Atkins is the speaker of the California State Assembly and a Democrat representing the 78th district in San Diego.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of California’s economy; our 3.4 million small businesses account for 99 percent of the state’s employers and employ more than half of our workforce.
Call it a coincidence. Last month, I read that Joni Mitchell's new album includes a reprise of "Big Yellow Taxi," the well-known 1970 song that laments the paving of paradise. The same morning, I read Vincent Vasquez' op-ed in The Daily Transcript ("Innovating our way out of 21st-century traffic") that calls for our region to embrace even more "asphalt economic" policies. A lot has changed since Joni penned her anthem 37 years ago, but her lyrics have not lost any relevance.