RainbowPAC, the non-partisan political action committee of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of commerce, has endorsed two ballot measures in the November 2016 general election: Sacramento County Measure B and California Proposition 55.
Sacramento County Measure B: THE ROAD MAINTENANCE & TRAFFIC RELIEF ACT OF 2016, proposes a 30-year, half-cent sales tax that will be used for road and infrastructure maintenance and upgrades and transportation projects. Measure B is a local, Sacramento County ordinance that specifies in a spending plan approved by all the municipalities in the county how the funds must be spent. Portions are allocated for improving mass transit—and requiring Regional Transit to reach certain goals before receiving funds—road and bridge maintenance and some new projects, including extension of the existing light rail system. Changes to this plan can only be made every 10 years, again with ratification of all municipalities in Sacramento County. The funding allocated in Proposition B also will allow Sacramento to qualify for increased federal transit funding. Infrastructure maintenance and improvement are critical to the economic growth and prosperity of our region.
California Proposition 55 would extend for an additional 12 years an added income tax on the highest earners in the state passed by state legislature four years ago (Proposition 30), with funds allocated to schools, hospitals and healthcare and the state’s Rainy Day Fund. New provisions will provide mandated tracking of the funds spent. The sales tax portion of Prop 30 will not be extended.
In accordance with RainbowPAC endorsement procedures, the PAC board, after careful consideration and research, recommended endorsement of both measures to the Rainbow Chamber Board of Directors. A majority of board members voted to endorse both measures, and an overwhelming majority of Chamber members who participated in an email vote also voted for endorsement.
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RainbowPAC, the non-partisan political action committee of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, has endorsed former Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg for Sacramento Mayor. The endorsement was made by a vote of Chamber members in attendance at the organization’s endorsement event April 21.
“Darrell Steinberg has supported LGBT equality and inclusion since the earliest days of his political career when he served on the Sacramento City Council. He’s marched in every LGBT Pride Parade; he’s participated in Rainbow Chamber events; and he’s demonstrated leadership in combatting hate crimes and hate speech against any minority,” said Chamber President Paul Weubbe. “But just as importantly, our members believe Darrell possesses the experience, the leadership abilities and the wisdom that are crucial to ushering Sacramento into a new era of prosperity and economic growth.”
“Rainbow Chamber and RainbowPAC are organizations that connect the progressive values of diversity, inclusion and equality with support for small business and economic development,” Steinberg said. “I am honored to receive this endorsement and proud of the confidence Rainbow Chamber members have demonstrated in me to lead our city as Mayor.”
RainbowPAC also endorsed Brian Caples, one of two Democrat running for the District 6 Assembly seat previously held by Republican Beth Gaines, who will be termed out in December. Caples is pitted against two far-right conservative frontrunners, business owner Bill Halldin of Rocklin and Andy Pugno, lead counsel for anti-LGBT organization ProtectMarriage.com and co-author of Proposition 8. Halldin, who is heavily endorsed, leads in fundraising. Pugno and Gaines faced off in the 2012 race for the seat, when Gaines took almost 70% of the vote in the general election. A total of 11 candidates are running in the geographically sprawling district, which includes large swaths of east Sacramento and Placer counties.
Others who received RainbowPAC endorsement are former Assemblymember Mariko Yamada for Senate District 3; incumbent Cathleen Galgiani for Senate District 5; Folsom City Councilmember Kerri Howell for Sacramento County Supervisor District 4; Don Saylor for State Assembly District 4; Brian Caples for Assembly District 6; incumbent Kevin McCarty, who is running unopposed for Assembly District 7; and incumbent Ken Cooley for Assembly District 8. The group also endorsed incumbents Allen Wayne Warren, Steve Hansen, Eric Guerra and Larry Carr for Sacramento City Council; Gary Miller for Roseville School District Board; and Walter Garcia Kawamoto for Twin Rivers School District.
RainbowPAC, the non-partisan political action committee of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, was established in 2012. For more information about the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and RainbowPAC, visit www.rainbowchamber.com.
Sacramento Rainbow Chamber is co-sponsoring with Small Business Majority and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce a series of Business Leader Briefings and informational Webinars on a variety of topics impacting our small businesses: health care reform, immigration, media and marketing, and more.
On Wednesday, April 24, at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, the Small Business Majority and RCC invite you to participate in a conference call on Local Perspectives on Immigration Reform. The conference call is part of Small Business Majority’s Business Leader Briefing series. Leading the discussion will be:
Employers who hire long-term unemployed or underemployed workers living in the six-county Sacramento region can receive up to $4,000 from a Sacramento Employment & Training Agency grant administered by the North State Building Industry Foundation. The National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor is the ultimate source of this funding.
Although the foundation is associated with the North State Building Industry Association, employers do not have to be in the home building industry to benefit from the Hiring Assistance Program. Most businesses located in the region can participate.
The hires can be untrained, highly skilled, or anywhere in between. They must be hired as permanent, full-time employees. Full time means 32 hours per week or more. They may not be seasonal or temporary employees.
The current round of funding runs through June 30th of this year. According to the foundation, there was still some grant money in the current round as of the middle of March. Moreover, a new round of funding is anticipated to begin on July 1st.
Employees who live in the following counties are eligible: El Dorado, Placer, Yolo, Sacramento, Yuba and Sutter.
The foundation says that the process is simple, with minimal paperwork.