Living in Sacramento, its easy to take for granted that we actually reside in the State Capitol of California, which represents the 9th largest economy in the entire world. At times, a healthy reminder is in order to draw attention to this remarkable privilege that we all share. Important matters are considered and decided every day inside the venerable halls of the State Capitol. We are certainly fortunate to now have our very own local correspondent, Christopher Arns (Sacramento Business Journal), who has already written over 40 stories covering legislative activities surrounding the State Capitol since January.
It is incumbent upon citizens to communicate with legislators to ensure their voices are heard. It is within this context I participated last week in the 4th Annual Legislative Summit at the State Capitol, hosted by the California Asian Chamber of Commerce. Pat Fong Kushida (President & CEO of the CalAsian Chamber) led four teams who met with over 40 legislative offices to discuss pro-business issues including workforce development, taxation, economic development, and regulatory reform. It was a terrific day with open dialogue and a distinct willingness to come together.
One such meeting took place with Senator Jim Nielsen (see picture above), where team representatives connected on a personal level, sharing concerns and ideas for improvement in various areas. This scene repeated itself many times throughout the day as we walked the halls, transitioning from one meeting to the next. In a fitting culmination of events, the CalAsian Chamber lobby teams capped off the evening with a tasteful reception with dozens of legislators and staffers, along with community and business leaders.