October 2022 Eureka Chamber Membership News
Warm Greetings!

Board Members Linda Wise and Matthew
Marshall; CEO and President, Nancy Olson;
State Senator, Mike McGuire
I hope this finds you enjoying the changing of seasons!

September was an active month for our Chamber, with a significant focus on government relations. In this brief overview, we trust you will find information that is meaningful for your business and your understanding of what’s happening in our community and state.

Chamber Board Chair Linda Wise (Recology), Board Member Matthew Marshall (Redwood Coast Energy Authority) and I had dinner and a robust conversation with State Senator Mark McGuire. Earlier the same day, Linda and I also met with State Assemblymember Jim Wood. We discussed a variety of topics from last-mile broadband to organic waste, fire control to transportation, renewable energy to agriculture, and more.

With our region poised for significant growth in the years ahead, housing and homelessness were a focus of our conversations. The Governor’s Budget Summary 2022-23 outlines how the State will invest $9 billion to support development of new housing and redevelopment, and another $8 billion to address homelessness, including investment related to behavioral health needs. Additional legislation (AB 2011, SB 6, SB 886) has recently been passed to mitigate hurdles to housing development. Bottom line: we need to ensure our community is fully aware of and prepared to access these resources. In the coming months, our Chamber will be hosting conversations for our members with state and local leaders to inform and strategize.

Our Chamber is also supporting the GoHumCo (County of Humboldt’s Office of Economic Development) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process by participating in working sessions and encouraging the engagement of Chamber members. The County is required to complete the CEDS process every five years. Check out the status of the CEDS process at the Humboldt Rising website.

The Port of Humboldt and GoHumCo have made presentations on the status of offshore wind development to the Chamber’s Business & Industry and Business & Education Committees, sharing potential opportunities for Chamber members, and needs for education and workforce development. The Chamber is committed to keeping members apprised of the status of offshore wind development and will be hosting additional information sessions in the coming months.

Our Chamber also meets quarterly with the Eureka City Manager and Councilmembers to discuss matters of common interest and concern. As part of our ongoing collaboration with City of Eureka, they contribute updates of interest in our monthly newsletter.

Tracking legislation and maintaining strong working relationships with local and state government officials is just part of what the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce delivers for our members. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Access Resources to Increase Security at Your Business
In response to member concerns about security at their businesses, the Eureka Chamber is hosting a conversation with City of Eureka and Eureka Police Department officials about grant funding and strategies to mitigate security risks at your business. Due to limited space, this is a Eureka Chamber member-only event. 
October Mixer at
Coast Central Credit Union
Join us for the October mixer, hosted by Coast Central Credit Union (402 F St., Eureka) on Thursday, October 20th at 5:30 pm. Dress warm!
September Mixer at the Zoo
The September Mixer at the Sequoia Park Zoo did not disappoint! Attendees met new Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation Executive Director, David Reed, enjoyed a guided tour of the Redwood Skywalk and sampled delicious food and drinks.
100 Businesses Served
Through Elevate!
In September the Elevate program graduated its 100th Humboldt business! There is still time to register your business for this outstanding digital marketing workshop before the grant funding expires. Stay tuned for even more exciting options with Elevate: Next Level!
Business News From the City of Eureka
City Invites Community Input in
Portion of Budget Process
Please join the City of Eureka in determining how to spend $75,000 of our annual budget!
Fred J Moore III Named
Executive Vice President
Coast Central Credit Union announced that Fred J. Moore III, CPA, VP Chief Financial Officer, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, working closely with President/CEO James T. Sessa to lead and manage the credit union.
College of the Redwoods Holds
Advising & Career Fair
Chamber members are invited to participate in College of the Redwood's Advising and Career Fair on Monday, Nov. 28, from 10:30am to 1:30pm in the CR Learning Resource Center.
New 369 Area Code Coming to the 707 Area Code Region
To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the California Public Utilities Commission has approved an all-services overlay for the 707 area code region. As of February 1, 2023, a new 369 area code will overlay the existing 707 area code. 
Leadership Redwood Coast to
Launch in January
Leadership Redwood Coast, a program of AEDC, is a seven-month, cohort-based regional leadership program centered on empowering diverse individuals throughout Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and adjacent Tribal lands. Participants will gain the tools, connections, and insight they need to effect equitable and innovative change in their businesses, communities and across the region.
FAST Recovery Act to Establish More Regulation for Fast Food Establishments
In September, the State of California approved AB 257, the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act or FAST Recovery Act, establishing an appointed body to review and make changes to how the fast food industry is regulated, including the potential for higher minimum wages and enhanced working conditions for the fast food industry. 
David Reed Welcomed as the New
Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation
Executive Director
The Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation (SPZF) is excited to welcome David Reed as the new Executive Director of the Foundation. Reed brings 26 years of fundraising and non-profit management experience to the Zoo Foundation.
SIHB Scholarships Now Open
Soroptimist International of Humboldt Bay announces the application opening for several scholarship and grant opportunities. Deadlines to apply vary, so visit the website for details.
Humboldt County Children’s
Author Festival
Come to the Humboldt County Library (1313 3rd Street, Eureka) on Saturday, October 22 from 10-2 to meet the 24 visiting authors of The Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival. Members of the public will be able to buy their books at the event and have them autographed!
In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber employment law expert Matthew Roberts and CalChamber policy advocate Ashley Hoffman discuss five new labor laws employers should know and prepare for: SB 1162; AB 152; AB 1949; AB 1041; and SB 1044.
Middle Class Tax Refund Calculator
You are eligible for the Middle Class Tax Refund if you filed your 2020 tax return by October 15, 2021, meet the California adjusted gross income (CA AGI) limits; were not eligible to be claimed as a dependent in the 2020 tax year; were a California resident for six months or more of the 2020 tax year; are a California resident on the date the payment is issued