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Community Partner: P.R.I.D.E., Inc.

PRIDE Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving individuals with intellectual disabilities to live in a home of their choosing. PRIDE Inc. believes that all people have the right to live independently, make an impact on their community, and share in the social, cultural and economic benefits and responsibilities of being fully participating members of their community.

PRIDE, Inc. recognizes that all people are unique in their personality, capabilities, and desires. We also believe that regardless of the nature or severity of disability, each individual is entitled to the dignity, respect and self-esteem associated with participating in their community on his or her own terms.

It is the aim of PRIDE, Inc. to provide a program which is consistent with the overall philosophy and policy of the State of California Department of Developmental Services in which each individual should:

  • Have lifestyles and living situations like individuals without intellectual disabilities
  • Have control over their homes in the neighborhood of their choosing.
  • Receive support services consistent with the desires and changing needs of the individual.
  • Make informed choices about where they live and services they receive.
  • Benefit from services, regardless of the nature or severity of their disability.

What we do:

  • Money Management
  • Meal Preparation & Nutrition
  • Home Maintenance
  • Medical Appointments
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Decision-Making Skill Building
  • Mobility Training/Transportation
  • Community Access
  • Communication & Human Relations
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Parenting Training


Jeffrey Clark
(858) 467-6840

Member Spotlight: STACKED

STACKED: Food Well Built is an innovative, full-service restaurant concept where guests can use their imaginations to create the perfect meal for themselves, choosing between dozens of ingredients in any of five menu categories.  Guests combine their favorite ingredients, visually creating their meal on an iPad at their table.

Located in Fashion Valley, STACKED, (next to valet) offers a with an extensive selection of premium beers, wines specialty cocktails.  We also offer take-out, delivery and CATERING (office and home).  Open for lunch and dinner, with afternoon and late night happy hours.

Imagine creating a burger, salad, pizza, sandwich or mac ‘n’ cheese with all of your favorite ingredients, and just your favorite ingredients.  And imagine those ingredients are fresh and flavorful, the proteins grilled to order, the vegetables crisp and fresh, the cheeses rich and creamy, the sauces and dressings freshly made from scratch.  Just imagine how amazing that would taste.  You have just imagined STACKED: Food Well Built!

Offering signature items in each menu category that you can order as-is or modify to your taste.  Or, you can STACK Your Own from scratch.  Burgers are made with 100% fresh Angus Chuck and served on fresh, preservative and GMO free buns.  Award-wining mac ‘n’ cheese has been recognized the past two years as the Best in San Diego at the San Diego Mac ‘n’ Cheese Festival.  Pizza, salads and sandwiches are made with your choice of fresh, flavorful ingredients. 

Just as you can customize your meal at our restaurant, with STACKED Catering you can customize the menu for your office or home event.  Their goal is for your catering experience to be simple, but personally crafted to your preferences, including your guests’ nutritional preferences.  The STACKED ingredient-centric menu includes over 160 clearly-identified, gluten-free ingredients that can be combined to create a virtually unlimited selection of gluten-free meals.  Other nutritional preferences are also easily accommodated.

So, whether it’s at your place or theirs, with STACKED you get exactly what you want – Food Well Built!

Visit us at 7007 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619)225-7900
Instagram: @stackedrestaurants
Address catering inquiries to: Candy Agatep, (949)619-5772,

2018 International Tribute Dinner Award Winners

The evening included a conversation with special guest and featured speaker Julián Castro, former
U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development and Mayor of San Antonio, Texas. Castro shared
stories from his experience as mayor of the seventh largest city in the country – a city largely
dependent on trade with Mexico. He also addressed the future of the U.S.-Mexico relationship,
from binational cooperation to trade and immigration.

During the Tribute Dinner, awards were presented in recognition of those whose extraordinary
efforts have helped define the region’s collaborative spirit. This year’s awardees are:

• Cross-Border Leader of the Year – former Congressmember from Mexico, Maria Luisa
Sanchez, for being a leader in supporting trade and immigration policies

• Cali-Baja Business of the Year – Calimax, for its corporate social responsibility and
philanthropy, such as donating trucks to the Mexico City earthquake relief efforts

• Cross-Border Collaborator of the Year – awarded jointly to U.S. Customs and Border
Protection and SAT (Mexican Tax Administration), for their work in unifying and expanding
the Unified Cargo Processing on the San Diego – Tijuana border to facilitate the movement
of goods

2018 Legislative Lounge Award Winners

Our 6th annual Legislative Lounge, an informal, lighthearted and humorous reception and awards ceremony to honor San Diego’s elected officials and their staff.

This year’s winners:

“Rainmaker”: Congressmember Juan Vargas, 51st Congressional District of California

“Bridge Builder”: Mayor of Mexicali Gustavo Sanchez

“Staffer Who Gets $#!t Done”: MaryAnne Pintar, Office of Congressmember Scott Peters

“Up & Comer”: Poway City Councilmember Caylin Frank

“Jack of Many Trades”: Marshall Anderson, Office of County Supervisor Greg Cox

“Twofer”: Dominika Bukalova, Office of San Diego City Councilmember Georgette Gomez

Ribbon Cutting: Pilar & Chuck Bahde Center for Shelter Medicine

Congrats to Chamber member San Diego Humane Society on the ribbon cutting for the Pilar & Chuck Bahde Center for Shelter Medicine! Read all about the shelter here.

Migrants in Tijuana Receive Federal Support from Mexican Government

The federal government in Mexico has issued a statement reiterating its commitment to human rights, as well as to the safe and orderly flow of migrants especially the most vulnerable such as children, pregnant women, and the elderly.

The Mexican Secretary of the Interior, through the National Immigration Institute and National Coordination of Civil Protection, is providing support to migrants in Tijuana with food, cold weather clothes, and blankets. In addition, CONAGUA the National Water Commission has provided water treatment equipment.

San Diego Diplomacy Council Invites you to Cuba

The San Diego Diplomacy Council is partnering with Cuba Cultural Travel to offer a citizen diplomacy trip to Cuba from March 1-8, 2019! The itinerary includes visits with professors, journalists, artists, historians and alumni of our exchange programs across the country in Havana, Artemisa, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. This tour is designed to promote and encourage people-to-people interaction and shared experiences between American and Cuban citizens. Cuba Cultural Travel is authorized by the United States Treasury Department to operate people-to-people tours in Cuba

There are only 3 spots left and the deadline for deposits is coming up fast on December 1. $1000 deposit (check only) and completed registration form (attached) secure your spot.

The program includes:

  • Itinerary coordination and compliance with U.S. Treasury Department
  • Accommodation (as selected) and all ground transportation
  • Full time private tour escort and entrance fees to museums, etc.
  • Daily breakfast, and meals as listed on itinerary
  • Gratuities for restaurants, porters.
  • Cuban Tourist Card/Visa.

For more information, or to review the full itinerary, please visit their website or contact Natalie Maroun, Program Director, at (619)291-8105 ext. 3 and at

U.K. and EU Negotiators Draft Agreement on Brexit Deal

Following months of negotiations, representatives from the United Kingdom and the European Union have finally reached a draft agreement on how Brexit will take place next spring. The agreement covers a debt estimate owed to the EU, potential infrastructure at the Northern Ireland border, and the status of UK citizens living elsewhere in the EU and vice versa. A transition period will take place between March of 2019 and December of 2020 allowing businesses, citizens, and stakeholders to plan accordingly.

One of the controversial decisions has been avoiding a physical border between Northern Ireland (UK) and the Republic of Ireland (EU). In addition, trade regulations may represent a barrier between Northern Ireland and Great Britain and undermine the United Kingdom’s economic integrity.

Last month, the Chamber hosted a luncheon with the European Union’s Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs, Moreno Bertoldi, who advised U.S. businesses to wait until the agreement was reached to understand what the relationship between the EU and the UK will look like in order to adapt business strategies to import/export products and services abroad.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29th, 2019. If the UK Cabinet backs the proposed deal, the agreement will then need approval from all 28 EU nations and from the British and European parliaments.

2018 Baja Ha Ha

The Baja Ha Ha is a two-week cruisers rally that departs from San Diego every October heading south to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Over 3,000 sailboats have participated in the event which celebrated its 25th anniversary on October 29th. The goal is simple: for everyone to arrive to Cabo San Lucas safely while enjoying sailing amongst friends and stopping at Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria to rest.

Sailing boats from all over the U.S., Mexico, and Canada start their trip visiting San Diego prior to departure. This year, more than 170 boats grouped at the starting point in Point Loma where the Harbor Police and Sportfishing Association of California held the starting ceremony. As part of the kick-off event, SAC presented a donation of $10,000 to the Foundation for the Children of the Californias which runs an international hospital for children in Tijuana and where doctors from all over North America donate their services. In addition, USCG Commander Kris Szczechowicz was recognized for his outstanding work and collaboration with the recreational vessel community. As boats prepared for departure, Mariachi Juvenile Azteca celebrated with music.

Celebrating Baja Norte

The Baja California Ministry of Tourism held a special event on November 13th at the San Diego Central Library to celebrate the state of Baja California. The event provided a unique and fun opportunity for industry leaders to learn about new trends in #BajaNorte, enjoy internationally lauded wines, taste local craft beer and savor extraordinary food.

Denice Garcia, Director of Binational Affairs from Mayor Faulconer’s office, presented Oscar Escobedo, Secretary of Tourism for Baja California, with a proclamation of November 13th as “Baja California Day” in San Diego. This in recognition of Baja California’s unique experiences, culinary fusions and amazing views, and welcoming culture that is shared with international visitors, and for the ongoing partnership and collaboration with San Diego.