ADVOCATING FOR A THRIVING COMMUNITY

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NOVATO CHAMBER ENDORSEMENT PROCESS

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DISTRICT ELECTIONS

Novato for the first time ever will be holding District Elections. Novato has 5 districts and there are three districts up for election (1, 3, 5) The Novato Chamber has met ALL candidates from these districts and held a public candidates forum and endorsed candidates in each of the five districts. 
Note: a resident may only vote for candidates in THEIR district therefore, people in District 2 & 4 will not be voting for City Council in 2019. 

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2019 NOVATO CITY COUNCIL ELECTION

Amy Peele

ENDORSED 

The Novato Chamber Board of Directors endorses Ay Peel for the office of Novato City Council representing District 5..

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2019 NOVATO CITY COUNCIL ELECTION

SUSAN WERNICK

ENDORSED 

The Novato Chamber Board of Directors endorses Susan Wernick (right) for the office of Novato City Council representing District 1.

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Novato Chamber Weighs in On Cannabis

ENDORSED

6/4/2019

The Novato Chamber Official Cannabis Ruling.

"We stand with the supermajority of Marin County voters and those surveyed by the City of Novato in welcoming the cannabis industry to our community. "

Businesses like Mercy in Cotati could add much-needed revenue to the community and drive business to Novato.

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Dine Out!

9/08/2018

A vibrant and thriving downtown is what every city strives to achieve for its residents and businesses—Novato is no different. We want Downtown to be a “destination” for locals and others. There are many factors that play into what makes a downtown successful. We believe that parklets are one factor that can increase a downtown’s look, feel and vibrancy—this has already proven to be the case.

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New Voting System in Marin!

6/6/2019

"Thank you to the Elections Department and its Election Advisory Committee for your work to identify a new elections system which will modernize our voting system and improve efficiency." -Supervisor Arnold

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Novato Blvd

The proposed improvements on Novato Boulevard. Improvements including additional lanes, bike paths, intended to improve traffic flow and safety. 

The Chamber has not taken a position on this proposal at this time. 

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Accelerated Minimum Wage Increase

OPPOSED

9/1/2019

"The Downtown Novato Business Association, the Novato Economic Development Advisory Commission and the Novato Chamber all support complying with the existing state law governing minimum wage increases. We are not in support of accelerating the increases on a different timetable than has been laid out by the state.

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WoodHollow Hotel | Redwood Blvd

ENDORSED

10/2018

The Woodhollow Hotel represents a significant opportunity for the community. As a Hyatt Property and Extended Stay Luxury option for locals and travelers alike.

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Novato Chamber Weighs in On Cannabis

ENDORSED

6/4/2019

The Novato Chamber Official Cannabis Ruling.

"We stand with the supermajority of Marin County voters and those surveyed by the City of Novato in welcoming the cannabis industry to our community. "

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Public Projects

Check out the interactive map provided by the City of Novato | Public Works Department and opt to follow the progress of city projects!

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Early Adoption of Minimum Wage Increase

3/2019

We stand with the supermajority of Marin County voters and those surveyed by the City of Novato in welcoming the cannabis industry to our community. 

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First and Grant Project

ENDORSED

3/2019

We are excited to welcome the First and Grant Project to Novato as it will breathe a new life into the West Side of Redwood Boulevard with the promise of shops and housing for our residents. 

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Giving You Voice

Chamber leaders sit on Boards, attend summits, and work nonstop to ensure that the business community and residents of the North Bay are given  a voice.

GAC : Your Eyes, Ears and Voice

The Government Affairs Committee helps the Chamber keep a pulse on the community, developments, projects and candidates. We engage with commiunity leaders to ensure that local businesses are given a voice and representation.

MidTerm Elections 2018

Get the scoop on the upcoming midterm elections. Learn who the Novato Chamber is supporting, and stay up to date with the local political climate.

Community Projects

Local projects coming to town include are shaping the way our community is evolving. Stay engages with the Novato Chamber because we keep a pulse on projects coming your way!

Endoresments

Endorsements are part of our nature. We support candidates and policies that welcome business to Novato as well as support existing businesses, their employees and our community.

North Bay Chamber Summit

This past spring, the Chamber's of the North Bay convened to come up with key legislative advocacy points to bring to Sacramento. This year, four topics where chosen.

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Early Adoption of Minimum Wage Increase

3/2019

We stand with the supermajority of Marin County voters and those surveyed by the City of Novato in welcoming the cannabis industry to our community. 

Raise the Minimum Wage | Stick with the State's Schedule

We understand that the cost of living in Marin is high. but so is the cost of doing business. Who protects the businesses?  The minimum wage increase is NOT the way to address Marin's high cost of living. It places unfair burdens on the business owners who are already struggling.

Raise the Minimum Wage | Stick with the State's Schedule

We understand that the cost of living in Marin is high. but so is the cost of doing business. Who protects the businesses?  The minimum wage increase is NOT the way to address Marin's high cost of living. It places unfair burdens on the business owners who are already struggling.

Novato Eyes Early Minimum Wage Adoption - Marin IJ

"...Statewide, the minimum wage is set for an incremental climb to $15 per hour by 2022 for employers with 26 or more employees and by 2023 for small businesses with 25 workers or less. Novato business owners urged the city to stick with this schedule to prevent layoffs and rising prices."...

Living Wage is NOT Minimum Wage

Minimum wage is a price point intended for workers with incomplete skill capabilities or those who cannot either by law or ability to hold down a fully dedicated work schedule. This typically includes re-entry employees, high school students, etc.  Raising the minimum wage to meet the living wage requirements of Marin County puts these positions at risk.

Raise the Minimum Wage | Stick with California's Schedule

It is the position of the Novato Chamber, Downtown Novato Business Association AND the Marin Small Business Development Center that the City of Novato STICK with the California Minimum Wage Schedule. Speeding up the schedule puts an undue burden on local businesses.

City Staff Report on Minimum Wage

08/30/2019 5:00 PM

The State of California minimum wage is scheduled to increase each year until a minimum wage of $15 per hour is reached in 2023 for all employees.

The Novato City Council is considering an accelerated increase schedule until a minimum wage of $15 per hour is reached...click below for more

WHAT DOES THIS DECISION SAY ABOUT NOVATO?

At a time of high commercial vacancies, high retail / dining turnover and online retail competition businesses need support.  Businesses, like the workers, are part of our community too!  Residents and business work together to make Novato AMAZING. We need to welcome new business and grow the economy not shoot business in the foot. Support business, support Novato!

Chamber Committees Effect Change

One way to expand your business' exposure is to volunteer on a Chamber committee. Committees are the boots on the ground, it is where the action happens. Play a role in #ShapingTomorrow in our community, learn about the committees you can participate in!

Committed Committees

Board of Directors

Board members serve a term of 3 years and may serve two consecutive terms. Following a year off-duty, they may resume their service. The Board sets policy, general goals, vision and helps forge the path of the organization under the leadership of the Board President.

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Community Engagement

For over 100 years the Novato Chamber has worked to engage municipal leaders and agencies in order to represent the economic interest of our community. We represent our members on issues surrounding transportation, healthcare, housing, homelessness, public safety, education and more in order to secure a progressive economic future for our community.

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Do You Have Questions? Contact the Novato Chamber Team!

If you have any questions about this page, the Novato Chamber's political position/community project endorsements, or if you are interested in learning more about the Board of Directors and the Novato Chamber's community participation and representation, contact Coy Smith. Click here to Email Coy!

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