Monthly Archives: May 2017

As President Trump continues to state healthcare reform as a priority, the Chamber was pleased to host Representative Scott Peters for a roundtable in the Chamber offices. As a recently appointed member of the powerful Energy & Commerce Committee with oversight on health issues, Representative Peters is an important voice for San Diego’s healthcare industry […]

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The Board of Directors voted to support the proposed San Diego Convention Center Ballot Initiative. As a result of a victorious court decision, Mayor Kevin Faulconer released a revised financing plan to fund the long-stalled expansion, including homeless and infrastructure needs. The plan is similar to the original financing mechanism where hotels closest to the […]

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On April 28, 2017, our local Consul General, Marcela Celorio, was named Ambassador by President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto. The move reinforces efforts to strengthen Mexican Foreign Service and diplomacy. We congratulate Ambassador Celorio on a very well deserved promotion which solidifies the reputation she has earned in our region as a leader and […]

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On May 2, 2017, the California Senate’s Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation chaired by Senator Ben Hueso, held a dialogue between select committee members, experts, and stakeholders over the challenges and opportunities we face at the state level given the uncertainty of changes in federal trade and commerce policies. Chamber VP, Paola Avila presented on […]

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On April 17, 2017, Alex Hinojosa, the former Deputy Managing Director of the North American Development Bank (NADB), was named by the Board to serve as Acting Managing Director to replace Gerónimo Gutiérrez, who was recently appointed Ambassador of Mexico to the United States. Dr. Calixto Mateos, the former Director of Risk Management and Control […]

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In April, an executive order to review the H-1B visa program was issued. This offers an opportunity for the business community to voice our opinion and provide input. H-1B visas are an important tool for businesses to hire the talented workforce necessary to grow their companies and compete on a global scale. This visa program […]

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The Chamber is proud to sponsor a state bill authored by Senator Hueso which would establish a California trade office in Mexico City. Given the uncertainty at the federal level regarding the United States’ trading partnership with Mexico, it is vital that California and Mexico maintain open and ongoing discussions about economic opportunities. Through this […]

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NAFTA The recent report of a draft Executive Order withdrawing from NAFTA sparked great concern within the San Diego business community. While the Chamber agrees that NAFTA is due for an update, exiting the agreement is a threat to thousands of local jobs dependent on trade and would severely impair our region’s global competitiveness. The […]

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