Meg Whitman to visit Culver City company

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is scheduled to visit a Culver City beverage maker today to discuss her plans to create and keep jobs in California.

Whitman chose to visit Function Drinks "because it represents the type of business California should be encouraging to start and grow in the state," according to Sarah Pompei, her campaign press secretary.

Function Drinks was founded in 2005 and offers 10 types of beverages that can be found in Whole Foods Market and other high-end retailers nationwide, Pompei said.

Whitman's Democratic opponent, Attorney General Jerry Brown, does not have any campaign events scheduled for today, but his campaign will release its second television commercial.

Whitman, a former eBay Chief Executive Officer, has pledged to help create two million private sector jobs by 2015. She pledges to implement job- creating tax cuts for businesses of every size; eliminate the factory tax to strengthen manufacturing and create and retain high-paying jobs; eliminate the state capital gains tax; increase research and development tax credits; accelerate depreciation of new business equipment and establish tax incentives and credits to train and hire displaced workers.

Brown has called for stimulating clean energy jobs; encouraging business start-ups and expansions; creating a "strike team" to focus on job retention and creation; cutting regulations; encouraging manufacturing jobs; improving job training programs; and maintaining a high-quality educational system to attract and retain jobs and investment.

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