The Leadership Group advocates for funding to recruit, train, and retain high-quality public school teachers. The state budget increased funding for all segments of public education and dedicated $125 million towards California’s ongoing teacher shortage.
The Leadership Group supported SB 100 – the bill increases the state’s renewable portfolio standard for clean energy to 60% by 2030 and has the state set a goal of zero carbon generation of energy by 2045. SB 100 was signed by Governor Brown.
Water Conservation & Drought Preparedness: AB 1668 (Friedman) and SB 606 (Hertzberg) – The Leadership Group worked with a coalition and lobbied for passage of these bills. AB 1668 and SB 606 set permanent water efficiency standards and implement drought preparedness measures through a collaborative process between the state and local water agencies. These conjoined bills will help ensure our region and the state is well prepared for the next drought. The Governor has signed these bills.
The establishment of an Advisory Panel was introduced as a bill and was ultimately funded in the state budget. The Leadership Group advocated for a package of health reform bills to increase access to care and sought a compromise that would identify alternatives to a costly Single Payer health care proposal. The Advisory Panel is a critical step in crafting effective, sustainable policy that can stabilize the health care market and provide universal access to quality care.
The Leadership Group’s work on propositions 1 and 2, from the November 6, 2018 ballot, helped these important ballot measures pass with sweeping majorities. Prop 1 authorizes $4 billion in bonds to build and provide affordable housing for veterans, working families, people with disabilities, Californians experiencing homelessness and many others who need a stable, affordable home. Prop. 2, the “No Place Like Home” Program, authorizes the state to use $2 billion in bonds, paid for by the Mental Health Services Act, to build supportive housing and services for Californians living with a serious mental illness who are homeless or at great risk of becoming homeless.
The bill did not pass. The Leadership Group joined the Coalition in opposition to the bill. The bill would have imposed sales taxes on services without any exemptions for “business inputs.” This would have been a massive tax increase and compliance burden on member companies.
SB 1121 clarified various sections of the recently-passed California Consumer Privacy Act. Further, it capped violation penalties and delayed enforcement of the Privacy Act until the Attorney General had sufficient time to weigh in on enforcement matters. This benefits member companies by, among other things, providing much needed clarity to the new Privacy Act, and limits their financial exposure in the event of an unintentional violation of the Act.
While partnering with California Alliance for Jobs, the Leadership Group led the Bay Area effort to defeat Proposition 6 at the ballot box in November 2018. Proposition 6 threatened to repeal Senate Bill 1 which annually invests $5.2 billion into California’s statewide infrastructure and transportation projects. The Leadership Group and all stakeholders celebrated when 56.82% of California voters voted no in November 2018.
Collaborated with Governor Jerry Brown and Senator Jim Beall to move SB1, the massive Transportation Funding bill, through the California Legislature. SB 1 will provide $52 billion over the next 10 years to address both the aging and growing pains of California’s transportation system.
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.
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 appeared 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation hosts the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, the largest Thanksgiving Day race in the nation. In its first thirteen years, the event donated nearly 8 million dollars to charitable organizations providing support for individuals and families in need.
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 AccomplishmentsWINNING 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.