Government Relations

Your Association. Your Voice.

CGA is your voice at the Capitol and in city and county governments across the state. CGA actively promotes and protects the legislative and regulatory interests of the retail food industry before the California State Legislature, local governments, and state and local regulatory agencies.

CGA staff, contract lobbyists and a network of CGA members monitor pending legislation, work directly with lawmakers to draft bills and testify in support of and opposition to measures and regulatory proposals affecting the retail food industry. In coordination with member companies, CGA’s legislative efforts provide a unified voice on critical issues affecting the industry.

State Government Relations

Guided by a committee of CGA retailer and supplier members, the Association pursues an aggressive agenda of legislative advocacy in Sacramento on behalf of its membership. CGA’s government relations team works with legislators and their staff, other advocacy groups and state regulators to find practical solutions for issues affecting the grocery industry.

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Local Government Relations

Our Local Government Relations Department reviews more than 800 city council and county board agendas monthly for action on issues impacting the grocery industry. In addition to our Sacramento headquarters, CGA maintains a satellite office in Southern California, assuring strong representation in the Southland.

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Regulatory Agencies

CGA represents the interests of the retail food industry before state regulatory agencies and departments such as the Alcoholic Beverage Control Department, Women, Infants & Children Branch, Board of Equalization, California Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Conservation on issues ranging from alcoholic beverage licensing to packaging restrictions.

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Political Action

GROPAC is a nonpartisan political action committee (PAC) that works to protect business-friendly interests by identifying and supporting pro-business candidates running for local and state legislative seats. We need legislators who will fight to protect your business. CGA also maintains an Independent Expenditure Committee – a powerful tool utilized in the political community to support a candidate or ballot measure.

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