Monthly Archives: December 2017

The Chamber is committed to making San Diego the most business-friendly region in California and a place where businesses can grow and thrive while creating jobs. We support a comprehensive immigration reform that promotes efficient borders and provides the business community access to workforce critical to its success. Immigrants comprise nearly one-third of the labor […]

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The Chamber welcomed a delegation of government trade officials from Africa, who met with Director of International Business Affairs, Kenia Zamarripa. Delegation members expressed their interest in understanding the role of the Chamber in promoting cross-border trade in the Cali-Baja region and learned about the importance of developing and strengthening cross-border relations in the public […]

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On November 30th , Director of International Business Affairs, Kenia Zamarripa met with the Mexican Senate’s Commission of Border Affairs in preparation of the Chamber’s Annual Delegation Trip to Mexico City in 2018. Delegation trips are key to strengthening business and political relationships and important to advancing the policies and projects important to business in […]

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On November 14th, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the expansion of “Entry on Arrival” for the Global Entry Program to 11 additional international airports, enabling conditionally-approved Global Entry applicants to complete their interview (the final step of the GE process) while clearing CBP processing. The program is currently available at 54 U.S. airports […]

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On November 20, 2017, Vice President Paola Avila testified in favor of NAFTA, in San Antonio, Texas, before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness. Led by Texas Senator John Cornyn, the hearing included testimony from trade officials and industry stakeholders about the impact of NAFTA. Avila testified on behalf of […]

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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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The Chamber team is proud to present another Sacramento delegation trip to bring San Diego’s unique business voice and perspective to our leaders in Sacramento. The dates for the 2018 trip are February 27th and 28th. This is the beginning of the second year in the two-year legislative cycle, when many of the high-priority bills […]

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