Government Affairs

CCAR’s Government Affairs Department works to protect REALTORS'® ability to do business, to promote the REALTOR® image and the message that REALTORS® are the voice for real estate.

CCAR’s Government Affairs Director serves as the association’s liaison for organized real estate with government entities and elected officials at the local, state, and federal level. The preservation and protection of private property rights are the primary focus, along with ensuring the right of real estate professionals to do business in our cities and county.

Heather Schiffman
CCAR Government Affairs Director
[email protected]
Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), also known as the Air District is considering an amendment to a current regulation related to wood-burning devices, which would require residential and commercial properties with uncertified wood-burning devices to replace or install with a EPA-Certified heating device (i.e., gas-fueled and/or electric) at Time of Sale, costing the homeowner anywhere from $1k to $10k (or higher) depending on what is found upon removal.

BAAQMD started conducting public workshops in April throughout their jurisdiction. An upcoming workshop will be held in Walnut Creek on Monday, April 20th, 6pm – 8pm at the Walnut Creek City Hall, City Council Chambers, located at 1666 North Main Street, Walnut Creek.

The BAAQMD Board is made up of elected officials representing the communities within the jurisdiction of the agency. Currently representing Contra Costa County on the Air Board is County Supervisor John Gioia, County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, Martinez City Councilmember Mark Ross and San Ramon City Councilmember Dave Hudson.

For more details pertaining to the public workshops and recommended amendment by BAAQMD, click here.
To see CCAR’s Press Statement, click here.

For more information or any questions, contact your Government Affairs Director, Heather Schiffman at 925.295.9232. .