Government Relations

Advocacy, Influence, Results

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.

Priorities

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

November 2022 Election

Read our preliminary election analysis>>

Proposition 1 (Support): Would make California’s existing rights to abortion part of the state Constitution.

Proposition 26 (Neutral): Would allow federally recognized Native American tribes to operate roulette, dice games, and sports wagering on tribal lands, subject to compacts negotiated by the Governor and ratified by the Legislature.

Proposition 27 (Neutral): Would legalize online and mobile sports wagering, which currently is prohibited for persons 21 years and older. Such wagering may be offered only by federally recognized Indian tribes and eligible businesses that contract with them.

Proposition 28 (Oppose): Ballot box budgeting rarely ends well. And this seemingly well-intended measure is exactly that. It would guarantee state General Fund spending for arts and music education programs in all K-12 public schools (including charter schools). But mandates such as this pit one need against another and remove budget flexibility necessary for addressing the state’s many challenges.

Proposition 29 (Oppose): This measure represents the worst abuse of our initiative process. It’s an attempt by a healthcare union to use the ballot process to create leverage for contract negotiations. It’s failed twice before and should fail again.

Proposition 30 (Oppose): This misguided measure would undermine California’s economic competitiveness and chase away jobs and investment. And it would add to California’s already sky-high taxes by further raising them. At a time when the state is awash in record tax revenue and reserves, this would raise taxes on personal income over $2 million by 1.75% for individuals and married couples. And while it says it’s for combatting greenhouse gas emissions, it’s really an unfortunate play by major funder Lyft to secure a public subsidy.

Proposition 31 (Support): This referendum seeks to overturn legislation (SB 793, Hill) prohibiting the retail sale of certain flavored tobacco products and tobacco flavor enhancers.

Proposition K Extension, San Francisco (Support): The proposed measure would extend for 30 years an existing 0.5% sales tax that funds a wide range of transportation and transit infrastructure and maintenance.

Affordable Homes Now Measure D, San Francisco (Support): The Affordable Homes Now Measure, pushed forward by Mayor London Breed, would provide streamlined, ministerial approval for certain types of residential development, such as 100% affordable, increased affordable, and educator housing projects. With a continuing housing supply and affordability crisis, we must do more to remove barriers to new production.

Oakland Business Tax Overhaul, Oakland (Support): This measure would codify an agreement negotiated by the Oakland Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Bay Area Council to change how the city exacts certain taxes on business. It represents a significant reduction from an original proposal which would have almost doubled taxes on business in Oakland.

City of Santa Clara Business License Tax Increase (Oppose): This is an overreaching attempt by the City of Santa Clara to place a $45 per employee head tax that could result in job reductions at a time when the economy is facing headwinds.

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

415-946-8710

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Alex Torres

Director, State Government Relations

(916) 706-1205

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