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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
On October 3, 2018, the IRS issued guidance for employers on how to claim tax deductions for business meals this year. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, ("TCJA") business expenses for "entertainment" are no longer deductible, effective for 2018. However, the TCJA did not modify the separate 50% deduction for expenses for business meals, which left employers wondering how to distinguish a business ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Economic
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Chamber Board of Directors voted to endorse Measure AA and ask you to Vote YES. Measure AA is the renewal of a half cent sales tax that will reduce traffic congestion on Highway 101, repair our local roads and provide transit options for our youth, seniors, and commuters. Keep Marin Moving -Vote Yes on Measure AA  
Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Chamber Board of Directors voted to Oppose Prop 6 and ask that you Vote NO! Proposition 6 would eliminate funding for for thousands of bridge, road, and safety improvement projects currently underway throughout California and essential infrastructure projects in Marin!Vote NO on Prop 6
Categories: Chamber, Advocacy
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Donahue Fitzgerald welcomes Employment and Litigation Senior Counsel  Kate Friend, Employment Senior Counsel Yen P. Chau, and Intellectual Property and Franchise Law Associate Samantha S. Tran to its Oakland office. Kate joins the firm from Pond North and prior to joining the firm practiced high-stakes, complex litigation in areas such as toxic tort, personal injury, landlord-tenant, and ...read more
Categories: Press Release
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Dear Mayor Phillips and City Council Members:   On behalf of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, which represents 625 Marin County businesses with over 26,000 employees, I write to express our support for the senior assisted living facility proposed at 800 Mission Avenue. The San Rafael Chamber agrees with city staff’s recommendation that the appeal should be denied and City Council should vote ...read more
Categories: Advocacy
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, which represents nearly 625 Marin County employers with over 26,000 employees, supported the proposed Kaiser Permanente Los Gamos Medical Offices Project located at 1650 Los Gamos Drive in San Rafael.    The San Rafael Medical Center main campus was built more than 50 years ago and is an aging facility. In 2015, Kaiser purchased the property with plans to ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Advocacy
Thursday, August 09, 2018
Marin Voice Joanne Webster, CEO San Rafael Chamber; Cynthia Murray, CEO North Bay Leadership Council; and Steve Saxe, co-chair, Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative Board The need for workforce housing in Marin County is demonstrable, pressing and clear.   While there are many reasons why workforce housing is needed, the impact on the economic future of Marin is one of the most ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
Friday, July 13, 2018
On behalf of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, which represents 625 Marin County employers with over 26,000 employees, we welcome the opportunity to provide Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) additional comments on the proposed concepts presented at the June 12th community meeting.   Option #1: Two Story Concept - We believe this concept to be the safest concept ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Community, Chamber
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
The City of San Rafael is proud to announce the launch of its new online business permitting portal, OpenCounter, which includes two new tools centered around business development. The first tool, a Zoning Portal, will allow users to explore where different businesses are permitted throughout the City.  The second, a Business Portal, is designed to help users understand the specific licenses, ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic , Press Release
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
BioMarin received standard approval from the FDA for Palynziq™ (pegvaliase-pqpz), an enzyme replacement therapy to reduce blood phenylalanine (Phe) concentrations in adults with phenylketonuria (PKU). Palynziq™ is the first approved enzyme replacement therapy to target the underlying cause of PKU. Palynziq™ is BioMarin’s second approved treatment for this rare condition, and the company’s seventh ...read more
Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, announced an impact investing commitment today of up to $200 million through its Thriving Communities Fund to address housing stability and homelessness, among other community needs. The organization’s initial focus will be on preventing displacement or homelessness of lower- and middle-income households in rapidly changing ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Chamber, Community
Friday, May 04, 2018
San Rafael, CA, April 26, 2018 – Kaiser Permanente hospitals in San Rafael and Santa Rosa received an “A” grade, the highest possible, for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group.   “These safety scores are a testament to the high-quality health care that Kaiser Permanente provides to our patients,” said Judy Coffey, RN, Sr. Vice President and Area Manager, Marin-Sonoma “We are proud to again ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Community
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Transportation Authority of Marin Board of Commissioners 900 Fifth Avenue Suite 100 San Rafael, CA 94901 Re: Measure A Sales Tax Renewal Expenditure Plan  Dear Chair Moulton-Peters and Commissioners: On behalf of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, which represents 625 Marin County employers with over 26,000 employees, I write to express our support for placing the renewal of Measure A on ...read more
Categories: Economic , Political, Chamber, Press Release, Advocacy
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Working Solutions’ unique combination of business loans and its free consulting program is helping entrepreneur Matt Lopez of Patrice and Associates/Impact Recruiting grow his business. Thanks to the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and Working Solutions partnership, Lopez was able to get a microloan from the nonprofit to help grow his business. “The partnership with the Chamber is a tremendous ...read more
Categories: Community, Economic , Human Interest, Chamber, Press Release
Monday, April 16, 2018
With more than eighty-three years of combined experience the merger between Safe-T-Proof and Disaster Supply Center bring unrivaled experience ranging from engineered shake table tested earthquake fastening systems recommended by structural engineers worldwide to a wide array of unique and innovative emergency products.   Michael Essrig Safe-T-Proof founder and CEO: "We are thrilled and ...read more
Categories: Human Interest, Community, Economic
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Eric Betz is the founder of MorningSide Windows, a professional window cleaning service for commercial and private properties in Marin and San Francisco. His service is licensed and insured, and focuses on creating sparkling windows, skylights and solar panels. He says, “I take pride in and enjoy my clients’ excitement about how great their homes and businesses look when the job is done.” Are you ...read more
Categories: Community, Chamber, Human Interest, Member Spotlight
Friday, March 09, 2018
RE: AB 2463 (Quirk-Silva and Cervantes): Small Business Assistance Act of 2018 – SUPPORT  Dear Assembly Members Quirk-Silva and Cervantes: On behalf of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, which represents nearly 625 Marin County employers with over 26,000 employees, I am writing to inform you of our support of AB 2463 relating to the Small Business Assistance Act of 2018.  AB 2463 designates ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Chamber, Political, Press Release, Economic
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Chamber leadership expressed its support for the conceptual design of the project located at 999 Third Street in Downtown. The collaboration of the project between BioMarin and Whistlestop has been well thought out and provides the Downtown with significant benefits that could help reshape the future of our city.   Since relocating to San Rafael in 2012, BioMarin has played an integral role in ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Advocacy
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The Chamber leadership voted to join the Coalition to Protect Local Transportation Improvements at their last Board of Directors meeting. The Coalition and the Chamber supports ACA 5, a June ballot measure to prevent the state legislature from diverting transportation funds for other purposes or redirecting funds for non-transportation projects. The Chamber also opposes the November ballot ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
Monday, February 26, 2018
John Schweitzer is a financial literacy instructor with the Heartland Institute of Financial Education. The national nonprofit brings independent financial courses to groups in the workplace, churches or other organizations. Companies can also hire the firm to educate employees on how to take advantage of their retirement plan, without pressure or solicitation. What brought you to financial ...read more
Categories: Member Spotlight, Chamber, Community, Human Interest
Monday, December 04, 2017
Chamber President and CEO, Joanne Webster testified at the City Council Meeting, Monday, December 4 encouraging council members to adopt a medical cannabis policy and suggested the following additions to the staff report; allow medical delivery services with no limits on the number of licenses; include local preference awards and dedicate a portion of any revenues collected toward substance abuse ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Advocacy