Category: Policy

Mayor Faulconer delivered the annual State of the City address on January 11th at the Balboa Theatre, calling for new approaches to reduce homelessness, make housing more affordable, protect public safety, and improve the quality of life for all San Diegans. Mayor Faulconer touched on the progress that has been made as well as the […]

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On January 8th, Chamber Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jaymie Bradford joined the “Yes! For a Better San Diego” coalition at a press conference to announce the Convention Center Expansion Ballot Initiative, scheduled to be on the ballot this November. The measure will increase the transient occupancy tax (TOT) between 1.25% – 3.25% […]

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In January and February, Chamber Policy Committees are finalizing updated policy platforms intended to guide policy advocacy for 2018. Policy Sub-Committees include Healthcare; Energy & Water; Infrastructure, Housing & Land Use; Defense, Veterans and Military Affairs; the Small Business Roundtable; and the Education & Workforce Roundtable. The Sub-Committee Platforms are anticipated to be adopted by […]

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The Chamber is pleased to applaud the recent selection of Senator Toni Atkins as the next Senate Pro Tem. An announcement from current Pro Tem, Senator Kevin De Leon (Los Angeles), was a welcome shift in leadership as long-time Chamber partner and friend, Senator Atkins prepares to take the reins of the legislature in the […]

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On January 10th, Governor Brown unveiled his $132 billion budget proposal for FY18/19. As predicted, he is using the surplus dollars from another good budgetary year to shore up the Rainy Day Fund, putting aside $3.5 billion to meet statutory requirements. By June 2019, that fund is expected to have 13.5 billion in reserve dollars […]

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The second year of the state’s two-year legislative cycle has kicked off, with plenty of unfinished business remaining from 2017. Of note, this year occurs during an election year and during many high-stakes issues being debated which will undoubtedly keep the Chamber and its membership busy. Things to watch: housing will continue to be top […]

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Colonel Woodworth, Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, provided an update to the Chamber’s Defense, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee on the installation and the important role it plays not only in broader military efforts, but in the San Diego community as well. Colonel Woodworth communicated the unique challenges MCAS Miramar faces […]

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On December 4th, the San Diego City Council voted 8 – 1 to re-elect Council Member Myrtle Cole as Council President. Under the “strong mayor-council” form of government, the Council President’s most substantial responsibilities include setting the agenda for Council Meetings, and appointing Council Committee Chairs, Vice Chairs, and membership which is anticipated to occur […]

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The San Diego City Council’s Smart Growth & Land Use Committee continues to make progress in lowering the fees for and making it easier to build addition dwelling units (ADUs), more commonly referred to as “granny flats.” Often cited as an important tool to increasing the number of housing units in the city, although admittedly […]

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Tax Reform

The House and Senate have both passed tax reform legislation. Neither proposal meets the principles of tax reform supported by the San Diego Regional Chamber Board of Directors. The legislation is now in Conference Committee, where they will attempt to sort out the differences between the two bills before a single bill goes to President […]

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