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Policy Briefing – Transportation Infrastructure and Fueling

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We know 2021 is going to be filled with important policy discussions. In order to prepare for this, the California Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a series of virtual policy briefings to discuss some of the big topics we anticipate this legislative session. The briefings provide useful background and insights on the complex subjects covered.

Transportation Infrastructure and Fueling

(February 5, 2021) Moderated by Leah Silverthorn, CalChamber policy advocate, the briefing featured a presentation by an expert on electric vehicles and the transportation infrastructure needed to recharge them.


Eileen Wenger Tutt, Executive Director
California Electric Transportation Coalition and Electric Transportation Community Development Corporation

Workers’ Compensation – Beyond COVID

(January 29, 2021) Moderated by Ashley Hoffman, CalChamber policy advocate, the briefing featured presentations by experts on workers’ compensation and how presumptions on whether a worker contracted COVID-19 at work would affect California business.


Matt O’Shea, Hearing Representative, Workers’ Compensation Department, Albertsons/Safeway

Dr. Chang R. Na, Occupational Medicine, Kaiser Permanente

Jeremy Merz, Vice President, Western Region, American Property Casualty Insurance Association

Tax Fatigue

(January 22, 2021) Moderated by Preston Young, CalChamber policy advocate, the briefing featured presentations by experts on state and local tax impacts, plus a study on how a services tax would affect Californians.

Topics and Speakers

Tax Increases and Their Impact on Our Employers

Carl Joseph, Principal, Indirect and State and Local Tax, Ernest & Young LLP

Ali Vahdat, Principal, West Region State and Local/Indirect Tax Leader, Ernest & Young LLP

Services Tax: California’s Answer to Volatility?

Justin Adams, PhD, President and Chief Economist, Encina Advisors

Consumer Privacy and Innovation

(January 15, 2021) Moderated by Shoeb Mohammed, CalChamber policy advocate, the briefing featured presentations by experts on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the voter-approved California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), data privacy and artificial intelligence.

Topics and Speakers

An Inside Look at Privacy Compliance

Dominique Shelton Leipzig, Partner Privacy & Security,
Co-Chair Ad Tech Privacy & Data Management

An Inside Look at Innovation

Angela Saverice-Rohan, EY America’s Leader for Privacy (All Sectors)

Joined by Jay Imhoff, Sr. Consultant, Data Privacy and Protection and Sebastiano Rupp, Privacy Consultant

California’s Pathway to More Housing

(January 8, 2021) Moderated by Adam Regele, CalChamber policy advocate, the briefing featured experts on California’s Pathway to More Housing, a major issue for the 2021 and 2022 legislative sessions.

Topics and Speakers

Residential Redevelopment of Commercially Zoned Land in California

David Garcia, Policy Director, UC Berkeley Terner Center for Housing Innovation

Missing Middle Housing

Denise Pinkston, President, The Casita Coalition

CEQA 101

Shahiedah Palmer, Associate, Arent Fox

Upcoming Policy Briefings

January 22 – Tax Fatigue

January 29 – Workers’ Compensation — Beyond COVID

February 5 – Transportation Infrastructure and Fueling

February 12 – Single Use Packaging and Recycling

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