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Advocacy Council

STRATEGY AND COMMUNICATION PLANS

Vision: To be the Voice for business in the Fairfield and Suisun City region.

Mission: To assist the Chamber in being a strong and strategic advocate for its members, while strengthening the economic vitality of area businesses and enhancing the quality of life in the community. 

GOALS AND STRATEGIES:

In addition to the mission and goals set forth by the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, the Advocacy Council will enhance and more tightly focus its efforts to achieve specific strategic goals over the next two years. These include:

SERVE AS THE VOICE FOR BUSINESS:

The Chamber advocates for business success and regional economic growth by promoting policy and funding decisions on behalf of its members to local, state and federal government officials. 

  • Promoting its positions on key local, state, and federal issues impacting businesses;
  • Recruiting business-friendly candidates for elected officials; 
  • Working collaboratively with government leaders to provide positive outcomes for its members

Advocacy Council Charter

Advocacy Council Application

CalChamber Legislator Vote Record — Bill Tracking

For additional information, please contact Dawn La Bar, Chair of the Advocacy Council at (707) 428-7400.

Dawn La Bar

Advocacy Council Chair

Dawn La Bar
City of Fairfield
dlabar@fairfield.ca.gov

Andrea Garcia

Fairfield-Suisun Chamber Board Chair

Andrea Garcia
Touro University California
andrea.garcia@tu.edu

Chuck Wood

Fairfield-Suisun Chamber Board Chair-Elect

Chuck Wood
Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell
charleswood@flgch.com

Advocacy Council Members

Paul Adler

Paul Adler
Valero Benicia Refinery
paul.adler@valero.com

photo coming

Danny Bernardini
Napa-Solano Building & Constructions Trade Council

John Caladim

John Caladim
Travis Credit Union
jcaladim@traviscu.org

Mike Cavanagh

Mike Cavanagh
Cavanagh Ringelman CPA's, PC
mcavanagh@cavanaghringelman.com

Michael Coan

Michael Coan
Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell
michael@flgch.com

photo coming

Manny Cosme
Professional Small Business Services, Inc.

Mike Easter

Mike Easter
California EnSIGHT, Inc.
measter@ensight.net

John Eckstrom

John Eckstrom
SHELTER, Inc.
John.Eckstrom@ShelterInc.org

Steve Huddleston

Steve Huddleston
NorthBay Healthcare
shuddleston@northbay.org

Mike Reagan

Mike Reagan
Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee (TRAFC)
mike.reagan@att.net

February 2020- What should be the primary goals of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District? What services can the district provide to its students and staff to achieve these goals? » Full article


January 2020 - If you live, work, or travel through Solano County regularly, you’re familiar with the congestion on Interstate 80. » Full article


November 2019 - Suisun City has existed as a city for over 150 years but it is only now – 2019 – that Suisun City has its first five-year strategic plan in place. » Full article


September 2019 - Alert Solano is Solano County’s Regional Emergency Notification System, and if you live, work, or travel frequently within the county, it is an essential tool to have.  It enables agencies within the county to provide you on any device with critical information in a variety of situations, including severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, evacuations and natural disasters. » Full article


August 2019 - California State Senator, Bill Dodd, D-Solano, was the speaker Aug. 13 at a morning advocacy meeting hosted by the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce at NorthBay Healthcare. More than 50 people, most from Solano County cities and chambers, attended to hear Dodd’s remarks on the important issues before state legislatures. » Full article


July 2019 - Solano County’s behavioral health department, with its team of clinicians, doctors, nurses, and mental health specialists, has several programs in place related to their ongoing efforts to reach the homeless, as well as other individuals struggling with mental health. » Full article


June 2019 - Over the last four years, the Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s Energy Watch program, administered locally through the Solano Economic Development Corporation, has helped over 500 area businesses to see $2.6 million in energy savings and $1.8 million in rebates. » Full article


May 2019 - ​Senate Bill 50, the More HOMES Act of 2019 currently in the state’s appropriations committee, was front and center at the May 14 meeting of the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber’s Advocacy Council.  » Full article


April 2019 - The Fairfield-Suisun Chamber’s Advocacy Council heard presentations Tuesday (April 9) from representatives of the League of Women Voters and Solano County’s Registrar of Voters.  » Full article