About the Chamber
Our Mission Statement
The Mission of the Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce is to promote economic prosperity for our community through business representation and advocacy with emphasis on information, communication and education.
"Conceptual Endorsement represents the Chamber’s preliminary support for continued study of a proposed development. At this early stage of review, the Chamber may have open questions about specific elements of a project proposal, but conceptual endorsement indicates support for moving forward with the public process to evaluate those and other questions. The endorsement process allows the Chamber to reserve final judgment on a project (“Full Endorsement”) pending technical and environmental review, community input, and/or any revisions to the original project proposal during the planning process."
2012 Redwood City San Mateo County Chamber Board Actions
At the January 2012 Board of Directors Meeting, the Board voted to approve the Full Endorsement of BRE Properties Project at 640 Veterans Boulevard in Redwood City, with two abstentions. A Full Endorsement is given during the public process when technical review is complete and the project details are finalized.
At the March Board of Directors Meeting the Chamber supported the early investment of high speed rail bond funds for the electrification of the Caltrain rail corridor.
At the March Board of Directors Meeting the Chamber supported sending a letter to the Redwood City City Council expressing the importance of improving the Woodside Road Freeway Interchange which has been a long time priority for the Chamber. The Chamber feels that a workable Woodside Road Interchange project must move forward. In moving forward with this and in looking at possible design alternatives the Chamber has set forth a set of principles to help guide the process: Listen to local businesses affected by the project; Maximize ease of access to the from the freeway; Accommodate future growth; Maximize new development potential by freeing up land where possible; consider aesthetic appeal and improve safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.
The Chamber asked the City to respond to the call for projects eligible for Measure A sales tax funds when issued by the San Mateo County Transportation Authority to move toward a preferred project alternative.
At the March Board of Directors Meeting the Chamber supported the Redwood City School District Parcel Tax – Measure W.
The Board voted to oppose the Health Insurance Rate Regulation Initiative. This proposed initiative for the November 2012 statewide ballot would impose rate regulation on some health insurance plans in California.
The Board voted to support AB 2382 (Gordon) Department of Transportation Innovation District Demonstration Project.
The Board voted to support a Conditional Endorsement for the Stanford Project in Redwood City. A Conditional Endorsement is given during the public process, but before one or more key issues or details are resolved, or pending the availability of specific information.
The Board of Directors voted to Oppose the Water Sustainability/Environmental Restoration Planning Act of 2012. They also voted to send a letter of Support for the Woodside Road Interchange Funding to the TA.