From the No Surprise File: California Losing Jobs to Texas

Brace yourselves. Business, apparently, likes being in business-friendly environments. From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Chevron Corp. will move up to 800 jobs – about a quarter of its current headquarters staff – from the Bay Area to Houston over the next two years but will remain based in San Ramon, the oil company told employees Thursday.

The newly-shifted employees will join a large group in Houston:

The company already employs far more people in Houston – about 9,000 full-time employees and contractors – than it does [at its headquarters in] San Ramon. With a refinery in El Segundo (Los Angeles County) and oil field operations in Bakersfield, Chevron has roughly 10,000 workers throughout the Golden State.

Of course, now it’s 9,800 employees in Texas and 9,100 employees in California. But don’t read anything into that:

“It’s important to reiterate that we are a California-based company,” said Chevron spokesman Morgan Crinklaw. “We’ve been an important part of the state’s economy and growth for 130 years, and we remain committed to this state.”

Which is exactly the kind of thing professional spokespeople say right before they pull up stakes and head for the hills.

  1. Chris Campion

    They might remain committed to the state, but clearly the state is no longer committed to them.

    Buh-bye, jobs.  Wave buh-bye!  What’s much more painful for any rational Californians is that their move will be celebrated by many Progressives as being good for the state.

  2. King Banaian
    C

    Current price to rent a 26′ U-Haul one-way from San Francisco to Dallas:  $2,035.

    Current price to rent a 26′ U-Haul one-way from Dallas to San Francisco:  $1,175.

    (Play with other pairs here.)

    The difference in price tells you something about the relative demand for moving in each direction.

  3. C. U. Douglas

    Similarly, after passing a tax hike in November, California’s revenues continued to decline.

    Oops.

  4. AHLondon

    I’m in Houston. Husband is an adjunct in Austin so is there about once a month. We were in Dallas last weekend. The state is hauling people in. I think half of Dallas is under construction to accommodate influx. Schools are busting. 

    We can keep up, but I’m with Joseph. Californians should leave their politics in California.

  5. King Banaian
    C

    P.S.  SF – Houston $2,178.  Houston – SF $1,006.

  6. BlueAnt

    I’m shocked, shocked to find that capitalism is going on in here!

  7. Jim  Ixtian
    KC Mulville: Just out of curiosity … who’s after Texas? What states offer the best deal for a business?

    It would also be interesting to find out which companies and individuals are leaving California for tax & regulatory friendly places like Singapore, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Panama, Chile, etc. Although it is anecdotal, I’ve recently met more and more people who are leaving not just California, but the US entirely and taking their companies, jobs, and tax revenues with them. California and the US could find themselves in a whole world of hurt sooner than they could imagine.

  8. HeartofAmerica
    Boymoose: North Dakota ….. but you will need a very nice coat. · 1 hour ago

    And a house. Not many to be had. Housing is at a premium right now due to the oil boom.

  9. HeartofAmerica
    AHLondon: I’m in Houston. Husband is an adjunct in Austin so is there about once a month. We were in Dallas last weekend. The state is hauling people in. I think half of Dallas is under construction to accommodate influx. Schools are busting. 

    We can keep up, but I’m with Joseph. Californians should leave their politics in California. · 1 hour ago

    Californians will ruin the state. Look what they did to Colorado. Housing prices will escalate.

  10. Jerry Carroll

    Californians screwed up Montana, too.

  11. SunnyOptimism

    Don’t worry , CA will soon impose a departure tax as well as a capital gains surcharge on all investment income retroactive to the day you first entered and resided in CA. Don’t believe it will happen? Think again, there’s nothing illegal about that. We lived in Irvine CA for three years while my wife finished her medical fellowship. She got amazing job offers from AZ and NV medical practices. She got half of what these others were offering from CA practices. We live in Tucson now and we couldn’t be happier. 60% lower state income tax and a 4% property tax with wide open spaces and plenty of beautiful scenery….lovin’ it!!!

  12. TheSophist
    HeartofAmerica

    We can keep up, but I’m with Joseph. Californians should leave their politics in California. · 1 hour ago

    Californians will ruin the state. Look what they did to Colorado. Housing prices will escalate. · 3 hours ago

    Don’t need to look that far. Look at what they’re doing to Austin.

  13. HeartofAmerica
    TheSophist

    HeartofAmerica

    We can keep up, but I’m with Joseph. Californians should leave their politics in California. · 1 hour ago

    Californians will ruin the state. Look what they did to Colorado. Housing prices will escalate. · 3 hours ago

    Don’t need to look that far. Look at what they’re doing to Austin. · 31 minutes ago

    Californians are a plague of locusts. They consume everything in their wake and leave the locals struggling to understand what happened to their peaceful (and cheaper) existence before they ravaged the land, the schools and the government.

  14. SunnyOptimism

    Full Disclosure:  I’m a born & bred New Yorker who did graduate school in MA, 10 years back in NYC, a brief stint in California and I now live in AZ.  Total Blue-State background but I turned out to be a conservative (although I do admit to voting for Clinton in my youth…what, I was a low-information voter back in those days!!)

    Anyway, it would be nice to see some hard numbers put to this but I somewhat reject the idea that those moving out of CA and stinking up everyone else’s life are degenerate liberals.  If anything, I would think  moderate RINO squishes (aka, Rob Long) and staunch conservatives would be fleeing CA, not liberals.

    My brother and his wife (DINKs) live in NYC and they think I’m nuts for moving my family to…ahhhhhh…Arizona!!  They are liberal, metro-sexual’s who couldn’t conceive of life where you actual have to drive long distances to get your groceries or, heaven forbid, not have a Starbucks within spitting range….they would never, ever leave their precious city.  I think that’s more the norm than liberals abandoning the nanny-state.

  15. flownover

    Take a look at this.

    A recreation supervisor makes $102,576 a year in San Ramon.

    What exactly does a recreation supervisor do ?

    Chevron and everybody else, except the recreation supervisors, should be beating a path outta town pronto .

    The playground is going to be a lonely place. $ 102,ooo ……

  16. Eric Warren

    The cost of living difference between the two Chevron offices is insane. People in the industry turn down offers from Chevron if they have to relocate all the time. Plus, word is out. If you ever reside in Cali, they hound you forever for taxes and fees. They put out a tax lien on me after I left the state because my state income tax was late. They keep reporting it to the credit bureaus every few years so I will pay the fee to get proof it was cleared up back in the nineties every time I close on a home or other major loan.

  17. Joseph Paquette
    HeartofAmerica

    AHLondon: I’m in Houston. Husband is an adjunct in Austin so is there about once a month. We were in Dallas last weekend. The state is hauling people in. I think half of Dallas is under construction to accommodate influx. Schools are busting. 

    We can keep up, but I’m with Joseph. Californians should leave their politics in California. · 1 hour ago

    Californians will ruin the state. Look what they did to Colorado. Housing prices will escalate. · 20 hours ago

    Since the housing bust in California, their effect on local prices has been diminished.  They aren’t bringing as much equity into new market. 

  18. Joseph Paquette
    HeartofAmerica

    TheSophist

    HeartofAmerica

    We can keep up, but I’m with Joseph. Californians should leave their politics in California. · 1 hour ago

    Californians will ruin the state. Look what they did to Colorado. Housing prices will escalate. · 3 hours ago

    Don’t need to look that far. Look at what they’re doing to Austin. · 31 minutes ago

    Californians are a plague of locusts. They consume everything in their wake and leave the locals struggling to understand what happened to their peaceful (and cheaper) existence before they ravaged the land, the schools and the government. · 15 hours ago

    Every chance I get to talk to a new Californian, I remind them that it was the socialist, union driven, running of the state that made them leave their ‘paradise’ and don’t bring those politics here.