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    The Government Affairs Committee studies, analyzes & formulates positions on issues affecting the Los Altos business community, makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on public policy positions, monitors government actions & communicates chamber positions to appropriate officials to encourage positive actions, attends city council or commission meetings and expresses chamber opinions.

     

  • October Government Affairs October Government Affairs

    Neysa Fligor, Los Altos City Mayor
    LOOKING FORWARD & LOOKING BACK 

    Mayor Fligor will look back at how the city has partnered with the business community this past year and look ahead at how the city and the business community can continue to partner together.  Topics include COVID19, housing, Parklet program, and parking solutions.

     

  • Gabriel Engeland, Los Altos City Manager
    MEET THE NEW CITY MANAGER

    Like most California cities, Los Altos has a Council/Manager form of government. The City Council appoints the City Manager, who is the chief administrative officer of the City and is accountable to the City Council for the performance of the City organization. The City Manager appoints each department head and is responsible for ensuring the City's services are performed well and in accordance with City Council's policies.

     

    Gabe Engeland joined the City of Los Altos as City Manager in June of this year. We have invited Gabe to meet the Los Altos business community during a virtual 'Meet & Greet.' If you would like to submit a question prior to the 'Meet & Greet,' please email kim@losaltoschamber.org.

  • Emiko Ancheta, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Los Altos
    SOLID WASTE ORGANICS ORDINANCE (SB 1383) - PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR BUSINESSES

    SB 1383 - Beginning January 1, 2022, all businesses and multi-family complexes in California will be required to recycle organic waste. Senate Bill 1383 sets statewide goals to reduce organic waste disposal by 50% from the 2014 level by 2020, and 75% from the 2014 level by 2025.  It builds upon California's leading commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution statewide. The City of Los Altos has implemented an ordinance requiring that all businesses in Los Altos receive recycling and organics collection service. Joins us to learn more about the regulations. 

  • Steve Pratt, Business Development Manager, EAH Housing
    AFFORDABLE HOUSING & DIVERSE COMMUNITIES

    EAH has been selected by the County of Santa Clara as the developer for a property located at 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos. In the months ahead, EAH plans to hold a series of initial public forums that will invite the Los Altos community to participate in envisioning and creating the Distel Circle development. The community input that we receive will help to inform the formal project application that we will submit to the City of Los Altos Planning Dept. for entitlement processing and approval.

  • June Government Affairs June Government Affairs

    Lelan Anders, Program Manager, NOVAworks
    LEARN ABOUT NOVAWORKS PROGRAMS

    Lelan Anders, Program Manager with NOVAworks joined us to present information about the services that NOVAworks provides at no cost to businesses and job seekers, opportunities to connect with a talented pool of candidates, and an upcoming training series on inclusive Skills-Based Hiring design and implementation. 

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  • Susan Cordone, Conservation Coordinator, California Water Service
    LET'S TALK WATER CONSERVATION

    California has a traditionally dry climate, making it important for us to make water conservation a way of life and use water wisely. Good conservation practices help ensure a reliable water supply into our future. This discussion will go into the basics of water conservation opportunities.  There are many ways individuals can save water by switching out old and inefficient devices for newer technologies.  We’ll cover the current rebates and incentives that are available to Cal Water customers.

  • April Government Affairs April Government Affairs

    Matthew Record PH.D. 
    HOUSING MARKET DYNAMICS IN THE BAY AREA

    As one of the most prosperous regions in the nation, the 9 counties that make up the Bay Area are the home to 7.7 million people, across 6,900 square miles with a total GDP of $531 billion. The 5 counties that make up New York City, for their part, are the home to 8.4 million people, across only 300 square miles with a GDP of over $1.5 trillion. Yet, the average rent in San Francisco is on average $200/month higher than in New York City with even larger disparities for outlying areas and suburbs. This necessarily begs the question, how is it possible that a city with a roughly similar population to the Bay, 3 times as much income chasing housing across a land area 20 times smaller actually ended up with lower average rent than the Bay?

    The answer is a complex stew of overlapping regulatory entities, tax incentives and economic insecurities that have resulted in more than a generation of individuals forced to tie up their entire financial future with their home, with the generation behind them locked out of the housing market altogether. This talk will explore these issues and the causes before discussing the bold policy remedies that might be necessary to address them—and what could possibly happen if we don't.


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  • February Government Affairs February Government Affairs

    Marc Berman
    CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBER
    An overview of the new reality of State budget and a legislation review. 

    Asm. Berman will speak for 20-30 minutes and then begin QA discussion for the remaining time

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    The El Camino Healthcare District: What it is and its relationship to El Camino Health and El Camino Hospital
    Wednesday, January 6th, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

    For the first session of 2021, Chamber Boardmember and past Board Chair, Cindy Murphy will present
    We look forward to seeing you and hope you can join us!

  • A Discussion for the Business Community
    Wednesday, October 7, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

    The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its official candidate endorsements for the November 3, 2020 Los Altos City Council election.. The chamber is proud to endorse Kuljeet Kalkat, Sally Meadows, and Jonathan Weinberg.

    Come join us at the Government Affairs meeting Wednesday, October 7 from 9-10 a.m. for discussion with these endorsed candidates. Topical focus will be City & Business Partnership, Leadership & Litigation, and Housing Strategies followed by Q&A.

  • A Discussion for the Business Community
    Wednesday, September 2 9:00-10:00 a.m.

    This is an opportunity for the Los Altos business community to meet the candidates for the three open Los Altos City Council seats. 
    Each candidate will present for seven minutes to let us about themselves and their visions for Los Altos. 

    This is a presentation only, there will not be a Q&A portion of this Government Affairs meeting, but we encourage you to reach out to the candidates after the presentation if you would like to continue the conversation. 

    Recording is available on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHSeJF4ptPw&t=116s

  • Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor

    Update from Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian
    Thursday, August 6th 9:00-10:00 a.m.

    You can view the recording on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoKc2zdylic

  • Chris Jordan, Los Altos City Manager 

    A Discussion for the Business Community
    Wednesday, July 1st 9:00-10:00 a.m.
    Jordan will discuss modifications to City Council Priorities and budget implications in light of recent social justice and Corona-virus developments. 
     

  • Marc Berman
    CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBER
    An overview of the new reality of State budget and a legislation review. 
    Wednesday, June 3rd, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    This meeting will be held virtually.

    Please register to receive information on joining the Zoom meeting. 

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  • Anthony Carnesecca, City of Los Altos Economic Development Coordinator
    COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES

    A Discussion for the Business Community
    Wednesday, April 8th 10:00-11:00 a.m.
    Anthony Carnesecca, The City of Los Altos Economic Development Coordinator, led a virtual business community call to answer questions and direct you to appropriate COVID-19 resources.

    This meeting was co-sponsored by Los Altos Village Association, Los Altos Property Owners Downtown, and the Government Affairs Working Group of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce.

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  • Anthony Carnesecca, City of Los Altos Economic Development Coordinator
    COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES

    A Discussion for the Business Community
    Friday, April 3rd 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
    Anthony Carnesecca, The City of Los Altos Economic Development Coordinator, led a virtual business community call to answer questions and direct you to appropriate COVID-19 resources.

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    Randy Tsuda, President & CEO
    PALO ALTO HOUSING AUTHORITY
    A Discussion about Workforce Housing
    Wednesday, February 5th, 8:00-9:00 a.m.

    Randy Tsuda, President & CEO of Palo Alto Housing will educate us about housing and discuss ideas for additional workforce housing in Los Altos. Palo Alto Housing currently manages the Below Market Rate Units for the City of Los Altos.