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  • Herman Vasquez, Jennie Meehan, Bob Nunez and Victor Garza.

  • LRR Press conference on Foster Care and Chianos

  • Dolores Huerta speaks at LRR press conference on Foster Care

  • Victor Garza, Chair La Raza Roundtable

  • Regular La Raza Roundtable Meeting...everyone welcome!

  • Noe Montoya celebrating Cesar Chavez Day at LRR Meeting

  • Dolores Marquez and Blanca Alvarado

  • Art Calderon (Calderon Tires) with Victor Garza

  • Mariachi San Jose with Congressman Mike Honda

  • Rose Amador, Victor Garza, Victor Arranaga, Teresa Alvarado, Alex Torres

  • Dr. De La Torre

  • January's guest speaker is the Honorable Johnny Khamis, newly elected San Jose City Council, District 10. Johnny is a 17 year resident of District 10. He and his familly live in Almaden Valley. He started his own company, Western Benefit Solutions, where he is the CEO.

  • La Raza Roundtable first meeting of the year on Friday, January 25th. Special guest is new San Jose City Council Member, Johnny Khamis.

  • Meeting tonight. Come meet the Acting Police Chief, Larry Esquivel and new City Council Member Khamis.

  • CCYP

  • Los Bomberos

  • Asst Chief Garcia

  • Chief Esquivel

  • Next meeting is Friday, February 22nd at 5:30. Special guest is Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo, 18th District.

  • See you at the meeting?

  • Executive Committee

  • Hon Anna Eshoo

  • Wells Fargo donates $50,000 to CTC to train and place veterans.

  • Chief Larry Esquivel gives monthly report.

  • Congresswoman Eshoo

  • Alex Torres, Wells Fargo

  • La Raza Roundtable will meet on March 29th at 5:30 PM at 749 Story Road, SJ. Everyone welcome. Presenters will be: Chief Mc Donald, San Jose Fire Department Native of Fresno, California. Graduated from California State University, Fresno with Bachelors in Biology Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Cal State University, Hayward. Also completed Harvard Program for State and Local Government Officials and Certified Public Manager’s Program at Arizona State University. Hired by Fresno Fire Department in 1978. Held the positions of Firefighter, Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer, Fire Captain and Deputy Fire Chief. Appointed as the Fire City of the City of San Jose, California on August 2, 2010. San Jose Fire Department has an annual operating budget of $153 M, 790 employees and serves a population of approximately 1 million residents. San Jose is the 10th largest city in the United States. Formerly Fire Chief in Scottsdale, AZ (led the formation of Scottsdale Fire Department in 2005) and three San Francisco Bay Area cities; Foster City (1993- 1996), San Mateo (1996 – 2002) and Fremont (2002 – 2004) OFFICE OF WOMEN'S POLICY SCC - A report will be given by Director, Esther Peralez-Dieckmann on the status of women and girls in Santa Clara County.

  • March La Raza Roundtable Meeting Friday, March 29, 2013, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Special Guests: Tribute to Cesar Chavez by Noe Yaocoatl Montoya Chief Mc Donald, San Jose Fire Department Esther Peralez-Dieckmann - Office of Womens Polic Meeting Location: Sen. John Vasconcellos Education & Technology Building CTC Assembly Room, 749 Story Road, San Jose Watch La Raza Roundtable,Sundays, Ch 15, 6:00 pm

  • Hurry on over!

  • Boy Scouts

  • Bomberos present Victor with a bike!

  • Fire Chief

  • Robert E. Escobar, Deputy Director VTA to speak at April 26th meeting. Robert began his employment with VTA began as a Program Manager for the agency’s Equal Opportunity Office in 1995 which included oversight of the Agencies Affirmative Action Plan, investigations and resolutions to civil rights complaints and the Disadvantage Business Enterprise Program. In 1997, he assumed additional responsibility for the agency’s labor relations section. In 1999, he voluntarily rotated assignments and became the Human Resources Manager for the Personnel Department. In 2001, He returned to the assignment as the Human Resources Manager for the Employee Relations Department (formerly the Office of Civil Rights and Employee Relations). Upon his return to the Employee Relations Department, Employee and Organizational Development work unit was added. Since then, he has assumed oversight of Title VI and Succession Planning. Robert was recently promoted to Deputy Director for Administrative Services and now has responsibility for all of the above as well as all Human Resources. Served on the City of Morgan Hill's Planning Commission for 8 years. And was a member of the Planning Commission for Santa Clara County. Bachelor of Arts, Public Administration, University of San Francisco – 1975 Master of Arts, Public Administration, University of San Francisco – 1978 1968 – 1971 United States Army; twelve-month tour of duty in Vietnam

  • Friday, April 26th is the La Raza Roundtable Meeting at 5:30 pm at 749 Story Road. Speaker will be Robert Escobar, Deputy Director of VTA. A special tribute to the life of Cesar Chavez will be performed by Noe Yaocoatl Montoya. Refreshments provided by Liquid Restaurant and Lounge.

  • Meeting tonight at 5:30-7:00 PM at Vasconcellos Building, 749 Story Road, SJ.

  • Bob Escobar

  • At the LRR press conference endorsing Teresa Alvarado for Supervisor.

  • At LRR press conference to endorse Teresa Alvarado. Vice Mayor Nguyen & Council Member Herrera.

  • At the LRR press conference endorsing Teresa Alvarado for Supervisor.

  • Herman & Bea

  • May La Raza Roundtable Meeting Friday, May 31, 2013 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Special Guest: James Webb, Jr., Government & Legislative Affairs Mineta San José International Airport Meeting Location Sen. John Vasconcellos Education & Technology Building CTC Assembly Room, 749 Story Road, San Jose Watch La Raza Roundtable,Sundays, Ch 15, 6:00 pm Follow us on Facebook SUPPORT LA RAZA ROUNDTABLE!! LA RAZA ROUNDTABLE 2013 MEMBERSHIP NOW DUE! *INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP $100 *CORPORATE/ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP $500 ********************* NOTICE: Community Meeting On the Proposed Policy to Stop Inmates from Receiving Letters (Come and make your opinion heard!) WHAT: Santa Clara County jail officials are proposing to stop inmates from receiving letters. The proposal would allow for only a limited sized "postcards" to be sent to inmates. Chief Hirokawa has agreed to hear from concerned community members, legal groups, and service providers who are opposed to the proposed policy. The administrators of the jail need to hear from the community how strongly we all feel against this policy, and why it is harmful to inmates, their families, and our collective community. Read Mercury News article for more background: <http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_23271477/all-mail-at-santa-clara -county-jail-be> Santa Clara County jails want to limit incoming mail to small postcards WHEN: June 5th at 6pm to 8pm. WHERE: The Community Meeting will be held at the African America Community Service Agency 304 N. 6th Street San Jose, CA 95112 Also: Read the moving set of pieces from Steeda MGruder, founder of Sisters That Been There, along with women currently incarcerated as they make the very powerful case for keeping letters in the jails: For Those Behind The Walls, Letters Are Our Lifelines <http://www.siliconvalleydebug.org/articles/2013/05/26/those-behind-walls

  • Executive Committee meeting with Mr. Webb of Mineta International Airport Government Relations

  • CCYP

  • Patricia Tapia, Los Bomberos

  • Don't forget to vote!!

  • NEXT LA RAZA ROUNDTABLE MEETING Friday, June 28th at 5:30-7:00 PM Update from SJPD on new initiatives and an introduction to Volunteer Partners at McKinley Elementary School

  • NEXT LA RAZA ROUNDTABLE MEETING This Friday, June 28th at 5:30 PM Vasconcellos Building, 749 Story Road Update from SJPD on new initiatives and an introduction to Volunteer Partners at McKinley Elementary School

  • July La Raza Roundtable Meeting Friday, July 26, 2013 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Special guest: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent The State Superintendent of Public Instruction is a state official elected by the people on a nonpartisan ballot for a four-year term. He is accountable to the people of California for performing all the duties and responsibilities of his office. Regular meeting agenda will be suspended due to the Superintendent's visit. Senator John Vasconcellos (Ret) and other elected officals will be present to welcome Superintendent Torlakson

  • State Superintendent Mayor Reed and Assemblyman Fong to welcome the State Superintendent at tomorrow's La Raza Roundtable Meeing at 5:30 pm. July La Raza Roundtable Meeting Friday, July 26, 2013 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 749 Story Road, San Jose (corner of Remillard) Special guest: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent The State Superintendent of Public Instruction is a state official elected by the people on a nonpartisan ballot for ...a four-year term. He is accountable to the people of California for performing all the duties and responsibilities of his office. Regular meeting agenda will be suspended due to the Superintendent's visit. Senator John Vasconcellos (Ret) and other elected officals will be present to welcome Superintendent Torlakson.

  • Meeting at 5:30 749 Story Rd

  • Tomorrow...

  • ESUHSD Superintendent Chris Funk to speak at La Raza Rountdtable Meeting tonight!

  • Report from Fire Dept

  • Assemblyman Paul Fong

  • Police Chief

  • ESUHSD Superintendent Funk

  • Meeting this Friday at 5:30, 749 Story Rd. EVERYONE WELCOME!

  • September La Raza Roundtable Meeting Light refreshments at 5:00. Friday, September 27, 2013 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Guest Speaker: District Attorney, Jeff Rosen County of Santa Clara Meeting Location Sen. John Vasconcellos Education & Technology Bldg. CTC Assembly Room, 749 Story Road, San Jose Watch La Raza Roundtable,Sundays, Ch 15, 6:00 pm Follow us on Facebook

  • Mayor Reed to be at La Raza Roundtable meeting tonight at 5:30. Location is 749 Story Road, SJ. Everyone is welcome.

  • Mayor Reed

  • Welcoming Southwest Key

  • Assemblyman Paul Fong to speak at La Raza Roundtable meeting next Friday, October 25th at 5:30, 749 Story Road, San Jose. Everyone is welcome.

  • LA RAZA ROUNDTABLE MEETING Friday, October 25, 2013 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM California State Assembly Honorable Paul Fong Meeting Location Sen. John Vasconcellos Education & Technology Building CTC Assembly Room, 749 Story Road, San Jose Mark your calendars: NOVEMBER MEETING WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 22nd DUE TO HOLIDAYS. DECEMBER HOLIDAY MIXER WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 11th. Watch La Raza Roundtable,Sundays, Ch 15, 6:00 pm

  • Eli PaintedCrow, Native American

  • (Note: come early, last month had standing room only) November La Raza Roundtable Meeting Friday, November 22, 2013 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Guest Edward K. Shikada San Jose City Manager Retiring City Manager, Debra Figone, will introduce Mr. Shikada. Meeting Location Sen. John Vasconcellos Education & Technology Building CTC Assembly Room, 749 Story Road, San Jose Mark your calendars: No meeting held in December. DECEMBER HOLIDAY MIXER WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 11th. Watch La Raza Roundtable,Sundays, Ch 15, 6:00 pm Follow us on Facebook

  • Former Secretary of HUD, Henry Cisneros will be the special guest on February 28th !

  • Henry Cisneros co-chairs the Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) Housing Commission and BPC's Immigration Task Force. He is Executive Chairman of the CityView companies, which work with urban homebuilders to create homes priced within the range of average families. CityView is a partner in building more than 60 communities in 13 states, incorporating more than 7,000 homes with a home value of over $2 billion. Mr. Cisneros’ community-building career began at the local level. After serving three terms as a City Councilmember, in 1981, Mr. Cisneros became the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major U.S. city, San Antonio, Texas. During his four terms as Mayor, he helped rebuild the city’s economic base and spurred the creation of jobs through massive infrastructure and downtown improvements. In 1984, Mr. Cisneros was interviewed by the Democratic Presidential nominee as a possible candidate for Vice President of the United States and in 1986 was selected as the “Outstanding Mayor” in the nation by City and State Magazine. After completing four terms as Mayor, Mr. Cisneros formed Cisneros Asset Management Company, a fixed income management firm operating nationally and ranked at the time as the second fastest growing money manager in the nation. In 1992, President Clinton appointed Mr. Cisneros to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a member of President Clinton’s Cabinet, Secretary Cisneros was credited with initiating the revitalization of many of the nation’s public housing developments and with formulating policies which contributed to achieving the nation’s highest ever homeownership rate. In his role as the President’s chief representative to the nation’s cities, Mr. Cisneros personally worked in more than 200 U.S. cities in every one of the 50 states. After leaving HUD in 1997, Mr. Cisneros was president and chief operating officer of Univision Communications, the Spanish-language broadcaster which has become the fifth-most-watched television network in the nation. Mr. Cisneros currently serves on Univision’s Board of Directors. Mr. Cisneros has served as President of the National League of Cities, as Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and is currently an officer of Habitat for Humanity International. Mr. Cisneros remains active in San Antonio’s leadership where he is Chairman of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. He is currently a member of the advisory boards of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Broad Foundation. Mr. Cisneros has been inducted into the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) “Builders Hall of Fame” and honored by the National Housing Conference as the “Housing Person of the Year.” Mr. Cisneros has also been author or editor of several books including: Interwoven Destinies: Cities and the Nation. His book project with former HUD Secretary Jack Kemp, Opportunity and Progress: A Bipartisan Platform for National Housing Policy, was presented the Common Purpose Award for demonstrating the potential of bipartisan cooperation and Casa y Comunidad: Latino Home and Neighborhood Design was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal in the category of best business book of 2006. Mr. Cisneros holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M University. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, studied urban economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, holds a Doctorate in Public Administration from George Washington University, and has been awarded more than 20 honorary doctorates from leading universities. He served as an infantry officer in the United States Army. Mr. Cisneros is married to Mary Alice P. Cisneros, who from 2007–2011 served on San Antonio’s City Council and they have three children – Teresa, Mercedes, and John Paul – and four grandchildren. About Who We Are Annual Report Founders Board of Directors Governors' Council Senior Fellows Scholars Staff Contact Us Mailing List Henry Cisneros co-chairs the Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) Housing Commission and BPC's Immigration Task Force. He is Executive Chairman of the CityView companies, which work with urban homebuilders to create homes priced within the range of average families. CityView is a partner in building more than 60 communities in 13 states, incorporating more than 7,000 homes with a home value of over $2 billion. Mr. Cisneros’ community-building career began at the local level. After serving three terms as a City Councilmember, in 1981, Mr. Cisneros became the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major U.S. city, San Antonio, Texas. During his four terms as Mayor, he helped rebuild the city’s economic base and spurred the creation of jobs through massive infrastructure and downtown improvements. In 1984, Mr. Cisneros was interviewed by the Democratic Presidential nominee as a possible candidate for Vice President of the United States and in 1986 was selected as the “Outstanding Mayor” in the nation by City and State Magazine. After completing four terms as Mayor, Mr. Cisneros formed Cisneros Asset Management Company, a fixed income management firm operating nationally and ranked at the time as the second fastest growing money manager in the nation. In 1992, President Clinton appointed Mr. Cisneros to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a member of President Clinton’s Cabinet, Secretary Cisneros was credited with initiating the revitalization of many of the nation’s public housing developments and with formulating policies which contributed to achieving the nation’s highest ever homeownership rate. In his role as the President’s chief representative to the nation’s cities, Mr. Cisneros personally worked in more than 200 U.S. cities in every one of the 50 states. After leaving HUD in 1997, Mr. Cisneros was president and chief operating officer of Univision Communications, the Spanish-language broadcaster which has become the fifth-most-watched television network in the nation. Mr. Cisneros currently serves on Univision’s Board of Directors. Mr. Cisneros has served as President of the National League of Cities, as Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and is currently an officer of Habitat for Humanity International. Mr. Cisneros remains active in San Antonio’s leadership where he is Chairman of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. He is currently a member of the advisory boards of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Broad Foundation. Mr. Cisneros has been inducted into the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) “Builders Hall of Fame” and honored by the National Housing Conference as the “Housing Person of the Year.” Mr. Cisneros has also been author or editor of several books including: Interwoven Destinies: Cities and the Nation. His book project with former HUD Secretary Jack Kemp, Opportunity and Progress: A Bipartisan Platform for National Housing Policy, was presented the Common Purpose Award for demonstrating the potential of bipartisan cooperation and Casa y Comunidad: Latino Home and Neighborhood Design was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal in the category of best business book of 2006. Mr. Cisneros holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M University. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, studied urban economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, holds a Doctorate in Public Administration from George Washington University, and has been awarded more than 20 honorary doctorates from leading universities. He served as an infantry officer in the United States Army. Mr. Cisneros is married to Mary Alice P. Cisneros, who from 2007–2011 served on San Antonio’s City Council and they have three children – Teresa, Mercedes, and John Paul – and four grandchildren.

  • Senator Art Torres (REt.), J.D. will be the guest speaker on March 28th at 5:30 at Vasconcellos Building, 749 Story Road in San Jose. Everyone welcome!

  • Special guest at March 28th LRR Meeting...bring your cameras! Senator Art Torres (Ret.), J.D. Vice-Chair of the Governing Board of the California Stem Cell Agency distributing $3 Billion in stem cell research grants. In a career spanning more than three decades, he has tackled complex policy through bipartisan initiatives in the fields of healthcare, education, the environment, and has been a leader in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. He was appointed in 2010, by then Mayor Gavin Newsom, to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to oversee its water system. Between 1996 and 2009, Senator Torres served as the Chairman of the California Democratic Party, where he achieved substantial electoral successes at the local, state, and national level. Senator Torres served eight years in the State Assembly and twelve as a State Senator. He chaired the Senate Insurance Committee, the Assembly Health Committee, the Senate Joint Committee on Science and Technology, the Joint Committee on Refugees and the Senate Toxics Committee. Senator Torres authored the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act known as Proposition 65, intended to protect California’s drinking water sources from carcinogens. His passion to deter pesticide poisoning came from working with with farm worker leader Cesar Chavez in the early 1970’s. Senator Torres is currently on the Board of "One Legacy," an organ transplant foundation in Los Angeles, and served as a German Marshall Fund Fellow, President of the Kaitz Foundation as part of the national cable television industry; and, helped write Pope John Paul II’s environmental message in 1990. Senator Torres holds a Bachelor's Degree from UC Santa Cruz, a Juris Doctorate degree from UC Davis School of Law and served as a John F. Kennedy teaching fellow at Harvard University.

  • This Friday at 5:30, 749 Story Road, LA RAZA ROUNDTABLE MEETING. Everyone welcome! Senator Art Torres (Ret), J.D. Vice-Chair of the Governing Board of the California Stem Cell Agency distributing $3 Billion in stem cell research grants. In a career spanning more than three decades, he has tackled complex policy through bipartisan initiatives in the fields of healthcare, education, the environment, and has been a leader in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. He was appointed in 2010, by then Mayor Gavin Newsom, to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to oversee its water system Between 1996 and 2009, Senator Torres served as the Chairman of the California Democratic Party, where he achieved substantial electoral successes at the local, state, and national level. Senator Torres served eight years in the State Assembly and twelve as a State Senator. He chaired the Senate Insurance Committee, the Assembly Health Committee, the Senate Joint Committee on Science and Technology, the Joint Committee on Refugees and the Senate Toxics Committee. Senator Torres authored the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act known as Proposition 65, intended to protect California’s drinking water sources from carcinogens. His passion to deter pesticide poisoning came from working with with farm worker leader Cesar Chavez in the early 1970’s. Senator Torres is currently on the Board of "One Legacy," an organ transplantfoundation in Los Angeles, and served as a German Marshall Fund Fellow, President of the Kaitz Foundation as part of the national cable television industry; and, helped write Pope John Paul II’s environmental message in 1990. Senator Torres holds a Bachelor's Degree from UC Santa Cruz, a Juris Doctorate degree from UC Davis School of Law and served as a John F. Kennedy teaching fellow at Harvard University

  • LRR meeting tonight with Hon. Congressmember Zoe Lofgren. 5:30 at 749 Story Road. Everyone wlecoe!

  • LA RAZA ROUNDTABLE RECOMMENDS: For Primary Election – June 3, 2014 U.S. Representative Congress 17th District - Mike Honda State Assembly 25th District - Armando Gomez State Assembly 28th District - Chuck Page State Controller - John Perez Mayor of San Jose - Dave Cortese San Jose City Council District 1 - Paul Fong San Jose City Council District 3 - Raul Peralez San Jose City Council District 5 - Magdalena Carrasco San Jose City Council District 7 – (Dual Endorsement) Maya Esparza & Van Le San Jose City Council District 9 - Don Rocha Trustee, Area 6, Santa Clara Office of Education – Darcie Green Santa Clara County Sheriff – Laurie Smith Superior Court Judge – Matthew S. Harris Measure B - Yes

  • June La Raza Roundtable Meeting Light refreshments courtesy of The Nuñez Community Foundation June 27, 2014 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Charles Munger, Jr. Silicon Valley Republican Party President CHARLES T MUNGER JR. is an experimental physicist with a Ph.D. in atomic physics from the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated in 1987. His career has ranged from high-energy particle physics to the use of atomic systems to test fundamental symmetry principles. Working with two colleagues, he developed the technique for constructing the first atoms made entirely of anti-matter. His work for the last five years has centered on developing an experiment to detect the electric dipole moment of the electron, as a probe of CP-violation that might occur outside the Standard Model of particle physics. Charles is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Club of Northern California and is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Meeting Location Sen. John Vasconcellos Education & Technology Building CTC Assembly Room, 749 Story Road, San Jose Watch La Raza Roundtable,Sundays, Ch 15, 6:00 pm Produced by Yaocoatl Noe Montoya Follow us on Facebook

  • August La Raza Roundtable Meeting Light refreshments will be available courtesy of Liquid Restaurant August 29, 2014 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Kaiser's Irene Chavez's journey to health care via Texas Title: Senior vice president and area manager, Kaiser Permanente Hometown: El Paso, Texas Current residence: Morgan Hill Age: 62 Family: 6 brothers, 1 sister Education: MBA, University of Phoenix Career path: CEO, El Paso Specialty Hospital; Special assistant to the president, University of Texas at El Paso; CEO, Providence Memorial Hospital Irene Chavez is Kaiser Permanente’sSilicon Valley point woman, orchestrating a staff of 3,000 employees tasked with serving 200,000 customers. But Chavez, a Texas-to-California transplant, is also intent on exploring the region far beyond the confines of its busy hospitals. From off-the-beaten-path eateries to preferred staycation destinations, Chavez recounted her path to Silicon Valley and where you might find her after work. I hear you had an interesting first job. Right out of high school I worked for a company that organized trips for Americans with RVs. They would travel into Mexico on the railway system and then take off. Did you ever partake in an RV road trip? I was a tour guide for one of them. It wasn’t my RV, but it was a very interesting trip to Mexico. Do you travel a lot now? I went to Tokyo with the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce about two years ago. I never dreamed that I would get to Tokyo. It’s beautiful. The Emperor’s run (around the Tokyo Imperial Palace) was one of my favorite things. You also did some horseback riding in Texas, correct? I didn’t do shows, but we did quite a few trail rides, both Western saddle and English. Do you ride now in the Valley? You know, I haven’t found a place. I guess if you go to San Joaquin or something like that there are a lot of horses, but I don’t know that they rent them out … I’ll find a place. What about other outdoor activities? I like hiking. I’m so sorry for the drought, because when we were hiking up by Anderson Dam when I first got here about three years ago, everything was green and lush and beautiful. Now the earth is just so sad and parched. Every time I get out there, I pray for some rain soon. What would be your alternate reality career? My minor was in secondary education. I really wanted to teach American government. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I fell in love with healthcare. Whenever I get the bug for teaching, I will volunteer anywhere they’ll let me. In Texas, I did it at the University of Texas at El Paso with the Center for Lifelong Learning. I also helped some of the Texas Tech residents when they came out of the program to learn all about the business of healthcare and setting up a practice. What made you switch to healthcare? A big part of it was the fact that I could make such a difference in folks having access to great healthcare. In El Paso, about 32 percent (of the population) was uninsured. At the time, I worked for a not-for-profit community hospital, and we had a pretty significant outreach program for the uninsured. It was very rewarding. Did you ever consider becoming a doctor or a nurse? I did. The blood doesn’t bother me, but I have a strong sensitivity to smell. I realized I wasn’t going to be able to be at the bedside. I figured the best I could do was to stay on the finance and management side. Any culture shock when work brought you to Silicon Valley? The one thing that was really surprising was the distance that one travels. In El Paso we were geographically isolated. You really don’t go more than 27 miles. Otherwise, you’re in the desert. Out here it was a very pleasant surprise to be able to say, ‘Oh, I’m going to go to Oakland or Berkeley.’ Even though it’s farther than 27 miles it doesn’t feel like it. What are your best-kept Silicon Valley secrets? I love the museums and the arts and theater available in downtown San Jose. We have some beautiful churches and, of course, the missions nearby. Whether you go to the Fremont side or the San Juan Bautista side, they’re all just beautiful. I’ve done my fair share of exploring. What about music? I love jazz. I’ve enjoyed the jazz festival and some of the downtown San Jose venues. Who’s your favorite artist? Luther Vandross Favorite staycation destination? Right here in Morgan Hill (where I live). There’s plenty to do up through the Santa Cruz wine trail. The Loma Prieta Winery is just fantastic and has a beautiful view. And then, obviously, the downtown area. Some of the best-kept secrets are the restaurants. Maurizio’s and Ladera Grill are excellent. I’ve had a few events for my staff at Ladera and they do a marvelous job. What about a location for a power lunch in the Valley? A power lunch for me is a salad or a good bowl of soup. I like Castillo’s off of Cottle Road in San Jose. What’s something about you that people might be surprised by? I do leatherwork. I can stamp out a good piece of leather and create a purse or a wallet or some other piece of art. This article is part of the Business of Health Care special section. Lauren Hepler is the economic development reporter at the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

  • Secretary Caballero at Oct. La Raza Roundtable Mtg. Friday, October 31, 2014 from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Secretary Anna M. Caballero Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency State of California Anna M. Caballero serves Governor Jerry Brown as a member of his cabinet and as Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Her mission as Secretary mirrors her 34 year career fighting for working families. Caballero’s responsibility as Secretary includes the oversight of departments charged with funding affordable housing, civil rights enforcement, banking and financial transactions, consumer protection, and the licensing of three million working professionals. Location Sen. John Vasconcellos Education & Technology Building CTC Assembly Room, 749 Story Road, San Jose. Watch La Raza Roundtable,Sundays, Ch 15, 7:30 pm Produced by Yaocoatl Noe Montoya (followed by Native Voice TV at 8:00 pm)

  • Join us for our Annual Holiday Mixer & Mercado on December 10th from 5:30-8:00 at 749 Story Road, Assembly Room.

  • La Raza Roundtable Meeting Friday, January 30, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (come early to get a seat) San Jose Mayor Liccardo and County Board of Supervisor Chair Cortese will welcome the Honorable Senator President pro Tempore Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) Location Sen. John Vasconcellos Education & Technology Building CTC Assembly Room, 749 Story Road, San Jose. The first Latino elected President pro Tempore in more than 130 years, Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) truly embodies the California Dream. Born to the very humblest of beginnings and confronted with a multitude of obstacles, Kevin emerged to become a civil rights organizer, and an accomplished state lawmaker. His mother, Carmen, a housekeeper and a caregiver for the elderly, taught him both the nobility of a hard day’s work and our shared obligation to build a brighter future for the next generation. After years as an educator teaching U.S. citizenship courses, Kevin became a community organizer helping plan the largest civil rights march in California history against Proposition 187. Now, on the 20th anniversary of Proposition 187’s passage, his Senate Bill 396 erases this unconstitutional stain from California law. Following years as an advocate for teachers and public schools with the National Education Association and California Teachers Association, Kevin de León ran for a seat in the California state legislature and won. In the Legislature, Kevin is known nationally for trailblazing legislation such as authoring the 'Yes Means Yes' bill to protect college students against violence and sexual abuse. His efforts to provide retirement security to the millions of low-income workers has been called “a model for addressing a national problem” by The New York Times. He authored the first legislation in the nation to prevent the unnecessary separation of families — protecting against parental rights from being terminated because of immigration status. He also fought to ensure revenue from California’s landmark law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions be directed towards air, water and other environmental quality projects in low-income neighborhoods. Not one to shy away from controversial or complex issues, he co-chaired Proposition 39 – the California Clean Energy Jobs Act — helping to create more than 40,000 California jobs, and generate billions of dollars to modernize California schools. He reformed Workers’ Compensation lowering insurance costs for businesses, protecting workers while increasing their benefits. Kevin secured a win-win for the environment and for California workers, by negotiating a compromise on the single-use plastic bag ban which is a model for balancing jobs and the health of the planet. This year he also negotiated an expanded Film and Television Tax Credit to keep the cameras rolling in California, retaining and creating good jobs. In 2013, he brokered a compromise with Governor Jerry Brown for the passage of Assembly Bill 60, to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain licenses to drive to work, pick up their kids from school and be productive members of our society. Kevin was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with Honors. He is a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a Guest Lecturer at the University of Southern California. - See more at: http://sd24.senate.ca.gov/biography#sthash.yMuVZLNL.dpuf

  • La Raza Roundtable Meeting Friday, February 27, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Carl Guardino, CEO and President, Silicon Valley Leadership Group Location Senator John Vasconcellos Building CTC Assembly Room, 749 Story Road, San Jose. About Carl Guardino... Carl Guardino, one of Silicon Valley’s most distinguished business and community leaders, is the President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association that represents more than 385 of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies. In January 2014, Guardino was elected Chairman of the California Transportation Commission. In February 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to a four-year term on the California Transportation Commission and was later reappointed by Governor Jerry Brown. He also serves on numerous other boards and is actively involved in a wide range of community organizations and projects. In 2000, the San Jose Mercury News named Guardino one of the “Five Most Powerful” people in Silicon Valley in a once-per-decade study. Guardino has been the chief executive of the Leadership Group since January 1997. He previously served as vice president of the organization between 1991 and 1995. He also held an executive position in governmental affairs with Hewlett-Packard and he spent six years on the staff of Central Valley Assemblyman Rusty Areias, the last three as his chief assistant. Known throughout the region as a consensus builder, Guardino has championed a number of important issues, especially in the areas of transportation and housing. His transportation leadership includes successful management of ballot Measures A & B in 1996 that funded 19 key road and rail improvements with $1.4 billion; and co-management of a 2000 traffic relief initiative that will generate some $5.5 billion in local funds to bring BART to Santa Clara County, improve CalTrain and other transit improvements. In 2008, Guardino managed the successful Measure B (BART) campaign which earned nearly 67 percent voter approval. It authorized a 1/8-cent sales tax for 30 years to fund a 16-mile Santa Clara County BART extension. As a housing advocate, he co-created the Housing Trust Silicon Valley, which has helped 10,000 families afford homes in high-cost Silicon Valley by raising more than $40 million in voluntary contributions. He also co-managed Prop. 46, the statewide Housing Bond, in 2002 and co-chaired Prop. 1-C, the November 2006 statewide Housing Bond. Guardino is the founder and race director of the annual Thanksgiving Day Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot,” which had nearly 25,000 participants in 2013 and over the past nine years, it has raised more than $4.2 million for local charities. He is also the founder of the TiVo “Santa Run Silicon Valley” and the Lam Research “Heart & Soles 5K” to place salad bars in 100 Silicon Valley public schools. Guardino also is on the boards of California Forward and the California League of Conservation Voters, among others. Guardino was born and raised in San Jose and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from San Jose State University, where he is a Distinguished Alumnus. He is a member of Junior Achievement’s “Silicon Valley Business Hall of Fame” and the recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from City Year, and is the second recipient of the “American Public Transit Association’s Business Executive of the Year.”

  • La Raza Roundtable Meeting Friday, February 27, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Carl Guardino, CEO and President, Silicon Valley Leadership Group Location Senator John Vasconcellos Building CTC Assembly Room, 749 Story Road, San Jose. About Carl Guardino... Carl Guardino, one of Silicon Valley’s most distinguished business and community leaders, is the President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association that represents more than 385 of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies. In January 2014, Guardino was elected Chairman of the California Transportation Commission. In February 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to a four-year term on the California Transportation Commission and was later reappointed by Governor Jerry Brown. He also serves on numerous other boards and is actively involved in a wide range of community organizations and projects. In 2000, the San Jose Mercury News named Guardino one of the “Five Most Powerful” people in Silicon Valley in a once-per-decade study. Guardino has been the chief executive of the Leadership Group since January 1997. He previously served as vice president of the organization between 1991 and 1995. He also held an executive position in governmental affairs with Hewlett-Packard and he spent six years on the staff of Central Valley Assemblyman Rusty Areias, the last three as his chief assistant. Known throughout the region as a consensus builder, Guardino has championed a number of important issues, especially in the areas of transportation and housing. His transportation leadership includes successful management of ballot Measures A & B in 1996 that funded 19 key road and rail improvements with $1.4 billion; and co-management of a 2000 traffic relief initiative that will generate some $5.5 billion in local funds to bring BART to Santa Clara County, improve CalTrain and other transit improvements. In 2008, Guardino managed the successful Measure B (BART) campaign which earned nearly 67 percent voter approval. It authorized a 1/8-cent sales tax for 30 years to fund a 16-mile Santa Clara County BART extension. As a housing advocate, he co-created the Housing Trust Silicon Valley, which has helped 10,000 families afford homes in high-cost Silicon Valley by raising more than $40 million in voluntary contributions. He also co-managed Prop. 46, the statewide Housing Bond, in 2002 and co-chaired Prop. 1-C, the November 2006 statewide Housing Bond. Guardino is the founder and race director of the annual Thanksgiving Day Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot,” which had nearly 25,000 participants in 2013 and over the past nine years, it has raised more than $4.2 million for local charities. He is also the founder of the TiVo “Santa Run Silicon Valley” and the Lam Research “Heart & Soles 5K” to place salad bars in 100 Silicon Valley public schools. Guardino also is on the boards of California Forward and the California League of Conservation Voters, among others. Guardino was born and raised in San Jose and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from San Jose State University, where he is a Distinguished Alumnus. He is a member of Junior Achievement’s “Silicon Valley Business Hall of Fame” and the recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from City Year, and is the second recipient of the “American Public Transit Association’s Business Executive of the Year.”

  • In Memory of Sal Alvarez, Sr. A member of La Raza Roundtable and our Chaplain passed away on June 7th at 74 years old. Sal’s commitment to increasing fairness, equity and a voice at the table for Latinos was legendary. He regularly spoke before the State Legislature, Board of Supervisors and San Jose City Council to ensure social justice and community empowerment for Latinos. His deep spirituality and commitment to family were his hallmark. Sal’s perseverance led the effort to bring the Harvard Project to Santa Clara County resulting greater awareness to the disproportionality of Latinos impacted in the juvenile justice system. This work brought about sweeping changes in the criminal justice and the child welfare system. Sal was a local leader in the United Farm Workers and a long-time advocate working alongside both Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta for farmworker rights. Sal’s presence, commitment and dedication to ensuring Latino equality and fair representation in all levels of civic and community participation. He was a legendary leader and visible spokesperson in our Community for Latino rights. His participation and commitment to La Raza Roundtable for over 15 years, was unparrelel and without question. La Roundtable prays in unity for his family to give them strength during this time. A vigil will be held Tuesday June 16th at 7pm and Funeral Mass will be June 17th at 11am at St. John Vianney Church. The link to his obituary in the San Jose Mercury News: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mercurynews/obituary.aspx?n=salvador-e-alvarez&pid=175061096&fhid=11360 With deep condolensces to the family of our beloved friend. Sincerely, Executive Members of La Raza Roundtable

  • La Raza Roundtable Meeting Friday, June 26, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Thomas A. Saenz - President and General Counsel - MALDEF Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund Location: Senator John Vasconcellos Building CTC Assembly Room, 749 Story Road, San Jose. Watch La Raza Roundtable,Sundays, Ch 15, 7:30 pm Produced by Yaocoatl Noe Montoya SUPPORT LA RAZA ROUNDTABLE!!! PAY YOUR 2015 DUES!!! *INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP $100 *CORPORATE/ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP $500 Follow us on Facebook About Thomas Saenz: MALDEF Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund Thomas A. Saenz, a nationally recognized civil rights attorney, returns to MALDEF as President and General Counsel. Previously, as Counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Saenz served on the four-person executive team to the mayor, where he provided legal and policy advice on major initiatives. During his four-year tenure with the City of Los Angeles, Saenz helped to lead the legislative effort to change the governance of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the effect of which has been to take the City a step closer to securing a quality education for all students in Los Angeles. Saenz also served as the lead liaison on labor negotiations, with a goal of addressing serious financial challenges in partnership with the City’s workers. Previously, Saenz conducted civil rights litigation at MALDEF for 12 years. During that time, he was a leader in the successful challenge to California’s unconstitutional Proposition 187, and he led numerous civil rights cases in the areas of immigrants’ rights, education, employment, and voting rights. Saenz achieved several victories against ordinances unlawfully restricting the rights of day laborers, served as lead counsel in the 2001 challenge to California’s congressional redistricting, and initiated the employment discrimination lawsuit resulting in a $50 million settlement with Abercrombie and Fitch. He served as MALDEF’s lead counsel in two court challenges to Proposition 227, a California English-only education initiative. Saenz was also the lead drafter of the Amicus brief on behalf of Latino organizations supporting affirmative action in the Supreme Court case, Grutter v. Bollinger. Saenz has been recognized on numerous occasions for his work. He was selected as one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s “100 Top Influentials” in October 2009. The National Hispanic Bar Association (HNBA) presented him with the Ohtli Award in 2008. In 2007, Saenz received the Peace and Justice Award from Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California; the Latino Law Students Association of Yale Law School Public Service Award in 2007; and the Mexican American Bar Foundation Professional Achievement Award in 2006. Saenz was born and raised in southern California. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, and he received his law degree from Yale Law School. Saenz served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harry L. Hupp of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. For eight years, Saenz taught Civil Rights Litigation as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California (USC) Law School. His board service includes the Alliance for Justice (AFJ), Los Angeles County Board of Education, Alliance for Children’s Rights, ENCOMPASS and the Impact Fund

  • La Raza Roundtable Meeting. Friday, September 25, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Special Guest Robert Dresser, Board Chair California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board Location Senator John Vasconcellos Building CTC Assembly Room, 749 Story Road, San Jose

  • La Raza Roundtable Meeting Friday, November 20, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Honored guest: Retiring Chief of Police, Larry Esquivel Farewell reception following meeting! Location Senator John Vasconcellos Building CTC Assembly Room, 749 Story Road, San Jose Christmas Mixer is December 3, 2015, Save the date! NEW TIME SLOT!! Watch La Raza Roundtable TV show, WEDNESDAYS, Ch 15, 7:00 pm!! Produced by Yaocoatl Noé Montoya

  • Patti Cortese encourages people to become mentors!

  • Assistant Chief, Eddie Garcia, introduces retiring Chief Larry Esquivel.

  • Supervisor Dave Cortese

  • La Raza Roundtable Meeting Friday, January 29, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Special Guest: The Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa 41st Mayor of the City of Los Angeles (Come early for a good seat) Location Senator John Vasconcellos Building Conxion Assembly Room, 749 Story Road, San Jose Hon. Antonio Villaraigosa Bio In 2013 Mr. Villaraigosa finished his two terms as 41st Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, after eight years of major strides in transportation, crime reduction, infrastructure, energy and resource sustainability, right-sizing government, business development and education reform. Prior to his election as Mayor, Mr. Villaraigosa served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 2003 to 2005. From 1994 through 2000, Mr. Villaraigosa served in the California State Assembly as Democratic Whip, Majority Leader and Speaker of the Assembly. Watch La Raza Roundtable TV show, WEDNESDAYS, Ch 15, 7:00 pm!! Produced by Yaocoatl Noe Montoya