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


Santa Clara State Representatives Vote Record Revealed

The Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce is working hard to advocate for our members and the business community as a whole.  We take positions on bills and other issues that impact the business community locally and regionally.

This is facilitated by letter writing campaigns, personal phone calls and meetings with our elected officials.  A few years ago, we took this effort to a new level and formed the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee.  This Committee raises funds to support business-minded candidates.  We are gearing up for the 2014 election cycle and hope we can count on your support for our future events to raise funds.

We thought you’d appreciate seeing how our state representatives voted on the priority business related bills the California Chamber of Commerce followed for the first year of the 2013-2014 legislative session.

State Senator Ellen Corbett voted to oppose 10 out of the 14 priority business issues and Assembly Member Bob Wieckowski voted to oppose 9 out of the 14 priority business issues that were deemed most important by the California Chamber of Commerce.

The California Chamber of Commerce recognizes that there are many bills supported or opposed by business that are not included in this vote record analysis.  However, you can see from this small sample that we still have much work to do in educating our elected officials on important business issues.

I hope you will join us in our effort in advocating for the business community by becoming more engaged in your Chamber and our Political Action Committee.  Please reach out to me at if you are interested in learning more.

I look forward to seeing you at our Holiday mixer on December 10 at the beautiful Santa Clara Convention Center.


Steve Van Dorn

President and CEO