Government Affairs

Policy Development

The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® (SAR) Government Affairs Department works year–round in the public policy and advocacy arena, making sure that REALTORS® professional interests are protected and promoted in the halls of local, state, and federal government.

The Public Issues Forum is held at the SAR headquarters on the third Friday of every month at 9:30am, and is free and open to all members. At this forum, a local elected official or other governmental leader will speak on emerging civic issues throughout Sacramento County and West Sacramento. Issues surfaced in the Public Issues Forum are often forwarded to the Government Relations Committee for actions and recommendations. Members of the Government Relations Committee are appointed by the President of SAR. They review issues raised in the Public Issues Forum, and other current issues throughout the Sacramento region, and recommend actions to the Board of Directors.

SAR confines its efforts to issues affecting private property rights and private property values. Leadership does not take positions on any issues that do not have an impact on REALTORS® or the housing market.

Political Action

The third arm of policy development is the Political Action Committee Trustees (PAC). The PAC Trustees focus on elections: directing funds to local candidates who support private property rights and the REALTOR®'s ability to do business.

The PAC Trustees have a long history of involvement with SAR and are well versed on real estate issues and local, state and national politics. PAC Trustees also contribute to the REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF) and encourage all SAR Members to do so. The PAC is a significant element of SAR’s public policy success.

Issues

The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® (SAR) provides members an opportunity to have their voices heard on local government issues. SAR tracks policy issues that affect REALTORS®, so they can focus on running their business. SAR also protects REALTORS®‘ clients on private property rights and private property values. They do this through focusing on such issues as: business license fees, gross receipts tax on commissions, point of sale regulations, design and zoning regulations, rental inspections, energy issues, private transfer taxes, repeal of the mortgage interest deduction, and flood control policies.

The Citrus Heights City Council has a five member non-partisan council who are elected at large to overlapping terms of four years. The Council elects one Member to serve as Mayor, who serves at the Council’s pleasure.

Location: City Hall 6360 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights, CA 95621

Time: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7:00pm

Phone: (916) 725-2448

The Elk Grove City Council has a four member non-partisan council who are elected at large (despite having council districts) to overlapping terms of four years. Council members must live in the district they live in, but the elections are held at large. A Mayor is directly elected by voters every two years.

Location: City Hall 8400 Laguna Palms Way, Elk Grove, CA 95758

Time: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 6:00pm

Phone: (916) 683-7111

Website: elkgrovecity.org

The Folsom City Council has a five member non-partisan council who are elected at large to overlapping terms of four years. The Council elects one Member to serve as Mayor, who serves at the Council’s pleasure.

Location: City Hall City Hall 50 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA 95630

Time: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6:30pm

Phone: (916) 355-7270

The Rancho Cordova City Council has a five member non-partisan council who are elected at large to overlapping terms of four years. The Council elects one Member to serve as Mayor, who serves at the Council’s pleasure.

Location: City Hall 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Time: 1st and 3rd Mondays at 5:30pm

Phone: (916) 851-8700

The Sacramento City Council has a non–partisan Mayor elected at large to a four year term and eight non-partisan Council members elected by district to overlapping terms of four years.

Location: City Hall 915 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Time: Every Tuesday at 5:00pm

Phone: (916) 808-7200

The West Sacramento City Council has a non-partisan Mayor elected at large to a two year term and four non-partisan Council members elected at large to terms of four years.

Location: City Hall 1110 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento, CA 95691

Time: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7:00pm

Phone: (916) 617-4500

The five Sacramento County Supervisors are non–partisan and elected by district to four year terms.

Location: Board Chambers 700 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Time: Various Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30am and 5:00pm View Calendar

Phone: (916) 874-5411

Website: saccounty.net

It is important to be a good steward with real estate sign placement and use discretion and common sense when putting signs up. Signs are never allowed in the public right-of-way (which includes sidewalks) and balloons are not to be attached to signs in any jurisdiction throughout Sacramento County or the City of West Sacramento.

California Civil Code Section 713 sets the legal ground work for real estate signs. This section states that an owner of property, or their agent, is allowed to advertise the sale or lease of a property on site in plain view of the public. This advertisement may include directions to the property, the owner or agent’s name, address, and telephone number. Local governments are permitted to regulate the display or placement of these signs on public and private right–of–way.

Political Perspective

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