Chamber Joins Fight To Keep Redevelopment Agency Assets

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The Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has unanimously approved supporting the City of Santa Clara and local grassroots organizations in fighting to keep redevelopment agency assets in Santa Clara.

This all started in 2011 when the California Legislature passed ABX26 and ABX27.  These bills were written to meet Governor Jerry Brown’s mission to move the redevelopment agency (RDA) funds and assets away from California cities to their respective county taxing authorities to help close California’s $25 billion deficit.  Several lawsuits were filed shortly thereafter resulting in additional legislation called AB1484.  This new law gave counties even more access to city RDA assets.

The dissolution of the RDAs is being “managed” by an RDA “successor” agency.  This body of seven people (two from the City of Santa Clara and five from the county agencies) are now making decisions on which RDA assets should stay with the City.  Due to the excellent work that was done by our past elected officials and city staff, Santa Clara has an asset-rich RDA which is very attractive to the County.

Now the County is demanding $340 million in Santa Clara real estate assets as part of the RDA dissolution.  Included in these assets is the land that California’s Great America, Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, Santa Clara Convention Center, Hilton Hotel and Techmart office building sit on.  Recently, the RDA funded Northside library was ordered to halt completion by a Santa Clara County court order (even though the library is 99% complete).

These takeaways will impact the City’s general fund revenues by over $13 million a year. The total impact to the city is unclear but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that significant cuts in city services will be needed to be made to make up the shortfall.

The Chamber strongly believes these assets should remain within the City of Santa Clara since many were funded by the RDA decades ago in a legal and open process.  The city, business community and residents can’t afford more cuts to city services.  Please join the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce in communicating your opposition to the RDA takeaway by calling or emailing Ken Yeager, our County Supervisor. He can be reached at 408-299-5040 or by email at ken.yeager@bos.sccgov.org.

Halloween Haunt Arrives

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In its 6th year, Halloween Haunt at California’s Great America has become a Bay Area Halloween tradition. With two new mazes, this year’s Haunt is expected to be bigger and better than ever. The “spooktacular” Halloween event opens September 27 and operates 7:00 p.m. – midnight weekends through the last weekend in October.

The Park eerily transforms into a myriad of spine-tingling haunted mazes, themed scare zones and head-turning live stage shows. Plus, the Park’s collection of world-class thrill rides makes Halloween Haunt the region’s biggest and scariest Halloween event! For more information, visit greatamerica.com/haunt.

Please Join Us For Our Santa Clara Chamber PAC Breakfast On October 9, 2013

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Learn how your business can benefit from Super Bowl 50 and how the Super Bowl will benefit our community.  Daniel Lurie, Super Bowl 50 Host Committee Chair will be our keynote speaker.  Door prize and raffle drawings will be available.  Make connections and network with other Santa Clara and Silicon Valley business leaders.

You will also be supporting the Santa Clara Chamber PAC (SCCPAC).  The purpose of the SCCPAC is to review, research and recommend support of and/or opposition to proposed ballot measures and legislation, ordinances and other actions of local, county and state government.  The SCCPAC also seeks out, evaluates and endorses candidates running for public office at the local, county and state level who support the free enterprise system, believe in fiscally responsible government and whose views represent the interests of the business community.

The SCCPAC has already been very successful in supporting the passage of the 49ers Stadium project, and six City Council candidates that were elected to office in 2010 and 2012.

The November, 2014 election in Santa Clara will determine our political climate. In order to have our business voice heard, the SCCPAC needs to secure additional funds from local businesses and direct those funds to assist individuals who demonstrate support of our free enterprise system.

How can you participate?

Attend on October 9, and purchase a single ticket for $75 or a table of ten for $700

• Become a Champion sponsor for $10,000, a Leader for $5,000, a Partner for $2,500 or a Supporter for $1,500

• Write a check in any amount to the SCCPAC (tax id #1327039)

• Register at: sccpac2013.eventbrite.com, or contact Barbara Carlisle at 408-380-1232 or barbara.carlisle@santaclara.org for sponsorship information.

Your investment in the SCCPAC multiplies the power of our business voice so that we are heard by those making political decisions.  Help us help you and every business in Santa Clara by attending our breakfast on October 9 or by making a contribution to the SCCPAC.

Business + Students = Future Business Leaders

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The Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitors Bureau, in partnership with the Santa Clara Unified School District, invites you to be a positive factor in our equation to build future business leaders.  On October 18th, we are presenting the 14th Annual Business Experience Day program.  Business Experience Day 2013 is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to visit local businesses and learn how they  operate.  Highlights of the day include:

  • Students learning from local business representatives what it takes to run a business
  • Luncheon with a keynote speaker
  • Proceeds from the event are put into the Dan MacNaughton Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded at the end of the school year to chosen participants of the program – to date we’ve given over $22,000 in scholarships!

Student host and sponsorship information are as follows:

  • Presenting Sponsor:  $5,000 (includes logo recognition in pre-event promotion and the event program, hosting of two students the day of the event, lunch for two students and two business representatives, and the opportunity to introduce our luncheon’s speaker.)
  • Luncheon Underwriter:  $2,500 (includes name recognition in pre-event promotion, logo recognition in the event program, hosting of two students the day of the event and lunch for two students and two business representatives.)
  • Scholarship Supporter:  $1,000 (includes name recognition in event program)
  • Student Host:  $90 (includes hosting one student for day, lunch for student and one business rep, and listing in event program as a student host)
  • Scholarship Donation:  You decide!  If you are unable to make the event, please consider giving a donation to the scholarship fund.

To register as a student host, please click here. If you’re unable to participate, please consider a sponsorship or scholarship donation.

Member Referrals – October 2013

We would like to recognize and acknowledge member referrals for the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce.  The following new members were referred by an existing member of the Chamber, and we would like to recognize and thank them for their support.

Lidia Blair with Pizza Party referred Wessy Kassa with Karizma Unique Gifts & Variety StoreAre you looking for a gift or something for yourself?  Visit Wessy at her store at 2363 Pruneridge Avenue, Suite B, Santa Clara to see some beautiful and unique imported items from Ethiopia.  Catering an event or business function?  Pizza Party can provide delicious pizza for your guests.  Call Lidia at (408) 248-5680, or stop by at 3581 Homestead Road, Santa Clara.

John Waller with The On Hold Experience referred Helen Massamori with AJ Auto Detailing.  For that new car look inside and out, bring your vehicle to AJ Auto Detailing and expect to be impressed.  You can visit them at 702 Coleman Avenue, San Jose, or call Helen at (408) 947-1111 to find out more.  Do you leave customers on hold with dead air or music playing? Instead, use that time to tell them about your business, specials or something of interest and turn your on hold time into sold time.  For more information, contact John at (408) 679-4050.

Special thanks to great teamwork from our Santa Clara Chamber & Convention-Visitors Bureau staff. Pricilla DeLeon referred Rhonda Wallace, owner of Lillie Mae’s Living Room Bistro.  Rhonda has expanded her Lillie Mae’s House of Soul Food with new creative dishes in a more relaxed “living room” environment.  Stop by and enjoy Sunday Brunch or Happy Hour at 1240 Coleman Ave, Santa Clara.

Every month we will publish any new members who have joined and were referred by an existing member.   When a member has referred a total of three new members, they will receive a $100.00 advertising credit.