Business Coalition is Being Heard on SCS at MTC, ABAG

An Article by Bob Glover, Executive Director, BIA Bay Area
The Sustainable Communities Strategy being crafted by regional regulators to align Bay Area land-use and transportation plans with the region’s state-mandated climate protection targets was in need of a reality check.But two important developments in recent weeks signal the concerns of the region’s broad business community are being heard.On July 19, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments, the agencies responsible for the Sustainable Communities Strategy, or SCS, voted to adopt a Business Coalition-backed alternative to be studied along with the proposed SCS during California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review of the proposal.

Then, on August 17, MTC announced that it would hire a private sector real estate consultant to independently assess the economic feasibility of the proposed SCS—specifically, its principle policy prescription that 80 percent of all future residential construction should be confined to Priority Development Areas, or PDAs. The PDAs, numbering about 200 across the region, are infill and other urbanized sites that have been deemed by local governments as potentially suitable for transit-oriented development. Combined, they account for approximately four percent of the region’s buildable land.

An independent assessment of the practicality and feasibility of directing 80 percent of all future investment into these areas has been a priority of the Business Coalition and was first requested back in May.

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Fighting for CEQA Reform

CEQA Reform has been a key initiative of North Bay Leadership Council. This year, in an effort to achieve meaningful CEQA reform, NBLC has joined a Coalition of like-minded business groups from across the state that are working to do just that. Business surveys have put CEQA reform in the top issues needed to improve the business climate in California. The legislative session closes at the end of August with legislators moving legislation in a mad rush to beat the deadline.  During this mad rush, we remain hopeful about the legislature achieving genuine CEQA reform, focused on fixing the legal abuses of CEQA, including transparency and standing issues, as well as better integrating CEQA with existing environmental and planning laws.   
This Coalition has been pushing hard on achieving a solution, and the letter below was sent to every member of the California Assembly and Senate. As this situation progresses, we will keep you abreast of important news around this effort and ask for your help.

August 20, 2012

To: Governor Jerry Brown
Senate President Darrell Steinberg
Assembly Speaker John Perez
Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff
Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway

Re: CEQA Modernization

We have been encouraged by recent comments from the Governor and Legislative leaders expressing your support for some form of CEQA reform. As a coalition of labor, schools, hospitals, clean technology companies, local government and business, we support efforts to modernize CEQA and commend you for taking on this vitally important issue.

We believe it is possible to accomplish responsible, thoughtful CEQA reforms that preserve the original intent of the law – environmental protection – while stamping out certain abuses of the law brought for non-environmental reasons.

We reject the notion promoted by some that any and all CEQA modernization attempts are automatically an attack on the environment. This all-or-nothing posturing is what is preventing California from moving forward with environmental protection policies that foster – instead of inhibit – responsible job creation, economic growth and community renewal that are critical to achieving the dual goals of responsible growth and economic prosperity.

As you evaluate CEQA reforms, we urge you to consider the following principles:

1. Modernize CEQA to Integrate Updated Environmental and Planning Laws

  • When the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was enacted 40 years ago, the wide array of local, state and federal environmental and land use regulations that are now on the books didn’t exist. CEQA was essentially it.
  • In the 40 years since, Congress and the Legislature have adopted more than 120 laws to protect environmental quality in many of the same topical areas required to be independently mitigated under CEQA, including laws like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, GHG emissions reduction standards, SB 375 and more.
  • Despite these stringent environmental laws and local planning requirements, public and private projects throughout the state are commonly challenged under CEQA even when a project meets all other environmental standards of existing laws.
  • Many lawsuits are brought or threatened for non-environmental reasons and often times these lawsuits seek to halt environmentally desirable projects like clean power, infill and transit. CEQA is even working at odds with – instead of in concert with – important environmental laws like SB 375 and AB 32.
  • CEQA should continue to serve as the state environmental law for environmental impacts not regulated by standards set forth in other environmental and planning laws adopted since 1970.
  • However, where a federal, state or local environmental or land use law has been enacted to achieve environmental protection objectives (e.g., air and wetlands protections, etc.), CEQA review documents like EIRs should focus on fostering informed debate (including public notice and comment) by the public and decision makers about how applicable environmental standards reduce project impacts.
  • State agencies, local governments and other lead agencies should continue to retain full authority to reject projects, or to condition project approvals and impose additional mitigation measures, consistent with their full authority under law other than CEQA.

2. Eliminate CEQA Duplication

  • As originally enacted, CEQA did not require further analysis of projects that already complied with CEQA-certified plans such as General Plans. But a 1987 court decision dramatically changed CEQA’s application.
  • We should return CEQA to its original intent and not require duplicative CEQA review for projects that comply with approved plans for which an environmental impact report (EIR) has already been completed – particularly since existing laws also require both plans and projects to comply with our stringent environmental standards.
  • Local governments and other lead agencies should continue to retain full authority to reject projects or to condition project approvals and impose additional mitigation measures, consistent with their full authority under law other than CEQA.

3. Focus CEQA Litigation on Compliance with Environmental and Planning Laws

  • CEQA lawsuits should focus on compliance with CEQA’s procedural and substantive requirements, including adequate notice, adequate disclosure, adequate mitigation of environmental effects not regulated by other environmental or planning law, adequate consideration of alternatives to avoid unmitigated significant adverse impacts.
  • CEQA lawsuits should not be used to challenge adopted environmental standards, or to endlessly re-challenge approved plans by challenging projects that comply with plans.
  • Environmental and other public advocacy efforts to enact environmental protection laws should not be affected by any CEQA reform, and refocusing CEQA on how compliance with standards and plans will reduce impacts can also inform advocacy efforts to revisit standards or plans.
  • Finally, “real” environmental lawsuits – seeking to enforce true environmental objectives – can still be pursued against agencies that fail to make regulatory or permitting decisions in compliance with standards and plans. However, the current system of broad brush CEQA lawsuits that can be filed by any party for any purpose to challenge any or all environmental attributes of projects that comply with standards and plans are an outdated artifact of the “anything goes” environment of 1970, which now hinders both environmental improvement and economic recovery.

California is and can remain a leader in environmental stewardship, while at the same time promoting responsible investments in schools, clean technology, roads, mass transit, hospitals, infill development, housing, businesses and new jobs.

We look forward to working with you on this effort.

North Bay Leadership Council
California Alliance for Jobs
Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Bay Area Council
California’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing
California Hospital Association
Transportation California
Southern California Association of Governments
AGC California
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
Los Angeles County Business Federation
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Valley Industry & Commerce Association
Orange County Business Council
San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
Central California Council
California Building Industry Association
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
California Business Properties Association
Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
California Retailers Association
California Business Roundtable

NBLC’s push to pass SB 1456 – the Student Success Act of 2012 has borne fruit

NBLC’s push to pass SB 1456 – the Student Success Act of 2012 (Lowenthal) has borne fruit.  The bill passed the State Assembly Appropriations Committee today.  The bill now goes to the full Assembly for a vote.  If it passes, it is on to the Governor’s desk in September. 

Community colleges are the economic engine of the California economy as they educate and train the bulk of our state’s workforce.  Our Community Colleges have over 2.6 million students currently enrolled in the 112 colleges across our state.  They play a critical role in meeting the need for post-secondary education leading to certificates, and two and four year degrees.  California’s future is dependent upon its colleges producing enough college graduates with the skills required to fill the jobs generated in our state. 

But, by any measure, community college completion rates are unacceptable. A study by the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy found that only 3 in 10 students earned a certificate, degree, or transferred to a four year college after six years. These rates were even lower for Black and Latino students.

SB 1456 has the potential to greatly improve community college completion, taking critical student support strategies that have long been proven to work in helping students reach their college goals—most of which can be implemented through the use and reprioritization of existing resources—and adopting them system wide.  In a resource-starved environment, SB 1456 is exactly the type of innovative reform that can help promote successful student outcomes.
Specifically, SB 1456 will:

  • Ensure that all community college students receive orientation, assessment, and education planning services at the beginning of their educational journey.
  • Target campus resources to support innovative models for delivering critical student support services such as expanding peer counseling and utilizing paraprofessional academic advisors.
  • Incentivize student progress by more closely aligning Board of Governors’ Fee Waiver requirements with federal aid standards.
  • Increase transparency and help close the achievement gap by requiring campuses receiving student success funds to post a scorecard measuring their progress by ethnicity, age, gender, socio-economic status, and disability.

Another Bright Spot! Middle Class Wealth: It’s Not as Bad as It Looks

In the Brookings post, “Middle Class Wealth: It’s Not as Bad as It Looks,” Opinion, July 5, 2102, it debunks the gloomy view that the middle class are in the worst shape in decades.  It says, “The Census Bureau released its latest data on wealth, updating earlier figures from 2005 to 2010. The numbers confirm findings from a Federal Reserve Board survey showing unprecedented declines in the net worth of the typical American household. Viewed in context, however, the wealth levels of middle-class Americans are in better shape than these dramatic figures would suggest, though they have not improved markedly over several decades.”

Explaining what is really happening, the post states, “In some sense the recent drop in wealth is a mirage, because it reflects the reversal of wealth increases that themselves were illusory. For the vast majority of families, “wealth” essentially means, “home equity”. And the relatively high wealth levels of the mid-2000s reflected the inflation of the housing bubble. The bursting of the bubble exposed the wealth gains as having been unreal and produced the sizable declines in net worth revealed in the government data. How illusory were the earlier wealth gains? In 1998, home prices were right in line with the cost of rental housing by historical standards. By early 2006, they had increased 70 to 90 percent more than rents had. Correspondingly, median non-financial assets increased 41 percent from 1998 to 2007, while median financial assets rose just 1 percent. Only now are home prices approaching the historical norm again relative to rents.”

An interesting point is the measurement of wealth levels does not include “public and private commitments that most Americans can count on to meet their needs in old age.” If  “the present value of Social Security benefits were included in the definition of wealth, median net worth for adults under age 65 in 2010 would be at least four times higher than indicated by the standard definitions of net worth used by the Census Bureau and the Fed. And this adjustment would still exclude the value that future Medicare benefits will have for most retirees, as well as the value of traditional pensions and retiree health benefits provided by employers.”

A final point made is that as people age, their wealth tends to increase.  And while we have not seen “sizable improvements in the wealth levels of the middle class…over the long run, things are not getting worse.”  And sometimes, things not getting worse is very good news.

Keep California Green and Golden with CEQA reforms

By George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson & Gray Davis

From The San Diego Union-Tribune, LLC. An MLIM LLC Company
July 12, 2012

Californians are unique- independent, optimistic, innovative, entrepreneurial and self-confident. These characteristics, evident during the Gold Rush, are just as common today in communities up and down California, from the Silicon Valley, to Los Angeles, to San Diego. This entrepreneurial spirit has fueled hundreds of thousands of small businesses throughout our state and created millions of jobs. It’s what makes California the Golden State and why we are the eighth 1argest economy in the world.

Likewise, California is often referred to as more of a “state of mind “than a state.  A place where great weather, geography and natural beauty combine to provide a re1axed and fulfilling lifestyle.  Because of this, Californians also share a strong environmental consciousness – one that has helped to make our state the greenest in the country and a world leader in environmental policy. This too is part of who we are.

From these two parts of our collective personality comes a unique challenge – keeping California both “green” and “golden.” Doing this requires reason and understanding that both goals are coequal priorities for Californians. This certainly means protecting our environment. However, it also means a willingness to relentlessly advance smart reforms of environmental1aws, business regulations, or policies that unnecessarily disrupt the reasonable balance between being “green” and “golden”

As three former California governors with firsthand experience managing this dynamic, we believe that one of our state’s oldest environmental1aws, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), is in need of modernization

Adopted in 1970, CEQA provides a process for government to evaluate and mitigate adverse environmental impacts from projects and programs. While CEQA’s original intent must remain intact, now is the time to end reckless abuses of this important 1aw; abuses  that are threatening California’s economic vitality, costing jobs,  and are wasting valuable taxpayer dol1ars.

Ending these abuses means modernizing CEQA with smart reforms such as requiring petitioners to disclose their economic interests, adding certainty to the CEQA timeline, avoiding duplicative CEQA reviews, lessening opportunities for litigation and de1ay and updating CEQA so that it better integrates and coordinates numerous environmental protection mandates.

Today, CEQA 1awsuits are frequently filed only to extract concessions not re1ated to the environment, or for the purpose of opposing a project for reasons having nothing to do with environmental protection For example, in Los Angeles, a company that owns several student housing buildings near USC filed a CEQA 1awsuit against another developer in an attempt to stop them from building a competing project in the area.

Frivolous CEQA lawsuits also cost taxpayers real dollars. Recently, the San Diego Association of Governments was the first region in the nation to complete a new long-term regional growth and transportation plan that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution After two years of extensive collaboration which generated
4,000 public comments, the plan was adopted. Preserving over half of the region’s land as open space, the plan will create more than 35,000 jobs and generate an additional $4.4 billion in economic activity. Unfortunately, before the ink was even dry, local anti-growth groups filed a CEQA lawsuit putting t:1M “smart growth” blueprint at risk, and unquestionably delaying, if not costing, jobs.

Also in San Diego, in response to multiple lawsuits filed by the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation,  a judge ruled that an annual fireworks display in La Jolla Cove and other community events in urban parks require a CEQA study. Arguably this decision has the effect of broadening CEQA’s reach and opening the door for other temporary events, like charity walks, street fuirs and concerts in the park to be pulled into the costly and litigious morass of CEQA review.

Sadly, these are but a small fraction of the examples of abusive CEQA litigation, where costly delays and settlements have had very little to do with true environmental protection

There has been a lot of talk about the need to confront CEQA litigation abuse, but unfortunately it’s been mostly talk. Inaction is no longer an option, as there is simply too nruch at risk for both our economy and our environment. We must tackle the important issue now. By applying reason along with well-established California characteristics of innovation, self-confidence, and environmental and economic leadership, we can indeed modernize CEQA, end frivolous litigation abuse,  and restore the necessary balance so that our state can remain both “green” and “golden.” As Californians, anything less is simply not acceptable.

Deukmejian, Wilson and Davis, former governors of California, are members of  the Southern California Leadership Council, a nonpartisan, nonprofit  public policy partnership.

Upholding of the ACA brings much need Certainty

NBLC welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act.  It is a relief to have some of the uncertainty removed about implementing this law, so that employers may now better plan for their organization’s future.  While we acknowledge and applaud this effort to contain the crippling cost of health care, NBLC recognized that there is still much to be done to contain costs and improve the value of the health care system.  The ACA puts us on a better path that will allow millions of people to obtain health care regardless of pre-existing conditions and/or inability to afford insurance.  A healthier  population will help our economy grow and our workforce to be more productive.  NBLC now turns it focus on successful implementation, especially in ensuring the California Health Benefits Exchange, a new marketplace launching in 2014 for businesses and consumers to purchase health insurance, fulfills its purpose of providing a competitive marketplace.  Health insurance premiums increased about 113 percent over the past 10 years, fueling the demand for reform.  NBLC hopes that the ACA leads to more predictable and affordable costs, puts the U.S. on a more globally competitive footing, and results in better quality health care for all Americans.


Get Your Nomination in Today!

North Bay Leadership Council (NBLC) seeks nominations for its 2012 LEADERS OF THE NORTH BAY AWARDS. The deadline is fast approaching – June 29. If you know a leader who should be given recognition and brought to the community’s attention, please submit a nomination. 

This is the sixth year that NBLC has presented awards for leadership. To qualify you must live or work in Sonoma, Marin or Napa counties. The awards are given in five categories: Caught in the Act of Leadership, Individual excellence in leadership; We’re All in this Together, Community building: Paint the Community Green, Environmental stewardship: The ‘Light Bulb’ Went On, Innovative/entrepreneurial spirit: Empowering the Latino Community, Leadership within the Latino community. Honorees can be an individual, organization or partnership.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon ceremony on November 2, 2012, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, San Rafael. For more information, please contact NBLC at or (707) 283-0028.

Finding Jobs in Petaluma

By Janelle Wetzstein, ARGUS-COURIER STAFF

Many of Petaluma’s young adults now graduating from college are finding themselves in a precarious position. Between the economic downturn, a rapid increase in technology and more baby-boomers waiting longer to retire, students who graduate with a job lined up right after school are becoming the minority.

Petaluma native Tyler Hartrich was one of these students. Armed with a degree in city and regional planning from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, he entered the workforce in 2010, skilled enough to have multiple offers from several companies across the nation.

Hartrich — who attended the now-closed Bernard-Eldridge Elementary School and the former Kenilworth Junior High before graduating from Casa Grande High School in 2004 — eventually accepted a creative specialist marketing position in his home town at Enphase, a local solar energy firm.

“I had applications out across the world and a few offers, but it wasn’t until the interview that I discovered how great the potential and growth in this company and area is. So I settled here,” said Hartrich.

But for every Tyler Hartrich who has their pick of jobs after college, there are many others who don’t. Cynthia Murray, a Petaluma resident and CEO of the North Bay Leadership Council, says that gone are the days of young people choosing careers strictly based on what they love to do.

“What we need to reinforce with our young people is the importance of going to jobs that require brains, because there are all kinds of jobs that technology is doing for us,” she said. “We also need to push our young people to careers that are going to remain viable for the long term future.”

Murray says that science, technology, engineering and math majors — or STEM degrees — have the most potential for growth in the employment sector. “That is where the jobs are going, but we’re seeing students not following them. It’s leading to a shortage of local talent.”

Kady Cooper, media relations and communications manager at Enphase, said that while her company was started by Petalumans and has an affinity for hiring local talent, the company recruits from all over the world to make sure it employs those best trained for the firm’s jobs. Enphase is just one of many local companies that works to recruit locally, but has been forced to look outside the area to fill its employment needs.

Murray attributes this lack of local workers to several trends her organization is witnessing right now, including less boys going to college and only 20 percent of females leaning towards STEM degrees.

“With scarce dollars and jobs, we need to make sure that we are pushing kids into careers that they are going to get employment from,” she added.

No matter what careers young people are exploring today, Murray said that job searching itself has become a new skill that nowadays requires more than just picking up the local job classified ads. Much like Hartrich, who scoured job boards and LinkedIn to find his position, Murray stressed that young adults must learn how to network and market themselves to find employment, especially from local businesses.

“One of the best things local young people can do to get connected is to build their network through tools like LinkedIn and Facebook,” Murray said. “The other thing they can do is internships. In my experience, the ones doing internships are the ones getting jobs.”

The North Bay Leadership Council, an employer-led public advocacy organization committed to making employment in the area sustainable and innovative, is just one local organization working to keep homegrown talent in the area.

Local colleges, for instance, offer programs to connect graduates to jobs. Santa Rosa Junior College’s Economic and Workforce Development office offers several ways for students to connect with local employers looking to hire.

Director Chuck Robbins said that his office uses the typical methods of student job boards and campus employment centers, but also tries to step outside the traditional modes of hiring to connect their students with more opportunities.

“We have a Work Experience academic course where students link their course studies with a specific workplace,” he said. “It’s designed to help the students improve their job skills and general work skills by having them do the jobs they are studying for.”

Programs involved in Work Experience include linking culinary students to local restaurants and paralegals to local law firms to have the students gain experience and college credit at the same time.

Robbins added that the two-year certification degree programs at the college all have advisory committees made up of industry people who volunteer to work with the college on course development and curriculum. These members are a great resource and often refer employers looking for qualified people to the college’s instructors, he said.

Murray agreed that a key to keeping talent local is connecting youth with SRJC’s programs and others like it.

“The best thing local young people can do is keep getting more skills, whether it’s a certificate program at the JC or a trade or additional learning. Continuing to pick up new skills is what they’re going to have to do forever to remain employable,” she said.

Contact Janelle Wetzstein at or Cynthia Murray, NBLC at

A future of abundance, if it’s grasped; the good news, it can be!

Brad Bollinger, North Bay Business Journal Editor in Chief writes in an editorial

He had just spent an entire day in briefings in the state Capitol and was having a hard time staying optimistic.

The Capitol today is like entering an alternative reality. Staffers are energetically preparing new regulations and energy taxes – cap and trade by some estimates could cost already burdened California businesses $1 billion or more. Sure, there have been some tweaks to CEQA and there is the governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

But reform to the much-abused California Environmental Quality Act – which contributed greatly to the loss of Lucasfilm’s Grady Ranch project in Marin County – is all-but-dead in an election year. Amazingly, apparently some people in Sacramento actually like the insufferable delaying mechanisms in CEQA because, they reportedly say, it means all constituencies will have time to put in their two cents, even if they apparently have nothing constructive to contribute.

Meanwhile, Democrats and Republicans in the Capitol openly admit they have stopped talking to each other.

Oh, and did someone mention the state has a $16 billion budget hole.

All of this would understandably put this person firmly in the camp that believes “California is ungovernable.”

But then he watched an incredible speech at, a site that carries interesting and inspiring videos of thought leaders. He was preparing for a conference where a talk by X-Prize Foundation CEO Peter Diamandis would be shown.

In the talk, Mr. Diamandis talks about a “Future of Abundance” largely driven by technological innovation. Start with that iPhone in your pocket. In 1978, it would have cost $4 billion. Innovation occurring today, Mr. Diamandis says, will transform energy production and provide new supplies of drinking water to the entire planet. Three-dimensional printing will allow local manufacturing, perhaps in people’s homes. Technology will provide new medicines, treatments and remote diagnostic tools not dreamed of a decade ago. Billions of people are and will be brought into the global conversation – and economy – via cellphones and other forms of communication and goods movement.

“I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems – climate crisis, species extinction, water and energy shortage – we surely do,” Mr. Diamandis said. But “ultimately we knock them down.”

Which brings us back the state budget crisis and dysfunction in Sacramento.

Yes, the state has its problems. But it is still home to some of the greatest thinkers and innovators anyhere in the world. The state is by far the leading center of venture capital investment and is home to many of the world’s great universities and think tanks. As panels of speakers at the North Bay Leadership Council conference May 31 focused on California’s Bright Future, the North Bay and the Bay Area – with all their challenges – have an educated and affluent population and companies and organizations poised to shape the future.

Sacramento’s dysfunction and budget deficit – which receive unending and out-sized attention – have unnecessary and unfortunate impacts on people and companies.

But the Capitol is not California. To put it in perspective, consider that California’s total economic output is about $1.9 trillion annually. So Sacramento’s budget deficit is a mere fraction of a percent of California’s productive assets, a blip on the screen of a vast and diverse state. It is just one more challenge to knock down.

Take Mr. Diamandis’s word for it. There can be an abundant future if we dream of it.

Brad Bollinger is the editor and associate publisher of the Journal. He can be reached at 707-521-4251 or He was a moderator at the May 31 North Bay Leadership Council Economic Insight Conference where Mr. Diamandis’s talk was shown. 

Your Vote Matters … Remember to Vote June 5

We are blessed to live in a democracy. Please exercise your right to vote in the June Primary. This primary is groundbreaking in two ways. It is the first election since redistricting so voters have new boundaries and new candidates to consider. Second, it is the first election where the “Top Two” vote-getters will face a run-off in November. So it is possible that two Democrats can be in the run-off as opposed to the usual Democrat v. Republican run-off. Don’t miss this historic election designed to shake up how we vote and who gets elected.
NBLC’s Endorsements for June 5 Primary
North Bay Leadership Council (NBLC), a coalition of leading employers in Marin, Sonoma and Napa Counties, announces its endorsements for the June Primary.  As the only employer-led public policy organization that represents the North Bay, NBLC advocates for a regional perspective when addressing community concerns.  NBLC supports candidates that share the same values on improving education, increasing economic competitiveness, reforming public pensions and making government sustainable within today’s fiscal realities, improving transportations, and regulatory reform.

The following candidates have been endorsed by NBLC for their balanced approach on key issues, knowledge, problem-solving skills and ability to address North Bay challenges:

Congressional District #2:
Jared Huffman

Congressional District #5:
Mike Thompson

Marin County Board of Supervisors:
District #4: Steve Kinsey and District #2: Katie Rice

Sonoma County Supervisors:
District #5: Efren Carrillo, District #1: John Sawyer and District #3: Shirlee Zane

Napa County Supervisor:
District #2: Mark Luce

NBLC also endorses Proposition 28, which makes term limits more flexible by allowing legislators to serve a total of 12 years in any office or combination thereof.  It closes a current loophole that allows some legislators to serve up to 17 years in office.  Prop 28 will allow for more experienced legislators to serve and hopefully, decrease reliance on lobbyists and special interest groups who fill the void of a lack of institutional memory.

NBLC believes in strong public/private partnerships and building relationships between business and government for the betterment of the community.  For more information, visit us online at