News & Updates

Supreme Court Reviewing DACA Program Termination

US Supreme Court Building

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week on the administration’s move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The Chamber has long supported immigration policies that allow our businesses to legally access the workforce they need in order to grow. We have submitted letters in support of DACA as well as legislation to replace the program with a permanent solution for this population. With over 45,000 DACA recipients in San Diego, a population highly integrated into our workforce, terminating the program would result in a serious disruption to our economy. Removing Dreamers, as this population has come to be known, from the workforce would result in more than $460 billion in lost GDP nationwide over the next decade. In contrast, estimates show that passing legislation that creates an earned pathway to citizenship for Dreamers could add as much as $1trillion to the national GDP over that same period.

Nearly 800,000 individuals in the country have benefited from DACA and roughly 90% of all Dreamers have been able to join the workforce.

In 2017, the Trump Administration moved to rescind DACA, a decision followed by a series of legal challenges in federal courts considering the consequences of ending the program. As a result, the DACA program temporarily stayed in place, allowing recipients to continue to renew their status but indefinitely suspending new applications.

Building International Support for USMCA

The Chamber remains optimistic and committed to securing congressional approval of the NAFTA update known as the USMCA.
The House Democrat’s USMCA working group continues to work to address their pending concerns on labor, enforcement, environmental, and prescription standards. Representative Richard Neal (MA), House Ways and Means Chairman and leader of the USMCA working group, traveled to Ottawa to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. They discussed pending concerns in a shared commitment to support the implementation of labor reforms in Mexico. Members of the working group have also traveled to Mexico and met with the President and his cabinet on Mexico’s commitment to implementing reforms to improve labor conditions and protections for workers.

In addition, the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group, chaired by Representative Henry Cuellar (TX), held their meeting in San Diego this month and focused discussions on the trilateral trade agreement. Several members of Congress who are undecided on the trade deal were in attendance and heard from Representative Scott Peters (CA) and Chamber Vice President of International Business Affairs Paola Avila, who highlighted components of the agreement critical to the economy.

Jan Landau of the Butterfly Project Recognized with 10News Leadership Award

Jan Landau of the Butterfly Project Receiving Award

Jan is a retired teacher/principal who created a project called The Butterfly Project. This global project takes Holocaust education out of the textbook and brings it to life in a way that inspires students to fight bullying, Anti-Semitism, bigotry, and prejudice. Students participate in presentations by family members of Holocaust Survivors.  Jan and her Education Team have created lesson plans and hands-on activities to help present the Holocaust in a gentle way.  This year alone TBP presented to over 20 schools, grades 4-12.  Over 200,000 ceramic butterflies, representing the 1.5 million children who were murdered in the Holocaust were painted in schools, churches, synagogues, and mosques all over San Diego County and around the world.

Member Spotlight: TOOTRiS

TOOTRiS Logo - Anytime, Anywhere Quality Child Care

TOOTRiS is solving a big problem that impacts just about every working parent in San Diego—and the rest of the country; availability of around-the-clock, affordable, high-quality child care. Our technology platform makes child care convenient and easier to manage around parents’ busy lives with on-demand scheduling, increased security, and filterable attributes—all housed within a modern, intuitive platform available on all desktop and mobile devices.

A recent study by the National Household Education Surveys Program found the child care supply across the United States is at an all-time low, especially among infants and toddlers. When families don’t have access to child care, they are unable to be productive in their work and, therefore, make less money, sacrifice career advancement opportunities, and end up being absent from work more often. Another study by Child Care Aware of America found that companies lose $4.4 billion annually because of child care related absenteeism alone. TOOTRiS is changing that.

TOOTRiS has begun pre-registering parents and child care providers for around-the-clock availability, as well as creating partnerships with regional corporations, local and state governments, associations, and military leaders to leverage TOOTRiS and solve the child care crisis. Over the coming months, we’ll expand the TOOTRiS early-stage program into general release across ten major cities, further scaling up the platform to support more families, child care providers and functionality; and, working alongside child care industry experts, center directors, and—most importantly—parents, TOOTRiS will ultimately become the real-time solution parents go-to for high-quality, anytime, anywhere child care services they can afford.

For more information about TOOTRiS, please visit or email For corporate or government partnership inquiries, contact For press inquiries, contact TOOTRiS is headquartered in San Diego, California.

Help Define the Future of Transit in San Diego

Help plan the future of transit in San Diego when you take the Elevate SD 2020 Vision Builder Challenge!

The Vision Builder is an easy-to-use online tool for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) to learn about your transportation priorities.

The Vision Builder provides 17 different project concepts and a 1,000 coin budget where you can create a project list to shape a transit system that works better for you and your community. For example:

• Do you want extended service hours or 24-hour service?
• What about new Trolley lines to the airport or to Kearny Mesa?
• Should MTS ramp up security or have more amenities at stations?
• Do you want steeper, or free, discounts on fares for specific riders?
• How about creating new lanes on our freeway system for direct transit service to job centers like Kearny Mesa, Sorrento Valley, and UTC?

Getting your answers to these questions will help MTS create a plan for a better-connected region, find immediate transportation solutions and identify investments that have a long-term impact for all San Diegans.

Projects and priorities identified in the Vision Builder will be presented to the MTS Board of Directors, along with previous MTS outreach efforts, as they look to develop a funding plan for voters to consider in the November 2020 election.

Create your plan today.

Community Partner: Susan G. Komen San Diego

Renowned business and government leaders join Susan G. Komen San Diego’s Advisory Council, pledging their commitment to the organization’s mission to provide local breast health services and fill the gaps in breast cancer care in San Diego.

The Advisory Council serves as a Komen Champion in the community, provides advice and vision to the Board and staff to achieve the programmatic and fundraising goals of the organization. The Advisory Council also advocates for the work of Komen San Diego by educating others on the importance of Komen’s programs and the urgency surrounding breast cancer.

Mary Jean Anderson
Anderson Plumbing Heating and Air

Catherine Blair
Community Volunteer
Past Komen San Diego Board Chair

Thomas Buchholz, MD
Medical Director
Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center

Barbara-Lee Edwards
News Anchor
CBS 8 San Diego (KFMB)

Martha Emerald
Community Volunteer
Former City Councilwoman

Rosalie Gerevas
Community Volunteer
Past Komen San Diego Board Chair

Kris Michell
Chief Operating Officer
City of San Diego

Ric Militi
CEO/Executive Creative Director
InnoVision Marketing Group

Merrilee Neal
Community Volunteer
Current Komen San Diego Board Chair

Saundra Pelletier
Evofem Biosciences, Inc.

Drew Schlosberg
Advertising Relations Director

Tom Seidler
SVP, Community and Military Affairs
San Diego Padres

Katherine Stuart Faulconer
Restaurant Events, Inc.

Robin Toft
President & CEO
Toft Group Executive Search

Susan G. Komen San Diego Advisory Council and Board of Directors

To learn how you or your company can get involved with Susan G. Komen San Diego, please contact Shaina Gross, President & CEO.