• News for Chamber

    Thursday, October 26, 2017
    Shirley is one of two sales and marketing directors at Alma Via of San Rafael, an Elder Care Alliance company. The community includes 115 assisted living private apartments and 22 memory care private rooms. “I’ve been in the senior care industry since 1989,” says Shirley. “I’ve helped in placement, home care and community sales and marketing. I really like Alma Via and hope to work here until I ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member Spotlight, Chamber, Human Interest
    Friday, September 22, 2017
    On September 22, the Chamber issued the following letter to Governor Jerry Brown: Dear Governor Brown, Protecting workers and keeping housing affordable for all Californians are not at odds. As written, AB 1701 is flawed and will drive up the cost of housing for everyone across the state. AB 1701 makes contractors liable for another’s actions for which they have no control. Home builders will be ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Community, Political, Chamber, Economic
    Monday, September 18, 2017
    Thank you to everyone who purchased prize drawing tickets at the Business Showcase. Your support enables the Chamber to fulfill its mission of supporting, promoting and advocating for our local business community. Congratulations to our winners: Package 1 - Brian Ahlenmeyer Package 2 - Todd Crawshaw Package 3 - Ron Moss Package 4 - Lori Rooney Package 5 - Melanie Rempe Door Prize - Serena ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Community
    Monday, September 18, 2017
    On September 18, 2017, the San Rafael Chamber issued the following letter to Mayor Phillips and the San Rafael City Council:   Dear Mayor Phillips and City Council Members:   On behalf of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, which represents 625 Marin County businesses with over 26,000 employees, I write to express our opinion, thoughts and ideas relative to the East San Rafael (ESR) Parking ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Community, Political, Chamber, Economic
    Monday, September 11, 2017
    On September 11, 2017, the Chamber issued the following letter to the City of San Rafael Planning Commission: Dear Commissioners:   On behalf of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, which represents 625 Marin County businesses with over 26,000 employees, I write to express our support for the City of San Rafael to use the current State Accessory Dwelling Unit Law (adopted January 1, 2017) and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic , Press Release, Advocacy, Community, Political
    Saturday, September 09, 2017
    From the Marin Independent Journal, August 9, 2017: California’s housing crisis is real. According to Department of Housing and Community Development estimates, California must build at least 180,000 units a year to keep pace with demand. Marin should not be excluded from doing its part. Levine’s legislation is a pass from building our equitable share and that concerns the San Rafael Chamber. ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Economic , Chamber, Political
    Thursday, August 17, 2017
    The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District announced today that it has received the green light from the Federal Railroad Administration to begin full passenger train service. Service will begin on August 25. “We are proud to say that we are ready to roll,” said SMART Board of Directors Chairwoman Debora Fudge. “This is the result of years of hard work from SMART’s staff, its team of ...read more
    Categories: Community, Green, Chamber, Economic , Press Release
    Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    On August 15, the San Rafael Chamber convened with three other key business groups in the Bay Area - the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Silicon Valley Organization, and Oakland Chamber of Commerce - to discuss how to collaborate on workforce development initiatives. All four organizations agreed that it was necessary to work together in preparing local students for jobs in the new economy. 
    Categories: Chamber, Education, Advocacy, Economic , Human Interest
    Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    Cherry Levin of Vows and Promises has been a wedding planner since 2000. “I’m probably the only wedding planner in the Bay Area with a PhD,” she says. “I understand the ritual from an anthropological viewpoint, as a deep rite of passage.” She manages the planning with an eye on helping the family create a meaningful event, protect their investment, negotiate sensitive family dynamics and ensure ...read more
    Categories: Human Interest, Chamber, Member Spotlight
    Thursday, March 30, 2017
    According to the Governor’s news release, the $5 billion-a-year program will cost most drivers less than $10 a month and comes with strict new accountability provisions to ensure funds can be spent only on transportation. In addition, the Governor’s news release provided the following information: California has not increased the gas tax in 23 years. Since then, California’s population has ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
    Friday, March 24, 2017
    Jackie Jones is a jewelry designer who wholesales her work, handbags and accessories to retail stores. She also represents the Jackie Jones Collection at retail events, popup boutiques, charity functions and a showroom in Terra Linda. Jackie moved her business from the Peninsula to San Rafael in December 2015.Are you involved with a Chamber committee? I just joined the Chamber at the end of ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Community, Member Spotlight
    Thursday, March 23, 2017
    AB 199 (Chu; D-San Jose), if passed, could drastically raise the cost of housing, thereby making projects financially infeasible or exorbitantly expensive. This bill eliminates the long-standing residential exemption from prevailing wage rates, thereby making private, market-rate residential development a public work project for which a prevailing wage would be paid. Housing Cost ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy
    Sunday, February 26, 2017
    Lisa Safran is president of Improv Consultants, a San Rafael firm that helps executives and teams develop communication, leadership and collaborative skills. The company’s programs apply the principles of improvisation to support engaging and experiential learning. “I help clients identify their strengths and pain points,” says Lisa, “then create custom trainings based on them.” Where did you go ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member Spotlight, Chamber, Human Interest
    Friday, January 20, 2017
    Tim Long has been a State Farm Insurance Agent for 31 years. Along the way he’s built a strong agency, providing personalized service to 1,400 households in Marin, Sonoma and across the Bay Area. “A lot has changed in that time,” he says, “except our personal connection to our clients.” Are you on a Chamber committee? The Government Affairs Committee. It’s a natural place for me because I am also ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member Spotlight, Chamber, Human Interest
    Wednesday, January 18, 2017
    President and CEO, Joanne Webster attended a Special Study Session for City Council on Prop 64- Cannabis Regulations. Click headline above to view the Live Updates on Marin IJ.com 
    Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
    Tuesday, October 11, 2016
    The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce as a long history of supporting education. We support programs and legislation that create a qualified and capable workforce. That is why we are supporting Measure A.  It strengthens our community by protecting our future; the youngest, most vulnerable members of our community – our children.  Before the Chamber chooses to support any measure we examine it ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016
    Chamber supports recent deliberation of City Council and final approval of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ritter Center concerning operational changes at the center’s premises. Ritter Center has been a valued Chamber member since 1984 and we are very supportive of the services that they provide to the neediest in our community. However, we have recently seen an increase in the amount of ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
    Wednesday, June 08, 2016
    County Supervisor, District 2: Katie Rice County Supervisor, District 3: Kate Sears County Supervisor, District 4: Runoff between Chamber Endorsed Candidate Dominic Grossi and Candidate Dennis Rodoni ​ Measure B passed Measure D passed   Congratulations to Assemblymember Marc Levine and Congressman Jared Huffman.
    Categories: Advocacy, Chamber, Community, Economic , Education, Human Interest, Political, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 04, 2016
    The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsements for the 2016 Marin County Supervisor Elections:District 2:Supervisor Katie RiceSupport their campaign hereDistrict 3:Supervisor Kate SearsSupport their campaign hereDistrict 4:Dominic GrossiSupport their campaign hereChamber President & CEO Joanne Webster stated "the Chamber makes its endorsement for candidates that best fit the ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
    Tuesday, May 03, 2016
    The Chamber has a strong and long policy of supporting programs and legislation to improve educational services, modernization of educational facilities and programs that create a qualified and capable workforce. The Chamber leadership believes that the bond measure is needed to upgrade the facilities in order to meet the growing demands of 21st century job training in technology, computers and ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Chamber, Community, Economic , Education, Political, Press Release
    Wednesday, March 16, 2016
    We met in February with Marin Municipal Water District and key community members regarding possible solutions to allocations and entitlements. The idea of a Cap & Trade program was introduced, which could lead to more efficient allocations and more favorable rates, especially in times of conservation. Monthly automatic meter reads were introduced as a possible means to help identify leaks and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy, Economic
    Tuesday, March 01, 2016
    Six years ago, the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce endorsed Measure C, a City of San Rafael parcel tax ballot measure to support the City’s public library.  At that time, budget constraints were seriously impacting the Library’s ability to deliver quality services.  The ballot measure passed with more than 70% voter approval.  Since its passage, Measure C  has kept the library open for longer ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
    Thursday, February 18, 2016
    SB 269 (Roth; D-Riverside) provides businesses that have proactively sought to become Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant with an opportunity to resolve any identified violation. It is a balanced approach between preserving the civil rights of those who are disabled to ensure their access to all public accommodations, while limiting the number of frivolous lawsuits threatened or ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Community, Chamber
    Tuesday, January 05, 2016
    Chamber President and CEO, Joanne Webster testified at the City Council Meeting, Monday, January 4th encouraging council members to amend the zoning code to allow for Junior Second Units. She encouraged Mayor Phillips and Council members to pass the new zoning code without restrictions including a lot size minimum and parking requirements previosly recommended by the Planning Commission. After ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy, Economic

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