Government Affairs Committee
The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce has reconvened the Government Affairs Committee to better represent businesses. Three main focuses of the committee will be to review and make recommendations on legislation and ordinances, review potential endorsement of civic candidates, and to serve as a voice to our elected officials. The group is only as good as the participants we have share their views with the committee. The Government Affairs Committee, headed by Richard Montgomery and Charles Gale, will meet the fourth Wednesday of every month at 4 PM in the Chamber Conference Room.
Many pieces of legislation have the potential to impact not only the community of Manhattan Beach but the businesses as well. In the coming session we will continue to see bills put forth on minimum wage, work schedules, prop 13, and more. On a local scale there will be further work done on the downtown specific plan, a specific plan for Rosecrans and Sepulveda, possibility of a new hotel, and other bills focusing on our commercial space. The chamber will look to make educated recommendations to the City and help guide the conversation. Please ensure you have the opportunity to share how these particular pieces of legislation will impact your business.
For the first time in the Manhattan Beach Chamber’s 75-year history we will be meeting with candidates seeking endorsement. As a civic organization focused on improving the quality of life through a thriving business community it is important to support extraordinary candidates. Over the course of the coming months we will be meeting with individuals seeking election to State Assembly, State Senate, Los Angeles County Supervisor, followed by Manhattan Beach City Council in the winter.
Throughout the year the Government Affairs Committee will proactively seek to meet with City staff and elected officials to shape conversation. Many of the changes in the City over the past couple of years have started with conversations between the City and various civic groups. Whether it be the hiring of an economic vitality manager, the specific plans, or the hotel study. It is important to ensure our constituents voice is represented and we can ensure Manhattan Beach is the City of the future.
While you may not be able to attend each and every meeting of the Government Affairs Committee it is important you make the ones you can. Each meeting will lead to recommendations that could help shape the way you do business in the future. To be added to communications from the Government Affairs Committee please contact Michelle at:MMcDonald@ManhattanBeachChamber.net or 310.545.5313.