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Beutner, Kotkin square off in NYTimes

Long story short: Austin Beutner once created 150 jobs in LA by touting the city's star-power and publicity options to a large Chinese corporation. But Joel Kotkin, Beutner's foil in the too-balanced piece, insists LA can only "grow jobs from the ground up."

I think that Kotkin's positions reflect the defeatist attitude that has settled into Los Angeles since the loss of aerospace. The defeatist ideas that you can only "grow jobs from the ground up" here and that we "can't compete with Dallas" easily cuts in half the appeal of locating new businesses in the nation's second largest economy.

But more particularly--when has Kotkin ever tried to create a job himself? Joel Kotkin once created...what, exactly? Wouldn't there be no less than fifty professional economists in the City of Los Angeles who might have a better clue about what happens here in LA than a Texas-awestruck pundit masquerading as one while residing at a neo-suburbanist think tank on LA's most distant shore?

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