GLENDALE — The California-Armenia Trade Office will be effectively shut down in January after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Saturday vetoed a bill that would have kept the operation running through 2010.
The privately funded, state-sponsored operation with offices in Glendale and Yerevan, Armenia, has been California’s only foreign trade office since 2003, when legislators folded promotional offices in Hong Kong and Mexico City amid a state budget crisis.
Established in 2002 under legislation by state Sen. Jack Scott and backed by California’s Armenian-American community, the office made the cut largely because it gets no funding from taxpayers. The operation’s two offices, which work to connect California companies with Armenian customers and vice versa, are supported entirely by the nonprofit Foundation for Economic Development.