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October 5, 2012


Campaign against measure to tear down hetch hetchy picks up steam

'With absentee ballots set to begin arriving in mailboxes early next week, the opposition campaign the Bay Area Council is leading against Prop. F on the San Francisco ballot is continuing to progress. Prop. F is a dangerous and costly plan to drain the Hetch Hetchy reservoir serving 2.5 million Bay Area residents with clean, reliable and affordable drinking water. Working closely with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, SF Mayor Ed Lee, the San Francisco Foundation and many other top city and regional leaders, the campaign under the leadership of finance chair and Dignity Health CEO Lloyd Dean is closing in our fundraising goal, preparing the first mail pieces to SF voters to correct the distortions of Prop. F proponents, participating in numerous forums and debates and working to secure newspaper endorsements. It may be some measure of how misguided Prop. F is that the San Francisco Bay Guardian in its editorial this week agrees with the Bay Area Council about the need to kill the measure. Even the environmental community is largely staying on the sidelines. You can hear more about Prop. F on Monday, Oct. 15 when Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman takes on the measure’s proponents in a debate hosted by the Commonwealth Club’s Climate One program. To support our work to defeat Prop. F, contact Matt Regan.


Gov. Jon Huntsman Applauds Bay Area Council Approach, Progress in Forging Closer China Economic Ties

Bay Area Council members who attended our inaugural U.S.-China Collaboration Symposium hosted by Marvell Technology were treated to an intimate and insightful discussion with Jon Huntsman Jr., former Utah Governor, Ambassador to China and GOP Presidential candidate, about the opportunities and challenges for expanding trade and economic exchange with California’s third-largest trading partner. In a free-flowing talk moderated by Bay Area Council Executive Committee member and Dell General Manager Tarkan Maner, Huntsman said partnerships like those the Bay Area Council has forged with the Yangpu District in Shanghai, Hangzhou and elsewhere in the Yangtze Delta are a far better gauge of the U.S.-China trade and investment relationship than the saber-rattling rhetoric that often grabs media headlines. Platforms like those the Bay Area Council has established in Yangpu, Huntsman said, offer the best opportunity for many companies to enter the Chinese marketplace and expand trade. Huntsman, who effortlessly moved between English and Chinese, congratulated the Bay Area Council for its work with regional China partners and welcomed the news that the Bay Area Council had brought together the City of Palo Alto and Shanghai's Yangpu District in a unique strategic economic development partnership formalized in agreement signed on Sept. 27. Thanks again to Marvell Founder and Bay Area Council Executive Committee member Weili Dai for generously hosting the day-long conference, which featured remarks by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, and a series of panel discussions exploring opportunities for Bay Area and California companies to work with China on developing sustainable cities. Thank you also to sponsors The Energy Foundation, Zap, HSBC, the Yangpu, Hangzhou and Wuxi districts, PG&E, VMware, AECOM, Zhangzhang Tech Park and Gordon Biersch.

View the discussion with Gov. Huntsman.



Cybersecurity Takes Center Stage

Recent cybersecurity attacks on some of the nation’s largest financial services companies have highlighted the urgency to better prepare ourselves against this growing digital threat to our economy and national security. To that end and as part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Bay Area Council is partnering with some of the region’s top Bay Area technology companies and cybersecurity leaders to present a forum on Friday, Oct. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to discuss cybersecurity best practices.  The Bay Area Council has made cybersecurity an important policy focus this year under the leadership Ellen Richey, Cybersecurity Committee Chair and Visa Chief Enterprise Risk Officer. Sameer Bhalotra, former White House cybersecurity czar and Senior Director at Impermium, will lead one of two panel discussions about how start-up companies can affordably and effectively incorporate cybersecurity into the operations. Brian White, Chief Strategy Officer for The Cherthoff Group, whose founder Michael Cherthoff is former U.S. head of Homeland Security, will lead another panel that includes top digital security executives from Facebook, McAfee, Oracle and Cisco sharing their cybersecurity strategies and techniques. Thank you to McAfee for hosting this forum at 2821 Mission College Blvd. in Santa Clara. To register for this free event, please visit Cybersecurity Awareness.


member spotlight: AT&T

Congratulations to AT&T on the recent one-year anniversary of their Foundry innovation center in Palo Alto, one of three such centers that AT&T has opened nationwide since early 2011 as part of an $80 million investment to speed the delivery to market of innovative new technologies and applications. The AT&T Foundry™ innovation centers are fast-paced and collaborative environments where AT&T and technology providers team with developers from around the world to deliver the latest applications and services into the hands of customers more quickly than ever before – in some cases moving ideas to beta testing within six months or three times faster than traditional methods. To learn more and see some of the exciting projects AT&T is speeding to market, visit the AT&T Foundry innovation center.



Article of the Week

California's innovation economy got some good news this week when Governor Brown's Go Biz agency under the leadership of Director Kish Rajan announced the expansion of a program that encourages the formation of innovation hubs throughout the state. Read the story.


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