San Jose, CA (Oct. 12, 2021) — As Washington continues to negotiate a federal package, Silicon Valley Leadership Group recognized California’s bold action in prioritizing climate infrastructure investments with the weekend signing of AB 970 by California Governor Gavin Newsom. The new law, authored by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, spurs development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure by streamlining local permitting requirements. SVLG CEO Ahmad Thomas pointed to the move as one that accelerates the transition to electric vehicles by both enhancing California’s business ecosystem as well as helping to meet the state’s ambitious climate goals.
San José, CA (Oct. 5, 2021) — “With the rise of remote work, greater online learning, and increased telehealth, the current pandemic has underscored the need for the accelerated deployment of high speed internet projects to residents and businesses in California. By signing AB 537 — authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk — into law, Governor Newsom is helping California to more swiftly pursue broadband projects that are needed to conduct the business and affairs of state residents, while providing the digital infrastructure to support the Golden State’s innovation economy. SVLG remains committed to supporting legislation like AB 537 in order to help mitigate the growing digital divide too often experienced by low-income and minority communities in the Valley and across California.”
San José, CA (September 30, 2021) — “Today Governor Newsom signed an important measure into law, sponsored by Senator Steven Bradford, which will help make our communities safer by establishing a new Peace Officer Standards Division to build accountability for California’s law enforcement officers. By addressing both systemic police violence and unjust policing, I truly believe that SB 2 represents a critical step forward in creating a more racially just and equitable future for Silicon Valley and all Californians.”
San José, CA (Sept 16, 2021) – “A critical problem for California companies is the lack of affordable housing for workers. It hampers their capacity to expand and scale their organizations. It undercuts their ability to attract and retain quality talent. Today’s actions by Governor Newsom represents the largest move by any recent administration to not just recognize the severity of the enormous problem this represents but to take action on it. We applaud these steps and look forward to working with the administration on ways to better drive innovation, entrepreneurship, and equity for our Golden State economy.”
Only 18 percent think the rate of development is too slow, while 74 percent say the rate of growth is about right or too fast.
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