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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Students at San Francisco State University’s College of Science and Engineering (CoSE) can expect a new home for their classes soon enough.

The university is currently under construction of the new Scientific and Technical Innovation Center (SEIC). It is the first new STEM building to be constructed in more than fifty years at SF State, the university said.

The estimated construction cost for the 125,000 square foot science building is approximately $150 million. The Genentech Foundation and other partners have donated over $10 million to support the new building. $25 million in private funds are being used to purchase advanced equipment and tools, the university said.

“The Catalyze the Future campaign builds on our decade-long partnership with SF State by expanding access to the most advanced technologies, facilities and programs to make it easier for students from historically underrepresented communities to earn degrees in STEM fields,” said Allen Napetian, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Genentech Foundation and Vice President, Site Services at Genentech.

“We are already so impressed with the students and faculty at SF State, and now expect the renovations and upgrades supported by this new funding to further improve the educational experience and academic outcomes for students.” , Napetian added. The new Science Building, located along 19th Avenue, will house more than 7,000 CoSE students each year as well as hundreds of general education students.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be relocated to the new Science Building and will include studio-style classrooms, workstations and research labs. A physical chemistry and chromatography lab will have two mass spectrometers for research, the university said. Facilities for protein crystallography and cold room/culture support spaces for advanced studies of macromolecules should also help the department.

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The new building will also house the school of engineering and will include two manufacturing spaces and a machine shop where students can produce and prototype their own designs and projects, the university said. A robotics and mechatronics laboratory and a technical fluids and process control laboratory are also planned.

Carmen Domingo, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, issued the following statement about the new building:

The new SEIC building will provide students with the quality education and hands-on training needed to meet the new and rapidly changing science and technology needs of the Bay Area and the nation.

The new science building is SF State’s second building to be constructed in more than 25 years. In 2021, SF State opened the new Liberal and Creative Arts Building which houses the Department of Broadcast Arts and Electronic Communication (BECA).

The building is expected to be completed in 2024.

Revisiting our overview of US private markets https://tagsarea.com/revisiting-our-overview-of-us-private-markets/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 09:02:45 +0000 https://tagsarea.com/revisiting-our-overview-of-us-private-markets/ Private market investments, by their very nature, are long-term endeavours.

Funds typically take years to fully deploy capital, and fund horizons of more than 10 years make measuring private market performance a decades-long view.

With this understanding, day-to-day financial market monitoring is less meaningful for this part of a recipient’s portfolio.


The past few months have suggested that something a regime change for the markets is underway. High inflation, rising rates, weak (negative) economic growth and over-optimism in 2021 have made the current downturn impossible for private market investors to ignore.

To hedge the broad implications of the macroeconomic environment on alternative assets, we launched our Quantitative outlook: U.S. market overview last year near the height of euphoria. A year later, the climate has clearly changed.

This week we have published our second editioncovering everything from macroeconomics, private equity, venture capital, real assets and debt markets.

Featured in this edition, we believe new investor interest in committing capital to private funds has declined in 2022, despite strong fundraising numbers.

The difference in our analysis is that we measure an allocation momentum metric by looking at new capital deployed in the respective strategies, beyond recycling distributions from 2021 and relative to strategy size.

The results show a decline in buyout funds and a slowdown in the momentum of VC and PE growth vehicles. The table below compares the estimated new deployable capital for equity strategies to the prior year’s assets under management.

Here are some additional quick highlights:

  • We estimate the market capitalization of private equity and venture capital backed companies at over $6 trillion combined.

  • Capital raising for infrastructure funds has already surpassed 2021 figures, with $55.6 billion closed. Additionally, the new deployable capital as a share of the 2021 AUM is 11.8% this year.

  • Lending volumes have fallen significantly as rates rise; new issue yields in the middle market nearly doubled to 8.4%.

This analysis and many more are available in our 70-page report in graphical form.

Download our free research: Quantitative outlook: U.S. market overview

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments.

]]> I left Silicon Valley and I don’t regret it https://tagsarea.com/i-left-silicon-valley-and-i-dont-regret-it/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 10:02:43 +0000 https://tagsarea.com/i-left-silicon-valley-and-i-dont-regret-it/

  • Maricris Bonzo is a 28 year old software developer working on web3 communities.
  • She left Silicon Valley for Santa Cruz and then Sacramento.
  • While cities call themselves new tech hubs, they still have a long way to go.

This say-to-say essay is based on a conversation with Maricris Bonzo, a 28-year-old developer from the Bay Area, about moving to a post-pandemic tech hub. It has been edited for length and clarity.

It never felt like there was a big tech scene in Santa Cruz. Developers and engineers would rather be across the hill in San Jose, Santa Clara or Sunnyvale.

Before the pandemic, my fiancé and I had moved to San Jose. A lovely Vietnamese family was renting a room in their house for $300 per month, which was an amazing deal when I started out as a software engineer.

But during Covid, students leaving Santa Cruz meant we could afford to rent there again with our salaries combined, so we came back. It was totally luxurious; the icing on the cake of our lives.

While I had lived in the area while attending college from 2012 to 2016, the people of Santa Cruz weren’t too happy when people from Silicon Valley started moving in during the pandemic.

I once saw graffiti on a trash can in WestCliff that said ‘Silicon Valley ppl go home’. Many tourists who come from above don’t respect the land or the beaches, and leave trash everywhere, which the locals don’t like at all. Due to Covid, we mostly stayed alone in our apartment, but there may be tensions in other places as well.

Now that things are back to normal and workers in Silicon Valley can work remotely from time to time, gentrification has really taken hold – there’s only one person in our apartment complex who has could afford to stay.

A lovely older couple who had been in the building for over 20 years had to move; many people headed to Watsonville, a more affordable neighborhood in Santa Cruz. In the two years we were there, our base rent went from $3,000 excluding utilities to $4,045. In those days, gas, restaurants, groceries, and everything else you can imagine just went crazy: all of a sudden an iced latte was $9.

Housing problems have gone wild, intensified by Silicon Valley employees who can now live close enough to San Francisco to commute to the office a few times a week, without paying to be there all the time. Santa Cruz is now only affordable for tech workers.


View of Maricris Bonzo from his home in Santa Cruz.

Maricris Bonzo

Despite all the talk about Sacramento’s burgeoning tech community, I found the reality quite different.

When I left my job four months ago to devote myself full-time to Women in Web3, the community I co-founded for aspiring women entrepreneurs, my fiancé and I were also put at a price, because we didn’t only had one salary between us.

So we decided to move to Sacramento, where I had spent much of my childhood.

Since Covid, it has been widely reported as one of the biggest hubs of new technology, with the exodus from Silicon Valley making it the fifth most emigrated city to the United States in 2020.

Despite all the talk about Sacramento’s burgeoning tech community, I found the reality quite different.

I was surprised by my difficulty in connecting with people in the community.

In San Jose, Web3 events are much less accessible, and I have a lot of tech friends who live there. But I posted several shoutouts on Twitter and searched for events on Web3 or NFT on Eventbrite and MeetUp to connect with like-minded people, and found nothing.

Everything seems to be happening in the Bay Area.

I think that says a lot about Sacramento’s lag when it comes to web3, which I feel compelled to improve.

Our profession means we spend a lot of time in the metaverse, and I love that. But people in the industry – myself included – are so engrossed in our online lives. I wonder if that’s why it’s been hard to make solid friends in the Sacramento tech community.

Maricris Bonzo in the metaverse

Maricris Bonzo alongside the NFT avatars of the metaverse.

Maricris Bonzo

We still don’t need a central location for all the technological innovations to happen.

I hope it gets better, and ultimately, the Silicon Valley split is an amazing thing.

We don’t need to have a central location for all technological innovation to happen, and people moving to smaller cities is a big step towards embracing a more decentralized culture.

I hope that my company, which has eight co-founders, can also contribute.

Our vision is to become the go-to cohort of underrepresented women entrepreneurs in the web3; we want to rewrite the existing entrepreneurial ecosystem which is riddled with patriarchal systems and powerful actors who only seem to prioritize competition, short-term gain or influence, rather than consciously and purposefully building significant.

For me, the next step is to connect the online experiences of women in my community with the real world.

Once that happens, I think I’ll feel even more like I’m living in a thriving tech hub.

Bay Area Woman Celebrates 101st Birthday at School Named After Her https://tagsarea.com/bay-area-woman-celebrates-101st-birthday-at-school-named-after-her/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 03:46:06 +0000 https://tagsarea.com/bay-area-woman-celebrates-101st-birthday-at-school-named-after-her/

EL SOBRANTE, Calif. (KRON) — The nation’s oldest and now retired national park ranger celebrated her 101st birthday on Wednesday.

Betty Reid Soskin, a Bay Area civil rights icon, received a warm welcome at the school that bears her name just a year ago. Betty Reid Soskin Middle School is located in El Sobrante, an honor Soskin holds dear.

“It’s the most wonderful thing that’s ever happened to me,” Soskin said. She toured the campus, stopped by a few classrooms, and answered students’ questions, including some about her age.

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” What does it do ? Just over 100 years old. But it’s probably the best time of my life, Soskin replied. The former Berkeley record store founder, who became a National Park Service ranger in Richmond at 85, relived part of her life through photos posted on the school library wall.

One of Soskin’s most notable memories is being honored by President Barack Obama. However, having a school named after him ranks at the pinnacle of his accomplishments.

“It’s like my whole life led up to this moment,” Soskin added.

The visit was a great pleasure for the students and staff who proudly carry the Soskin name. “I really hope that with everything, we make people’s voices heard, especially our women in the United States. Show them that they can do anything,” said school principal Jay Eirvin.

As for what’s next, Soskin said she’s living in the moment. “I now live on the fringes. I don’t really know, I don’t anticipate what’s next,” Soskin said.

5 huge housing projects that beat crazy city rules to get built https://tagsarea.com/5-huge-housing-projects-that-beat-crazy-city-rules-to-get-built/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 12:05:03 +0000 https://tagsarea.com/5-huge-housing-projects-that-beat-crazy-city-rules-to-get-built/


When you’re trying to build housing in San Francisco, the city is a jungle. Its intrusive regulations, astronomical costs and myriad reasons to say “no” have killed many development projects.

Despite all this, some projects are still being built one way or another.

The average cost of a building in San Francisco is $440 per square foot, the highest price in the world, according to data research group CBRE.

Labor costs are also exorbitant. A multitude of fees – some city-wide, some neighborhood-specific – erode the profitability of housing projects, dollar by dollar.

The city’s affordable housing rules require developers to pay huge fees or manufacture 20% to 33% of units below market rate in any development over 10 units, though political or community groups often charge more. . And the supervisory board can always refuse a project, even if it meets all the other requirements.

The standard analyzed SF Planning’s housing pipeline data from the first quarter of 2022 and looked at the biggest developments that passed through the crazy system.

The first five are located at or near SoMA. But other smaller projects span much of the city.

The data paints a grim picture of the city’s struggle to increase its housing stock and create affordable housing. When all of the projects listed in the Q1 data are complete, they will only add 4,150 new units to the city, of which 2,098 will be affordable.

And the state government is cracking down on the city’s attitude toward home building, launching an investigation into why it’s taking so long and demanding the city submit a plan to build 82,000 homes by 2030. .

Dan Sider, chief of staff at SF Planning, admits the state has set lofty goals for San Francisco. But he says the numbers are far from gloomy.

Any housing unit helps and the good news is we have a lot of units online, he said. “Some are market price, some are affordable. We need everyone. »

Here are the biggest upcoming projects.

Point Hayes

30 Van Ness Avenue, Civic Center

A rendering of the exterior of a new development at 30 Van Ness (center) in San Francisco. Courtesy of Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Hailed by Mayor London Breed as the type of project San Francisco needs to “unclog the housing pipeline”, the development at 30 Van Ness Avenue, dubbed Hayes Point, is a usual project.

At a time when the city is struggling to attract tenants to its commercial office buildings, this new development just north of Market Street plans to place 333 condos atop a five-story, 29,000-foot office building squares.

It was possible to construct such a building because Australian developer Lendlease is able to handle financing, construction and development on its own, a business leader told the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this month.

The company officially opened the project, which Lendlease values ​​at more than $1 billion, in September. Its completion is scheduled for 2025.

Notably, 25% of units at Hayes Point – or 83 condos – will be priced below market, more than was required at the time. Lendlease was able to purchase and develop the property in part because it accepted so many affordable units.

Lendlease has been contacted for comment.

UC Hastings Student Housing, 198 McAllister St., Tenderloin

An exterior of UC Hastings student housing at 198 McAllister St in San Francisco, California on September 26, 2022. Building approval involved an elaborate and complex permitting process. | Justin Katigbak for The Standard

Technically, the biggest housing development in San Francisco’s pipeline in Q1 2022 isn’t “traditional” apartments available to the general public; it is part of the “college village” of UC Hastings College of Law.

Developed by Greystar, the residential complex in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood will add 656 new housing units to the city, but only for graduate students from Hastings, UCSF and other Bay Area universities. Most apartments will be small efficiency units and studios. According to the university, the new 14-story building, called Academe at 198, will also include classrooms, offices, mock courtrooms and a 400-person auditorium on its first three floors and retail space on the ground floor. ground floor.

Academe at 198 is expected to be completed in July 2023. Another phase of the project, which involves renovating the historic building at 100 McAllister Street next door, will be completed in 2025 or later.

Why is the largest housing development underway in San Francisco specifically for students? Part of the reason may be that Academy at 198 had an inherent advantage on construction projects: Hastings is affiliated with the University of California system, it is not the responsibility of SF Planning.

David Seward, the university’s chief financial officer, disagrees that this is a benefit. He says UC Hastings works “very closely” with SF Planning and takes their input, but “there is no approval authority there.”

He says Academy at 198 aims to address affordable housing issues for graduate students, an underserved group in many student accommodations, and to become a “community enabler” for the underserved Tenderloin, putting students on the sidewalks. and money in local businesses.

“Urban campuses are all about the energy, vibe and collaborations that will result” when students from different disciplines live together, Seward said.

1064 Mission Street

1064 Mission Street, SoMA

Construction is underway for a new residential development project at 1064 Mission Street in San Francisco, California on September 23, 2022. Construction approvals involved an elaborate and complex permitting process. | Justin Katigbak for The Standard

Unlike many other developments currently under construction, 1064 Mission St. is not the work of a large, for-profit developer. Rather, it is a joint project of Mercy Housing, a national affordable housing nonprofit, and San Francisco Episcopal Community Services.

Construction began in March 2020 and is nearing completion. The complex is expected to begin receiving residents on October 3, 2022.

The two buildings that make up the complex will provide 256 affordable studio apartments for formerly homeless adults and seniors, adding to the city’s growing portfolio of permanent supportive housing. They will also have case managers and support service managers on staff. In addition, an urgent care clinic and a satellite clinic of St. Anthony’s Medical Center, a federally licensed health center, will be located at the complex.

Potential residents will be referred to the facility through the city’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing Adult Coordinated Entry System.

The complex is built on land provided by the federal government exclusively to house the homeless.

It is built using a modular building technique, which means individual apartments are assembled offsite and then “clicked into place,” according to Beth Stokes, executive director of Episcopal Community Services.

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The new complex “fulfills a commitment to continue to create new supportive housing units to house a growing population of chronically homeless people with fairly significant disabling conditions,” she said.

Ventana Residences

99 Ocean Avenue, Mission Terrace/Excelsior

A rendering of a new residential building at 99 Ocean Avenue. Courtesy of RG-Architecture

This new high-density residential complex in the Mission Terrace neighborhood will add 193 units to San Francisco’s housing stock, 48 which will be affordable.

It will be located half a mile from the Balboa Park BART station, providing residents with access to the rapid transit system, multiple Muni lines, and numerous bus routes.

The complex will also include the Wu Yee Children’s Services, a kindergarten that will accommodate up to 75 children on site. Developer Presidio Bay Ventures says this will be a first for a housing development project in San Francisco, where most developers simply pay the San Francisco Childcare Impact Fee Fund.

One of the project’s goals is to accommodate young families, who might otherwise struggle to find accommodation that can meet their need for more space, said Kabir Seth, chief operating officer of Presidio Bay Ventures. These families might otherwise have to leave town.

Getting the project approved was difficult, Seth said, explaining that his company acquired the site in late 2016 but couldn’t have it “shovel-ready” until 2020.

In 2019, a coalition of community groups publicly opposed the project, demanding that 100% of the apartments be affordable. The Planning Commission eventually moved the project forward, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

Seth told The Standard that he believes community input leads to better results. But materials, labor, taxes, and affordability requirements already make multifamily development very difficult. When even going beyond affordability minimums — like Presidio did by making 25% of units affordable — isn’t enough, it can derail important construction projects.

“Our project was still appealed,” he said, “and we still had to present it and overcome the appeal before the Appeal Board, following what was already a very lengthy eligibility and environmental review process.”

Residential building ‘Brady Block’

1621 Market Street, Soma

A rendering of the view of Brady Park from Brady Street to the new residential building at 1621 Market Street in San Francisco. Courtesy of Kennelly Architecture and Planning

The building at 1621 Market Street has long been the headquarters of the UA Local 38 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. But in 2017, the union partnered with Strada Investment Group to build a six-building housing project, according to the San Francisco Business Times.

This project, located between Market and Brady streets and sometimes referred to as the “Brady Block”, will create a total of 595 residential units. Of those, 103 will be affordable and 96 will be supportive housing for formerly homeless people, according to SF Planning.

The project currently in preparation is a nine-storey residential building that will include 185 units. According to data from the first quarter of 2022, none of them will be affordable, suggesting that below-market apartments could be found in other Brady Block structures. The development is currently under construction.

The union hall originally located at 1621 Market Street was demolished and included in another building in the new development.

Strada has been contacted for comment.

Here is a map of some of the most important developments to come:


‘We want to go on the offensive’: Cathie Wood outlines ambitions of ARK’s new venture capital fund https://tagsarea.com/we-want-to-go-on-the-offensive-cathie-wood-outlines-ambitions-of-arks-new-venture-capital-fund/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 17:01:17 +0000 https://tagsarea.com/we-want-to-go-on-the-offensive-cathie-wood-outlines-ambitions-of-arks-new-venture-capital-fund/

Cathie Wood made her debut ARK Enterprise fund Tuesday through an exclusive partnership with a venture capital-backed retail investment app and with a goal of raising $500 million.

The new strategy will be ARK Invest’s first interval fund (see box below) and marks another push for the firm into private markets, a departure for Wood who has made a name for himself picking public companies. in active ETFs.

The launch follows a series of rough performances for Wood and its strategies, with the company’s $7.2 billion flagship. ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) down 60% year-to-date and saw outflows of around $800 million in August. It also follows personnel changes at ARK, with Wood leaving two smaller index funds, promoting several analysts and seeking to hire others.

Despite these challenges, Wood struck an optimistic tone in an interview Tuesday with Citywire, making several allusions to ARK’s early days and framing the launch of the venture capital fund as something of a fresh start for his company.

“We went through a horrible bear market,” Wood said. “We think we are getting closer to the bottom and we want to go on the attack because we think the opportunities are so great.”

The personnel changes were “not just for this product, it’s for the whole business,” she said, calling the changes a way to “really build the business at scale now. “.

Flows and fees

Asked how much the fund hoped to raise, Wood noted that Titan was backed by Andreessen Horowitz, the ambitious venture capital (VC) firm that has invested in a range of tech companies and has $35 billion in funding. assets under management.

“I know they have very high hopes,” Wood said. “I think in the first two years they would like to scale $500 million. Considering this is a relatively new product, if we did that it would be amazing.

The new fund will have a much lower minimum than most interval funds, at just $500, but much higher fees than other funds using this structure.

The strategy has a management fee of 2.75% and a total expense ratio of up to 4.22%. Citywire previously reported that this fee structure would make ARK Venture the third most expensive interval fund tracked by Morningstar, with management fees among its peers.

Asked how the company would justify the cost of the fund to investors, Wood noted that digging into the private equity space is far more expensive and labor-intensive than investing in private equity. public companies that have traditionally been ARK’s bailiwick. She also argued that the fund’s fees would be significantly lower than those of most venture capital funds.

“We try to be fair,” she said. “We also try to walk before we run. You can always reduce fees, but you can never increase them.

In launching on Titan, Wood said the fund would be a direct-to-consumer product, bypassing hookup houses in favor of individual investors and independent RIAs.

Wood noted that fees in addition to management fees will likely include marketing and distribution fees to Titan, which on its website lists its “Titan fees” as 0%. Titan charges fees on other strategies, such as the $1.8 billion Carlyle Tactical Private Credit fund, where it charges 1% on net deposits over $10,000.

“We understand that the mainstream investor has historically been shut out of venture capital due to accreditation requirements, high investment minimums and lack of access to top tier venture capital firms and deal flow. “, said Clayton Gardner, co-CEO and co-founder. of Titan, in a press release. “By giving Titan investors exclusive access to the ARK Venture Fund, we are unlocking VC for most investors.”

Wood, ARK and the Venture fund are featured prominently on Titan’s homepage, which initially listed ARK’s team size as over 660 and the Venture fund’s size as $1 billion in hardware. public marketing. Titan noted that ARK’s membership figure is expected to be updated to around 40 and declined to disclose the amount of seed money in the fund after Citywire inquired about the numbers.

Portfolio Selections

On ARK’s separate website for the fund, Wood and his team disclosed the top five venture fund investments, all of which are private companies:

  • Freenome, an early cancer detection researcher;
  • Flexport, a supply chain logistics start-up;
  • Epic Games, the developer of the hit video game Fortnite;
  • Chipper Cash, an Africa-focused digital wallet company;
  • MosiacML, an artificial intelligence start-up.

The strategy will eventually aim to invest in more than 25 private companies as well as approximately 15 to 30 public companies, with an investment horizon of five to ten years. ARK said it plans to disclose its initial holdings and portfolio weightings on October 3.

Wood said the venture capital community has been “so welcoming to us” and compared the launch of the Venture fund to ARK’s past success using active ETFs, a vehicle that has come to prominence and can -be even better known as a way to access index funds.

“We’re using packaging that’s been around for a very long time to democratize venture capital investing,” she said.

Interval fund structure

The fund will be an interval fund, a type of closed-end fund, but differs from traditional closed-end offerings in that they are unlisted funds that do not trade in the secondary market. As such, they cannot be bought and sold on a daily basis. Instead, they allow fund shareholders to periodically sell a portion of their shares back to the fund at a price based on net asset value.Redemptions of these shares take place at certain “intervals”, which are generally every three, six or 12 months. On any occasion, redemptions may range from 5% to a maximum of 25% of the fund’s total assets.For the ARK Venture fund, it will be 5%. “If your total position in the fund is less than 5%, you’ll exit,” Wood said. “And if everyone wants to go out at the same time, everyone will have 5% of the way.” The mechanism allows these funds to invest in traditionally less liquid asset classes – the majority of existing interval funds focus on private credit, private equity and real estate – but gives investors the flexibility to quarterly, half-yearly or annual liquidity.

The Mayor of San José welcomes the visiting delegation” https://tagsarea.com/the-mayor-of-san-jose-welcomes-the-visiting-delegation/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 01:21:00 +0000 https://tagsarea.com/the-mayor-of-san-jose-welcomes-the-visiting-delegation/

SAN JOSE, CA., September 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa received a warm welcome from San Jose Mayor Sam Licardo and other local officials when he landed late Saturday night after a whirlwind cross-country trip as he begins a busy trip through California.

Local officials greeted the president on Saturday evening upon his arrival at Mineta San Jose International Airport with a delegation of Portuguese government officials.

President Sousa Rebel was met by Silicon Valley Chief of Protocol Deanna Tryon and received a red carpet welcome from San Jose Mayor Sam Licardo, who presented the president with a city proclamation. Tryon presented the President with a copy of by Mary Wadden Silicon Valley: A Story in Pictures, and a “care pack” featuring locally sourced essential oils by Bay Area company Nectar Essences.

Mineta San Jose International Airport has been a very popular arrival and departure airport for many world leaders over the past decade due to its easy access to many of the stops that are customary when heads of state and heads of government visit the region. Tryon said, “It’s so nice to see diplomatic activity increasing again in Silicon Valley. We are very happy that the President Sousa Rebel enjoy the hospitality of our region. We are always ready to “roll out the red carpet” and invite the global community to Silicon Valley.”

Several world leaders were due to arrive this month, due to the convenience of a visit during the first United Nations General Assembly in three years, but plans had to be changed due to the death of the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

President At Rebelo de Sousa busy schedule in California includes events with the Portuguese Diaspora in the Bay Area and an address to Stanford University. The president will also throw out the first pitch in Tuesday night’s Giants vs. Rockies game at Oracle Park at San Francisco during the Portuguese Heritage Night.

The Silicon Valley Office of Protocol assists government and business leaders from Silicon Valley’s 44 cities and 5 counties with protocol, and helps coordinate visits by heads of state and heads of government through the international airport Mineta San Jose since 2014. Their mission includes helping to strengthen relationships between local and international governments and businesses.

Contact: [email protected]/650-207-2755

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San Francisco Bay Area county votes to ban weird and brutal wild cow milking rodeo event https://tagsarea.com/san-francisco-bay-area-county-votes-to-ban-weird-and-brutal-wild-cow-milking-rodeo-event/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 11:45:42 +0000 https://tagsarea.com/san-francisco-bay-area-county-votes-to-ban-weird-and-brutal-wild-cow-milking-rodeo-event/

A California county has voted to ban a brutal and controversial rodeo event involving attacking cows and forcibly milking them.

Supervisors in Alameda County in San Francisco’s East Bay voted unanimously last week to ban the event after hours of angry comments from the public and vets – as well as comments from cowpokes and fans who supported the continuation of the event.

In “wild cow milking”, a cow is separated from her calf, let loose in an arena, lassoed and wrestled into submission by a team of cowboys so that one of them can milk her by force.

Animal rights activists have long condemned the event as “one of the most offensive” rodeos.

“Not only is it ridiculous and extremely abusive, but it is also dangerous and can prove deadly” when injured cows have to be slaughtered, In Defense of Animals said in a statement.

Although supervisors voted to ban the event, they refused to ban the use of spurs and bucking straps that induce bulls to rear – something animal rights activists had also demanded.

A representative from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, which does not officially sanction feral cow milking events, said the organization was happy with the two votes.

Erin Dobrzyn, an activist with In Defense of Animals, welcomed the vote to ban wild cow milking, which she said in a statement would “protect lactating mother cows separated from their nursing babies. , to be subjected to this painful event”.

County Supervisor Richard Valle, who lobbied for the trafficking ban, said at Tuesday’s meeting, “Animals, they don’t get on the podium. They don’t get a chance to talk. Who speaks for them?

Although the ban was approved by the board, it still needs to be reviewed by supervisors before it can go into effect 30 days after passage. The next reading should take place in October.