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Media Expert Alan Mutter Named Joint Venture Fellow

Veteran journalist Alan Mutter has been named a Joint Venture Fellow. A former editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, Mutter will study the impact of new media on traditional journalism and write about the challenges faced by newspapers in today’s on-line environment.

Mutter is an adjunct faculty member at UC-Berkeley, and has been chief executive of three Silicon Valley companies involved in broadband delivery and online services. He previously served as COO of a national cable television company and led the newsrooms of the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Mutter’s immediate goal as a Joint Venture Fellow is to organize a conference in Silicon Valley gathering traditional print journalists with leaders from the newly emerging media sources. Preliminary discussions are underway with senior leaders at National Public Radio, The New York Times and Google, and the conference is slated for Fall 2009.

Joint Venture Fellows are distinguished faculty from colleges or universities who become scholars in residence at the Joint Venture offices. They carry out research and analytical work on issues in Joint Venture’s major project areas, consult with our project teams, and provide expert advice to our practitioners working in the field. In this way, Joint Venture Fellows meld academic inquiry with real-world applications, in the process improving both scholarship and the implementation.

Click here to learn more about Alan Mutter.

Click here to read Alan’s blog.


RAFT to Open New Teacher Resource Satellite in Redwood City

Thanks to a joint effort by the San Mateo County Office of Education and Joint Venture’s Alliance for Teaching initiative, plans are underway to open the first San Mateo County location for RAFT – Resource Area for Teaching – early this year.

RAFT is a non-profit Silicon Valley organization that provides creative hands-on activities, educational resources, workshops and inexpensive materials to teachers in the K-12 system. The materials—excess supplies and manufacturing by-products—are donated by more than 1,000 Silicon Valley tech companies and retail establishments, and RAFT transforms them into hands-on teaching devices.

Joint Venture’s Colleen Wilcox worked with the SMCOE officials to identify space in Redwood City for a satellite RAFT center, which will classroom kits, workshops, and a selection of the materials that RAFT members have only been able to access in San Jose—until now. 

In addition to materials, RAFT also provides professional development classes, workshops, continuing education units, other resources.

Click here to learn more about RAFT.

Click here to read about Joint Venture’s Alliance for Teaching.

Smart Growth Seminar Draws Dozens of Public Officials, Planners

More than 75 city and county planners, elected officials and members of the community attended the January 27th Joint Venture- League of California Cities seminar on Senate Bill 375 (Sen. Darryl Steinberg), one of the most important pieces of legislation in California’s bold plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.

The bill will be used as “the national framework for fighting sprawl and transforming inevitable growth to smart growth,” said Senator Steinberg of the legislation bearing his name.

Joint Venture’s Climate Protection Task Force teamed up with the League of California Cities to organize the seminar, which was held at AMD headquarters in Sunnyvale. Kyra Ross and Bill Higgins from the League’s office in Sacramento explained how SB 375 changes transportation planning and land-use in the Bay Area.

Joint Venture’s task force is also organizing a series of four workshops for city and county planners on how to incorporate climate change in general plan updates.

Click here to download the League’s analysis of SB 375.

Still Time to Register for State of the Valley Conference Feb. 20

Tickets are going fast but there is still time to register for Joint Venture’s State of the Valley Conference in downtown San Jose on Friday, February 20.

More than 1,000 of the region’s thought leaders, elected representatives, educators, academics, business executives and labor and workforce leaders are expected to attend Silicon Valley’s annual “town meeting,” where the 2009 Silicon Valley Index will have its public release. State of the Valley will also feature the release of a new Joint Venture report, “Climate Prosperity: A Greenprint for Silicon Valley.”

State of the Valley takes place at Parkside Hall, 180 Park Avenue (next door to the Tech Museum of Innovation), on Friday, February 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Click here for detailed information about the event—agenda, programs, panels, sponsors, keynotes—and to register.


Joint Venture Spotlight

Meet Bruce Lee

Emergency Services Director,
Santa Clara County

He happens to have the same name as a certain martial arts film star, but Santa Clara County Emergency Services Director Bruce Lee has been compared to another famous action hero for his mild-mannered “Clark Kent” style that belies his life-saving skills.

Lee may be slightly slower than a speeding bullet but he has certainly rescued scores of people in danger. And now he is guiding Joint Venture’s efforts to prepare our entire region for any and all catastrophes.

“This was my destiny in life to do this kind of work,” says the self-effacing Lee, who is responsible for a complex EMS system in a county of 1300 square miles with 15 cities and a population of 1.7 million. That includes 12 acute care hospitals, 3 trauma centers, 8 ambulance providers, 14 fire department ALS providers and some 85,000 annual service calls.

As the county’s emergency medical chief, Lee is also working closely with Joint Venture to develop a state-of-the-art Disaster Resiliency Center at Moffett Field. Valley Vision recently talked with Lee about his career and his passion for his work, family and the outdoors.

Click here to read the full profile.

Article of the Month

Maybe It’s Time for a Government Overhaul
By Daniel Weintraub, Sacramento Bee

With California facing mounting financial problems exacerbated by logjams in the Legislature, Sacramento Bee columnist Daniel Weintraub recently made the case for a state constitutional convention to give voters “a chance to convene a group of citizens to re-examine some of the basic structure of our government and political system.”

The Joint Venture board of directors will determine whether to join the movement—instigated by the Bay Area Council—at its quarterly meeting on February 13.

Click here to read Weintraub’s column.

Click here to read the Mercury's scathing front-page editorial.

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