The Silicon Valley Leadership Group looks forward to an ambitious 2017 public policy agenda to make Silicon Valley a great place to live and work. We'll address our specific goals in a future edition of The Leader. This month we'll reflect and celebrate the significant accomplishments from 2016. Many thanks to all Leadership Group member company CEOs and their representatives, elected officials and staff, community partners and supporters for a great year.
Below are the Leadership Group's top accomplishments for 2016.
AB 2329 (Bonilla): Supported the passage of legislation to create a strategic advisory board to expand access to computer science education with a focus on students under-represented in the computer science field.
Helped extend the Net Energy Metering program at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to promote rooftop solar and clean energy supply through 2019.
Helped secure passage of groundbreaking climate legislation - SB 32 (Pavley) - which will create markets for clean energy solutions in California through 2030.
Co-led the passage of Measure AA to protect the San Francisco Bay and region: Secured 70.4 percent voter support across 9 counties on June 7 to restore the San Francisco Bay and protect the region from flooding.
Silicon Valley Outreach: Held more than a dozen strategic roundtables with state legislators and administration officials, such as:
- Reps. McCaul, Bera, Sherman, Delbene
- USPTO Director Michelle Lee, FTA Administrator Flowers
- Senate Pro Tem de Leon, Asms. Low, Thurmond, Dababneh
- Governor of Guam Calvo and Amb. of Singapore Mirpuri
Managed Care Organization Tax: Successfully advocated for a revamped tax package that will preserve more than $1.1 billion for Medi-Cal, which serves 1 of every 3 Californians.
Passage of Prop. 56: Advocated for a $2 per-pack tax on cigarettes to reduce the prevalence of smokers and fund prevention and treatment.
Endorsed 12 housing developments in eight jurisdictions leading to more than 5,688 new homes in our region.
Successfully opposed general purpose tax measures that would burden business and inhibit economic growth in eight different cities and towns throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.
Successfully urged for a permanent federal Research and Development tax credit, in partnership with numerous business associations across the country.
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Data Privacy: Successfully opposed AB 1681 that would have allowed smartphone decryption, greatly compromising consumer privacy.
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.
Co-led the 2-year effort for a traffic relief measure in Santa Cruz County: Measure D was approved by 67.77 percent of Santa Cruz County voters; it was the first Santa Cruz County transportation measure. (Led by Casey Beyer)
Our 12th Annual Applied Materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot" was supported by nearly 25,000 paid registrants and collected approximately $900,000 for local non-profits that help local families in need: Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County, Healthier Kids Foundation and The Health Trust.