News & Updates

Member Spotlight: U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank is opening a first-of-its kind branch office in East Village at 801 Market Street, across from the newly planned The Ritz Carlton and one block from Petco Park. We’re having a grand opening celebration from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 13 and all are invited to stop by that day to experience the unique digital banking experience found in this new branch office, and for a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize, compliments of U.S. Bank.

Visitors will immediately note unique enhancements as they enter the space. Employees will welcome customers to the new branch experience and lead them through a customer journey featuring new technologies and services. As part of the journey, customers can engage with the Digital Discovery Center, where they can explore how digital services provided by U.S. Bank can help them achieve their financial goals – from starting a business, to paying for college, to saving for retirement. Bankers are available for more in-depth conversations on a range of banking services, such as planning to buy a house or thinking about expanding a business.

The new branch also features a community room available to customers and businesses for meetings or events. The room is available free of charge and seats up to eight people comfortably. We strongly encourage groups to take advantage of it. Call the branch at 619.744.2140 to speak to someone about booking the community room.

Hours are Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry into the lobby is accessible 24 hours a day. Outside of business hours, customers can access the lobby using a debit or credit card.

This branch is a relocation of the former branch located in the Little Italy neighborhood. That location closed Aug. 17 due to the building it operated in being sold.

-David Miles, East Village Branch Manager for U.S. Bank
For more information, contact Jeni Jonett, 612-303-4994 or


Community Partner: San Diego Humane Society

Serving San Diego County for 138 years, San Diego Humane Society’s scope of social responsibility goes far beyond helping animals find loving homes. We offer a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide lifesaving medical care, rehabilitate local wildlife, educate the community about the humane treatment of animals and provide safety-net services for pet families in need.

On July 1, SDHS began providing animal services to six more cities throughout our region, dramatically increasing the number of animals who will rely on us for help.

This year SDHS will take in and provide exceptional care for 50,000 animals through world-class veterinary medicine, shelter and most of all: love.

Through lifesaving programs that lead the way nationally in innovation, SDHS inspires compassion for all animals – companion and wild – in San Diego County and beyond.

With campuses in San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside, SDHS has extensive reach for animals throughout our region. In addition to caring for animals in our communities, we are committed to sharing the expertise we have gained with shelters nationwide so they can save more lives in their communities.

For more information about our life-changing services or to see animals currently available for adoption; please visit


Alexandra Mares
Assistant Director, Philanthropy
(619) 243-3441

Member Spotlight: City Wide Protection Services

Are you satisfied with your current security process? Recipient of the 2017 Service Provider of the Year Award, City Wide Protection Services is dedicated to providing clients with peace of mind while serving with integrity. Started by Tom Tamar in 2012, CWPS has become one of the fastest growing security firms in the country. This success can be attributed to our top quality officers and full range of services that include security services, consultation, and security training.

There is no region, business, or event that is too big or too small for this team. We customize your security team based on your needs, using a variation of the following three categories:

  • Officers: Armed, Semi-armed, Unarmed
  • Protection Type: Foot-patrol, Courtesy Patrol – vehicle, Mobile – vehicle and scheduled foot-patrols, Bicycle
    All units are highly visible, proactive, and on-call 24/7
  • Area of Coverage: Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Special Event

Our goal is always your safety. This is why we utilize the most advanced technology, implement adaptable and concrete security management plans, and have the highest expectations for our officers. CWPS officers are the pride and backbone of our organization, which is why we have added our Security Academy division to train our personnel or other security officers looking to join the industry. As a team we will serve you with integrity 24/7, and keep you, your business, and your community safe.

Security doesn’t come from money, it comes from relationships. Let’s build one.

Hojjat “Tom” Tamar
President & CEO
City Wide Protection Services
(888) 205 – 4242


Hear What Participants Say About Advance

With the goal of making a substantive and measurable increase in the number of local women in the C-suite and community leadership positions, Advance is a LEAD San Diego program dedicated to elevating women through tailored coaching, mentorship and skill building.

Our 2018 participants have only three more classes left until the program is complete. Each class has focused on an area of leadership, from self-leadership to leading others to whole-life leadership. Below are just a few examples of what participants have to say about what they’ve learned so far, the quality of the speakers, and their biggest “aha” moments.

“Be mindful about being tough minded and tender hearted.”

“Loved the speakers and how they encouraged us to be ourselves and empower those around us.”

“I will have more pointed conversations . . . and be BOLD.”

“Listen with the intent of changing your mind.”

“I’m currently a leader of a “broken” team, so I learned great first steps to start improving.”

Click here to find out more about Advance.

Past Leadership Action Teams

Each year, members of the Impact San Diego class are divided into Leadership Action Teams (LATs). Each LAT is matched with a local nonprofit agency that can benefit from its team members’ expertise and leadership to accomplish an individualized project.

We launched Leadership Action Team projects in 2004 to provide Impact participants with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience while making a lasting community impact. Over the years we’ve provided pro-bono consulting to 90 nonprofits throughout the San Diego region. We are now accepting RFPs for our Impact Class of 2019. To give some context, here are a few examples of LAT projects over the past 15 years, all of which have great success stories:

  1. Junior Achievement of San Diego County (2006) – established a volunteer recruitment and training plan
  2. Stepping Stone of San Diego ( 2009) – Conducted a feasibility study for two potential business enterprises
  3. San Diego Rescue Mission (2013) – Performed a feasibility study for a day care center for children of the homeless
  4. Vets’ Community Connections (2016) – Developed a plan to retain current members and expand new members
  5. Ocean Connectors (2015) – Developed a strategic plan to identify new partners & engage the skills of local leaders

If your nonprofit organization is interested in submitting a proposal for a Leadership Action Team project for the Impact Class of 2019, please complete and submit the RFP by Friday, September 21.


A Note From Our San Diego Young Leaders Board Chair

Dear Young Leaders,

A few months ago, we sent out a survey to get your feedback on how we can improve the programming, events, and opportunities for San Diego Young Leaders’ members. We heard you loud and clear, and we’re actively working to bring more networking opportunities, more speakers, and more programs to you.

As we head into the tail end of 2018, please mark your calendars for our upcoming board meetings and events:

Be sure to follow our Facebook page for updated events, resources, and job opportunities.

I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

Jill Monroe
SDYL Board Chair


Chamber Meets with CESPT Director

On August 9th, Chamber Director of International Business Affairs, Kenia Zamarripa, met with German Lizola, Director of CESPT (State Commission of Public Services in Tijuana) to follow up on collaboration efforts that advance cross-border issues such as the Tijuana River Valley transboundary pollution.

The Chamber is assisting in expanding CESPT’s communication and outreach to inform stakeholders and our region about the Commission’s work plans. In addition, we are advocating for the necessary funds that are needed in order to minimize and mitigate cross-border pollution.

Earlier this year during federal budget appropriations discussions, the Chamber advocated in support for funding the EPA’s U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program which ultimately received $10m. Additionally, Mexico’s National Water Commission (CONAGUA) announced an investment of $4.35M for improvements to repair Tijuana’s sewage infrastructure. In collaboration with CESPT, these funds are currently covering the replacement of sewage pipelines and the main wastewater treatment plant in order to prevent major sewage spills along the canal.

The Chamber will be hosting a Good Government Speaker Series event featuring CESPT Director Lizola, who will be going over the Commission’s efforts on improving Tijuana’s sewage system and sanitation, and sharing a timeline of upcoming projects that will help minimize pollution on the Tijuana River. The event will take place Wednesday, September 5th, 10:00a.m. to 11:30a.m. at the Chamber. Please contact Kenia Zamarripa for details.


San Diego Home Prices Rise 7.3% in a Year

San Diego region’s home prices rose 7.3 percent in the past year, according to the latest data in the S&P CoreLogic Index released July 31st. As prices continue to rise, homeownership becomes even more out of reach. The increasing cost of housing in San Diego is making it more and more difficult for the region’s workforce to find homes that suit their needs. When employees are priced out of San Diego and are forced to look to areas outside the region where housing is more affordable, our employers, regional workforce and economy all suffer. The S&P CoreLogic Index is widely viewed by economists as the gold standard metric for housing prices as it evaluates home prices by tracking repeat sales of single-family houses as they turn over through the years.

Education & Workforce Roundtable Explores San Diego Millennial Employment

On August 7th , the Education and Workforce Roundtable heard from representatives from the Center for Creative Leadership, ViaSat, University of San Diego School of Business, and the County of San Diego on millennial engagement and retention in San Diego. Millennials now make up nearly 40 percent of San Diego’s workforce, more so than any other generation. The panel entertained questions on millennial culture, purpose-driven employees, and flexibility.

November ballot: Prop 3: Water Infrastructure & Watershed Conservation Bond

The California Water Infrastructure and Watershed Conservation Bond Initiative authorizes $8.877 billion in general obligation bonds for water infrastructure, groundwater supplies and storage, surface water storage and dam repairs, watershed and fisheries improvements, and habitat protection and restoration. With support from both the San Diego County Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the bond provides critical funding that will help create sustainable water management.