When one little company like Nissan North America pulls out of a great big city like Los Angeles, does anyone even notice?
They do when Nissan is the 80th corporation to do so since 2002.
The automaker's announcement that it will leave L.A. for Nashville, Tenn., may have been the straw that broke the camel's back.
Just days after the announcement, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. fired off a letter to California's legislators, urging them to appoint a task force to consider changes in state tax and employment laws to help reduce business costs.
The 80 departing corporations are taking 13,000 jobs with them, the group says. And in an alarming shift, it warns that the corporate departures no longer are moving just midlevel jobs; they are claiming headquarters and r&d jobs, too.