A Silicon Valley Leadership Group Update: June 2018
Celebrating Wins!
Fifty-five percent of voters in all nine Bay Area counties took a stand against traffic congestion and voted Yes on Regional Measure 3 (RM3) to secure $4.45 billion to fund crucial transportation infrastructure and traffic relief projects.
It was a pleasure partnering with the Bay Area Council and SPUR on the success of the first nine-county traffic relief measure in the history of the Bay Area. Huge kudos all our supporters, volunteers, donors and to our campaign staff: Carl Guardino, Chris O’Connor, Matt Quevedo, Cassandra Matter and Nick Moore.
For more information on RM3, please visit MTC here
We are pleased that California voters resoundingly said ‘Yes’ to Proposition 68, which will provide critical funding for state water and natural resources, including $20 million to SF Bay restoration and over $500 million to help ensure safe drinking water.
Californians voted Yes on Proposition 69 to protect transportation funds from being diverted. Proposition 69 prohibits the state Legislature from borrowing or diverting these revenues for non-transportation purposes. Kudos to voters for ensuring that transportation funds be spent on priorities like fixing local roads, highways, bridges and other transportation projects.
A loss on Measure B is a win for all!
Voters in the City of San Jose voted to defeat Measure B - The Evergreen Housing Initiative. The measure would have overridden the citie's award winning general plan and increased urban sprawl - all while costing taxpayers more than $24.5 million in additional city services. Its defeat proves that residents of Silicon Valley are choosing a vision of smart growth and sustainable development. In spite of the millions of dollars put into the campaign, voters voted against the measure by 55 percent.
Around the Leadership Group
Healthcare for the Homeless
Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEOs rallied to replace the Gardner Family Health Network medical mobile unit destroyed by fire earlier this year. The unit and its medical staff provide medical care to 2,755 of the 7,400 homeless individuals in Santa Clara County. 

Kudos to our members for stepping up in time of need to support our community. Watch the video here to learn more about this inspiring story.
Women’s Executive Breakfast with San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco
Thanks to Bank of America Market President Raquel González for hosting a Women’s Executive Breakfast Roundtable with San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco on May 25th.

The lively discussion focused on women in leadership and on the importance of preparing our communities with financial education.
Roundtable with Republican Leaders Assemblymember Brian Dahle and State Senator Patricia Bates
On May 23rd the Leadership Group hosted a small group public policy roundtable with Republican Assemblymember Brian Dahle and Senator Patricia Bates. The roundtable discussion was hosted by Tesla Motors, and provided an opportunity for the leaders to learn more about the complexities of the innovation economy. 
Roundtable with Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
Steinberg Hart Architects and the Leadership Group hosted a CEO Roundtable with special guest, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, on May 18th, to discuss teacher and workforce housing in Silicon Valley.
Thanks to Steinberg President and CEO David Hart and Managing Principal Katia McClain for hosting us in their beautiful downtown San Jose office.
2018 Silicon Valley Energy and Sustainability Summit
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 6th Annual Silicon Valley Energy and Sustainability Summit a success on May 24th. We heard thoughtful keynotes from Google Sustainability Lead Kate Brandt and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, engaged in dialogue on the future of the grid, transportation, and corporate sustainability, and discussed actions necessary to prepare for a resource-constrained world. We are grateful to our many sponsors, over 50 speakers, and host Oracle.

Please reach out to Kendra Schultz at for access to event content. 
Leadership Group in the News
Mercury News: Election 2018 - Environmental measures were big winners in California, Bay Area races
June 8, 2018

Mercury News: Bay Area voters OK higher bridge tolls to curb traffic
June 5, 2018

Silicon Valley Business Journal: San Jose's subway gets environmental approval, invitation to federal funding
June 5, 2018
Mercury News: Highway 101 gets millions for improvements from Gilroy to South Bay and onto Marin
May 18, 2018
Staff Spotlight
Angelica Cortez: 2018 Rising Star Award
Our colleague Angelica Cortez was recognized by the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club (SVAPADC) with their 2018 Rising Star Award for her work within progressive movements, voter education, and engagement in the Valley. In addition to her contributions as Senior Associate for Investor Relations, State and Federal Coalitions, Angelica leads LEAD Filipino – an organization she founded in 2015 focused on building the leadership of Pin@ys in public service, civic projects and community participation.
Paul Escobar: LGBTQIA Visionary of the Year 
New Leaders Council recognized our Director of Policy and Education Programs Paul Escobar with their LGBTQIA Visionary of the Year award.

In his spare time, Paul volunteers as Vice President of BAYMEC, a four-county LGBTQ+ political action committee committed to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals, their families and friends through political engagement.
Nathan Ho: API Heritage Leadership Award
Congratulations to our colleague Nathan Ho for being recognized by State Senator Bob Wieckowski with the 2018 API Heritage Leadership Award.

Nathan is the Senior Director of Housing and Community Development and his leadership is demonstrated daily inside and out of the office by his commitment to housing affordability and policy advocacy.
Member Spotlight
Kaiser Permanente pledges $200 million to fight homelessness and promote affordable housing in Silicon Valley. As one of the largest individual donations made, the donation is meant to invest in healthy living for all members of our community, not just Kaiser’s clients. We’re proud to have members like Kaiser give back to our communities in such a generous way.
Lyft and Uber are two member companies who have recently been credited with dramatically reducing DUI arrests in California’s largest cities. The recognition comes after a study by UC Davis found that arrests had declined up to 32 percent in the two years after ride-hailing apps were introduced.
The Leader Blog
Powering Forward in the Age of Electrification
On May 24th, nearly 300 public and private sector representatives participated in the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s 6th annual Energy and Sustainability Summit at Oracle.  This year’s theme, “Powering Forward in an Age of Disruption,” reflected the Leadership Group’s work plan priorities, including supporting the deployment of Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) and elective vehicle charging infrastructure.  Two of the Summit’s sessions focused on the electrification of shared mobility, and the infrastructure needed to support 1.5 million ZEVs in California.
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Tesla released a 2017 report to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and media outlets giving a detailed overview of just how much they’ve contributed to the Bay Area Economy and Silicon Valley. The report released on Tuesday, May 15th, assesses the impact of Tesla’s operations in California and sheds light on their positive influence in our communities.
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Upcoming Events
Save the date for our Celebration of Immigration: DACA, Dreamers, Doers and Defenders event. You don't want to miss it.

Date: Thursday, August 23rd, 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.

Tom Kemp, CEO of Centrify, will be our keynote speaker, and we will also have a presentation by one of the FBI's Information Security Executives. Visit to register for this unique and educational event.

Date: Friday, July 20th, 7:30 am - 12 pm
Location: Citrix, Santa Clara
Register Here
From Our Partners
Ninth Annual Mineta National Transportation Finance Summit
Join the Mineta Transportation Institute as Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino and AC Transit's Gen. Manager Michael Hursh, among others, weigh in on Senate Bill 1 at 'Paving the Way to a Better Future' a half-day MTI conference.

Date: Friday, June 22nd, 8:15 am
Location: The Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco
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