San Diego Assembly members join forces on high-tech jobs panel

City News Service

Six San Diego-area Assembly members will be on a committee formed to help create high-tech jobs, it was announced Wednesday.

The Select Committee on Job Creation for the New Economy will be chaired by Republican Nathan Fletcher. Other area members include Martin Garrick and Brian Jones of the GOP and Democrats Toni Atkins, Marty Block and Ben Hueso.

Improving employment conditions is the primary theme of Fletcher’s campaign for mayor of San Diego. Creating jobs and embracing the new economy should be the top priorities of

government, he said.

“There is a great need to work together to ensure our state is a more competitive place to grow innovative companies,’' Fletcher said. “This committee will pinpoint what is preventing large and small businesses from investing and expanding in the state so we can empower them to create jobs.’'

Among other things, the committee will:

-- identify companies inside and outside California that are succeeding,

and determine how to retain or attract them;

-- explore ways to develop public-private partnerships;

-- attract private investment;

-- identify and eliminate roadblocks to job creation; and

-- find ways to help public education provide a competitive workforce.

California needs to make business executives feel comfortable that it is the right place to make a long-term investment, said Jason Pyle, the CEO of Sapphire Energy, a La Jolla firm where the announcement was made.