445 California jobs move to Texas, San Diego loses Websense to Austin

San Diego is losing a(nother) good employer and 445 jobs to Texas. Websense is leaving, moving to Austin, another defeat as California jobs move to Texas. See the article below (and the many comments after — many of my comments are also posted on my Facebook copy blog on this).

california jobs move to texas445 San Diego jobs — GOOD California jobs move to Texas — and more are about to disappear into the Lone Star State.  445 of our local friends and neighbors are about to join the ranks of the unemployed — unless they move to Texas with Websense, which I suspect a fair number will.

The press and public are putting too much importance on the $4.5 million the state of Texas is paying to entice Websense to come to Austin.  That money was NOT nearly enough to entice a company of that size to decide to disrupt operations, pull up stakes and leave sunny San Diego.

California jobs move to Texas

The money probably DID help Austin get the nod — but only in preference to the many OTHER states more business friendly than California. In other words, the company owners had correctly deduced that San Diego and California were no longer “bottom line” friendly governments. The Texas subsidy only helped them decide WHICH state to move to — and probably was not the determining factor.

Think otherwise? Imagine New Jersey offering TWICE that amount to move Websense to the Garden State.  [NOTE:  NJ is one of the few states competing with us in a number of "worst" rankings in various economic categories.  Generally Illinois and New York are our other main "competitors" in this race to the bottom.] Any chance Websense would have fled California for New Jersey?  Not hardly.

The responses from liberals demonstrate how clueless, and sometimes downright heartless they are. One cereal liberal troll commenter in the U-T dismissed the move with “Good riddance.”  Here’s what I wrote in response:

Remember, Steve Hart is a “compassionate liberal.” “Good riddance” — says, Hart — to 445 good San Diego jobs. 445 of our friends and neighbors shortly will be unemployed. Other businesses and their employees harmed by lost customers. Less tax revenue for government, while more will be drawing unemployment.

I”m sure glad that Hart is compassionate. Imagine his comments if he weren’t!

Steve Hart is indeed Hartless.

The article, seeking to provide balance, says: “But not everyone is leaving. Northrop Grumman relocated 300 jobs from New York and Florida to San Diego in the last year to work on unmanned aerial systems, or drones. The EDC also reports that a biotech called Microdermis moved here from New Jersey, bringing 20 jobs to the region.”
True — but pathetic. One company already here is doing some relatively minor internal reorganization, and the other company truly moving here has (drumroll) 20 employees.  Companies cited are supplied by the state’s EDC – and were likely the best they could come up with to counter business departures. And these are the companies coming — not to San Diego — but to all of CALIFORNIA.
Did I mention “pathetic”? The departure of Websense — a single no-name company from San Diego — is costing the state more jobs than BOTH the incoming company jobs combined.

In the article’s comments, I post many facts about why CA businesses will find other states more appealing.  It’s largely nothing my readers haven’t seen before.But here’s one part that might be of interest, responding to a liberal’s contention that Texas utility rates are going up:

Yes, Texas electricity rates are rising — just like ours. The huge gap in rates is NOT closing.


California residential electricity costs an average of 27.6% more per kWh than the national average. CA commercial rates are 44.4% higher. For industrial use, CA electricity is 74.4% higher than the national average (October, 2013). NOTE: SDG&E is even higher. http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/epm_table_grapher.cfm?t=epmt_5_06_a

To compare Texas to CA, go to the URL and compare states.All sector electrical average:

  • Texas — 8.51 cents per kWh
  •  California — 14.66 cents per kWh — 72.3% higher than TX.  Moreover, the CA industrial rate is more than DOUBLE the Texas rate.

And I say again — SDG&E — one of the three highest utilities in the NATION — charges much higher rates than the CA average.

When will this California job hemorrhaging be recognized as a pressing problem? I don’t know.  But I bet the shock to the Websense employees is causing some to reassess their blind support for the Democrat People’s Republic of California.  Too late for them, unfortunately.


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  1. says

    Eber raises an interesting point. We can all see the job losses when a California company leaves for another state. But what we DON’T see is the diffused loss of jobs for people who SERVICED the formerly employed California workers.

    No clear-cut line can be drawn to connect the departing employees with the other jobs lost, but such an effect DOES occur. A job lost here, a few hours less work there, etc.

  2. Richard Eber says

    The job exodus from San Diego to Austin Texas is yet another example of how the anti-business environment in California is
    hurting our economy now and in the decades to come. What is especially troubling is that these positions are not minimum wage
    jobs but rather high salaried ones that have a multiplier effect with the revenues that are generated in the States economy.

    What Senator Mark DeSaulnier failed to mention in his presentation last Friday to the Concord Small Business Association (CSBA) is that job creation should not only be measured in numbers alone but also with the level of income that is created. . With this in mind we do not hear about minimum wage jobs at Burger King or KFC departing for Austin or points unknown to feed expats from California..