Government Affairs

The Northern California Chapter, NECA Government Affairs Committee is the Chapter’s political voice. At the local level, we meet with legislators to effect legislation in California. During the election cycle, we review and evaluate local candidates and measures for PAC contributions in our nine Bay Area County jurisdiction. Nationally, the Northern California Chapter participates to effect change concerning legislative actions and regulatory policies resulting in the ability of our electrical contractors to operate their businesses efficiently and profitably. With that in mind, we actively participate in the annual NECA Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., where a consortium of Chapter staff and members meet with our representatives on Capitol Hill to advocate for key issues, which directly affect our contractor members and the industry.

The Government Affairs Committee is comprised of representatives from each of the Chapter’s five divisions to ensure that the voice of all our contractors is heard.

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NorCal NECA Day at the Capitol (Sacramento)

Impactful Meetings Held
The Northern California Chapter was joined by the San Diego Chapter at our annual legislative trip to Sacramento, held on March 15, 2017. Chapter President Kurt Brinkman (Intrepid Electronic Systems) joined us along with Board members Brian Gini (Collins Electrical Co.), Greg Long (Long Electric Company), Rick McKinney (Lloyd F. McKinney & Associates), and Gary Woody (Bockmon & Woody Electric). Also joining us from the Chapter were Tom Long (Long Electric Company), Janey McKinney (Lloyd F. McKinney & Associates), Jody Brahmst (Niles Electric) and Jeff Withers (Collins Electrical Co.). Representing NECA staff were Greg Armstrong, Julie Russell, Scot VanBuskirk and Michael Bryant.


The San Diego Chapter was represented by NECA staff member Karen Prescott-Loeffler, Brian Morales (Pro-Cal Lighting), and George Bonner (Phazer Electric). The day’s event began with comments by our Statewide Lobbyist Eddie Bernacchi. The main topic of discussion for the day was AB92 which would extend the sunset clause on current 5% retention cap statues, pertaining to public works projects, from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2023.

Special thanks to all of our contractors who took time our of their busy schedules to attend and share their challenges and successes with their representatives. We would also like to express our appreciation to Eddie Bernacchi for his tireless efforts in Sacramento on behalf of our contractors.

NECA Legislative Conference in Washington DC a Great Success:

Eight attendees from the Northern California Chapter attended our Legislative Conference to meet with congressional lawmakers to discuss NECA’s priority issues such as the Energy Policy, Transportation, Water and the impact of the Affordable Care Act.

Chapter President Kurt Brinkman (Intrepid Electronic Systems); Government Affairs Chair Greg Long (Long Electric); Lew Frain (Con J. Franke Electric); Kim Scruggs (Columbia Electric); Gary Woody (Bockmon & Woody Electric) Andre Gardner (NCECI); representing the Chapter were Greg Armstrong and Juanita Mitchell.

Over 200 attendees from across the nation heard presentations from members of Congress who enlightened us on the political climate and key issues being discussed on Capitol Hill. Greg Armstrong had the honor of introducing Congressman Jeff Denham to the NECA group prior to his presentation.

The highlight of the trip was individual meetings with elected officials from districts within our Chapter’s jurisdiction. This year, meetings were held with Congress members Jim Costa, Jeff Denham, John Garamendi, Mike Honda, Barbara Lee, Jerry McNerney, Eric Swalwell and Mike Thompson, along with a meeting with Senator Barbara Boxer’s staff.

Individual meetings were enhanced by our contractors who conveyed personal stories of what they faced as owners of small and medium-size businesses. We found our representatives to be very open to our concerns. Follow-up meetings by our Government Affairs team in Washington, D.C. will be held, as well as local follow-up.