Another year has been added to the history books and a busy and intriguing year it has been. It’s hard to believe that the holidays are now upon us with 2019 just around the corner.
I want to congratulate incoming Mayor Madison Davis and Mayor Pro-Tem Terry O’Connell, and I look forward to working with both of them and the council for 2019. A big thank you also goes out to outgoing Mayor Clarke Conway as he guided the council through a very challenging year, as the economy has continued to grow and the Brisbane community has had to grapple with the questions and decision to be made about the future of the Baylands. Now that the election is over, the decision has been made by the voters to amend the General Plan to allow some housing on the site. It is really a beginning, not an end, as the planning for remediation and site plans can now start.
I also wish to thank Board Chair Bruce Bonar, Vice President Teresa Montgomery, Treasurer Tamara Heath and Secretary Jennifer Wilder-Smith for their work and guidance as Chamber Board Officers for 2018 and they will continue these roles into 2019.
All of our Board Members are volunteers and give of their time and resources to help to ensure that Brisbane is a great place to live, work and to do business. I thank them for another year for guidance and partnership as we couldn’t serve the community without their help and vision. I would also like to thank Alison Wilson for another great year working with the Chamber and helping us to “get the story out” each month with the Luminary. It takes a lot to get a publication ready each month – it’s kind of like a ”term- paper” that never ends.
Last week we had a very well attended and joyous Holiday Mixer at the Homewood Suites by Hilton. We joined them in celebrating their 16th anniversary of opening at Sierra Point. GM Rhodora Escobar and her staff did a great job with the food and refreshments. Thank you to everyone who attended to make it a great success and to Rhodora and staff who catered and hosted the event – the food was wonderful.
For business owners, large and small, the New Year brings on budgeting, inventories and quarterly taxes. It also brings on a raft of new laws from our State and Local governments. There are several new significant employment laws that will take effect in January. It is a good idea for companies and employers to contact the state government small business office in Sacramento to obtain the overview of the new 2019 state laws affecting California employers.
For 2019 the Chamber will confront a change, as I have been working with the Board of Directors since July to recruit, interview and select a successor. I am stepping down as President/CEO in early 2019 and the board is working on finalizing the hiring of the next President/CEO. We are expecting to announce a selection in the January issue of the Luminary. I have served 10+ years as President/CEO and was a member of the Board for 15 of the previous 18 years, starting in 1991. I’ll write more about the changes next month.
Lastly, a vibrant community has to have a balanced and vibrant business sector to ensure stable revenue for the community, and to be good corporate citizens who help to create an environment where we all can benefit.” Please remember to shop local for the holidays when you can and support the brands and businesses that we have as friends and neighbors.
Best Wishes to one and all for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!!
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