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Californians Eye Terra That's Firma


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CALIFORNIANS EYE TERRA THAT'S FIRMA

The earthquake has brought on the job vultures: 71 state and city governments are zooming in from around the country to a Feb. 7-8 conclave in Anaheim, Calif., hoping to lure shaken businesses with quake-free living. Some 600 Golden State outfits may attend. It's a shameless raiding party--held on the victim's soil. Only a few suitors, such as the New Mexico Economic Development Dept., openly deride California's geology. Most just stress lower taxes, etc. Hosted by Trends 2000 of San Diego, which helps states nab jobs, the conference was scheduled before the quake, but response has surged since. Says Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Economic Development Corp. of Los Angeles, this is "grave-dancing."EDITED BY LARRY LIGHT AND JULIE TILSNER Ronald Grover


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