Three Bay Area execs meet with President Obama

Three Bay Area business executives were among those who met with President Obama this morning at the White House to discuss the nation’s cybersecurity framework.

The meeting in the Situation Room was to “discuss the importance of cybersecurity, the joint efforts by the Administration and industry to develop the Cybersecurity Framework, and ongoing work to implement the Executive Order to enhance the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure,” the White House reported.

A White House official said the participants included Steve Bennett, president and CEO of Mountain View-based Symantec; Renee James, President of Santa Clara-based Intel; and Charlie Scharf, CEO of Foster City-based Visa.

Other attendees included Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga; Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan and Pepco Holdings CEO Joe Rigby.


Several Bay Area guests at tonight’s State Dinner

Several Bay Area residents will be on the White House’s South Lawn for tonight’s State Dinner with British Prime Minister David Cameron:

  • SPO Parnters & Co. private investment firm managing director John Scully, chairman of Advent Software, and his wife Regina, of San Francisco;
  • former Symantec CEO John Thompson and his wife, Sandi, of Woodside, who hosted a big-ticket fundraiser for the president at their home last September; and
  • California Attorney General Kamala Harris of San Francisco, and her sister, Maya Harris, who is the Ford Foundation’s Vice President for Peace & Social Justice.
  • Others on the long list of guests include various administration officials, diplomats and lawmakers; Virgin group founder Sir Richard Branson; Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour; movie mogul Harvey Weinstein; American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten; and actors George Clooney and Idris Elba. The British folk-rock group Mumford & Sons and Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter John Legend will perform.

    They’ll be chowing down on a first course of crisped halibut with potato crust, shaved Brussels sprouts and applewood-smoked bacon; a second course of spring garden lettuces with shallot dressing, shaved breakfast radish, cucumbers and avocados; a main course of bison Wellington with red wine reduction, French beans and Cipollini onions; and a dessert of warm Meyer lemon steamed pudding with Idaho huckleberry sauce and Newtown Pippin apples.


    Campaign finance update: Perata and Prop. 14

    Oakland mayoral candidate and former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata’s Hope 2010 ballot measure committee in the past week has moved another $70,000 ($20,000 last Wednesday and $50,000 yesterday) into Californians for a Cure, the committee formed by the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association and cancer research doctors to push the proposed tobacco-tax-for-cancer-research measure Perata helped put forth. That’s atop $40,000 last month and $150,000 in November. The proponents have until May 17 to collect the 433,971 valid signatures of regsistered voters required to put the measure on November’s ballot.

    In other news, Oakland A’s co-owner and Los Angeles-based real-estate developer Lew Wolff is among several Bay Area-connected notables who’ve ponied up in the past week for the campaign supporting Proposition 14, the “top-two primary” ballot measure leveraged onto this June’s ballot by state Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria – now Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s nominee for lieutenant governor – as part of the deal he struck for his vote on the state budget last year.

    Wolff gave $5,000 on Friday. Other recent contributions include $10,000 last Wednesday from Denise Watkins, a Pleasanton education activist and wife of former Seagate CEO Bill Watkins; $5,000 last Wednesday from former state Controller and 2006 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Westly; $5,000 last Wednesday from Symantec Corp. Chairman John Thompson of Woodside; and $10,000 on Monday from Aart De Geus, Chairman and CEO of Mountain View-based Synopsys Inc. Though not from the Bay Area, the $20,000 that the California Chamber of Commerce gave yesterday ain’t chicken feed, either.


    California donors to Obama’s inaugural committee

    The Presidential Inaugural Committee is now posting information on all donors who give $200 or more. Here are the Bay Area donors as of Sunday night:

  • James Campbell, Pohaku Fund, Kentfield — $50,000
  • Quinn Delaney, Jordan Real Estate Investments, Oakland — $25,000
  • Racheal Hunter, Mill Valley — $50,000
  • Wayne Jordan, Jordan Real Estate Investments, Oakland — $25,000
  • Mitchell Kapor, San Francisco — $50,000
  • Michael Kiechnick, Working Assets, Palo Alto — $50,000
  • Sharon Meresman, Los Altos — $50,000
  • Julia Parish, self employed, San Francisco — $50,000
  • Michael L. Parker, Loma Verde Properties, Berkeley — $50,000
  • Paul Rudd, Adaptive Analytics, San Francisco — $50,000
  • John Thompson, Woodside — $50,000
  • Carol Winograd, Stanford University, Stanford — $50,000
  • For the rest of the California donors, including some notable Hollywood types, follow me after the jump… Continue Reading