President Barack Obama Thursday headed west to meet the cream of Silicon Valley business titans, including Apple's Steve Jobs, to seek input on how to speed up job growth and economic recovery.Obama was to dine with a small group of tech sector leaders also including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Yahoo president and CEO Carol Bartz, Twitter CEO Dick Costello and Google chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt.
One evening in May, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and her husband attended an expensive dinner. Other guests included billionaire Sean Parker, SV Angel's Ron Conway, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, Twitter board member Peter Fenton, and other powerful technology executives.
Business trips to Silicon Valley rarely include downtime for a day trip or long weekend, but if they do, most visitors head straight to San Francisco or Napa Valley.
But sticking with the familiar means missing out on what’s literally right over the hill. Just an hour’s drive south of Silicon Valley, you will find quaint seaside villages, miles of hiking and biking trails, and local haunts serving famous dishes.
Don Jacinto, general manager at the Joie de Vivre Dream Inn in Santa Cruz, says the area’s small-town charm is often overlooked.
Manitoba chiefs are not poised to cede from the Assembly of First Nations, but leaders gathered in Winnipeg on Wednesday raised questions about the national body’s mandate to represent aboriginals on treaty issues.