Siress, a third-generation Mountain View resident, joined the Chamber in 2015 after a career in the tech sector as well as the restaurant scene. During his tenure at the Chamber, he is credited for spearheading a rebranding of the organization's marketing strategy and redesigning its membership rosters.
Siress will be replaced by Bruce Humphrey, who joined the Chamber in 2017 and heads its government affairs. Humphrey has frequently served as the group's point person on policy matters. Before joining the Chamber, Humphrey served in a supervisor role at the 63rd Regional Support Command for the U.S. Army Reserve.
"(Humphrey) is a skilled and energetic professional who effectively builds relationships and knows the community of Mountain View very well," said Cecile Currier, the Chamber's incoming board chairwoman in a statement. "The Board is looking forward to his leadership and we know that he will take the Chamber to its next level of growth and success."
Humphrey and Siress could not be immediately reached for comment.
Caltrain fare increase
Caltrain will add an additional day to its monthly pass rate starting next month, officials with the transit agency announced today.
The monthly pass rate is normally 14 days, but with the increase it will become 15 days starting July 1. Passes went on sale June 21.
The monthly pass rate is calculated based on the numbers of days that would make the monthly pass less expensive than buying standard, daily tickets.
Caltrain officials are increasing the rate so they can fully fund the agency's operations.
According to Caltrain, record-breaking ridership and maintaining an aging diesel system have increased operational and maintenance costs.
The monthly pass, available only with a Clipper Card, is valid for the month that it's issued for. Monthly passes are for unlimited weekday trips between specified zones. On weekends and holidays, the passes are honored for unlimited trips between all zones.
Ticket sales stop on the 15th day of the month that the pass is valid for. Monthly passes must be tagged by the 15th of the month to activate them.
For more information about fare changes, riders can visit caltrain.com.
—Bay City News Service
Family makes $50K gift to YMCA
With a donation of $50,000 to the El Camino YMCA, Bruce, Diane, Audrey and Max Telkamp have provided the funding needed to spearhead an after school basketball program for students at Castro Elementary School. Offered free of charge, the program will be held on campus during both the spring and fall for students who may not have the resources to play on a club team.
"The Telkamp donation will add tremendous impact to our organization, but more importantly to our community," said Brittany Taylor, the YMCA's sports and teen program director. "Personally, this opportunity allows me to continue my mission and passion to serve youth and provide them with opportunity to thrive."
The Telkamps' donation will also be used to provide a limited number of full scholarships to youths who would like to take part in the El Camino YMCA's annual 10-week winter basketball league.
"We found that their passion and love of the sport of basketball matched perfectly with the Y's history and long standing involvement, having invented the sport over 150 years ago," said Executive Director Renee Zimmerman of the Telkamp family.
In recognition of their generosity, in late May the Telkamps received a plaque at the Y in their honor.
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