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Joint Venture board adds Water District Chair and top exec at Ernst & Young

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The Joint Venture board of directors has elected Santa Clara County Water District board chair Barbara Keegan and Ernst & Young LLP Silicon Valley Managing Principal Kailesh Karavadra as its newest members.

Keegan, a former engineering unit manager with the water district and a director since 2012, is a third generation civil engineer who previously served in senior public works positions for the cities of San Jose for 18 years and Sunnyvale for four.

Karavadra has been with Ernst & Young LLP for 25 years and has headed the Silicon Valley office since 2012, leading more than 750 professionals in the San Jose area.

Read the news release.

Joint Venture receives U.S. Geological Survey grant

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Joint Venture has received a grant of $83,000 from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to assist USGS with development and rollout of its “HayWired” earthquake scenario.

The HayWired scenario examines the effects on modern society from an earthquake sequence triggered by a magnitude 7.05 earthquake on the Hayward fault.

The grant is an extension to the cooperative agreement between the USGS and Joint Venture announced earlier this year and is funded through the Science Application for Risk Reduction (SAFRR) program at USGS.

Read the news release.

Our JULY Spotlight

JONATHAN STOCK

Director, U.S. Geological Survey Innovation Center and Joint Venture climate partner

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Like most people in the Bay Area, Jonathan Stock remembers exactly where he was at 5:04 p.m. on October 17, 1989 when the Loma Prieta earthquake struck the Bay Area.

Stock, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Innovation Center in Menlo Park, a research geologist and an active partner in Joint Venture’s climate response work, was in his Cowell College dorm at UC Santa Cruz.

“Pretty much ground zero,” he recalls of the 6.9 magnitude quake.

Read Jon’s profile.

Grand Boulevard Initiative awarded $350,000 Caltrans grant

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Caltrans has awarded the Grand Boulevard Initiative a Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant of nearly $350,000 for multimodal streetscape improvements to El Camino Real in Palo Alto and Redwood City.

Joint Venture is a partner in the initiative with Caltrans, SamTrans, the cities of Palo Alto and Redwood City, C/CAG, VTA, the San Mateo County Health System and the Santa Clara County Health Department.

Read the news release.

Measure AA gets A+ from voters

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Joint Venture hails the recent passage of Measure AA, the San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Program that creates a $12 annual parcel tax to fund a variety of shoreline protection and restoration measures.

“The historic passage of Measure AA marks the beginning of a new era for the S.F. Bay,” said San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine, who chairs the S.F. Bay Restoration Authority and serves on Joint Venture’s board.

“Measure AA will fund the restoration of thousands of acres of tidal wetlands which will both improve the Bay ecosystem and provide critical natural flood protection from extreme storms and sea level rise. Bay Area voters have sent a resounding message that they want to restore and protect the Bay for future generations.”

Article of the Month:

The “Declaration of Independence”

In observance of our nation’s 240th birthday July 4, we present the document by our founding fathers that severed the 13 colonies from British rule and proclaimed the “Right of the People” to establish a new independent government.

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Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, he and 55 other men ratified the script at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

Read the original transcript of the Declaration of Independence.

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Joint Venture unites Peninsula cities, Stanford to address transportation challenges

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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

SHERRI SAGER

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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New choice for clean energy in Silicon Valley

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Joint Venture is working closely with a group of eleven cities and Santa Clara County to form and launch a new Community Choice Energy agency, the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority (SVCE). The Cities of Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mountain View, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, Campbell, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, and the Santa Clara County Supervisors have now all officially voted to move forward.

Board members have been named from each participating agency, and will meet for the first time as an operating board April 13. The energy program will be developed and launched over the coming year.

SVCE’s goals are to bring cleaner, greener, competitively priced electricity to the area, and to advance local energy-related investments and solutions. Joint Venture’s role is focused on engagement of local commercial and industrial energy stakeholders, who represent nearly two-thirds of the electric load in the area.

Learn more about the Clean Energy Authority.

Learn more about SEEDZ.

Santa Clara County expands surplus food distribution effort

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The County of Santa Clara Recycling and Waste Reduction Division is launching a new initiative to reduce significant food waste and eradicate hunger in Silicon Valley. The County has designated Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) and Joint Venture to lead this initiative as the Food Rescue Coordinator.

Joint Venture board co-chair and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock spoke at the recent Silicon Valley Food Rescue Forum that kicked off the program.

The program, launched with a three-year seed funding of $280,000, will establish a Regional Food Rescue Working Group (RFRWG) and fund the initial creation of a strategic plan.

Read the news release.

Read the Mercury News coverage of the Food Rescue Forum.

Learn more about our Surplus Harvest Initiative.

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Joint Venture officials will participate in grand opening ceremonies for the new Santa Clara Electric Vehicle Charging Center in the Tasman Parking Garage across from Levi’s Stadium April 20.

The Joint Venture SEEDZ program played a key role in convening the partners for the project, including EPRI, Silicon Valley Power/City of Santa Clara and ChargePoint.

Santa Clara mayor Lisa Gillmor and leaders from the local electric vehicle community will also take part in the event, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The new center features 49 EV charging stations. The event is free with registration.

Register for the Grand Opening.

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The next Silicon Valley EDA Broker Breakfast will be held on May 4 in San Mateo and will feature our Peninsula members presenting all the latest news on development activity in their cities. Interested in attending, or learning more? Contact Kara Gross, .

Honors for Joint Venture CEO and office manager

Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock and office manager and executive assistant Melinda Chacon were both honored recently for their community roles.

The Silicon Valley Business Journal included Hancock among its list of 57 “Silicon Valley Power Executives” for 2016.

Chacon (third from the left) was among five women honored by State Sen. Jim Beall for their contributions to Santa Clara County at the recent 2016 Women of the Year of Senate District 15 event.

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See the entire list of Power Executives.

Read the Mercury News article about Women of the Year.

April on “Inside Silicon Valley”

The strain on the Bay Area’s transportation infrastructure, local and national politics, a new Accenture report on trends in technology innovation and Google’s transportation system are the topics this month on Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program, “Inside Silicon Valley.”

Scheduled guests are Stanford energy and transportation expert Stefan Heck in an encore presentation of his keynote from the State of the Valley conference (April 8 & 10), San Francisco Chronicle senior political writer Joe Garofoli (April 15 & 17), Accenture Managing Director Michael Biltz (April 22 & 24) and Google Transportation Manager Brendon Harrington (April 30 & May 1).

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Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, which airs every Friday at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV.

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Joint Venture celebrates opening of Electric Vehicle Charging Center

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Joint Venture joined with Santa Clara leaders and electric vehicle (EV) industry officials April 20 to celebrate the opening of the Santa Clara Electric Vehicle Charging Center, the largest public multi-standard electric vehicle charging facility in California. Located at the Tasman Parking Garage near the Santa Clara Convention Center, Levi’s Stadium and the California Great America theme park, the center features 48 Level 2 chargers and one DC Fast Charger.

Joint Venture’s climate and sustainability initiatives played a key role in convening the partners for the project, including Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility Silicon Valley Power (SVP), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), ChargePoint and MJR Electric. Together they obtained a grant of $393,000 from the California Energy Commission to pay for the equipment and construction of the charging center.

Joint Venture Smart Energy Executive Director Don Bray and CEO Russell Hancock, Santa Clara mayor Lisa Gillmor and leaders from the local electric vehicle community took part in the event.

Read the news release.

Read the news coverage.

Institute Update: Peninsula job growth straining housing

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Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies has reported that five years of explosive job growth on the San Francisco Peninsula has dropped unemployment to 3.9 percent but created a critical housing shortage.

A new brief from the Institute shows that San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties added 350,000 jobs since 2010, bringing 220,000 new residents to the Peninsula, but rising rents and home prices have left a shortage of 40,000 to 65,000 housing units in the region.

Read the complete update.

Read the Mercury News coverage.

Joint Venture participates in Peninsula Progress Seminar

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Joint Venture participated in the recent Redwood City/San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce 47th Annual Progress Seminar that convenes leaders in business, government and community from across the Peninsula to discuss and strategize on regional issues and goals.

David Witkowski, Executive Director of Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative, took part on a panel entitled “Connecting Our Communities,” moderated by Lennies Gutierrez of Comcast and Warren Slocum, President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

More information about the seminar.

Yes on Measure AA June 7

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Joint Venture heartily 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.

Read the news release.

Peninsula Broker Breakfast May 4

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The next Silicon Valley EDA Broker Breakfast will be held May 4 in San Mateo and will feature our Peninsula members presenting all the latest news on development activity in their cities, including Foster City, San Carlos, Menlo Park, Pacifica, Redwood City, South San Francisco and San Mateo.

The event, which includes continental breakfast and networking, is from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the San Mateo Public Library, 55 West Third Avenue, San Mateo.

Register here.

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Joint Venture board adds University of Phoenix and Jones Lang LaSalle executives

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The Joint Venture board of directors has elected Summer Van Pelt, Bay Area Campus Director of the University of Phoenix, and Greg Matter, Executive Vice President of commercial real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle, as its newest members.

Dr. Van Pelt, who has been with the university since 2003, became Campus Director of the Bay Area campus, which includes San Jose, Oakland and Livermore, in 2015.

Matter leads Jones Lang LaSalle’s Advanced Manufacturing Group, providing strategy, planning, site selection, disposition and real estate negotiation.

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Joint Venture endorses 9-county Measure AA for S.F. Bay

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The Joint Venture board of directors has endorsed 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.

Read the news release.

Learn more about Measure AA.

Joint Venture and Silicon Valley Talent Partnership join to address hunger and food waste

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Joint Venture and Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) have announced a comprehensive partnership to address hunger and the pervasive food waste in Silicon Valley.

Combining the managerial, organizational, administrative and technical expertise of SVTP with the network, research and foundational breadth of Joint Venture will provide a regionally unprecedented collaboration of public and private talent to both guide and manage the county’s food rescue efforts.

Read the news release.

Learn more about our Surplus Harvest Initiative.

Joint Venture launches Smart City seminars

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Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative has launched a series of quarterly “Smart City” seminars in connection with the federal Smart City Challenge and as part of a new educational program helping municipal leaders to learn about new communication technologies and emerging trends, discuss new regulations, and help build public-private partnership networks.

Representatives from a dozen Silicon Valley cities and counties attended the first seminar in March. The next seminar will be held in July. Contact WCI executive director David Witkowski for more information and watch for more details about the program in our April newsletter.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge.

Learn more about our Wireless Communications Initiative.

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