Advocating for Our Members and Community
The Marin Builders Association is proud of the strong advocacy role it plays in the Marin community. The goal of our advocacy program is to advance the construction industry, strengthen the local economy, and ensure that public policy decisions adequately take into account the needs of our members.In order to represent our membership, the Marin Builders Association considers and takes positions on issues of importance to our members, industry and our community.
Marin Builders Legislative Analyst Casey Mazzoni is always on the move working with local and state governments to advance the construction industry.
Click below to see where she's been and where she is going!
Major Advocacy Accomplishments of 2015
At the Marin Builders Association 2014 Board planning retreat leadership charged staff with three advocacy goals for the year. They were:
Solidify a partnership with Agricultural Institute of Marin on the development of the permanent Farmers Market
Identify new Marin Builders Association volunteer leaders
Raise $5000 for the Builders Association PAC (BAPAC)
We are pleased to report we accomplished all three goals plus eight additional objectives that will improve our industry and help our members.
2015 highlights include:
Builders Association PAC raised $9,922. Through the leadership of Chair Aimi Dutra the BAPAC raised a substantial amount of funds that will help elect business, industry and community friendly candidates.
Supported local assets. The Marin Builders and Agricultural Institute of Marin formalized an agreement that provides the foundation for working together on the future permanent home for the Marin Farmers Market.
Recruited future leaders and gained valuable information to improve member benefits. We established an Advisory committee chaired by Clayton Fraser. The Committee met three times and offered several concepts on how to better serve the membership. The Committee also engaged current members and many strong leaders were identified.
Adopted guidelines and positions to improve the industry. The Board adopted policy guidelines and positions on issues of importance in our community and to our industry including housing, water and Project Labor Agreements. Support of these positions is crucial for the success of our industry.
Advocated against the underground economy. We continued to work with the California State License Board creating a culture in Marin that has no tolerance for unlicensed contractor activity.
Supported simplicity in County policy. We worked with County staff and other Marin Builders Association members to create a uniform Construction and Demolition ordinance.
Improved customer service in San Rafael. We partnered with the City of San Rafael to implement an improved Customer Service Strategic Plan in the Planning and Building Departments.
Advocated for more opportunities for contractors. Along with several other community and business groups, we advocated for the creation of junior accessory dwelling units (JADUs) and successfully helped reduce municipal fees by 98% in Novato.
Improved customer service at the County of Marin. We worked with the County of Marin Building and Planning staff to increase the number of inspectors and decrease wait and turnaround times for our members.
Supported local construction project. We publicly supported the proposed expansion of the BioMarin campus, responsible for contributing millions into the local construction industry and local economy.
BAPAC endorsed three city council candidates in Novato. We supported three candidates for Novato City Council that we believe will be receptive to the needs of our members (Fryday, Lucan and McLeamy)
Partial list of our 2015 Partners
City of San Rafael
City of Novato
County of Marin
Construction Industry Force Account Council
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Keep Marin Working
Marin Association of Realtors
Marin Clean Energy
Marin County Solid and Hazardous Waste Joint Power Authority
Marin Economic Forum
Marin Workforce Development Board
Novato Chamber of Commerce
San Rafael Chamber of Commerce