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2014 Bay Area Council Poll: Pulse of the Region

Bay Area residents rank top issues, concerns for the region.

Promoting Early Childhood Development

Bay Area Council forges new national partnership, unveils exciting messaging campaign.

Annual Dinner & Business Hall of Fame

Join us on October 29 as we honor Scott Cook and George Halvorson at The Fairmont San Francisco. Presented by Kaiser Permanente.

Growing California Trade in China.

Governor Edmund G. Brown names Bay Area Council to reopen California trade offices in China.

  • 21st Century Infrastructure Forum: Integrating Renewables into the Grid, Sept. 10, 3:30-5:30 pm, Bay Area Council Headquarters
  • Transportation Committee Meeting: Oct. 2, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Bay Area Council Headquarters, San Francisco
  • Annual Meeting of Members: Sept. 16, 3:30pm - 5:00pm, The Battery Club, San Francisco
  • Transportation Policy Subcommittee Meeting: Sept. 10, 10:00am - 11:30am, Bay Area Council Headquarters, San Francisco
  • 2014 Annual Dinner & Business Hall of Fame Awards, October 29, 5:30-9 pm, Fairmont San Francisco

Blog

Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

2014-08-28 11:08:02

Groundwater Management Urgently Needed

In an opinion-editorial in the Contra Costa Times, Bay Area Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman joins with Maurice Hall, Ph.D., the science and engineering lead for The Nature Conservancy’s California Water Program, in support of two groundwater management bills under consideration in the California Legislature.  Imagine a checking acco unt that allowed you to [...]

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2014-08-27 03:08:59

Responding to Open Letter on Tesla Gigafactory

An “open letter” penned this week by the California Budget Project and other so-called “budget watchdogs” from states competing to secure the proposed Tesla Gigafactory misses the mark. The letter suggests that California and the other states are in a “race to the bottom.” We couldn’t disagree more.

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2014-08-22 04:08:19

State Pension Board Undermines 2012 Reforms

You might be surprised to learn that simply doing the job you were hired to do entitles you to extra pay. That is, unless you’re on the board of the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS), which sets pension policy for hundreds of thousands of public employees. In a major step back from pension reforms passed just two years ago, CalPERS this week approved new rules that expand the bankrupt practice of salary “spiking.”

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2014-08-22 04:08:11

Getting the Word Out on the Dangers of Proposition 45

Earlier this week, the respected Field Poll put out a survey that showed that 69 percent of registered voters in the state support Proposition 45, which would require the state insurance commissioner to approve every health insurance rate change in the state. This wasn’t tremendously surprising. Ask folks if they would like to bring down rates and they are likely to say yes. That is why this ballot initiative is so dangerous.