Monthly Archives: July 2017

The Chamber along with our partners at the Otay Chamber are supporting efforts by Congressman Juan Vargas to secure funding in the federal budget for the expansion of the existing Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry. “The Improvement and Renovation Project,” was included in President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal for $121.84 million, and now our […]

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This proposal continues to gain momentum throughout the state whose stakeholders recognize the immense opportunity a trade office in Mexico can offer California businesses and entrepreneurs. California has the sixth largest economy in the world and a leading trade and investment partner, yet we are the only border state without a trade office in Mexico. […]

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A concession payment will be made by the end of the month to confirm Baja Rail’s ownership of the Desert Line, which connects San Diego with Plaster City, passing through Tijuana and Tecate in Mexico. Phase 1 of the rehabilitation of the railroad will begin shortly after and is expected to start operations a year […]

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Rodulfo Figueroa, Baja Delegate of INAMI, has announced that the opening of the southbound pedestrian entrance at the western side of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, known as PedWest, will occur by the end of July. Figueroa explained the challenges and concerns that delayed the southbound opening of PedWest to the public. These included […]

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The 4th Annual Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border Conference was held at the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute on June 14th, 2017, in Washington D.C. Co-hosted by the Border Trade Alliance, the conference focused on improving border management aiming to fortify the competitiveness of both countries. The guest speakers included Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Acting CBP […]

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A group of U.S.-Mexico stakeholders have been working together since March of 2016  to foster border-wide collaboration on shared goals of prosperity and security. The Chamber was a founding member of this network of private sector, non-profit organizations and academic leaders known as #OneBorder. Members of the group in their support of building bridges that connect the best our two […]

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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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