Santa Clara Chamber PAC Endorses Candidates

Santa Clara Chamber PAC-endorsed City Council candidates include Councilman Pat Kolstad (left), Mayor Jamie Matthews (center), and Dominic Caserta (right).

Santa Clara Chamber PAC-endorsed City Council candidates include Councilman Pat Kolstad (left), Mayor Jamie Matthews (center), and Dominic Caserta (right).

Behind the scenes, the Santa Clara Chamber PAC (SCCPAC) Committee of volunteers has been very busy over the last few weeks.  This Committee acts as a separate political action arm of the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau.  The SCCPAC Committee  interviewed five of the eight candidates running for the three open positions on the Santa Clara City Council.  Unfortunately, three of the candidates (Deborah Bress, Mayoral candidate; Karen Hardy, Seat 2 candidate; and Kevin Park, Seat 5 candidate) did not participate in our process.  All five participating candidates were interviewed and recorded at Ding Ding TV studios in Santa Clara.  You can find their interviews here:

Santa Clara Unified School District Board Member candidates were also interviewed through the same process.  All candidates were invited to participate.  Unfortunately, five of the candidates (Dr. Ina Bendis, Steve Kelly, Ashish Mangla, Michael Helms and Noelani Sallings) did not participate in our interview process.  All three participating candidates were interviewed and recorded at Ding Ding TV studios in Santa Clara.  You can find their interviews online at www.sccpac.org.

Since our founding in 2010, our mission has never changed-to seek out, evaluate qualifications of and endorse those candidates who are 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.

Based on a thorough evaluation of each candidate interviewed, the Santa Clara Chamber PAC is recommending you support the following candidates for the November, 2014 election:

Santa Clara City Council

Santa Clara Unified School District Governing Board

To learn more about the SCCPAC, please check out our website at sccpac.org.  Don’t forget to vote on November 4th! 

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Santa Clara Convention Center Upgrading Concession Stands

Santa Clara Convention Center

The 302,000 sq. ft. Santa Clara Convention Center is in the process of remodeling its four concession stands. The upgrade includes installation of modular pieces that create flexibility for food and beverage offerings. For example, the upgraded concessions will feature a salad bar and have the ability to display different types of food. Also, new equipment will be purchased such as grills and digital signage for concession menu display.

In addition, the Convention Center has purchased 15 new portable dining units which will enable it to expand services to larger in-house groups. Also new will be two additional coffee cart locations serving Peet’s Coffee. The coffee carts will provide fresh grab and go items such as bakery items, fruit, and sandwiches. For more information about the Santa Clara Convention Center, visit SantaClara.org/ConventionCenter.

Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends Named 2014 Non-Profit of the Year

Non-Profit of the Year introduced by Santa Clara Councilmember Teresa O’Neill at SanDisk.

Non-Profit of the Year introduced by Santa Clara Councilmember Teresa O’Neill at SanDisk.

The Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends has been named Assembly member Bob Wieckowski’s 2014 Non-Profit of the Year.  Assembly member Wieckowski recognized the Foundation & Friends at his “State of the District” event on September 25 at SanDisk in Milpitas.

According to Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends Board President Keith Stattenfield, “We were thrilled to hear we will be receiving this honor from Assembly member Wiekowski.  Over 150 volunteers supported the work of the Foundation last year through fundraising, advocating, and selling used books – it is great to see them recognized for their impact in the community.”

The Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends supports and expands library programs and collection materials for the Santa Clara City Libraries.  Throughout the years, the Foundation & Friends has been instrumental in providing funding for summer reading, health and wellness materials, author talks, money smart week, multi-cultural family programs, teen programs, and cutting-edge collection materials.  In January, 2012, the Foundation & Friends took a fiduciary role in the building of the new Northside Branch Library in Santa Clara.  When the project was stalled in 2013, the Foundation & Friends joined with the community in advocating for the completion of the project.  Santa Clara’s newest library branch, the Northside Branch Library, opened August 9, 2014. For more information, please contact Maria Daane, Executive Director, at 408-615-2987 or mdaane@santaclaraca.gov.

Santa Clara Now Rated #7 on 100 Top Places to Live!

Livability

Congratulations! Santa Clara has been named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live 2015 by Livability.com.

The Livability.com editors have broad experience studying and writing about the factors that make a city a great place to live and work. But we wanted other perspectives as well. So, they once again partnered with the research team at the Martin Prosperity Institute. The institute, directed by Richard Florida, is part of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and is the leading think tank on the role of location, place and city-regions in global economic prosperity.

They analyzed more than 40 data points that were then grouped into eight categories: economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care. Sources included the best public and private data available from organizations like the U.S. Census Bureau, Walk Score, GreatSchools.com and Esri.

The eight scores were weighted based on an exclusive survey conducted for Livability.com by Ipsos Public Affairs, a leading global market research firm. Respondents were asked about factors that make communities better places to live, as well as the factors they would weigh in selecting another city. More than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 were considered in their ranking.

“The cities at the top of the list were often home to a major institution like a university, hospital or state capital,” says Matt Carmichael, Livability’s editor. “Institutions like that help these smaller cities compete in terms of sports, culture, jobs and entertainment.”

Populated with numerous parks, cultural institutions and historic architecture, Santa Clara offers residents an amazing package of amenities. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara’s economy is steady, driven by technology firms and Santa Clara University. A pleasant, mild climate allows residents to take advantage of great recreational activities.

Member of the Month: Star One Credit Union

Star One Logo

Star One Credit Union is one of Silicon Valley’s largest, member-owned financial institutions. Star One offers financial services to more than 92,000 members worldwide. With assets over $6.8 billion, Star One is ranked tenth in total assets among nearly 6,700 credit unions nationally.

As a member-owned financial institution, Star One is focused on providing long-term financial solutions to all of its members. As a result, they are able to return their profits back to members in the form of money saving benefits, including:

  • Higher interest on saving accounts
  • Lower interest rates on loans and mortgages
  • Reasonable, if any, fees on products and services like checking, credit cards and real-estate loans.

The Mission of Star One is to help members improve their lives by delivering valuable financial services.  To learn more about Star One Credit Union, please visit their website at www.starone.org.