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 (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.”
Kicking off both National Hispanic Heritage Month and the Launch Circuit Speaker Series, SVLG and a group of startup leaders was fortunate to host an inspiring speaker and a trailblazer in the corporate world, Monica Lozano.
As the pandemic continues to be a factor in our daily lives, schools have been at the center of public concern. While adults opine on teacher vaccination, when to return to classrooms, and masking mandates, one factor remains constant – the effects of this unusual time on student mental health are real and need attention.
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During his recent trip to California, EPA Administrator Michael Regan met with leading Silicon Valley executives to discuss how innovation and emerging technologies can be leveraged to tackle the climate crisis and accelerate the transition to a net zero carbon economy. The visit included a tour of the manufacturing facility at Zoox, an autonomous vehicle …
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