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In addition to celebrating the first anniversary of its 1 million square foot distribution center in San Bernardino on Tuesday, with Gov. in attendance, the Internet retailer announced plans for an even larger facility, in Moreno Valley (Riverside County). That brings to at least four the number of giant warehouses for Amazon in California, employing thousands of people in hard hit regions. Similar centers in Tracy and Patterson (Stanislaus County) opened this month. "We are excited to grow our presence in the great state of California," said, Amazon's vice president of North American operations. California and Amazon haven't always been on good terms, but once the issue of Amazon not paying state sales kate spade hand bag sale tax on goods sold here was resolved on the state's terms nothing but warm words have been exchanged. "The innovative spirit of Amazon fits well with the creative and entrepreneurial environment in California," Brown said at the San Bernardino festivities. The Kindle and, Amazon's answer to Apple's iPad, are products of Lab126, Amazon's R department located in where else? Cupertino. Next up from the lab: an Amazon smartphone codenamed "Smith," reportedly with a 3 D eye tracking interface. Also, a set top box, codenamed "Cinnamon," which may or may not be ready for the holiday buying season. Office wise, the Seattle company is leasing 580,000 square feet at Moffett Towers in Sunnyvale (more space for Lab126), and in August signed up for 65,000 square feet in San Francisco's Financial District, home to Amazon's music division and close by the company's 83,0000 square foot space near the Embarcadero. Check the San Francisco job listings, where you'll find openings for Amazon's "Advanced Gaming Technology team." Oh, and there's also a listing for a "program manager for Amazon Fresh Quality Control" at its Tracy facility, 60 miles east of San Francisco. That means Amazon's rollout of same day grocery deliveries in the Bay Area isn't far away. Still, there are those who will never forgive Amazon for some of its past and present behavior: The stomping on small brick and mortar retailers, and the vast amount of money lost to public treasuries in the years it refused to pay state sales taxes. Reading the most recent book on Amazon and its CEO "The : and the Age of Amazon" won't make them feel any better. Yep, Amazon is here to stay and how. Data points: The city of Fresno has very little cash on hand 0.1 percent to cover its main operating fund on a daily basis. Richmond has the eighth highest debt per capita $3,118 of America's 250 largest cities. Hayward has experienced a 10 percent decline in state aid from 2007 to 2012, the fifth kate spade handbags sale largest drop in the nation. Pension costs as a percentage of a city's general kate spade price fund: San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley are Nos. 3, 4 and 5 in the nation, respectively (ranging from 30.9 percent for San Jose to 26.1 percent for Berkeley). These and other downbeat statistics are brought to you by, a cruncher of municipal finance data headquartered in Iowa. cities more specifically, how close some may be to Detroit, which filed for bankruptcy. Hayward might be thankful it hasn't lost as much state aid in the past five years as Chula Vista (San Diego County) 14.5 percent. Speaking of pension costs, how about Pasadena at 43 kate spade handbags outlet percent of the city's general fund? Seven of the 10 cities with the highest pension costs as a percentage of the general fund are in California, the others being Anaheim, Roseville (Placer County) and Torrance (Los Angeles County). The $38 billion generated a 10.2 percent annualized return over a five year period, second only to Massachusetts in a survey of public pension funds by the. San Francisco's $15 billion fund and Contra Costa's $5 billion fund also did well. They came in seventh and 10th, with 13.1 percent and 12.7 percent returns, respectively, out of 146 public pension funds with assets over $1 billion surveyed. The two biggest pension fund investors in private equity the California Public Employees' Retirement System, with $34.2 billion invested, and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, with $22.
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