CALIFORNIA JOBS. In his State of the State address earlier this month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger outlined the California Jobs Initiative – a new program aimed at creating jobs and improving the economy. Included in this five-step plan is a measure to streamline the permitting of construction projects that already have a completed environmental impact report. The proposal would grant the Business, Housing & Transportation Agency the right to select and expedite a specified number of shovel-ready projects. Projects can be private or public, and need to be close to certification of their environmental impact report. Let the Chamber know if your company has projects that qualify for this permit streamlining opportunity. Contact Beverly Kenworthy, 213.580.7531 or firstname.lastname@example.org.