High Desert Daily
(Victorville)– Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh School of Politics at the University of Southern California was the featured guest at the Victorville Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Forum luncheon Friday held in the Conference Center of the Victorville Hilton Express. Dan spoke at a Chamber function last March and his appearance was highly anticipated by the crowd.
Dan held the attention of the roughly 180 in attendance, with stories of his recent experience in Sacramento serving on the California Fair Political Practices Board and current position at USC. His analysis of the political and economic issues facing business today were driven home with references to the investment of Abengoa Solar Inc. and the challenges they faced bringing their Victorville Solar project to the point of breaking ground. Beyond the bureaucracy that robs the State of California of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, Schnur blamed the general failure to invest in new business ventures throughout the United States on an “understandable reluctance” on the part of investors. Rather than blame individuals and business with “hoarding cash”, he pointed out that investors do not spend money unless they can see a reasonable return and current economic and political policies do not engender the kind of confidence investors need. He said government must create a “climate of confidence” to expect new investments to occur.
He also spoke briefly of the Education system and a lack of accountability and spoke of his experience with former students who find themselves educated but not prepared for the job opportunities they apply for. They are left feeling that after 17 years of formal education, they should be prepared to enter the job market and are deeply disappointed with the realities. In a private conversation after the meeting he said he felt he was not successful as a Professor if he did not convince at least three students NOT to continue to post graduate education. He felt that Graduate School should only be pursued until the student knows for sure that the field of study will be proper and profitable fro that individual.
Hosted by High Desert Primary Care Group, Choice Medical, Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group, Abengoa Solar Inc., Desert Valley Medical Group, Saint Mary Medical Center, Desert Valley Medical Group/Desert Valley Hospital, American Security Bank, Sunset Hills Mortuary and Barstow Community Hospital. There were several local dignitaries in the crowd including State Assemblyman Tim Donnelley, Victorville Mayor Ryan McEachron and councilpersons Mike Rothschild and Angela Valles and Victorville City Manager Doug Roberston, Apple Valley Mayor Scott Nassif , councilperson Ginger Coleman and Town Manager Frank Robinson along with local business and professional people.