Bay Area Council Blog

9-21-2010

Press Release: Bay Area Council To Hold “Battle Of The Pundits” Discussion On November Elections With Garry South and Jon Fleischman

The Bay Area Council is holding a discussion on the November elections this Thursday, September 23, 2010, with widely respected Democratic political strategist Garry South and famous California conservative commentator Jon Fleischman.  The “Battle of the Pundits” discussion will be moderated by Joe Garofoli, the San Francisco Chronicle’s politics and media reporter.

“Garry and Jon are known for three things: politics, punditry and pugnaciousness,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council.  “They are also two of California’s most respected and sought after political consultants and commentators.  It will definitely be an afternoon filled with fireworks.”

WHO: Jim Wunderman, President & CEO, Bay Area Council

Garry South, Democratic Political Strategist, Principal of The Garry South Group

Jon Fleischman, Founder and Publisher of FlashReport.org, President of the Fleischman Consulting Group

Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle Politics and Media Reporter (Moderator)

WHAT: Discussion on the November elections

WHERE: Wells Fargo Boardroom
420 Montgomery St., Penthouse
San Francisco, CA 94104

WHEN: 4pm – 5pm
Thursday, September 23, 2010###

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

About the speakers:

Jon Fleischman is the founder and publisher of FlashReport.org, which was formerly the FlashReport e-mail newsletter on California Politics. FlashReport.org. The primary mission of the website is to advance the conservative cause here in the Golden State. Dubbed the “Matt Drudge of California” by Congressman Darrell Issa, Fleischman’s commentary and insights are read by over 25,000 unique visitors each day. to the website.

Professionally, Jon is the President of the Fleischman Consulting Group, a consulting firm which specializes in governmental, public and political affairs at the local, state, and national levels.

Jon was elected in February of 2007 to the position of Vice Chairman, South, of the California Republican Party. In this post, he serves on the party’s Board of Directors, and is a liaison between the CRP and the counties of Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Imperial.

Garry South, Principal of The Garry South Group, has been called the “Carville of California” by The New York Times, and “one of the top political strategists in the Democratic Party” by DailyKos.net, one of the nation’s most influential political blogs. Newsweek described him as “a one-man brain trust on the battlements of Fort California.” The National Journal finds him “shrewd and widely feared.” The Hotline labeled South the “über California Democratic strategist.”

South has 37 years’ experience at very high levels in government, politics and business consulting. He has worked for both the federal government and state governments in three different states, including as Special Assistant to a U.S. Cabinet Secretary, Senior Political Advisor to a Governor, Communications Director to another Governor, Chief of Staff to a Lieutenant Governor and Public Information Director of a State Legislature.

In addition, he has managed or played leading roles in campaigns for President, U.S. Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Legislature, County Executive, County Supervisor, Mayor and City Council, and served as Midwest Regional Finance Director of the Democratic National Committee.

Joe Garofoli writes about politics for the Chronicle. Over his two-decade career in the Bay Area, he has also written about media and culture, the “culture” portion being a ridiculously large umbrella under which huddle his stories about SM dominatrixes, the Raider Nation, and former California gubernatorial candidate Mary Carey.

A native Pittsburgher and obsessive Steelers fan, his family offers a different window into the political system. During Prohibition, a couple of his (now deceased) elderly cousins cut a hole in the bottom of wooden ballot boxes, then when the ballots dropped to a floor below, the then-teens invalidated them to favor the candidate preferred by the local mob boss. God bless America. (His mother hates this story, insists they were not from her side of the family and NOT blood relatives.)

He is a Northwestern University graduate who has written extensively about the peace movement, made up a beat called “Red-and-Blue” to examine the nation’s divisions, been personally mocked on-air by both Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly, and traveled to swing states during the 2004 and 2008 election. And won a bunch of regional and national awards.

As a sign of either his versatility, ineptitude or short attention span, he has covered two Olympic games, Seventh Avenue fashion shows, national political conventions, the Jeffrey Dahmer serial killings and his own vasectomy — which he discussed on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” after being told he couldn’t say the word “balls” on the air. He can be found on Twitter @joegarofoli and Facebook and at The Chronicle’s Politics Blog, where he is one half of the production crew of its infamous video crew called Shaky Hand Productions.

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7.26.10

Press Release: Bay Area Council Economic Institute Announces Host Committee for 21-Economy Asia-Pacific Pre-Summit in San Francisco Next Year

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute today announced that its public-private CalAPEC Organizing Committee, which was responsible for organizing San Francisco’s selection for the 21-economy Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) pre-summit, will officially become the CalAPEC 2011 Host Committee. White House Council of Economic Advisors former chairperson Laura D’Andrea Tyson will serve as an honorary committee chair.

“After nearly three years of work to bring APEC meetings to California, we welcomed acceptance of our bid to host government and business leaders for an intensive series of APEC meetings in September 2011,” said Sean Randolph, president of the Institute. “The APEC economies include our major trading partners on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. We need business growth for economic recovery, and these meetings will help drive an open playing field for growth behind the borders, at the borders, and across the borders of our trading partners.”

Paul Oliva, the Institute consultant who spearheaded the CalAPEC bid, said “APEC is the first high-level international government meeting won through bid by either San Francisco or California in over a decade. We succeeded with the support of the California Chamber of Commerce, the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, business and civic leaders around the state, and Governor Schwarzenegger and Mayor Gavin Newsom. Senators Feinstein and Boxer worked with Speaker Pelosi on joint support, and George Miller and Wally Herger rallied the House delegation. It’s a great win.”

The APEC gathering in San Francisco lays the final groundwork for a heads of state and CEO APEC Leaders’ Meeting in Honolulu in November 2011, chosen for security reasons and as the home state of President Obama.

The CalAPEC Host Committee will undertake fundraising to support gracious hosting of the meetings and will look at ways in which Bay Area and California innovative policies, products, people, and services can inspire support for job-creating growth throughout Asia-Pacific. CalAPEC extends the Institute’s ongoing work on China, Canada, and international business ties of the Bay Area, and it sets the stage for the region’s bid on the 2020 World Expo.

As announced by the State Department Monday, envisioned for San Francisco is an intensive series of meetings, including the ambassador-level Senior Officials’ Meeting, working group and committee meetings, public-private forums involving senior government and private sector leaders, and a high-level meeting of energy and transportation officials. Issues addressed at these meetings will include those related to APEC’s core mission to promote free and open trade and investment and strengthen economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as making regional economic growth more inclusive and sustainable.

In addition to honorary chair Laura Tyson and director Paul Oliva, the CalAPEC Host Committee includes Organizing Committee members continuing their participation: Sean Randolph, Bay Area Council Economic Institute; Kim Benson, Cange International; Greg Hardy, Chevron; Helga Ying, Levi Strauss & Co.; Greg S. Slater, Intel Corporation; Everett Golden, Otis McAllister; Jim MacLellan, Port of Los Angeles; Tim Shear, San Bernardino County; Michael Obermire, USS-POSCO Industries; and Susanne Stirling, California Chamber of Commerce. Visa’s John Barry and Accenture’s Tracy Iseler contributed to the Organizing Committee.

An advisory group includes Joel Ayala, Governor’s Office of Economic Development; Nancy Kirschner-Rodriguez and Mark Chandler of the City of San Francisco, Bill Lee, San Francisco International Airport; Leonie Patrick, San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau; Jim Lazarus, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce; Jeremy Potash, California-Asia Business Council; Bob Sakai, East Bay Economic Development Alliance; Bella Heule, San Diego World Trade Center; Carlos Valderrama, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; Abe Lowenthal, University of Southern California; and Vinod K. Aggarwal, University of California, Berkeley.

The CalAPEC Host Committee, which is a program of the 501c3 Bay Area Council Foundation, is accepting financial contributions from interested parties.

APEC is a 21-member association of economies from the Asia-Pacific region working together to advance regional economic integration and prosperity. The APEC economies account for 40 percent of the world’s population, 56 percent of world GDP and 48 percent of world trade. Attending the San Francisco meetings will be representatives of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Republic of the Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States of America, and Viet Nam.

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Stem cell institute

Ross Program in Real Estate Info Session September 21

Please join us for the next info session for the USC Ross Program in Real Estate, presented by the Bay Area Council. We will be joined by Ross Program alumni as well as Connie Moore, President & CEO, BRE Properties, who will be speaking on “The Changing American Dream.”

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
6:00 – 8:00 PM
at the offices of the Bay Area Council
201 California St., 14th Floor, San Francisco

Please RSVP to: bflores@bayareacouncil.org or 415-946-8729

About the Ross Program:
The USC Ross Program in Real Estate is a comprehensive educational program for the working professional to elevate skills and expand understanding of real estate development and investment, while building the networks necessary to succeed in urban renewal. The nine-day program will be held between November 11 and December 4.

9-13-2010

AP – Calif. expo advocates would use old Navy air base

Advocates for a bid to host California’s first World Expo since 1940 see its potential placement at a former military air base in the Silicon Valley as a masterstroke with the possibility to create research facilities and showcase the state’s high-technology region.

At the Shanghai Expo, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Sunday that Moffett Field will be entered into the bidding for the 2020 World Expo.

“We think it’s a transformative opportunity,” said Bill Berry, the president of a partnership between the University of California, NASA and others that have already created some educational research facilities at the airspace on the southern San Francisco Bay. “It’s a game changer.”

Yet experts say the plan to create facilities and exhibit halls for a 2020 World Expo that can eventually be repurposed for higher education could run into challenges, such as finding the necessary money to hold the event.

The Bay Area also faces a slate of potential competitors from the U.S. and abroad. They include Houston, Minneapolis, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

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9.13.10

Governor Schwarzenegger, Bay Area Council, Announce Bid for 2020 World Expo

On Sunday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined Bay Area Council President & CEO Jim Wunderman to announce that California will bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Silicon Valley. The announcement was made at the World Expo in Shanghai before the Governor toured the U.S., Austrian and Chinese pavilions. World Expos typically occur every five years and attract exhibits from countries around the globe and bring as many as 70 million visitors. The Governor and Council will work together to bring this prominent international event to the Golden State.

“Shanghai has demonstrated that when you host the World Expo, the world comes to you, and I want the world to come to California. Our state is a leader in entertainment, agriculture, the environment, high-tech, green-tech and bio-tech, and we are ready to showcase our innovation to the world,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “As the hub of innovation, Silicon Valley is the most natural place to hold the Expo, which will promote the international exchange of ideas, create jobs and increase revenues in our state.”

The proposed site is Moffett Field, next to the pristine San Francisco Bay. The area is heavily served by international and local transportation and is surrounded by some of the largest and most respected companies in the world.

“The World Expo is the Olympic Games of the economic, scientific and industrial world, and we think it is time for Silicon Valley to serve as an ambassador for the United States and host this event,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. “For 30 years, the Bay Area and Silicon Valley have been the pre-eminent hot spots for the innovation that drives the world’s technological advances.  Imagine what a Silicon Valley Expo will look like when we put all of the region’s collective brainpower to work.”

World Expos can generate tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of jobs for host regions.  Shanghai’s World Expo will leave the city with an additional $40 billion of roads, subway lines and airport terminals.  The net economic impact for the Shanghai Expo has been estimated at $11.6 billion, according to Chen Xinkang, professor of marketing and business management at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

The State of California and the United States will submit their formal Expo 2020 candidacy application in 2011 and the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) – the governing body of World Expositions – will likely announce the winning bid for Expo 2020 at the end of 2012.  Currently, the United States is not a member of the BIE. The Bay Area Council plans to work with Congressional Representatives and the U.S. State Department over the next few months to reinstate the U.S. as a contributing member.

The last Expo that was held in the United States was in 1984 in New Orleans.

9.13.10.2

White House Adviser Nancy Sutley Visits Bay Area Council

By Andrew Michael

Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and principal environmental policy adviser to the President, stopped by our offices this week for an engaging discussion with Bay Area Council members. Sutley tackled many issues important to the Bay Area, including the challenges of sea level rise and climate change in the Delta region.  Sutley also pointed to the increased level of engagement by the federal government in addressing the decline of the Bay-Delta, namely the creation of a Federal Leadership Committee on the Bay-Delta co-chaired by her and Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Sutley also discussed the new efforts the federal government is working on with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to implement new standards for trucks. Additionally, she mentioned that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon be releasing a report that will provide scientific monitoring tools to local and state governments to help adapt to climate change. We look forward to working closely with Nancy Sutley and the Obama administration on these, and many other issues in the coming months, to improve the quality of life in the Bay Area.

9.13.10

Press Release: Governor Schwarzenegger, Bay Area Council, Announce Bid for 2020 World Expo

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today joined Bay Area Council President & CEO Jim Wunderman to announce that California will bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Silicon Valley. The announcement was made at the World Expo in Shanghai before the Governor toured the U.S., Austrian and Chinese pavilions. World Expos typically occur every five years and attract exhibits from countries around the globe and bring as many as 70 million visitors. The Governor and Council will work together to bring this prominent international event to the Golden State.

“Shanghai has demonstrated that when you host the World Expo, the world comes to you, and I want the world to come to California. Our state is a leader in entertainment, agriculture, the environment, high-tech, green-tech and bio-tech, and we are ready to showcase our innovation to the world,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “As the hub of innovation, Silicon Valley is the most natural place to hold the Expo, which will promote the international exchange of ideas, create jobs and increase revenues in our state.”

The proposed site is Moffett Field, next to the pristine San Francisco Bay. The area is heavily served by international and local transportation and is surrounded by some of the largest and most respected companies in the world.

“The World Expo is the Olympic Games of the economic, scientific and industrial world, and we think it is time for Silicon Valley to serve as an ambassador for the United States and host this event,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. “For 30 years, the Bay Area and Silicon Valley have been the pre-eminent hot spots for the innovation that drives the world’s technological advances.  Imagine what a Silicon Valley Expo will look like when we put all of the region’s collective brainpower to work.”

World Expos can generate tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of jobs for host regions.  Shanghai’s World Expo will leave the city with an additional $40 billion of roads, subway lines and airport terminals.  The net economic impact for the Shanghai Expo has been estimated at $11.6 billion, according to Chen Xinkang, professor of marketing and business management at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

The State of California and the United States will submit their formal Expo 2020 candidacy application in 2011 and the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) – the governing body of World Expositions – will likely announce the winning bid for Expo 2020 at the end of 2012.  Currently, the United States is not a member of the BIE. The Bay Area Council plans to work with Congressional Representatives and the U.S. State Department over the next few months to reinstate the U.S. as a contributing member.

The last Expo that was held in the United States was in 1984 in New Orleans.

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San Jose Mercury News – Plans unveiled for bid to put World Expo 2020 at Moffett Field

While still barely a gleam in the governor’s eye, plans to try to bring the World Expo 2020 to Silicon Valley inched forward Saturday, as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger formally announced his bid during a visit to the Shanghai World Expo and identified Moffett Field as the host site.

“Shanghai has demonstrated that when you host the World Expo, the world comes to you, and I want the world to come to California,” Schwarzenegger reportedly said before touring the U.S. pavilion. “Our state is a leader in entertainment, agriculture, the environment, high tech, green tech and biotech, and we are ready to showcase our innovation to the world.”

Joined by Jim Wunderman, head of the Bay Area Council who first proposed the idea and has been spearheading the effort, Schwarzenegger called Silicon Valley “the hub of innovation” and said it was “the most natural place to hold the expo, which will promote the international exchange of ideas, create jobs and increase revenues in our state,” according to an advance release.

Typically held every five years, world expos can bring tens of millions of visitors to see hundreds of pavilions hosted by countries and individual corporations. Once described as a platform for “nation branding,” an expo can also cost a ton of money — the council said the Chinese government spent $4.2 billion on the Shanghai event, although much of that went to major improvements to the city’s highways and transit infrastructure.

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9-8-2010 SF Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle – Schwarzenegger to pitch Bay Area World Expo

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will make a pitch for the Bay Area to host the world’s fair in 2020 when he visits the Shanghai World Expo later this week, The Chronicle has learned.

Schwarzenegger, scheduled to depart Thursday for a six-day trip to China, plans to attend the exposition in Shanghai and will meet with event leaders to sell the idea of hosting the world exhibition in Silicon Valley, said Aaron McLear, the governor’s spokesman.

“That’s a large part of why we’re going (to the expo),” McLear said. “The governor’s going to give his pitch that they should look at” the Bay Area.

The governor will be joined in China by leaders of the Bay Area Council, a business advocacy organization that will spearhead the effort for a national bid.

The World Expo, formerly known as the World’s Fair, is governed by the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris. The Expo 2010 Shanghai has attracted nearly 50 million visitors since it opened 132 days ago. It continues through the end of October.

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9-8-2010 San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury News – California preparing bid to host 2020 World Expo in Silicon Valley

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held a news conference Wednesday morning at the Santa Clara offices of chip maker Marvell Technology Group, a public pep rally for his six-day trade mission to Asia that begins today.

But the real news of the day never made the conference: California is preparing a bid to host the 2020 world’s fair in Silicon Valley.

“When he gets to Shanghai, the governor will pitch bringing the World Expo to Silicon Valley,” spokesman Jeff Macedo confirmed late Wednesday. “We’ll have more to announce over the next few days, but that’s all the details we have right now.”

In a fast-moving series of e-mails and overseas phone calls throughout the day, the governor and local business leaders were scrambling to put together their blockbuster announcement.

There had been hints early Wednesday that something was up — some local news radio chatter and a cryptic one-liner from a spokesman saying the governor would visit the 2010 Shanghai World Expo during his three-nation mission and talk up the Bay Area to expo organizers. Yet when the governor stepped in front of several hundred cheering Marvell employees, there was no mention of a bid.

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