Web Briefings


Welcome to the Committee's web briefing launch page.  The Committee uses this page to provide Members of the Legislature and the public with announcements and background materials from briefings, informational hearings, and program and department oversight hearings.

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Previously Held Briefings and Informational Hearings

Connecting with Information from 2019-20 Hearings

Briefing on International Trade and the California Economy:  Do Tariffs Impact Local Economies?

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at the California State Capitol

Agenda     Port of Los Angeles Report on Potential Tariff Impacts    Fast Facts on California's Trade-Based Economy (prepared by JEDE)   GO-Biz Senior Advisor on Trade Policy

The JEDE Committee  hosted a briefing on international trade and the California economy.  The briefing focused on how tariffs impact local economies and featured a new report by the Port of Los Angeles which provides data on potential impacts of tariffs on California Assembly and Senate Districts

"Upward Mobility in the Inland Empire" - Field Hearing

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at the Corona City Council Chambers 

Agenda     Hearing Report     Witness Biographies  PowerPoints and Handouts
The entire hearing can be reviewed using this link: recordings of hearings are sorted by hearing date.

"U.S. Trade Dispute with China:  Impact on the California Economy"

July 17, 2019, at the California State Building in San Francisco

The entire hearing can be reviewed using this link: recordings of hearings are sorted by hearing date.

Agenda     Briefing Report     Witness Biographies     

Connecting with Information from 2017-18 Hearings

During the 2017-18 legislative session, the Committee held 16 hearings, including hearings to review legislation and learn more about emerging topics, such as career technical education and climate change.

The Future of Career Technical Education in California (Joint Hearing)

The Assembly Committee on Jobs, in collaboration with the Assembly Committee on Education, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education, and the Assembly Select Committee of Career Technical Education, launched a review of California's technical education programs offered through the K-12 public education system at a field hearing in October 2017 and followed-up with an additional legislative hearing at tech State Capitol in February 2018.   

CTE prepares students for the world of work by introducing them to key workplace skills, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context. In this way, students develop career-relevant, real-world 21st Century skills.  CTE involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.  

CTE programs in California have been organized into 15 industry sectors, covering 58 pathways that identify the knowledge and skills students need. Partnerships are usually developed between high schools, businesses, and postsecondary schools, providing pathways to employment as well as associate, Bachelor, and advanced degrees.  Participation in CTE classes has also shown to motivate students to attend school more frequently and be more engaged, which improves their overall academic outcomes.

Information from these hearing was used in the development of AB 1743 (O'Donnell, Burke, Chávez, Cunningham, McCarty, Quirk-Silva, and Thurmond ), which was ultimately passed as part of the 2018-19 Budget actions, including $314 million in ongoing funding for K-12 programs, as follows:

  • $150 million ongoing Proposition 98 funds for the Career Technology Education Incentive grant program, administered through the Department of Education.
  • $150 million ongoing Proposition 98 funds for the Governor's K-14 CTE Program, administered through the community College Strong Workforce program.
  • $14 million ongoing Proposition 98 funds to support Workforce Pathway Coordinators, K-14 Technical Assistance Providers, and the consortia administrative costs.

Agenda from October 5, 2017, hearing at the Buena Park School, Performing Arts Center.

Agenda from February 7, 2018, hearing at the State Capitol.

 Briefing Flyer  

Supporting a Just Transition to a Lower Carbon Economy (Joint Hearing)

The Assembly Committee on Jobs, in collaboration with the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies, is holding an informational hearing to examine current and and discuss future state actions which may be necessary to support a just transition to a lower carbon economy.  In contrast to other state policies, successfully addressing climate change requires nothing less than a comprehensive transition of the economy, its industry, and its workforce. 

During the hearing, Members will be briefed on the industry innovations already being undertaken, the challenges of stranded assets and dislocated workers, the risks of exacerbating income inequality within already vulnerable populations, and needed workforce training and capital investments.  A particular focus is being placed on business and workforce development models that support or could support an inclusive transition.  Information from the hearing will form a foundation from which the committees will propose Legislative and Administrative actions.  Agenda     Briefing Report  

Background From Witnesses:  Sector Navigator for Energy, Construction, and Utility Sector, Strong Workforce Task Force, California Community Colleges; and California Independent Petroleum Association

Materials submitted under Public Comment:  Filiment Strategies, "Broadband as a Green Strategy"

Overview of the California Economy: Supporting Upward Mobility through Economic Growth

The Assembly Committee on Jobs is convening the second in a series of informational hearings on core economic and workforce development topics.  These hearings will form a foundation from which the committee will undertake its primary missions of overseeing state programs, and evaluating legislative proposals.  During the first hearing (February 28th), Members were briefed on the California economy, including a snapshot of state revenues, federal revenues that pass through the state budget, and identification of key issues that may impact the state's economic position.  The March 17, 2017, hearing also featured a successful job training program, which is helping individuals transition from public assistance to financial independence, as well as a panel of stakeholder group leaders, who will be sharing their insights on the coming year.

Agenda     Briefing Memorandum     Participant Handouts:  2017 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity   Sisney PowerPoint    Nickelsburg PowerPoint     Weber PowerPoint       CAMEO Comments

Oversight of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development

The Committee held hearings on March 15 and August 9, 2016.  To review the programs and activities of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.  These hearings were the culmination of months of research and stakeholder discussions.  Below is information from the hearings.  March 15, 2016, Hearing Agenda     August 9, 2016 Hearing Agenda     Collaborative Oversight Framework  Link to Nine Program Workbooks   Link to GO-Biz Related Reports  Additional background from these activities is contained on a separate webpage, which can be reached through this link.

Methods of Review for Economic Development Activities

The Committee held this hearing on March 1, 2016, in Sacramento, California.

Hearing Agenda    Hearing Background Report    Background Report Appendices    Witness Biographies

Summary:  This hearing was held in preparation for the oversight hearing on GO-Biz programs and services.  The focus of the hearing was to examine best practices of program reviews and to hear stakeholder perspectives on the range of programs and services available to support economic, business, and community development in California. 

Building an Inclusive Economy: The State's Role in Closing California's Opportunity Gap

The Committee held this hearing on Thursday, November 12, 2015 in Ontario, California.

Hearing Agenda       Hearing Background Report    California Demographic Profile    Witness Biographies

Summary:  California's record setting economic growth since the financial crisis and subsequent recession has been widely reported.  Unfortunately, the recovery has not yet reached all regions.  While state unemployment in September 2015 was 5.5%, 14 of the state's 58 counties continued to report unemployment levels above 7%.  These inequities will only increase unless California sets an all-inclusive prosperity agenda .  In today's hearing, the Members of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy (JEDE) will be briefed on strategies for supporting the entrepreneurial business environment, stabilizing communities, and developing career ladders that provide for wage growth and long-term household security. 

This hearing was held in collaboration with the 2015 California Economic Summit and served as a follow-up to two JEDE oversight hearings on the California economy and related state programs (February and March of 2015). We have requested to have the recorded hearing available to public by January 5, 2015.  Please contact the committee for more information about accessing the recording. 

More Hearing Reports

Other written materials including analyzes of economic development-related legislation can be found under the "Hearings" tab.  Background on specific topics is available under the "Policy Issues" tab including JEDE-prepared white papers, reports, and fact sheets.

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