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Stanford partners with Joint Venture Food Rescue program

Learn more about the Food Rescue Initiative.

Stanford University has agreed to partner with Joint Venture’s Food Rescue Initiative by supplying its A La Carte food truck program with surplus food from the university’s dining facilities.

The refrigerated A La Carte truck will collect edible pre-packaged and prepared surplus food from Stanford and disburse it to residents of Mountain View, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. The launch of the A La Carte pilot program is expected this summer.

Learn more about the Food Rescue Initiative.

Joint Venture and USGS set to roll out HayWired earthquake scenario April 18

Learn more about the HayWired preparedness initiative.

USGS and its HayWired Coalition member partners, which include Joint Venture, will roll out the HayWired scenario with public and media events on April 18, the 112th anniversary of the great San Francisco earthquake and fire.

The HayWired scenario is a hypothetical earthquake sequence being used to better understand hazards for the San Francisco Bay region during and after an earthquake of magnitude 7 on the Hayward fault.

As part of the rollout on the 18th, a public panel discussion with the lead authors of the scenario will be held at the UC Berkeley University Club at Memorial Stadium from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The audience will learn about the likely impacts from a large earthquake in the East Bay and will have the opportunity to ask questions of the scientists.

Learn more about the lecture event at UC Berkeley.

Learn more about the HayWired preparedness initiative.

Our April Spotlight - DAN RICH

Back in the late 1980s, while working on Capitol Hill, Dan Rich briefly entertained the notion that he might one day like to be the White House Chief of Staff.

“I was trying to figure out the best way to marry politics and policy in my career, and that seemed like the ideal job at the time,” says Rich, who has been Mountain View’s city manager since 2011.

Read Dan's profile.

Institute Report: Silicon Valley birthrate lowest in 30 years; women having fewer children and waiting longer

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Women in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area are having fewer children and waiting longer to have them, dropping the region’s birthrate to its lowest since the 1980s, the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies has reported.

The Institute, the research arm of Joint Venture, reported that recent data also shows that women with higher education levels tend to wait five to seven years longer than less educated women to have their first child.

Read the news release.

Joint Venture board endorses regional transportation Measure 3

Read the news release.

The Joint Venture board of directors has endorsed Regional Measure 3, the nine-county Bay Area transportation improvement measure on the June 5 ballot.

Measure 3 would finance $4.5 billion in highway and transit enhancements through toll increases on the Bay Area’s seven state-owned bridges.

Read the news release.

Learn more about Measure 3.

Joint Venture’s David Witkowski named to industry advisory board

Learn more about our Community Broadband Initiative.

The California Emerging Technology Fund has named Joint Venture’s David Witkowski to its board of expert advisors, a panel of industry, business, government and academia leaders. David is executive director of Joint Venture’s Civic Technology initiatives.

The nonprofit CETF provides leadership statewide to close the "Digital Divide" by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband to unserved and underserved communities and populations, and to ensure that California is a global leader in the availability and use of broadband technology.

Learn more about the CETF.

Learn more about our Community Broadband Initiative.

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