Local Government Affairs






Dear OBAR Members,

We’re less than two months away from C.A.R.’s Legislative Day on Wednesday, May 3rd and C.A.R. President Geoff McIntosh is encouraging local associations to bring lots of new faces to Legislative Day, and we here at OBAR would like to do everything we can to accommodate that goal! Here are a few things that might help us achieve that objective:

  • Register as early as you can. The earlier you register, the easier it will be for the Association to make sure that your trip to Sacramento is as enjoyable and memorable as can be.  Sign in to your Member Portal (Here!) and click “All” on upcoming events on the Portal Homepage.  Scroll down to May 3, 2017 and click the first Legislative Day event you see on the list, after which you should find a registration button. Enter your information and you’re done!  Please feel free to contact staff if you have trouble registering.
  • OBAR is providing FREE transportation to the first 25 members that register for Legislative Day! The Association is buying 25 tickets, sponsored by JVM Lending, so we can provide the first 25 members that register with a free ride up to Sacramento.  The train leaves early, so keep that in mind.  Refreshments will be served on the way there and drinks will be served on the way back.  If you aren’t one of the first 25 registrants, you can buy train tickets online at: www.capitolcorridor.orgPlan to get to the Sacramento Convention Center by 8:30 a.m.
  • The train isn’t the only way to get there. For those members who would rather travel to Legislative Day on their own, we encourage that you carpool.
  • Legislative Day Scholarship Program. Scholarships are available for members who have never been to Legislative Day. The scholarship can cover up to $100 of your costs for attending Legislative Day. (travel, food, etc.)  Please register and then contact the Association for more information.
  • Promote C.A.R.’s great program. C.A.R. has invited Governor Jerry Brown to speak. Those of you who have heard him know that he’s an entertaining, dynamic speaker. Tell other members about what they will be missing if they don’t attend Legislative Day.
  • Watch our latest video on why you should go to Legislative Day! Watch the video below to hear from the Association and OBAR Leadership on why it is integral to attend Legislative Day at least once during your career as a REALTOR.

Feel free to contact Kiran Shenoy, your Government Affairs Director, for more information about Legislative Day.



(510) 848-2659


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




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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.

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