Author, City Manager Ted Gaebler Defends California Business Climate

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is trying to coax California businesses into moving to his state, citing a better business climate. Author and Rancho Cordova, Calif., City Manager Ted Gaebler defends his state's business environment.
May 8, 2013

Texas Gov. Rick Perry drew attention in February for a four-day "business recruitment" trip to California where he touted his state's low taxes and sparse regulations to a select group of employers. A week later, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad barnstormed the Golden State, calling it a "happy hunting ground" in his effort to lure companies to the Midwest.

In this video, Ted Gaebler, city manager of Rancho Cordova, Calif., reacts to criticism of California's business environment. Gaebler's 1992 best-seller, "Reinventing Government," written with co-author David Osborne, influenced a generation of public policy experts and managers. In the book, Gaebler and Osborne argued that governments needed to rethink industrial-era bureaucracies and develop new techniques suited to the information age.