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Comcast to close all California call centers
http://www.kansascity.com ^ | september 26, 2012 | claudia buck

Posted on 09/28/2012 3:48:03 AM PDT by lowbridge

In an abrupt announcement that caught state and local business officials off guard, cable giant Comcast announced Tuesday that it's closing all of its California call centers, including one in Natomas that employs about 300 workers.

Why? That's the tricky question.

Earlier in the day, citing the state's "high cost of doing business," a regional Comcast official said the company's Natomas, Livermore and Morgan Hill call centers will be shuttered on Nov. 30. Overall, about 1,000 jobs will be relocated to existing centers in Portland, Seattle and Denver.

But hours later, after state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and the Governor's Office interceded, Comcast backtracked, saying its initial reasons were "incorrect."

(Excerpt) Read more at kansascity.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; chicagoway; comcast; darrellsteinberg; jobs; moonbeam; obamanomics; recovery; sourcetitlenoturl; steinberg; unemployment

1 posted on 09/28/2012 3:48:24 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Translation: There was a fair amount of arm-twisting going on to get Comcast to backtrack on their first statement. The revised statement was ‘unsigned’. LOL! (Actually this stuff is quite serious...)


2 posted on 09/28/2012 4:00:37 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: lowbridge

Obviously Comcast was jacked up against the wall for telling the truth. The Leftist California Government undoubtedly forced them to lie about the reason they will shutter those offices with some coercement I’m certain. It’s the Democrat way.


3 posted on 09/28/2012 4:03:37 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: lowbridge

Just yesterday, Campbell’s soup announced the closing of a 700 employee plant in Sacramento. CA businesses have finally had enough.


4 posted on 09/28/2012 4:06:04 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: rockinqsranch

California has been making war against entry level type jobs for decades. Then they wonder how it is they have 30% of America’s welfare recipients.


5 posted on 09/28/2012 4:06:04 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: lowbridge

Holy cow!!

“”It is unfortunate that Comcast’s announcement to eliminate jobs in California inaccurately placed blame on the state, but I am pleased to see the executives at Comcast taking responsibility and correcting the statement,” said Mike Rossi, the governor’s senior adviser for jobs and business development, in a statement.”

Are we in time-warp Germany?


6 posted on 09/28/2012 4:08:35 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: lowbridge

wow...just wow...I am sitting here stunned. wow....


7 posted on 09/28/2012 4:10:44 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Tallguy

I’m about to cancel my internet service with them. Every time I go to check my email I have to look at pop ups of Obama and Michelle. They have a constant pop up ad which takes up the entire right side bar. Of course all I got was a stupid form email in response to my complaint.


8 posted on 09/28/2012 4:13:46 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Irenic

Impossible to do business in that state.


9 posted on 09/28/2012 4:15:35 AM PDT by elephant
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To: lowbridge
Meanwhile you got all the six-and-seven figure "beautiful people" up there in Silicon Valley sipping their lattes and tapping away on their MacBooks or iPads, as they prepare to go to work at places like Google, Facebook and Apple. These upwardly mobile high tech workers are going to vote for Obama and socialism overwhelmingly five weeks from now.

Don't they realize that they are voting to destroy their way of life? At some point, things are going to get so bad in California that all these companies are going to have to pull up stakes and find somewhere else to operate their businesses.

10 posted on 09/28/2012 4:15:57 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Irenic

” Are we in time-warp Germany?”

Democrat run California. Same thing.


11 posted on 09/28/2012 4:17:27 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: SamAdams76

Erm, Apple recently had to build a data center. They could have built it in California.

They built it in North Carolina.

Apple has just chosen to expand some of their US operations. They could have built in California.

They’re going with Denver or Austin.

Apple is apparently even rethinking their new ‘mothership’ campus project now...


12 posted on 09/28/2012 4:19:06 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: elephant
The kalifornicator union thug gummint workers can force Comcast to restate the reason for leaving, but you can't unring the bell.

They threatened Comcast with gummint regulations so Comcast said OK, it's really, really easy and inexpensive to do bidness here in kalifornicator, but we are still leaving.

The only thing that will stop kalifornicator from bankruptcy is a 9.9 quake up the San Andreas Fault and the whole state floats into china.

13 posted on 09/28/2012 4:28:40 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: lowbridge

ComCast’s dealing with them just further legitimizes an illegitimate government


14 posted on 09/28/2012 4:34:18 AM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: muawiyah

The cure for overpopulation is to shed population.

California population is greater than a sustainable level.

Creating conditions that make business operation unprofitable are the primary method to depopulate.


15 posted on 09/28/2012 4:34:59 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: lowbridge

Need a laundry list of companies that have left California since 2008.


16 posted on 09/28/2012 4:41:33 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: lowbridge
Also telling is the jubilant acceptance of the loss of jobs and industry by the governor, as long as the rationalization does not shed a "bad light" on his policies, "That turnaround was greeted warmly by the Governor's Office."
17 posted on 09/28/2012 4:44:41 AM PDT by BillGunn (Bill Gunn for Congress district one rep. Massachusetts)
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To: rockinqsranch

They are leaving...why the heck should they care that it makes the leftist fascists look bad?


18 posted on 09/28/2012 4:57:46 AM PDT by Adder (No Mo BO)
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To: SamAdams76

They’ve all gone through the leftist indoctrination of higher ed. The most important things in the world to them are gay marriage, abortion, and free contraception. They know nothing else of how the world works.


19 posted on 09/28/2012 5:02:41 AM PDT by garbanzo (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine)
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To: jersey117

Comcast is an American enemy. They are at the vanguard of the Obama propaganda effort. Sadly, there is often no viable alternative to their monopoly.

Comcast must be brought to their knees for America to right its self


20 posted on 09/28/2012 5:07:31 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Adder

Don’t they need CA state licenses to do business in the state?

There’s your answer.


21 posted on 09/28/2012 5:11:01 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: lowbridge

Why?

Three words: socialist sh*t hole.

And if Obama wins a second term, that’ll be the new name of the (former) United States.


22 posted on 09/28/2012 5:25:24 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Adder

The Leftist Fascists still have the advantage of the power of a Leftist State Government with zero scruples to create misery for anybody doing business in California who doesn’t do things their way.

Thuggery isn’t limited to Chicago.


23 posted on 09/28/2012 6:06:26 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Adder

Re reading my return post I didn’t mention Comcast is only closing their “call centers”. They will still be doing business in California. Just won’t have the call centers here.


24 posted on 09/28/2012 6:08:51 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: lowbridge
...after state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and the Governor's Office interceded, Comcast backtracked, saying its initial reasons were "incorrect."

"We've always been at war with Eastasia"


25 posted on 09/28/2012 6:12:34 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: muawiyah

Only at war against entry level jobs? You are way wrong, my FRiend. California is at war with ALL businesses and ALL jobs and ALL consumers. I live here and I know.


26 posted on 09/28/2012 6:14:09 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: lowbridge

Comcast just announced (locally) the opening of a 500 person call center in Colorado Springs CO.


27 posted on 09/28/2012 6:16:33 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: Adder

They still have lots of customers in California and HUGE amounts of equipment here to deliver services. I’m sure the state could find many nasty ways to retaliate against their operations in CA.


28 posted on 09/28/2012 6:19:33 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: lowbridge

Ah geez! Another californica company leaving! Gee, just raise taxes and put more regulations on companies and business’s! They will just take it in the a$$ for you jerry brown.


29 posted on 09/28/2012 6:25:23 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Interesting how many people and companies are announcing layoffs this week.


30 posted on 09/28/2012 6:32:53 AM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: lowbridge
That turnaround was greeted warmly by the Governor's Office.

Turnaround??? Not one job was turned around to stay, simply the company was bullied into retracting the real reson from the press. And Jerry is pleased. Ha!

31 posted on 09/28/2012 6:38:09 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Obama gives us the gift of downward mobility)
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To: lowbridge

The country club Democrats in California smile to think that there will be less traffic on “their” roads and fewer people on “their” beaches.


32 posted on 09/28/2012 7:02:00 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
i remember when California decided pizza was no good ~ that'd been going on a while and some inlaws came out. They gave the kids $40 to get 2 pizzas. So, off went the kids and came back with 4 pizzas and $24 change!

Researching the topic i found new air quality rules had begun counting evaporating moisture and oils from hot stoves and ovens were now counted as POLLUTION ~ every pizza joint had to raise prices dramatically to pay for new equipment. btw, been there several times since ~ pizza here is vastly superior to California pizza, and that used to be the world center of pizza innovation.

Sometimes life IS fair isn't it! Now we got the winning entre!

33 posted on 09/28/2012 9:05:14 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: lowbridge

Going to California...strike that, leaving from California.


34 posted on 09/28/2012 11:26:27 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: blueunicorn6
The country club Democrats in California smile to think that there will be less traffic on “their” roads and fewer people on “their” beaches.

That'll work right up until the point that their gardners, nannies and car-detailers all organize politically through some arm of La Raza and vote their overlords out of office. Then California will revert back to Mexico. Unintended consequences are a queen-b*tch!

35 posted on 09/29/2012 9:44:05 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: bert

I worked for a precursor of Comcast. I agree with the first part of your statement. However, in the US there is no such thing as an exclusive cable contract. You want to start a competitor—have at it.


36 posted on 09/29/2012 9:52:13 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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To: Vermont Lt

Starting a cable company and getting cities or counties to allow it within their bounds is two different kettles of fish. In many, perhaps most jurisdictions there is an unending cable monopoly.


37 posted on 09/29/2012 11:18:11 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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