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Bay Area Council
Founded 1945
President Jim Wunderman

The Bay Area Council (BAC) is a group of business executives centered around the San Francisco Bay Area in California. They believe that California's Constitution needs fundamental repair and revision and, as a result, are supporting measures to call for a California constitutional convention.[1]

In the past, the Bay Area Council hired Clint Reilly to manage its effort to call a constitutional convention. Jim Wunderman, President of the Bay Area Council, said that Reilly "has a remarkable strategic sense and a passion for organizing, which is all too often missing in statewide campaigns, and is just what this historic effort needs to succeed."[2]


The Bay Area Council was founded in 1945. According to their website, the BAC describe themselves as "a business-sponsored, public-policy advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area. The Council proactively advocates for a strong economy, a vital business environment, and a better quality of life for everyone who lives here." In addition, their mission states, "We are business leaders committed to working with public and civic leaders to make the Bay Area the most innovative, globally competitive, and sustainable region in the world."[3]


The organization's website also states that "275 of the largest employers in the region support the Bay Area Council and offer their CEO or top executive as a member." Members of BAC include wealthy dotcom businesses Google and Yahoo, as well as Hewlett-Packard, Wells Fargo, Safeway and Chevron.[4]


The BAC was a key lobbyist for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in the 1950s and 1960s.[5]


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