 2010 local, regional and national elections here in Sweden—which are held together at the same time—was terrific. Turnout of those eligible to vote was 82 percent.

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Throw the Penalty Flag on Misleading Political Ads

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

As the election season and football season run concurrently, one has daydreams about the possibility of throwing penalty flags on misleading political ads. Sure there have been complaints this football season that there have been too many penalty flags thrown, but it is just the opposite in politics – not enough penalty flags.

This is not a partisan complaint. Shrieks come from both sides of the political aisle about unfair, out-of-context or malicious charges. And, the defenses on both sides ring about the same as well: ‘Here’s our source, see for yourself, that’s our interpretation.’

A cold reading often backs up the defensive posture — if you don’t bother with the context. How about the mailer in the Assembly District 64 race running through South LA to a piece of Long Beach where one mailer quoted the Long Beach Press Telegram that “Casting a vote for (Prophet) Walker is a gamble.” That’s what the Press Telegram said. However, it endorsed Walker and thus urged voters to take the gamble.

Out-of-context. Throw the flag. But, what’s equivalent to a five-yard penalty in the political world?

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Election Day Items of Note

Fox and Hounds Daily Editors

Election Day is finally here. No more robocalls and ungainly mailers to fill your mailbox. The last act on this Election Day is yours. If you have not done so by mail – expected to be over 60-percent of the ballots cast – then please vote today.

On this Election Day, a few items to note in other publications.

Frequent Fox and Hounds Daily contributors, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and Doug Jeffe have an article in Reuters on the most highly contested statewide election, the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction. You can find it here.

John Myers of KQED has a wrap up of some interesting data related to the election, here.

And, for those who follow the political races breathlessly, the surprising poll that indicates that 40-percent of the voters don’t even know Gov. Jerry Brown is running for re-election. From Matier and Ross here.

Finally something to watch for – will Gov. Brown top the victory margin from the last time he ran for re-election as California’s Governor in 1978 (19.5-percent) ?

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Protecting California Taxpayers – One Nickel at a Time

Todd Priest
Vice President of Curt Pringle and Associates, and a consultant to the non-profit trade group Association of California Recycling Industries.

Governor Jerry Brown was wrapping-up his second term in 1982 when voters went to the polls and narrowly elected then-Attorney General George Deukmejian to be California’s 35th Governor. With 7.9 million ballots cast, Deukmejian narrowly defeated Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.  Deukmejian’s slim victory, only by a margin of 1%, is still considered one of the closest state-wide elections on record.

And while this gubernatorial electoral battle played out, voters more decisively rejected Proposition 11, known as the Beverage Container Reuse and Recycling Plan. Proposition 11, which would have established a five cent per can redemption fee on recyclable beverage containers sold in the state, failed 44% to 56%. This marked the first, yet unsuccessful step, in a long and important effort to reduce waste and enhance recycling within the State.

Despite this early setback, efforts to establish a beverage container recycling program continued. Within five years of Proposition 11 being defeated, Governor Deukmejian signed AB 2020, establishing a one cent redemption fee on beer, soda, and other recyclable containers. Since taking effect in 1987, California’s Redemption Value (CRV) program has grown and had a dramatic impact on recycling rates within California.  CRV deposits are currently 5 cents on containers which hold less than 24 ounces and 10 cents for larger beverage containers.

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Life After LAUSD’s Deasy

Larry Sand
President of the California Teachers Empowerment Network

It was only a matter of time before the Los Angeles school chief was run out of town.

John Deasy is the latest to exit the fast-moving revolving door known as Los Angeles School Superintendent. The job – really an impossible one – saw Roy Romer replace Ray Cortines in 2001. Romer in turn was replaced by David Brewer in 2006, who was replaced by Cortines in 2009, who was replaced by Deasy in 2011. Now the octogenarian Cortines is back for a third stint as chief – for how long is anyone’s guess. Deasy is the fourth California superintendent in the last two years to be driven from a job that has the shelf life of homogenized milk.

Since his resignation on October 16th, much has been written about Deasy, who wore his good and bad traits on his sleeve. He admittedly had little use for political niceties, and at times seemed to enjoy getting up in people’s faces. As Doug McIntyre wrote in the Los Angeles Daily News, “Even Deasy’s supporters acknowledge he can be prickly, humorless, stubborn and thin-skinned.” Others have described him as bull-headed and impatient. School board member Steve Zimmer pointed out that he frequently used a sledgehammer – sometimes joyfully so – where a scalpel would have sufficed. Deasy’s heavy-handedness is exemplified by the Miramonte fiasco. Mark Berndt, a veteran teacher, was removed from the classroom after feeding his second graders cookies laced with his semen. At the same time, a colleague at the school was accused of inappropriately touching a female student. Instead of launching an immediate internal investigation to ferret out other possible miscreants, Deasy further destabilized the school and angered parents by removing every teacher from the campus, without any indication that others were in any way involved.

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Trustafarians Want to Tell You How to Live

Joel Kotkin
Editor of and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

Americans have always prided themselves on being a nation of the self-made, where class and the accident of birth did not determine success. Yet increasingly we are changing into a society where lineage does matter—and likely this process has just started, threatening not only our future prosperity but the very nature of our society.

In some ways the emerging age of inheritance stems from the success Americans enjoyed over the past half century. Think not only of the wealthy entrepreneurs, but the vast middle class that purchased their homes, often for what in hindsight look like very low sums, and which now can be sold at massively higher prices. In part this reflects the reality that previous generations simply had an easier time accumulating real estate and other assets at low prices. As a friend once told me, “A chimpanzee could have made money in L.A. real estate—and many did.”

The oldsters have also have benefited more from the asset-led economic recovery, according to a St. Louis Federal Reserve study, in part because they tended to buy their homes earlier and tend to have larger stock holdings. By 2017, according to Nielsen (PDF), Americans over 50 will control some 70 percent of the nation’s disposable income.

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Election Day – By The Numbers

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

This article is about numbers, but that’s what elections are about.  With the polls closing in 36 hours, once again it is worthwhile to look at where the vote stands.  Thanks to Political Data’s fine analysis, we can now trace the early vote by day, party and district. There are more than 2.5 million ballots at the county registrars and from a partisan perspective the results are fairly promising for Republicans – if there is a national tide GOP tide it may not stop at the Sierras as it did in 2010.

A week ago Republicans accounted for 38 percent of returned ballots, Democrats for 42 percent; and those numbers remain unchanged.  But now the turnout is 14 percent of registered voters.  Analysts expect the final turnout to be about 45 percent, so this means about a third of total ballots are now safely under lock and key with the counties.  And the early vote does suggest a low overall turnout this year.

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Stop the Trial Lawyer Train Wreck, Vote No on 45 and 46!

Tom Scott
Executive Director, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Election Day is quickly approaching and the end is near, both for the election cycle and for those annoying campaign ads that have been everywhere in the last few days.

This Election Day, you have an opportunity to send a clear message to the trial lawyers in California that you will not tolerate more abuse of our legal system. By voting No on Propositions 45 and 46, you will tell the trial lawyers in this state that enough is enough, and we don’t need any more badly written initiatives that only line the trial lawyers’ pockets. This is not a new concept for them; just look at Proposition 65 in 1986 and Proposition 37 in 2012.

The incentive for trial lawyers to write and support Prop. 45 are the millions of dollars they are poised to make through abusive lawsuits. Through the intervenor process, the trial lawyers can intervene in insurance rate cases to challenge filings or proposed rules. As part of this process, they can collect fees of up to $675 an hour. They did this back in 1988 with Prop. 103 and have already made $14 million in lawsuits. Trial lawyers are looking to create another gravy train, as Prop. 45 is essentially a carbon copy of Prop. 103.

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Take the Quiz: Prop 2? Or Prop 58?

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

If you have a feeling of déjà vu as you try to make sense of Prop 2, the complex formula for a rainy day fund, it’s not just you. Ten years ago, Californians were presented with a very similar measure, Prop 58, which they approved.

How similar? Take a look below at pairs of arguments made by today’s campaign for Prop 2 (which is paired with a bond measure, Prop 1) and the 2004 campaign for Prop 58 (which was also paired with a bond measure, Prop 57).

Can you guess which argument is from the Prop 2 campaign and which is from Prop 58 campaign (answers at the bottom of this item”)

1. “Proposition X establishes a strong rainy day fund in the State Constitution that will force the Legislature and the Governor to save money when times are good.”

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