In February, the City Council appointed five members to the Cannabis Industry Tax Oversight Committee: Abi Rivas, Drew Erik Revai, Stephen Roth, Drew Bulfer and Jen Dye; and two new members to the Pickleweed Advisory Committee: Janet Tanchez and Jairo Ceballos. Here is a little information about our newly appointed members:
Abi Rivas is a resident of San Rafael who is passionate about giving-back to the community and being a part of civic change. Abi lives in town with her husband Ricardo and their dog. They love San Rafael and look forward to starting a family in this special community that they call home. She believes that with the rest of the Committee they can help destigmatize cannabis business to the community – and showcase this budding industry that is bringing in valuable tax dollars to fund community improvements. She looks forward to serving the next four years on this Committee and is committed to do so with care, transparency,and positivity.
Congratulations on your appointment to the Cannabis Industry Tax Oversight Committee, Abi!
Erik Revai moved to San Rafael in 2002 because he and his wife were looking for a great place to raise a family. Eighteen years later, they have two teenage boys and San Rafael has been the idyllic community they hoped it would be. As a lawyer practicing in the banking industry, Erik spent a considerable amount of time thinking and talking about the issues raised by the legalization of cannabis. He wants to be a part of the Cannabis Industry Tax Oversight Committee because he wants to contribute to the community and because he wants to leverage his understanding of the challenges and opportunities arising from the legalization of cannabis. Erik is excited about helping to make sure the revenue from taxing cannabis businesses benefits our community in the way the voters wanted.
Congratulations on your appointment to the Cannabis Industry Tax Oversight Committee, Erik!
Stephen Roth lives in San Rafael with his wife and son who attends Davidson Middle School, and he owns a software business in San Rafael as well. He serves on the Board of Swimarin, the local youth swim team and is active in various professional organizations. Stephen applied for the Cannabis Industry Tax Oversight Committee because he has become increasingly interested in how local government works. He felt that it would be a good way to get introduced to the workings of San Rafael government, and he wanted to help oversee tax collection for cannabis businesses. Because federal, state, and local laws vary widely regarding cannabis production and possession, he believes it is important to understand the types of businesses that are supposed to be paying this tax, how the money will be distributed, and then exactly how this money will be used as is intended when approved by the voters. He looks forward to serving on this committee to help make this process as transparent and fair as possible.
Congratulations on your appointment to the Cannabis Industry Tax Oversight Committee, Stephen!
Drew Bulfer started his civic engagement, something he holds as both a privilege and duty, as an active member of the Chamber of Commerce. As an entrepreneur, Drew has co-founded, built, and successfully exited multiple businesses, including the first permitted cannabis manufacturing business in Marin. Joining the Cannabis Industry Tax Oversight Committee is a perfect fit for his unique expertise.
Drew, his wife Alyse, and their two daughters live in Sun Valley and feel fortunate to have found such an amazing community. You may have seen them at Andy’s Market, Johnny’s Donuts, or hiking and biking around Marin.
Congratulations on your appointment to the Cannabis Industry Tax Oversight Committee, Jen!
Congratulations on your appointment to the Pickleweed Advisory Committee, Janet!
Congratulations on your appointment to the Pickleweed Advisory Committee, Jairo!
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