NBLC’s Government Affairs Committee reviews and makes recommendations on legislation, candidates and ballot measures for final approval by the Board of Directors.

The Committee discusses local and state policy proposals in order to make recommendations to the Board of Director’s about the soundness of proposed policies and how they may impact NBLC members and the North Bay. It also makes recommendations to the Executive Committee regarding Candidates Political Action Committee (CPAC) and Issues Political Action Committee (IPAC) contributions for endorsed candidates and ballot measures.

This committee is also responsible for coordinating Candidates’ Forums during campaign times, in order to provide the membership and the public with the opportunity to learn more about public policy and the issues of the North Bay.

Candidate Endorsements

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.

NBLC believes in strong public/private partnerships and building relationships between business and government for the betterment of the community.


NBLC’s Endorsements for November 2018 Election

For this midterm election, it is crucially important to voters to show up at the polls.  There needs to be a strong voter turnout to send a message that American voters are paying attention, engaged and want their voices heard.  NBLC is pleased to announce our endorsements for this November’s election:


Santa Rosa City Council – District 2: John Sawyer (Inc.); District 4:  Dorothy Beattie; District 6:  Tom Schwedhelm (Inc.) – Note that Schwedhelm is running unopposed

Petaluma – Mike Harris for Mayor; Dave King (Inc.) and Michael Regan for City Council

Rohnert Park City Council– Pam Stafford (Inc.); Susan Adams

Santa Rosa Junior College Board: Jeff Kunde

College of Marin Board: Wanden Treanor (Inc.); Diana Conti (Inc.)


YES on Measure AA:  Transportation Authority of Marin’s (TAM) renewal of existing ½ cent transportation sales tax to fund local transportation improvements and programs for traffic relief

YES on Measure M

YES on Measure N:  Santa Rosa Housing Bond

YES on Prop 1:  Issues $4 Billion in bonds for housing programs and veterans’ home loans

YES on Prop 2:  Authorizes state to use revenue from Proposition 63 (2004) for $2 Billion in bonds for homelessness prevention housing

YES on Prop 3:  Issues $8.877 Billion I bonds for water-related infrastructure and environmental projects

YES on Prop 4:  Authorizes $1.5 Billion in bonds for children’s hospitals

NO on Proposition 6:  Repeals the 2017 fuel tax and vehicle fee increases (SB 1) to fund road, bridge and highway repairs and requires a public vote on future increases. If passed, it would remove funding for the Marin/Sonoma Narrows, local road improvements and impact safety.

NO on Proposition 10:  Repeals the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and allows local governments to enact rent control.  If passed, it would depress future housing construction and worsen the housing crisis.

Please remember to vote and encourage everyone you know to register and vote, too!