Chamber Advocacy and Positions
The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce believes that a healthy business community is invaluable to the community as a whole. The Chamber tracks local, state and federal issues impacting business and maintains close contact with city, county and state legislators to promote beneficial business legislation and discourage detrimental regulations.
The Chamber participates in monthly meetings with San Rafael's Mayor and city staff. The Governmental Affairs Committee tracks issues impacting business -- from taxation to workers' compensation and employer mandates. For more information about the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee contact Joanne Webster in the Chamber office at (415) 454-4163 ext 101.
If you are interested in the Chamber's advocating for your issue, please see the San Rafael Chamber Policy for Advocacy.
GAC Business Plan for 2014
More about the role of the GAC within the SR Chamber.
2014 ADVOCACY NEWS
Chamber Supports Plastic Bag Ban in San Rafael - Press Release
Letter of Support for Plastic Bag Ban
2013 ADVOCACY NEWS
CalChamber Issues Vote Record on Major Bills for 2013
State and Assembly Voting Records from CalChamber
ELECTION NEWS FOR NOVEMBER 2013
CHAMBER ENDORSES MEASURE F (Marin General Hospital Bond Measure)
Economic Impact Report prepared by Marin Economic Forum
Letter of Support from Chamber
Measure F FAQ
Who Endorses Measure F?
CHAMBER ENDORSES MARIBETH BUSHEY LANG for San Rafael City Council
CHAMBER TAKES NO POSITION ON MEASURE E (San Rafael Sales Tax renewal and increase Measure)
August 2013 - Chamber Joins Coalition to SUPPORT Comprehensive Immigration Reform
- Chamber SUPPORTS Marin Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program
July 2013 - Chamber Announces Positions on Three Key Issues
- Letter of SUPPORT for Priority Development Areas to San Rafael City Council
- Letter of SUPPORT for Marin General Hospital Bond Measure
- Press Release about Chamber SUPPORT of Marin General Bond Measure
- Letter OPPOSING recall of County Supervisor, District One
May 2013 - Chamber SUPPORTS Downtown Business Improvement District Ordinance
April 2013 - Chamber SUPPORTS MEASURES A AND B - Parcel Tax for Education
March 2013 - Chamber Announces Affiliation with Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy
October 2012 - Chamber Announces Positions for November 2012 Election (link to full release)
Prop 30 - Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. SUPPORT
Prop 31 - State Budget. State and Local Government. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute OPPOSE
Proposition 32 - No position
Proposition 33 - No position
Proposition 34 - No position
Proposition 35 - No position
Proposition 36 - No position
Prop 37 - Genetically Engineered Foods. Labeling. Initiative Statute. NEUTRAL
Prop 38 - Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs. Initiative Statute. OPPOSE
Prop 39 - Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding. Initiative Statute. NEUTRAL
Prop 40 - Redistricting. State Senate Districts. Referendum. SUPPORT
Measure A - County Sales Tax for Parks Measure - NEUTRAL
Former Chamber President and CEO Rick Wells stated, "This is a comprehensive ballot that will have an impact on our economy, our infrastructure and our state for many years to come. Our Governmental Affairs Committee and Board of Directors spent a great deal of time and energy reviewing the nuances and potential effects of these issues. We believe these positions represent fairly the best interests of our members and our community."
The Chamber also endorsed Marc Levine for California State Assembly and Jared Huffman for United States Congress.
Chamber Endorses Marc Levine for State Assembly and SF Chronicle Joins San Rafael Chamber in Levine Endorsement
Chamber SUPPORTS proposal to Expand Wireless Infrastructure
Chamber SUPPORTS Business License Amnesty Program
Chamber SUPPORTS proposed EPS ordinance and makes recommendations to help businesses adjust
Chamber SUPPORTS SMART train planning flexibility
Chamber SUPPORTS Governors Pension reform Package
Chamber SUPPORTS Santa Venetia Development
AB2560 - SUPPORT- The SR Chamber joined the Marin Council of Chambers in SUPPORT of this Bill.
Chamber SUPPORTS Pension Reform
Chamber SUPPORTS Grady Ranch Project at Skywalker Properties
CalChamber Announces List of Job Creator Bills
Want to know where your legislators stand? Check out their voting records.
This report focuses on California legislators' floor votes on bills of priority to the California Chamber of Commerce, and is published in response to numerous requests by member firms and local chambers of commerce that would like a gauge by which to measure their legislator's performance.
To help readers assess legislators' vote records, the charts group bills by areas: economic development, environmental regulation, labor and employment, legal, taxation and workers' compensation.
Board Announces Endorsement for November 2011 Election:
Mayor: Gary Phillips
City Council: Andrew McCullough
Marin Scope Letter to the Editor response from Former President and CEO Rick Wells
SR Chamber Board Announces Opposition and Encourages Veto of Four State Bills:
Professional Baseball in San Rafael
View Full press release
California Product Stewardship Council. Support
San Rafael is one of the first Chambers of Commerce to sign on to support the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility.
San Rafael Target Development: Support
Marin County - Measure S: Support
Marin County - Measure T: Oppose
December 2010 - Cal Chamber Releases List of Employment Laws Impacting Businesses in 2011 (full story)
Measure C: Support - This parcel tax will support public library facilities and operations. More Info
San Rafael Zoning Amendments: Support (View Letter)
"Amended Zoning Ordinance" document.
For more information please contact
Paul Jensen, Planning Manager (415.485.5064)
Marin Energy Authority: No Position
What are my Rights as a Customer with MEA? (See Chapter 9 on page 53)
More Information About State or Federal Chamber Issues click on the respective link below: