News from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

go-bizGO-Biz Director Kish Rajan today announced that California has received Area Development Magazine’s ‘Silver Shovel Award’ for excellence in job creation, for the first time since the award was created in 2006. The award is based on projects submitted by GO-Biz that demonstrate California’s growing ability to create high-value jobs and ranks California among the top states in the nation for job creation.

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CalChamber Urges Veto of Nanny Break Bill


AB 1450 Would Create Danger in the Workplace

This video is focused on “job killer” AB 1450 (Allen), a bill that would essentially prohibit employers from legitimately inquiring into an applicant’s most recent employment history, due to fear that such an inquiry will ultimately lead to penalties and costs on the basis that the applicant was discriminated against because of his or her status as unemployed.

“The Legislature of California is preventing an employer from determining whether or not a new employee is going to be dangerous or a hazard,” says CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg of AB 1450. In the video, Zaremberg says the bill puts “everyone at risk” because employers could not properly screen potential employees.

San Ramon Chamber of Commerce endorses Measure D

SAN RAMON, CA – OCTOBER 1, 2012 — The San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently voted unanimously to endorse Measure D, a bond measure placed on the November 6ballot by the San Ramon Valley Unified School District to support the San Ramon Valley Schools.

“The San Ramon Chamber of Commerce urges San Ramon Valley residents to vote Yes on Measure D,” said Chamber Chair, Laura O’Brien, CFP®, Summit Financial Group, LLC.  “There is a strong link between the high quality of education in the San Ramon Valley and the economic vitality of the area. Many people report moving into the city to live, work and raise their families because the school system is among the best in the state,” she explained.

The bond measure will help to ensure that the students have facilities that will continue to meet their educational needs including:

  • Providing additional classrooms to better ensure that students can attend their neighborhood schools
  • Updating technology infrastructure for 21st-century teaching and learning
  • Renovation of aging science labs, classrooms and school facilities
  • Upgrading fire, security, and earthquake safety systems
  • Keeping schools well-maintained and in good condition
  • Bringing all schools up to the same high facility standards

Given the current financial challenges placed on the San Ramon Valley School District by the state, the Board was impressed with the fiscal requirements of the bond which include:

  • Every penny of the bond will support San Ramon Valley schools.
  • The State cannot take Measure D funds.
  • Independent citizens’ oversight is required.
  • No funds can be used for administrators’ salaries.
  • Measure D will qualify our schools for State matching funds.

For more information, please contact the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce at 925.242.0600 or email