Welcome New Members
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.
CalChamber Vice President of Small Business Advocacy, Nick Ortiz
CalChamber Update – The Importance of Small Business Voices in the Capitol
Nick Ortiz serves as Vice President of Small Business Advocacy for the CalChamber, the state’s largest and broadest trade association. Nick is responsible for grassroots advocacy, small business engagement, and local chamber relations. Nick will provide an overview of the 2023 legislative session, a preview of what we expect for 2024 as well as the results of CalChamber’s recent “People’s Voice” annual poll.
City of Los Altos Development Services Director, Nick Zornes
Los Altos Housing Element Update
Join us for an in person Government Affairs meeting at the City Council Chambers with City of Los Altos Development Services Director Nick Zornes.
In this session Nick will provide a Housing Element Update. Topics will include an overview of what's going on it town, the changes that have occurred in the city code, a parking study for downtown and the hiring of the city’s housing manager.
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian
Lehigh Cement Plant Closure Community Update
We are excited to announce that Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will update the Chamber about the closing of the Lehigh Cement Plant at a special September meeting taking place in person at City of Los Altos Council Chambers on Wednesday, September 27th from 9 to 10 am.
After over 80 years of operation, this is such a significant accomplishment for the health and welfare of our region. We hope you will come join us in person for this special September Government Affairs meeting.
April Governmental Affairs
Chair Los Altos Complete Streets Commission
City of Los Altos Complete Streets Masterplan
Please join us for our April Government Affairs meeting with Stacy Banerjee, Chair of the Los Altos Complete Streets Commission.
On October 25 2022, the Los Altos City Council unanimously approved the Complete Streets Master Plan that establishes a long-term vision to design and operate city streets that prioritizes safety, comfort, and access to destinations for all modes of transportation in the city of Los Altos.
Anthony Carnesecca, City of Los Altos
Economic Development Administrator
Los Altos Outdoor Dining Program Overview and Feedback Session
Join us via Zoom for the Los Altos Chamber Government Affairs meeting with Anthony Carnesecca, Economic Development Administrator with the City of Los Altos.
The city of Los Altos is committed to providing quality outdoor dining opportunities for businesses and community members. Thus, City staff has worked on a proposal for an outdoor dining program that fits the needs of businesses and creates a new dining standard moving forward.
City staff will present the program to the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee on Wednesday, February 1 at 9 AM via Zoom and then host a direct Q&A feedback session with business representatives on Thursday, February 2 at 10 AM at Rustic House (295 Main Street Los Altos, CA 94022). We encourage all business representatives to attend the Thursday session to provide feedback directly to staff.
Nick Zornes, City of Los Altos
Development Services Director
Join us via Zoom for the Los Altos Chamber Government Affairs meeting with Nick Zornes, Development Services Director with the City of Los Altos.
We will be discussing updates on the Housing Element and the future of Los Altos.
Matt Jacobs, Kaiser Permanente
Community & Government Relations Manager
VOTE YES! VOTE NO!
Are you confused by the State Ballot Measures?
Join us via Zoom for the Los Altos Chamber, Government Affairs meeting as we review the State propositions with Matthew Jacobs, Community and Government Relations Manager, Kaiser Permanente.
Angela Averiett, Los Altos Police Chief
Meet the new Los Altos police Chief
Chief Averiett assumed her position as Los Altos Police Chief on August 1st. Join us to meet and welcome Chief Averiett to our community.
Sydnee Journel, Aurora Government Relations Manager
Aurora & Self Driving Technology in California
Join us for our August Government Affairs with Sydnee Journal, Government Relations Manager at Aurora. Sydnee will be giving an overview of Aurora as well as where self driving technology currently stands in California.
Larry Stone, Santa Clara County Assessor
COVID-19, Silicon Valley's Economy and Prospects for Recovery: Insights from Assessor Larry Stone
Assessor Larry Stone will delve into the post-pandemic economic health of Silicon Valley. Leveraging his knowledge as Assessor and founder of a successful Bay Area real estate investment and development firm, Stone will share his thoughts on how the various real estate sectors have performed, the prospects of their future, and the implications as the Silicon Valley economy recovers.