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Gazing into a foggy crystal ball to plan for 2040

Uploaded: Jun 23, 2020
Developing a vision for the Tri-Valley in 2040 is a challenging task by definition. Throw in the huge number of unknowns because of COVID-19 and it becomes a real guessing game.

Jeff Bellisairo of the Bay Area Council’s Economic Institute is leading the process for the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group. Last Tuesday, he convened two panels on Zoom to see what insights he could garner to guide the work.

Steve Lanza, innovation’s chairman, set the stage by noting the goal is to leverage the area’s existing strengths with bold new ideas. Housing and transportation are key pillars that need to be addressed as well as education and the innovation ecosystems. They launched last year and had hoped to be further along by now absent the pandemic.

The first panel featured Darlene Solomon, the chief technology officer of Agilent Technologies, Bloomberg opinion columnist Noah Smith (speaking from New Jersey) and Nick Bright, former senior executive with Applied Materials and Lam Research. Smith earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford and his doctorate from the University of Michigan.

Smith said that while pundits have been expecting the internet and other developments to diminish the importance of cities, it’s done just the opposite until the virus surfaced and forced knowledge companies to have employees working from home and meeting virtually. He said that the Nimbys in the cities limited new housing thus sending housing prices soaring and the middle and lower economic classes in search of a new place to live. He bluntly said in these days of racial unrest that many urban policies were set up in the 60s, 70s, and 80s to keep black people out.

The guessing game is whether the companies believe that the remote working can result in the collaboration that leads to innovation and better products. What it won’t do is provide the serendipitous meeting that puts people together.

The local panel featured Les Schmidt from the BRIA artificial intelligence accelerator at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon and Brandon Cardwell, the executive director of Daybreak Labs in downtown Livermore. His group focuses on hard tech and life sciences as an incubator. Brandon cited the importance of the random collisions that lead to discussions and collaboration.

Les observed that all over three years every company at BRIA has been remote and they only saw the founder/CEO. He emphasized the importance of the serendipitous meetings because he believes it will be multi-disciplinary teams that propels innovation forward (Lawrence Livermore has done its big science this way since its founding). You need a high-density talent pool—something the Tri-Valley already has in some sectors. Smith cited technology guys meeting in bars in Palo Alto led to the formation of the Silicon Valley and its culture.

Brandon cited a Pew Research Study that said Gen Z (born in 1996 or later) is going to be most educated and diverse generation ever. Half of the workers under the age of 30 will be of color. What are the ramifications of that for the talent pool?

The valley has grown dramatically more diverse in the last 10 years as it has attracted well-educated, well-compensated professionals looking for a quality community with excellent schools to raise their family. It has the highest percentage of adults with an advanced degree (26%) of the Bay Area’s regions (Silicon Valley is second at 25%).

So, wish Jeff, Steve and their colleague luck as they gaze into a very cloudy crystal ball and try to discern key strategies and action plans to enhance an already great $42 billion local economy and maintain the quality of life.

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Rich Buckley, a resident of Livermore,
on Jun 23, 2020 at 8:17 am

Rich Buckley is a registered user.

6/22/2020 IMAGINE - With Comment From Sadhguru. Web Link - Sadhguru (India's issues sound like our own)


Imagine if your city's website had a public forum where issues could be posted. Imagine that the poster could post not only original materials and personal comment, but could designate topics where others could join in pro or con. Imagine that the topics could be nearly anything. Imagine that the topics could link up and share posts with other communities, then with other counties, then throughout the State, and finally the nation as a whole. Total chaos? Too expensive? Who would benefit? Who would not? What rules would be imposed? Who would decide the rules? Who would be empowered? What restrictions would be necessary? How difficult would this be?

What if posted issues required three things?


Thing number one is your real name.


Thing number two would be life span, where a given number of votes kept the subject alive and broadened participation to greater and wider geographic areas?


Thing number three would be links that shot all the subject's postings on the designated subject, to government agencies listed on the forum side bar chosen by you.


Would everything just come to a total standstill through denial of service hackers? Or would some sort of public consensus emerge? Just wondering.

Perhaps the first thing we would notice is city council meetings would become much shorter. Why? Probably because the City Council would have a vested interest in directing public comments to the appropriate subject on their City website in a category called inside the public forum called "The City Is Planning To And Discussing."

I don't know, but it seems logical. Cut out all the staging of comments on chosen issues at council meetings and just post them on a linked and designated subject on the City website.

Want to make a more dramatic impact as a community activist or concerned citizen, link in your video, or someone else's video.... or not. Heck, on big issues that would cut hours out of Council meetings. 200 people at 3 minutes each ... just saying.


The other thing that would likely happen is protests and demonstrations would take on more meaning. To make a more dramatic impact, street demonstrations would choose to make a double impact, on line and on the street. Real time video updates across the country by organized protesters voting up connectivity.


There could be more, much more, if 1 out of a 1,000 protest-demonstrate on the street (guessing), 1 out of a 100 (guessing) would join in from their homes. BUT the home and office bound contributors could be counter-protest or counter-demonstrations not necessarily aligned with the street demonstrations.


Numbers would start to form significant meaningful data bases. Information currently hidden from us or worse yet skewed by some hidden hand with a political agenda inside Facebook, YouTube, Mainstream News Media, Twtr, would be open, transparent and at our disposal, now visible for all to see on any given issue. After all every sample population has a discrete sample level where statistical significance is mathematically born, bringing the community Closer To Truth.

This would provide publicly accessible data mining made available to the public that big monopoly power FB, YT, Twtr have for themselves and only make available to political allies while rejecting equal access from others as to data mining and as to topic coverage.

Using linked, merit based, voted-up, topic coverage, the usual private big money influencers, use to having their way with Congress, with political alliance groups, and with mainstream media, would discover a nonviolent voice emerging from the people.

Soon there would likely be $1.00 apps that had data mining capability on par with the NSA.

The big money influencers would for the first time have serious competition

......under construction.......


The voice that emerges from the holistic integrated, merit based, voted-up, interconnected national network would likely reject violence and movements appear to condone violence while piggybacking off violence without offering peaceful alternatives.

Consider just a few events in relation to the proposed network, and how the outcome might differ.

• Clemency Requests
• Student Loans
• The Federal Reserve
• Currency Reform
• US Federal Reserve Notes vs US Treasury Dollars
• Full Disclosure - Space Force - Zero Point Energy - Anti-Gravitics
• NASA - Split Away Civilization - Superluminal Travel
• 9-11
• Building 7
• Iraq War I and 2
• Fast And Furious
• Waco Incident
• The World Bank - Marcos's Gold - White Dragon Society Reset
• Pedophilia Rings - Epstein
• Human Trafficking
• Police Support
• Police Brutality
• Police Retraining
• Black Lives Matter -Big City Alliances - Antifa - Chop Zones
o Late night terror & Daytime Fake Summer of Love imagery.
• Black Lives matter- Suburban Peaceful Arms
• Native American Indian Rights
• Gun Control
• Gun Control Right vs Left
• Religious Rights
• Chemtrails
• Global Warming vs Ice Ages vs Electric Universe
• Clean Air, Clean Water
• GMO's
• Bioweapons vs Zoomorphic Evolution
• Fort Detrick Level 4 Bioweapons
• Wuhan Level 4 Lab
• Dr Fauci multi-million dollar CV-19 funding
• Green Agendas and Zero Point Energy Devices,
• Big money in politics, Lockheed Truckable Plasma Energy Units
• Reconciliation Initiatives
• DNC Paramilitary Gladio-3 Operations
• GOP And DNC Deep State Collusion
• Supreme Court Decisions
• Presidential Directives
• FDA, NSA, HUD, etc.

Wait, did someone question a title listed above for consideration?

Sorry, you only get to comment here and your voice can't also climb up through merit to include liberating your point of view with an army of allies. Your voice and opinion is stifled here .... without the ability to parlay with a city, then other cities, then counties, then States, and on up to National .... unless you join a movement driven by big money outsiders who use violence with impunity.

No? I misrepresent? I misdirect? What might you propose instead?

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Jun 23, 2020 at 9:34 am

What do you mean by "real" name? I use several, Lucky 13 to be's not only great fun but it's also easy for me to forget who I am.

If folks around you don't wear a protective mask, then don't let them hog the time at meetings and don't attend a single religious gathering.

You forgot to include archbishop cordileone the thing, such a twit who had a fit when he read about that ole statue of pad ray serra being toppled in Golden Gate Park!

Fauci can do NO WRONG!

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Jun 23, 2020 at 9:36 am

Don't forget, this is the R E A L - Web Link

Posted by Rich Buckley , a resident of Livermore,
on Jun 24, 2020 at 6:19 am

6/24/2020 Katherine Austin Fitts. Web Link

Fitts is one of the smartest people I follow. Her take on CV-19.

“Things all start to make more sense when you view CV-19 as a currency war."

The subject of currency reform is the background context to understanding artificial intelligence, Transhumanism, globalism, vs. Choosing

“We have a choice," says Fitts.

“First we need transparency."

“Do we want to be part of the Divine Intelligence, or, do we want to be controlled by the Machine Intelligence and hooked up to the Department of Defense Jedi Contract with Brain-Machine interface and mind control?"

“We have a choice. We don't have to accept slavery."

Posted by Charlie, a resident of Amador Estates,
on Jun 24, 2020 at 10:02 am

Rich Buckley

What the heck are you going on about?

Please move away from your computer and go outside for some fresh air.

Or et some professional help......

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