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Joint Venture Voices Silicon Valley Support for Constitutional Convention at Sacramento Summit

In February Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock appeared before hundreds gathered in Sacramento to voice the Joint Venture board’s unanimous support for overhauling state government.

Organized by the Bay Area Council, the all-day summit drew opinion leaders and advocates throughout California who, by days’ end, concluded that piecemeal approaches to reform will be inadequate, and that it’s time for the state to “reboot” with a Constitutional Convention.

Joint Venture is leading the effort to marshal Silicon Valley’s support for a new constitution, and has joined with the Bay Area Council as a full partner in the effort.

At the summit, Hancock anchored a panel discussion with Linda Craig (League of Women Voters) Derek Cressman (Common Cause), Mark Paul (New America Foundation), and Bob Stern (Center for Governmental Studies). Panelists fielded dozens of audience questions and discussed priorities for the reform effort.

Click here to learn more about the Constitutional Convention effort.

Click here to read the San Francisco Chronicle’s report on the summit.

Joint Venture Joins San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose Mayors in Climate Compact Signing Ceremony

Pact Organized by Silicon Valley Leadership Group is a Collaboration with Joint Venture’s Climate Prosperity Project

Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock joined the mayors of the Bay Area’s three largest cities to sign the Bay Area Climate Change Compact, a pact establishing a framework for regional cooperation and setting aggressive goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases.

The Compact, which was organized by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, was also signed by leaders of the Bay Area Council and Environmental Defense Fund. Joint Venture’s Climate Prosperity Project is an effort to help the Silicon Valley region deliver on the commitments made by the signatories.

“The Compact is like a marathon,” said SVLG President Carl Guardino, as he praised the signers and hailed the collaboration between the region’s business and civic groups. “The real effort isn’t just the race itself, but all the preparation that goes into the race.”

Click here to read a guest column about the Climate Compact by Mayors Reed, Newsom and Dellums in the San Jose Mercury News.

Click here to read the full text of the Compact.


Grand Boulevard Task Force Releases First Progress Report

El Camino Real is being transformed into a “Grand Boulevard” from Daly City to San Jose by some two dozen projects and policies highlighted in the first Grand Boulevard Initiative progress report.

From Daly City’s new War Memorial Community to Sunnyvale’s Precise Plan for mixed-use projects at four key intersections, the El Camino makeover is underway. The report cites progress in several communities on such projects as tree planting, traffic signal timing, congestion relief, bicycle and pedestrian safety, commercial beautification and coordinated land use and transportation planning.

The 55-page document is the first detailed update on the two-year-old initiative that brings together 19 cities, two counties, two transit agencies, and other stakeholder groups to make meaningful improvements to the Peninsula’s “Main Street.” The effort is spearheaded by Joint Venture, SamTrans, SAMCEDA, VTA, and the San Mateo City/County Association of Governments.

“This progress is the result of a remarkable collaboration of local and regional agencies,” said Michael Scanlon, general manager/CEO of the San Mateo County Transit District who co-chairs the Task Force. “These are important first steps in a joint civic endeavor that will transform this arterial into a regional asset for generations to come.”

Click here to read the full news release.

Click here to download the report.


Joint Venture Board Elects Five New Members

Joint Venture’s board of directors elected five new members at its quarterly meeting in February, including four senior business community leaders and a top education official.

The new members are:

  • Glenn Gabel, Senior Vice President of Webcor Builders
  • Mairtini Ni Dhomhnaill, Senior Vice President of Accretive Solutions
  • Harry Sim, CEO and Founder of Cypress Envirosystems
  • Susan Smarr, Physician-in-Chief of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara
  • Chuck Weis, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools

“It is Joint Venture’s continuing good fortune to have Silicon Valley’s best and brightest leaders from every key sector directing our regional initiatives,” said Chris DiGiorgio, Co-Chair of Joint Venture. “These new members bring exceptional vision and a fresh perspective to our board."

The 50-member Joint Venture board is composed of mayors and elected officials, CEOs and senior business leaders, college and university presidents, labor leaders, and heads of non-profits and community-based organizations.

Click here to read the news release.


Joint Venture Spotlight

Meet Paul L. Locatelli, S. J.

2009 David Packard Award Recipient

At the recent State of the Valley conference, the 2009 David Packard Award for Civic Entrepreneurship went to Paul Locatelli, the Chancellor of Santa Clara University who served as its president for the past 20 years while also serving Silicon Valley through his work on the Joint Venture board and numerous other community organizations and projects.

Former Joint Venture CEO Becky Morgan presented Locatelli to a crowd of more than 1200 Silicon Valley leaders at Parkside Hall in San Jose on February 20. She praised his contributions to Joint Venture and Silicon Valley, saying her deep admiration for him is “heightened by his courage, his energy for his university, his church, his community and his friends, and by his sense of humor.”

Click here to read Morgan’s remarks.

Climate Prosperity Project Seeks Executive Director

Climate Prosperity Council To Hold First Meeting April 24

Joint Venture seeks an experienced, highly talented professional to lead the Climate Prosperity Project, a regional effort to reduce greenhouse gases and spur growth in the newly emerging cleantech sector. The position, funded by a major gift from nanomanufacturing giant Applied Materials, is part of a national effort led by Global Urban Development.

The new director will also serve as staff to the Climate Prosperity Council, a multi-sector, 25-member panel that will guide the initiative. The Council will hold its first meeting on April 24 at Cypress Envirosystems in San Jose.

Click here to learn more about the Climate Prosperity Initiative.

Click here to read the job description and learn how to apply.

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