Monthly Archives: April 2016

Two ears and one mouth. Use them proportionally.

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April 20  |  Government Relations  |   admin

Here’s food for thought … Two ears and one mouth. Use them proportionally.

In nearly three decades in public policy, I’ve learned that the best time to speak with elected officials is when they are still candidates. They still listen more than speak, and are often wonderfully candid in sharing their positions and views.

Two weeks ago, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group openly posted City Council Candidate responses to five key policy issues impacting San Jose and Silicon Valley. Nineteen of the 21 candidates responded. We recently received another response from District 8 Candidate Pat Waite.

To read the completed questionnaire from Mr. Waite and the 19 other candidates, please visit the Silicon Valley Leadership Group website at svlg.org. All 20 responses are thoughtful, enlightening and clear. Democracy works best when we as citizens are well-informed, and when candidates are listening to those who’s votes they are seeking.

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Fight for Flights

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April 6  |  Transportation  |   Carl Guardino

Here’s food for thought … San Jose Airport is taking off.

Literally.

In the past three years, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group has actively championed several international flights out of San Jose International Airport:

  • ANA to Tokyo began January 11, 2013
  • Hainan Airlines to Beijing began June 15, 2015
  • British Airways to London starts May 4, 2016
  • Air Canada to Vancouver starts May 9, 2016
  • Lufthansa to Frankfurt starts July 1, 2016

It’s time to look within the U.S. rather than just abroad. Our recent survey of 120 executives identified some of the top domestic destinations:

  • New York City
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Chicago
  • Boston
  • Seattle

If given a preference based on convenience or cost, 89 percent would prefer flights from San Jose Airport, 3 percent from San Francisco Airport. Now the hard part: trying to convince airlines to care about the choices and concerns of their customers – and making the business case for multi-billion dollar decisions.

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group will fight for flights. Please join us.

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