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Candidate Forums – Representing Silicon Valley

With an unemployment rate in California of 11 percent and 2.1 million Californians out of work, isn’t it time we expected state legislators to focus on jobs and the economy?

This June and November, we can elect state legislators who put jobs and the economy first.

At the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, we neither endorse candidates nor make contributions to candidates.  We do, however, try to provide information for voters to make informed decisions.

A few weeks ago, we hosted candidates in two state senate districts who want to represent Silicon Valley in the state legislature.

Let me repeat that – they want to represent Silicon Valley . . . The innovation capital of the world.

To me, that should mean that they want to champion policies that will keep Silicon Valley the innovation capital of the world.

For the 13th Senate District, we listened to current Assemblyman Jerry Hill and former Assemblywoman Sally Lieber.

For the 15th Senate District, we listened to Assemblyman Jim Beall and former Assemblyman Joe Coto.

Judge for yourselves – read their written comments about the budget, governance and pension reform, taxes and regulations, k-12 and higher education by visiting our web site at Then, pick a candidate who will get California, and Californians, working again.

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