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 Sends Letter to MTC on Draft Guidelines for Countywide Transportation Plans

Chamber Sends Letter to Governor Brown Requesting Veto of AB 1897 - Labor Contracting: Client Liability

Chamber Endorses Measure B

Chamber Support of the Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau Efforts at the Marin Center

Chamber Endorses Marc Levine for Assembly

Chamber Endorses Susan Adams in Supervisor Race

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 


2012 ADVOCACY 

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 Responds to Grady Ranch Announcement

Chamber SUPPORTS Grady Ranch Project at Skywalker Properties

Chamber SUPPORTS North San Rafael Sports Complex

CalChamber Announces List of Job Creator Bills


2013 New Laws Affecting California Employers



 
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.


Winter 2011-2012

Board Announces Endorsement for November 2011 Election:

Mayor: Gary Phillips

City Council: Andrew McCullough

Marin Independent Journal and Marin Builders Association join Chamber by endorsing Gary Phillips for Mayor and Andrew McCullough for City Council

Fundraising Events

Marin Scope Letter to the Editor response from Former President and CEO Rick Wells

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SR Chamber Board Announces Opposition and Encourages Veto of Four State Bills:

AB_22_OPPOSE.pdf

AB_325_OPPOSE.pdf

AB_559_OPPOSE.pdf

AB_1155_OPPOSE.pdf

CalChamber positions on recent legislation

CalChamber vote record: Major Bills 2011

 


 

San Rafael Chamber Positions/Endorsements History:

Summer 2011

Professional Baseball in San Rafael

View Full press release

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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.

Visit the CPSC Website

Read letter of support from the Chamber.


Winter 2010-2011

San Rafael Target Development: Support

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Marin County - Measure S: Support

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Marin County - Measure T: Oppose

December 2010 - Cal Chamber Releases List of Employment Laws Impacting Businesses in 2011 (full story)


Summer 2010

Measure C: Support - This parcel tax will support public library facilities and operations. More Info

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San Rafael Zoning Amendments: Support (View Letter)

"Amended Zoning Ordinance" document.

For more information please contact

Paul Jensen, Planning Manager (415.485.5064)

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Marin Energy Authority: No Position

More Information from North Bay Business Journal
PRO and CON

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:

 Cal Chamber