January 2017
 Governmental Affairs Committee News
Welcome to 2017: 
Let's Get to Work!
2017 Governmental Affairs 

In 2017, 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.

2017 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.
2016 Advocacy Highlights 
Celebrating our Successes
2017 Governmental Affairs Committee
  • Supported SB 269-Disability Access
  • 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 2nd & B Street Housing Project
  • Endorsed Northgate Walk Housing Project
  • Weighed in on City's RV-Oversized Truck ordinance, Public Safety Center, Ritter Center Relocation Efforts, Multi-Use Path and TAM OBAG funds, and Junior Second Unit Ordinance
  • Testified at City Council Meetings
  • Wrote to our State elected officials relative to Housing, Transportation and CEQA legislative bills
  • Met monthly with San Rafael Mayor and City Manager to discuss the issues that matter most to our members
  • Met monthly with City Council's Economic Development subcommittee, including Mayor Phillips and Councilmember Gamblin
 Let Your Voice Be Heard:
We are following what our state Elected Officials are doing lately - you should too!
View our state elected officials' Voting Record in 2016
2017 HR Law posters are now for sale from the Chamber. Failure to post a current employment law poster in a prominent location in your business can result in fines up to $17,000!

Get your poster today. Buying through the Chamber offers a substantial discount!
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Atria Tamalpais Creek
Body Kinetics Health Club San Rafael
Bordenave's Bakery
Brewer Phillips Hair Design
Brightstar Care of Marin
Circle Bar Trust
Coastal City Partners
Collie Autoworks
Corte Madera Towing Inc
Farnsworth Express
Ghilotti Bros., Inc.
Ghilotti Construction
Home Care Assistance
Il Davide
James D. Taylor, M.D.
Marin Center for Independent Living
Marin Center/Marin County Fair
Marin County Federal Credit Union
Marin County Hazardous Waste JPA
Marin Roto Rooter
Mazzoni + Associates
Mountain Mike's Pizza
Opus Bank
Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Pacific Sun Media Co.
PM Cohen Public Affairs
San Rafael Airport LLC
San Rafael Joe's
Sandler Training
Shira Ridge Wealth Management
Tamal Vista Family Dentistry

About Us

Joanne Webster
President and CEO 
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Leonard Weingarten 
Director of Business Development 
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Emily Maloney 
Marketing and Program Manager 
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Leslie Piper 
Business Development Exec. & Special Projects Coordinator
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Kim Lofrano
Office Manager
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Our Core Values

  • Strengthening the Local Economy
  • Promoting and Connecting the Community  
  • Providing Quality Networking Opportunities
  • Representing Business to Government
  • Political Action