A Silicon Valley Leadership Group Update: August 2018
The Leadership Group Appoints Four New Board Members
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is proud to announce its newest board members. On June 14th, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Board of Directors approved Janet Lamkin, President of United Airlines; Julia Hu, CEO and Co-founder of Lark; Jenny Linton, President of OSIsoft; Mary Huss, Bay Area President and Publisher of the Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times and to join the current board of more than 50.

For more information, view the full press release on our website.
Emerging Tech Policy Initiative
Our partner organization, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, has been breaking new ground with an effort to help California state legislative staff explore the policy implications of emerging technologies.  You can learn more about this program -- the Emerging Tech Policy Initiative -- as well as other efforts led by the Foundation here.
Working Council Guest Speaker
AssemblyMember for California’s 24th District, Marc Berman, spoke at the August Working Council meeting. Hosted by UC Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension, Assemblymember Berman discussed his role in the Select Committee on the Master Plan of Higher Education in California. Additionally, he spoke to our membership about the importance of SB1 funds for road maintenance and the future of the state's clean energy economy.
Marvell Employee Town Hall
On August 3rd, Marvell hosted an Employee Town Hall with Mayor Sam Liccardo moderated by Carl Guardino. The Mayor answered questions alongside Marvell’s Executive VP Mitch Gaynor relating to regional smart growth, San Jose’s innovation economy, and the Mayor’s Smart City Vision. Employees followed the moderated discussion with a Q&A. The Employee Town Hall was recorded live for the CEO Show hosted by Carl, which you can listen to on KLIV AM 1590. 
The CEO BBQ is an event inherited from the legacy of our founder David Packard, inviting elected leaders and CEOs to get to know one another for an informal annual BBQ. This year the event was generously hosted by Infinera CEO Tom Fallon, with over 70 elected officials in attendance. It is the Leadership Group’s hope that through opportunities like this, the public and private sectors will strengthen existing relationships and build new ones. 
Roundtable with Fiona Ma
On July 12, 2018 at Barclays' campus, members sat down with Board of Equalization member and front-runner candidate for California State Treasurer, Fiona Ma, to discuss the future of the California State Treasury. She spoke to members in the financial sector regarding securing financing for necessary public works projects and investing California’s money in a socially responsible manner.
Energy Items are Heating Up in Sacramento
The end of the legislative session this month has California lawmakers considering the following proposals:
  • AB 33 (Quirk) - helps minimize the impact on ratepayers of the liability from the 2017 Sonoma and Napa fires and helps keep PG&E solvent
  • SB 100 (De Leon) - sets a goal of California powering its grid with carbon-free electricity by 2045
  • AB 813 (Holden) - puts in motion the ability for the California Independent System Operator to become a regional grid allowing California to sell its daytime solar energy to other states and import nighttime wind from places like Wyoming
  • SB 237 (Hertzberg) - eliminates the cap on Direct Access transactions, allowing companies to choose their power provider
Silicon Valley Leadership Group supports each proposal, and will spend a significant amount of shoe leather in the Capitol to make them law.  For any questions about these issues, contact Energy VP Tim McRae at
Local Tax Policy Updates
The Cupertino City Council decided not to put a large increase of the city's business license tax based on headcount on the ballot in November 2018.  At the Council meeting on July 31, Dan Kostenbauder, VP of Tax Policy for the Leadership Group, joined other trade associations and residents of Cupertino in opposing the ballot measure this year.  
The Sacramento BeePay teachers more. Get rid of the duds. How to cultivate top-notch educators in California?
Dan Schnur, 8/06/2018

San Jose Mercury News: Letter: Bay Area strongly supports the H-1B visa program
Peter Leroe-Muñoz, 8/03/2018

San Jose Mercury NewsFailing upward — homeless, then hope
Ethan Baron, 8/01/2018

Santa Cruz Sentinel: Bay Area women face roadblocks in male-dominated tech
Katy Murphy, 7/02/2018 
Last week, California Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) honored ten millennials making a difference in District 28. He held the event in Cupertino where he recognized our very own Paul Escobar, Director, Policy & Education Programs along with eight other "Movers and Shakers". 

Congratulations on your well-deserved award, Paul, and we hope that you continue to make our community proud in the future! 
Over 150 volunteers from the San Jose Sharks, SAP, and Turning Wheels for Kids gathered to build 350 bikes for kids which along with helmets were donated to nine Bay Area nonprofits. Together the Sharks Foundation and SAP have given more than $1.8 million to local nonprofits, schools, teachers, and youth-focused programs since 2014. The Leadership Group is proud to have members like SAP that are committed to partnering with communities. 
Editorial: Why western regional power grid will benefit California
Written by Tim McRae
Published: July 25, 2018

For some in California, the idea of fully integrating the western electricity transmission grid under a bill moving through the state Legislature has become a bogeyman, albeit a wonky one. However, the state’s own studies say it could save California households and businesses over $1 billion on their utility bills every year and ensure more clean electricity powering our state and the rest of the West.

Most troubling are exaggerated claims that the effort to fix our fragmented electric grid will give the Trump administration new ways to subvert California’s clean energy policies and goals. But the truth is the proposed legislation wouldn’t give federal regulators any new authority, and in fact adds important new protections against federal overreaches.

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Donates $250,000 to Affordable Housing Now
Written by: Luke Stangel
Published: July 23, 2018

In early July, the Palo Alto-based nonprofit, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, donated $250,000 to Affordable Housing Now, a political action committee originally formed by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Housing California, the California Housing Consortium and the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California. Its contribution supports the effort to pass a November ballot measure that would raise $4 billion in bonds to combat California’s severe housing crisis.

For further information, read the full text of the Silicon Valley Business Journal's article.
Silicon Valley Responds to U.S. Tariffs and Trade
Written by Peter Leroe-Muñoz
Published: July 18, 2018
Peter Leroe-Muñoz, Vice President of Technology and Innovation at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, provides some insight into the impact of U.S. Tariffs and Trade and a broad timeline of events leading up to the present situation with China.  
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Date: Friday, August 17
Time: 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Net App, 1395 Crossman Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Join us on August 17th for the annual Silicon Valley Education Summit, which focuses on breaking down the silos between education, industry, and policy, in order to work together to improve education, expand pathways into well-paying jobs, and diversify the STEM pipeline. This event brings together nearly 400 industry executives, education advocates, and elected officials to engage in meaningful discussions to strengthen our education system. Learn more by visiting our website.

Tickets are no longer available. 
Date: Thursday, August 23
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Location: Villa Ragusa, 35 S. 2nd St, Campbell, CA 95008

It is with great pleasure that we introduce this year's Celebration of Diversity- Dreamers, Doers & Defenders. This exciting new event is a chance to celebrate those immigrants who have made incalculable contributions to Silicon Valley and America's innovation economy through their creativity, ingenuity, passion, and focus on the greater good. 

Join us as we celebrate these stories - which, collectively, are Silicon Valley's story. For further information, please visit the event page on our website

Sponsorship opportunities: 
Please contact Shannon De Atley-Johnson, Special Events Director for more information.

Date: Friday, September 7, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 12:15 pm
Location: Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043

- Join our Spotlight Speakers -
  • The Future of Transportation: Tekedra Mawakana, Chief External Officer, Waymo
  • Solutions to the Bay Area Housing Crisis: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Assemblymember David Chiu
  • Heathcare-2019: Sarah Krevans, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sutter Health 
  • Rise of the Rest - Investing in entrepreneurs across America:  Steve Case, Chairman & CEO, Revolution
Purchase your tickets here. For further information, please visit the event page on our website.

Sponsorship opportunities: 
Please contact Shannon De Atley-Johnson, Special Events Director for more information.
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Adobe Headquarters, 345 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95110

Downtown Drop Down is an urban adventure fundraising event hosted by Adobe on September 8th, 2018.  It challenges you to take your support to new heights for Downtown Streets Team, where it is ending homelessness through the dignity of work.  

Join it in fundraising $300,000 so it can continue to rebuild the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness.  This rare event provides the unique opportunity for individuals or groups to raise funds in order to rappel from the top of the Adobe Headquarters building in downtown San Jose—all 16 floors! 

You can toss your boss, a Director from your board, challenge a competitor or colleague, or you can take the plunge yourself!

For further information, view its website.
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 through Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: full schedule available here
Location: Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th St, Oakland, CA 94607

The VERGE 18 conference and expo (Oct. 16-18 in Oakland, CA) is the platform for accelerating a clean economy. The event convenes a high-powered audience of more than 2,500 leaders — from companies and utilities, city and regional governments, policy makers, NGOs, solution providers and startups — to explore scalable, cross-cutting solutions at the intersection of technology and sustainability within three dynamic and influential markets: circular economy, clean energy, and transportation and mobility.

Join and save 10% with code V18SVLG

Welcome New Members

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