Accomplishments

 

2017 Accomplishments

 

HISTORY MAKING STATE TRANSPORTATION PACKAGE
Chris O.
Collaborated with Governor Jerry Brown and Senator Jim Beall to move SB1, the massive Transportation Funding bill,  through the California State Legislature. SB 1 will provide $52 billion over the next 10 years address both the aging and growing pains of California’s transportation system.

 

 

A FASTER, BETTER, CLEANER CALTRAIN
Chris O.
Rallied with Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Bay Area Congressional delegation and regional leaders to secure a full funding grant agreement from the federal government for the electrification of Caltrain. Caltrain electrification will result in a 80 percent increase in capacity, growing to roughly 110,000 daily trips, reducing traffic on the heavily congested Highway 101 corridor between San Jose and San Francisco.

 

 

SOLUTIONS TO REGIONAL TRAFFIC RELIEF
Chris O.
Co-sponsored Senate Bill 595 which the Governor signed into law.  This legislation allows for a consolidated election across the nine Bay Area counties to approve $4.45B in regional traffic relief projects as part of the “Regional Measure 3”, which will appear on the June 2018 ballot. Sponsored SB 797 allowing a one eighth cent sales tax  on a joint ballot in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco counties to provide revenue for Caltrain operations, maintenance, and capacity improvements. 
SECURING OUR WATER SUPPLY
Mike M.
Advocated to secure critical 7-0 Santa Clara County Water District Board vote, via Op-eds, executive meetings, work with the Governor’s Office, etc. which helped pave the way for the long-awaited upgrade of California’s water supply system.  This victory helps ensure our region has the baseline supply of water it needs now and into the future. 

 

EXTENSIVE STATE HOUSING PACKAGE
Nathan H.
Facilitated the passage of the historic 2017 State Housing Package. The package contained SB 2, SB 3, SB 35,  and AB 1505; all key pieces of legislation designed to address the current California housing crisis.

 

 

LANDMARK CAP AND TRADE EXTENSION
Mike M.
Shaped legislation and secured the necessary two thirds, bi-partisan vote to extend cap and trade, which is the most effective way to address global warming as it creates a financial incentive for reducing pollution at the least cost and a profit motive for developing clean technologies.  This victory provides market and regulatory certainty through 2030.

 

 

FAIR REIMBURSEMENT FOR PROVIDERS
Alexandria F.
Acted as a key business voice supporting a critical Medi-Cal provider reimbursement by advocating for a successful compromise resulting in the allocation of up to $546 million from Prop. 56 Tobacco Tax revenue to doctors, dentists and other Medi-Cal providers that support underserved communities.

 

 

RESEARCH FUNDING PROTECTED FROM ADMINISTRATION CUTS
Peter L.
Opposed Administration’s proposed budget which would have slashed National Institute of Health (NIH) funding, and eradicated Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Successfully worked with Congressional partners to support gains of $2B to National Institute of Health (NIH), $9M to NSF, and $15M to the preserved ARPA-E program.

 

 

LARGEST TURKEY TROT IN THE NATION
Founded the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot in 2005.  The Foundation grew the event into the largest timed Trot in the nation, with more than 23,000 paid participants in 2017 donating more than $5M to the Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County, the Health Trust and Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County. 

 

 

 

SAVING CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK
Welcomed Google as title sponsor for Silicon Valley Santa Run in 2017 with nearly 4,000 runners and walkers registered for the event. Their participation raised more than $3, 100 for both Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice adding to the over $400,000 donated to keep these cherished holiday traditions in San Jose. Christmas in the Park, attracts more than 500,000 visitors annually.

 

 


2016 Accomplishments

WINNING FORMULA FOR TRAFFIC PROBLEMS
Santa Clara County Traffic Relief and Road Repair Measure B Victory in 2016: Successfully led the 3-plus year effort for a traffic relief and road repair measure in Santa Clara County. Measure B was approved by a resounding 71.74 percent of Santa Clara County voters, providing $6.5 billion in local funds for transportation improvements.  

 

RESTORING SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Joined forces with other Bay Area organizations, Senator Feinstein, and environmental and community leaders to pass Measure AA. The measure provides critical resources to restore wetlands, improve water quality for wildlife habitat, and protect communities from flooding across the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the Leadership Group’s sponsorship and active support, Measure AA received over 70 percent of  vote through all Bay Area counties.

 

CONNECTING SILICON VALLEY WITH THE WORLD
Secured domestic, long-haul flights to SJC International Airport by providing a crucial employer voice to British Airways, Lufthansa and Hainan Airlines. By working with our members we championed the addition of international flights to London, Beijing and Frankfurt from SJC. With more domestic and international flights on the horizon, we will continue to ensure SJC is serving the communities business travel needs

 

BUILDING BART TO SAN JOSE
Under budget and ahead of schedule, the $2B BART extension from Fremont/Warm Springs to north San Jose is underway with trains now expected to be running in 2017.  The Leadership Group led the successful ballot measure campaigns in 2000 and 2008 that raised the funds to make the extension possible.  

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS
Created the Housing trust Fund with County Board of Supervisors and the Community Foundation. In its first 17 years, the Housing Trust raised more than $110 million in voluntary contributions and leveraged more than $2.5B in private development to help more than 25,000 individuals and families.