El Camino Real Concept

Caltrans revising Highway Design Manual with Joint Venture input

The California Department of Transportation is at long last revising the state Highway Design Manual, incorporating input from Joint Venture through the Grand Boulevard Initiative.

It might sound arcane, but California’s Highway Manual carries the force of law, and for decades has prevented improvements to urban arties like El Camino Real—which are currently subject to the same rules applied to four-lane freeways. Thanks to the Grand Boulevard Initiative—which Joint Venture leads with a federation of cities and public agencies—the new rules will allow designs that fit the local context of El Camino Real rather than assuming a “one size fits all” approach.

Caltrans is expected to release the updated manual this fall.

Click here to read all the proposed changes to the manual.
Click here to learn more about the Grand Boulevard Initiative.


2010 Census Data Workshops set for Peninsula, East Bay Aug. 3-4

Joint Venture is partnering with other Silicon Valley economic development organizations to offer “Demystifying the Numbers: Hands-On Data Workshop for 2010 Census” next week in Belmont and Hayward.

The workshops are designed to show business owners, government leaders, real estate professionals and others how to make maximum use of the new Census data.

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, the workshop will be held at UC Berkeley Extension in Belmont from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. On Thursday, Aug. 4, a second workshop will be at California State University East Bay’s Hayward campus from 9 a.m. to noon.

To learn more and register, click here.


Mountain View moves toward new wireless guidelines

After hearing from experts with Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative, the Mountain View City Council this month agreed to consider new height guidelines for cell phone towers. At the council meeting on July 5, WCI steering committee members Bill Stephens of Extenet and Randy Okamura of AT&T discussed the current technology for wireless infrastructure and presented plans for their Distributed Antenna System (DAS) projects in Mountain View.

At the same time, city staffers presented DAS as a better wireless technology solution for "sensitive" areas of Mountain View. They also recommended that the city increase the height limit up to three additional feet for wireless antennas on city poles. Construction on new towers is expected to begin within the next 60 days.

Click here to learn more about our Wireless Communications Initiative.
Click here to join our Wireless Coalition.


Joint Venture welcomes new Investors

Joint Venture is pleased to welcome Cargill, Bloom Energy, PMC World and Comcast Bay Area as the newest members of our Investors Council, a select group of companies and organizations that provide valuable support for our work in Silicon Valley.

Numerous companies of all sizes invest in our projects and initiatives, and we could not accomplish our mission without their support.

Click here to see a full list of Joint Venture’s private sector investors.
Click here to become a Joint Venture investor.


“Inside Silicon Valley” show makes July debut with five programs

“Inside Silicon Valley,” Joint Venture’s new weekly public affairs program on 1590 KLIV, made a strong debut in July with programs on Washington D.C., the Mineta San Jose International Airport, cultural arts, venture capital and Caltrain.

Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, every Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV.

Click here to listen to podcasts of July’s programs and see a schedule of upcoming guests.


Article of the Month: “Future of electric cars hinges on better batteries” – San Jose Mercury News

The global race is on to build better batteries for electric cars, and Silicon Valley – home to Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and two dozen battery startups — has emerged as one of the nation’s leading hubs of battery innovation.

In this July 10 article, San Jose Mercury News reporter Dana Hull examines the state of the battery industry and where the U.S. stands in the face of global competition.

Click here to read the complete article.
Click here to learn about Joint Venture’s Energy Storage Initiative.


Our August Spotlight

Paul Gustafson, TDA Group and Joint Venture Board Member

A leg injury playing college football may have dashed Paul Gustafson’s NFL dreams, but he certainly managed to land on both feet in the end zone we call Silicon Valley.

Since those days back in the early 1980s, Gustafson has braided two seemingly disparate fields – engineering operations and journalism – to score a number of career touchdowns.

To read his profile, click here.


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