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Joint Venture Board endorses State Constitutional Convention

SAN JOSE, Calif. – February 13, 2009 – The Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network board of directors voted unanimously today to support the growing movement for a state constitutional convention to overhaul California’s government.

The board, co-chaired by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Chris DiGiorgio, California managing director of Accenture, specifically voted to join the Bay Area Council in its call for a constitutional convention, to help deliver support for the effort from Silicon Valley and to provide assistance in creating a statewide organization that will spearhead the convention.

“Our system is broken and we must act to fix it,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture. “Though this is a state matter, it is also clearly a regional priority. Silicon Valley suffers when we don’t have a fully functioning state government.”

The board voted after hearing a presentation on the movement from Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman and respected Sacramento Bee political columnist Dan Walters. Joint Venture is the first Silicon Valley organization to take action on the constitutional convention question and to voice the region’s support of the proposal.

For more information on Joint Venture, visit www.jointventure.org.

For more information on the Bay Area Council and the constitutional convention issue, visit www.bayareacouncil.org.

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