Government Relations

Advocating A Transformative Policy Agenda

The Bay Area Council Government Relations Committee is the advocacy arm of the Council.  Our job is to support the work of the policy committees and ensure that the positions we take as an organization are voiced at the local, state and federal levels.


  • Work with state and federal legislators to influence policy to improve the business climate and quality of life in the Bay Area.

2020 Ballot Measure Positions

In addition to the measures listed below, the Bay Area Council is also opposing almost 35 general tax increases that appear on local ballots across the region. Safely reopening our economy and getting people back to work must be our top priority in addressing our economic woes, not increasing taxes that will only help drive away business, investment and workers and put us at a competitive disadvantage with other regions and states where taxes are lower.

Measure RR (San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties) – Rail Service Tax (Support)
Authorizes a 1/8 cent sales tax to rescue Caltrain, relieve traffic, and reduce pollution. The sales tax will be used to provide faster and more frequent trains, more express trains and better connections local transit, and cleaner- quieter cars to improve local air quality. Learn more about Measure RR>>

Proposition F (San Francisco) – Business and Tax Regulations Code Charter Amendment (Oppose)
Eliminates the payroll expense tax, increases the business registration fee by $230-460, increases gross receipts tax rates to 0.015-1.040%, increases the administrative office tax rate to 1.61%, increases gross receipts tax rates by 0.175-0.690% and the administrative office tax rate by 1.5% pending certain lawsuits, places a 1-3.5% tax on gross receipts from commercial leases, as well as other business tax changes.

Proposition I (San Francisco) – Real Estate Transfer Tax (Oppose)
Authorizes an increase to the transfer tax rate on real estate sales and leases of 35 years or more, to 5.5% on transactions of $10 million to $25 million and to 6% on transactions of $25 million or more, generating an estimated $196 million per year.

Proposition L (San Francisco) – Business Tax (Oppose)
Authorizes an additional tax of 0.1%-0.6% of gross receipts or 0.4%-2.4% of payroll expenses for businesses in which the highest-paid managerial employee earns more than 100 times the median compensation of employees, generating an estimated $60-140 million per year.

Measure U (Richmond) – Business License Tax (Oppose)
Imposes a gross receipts tax on businesses of between 0.6% and 5% depending on the type of business and amount of revenue generated in the city.

Proposition 14 – Stem Cell Research Institute Bond Initiative (Support)
Authorizes $5.5 billion bonds to fund the CA Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Learn more about Prop. 14>>

Proposition 15 – Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties (Oppose)
Constitutional amendment changing Prop. 13 to require commercial and industrial properties, except those zoned as commercial agriculture, to be taxed based on their market value, rather than their purchase price. Learn more about Prop. 15>>

Proposition 16 – California Act for Economic Prosperity (Support)
Constitutional Amendment would permit the use of race and gender as decision factors in public employment, public education, and public contracting. Learn more about Prop. 16>>

Proposition 17 – Voting Rights Restoration for Persons on Parole (Support)
Constitutional amendment would a felon while on parole to vote in California elections – a standard that currently exists in 18 states. Learn more about Prop. 17>>

Proposition 18 – Primary Voting for 17-Year-Olds (Support)
Constitutional amendment would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections provided they turn 18 before the general election. Learn more about Prop. 18>>

Proposition 19 – Base Property Tax Portability (Support)
Removes requirements for property tax base transfers. Learn more about Prop. 19>>

Proposition 20 – Criminal Sentencing, Parole, and DNA Collection Initiative (Support)
Places new limits on early parole, creates new felony categories, requires DNA samples from those convicted of certain misdemeanors. Learn more about Prop. 20>>

Proposition 21 – Rental Affordability Act (Oppose)
Would expand authority of local governments to enact rent control on residential property. Learn more about Prop. 21>>

Proposition 22 – App-Based Drivers as Contractors and Labor Policies Initiative (Support)
Exempts app-based transportation and delivery drivers from AB 5. Learn more about Prop 22>>

Proposition 23 – Dialysis Clinic Requirements Initiative (Oppose)
Would impose a series of costly and unnecessary new mandates on dialysis clinics. Learn more about Prop. 23>>

Government Relations Committee Co-Chairs:

Kristina Lawson, Managing Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP
Rebecca Prozan, Head, West Coast Region, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google

Policy Leads

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Matt Regan

Senior Vice President, Public Policy


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Anna Sciaruto

Policy Associate

(415) 946-8704

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