Business Leaders Endorse Loretta Sanchez

Loretta Sanchez and OC Business Leaders

This afternoon Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez received the enthusiastic public endorsement of about a dozen small business owners, many of whom spoke at varying lengths. In her opening remarks, Rep. Sanchez recounted some of her efforts at supporting small businesses. She spoke of the 16 bills passed in the last two years that were aimed specifically at small business which, she said, generates half of the nation’s GDP. Among the successes are a micro-lending program through the SBA, tax credit for hiring a worker who has been unemployed for more than six months, and a 35% subsidy of health insurance premiums for small businesses that can find coverage.

She also emphasized the importance of education as it relates to small businesses. Loretta Sanchez was the only vote from Orange County to send $178 million last year and $83 million this year to help keep schools open here. She also spoke of programs that bring or keep science, mathematics, technology, and engineering courses in the classroom. These are among the skills many small businesses need to grow and succeed. Rep. Sanchez reminded everyone that the entire student loan program was completely overhauled. They’ve cut out the middle man and making loans less expensive and also easier to repay because repayment rates are based on the job you get instead of forcing graduates “to look for a high paying job that’s not in the passion area that you studied for and that you want to be in.”

Business owners shared their reasons for supporting Representative Sanchez’s re-election.

Brad Caso, co-founder of Tenacore, a Santa Ana-based medical products distribution company, “I’d like to say a few things about how Congresswoman Sanchez’s ideas and some of the things she has promoted in the community here in a business that operates in Santa Ana. We’ve benefited greatly from the training funding that’s been provided at both the state and federal level. When we can have somebody come in with a minimal amount of training and we can take that person on to an almost engineering level of expertise. That certainly helps us compete locally and globally. More importantly, innovation is something we are focused on as a medical device company that’s also providing services in the biomedical field.”

Loretta Sanchez and Joel Moskowitz

Joel Moskowitz, founder and CEO of Ceradyne, a ceramics company in Costa Mesa, makes the ceramic armor for our military, among other products. “Where Loretta fits in was my personal support that really did not have to do with the business when we were much smaller [Ed. Note: The business started very small and now employs 2,000]. It had to do with my own ideas of representation in our country. Now I think everybody should understand her position on the House Armed Services Committee is very powerful because of her seniority. As our defense business will tend to moderate because of the lack of current demand, there is this concept from Congress of sustaining the industrial base. It’s the person with the position, longevity, seniority the knowledge of how Washington operates that we have looked to her. She has stepped forward to help companies like ours. We appreciate that. I don’t know how you substitute for that because of the system in the nation’s capital where seniority calls the shots. We have a woman at the highest level at the Armed Services Committee and Homeland Security Committee. She goes to bat for the people here. So I thank you congresswoman and appreciate being able to say a few words for you here.”

Kirsten Mangers, founder of Irvine’s Webvisible, an Irvine leader in online advertising, known for bringing the Internet as an advertising and customer acquisition medium to small businesses around the world. “When we took funding, from the beginning I spoke with the congresswoman about being able to grow an innovative technology company here in Orange County, that’s not in Silicone Valley and we were told you couldn’t succeed down here in the Silicone Beach, as they said. But we’ve shown great success. In fact, in the last year, in 2009 we’ve doubled the size of the company and we’ve doubled our revenue. Ironically, our company is not just a small business but we serve small businesses every day helping them find ways of getting online and doing customer acquisition to grow their businesses. So we hear the stories every day. And we need to tough them so I did what most people do. I went to our congresswoman with a wish list. It began with a cap on the capital gains. It’s extremely important to our business. And on a personal level, I’m working with the congresswoman to be able to look at entrepreneur’s relief. So when there’s an exit or a company does sell, that for those of us who have put our life’s work and literally our life’s dollars into a business, there’s some protection so that we may feed the kitty yet again and grow and sustain other businesses. I’m very thrilled to be here to support the congresswoman.”

Mike Zani, CEO of DIGIBeam, based in Laguna Nigel, a leading computer technology firm that produces digital chips and other electronic components. “I’ve been working with Loretta Sanchez for over 10 years now and she is very aware, a very good listener and very engaging. She pushes me in different business directions as well as having me interact with different people on a federal level in understanding what our technology does. The background of what she’s supported is very business oriented, tax wise, and that’s very important to me. The STEM program is very important to us because what we hire is engineering students and over the past year we’ve almost doubled our size and engineering students are a large part of that.” [Ed. Note: I didn’t know what the STEM program is, so I looked and found this. Happy reading]

Ben Mendoza Jr., second generation owner of Kelly’s Body Shop in Santa Ana. “I’ve had the privilege and honor of working with the Congresswoman for many years now. She’s always been vital for small business, always had an ear for our concerns and I’m very excited about her bringing more money and funds for the educational programs. I can tell you as the business owner of a auto body shop the components of a vehicles nowadays are very exciting. You have high strength aluminum seals, vital components that require students to be educated. That’s why we’re looking for help from her to get trade schools to get students educated to get them going on the right path – and be able to get more employees and workers in our industry.”

Henry The Le, owner of Pho Tau Bay L.T.T., a popular Vietnamese restaurant in Santa Ana. “I’m here just to support my congresswoman. I’m not getting help from her for my business but I know a lot of my friends, small business owners, are. I’m here to express my appreciation for her help for the Vietnamese community. Anytime, anywhere someone needs help, I see her there to help.”

Loretta Sanchez and Do Phu

Do Phu, Garden Grove attorney who represents consumers and small businesses. “It’s an honor to speak on the congresswoman’s behalf. I’m a lawyer and Vietnamese American. As a small law firm we represent consumers and small businesses and we’ve seen that through the years she’s been in congress she has helped protect consumers from credit card abuse and other ways of helping small businesses. And besides that, as a Vietnamese American, I’m moved and touched by her dedication to help in the fight against the dictatorship in Vietnam and especially for Human Rights. She’s a forefront soldier in that area. As a Vietnamese American who escaped the Communists, I appreciate your help very much.”

Javier Gutierrez Jr. and Javier Gutierrez Sr., “We have a construction company and we need more skilled people. With her help we want to get people out there to learn those trades so we have more skilled people in our trade, as well. If we hire people who have been unemployed for more than six months, with that extra money that we save on our tax, we can hire more people.”

It’s a diverse group of successful business owners who obviously thought Loretta Sanchez has done much to help people of all stripes in her district and in Orange County. I’ve heard the criticism that Sanchez authored only one piece of legislation in her time in Washington. I have two thoughts about that. First, getting a bill passed and signed into law isn’t easy. There are very few members who have dozens of bills under their name and a large chunk of them are routine — budget bills and such. The second thought is often overlooked and sometimes more important than the tally of bills passed. It is constituent services. Many of today’s speakers spoke to precisely that. Loretta Sanchez is a proud Blue Dog Democrat. Me, I lean farther left, so we will disagree on some fiscal issues. Still, I regret that I don’t live in her district because like the business people gathered here today, I would vote for her without hesitation.

  10 comments for “Business Leaders Endorse Loretta Sanchez

  1. October 26, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Three questions for Loretta:

    How do you address California’s 22% unemployment, (“60 Minutes” TV program)?

    Will you work to ram through Glass-Steagall bankruptcy re-organization during the lame-duck session?

    Do you support the removal of President Obama via the 25th Amendment because of the President’s psychological incapacity to deal with America’s economic collapse?

  2. Ruebe V.
    October 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    CECI Is winning Nov 2 by 19,000 votes!!!!!! No one says no to CECI not even Loretta or Obama, GO CECI!!!!!!!

    • Dan Chmielewski
      October 27, 2010 at 8:54 am

      I doubt Ceci will get 1900 votes let alone 19,000, let alone win by 19,000

  3. TheVoice
    October 27, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Cecilia Iglesias is the offspring of evil Loretta Sanchez. You got Cecilia in this this horrible game. We will clearly understand the strange results of this Coming up elections on Nov 02, when Cecilia Iglesias will nominated as the the next Congresswoman.

  4. Sandra D.
    October 27, 2010 at 12:23 am

    I will vote for Cecilia. It seems like she is more sincere.

    • Dan Chmielewski
      October 27, 2010 at 8:56 am

      More sincere is your standard? Ceci can’t be counted on to turn in campaign filings on time or fill them in correctly.

  5. Rueben V
    October 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    That’s right everybody CECI is a WINNING she doesn’t have that big office in downtown Santa Ana for nothing, sams she can break any campaign law and get away with it, she’s above the law. GO CECI!!!!!!

  6. Rueben V
    October 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    your wrong dan you and the staff of the oc liberal are going too embrace ceci as one of your own on nov 2 so accept it and live with it, Loretta looks tired and burned out after 14 years of service, Ceci is 38 years old and brings vitiality and a new look for the democratic party, I Myself am a registered democrat, Go Ceci!!!!!!!!!!! Loretta is a bueatiful women but its her time to pass the mantle to her protege.

  7. Dan Chmielewski
    October 27, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Ceci isn’t a Democrat; she’s DTS/Independent, but really a Republican in diguise. Ceci is woefully naive about politics and can’t be counted on to do basic requirements of candidacy. She’d have a better chance of getting elected to the school board in Santa Ana

  8. Rueben V
    October 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    I want too thank you Dan you are confirming everything I’m saying, just like I thought the OC liberal is endorsing Cecias a neo-con she is our sister in this great cause. Go CECI!!!!!

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