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GOVERNOR BROWN MAKES 2011 OUTLOOK CONFERENCE A DAY TO REMEMBER

This week, we held our 2011 Outlook Conference, and what a day it was!  We’ve received incredibly positive feedback on the conference, which covered topics ranging from the future of sports in the Bay Area to the new infrastructure of the 21st century.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, fresh off his recent victory helping keep Twitter in San Francisco, delivered the welcoming remarks to help us kickoff the morning and then we jumped right into the first topic of the day – education reform.  Our panel featured Dr. Jerry Weast, California Senate President Darrell Steinberg and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in a discussion on how we can fix our state’s broken education system.  It was great to hear an outside voice on education reform – and people are still talking about Dr. Weast, the amazing strides he made in Montgomery County and how he can help replicate that success in California.

Next up was our panel on the future of sports in the Bay Area, moderated by the fantastic  Brian Murphy, aka Murph of “Murph and Mac” on KNBR 680, and featuring San Francisco Giants President Larry Baer, Gary Cavalli, Executive Director of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Dave Kaval, President of the San Jose Earthquakes, Craig Thompson, CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority and San Francisco 49ers President & CEO Jed York. The panel was one of the highlights of the day for many attendees, with discussions on the growth of soccer in the Bay Area and whether there will be a 2011 NFL season because of the lockout.  The Giants were also generous enough to lend us the World Series trophy for the day, which made for lots of great photo opportunities.

The day also included a panel on the infrastructure of the 21st century, which featured an important discussion on the workforce training needed for the jobs of tomorrow.  The panel of top executives from Silver Spring Networks, Coulomb Technologies, Salesforce.com, AT&T and SolarCity also discussed the need for monitoring our mobile data usage, as smartphones and tablet computers consume an ever greater amount of our broadband capacity.  We also heard a fantastic presentation from Nobel Laureate Dr. Stanley Prusiner on the groundbreaking research being done at UCSF, and the day was closed out with an engaging discussion on national politics with Burson-Marsteller’s Mark Penn and Karen Hughes, expertly moderated by Bay Area Council Chairman and Catholic Healthcare West President and CEO Lloyd Dean.

But by far, the highlight of the day was the address by Governor Jerry Brown, who was in great form on his 100th day in office.  Governor Brown held court on a number of topics, including how large we can expect the state deficit and education spending cuts to grow without any permanent solutions for the budget.  Governor Brown also called on the 1,000 business leaders gathered for the conference to “be part of the solution” by helping to put his tax extension proposal on the ballot.  The witty Governor also mixed in a number of jokes that had the entire room in stitches.

Videos of the day’s panels will be available on our Youtube page and you can check out photos from the event here.  A big thanks to all of our sponsors, speakers and all who attended.  They all made the 2011 Outlook Conference a day to remember!

4.7.11

Breakfast Discussion with Vincent Lo: A Firsthand Account of China’s 12th Five Year Plan

April 22: Breakfast talk with Vincent Lo

Please join the Bay Area Council and the Asia Society of Northern California for a breakfast talk with Vincent Lo, Chairman of the Shui On Group and the Yangtze Council. Mr. Lo is a visionary land developer in China, leading particularly groundbreaking projects in the areas of urban renewal and historical preservation, and live-work-learn technology campuses.  Mr. Lo is also a strong proponent of region-to-region collaboration, and has been working with the Bay Area Council since our first delegation went to China in 2007.

Come hear his reflections on deliberations of China’s 12th 5-Year Plan as a member of the National People’s Congress, directions for China’s economy and innovation industries as a result of the new plan, and how trans-Pacific partnerships like that between the Bay Area Council and Shanghai’s Yangpu District will shape the future of doing business between our two nations.

Date: Friday, April 22, 2011

Time: 7:30 – 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 – 9:00 AM Presentation and Q&A

Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 55 Fourth Street, San Francisco

Please RSVP to Blythe Goodell (415) 946-8727 bgoodell@bayareacouncil.org

For any further questions, please contact Kristen Durham (415) 946-8736 kdurham@bayareacouncil.org

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Press Release: Bay Area Council’s 2011 Outlook Conference to Feature Governor Jerry Brown

The Bay Area Council today announced the lineup for its 2011 Outlook Conference, the region’s premier discussion on the economy, business and politics.  The conference will take place next Tuesday, April 12, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown San Francisco.  The day will feature an address from Governor Jerry Brown, as well as Nobel Laureate Dr. Stanley Prusiner, Director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases at UCSF.

The Bay Area Council has assembled CEO’s, elected officials and national thought-leaders to speak on panels on topics including education reform, the future of sports in the Bay Area, the new infrastructure of the 21st century and national politics.  Over 1,000 Bay Area CEO’s and top level executives, as well as elected officials from throughout the region, will be in attendance.

“The 2011 Outlook Conference will bring together leading executives, elected officials, scientists and political analysts to discuss a host of issues affecting the Bay Area, California, and the United States,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council. “The day will be anchored by an address from California Governor Jerry Brown on the state of the state. Limited space is still available, so I encourage anyone interested in attending to visit our website, www.bayareacouncil.org.”

For more information, visit http://www.bayareacouncil.org/outlook.

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Governor Jerry Brown to Speak at Outlook Conference April 12

We got word yesterday that Governor Jerry Brown will be speaking at our 2011 Outlook Conference on April 12. We are excited to hear from Governor Brown on a wide range of state issues and hope that you will be able to join us for this exciting event. Click here for more information on the conference agenda and how to register.

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WATCH A LIVE WEBCAST OF CALIFORNIA’S MOST IMPORTANT PENSION REFORM DEBATE THIS YEAR

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who tuned in and participated in our public pension forum yesterday. Check out the links below for video and photos from the event.

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With tensions flaring all across the country over public pensions, tomorrow, March 9th at 8:45 a.m., the Bay Area Council will bring together a panel of California’s leading voices from both sides of the spectrum for an open, honest, and frank discussion on the current state of California’s public pension system. With the cast of speakers we’ve assembled, we know the sparks will fly.

Panelists:

  • Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender
  • Bob Foster, Mayor of Long Beach
  • Marcia Fritz, President of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility
  • Dave Low, Chair of Californians for Health Care and Retirement Security
  • Joe Nation, Stanford Professor and former State Assemblymember
  • Harvey Robinson, President of the Retired Public Employees Association of California

Moderator:

  • Corey Cook, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, University of San Francisco

We invite you to watch the event streaming live at www.ustream.tv/bayareacouncil. You will have the opportunity to participate in this candid discussion by tweeting questions via Twitter during the forum, using the hashtag #BACpension. For those interested in hearing just the audio of the forum, a conference call number is available upon request.  We hope you will tune in online tomorrow morning!

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Press Release: Bay Area Council to Hold Forum on California’s Unfunded Public Pension Liability

The Bay Area Council today announced that they are hosting a forum on the current state of California’s public pension system.  The event, entitled, “Is California Headed for a Super Storm of Unfunded Pension Liabilities” will take place at the offices of SNR Denton, 525 Market Street, 26th Floor, on March 9, 2011, from 8:30am to 11:00am. The forum will be an open, honest, and frank discussion on the current state of California’s public pension system.

“California’s public pension system has been described by some as a ‘time bomb’ or a ‘tsunami’ and by others as an over blown hoax,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council.  “This forum is a chance to get down to the facts and see how much we actually owe, and to examine how to make reforms to get the state back on track.”

Estimates vary wildly on just how large California’s unfunded pension liabilities actually are.  CalPERS and CalSTRS management maintain that their fund finances are sound, however, some analysts put the liability figure at $265 billion, and others project it to be as high as $737 billion.  To put that latter figure in perspective, it amounts to over seven times the total planned budget expenditures for the whole State of California in 2011.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender
  • Bob Foster, Mayor of Long Beach
  • Marcia Fritz, President of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility
  • Joe Nation, Stanford Professor and former State Assemblyman

***All media planning to attend should RSVP to jarellano@bayareacouncil.org, 415-946-8725***

For more information on the forum, please visit http://www.bayareacouncil.org, or contact Matt Regan at (415) 946-8710.

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IS CALIFORNIA HEADED FOR A SUPER STORM OF UNFUNDED PENSION LIABILITIES?

Join Us for a Frank Conversation on the Current State of California’s Public Pension System

Estimates vary wildly on just how large California’s unfunded pension liabilities actually are.  CalPERS and CalSTRS management maintain that their fund finances are sound, however, some analysts put the liability figure at $265 billion, yet others project it to be as high as $737 billion.  To put that latter figure in perspective, it amounts to over seven times the total planned budget expenditures for the whole State of California in 2011.  Additional local government pension liabilities are a patchwork of plans that claim to be fully funded on the one hand, and cities on the verge of bankruptcy on the other.

This situation has been described by some as a “time bomb” or a “tsunami” and by others as an over blown hoax to force greater contributions from the State’s public employees and a restructuring of our pension system.

Join the Bay Area Council, Stanford Professor and former State Assemblymember Joe Nation; who has authored a recent study on public pensions in California, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, President of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility Marcia Fritz, and a panel of public pension experts for an open honest and frank discussion on the current state of California’s public pension system.

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Registration:
8:30 – 9:00 AM
Public Pension Forum: 9:00 -11:00 AM
Location: SNR Denton, San Francisco

RSVP to Kristina Frost:
kfrost@bayareacouncil.org or 415.946.8740

Please contact Matt Regan with any questions at 415.946.8710

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COUNCIL HOSTS SENATOR WARNER FOR CANDID DISCUSSION ON INNOVATION, JOBS

Senator Mark Warner speaking with members of the Bay Area Council

Showing off the burgeoning vitality and success of Mission Bay, the Council on Thursday hosted Senator Mark Warner of Virginia for an engaging discussion on innovation and the economy.  Senator Warner, co-founder of Nextel and former Governor of Virginia, emphasized the need for a real innovation strategy in the United States, citing that we have “lost a decade in terms of innovation” in this country.  He touched on the need for an expanded R&D tax credit that could spur innovation the way it did in the 1980’s, and the need to implement a “one in, one out” strategy for adopting new federal business regulations.  The morning’s most poignant moment was when Senator Warner issued a call to action to the business leaders in the room, urging them to become more engaged in the political process to help make strides in innovation, science and technology. We wholeheartedly agree with his message and look forward to partnering with Senator Warner on federal policy to promote innovation and job growth in the future.

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1.19.11

Media Advisory: BAY AREA COUNCIL TO HOST U.S. SENATOR MARK WARNER OF VIRGINIA FOR DISCUSSION ON JOBS, ECONOMY

The Bay Area Council today announced that they will host U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia for a discussion on innovation, global competitiveness and jobs on Thursday, January 20, 2011.  Senator Warner is looking for input from the Bay Area Council’s members on how the U.S. may better compete globally on factors such as investment in research and development, educating scientists and engineers, and venture capital.  The meeting will be hosted in collaboration with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and Holland & Knight LLP.

“Senator Warner is a leader on many fronts in the Senate, from pushing for government accountability to being a champion for small business,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council.  “We look forward to having a candid discussion with Senator Warner about how to ensure that the Bay Area, California and the United States are as innovative and globally competitive as possible.”

WHO: Mark R. Warner, United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia

WHAT: Senator Warner in conversation with top Bay Area executives on the topic of global competitiveness in the innovation economy, moderated by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation President Dr. Rob Atkinson.

WHERE: Mission Bay Development Group, 255 Channel St., San Francisco, CA 94158

WHEN: 8:00am – 9:30am
Thursday, January 20, 2011

***All media planning to attend should RSVP to jarellano@bayareacouncil.org, 415-946-8725***

About Senator Mark Warner:
Mark Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008.  As a member of the Senate’s Banking Committee, he has been a key leader in bipartisan efforts to effectively update oversight of Wall Street and end taxpayer bailouts of failing financial firms.

He is also viewed as a tireless champion of small businesses on Main Street, working effectively with the White House on creative solutions to try to increase the flow of credit to small businesses that continue to struggle in this tough economy.

As a member of the Senate Budget Committee, he was selected to lead a bipartisan task force that is looking for ways to increase accountability and improve government performance to reduce federal budget deficits.

On the Commerce Committee, Senator Warner has worked to promote greater innovation by successfully offering legislation that will result in the first update in nearly 40 years to our nation’s strategic competitiveness plan.

Senator Warner co-founded the cellular company Nextel and made early investments in hundreds of promising new companies that ultimately created thousands of jobs. From 2002 to 2006, he served as Governor of Virginia during its worst economic recession in 20 years, turning record deficits into a budget surplus. When Governor Warner left office in 2006, Virginia was nationally recognized as the country’s “best-managed state” and the “best state for business.”

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Finalists in the Bay Area Council’s Holiday Art Competition

Thank you to all the 4th graders from the Oakland Achieve Academy who participated in our 2nd Annual Holiday Art Competition. The top three finalists will have their artwork printed on the Bay Area Council’s holiday cards and the winners will receive their own cards to send to friends and family.

Winners:

By Bryant Barrera

By Fernanda Cabrera

By Kenton Pham

Finalists:

By Vianney Jimenez

By Cindy Tajtaj

By Ferlandy

By Maria Padilla Estrada

By Darlene Chao

By Cesar Hernandez

By Antionio Martinez

By Bryan

By Abraham Gonzalez

By Jesus Espinoza

By Bryan

By Juan Delgado

By Lara Ramirez

By Luis Hernandez

By Juan C.

By Alejandra Quintero

By Isaias Rosales

By Briseryda-Pablo Calmo

By Olivia Aualos