Category: Policy

Newly appointed state Attorney General Xavier Becerra met with Chamber members for a Good Government Speaker Series program to discuss the role of the Attorney General with respect to working with businesses. Issues discussed included immigration, the environment, and regulation.

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On July 17th, the California State Assembly and Senate voted with a two-thirds super majority to extend the program through 2030. The vote threshold achieved was important to ensure the validity of the program should it be considered a “tax” by a future court decision. The program is a market-based mechanism designed to reduce greenhouse […]

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Last week, the Chamber hosted the first of two workshops on Community Choice Aggregation. This workshop followed the release of the City of San Diego’s CCA feasibility study which looked at options to help the city increase the percentage of renewable energy on the grid. The audience heard from experts with different perspectives and had […]

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The City of San Diego City Council adopted three important pro-housing policies on July 24th during what has been dubbed “Housing Action Day.” In response to the housing crisis caused by affordability and supply, Mayor Faulconer and members of City Council have worked with various stakeholders including the Chamber to identify a variety of solutions. […]

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Last month the Chamber released a study with the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® finding the region’s housing crisis is on track to get much worse by 2020, driving even more seniors and families out of the Golden State and hurting our local economy. The “Housing Scorecard” compares the progress of each of the […]

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Housing Action Day was a major success with all three pro-housing policies passing with either unanimous or significant support. Thanks to your participation in our campaign to contact a Councilmember, together we were able to show City leaders how important these policies are to the greater business community. To recap, those policies are: Streamlining of […]

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The Chamber is proud to promote Sean Karafin to Vice President of Public Policy and Economic Research.  Sean Karafin, as the Vice President of Public Policy and Economic Research, oversees day-to-day activity of the public policy department and economic research efforts while managing the policy positions and agendas for the Chamber’s various policy committees. Sean […]

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Join us August 3rd for the first of two workshops looking at Community Choice Aggregation, or “CCAs.” Seen by some as a mechanism to increase renewables, many city and county governments across the state and the nation are either considering or have already taken control of purchasing power from local utilities through CCAs. During this […]

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SeaWorld’s proposed Electric Eel project was unanimously approved by the San Diego City Council on June 20th. The project has already been approved by the Mission Bay Park Committee, the Park and Rec board, and the City of San Diego’s Planning Commission. The project now needs approval by the Coastal Commission. Millions of people visit […]

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Jerry Sanders and 14 other speakers joined approximately 300 students and parents at Roosevelt Middle School on This pilot program is in response to a statistic highlighted in the Chamber’s Regional Jobs Strategy: San Diego County is home to an estimated 43,000 “opportunity youth.” These young people are no longer in school and don’t have […]

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