2016 Newsletters

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Joint Venture unites Peninsula cities, Stanford to address transportation challenges

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Photograph by Christine Baker-Parrish

Joint Venture played a central organizing role in the creation of a partnership among four Peninsula city managers and Stanford University to address the transportation and mobility challenges facing the mid-Peninsula.

In a signing ceremony at Stanford’s annual summit for city managers, city managers Alex McIntyre (Menlo Park), Melissa Stevenson Diaz (Redwood City), Daniel Rich (Mountain View), James Keene (Palo Alto) signed the partnership agreement along with William Phillips (senior associate vice president emeritus for Stanford’s Land, Buildings, and Real Estate division) and Joint Venture’s CEO Russell Hancock.

In the agreement the city managers pledge to work in partnership rather than isolation when addressing transportation issues. The group will tackle bicycle infrastructure across their jurisdictions, boost bike and car sharing services, promote enhanced service on Caltrain, and improve traffic signal coordination and other “smart” approaches to travel on major arterials.

Joint Venture Institute to study regional bike infrastructure

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Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies has been engaged to study Silicon Valley’s lagging bike infrastructure and ridership patterns. Undertaken in partnership with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, a forthcoming study will identify “high stress streets” and “unfriendly intersections” to increase miles of dedicated bike lanes and to optimize “first/last mile” connections with transit.

Funded in part by a grant from Google, the study will aid in the development of a regional Bike Vision Plan aimed at making Silicon Valley as bike-friendly as major foreign capitals like Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

Our JUNE Spotlight


Chief Government and Community Relations Officer, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and Joint Venture board member

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Sherri Sager, chief government and community relations officer for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and a Joint Venture board member, frequently travels to Washington, Sacramento and throughout the region to advocate for LCPH and its patients.

In June she will accompany a four-year-old Silicon Valley boy and his family to Washington on an important mission.

Read Sherri’s profile.

San Mateo County CIO is new Wireless Initiative co-chair

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Joint Venture has appointed San Mateo County Chief Information Officer Jon Walton as public sector co-chair of the organization’s Wireless Communications Initiative (WCI).

As county CIO, Walton is responsible for setting the technology vision and creating an innovative environment for the County of San Mateo. He has over 20 years of experience in the public and private sector and previously worked for Unisys, the City of San José and the City and County of San Francisco.

The WCI brings together the wireless industry, local governments, businesses and residents to improve the wireless and broadband infrastructure in Silicon Valley and works to keep the region a center of wireless leadership and innovation. The private sector co-chair of the WCI is Dr. Edwin Tasch, Chief of Neurology at Kaiser Permanente's Santa Clara Medical Center.

Read the news release.

Learn more about the WCI.

Institute for Regional Studies to author brief on wireless telecommunications technology

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Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies has been commissioned examine the types of wireless telecommunications infrastructure typically used in modern networks and to provide insight into the probable directions the wireless industry is likely to take over the next five years.

The resulting brief will be designed as a go-to reference for cities and counties responding to permitting requests and project proposals in a rapidly evolving and increasingly complex technology environment.

Topics in the brief will include cellular network densification, heterogeneous networks, the socio-economic impacts of deploying wireless networks, and emerging technologies. It will also include discussion of recommended policies and ordinances that will help cities and towns respond to recent changes in federal and state law and prepare for the future. Publication is expected in mid-Summer 2016.

Vote Yes on Measure AA June 7

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Joint Venture emphatically endorses Measure AA, the San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Program on the June 7 ballot in all nine Bay Area counties.

Measure AA creates a $12 annual parcel tax to fund a variety of shoreline protection and restoration measures. It is anticipated that 15,000 acres of wetlands can be restored with proceeds from the measure, which will also fund trails and similar multi-benefit improvements.

Learn more about Measure AA.

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