Local Government Affairs

Oakland and Berkeley represent the diversity and richness of the East Bay.

Oakland has numerous neighborhoods, each with a specific character and access to a wide array of small neighborhood commercial districts. In this city, creativity is paramount and adds to the unique and highly sought after value.

Berkeley is grounded by the University of California and a counterculture history, but looks to the future with innovative hubs, a bustling downtown, and a renewed focus on urban synergy.

Together, Oakland, Berkeley, and our surrounding municipalities are the heart of the East Bay, with thriving communities that draw residents seeking proximity to Bay Area job centers, transportation options, arts and culture, and neighborhoods to call home. Together, our Association represents our REALTOR® members, growing connections with local leaders and supporting a vibrant real estate market.


The LGR Committee

The Local Government Relations Committee (LGR) is an advisory committee to the board of directors, providing policy positions and a forum for policy development. Local officials – ranging from mayors and council members, city administrators, department heads, business district leaders, architects and planners, and experts in fields relating to real estate – are guests each month.

LGR  takes a proactive role in strengthening the relationships with local government officials while advocating key legislative and regulatory issues that have an impact on the local economy and local businesses.

We meet on the second Wednesday of the month — Come join us at the Oakland/Berkeley Association of REALTORS®

Your Government Affairs Director (GAD) serves as OBAR’s liaison to city government and local elected officials.

Kiran Shenoy  | Government Affairs Director
kiran@theobaor.org | 510.848.4288




The decisions made by elected officials affect REALTORS®’ lives every day; from the taxes we pay, to the roads we drive on, to the schools our children attend. That‘s why it’s important to participate in the political process and choose elected officials by exercising your right to vote!

Now more than ever, it’s critical for REALTORS® across America to come together and speak with one voice about the stability a sound and dynamic real estate market brings to our communities. From city hall to the state house to the U.S. Capitol, our elected officials are making decisions that have a huge impact on the bottom line of REALTORS® and their customers. Through the support of REALTORS® like you, the REALTOR® Party represents your interests.

The REALTOR® Party is a powerful alliance of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations working to protect and promote homeownership and property investment. The REALTOR® Party speaks with one voice to advance candidates and public policies that build strong communities and promote a vibrant business environment.

Register to Vote! Permanent absentee is the easiest way to vote: Your ballot arrives by mail and you vote at your convenience.