A Silicon Valley Leadership Group Update: April 2018

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Around the Leadership Group
Transportation: RM3 Momentum
With 56 days and a wake-up call until the June 5th election, the Leadership Group is closing in on the organization’s top 2018 priority, passing Regional Measure 3. Carl, Chris O’Connor and Matt Quevedo are working hard, leading the field campaign for Silicon Valley with increasing success.

Recent endorsements include the Mercury News, East Bay Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Senator Dianne Feinstein, League of Women Voters of the Bay Area, and the Santa Clara Chapter of the League of Conservation Voters. Visit for more details and for how you can help relieve traffic across the Bay Area.
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Local Government Day: West Valley
The second Local Government Day of the year was hosted at ChargePoint on March 28th, focusing on the cities of Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, Saratoga and Campbell. Twenty-one member companies and eight city officials gathered to discuss how they can partner to find housing and traffic solutions in the West Valley.

Contact Nardin Sarkis and Annika Mcclure to join us for our next Local Government Day on April 25th with Santa Clara County officials.
Mayoral Roundtables:
San Jose and Long Beach
Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose and Mayor Robert Garcia of Long Beach sat down with industry leaders on March 30th to discuss their shared policy concerns on a regional and statewide level. During the roundtable hosted by Tech CU, the mayors of the third largest and seventh largest cities in California shared insights into smart city growth, education policy and transportation solutions. Mayor Robert Garcia is the first Latino, openly LGBT and youngest mayor to serve the city of Long Beach.
Fireside Chat with
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
More than 300 business, non-profit, elected and student leaders joined the Leadership Group for a Fireside Chat with Senator Dianne Feinstein. Senator Feinstein provided and Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino discussed solutions for DACA, guns and school violence, Bay Area traffic, housing costs and homelessness.
Huge thanks to our host Rami Rahim, CEO of Juniper, and to co-title sponsor Chris Larsen, Founder and Board Chair of Ripple.
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors:
D4 Candidate Forum
For the first time, all seven candidates running for the District 4 seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors convened for a Candidate Forum on April 5th hosted by the Leadership Group. Candidates responded to questions from member companies regarding the quality of life in Silicon Valley, the challenges facing the Board of Supervisors, as well as the planned Google development in downtown San Jose. Candidates have also been asked to fill out a candidate questionnaire, which will be made public on our website prior to the primary election.
Leadership Group in the News
CBS (KPIX5): POLL – Developers, Tech Industry Fueling High Real Estate Price
April 8, 2018

Mercury News: Water conservation bills offer map to California water security
Guest Opinion by Mike, senior vice president of environment and energy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
April 7, 2018
Mercury News: Dianne Feinstein on negotiating with Trump: ‘It drives you up the wall’
April 2, 2018
San Francisco Business Journal: Get behind RM3, the Bay Area depends on it
Guest Opinion by Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council; Gabe Metcalf, President and CEO of SPUR; Carl Guardino, President and CEO of Silicon Valley Leadership Group
March 22, 2018

Mercury News Editorial: Regional Measure 3 will ease Bay Area commutes
March 20, 2018
San Francisco Chronicle: Editorial: To ease traffic, the Bay Area should vote yes on Measure 3
March 16, 2018
The Leader Blog
Successful Launch of Coding 5k Challenge
Silicon Valley is booming. So much so jobs requiring computer science training are opening quicker than our region can supply workers to fill them. So, the Leadership Group is always seeking to be a part of the solution to diversify the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) pipeline as one of it’s top priorities.

In fact, we’re proud to announce an exciting new partnership with the San Jose Public Library and Mayor Sam Liccardo’s office to scale the library’s coding camp programs currently offered for 2nd-12th grade students.
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No Victors in a Potential Trade War
President Trump’s recent imposition of tariffs on imported steel and aluminum represents a threat to America’s economy and innovation. The immediate impact of higher costs will be readily apparent; the larger danger is that such moves may spark a trade war with our global trading partners.

The President set a tariff of 25 percent on imported steel, and 10 percent on imported aluminum in response to what he believes to be unfair economic treatment from other countries. He has stated that the tariffs will help stimulate work for American metal manufacturers. In actuality, these trade barriers will punish American consumers and slow innovation.
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Upcoming Events
The Silicon Valley Regional Economic Forum is one of the 16 regional forums in the state of California to help identify economic competitiveness issues of the region. In partnership with 24 local organizations, we produce this event to discuss the issues that matter to us most.

This year’s panel topics will include: environment & sustainability, housing, education & workforce, income inequality & diversity. Learn more about the panelists here.

Date: Friday, April 13th, 8 am - 12:15 pm
Location: Villa Ragusa, Campbell
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Join us on Friday, April 20th at Silicon Valley Bank in Santa Clara for our 2018 Workplace Wellness Symposium. This year's event presents an opportunity for professionals and executives to engage in critical discussion about policies driving fundamental changes in employee wellness programs. Topics that will be covered include: mental health stigma, workplace stress, and best practices in executive leadership.

Date: Friday, April 20th, 8:30 am - 12 pm
Location: Silicon Valley Bank, Santa Clara
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Silicon Valley Leadership Group's annual state advocacy trip is fast approaching! Join us for a Silicon Valley Caucus dinner on May 1st followed by a full day of advocacy on May 2nd.

This two-day trip offers a chance to meet with key state Senate and Assembly leaders, constitutional officers and key agency department leaders. Transportation from Silicon Valley to Sacramento is generously provided by a Proterra zero-emission electric bus.
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Join us on May 24th at Oracle in Redwood City for our 2018 Silicon Valley Energy and Sustainability Summit titled Powering Forward in an Age of Disruption. In the face of policy disruption, market disruption, and technological disruption, society is increasingly turning to the private sector for leadership on climate, and business — in partnership with communities and non-profit organizations — is stepping up to the meet the call for action.

Our 6th Annual Summit will feature breakout sessions focused on the future of transportation, the grid of the future, and cutting-edge corporate sustainability practices. Join us!
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From Our Partners
When it comes to navigating Silicon Valley traffic, two wheels is often better than four.
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group has once again partnered with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition to support Bike to Work Month and Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 10th.
Don't miss out on the new and improved Company Bike Challenge, a fun and friendly cycling competition with friends or colleagues during the month of May. Visit for details and register your team.
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If you’re looking for a way to harness your computer science (CS) skills and make a difference for students, we invite you to become a Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) volunteer. 

Volunteers work directly with classroom teachers to help them build and grow their CS teaching capacity through yearlong support and training to inspire the next generation of computer scientists.
Learn More & Apply
Welcoming New Members!

Greeneum • InfoSys • Inphi • O'Connor Hospital • Peralta Community College District • Pulse Secure • RingCentral • • Waymo • WSP USA

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