As we near the end of 2021, we are celebrating a year of legislative wins for our members and our region. Our policy work on behalf of our members embodies the overarching values and principles of our community, which include accountability, equity, inclusion, and environmental stewardship. We are working hard to reinvest in our community and its livability, to ensure that we continue to attract and retain the world’s best tech talent. As part of our efforts to foster business competitiveness and create shared value together, we engaged on a significant number of bills during the 2021 Legislative Session in Sacramento. We supported many measures that were ultimately signed by the Governor, and we helped to shape policy discussions around proposed legislation that could have curtailed innovation. Here are some examples of our work on behalf of our members in 2021.
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 (September 23, 2021) — “As one of the first business groups to prioritize aggressively fighting climate change, SVLG applauds the leadership of Governor Newsom today to make the largest investment in state history to address its impacts and protect our communities. We need innovative solutions and bold action now, if we are going to secure California’s innovation ecosystem and protect our communities against worsening wildfires, rising sea levels and more severe periods of drought. That action came today and we are delighted that the Governor signed SB 1 as part of his climate package, a critical tool to fortify against sea level rise here in the Bay Area. We also applaud the Newsom Administration’s historic $3.9 billion investment in Zero Emissions Vehicles and infrastructure to transform the market and put us on the path to meeting the state’s goal of all new electric car sales by 2035. These investments are a strong step towards ensuring California and our economy are resilient as we confront the climate crisis.”
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.”
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SAN JOSE, CA (August 19, 2021) – The Silicon Valley Leadership Group today announced the launch of an industry-leading board readiness program for diverse executives, the SVLG Next Generation Board Network (NGBN). This year-long program identifies and accelerates corporate board preparation and networking opportunities in Silicon Valley for a diverse cohort of high-potential leaders. The …
San José, CA, (August 13, 2021) — The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, California’s most dynamic business association, issued the following statement today endorsing employer-led vaccine mandates with the goal of protecting public health and sustaining the economic recovery. SVLG’s Executive Board formally endorsed employer requirements that all designated employees who work on-site and/or have any in-person …
SAN JOSE, CA (July 19, 2021) – The Bay Area Council Economic Institute (BACEI) and Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation’s (SVLGF) Center for California Innovation announced today that they are the recipient of a research award from California 100, an ambitious statewide initiative to envision and shape the long-term success of the state. The California 100 research award, along …
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