A Silicon Valley Leadership Group Update: May 2018
RM3 Improvements described by
CEO Carl Guardino
Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO and CTC Commissioner Carl Guardino explains how Regional Measure 3 will benefit commutes throughout the Bay Area.
Around the Leadership Group
Transformative Transit
Last week the State of California announced a round of grants for high-priority projects the Leadership Group has long supported. We were honored to join Secretary Brian Annis, Chairman Jim Beall, and members of the Silicon Valley delegation for the announcement in Sacramento of a $730 Million funding agreement for BART to Silicon Valley.

The state grants take care of the California funding match for the project, reassuring voters that if Regional Measure 3 passes on June 5, the most transformative project in the Bay Area will continue to move forward. 
2018 Midterm Election
Candidate Questionnaire
The Leadership Group proactively releases candidate questionnaires before most elections. For the June 5th ballot, our questionnaire focuses on the San Jose City Council, San Jose Mayor, and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors elections. Please see the complete candidate questionnaires and get to know the candidates who are running to improve the region we live in.
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First Wave of Measure AA Funds
Ready for Expenditure
In June 2016, Bay Area voters came together and overwhelmingly supported Measure AA, a first-of-its-kind effort to improve the health of the Bay while also fighting sea level rise.

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, along with Save the Bay and the Bay Area Council, played a key role in securing the successful vote, which will raise an estimated $500 million over 20 years through a $12 a year parcel tax to fund wetland and tidal marsh restoration projects.
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EV-Ready Parking
In April the Leadership Group Working Council voted unanimously in favor of strengthening electric vehicle (EV)-ready parking requirements for new developments in the 2018 CALGreen building code update.

This vote follows on the heels of the Air Resources Board recommendation to increase EV-ready parking requirements from the existing 3 percent requirement to 10 percent to help curb the 39 percent in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by California’s transportation sector – the leading contributor to GHG emissions.
Sacramento Advocacy Day
Our annual Sacramento Advocacy Trip took place on May 1st and 2nd, where more than 40 member company representatives and local elected leaders had the opportunity to hear and meet with state representatives and senators to advocate for key issues such as transit-oriented development, water efficiency, automated vehicles, and more.

Meetings were with public officials such as Senator Jerry Hill, Senator Scott Wiener, and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry. Members and staff also had the opportunity to hear from Assembly Members Evan Low, Ian Calderon, Chad Mayes, and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher during multiple plenary sessions throughout the day.
Local Government Day: County of Santa Clara
Our Local Government Day series continued last month focusing on the County of Santa Clara. We were joined by Supervisor Mike Wasserman, Director of Development and Planning Kirk Girard, and Director of Women’s Policy Protima Pandey. The meeting was hosted by Allied Telesis and participants had meaningful discussions about finding county-wide solutions to increase in traffic, housing affordability, and public health services. 
San José City Council
District 7 and 9 Candidate Forum
Candidates running for San Jose City Council, Districts 7 and 9, were invited to participate in our Candidate Forum held on May 3rd. Every candidate running in District 9 and all but two candidates running in District 7 participated and responded to questions from member companies regarding the quality of life in Silicon Valley, the challenges facing the region at large, as well as the planned Google development in downtown San Jose. Answers to these questions and more can be found on their completed Candidate Questionnaires posted publicly here.
Getting R.E.A.L. in Sacramento
In April, the Regional Economic Association Leaders of California (R.E.A.L.) Coalition gathered in Sacramento for their 4th Annual Legislative Advocacy Day.  This event was the culmination of months-long planning and preparation, with a policy platform focused on key advocacy items on Transportation Infrastructure, Housing and Education.

The R.E.A.L. Coalition was co-founded in 2008 by Carl Guardino, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and Lucy Dunn, the President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council to convene leading chambers and trade associations on issues related to business and economic competitiveness across California. 
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Nancy Sánchez Receives
2018 YWCA Tribute to Women Award
She is dedicated to her craft, passion about the Leadership Group and exhibits an exceptional collaborative spirit. That's why the Silicon Valley Leadership Group couldn't be more proud of our own Nancy Sanchez, a recipient of the 2018 Tribute to Women Award. 

Nancy joined the Leadership Group in 2013 as a communications associate quickly proving herself and moving to senior director in 2017. She is passionate about initiatives that empower and support women, and leads by example through her volunteer work as the board chair for the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley. Nancy was one of 55 honorees to receive this year's Tribute to Women Award. Congratulations to all the honorees!
Leadership Group in the News
Mercury News: Nearly 400 miles of San Jose roads are in bad shape
May 2, 2018

CBS 5: Bay Area Has Nation's Highest Share of 'Super Commuters'
April 26, 2018

Mercury News: San Jose BART extension wins $730 million grant
April 26, 2018

Spice Solar podcast: Regional Energy Policy Leadership with Tim McRae
April 19, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco Bay wetlands restoration takes off
Op-ed by Dave Pine, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and chair of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority Board
April 11, 2018
The Leader Blog
Community College to Career Initiative:
The Path to Success
We have made great strides to address workforce development gaps thanks to the internal leadership and collaboration between our board of directors and CEO Carl Guardino. The example case: in June 2017, our board launched the Community College to Career (CC2C) initiative, an active partnership between industry and education to expand economic opportunity and increase diversity in the STEM workforce.

The why is simple: community colleges in Silicon Valley are uniquely positioned to partner with industry to provide education and training – in an expedited way – for jobs that will provide solid middle-class incomes.
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Break Through California's
Clean Energy Maze
California has more than 256 clean energy incentive and financing programs that are managed by more than twenty state department and agencies. This myriad of programs can prove to be a maze for applicants and recipients. 

It’s time California created a Clean Energy Financing Clearinghouse to efficiently allocate funds, streamline communication, induce private investment, and serve California taxpayers.
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Upcoming Events
Join us Saturday morning, May 12th, for the 2018 Leadership Group Housing Tour in Milpitas! 

We will meet first at Apex Apartments in Milpitas for a vibrant panel conversation on transit-oriented development and housing, followed by a property tour.

The Housing Tour is part of the annual Santa Clara County Affordable Housing Week.

Register by May 9th for the $5 rate. Questions: Contact Nathan Ho at

Thanks to our early sponsors: Silicon Valley Bank, Build Group, and The Core Companies!

Date: Saturday, May 12th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Apex Apartments, Milpitas
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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 a morning keynote by Kate Brandt, Sustainability Lead at Google, and a lunch keynote by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Former Mayor of Los Angeles and 2018 California Gubernatorial Candidate.

Date: Thursday, May 24th, 7:30 am - 6 pm
Location: Oracle, Redwood City
Register Here
Save the Date!
Celebration of Immigration
Save the date for our Celebration of Immigration: DACA, Dreamers, Doers and Defenders event. You don't want to miss it.

Date: Thursday, June 21st, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Villa Ragusa, Campbell
Worried about being hacked? Not sure how to respond to a cyber incursion? Join executives, security professionals, and elected officials for the Leadership Group's Health Cybersecurity Summit on July 20, at Citrix Headquarters in Silicon Valley.

Participants will engage in a real-time cyber threat and response simulation, hone their digital defense skills, and learn about the unique security concerns faced by the healthcare industry and related infrastructure providers.

Date: Friday, July 20th, 7:30 am - 12 pm
Location: Citrix, Santa Clara
Register Here
From Our Partners
Cheers to member company Alaska Airlines for adding a daytime nonstop flight from San Jose International Airport (SJC) to John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), a top priority route for our CEO Airport Taskforce and Silicon Valley travelers. Read more here.
Congrats to member company Southwest Airlines for adding six nonstop flights from San Jose International Airport (SJC) – the fastest growing airport in the nation! Read more here.
On Thursday, May 10, 2018 tens of thousands of regular and first-time Bay Area residents will bike to work for the 24th Annual Bike to Work Day, part of National Bike Month. More than 90 Energizer Stations in Santa Clara County and 40 in San Mateo County will give people on bikes a chance to stop and get a snack, a tote bag, goodies, and encouragement.
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The Devil’s Slide Ride and Run on Saturday, June 30, is a unique event centered on the scenic town of Pacifica and the San Mateo County Coast. All funds raised go to benefit PARCA, a local non-profit which has been serving people with developmental disabilities and their families through its programs since 1952.
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Welcoming New Members

Alliance Credit Union • Healthy Horizons • Hillspire • Katerra • MiMA, LLC • Nutanix • Ofo Bike • Ohlone College • One Concern • RingCentral • San Mateo Community College District (SMCCD) • Skanska • Workday
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