• Governmental Affairs


    2019 Governmental Affairs Priorities

    In 2019, the Governmental Affairs Committee will be focusing its efforts on several key issues that are affecting our members and business in San Rafael & Marin. We will hear from local stakeholders, develop positions and recommendations, and determine how the Chamber can be effective in shaping solutions that will be beneficial to our members and the community at large.


  •   2019 Priority Focus:

    • Workforce Housing
    • Transportation
    • Homelessness
    • Business Retention and Attraction (job creation)
    • Following local Measures that impact business's ability to maintain costs and grow
    • Engage in State politics as it pertains to regional issues that impact San Rafael & Marin (such as housing, traffic, water and education)

    For more information on these issues, please contact Chamber President & CEO Joanne Webster at 415-454-4163 or jwebster@srchamber.com.

    2019 Issues We Are Watching:

    Short Term Rentals, SMART extension, Bettini Transit Center Relocation, General Plan update, Current Development Projects


    2018 Advocacy Highlights: Celebrating our Successes

    • Campaigned in Two Successful Ballot Measures- Measure AA and No on Prop 6
    • Successfully Supported the Expansion of Kaiser Permanente Facility on Los Gamos Drive
    • Embraced regional collaboration with Santa Rosa Chamber, identifying North Bay legislative priorities
    • Traveled to Sacramento to meet with State Representatives to champion regional priorities for businesses in the North Bay
    • Endorsed Senior Assisted Living Facility Project on 800 Mission Avenue and got 70 Units Successfully Approved
    • Rejected the Permanent Closure of Tamalpais Avenue for an additional Bike Path Adjacent to the Heatherton Bike Path
    • Weighed in on District Elections and District Mapping Ensuring the Economic Engine of East San Rafael Stay Intact
    • Lobbied City Hall for an Expansion of the Downtown Streets Team in East San Rafael
    • Launched New Time Limited Parking in East San Rafael
    • Embraced a Medical Cannabis Ordinance and Received Approval
    • Stressed the Importance of a San Rafael Transit Center Focus Group to Ensure Public Engagement




  • Economic Vitality Program


    The San Rafael Chamber is helping to strengthen the local economy through our Business Retention & Expansion Program, with the support partners Marin Economic Forum (MEF) and the City of San Rafael. 

    As the lead organization on this program, we have developed a systematic outreach plan to visit business owners and conduct surveys to identify obstacles and common themes for businesses operating in San Rafael. In working with MEF, we have developed key metrics used to analyze trends and issues identified in the program. At the end of the program each year, we compile a report that is delivered at October's Forecasting the Future Marin Economic Conference.

    Please contact Joanne Webster, President & CEO, if you have questions or are interested in supporting this program: jwebster@srchamber.com.

    View our Summary Report from the 2018-2019 Business Retention & Expansion Program



    This program is overseen by the Chamber's Economic Vitality Committee

    The committee monitors city regulations, advocates for streamlining the development process, supports new development and promotes local business. It works to improve the development permitting process by monitoring the Design Review Board and Planning Commission activities. The group also advocates for specific issues like sign ordinances, reduced business fees, parking, traffic, and other governmental regulations.

  • Thank You to Our Economic Vitality Program Sponsors!