Monday, December 12, 2011

Christine Baker Appointed DIR Director/ Underground Economy

In a previous email I mentioned that our good friend, Christine Baker had been appointed by the Governor as Acting Director of the Department of Industrial Relations. On Friday, the Governor replaced the Acting to the Director. She will now have to go through confirmation hearings. We have worked closely with Christine when she was head of the California Health Safety and Workers Compensation Commission. Christine is a great friend of Small Business California and we look forward to working with you Christine. She has committed to working on the underground economy which is a big issue for many small business.

See article below in LA Times by Marc Lifsher on the underground economy. Last week I testified at Mark DeSaulniers Select Committee on the Underground Economy and spoke on NPR "Air Talk with Larry Mantle"

(link to radio talk below):

This will be a big issue for Small Business California in the coming year. I am now in the process of identifying small businesses around the state that will speak to the media and tell their story. Please let me know if you are interested in doing so. Please be sure to give me your business name and location.

(California officials vow to crack down on underground economy):,0,6550311.story

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Scott Hauge
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116

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