• News for Chamber

    Tuesday, October 06, 2020
    Legislation that will significantly expand the California Family Rights Act to employers with 5 or more employees has been signed into law and will go into effect on January 1, 2021. SB 1383 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) will require employers with 5 or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of protected leave to qualified employees. It was one of two California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
    Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    We are SO appreciative of your overwhelming response to let us help you promote your new way of doing business!  One thing is resounding clear – SAN RAFAEL/MARIN COUNTY IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS.  Even if their doors are closed, the phone lines/websites/online shops are definitely open.   Technology has been a blessing in that the majority of businesses are able to continue on via remote/virtual ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Chamber, Economic , Press Release
    Sunday, September 20, 2020
    Did you know the City's Streets Division spends a full day each week collecting illegally dumped items? The City has been running a number of pilot projects to better understand what is driving this and to identify potential solutions. These pilot programs aim to tackle the issues from all sides and include education, resources to dump items for free, and enforcement.   If you've experienced ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic , Green, Press Release
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020
    The San Rafael Chamber coordinates advocacy efforts on behalf of members and the business community in the San Rafael area. The goal of the Chamber's advocacy is to improve the area's business climate, strengthen the local economy, and ensure that public policy decisions adequately take into account the needs of businesses in order to maintain/improve our quality of life. That is why we endorse ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
    Monday, August 17, 2020
    We’re excited to bring you this series of webinars geared at equipping you with the skills to effectively advocate for housing in Marin. With so many new and old faces standing up for equity, we have the opportunity to make a huge impact on housing in Marin. During this session we will cover the history that led us to today's housing issues, solutions for our future, and workshop how to tell your ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic , Advocacy, Community
    Wednesday, August 05, 2020
      Recently the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the Marin Council of Chambers, which represents 11 Chambers of Commerce in the county, wrote to the County of Marin to  ask them to consider a fee waiver or deferral of the county wide health permit fee during the pandemic.  The pandemic has affected small businesses adversely. Among the businesses impacted the hardest have been food ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy, Economic
    Monday, August 03, 2020
    The Chamber Board of Directors voted at their regular July meeting to accept the GAC recommendation to oppose Proposition 15- Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding. We are in unprecedented times and in an economic crisis. It is not practical to move forward with this tax at this time. A tax base increase will most likely be passed onto the tenants ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy
    Tuesday, July 28, 2020
    ​As we continue to adjust to the difficult national and local developments, the San Rafael Chamber remains your source for the latest political and business news. Despite the Shelter in Place, the City of San Rafael and County of Marin continue to work on moving applications and policies forward. We continue to advocate and weigh in on the issues that are important to the business community. The ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy, Economic
    Monday, July 27, 2020
    Let’s Get Everyone Counted This Time! A complete count in the 2020 Census is important for Marin County’s economy over the next 10 years and especially in recovery efforts from COVID-19. Every year, roughly $1.5 trillion in federal resources are distributed using census data. Responding to the census questionnaire helps ensure Marin gets a fair share of funding. These are investments that ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy, Community
    Tuesday, July 14, 2020
    Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) provided comment and feedback to City of San Rafael staff’s proposed inclusionary housing and developer incentive pilot program. These changes could create more housing development in the city by providing flexibility in meeting inclusionary requirements and creating incentives.The recommendations include an incentive pilot program to receive additional height ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Community, Chamber, Economic