Accomplishments

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Since its founding on July 18, 1977 by HP co-founder David Packard, the Leadership Group has played an important role in shaping the Silicon Valley and in crafting regional, state, and federal solutions to improve the area’s economy. 

Recent Accomplishments:

SILICON VALLEY PATENT OFFICE: The U.S. Patent and Trademark office (PTO) announced in November 2013 the location of a permanent regional PTO location in Silicon Valley, following an aggressive campaign by the Leadership Group
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MANUFACTURING SALES & USE TAX EXEMPTION: Persistent advocacy by the Leadership Group has pushed California to adopt a sales and use tax exemption for jobs and equipment purchases for manufacturing, R&D and biotech
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FUNDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Led the successful coalition effort to restore $4M annually to affordable housing in the County of Santa Clara, in addition to a $14M one-time allocation in 2013.

REAL PROGRESS ON THE HOUSING CRUNCH: The Leadership Group established Housing Trust Silicon Valley, which has leveraged more than $1.8 billion to get more than 23,000 people into homes in Silicon Valley since 2000.

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CEQA: Secured positive editorial coverage from every major media outlet across the State by convening and leading the a statewide coalition in support of modernization of the California Environmental Quality Act.

RESTORING SAN FRANCISCO BAY: The Leadership Group co-led the 9-county effort to preserve and protect San Francisco Bay via the passage of Measure AA in 2016.

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WISE WASTE REDUCTION POLICY: Played an instrumental role in defeating a suite of extended producer responsibility waste reduction bills that would have unfairly penalized industry, denied access to critical products for many consumers, and created a large new state bureaucracy
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LOCAL CONTROL FUNDING FORMULA: Partnered with the Governor’s Office and various coalitions to garner support for the passage of the Funding Formula, thereby improving the equity and accountability of California’s K-12 education funding system.

GROWING SILICON VALLEY’S STEM WORKFORCE: The Leadership Group was a key supporter of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s successful 2015 effort to pass SB 359, which will help ensure that students eligible to take more advanced mathematics are placed to do so.

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STOPPING RETROACTIVE TAXATION: The state legislature repealed a $120 million retroactive income tax increase (AB 1412) on approximately 2,500 small business owners and investors.  The Leadership Group’s advocacy in support of the tax repeal included serving as a lead witness on the bill in committee budget
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STRENGTHENING THE CLEANTECH POLICY FRAMEWORK: Lifted the cap on the number of households that can sell energy back from rooftop solar panels, while also making the 33% target for the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard a floor
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BART TO SILICON VALLEY: The $2B BART extension from Fremont/Warm Springs to North San Jose is underway, under budget, and ahead of its schedule, 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.
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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% of Santa Clara County voters, providing $6.5 billion in local funds for transportation improvements.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY MEASURE D TRIUMPH: In 2016, co-led the 2-year effort for a traffic relief measure in Santa Cruz County. Measure D was approved by 67.77% of Santa Cruz County voters; it was the first Santa Cruz County transportation measure.

THE SILICON VALLEY TURKEY TROT: Founded and produced by the Leadership Group’s Foundation, the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot is now the largest timed race of its kind in the nation

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SANTA RUN SILICON VALLEY: A new holiday tradition in Silicon Valley raising $200,000 for Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice since 2012.
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DIRECT FLIGHTS TO FRANKFURT, LONDON AND BEIJING FROM SJC: The Leadership Group provided a crucial employer voice to British Airways, Lufthansa, and Hainan Airlines as they weighed  — and, in 2015, made — the decision to establish direct flights from SJC to London, Frankfurt and Beijing.

RIDESHARING ACCESS AT SJC: In the face of intense opposition, the Leadership Group secured a unanimous San Jose City Council vote to allow transportation network companies such as Lyft and Uber to pick up passengers at San Jose Mineta International Airport.