News & Updates

Councilmember Raul Campillo Explores Predictive Scheduling Policy

In partnership with the San Diego Workforce Partnership, District 7 Councilmember Raul Campillo is exploring a predictive scheduling policy. If successful, this would be the San Diego region’s first official use of such a policy, following other localities like Seattle and San Francisco. Statewide legislation proposing predictive worker scheduling was ultimately defeated in 2015 and again in 2018 following immense pushback from major retailers, restaurants, and others within the business community. Proponents of the proposal argue that it can improve absenteeism and spare employers from worker turnover, opponents however point to the rigidity of such a policy and its negative impact particularly on smaller businesses who would be on the hook for a potentially dramatic increase in costs at a time when small businesses are generally suffering. The Councilmember is holding robust conversations to engage the business community and further information is available. If interested, please contact the Chamber’s Policy Coordinator Summer Bales.

Baja Election News

Karla Ruiz, formerly Tijuana’s Secretary of Education, took office as Mayor of Tijuana earlier this month following Arturo Gonzalez’ resignation—who left office due to family reasons and announced he will not seek re-election. This is the second time since October that he has stepped down from his role, having abruptly returned after less than a month the first time. Once again, Ruiz became the first female mayor in the city’s history. She joins Mexicali Mayor Marina del Pilar Avila, Mayor of Tecate Zulema Adams, and Mayor of Rosarito Araceli Brown, with now four out of five municipalities in Baja under female leadership.

Within days of taking office, Mayor Ruiz registered as a pre-candidate with the MORENA party seeking to potentially continue her work as Mayor of Tijuana, and has already met with regional authorities from both sides of the border including Baja Governor Jaime Bonilla, Mexicali Mayor and governor candidate Marina del Pilar Avila, and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria. She has been vocal about her commitment to strengthening binational ties and addressing cross-border priorities such as a coordinated COVID-19 response, promoting trade, and mitigating transboundary pollution impacting the Tijuana River Valley. In addition, Ruiz announced a strategic plan for her first 60 days in office which includes immediate action to ensure public health and safety; increase transparency; advance infrastructure development and mobility projects; address environmental issues; and a list of initiatives that contribute to increase quality of life.

The Chamber looks forward to working with Mayor Ruiz and supporting her administration as we continue our work to facilitate and strengthen cross-border commerce and reactivate our binational economy.

In other election news, Tijuana businessman and former mayor Jorge Hank Rhon will be running for governor of Baja with PESBC (Partido Encuentro Solidario de Baja California),  a conservative political party that has partnered with MORENA in the past including the coalition that secured President Lopez Obrador’s election in 2018. The remaining opposition formed a coalition composed of the PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional), PAN (Partido Accion Nacional), and PRD (Partido Revolucionario Democratico) political parties. The coalition has yet to announce any candidates.

Upcoming elections for governor, as well as for local offices across Baja, will take place in June 2021.

U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021

Following an announcement from the White House of an immigration reform bill, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 was introduced to Congress last week by Sen. Bob Menendez (NJ) and Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA).  The bill would provide an 8-year pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, increase the number of available diversity visas, and direct more funding to immigration courts and technology.

Specifically, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 would:

  • Provide pathways to citizenship and strengthen labor protections: Dreamers, TPS holders, and qualifying agricultural workers would be able to apply for a green card immediately and can apply for citizenship after 3 years. All other undocumented immigrants who pass background checks and pay taxes would have an 8-year path to citizenship and receive authorization to work in the meantime.
  • Clear employment-based visa backlogs, recapture unused visas, reduce lengthy wait times, and eliminate per-country visa caps. These actions help retain STEM advanced degree holders from U.S. universities, facilitate access to green cards for workers in lower-wage industries, and provide H-1B visa dependents with work authorization while also preventing children of H-1B holders from aging out of the system.
  • Reform border security by providing additional resources, state-of-the-art technology, infrastructure improvements. It also creates a Border Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee.
  • Address the root causes of migration, while improving immigration courts and increasing protections for asylum seekers.
  • Provid funding for immigrant integration services.

These actions help retain STEM advanced degree holders from U.S. universities, facilitate access to green cards for workers in lower-wage industries, and provide H-1B visa dependents with work authorization while preventing children from aging out of the system. In addition, prioritizing smart border controls ensures national security while facilitating cross-border commerce and promoting economic development. Advancing border infrastructure projects such as the Otay Mesa East Land Port of Entry in our region will help reduce air pollution and alleviate congestion at the border which already causes over $7.2 billion in lost economic output for the U.S. and Mexico.

The bill has received wide support from technology companies including Google, Apple, and other business groups which have underlined that the bill would boost U.S. economy, create jobs, and attract talent from across the world.

President Biden Makes Changes to the PPP Process

The Paycheck Protection Program application process will undergo some minor changes, according to President Biden’s administration. For the first two weeks of the the application period that opened on Wednesday, only firms with fewer than 20 employees will be eligible. Following that exclusive timeframe, it will reopen for the broader business population to apply. Additionally, eligibility has been expanded to include business owners with certain felony convictions, and the equations have changed to ensure that sole proprietors and very small businesses receive larger fund amounts.

Governor Newsom Unveils Economic Package

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom presented his $9.6 billion relief package designed to give a boost to struggling California companies and families. In summary, the bill includes $600 payments to individuals earning less than $30,000/year and/or people who received an Earned Income Tax Credit in 2020. For the business community, over $2 billion will go to restaurants and small businesses in chunks of $25,000 grants, and bars and restaurants will have fee relief for two years. Additionally, businesses who received PPP money in 2020 will be able to deduct $150,000 of those funds in their taxes – a compromise sought following Chamber and coalition engagement on the nonconformity with federal law.

IBA FORUM: Global Britain 2021: A Look at the Future of the San Diego – UK Trade Relationship

The Chamber is proud to partner with the UK Government Office in San Diego to host our upcoming International Business Affairs Forum featuring a virtual presentation and roundtable discussion with Greg Hands MP, UK Minister of State for Trade Policy. The forum will take place on March 18 at 9:00am and highlight the UK-San Diego trade and investment relationship and explore the new opportunities that may arise from a new trade agreement between both countries. Minister Hands made an official visit to San Diego in 2017 and is familiar with our unique region and business environment.

The U.S. and the United Kingdom have a strong economic relationship with over $200 billion in trade taking place per year and a total of $1 trillion invested in each other’s economies. In addition, 93% of the businesses trading with the UK are small and medium sized enterprises across a variety of sectors. This relationship plays a pivotal role in California’s economy and supports 112,900 jobs for Californians.

From communications equipment and aerospace products to pharmaceuticals, San Diego companies export over $500 million worth of goods to the UK every year. The UK is also accountable for nearly 9,000 local jobs and almost 20% of all foreign investment into San Diego.

With a new, mutually agreed upon relationship with the EU in place and the potential to reinforce the existing relationship with the U.S. through a bilateral trade agreement, there is much to learn about the future of trade with our British partners.

Member Spotlight: Managed Solution

At Managed Solution, they believe your technology should work for you — not the other way around.

It starts by implementing the right technology that supports your business goals, processes, and operations. It’s critical to select technology solutions that enable your business, empower your employees, and grow with you.

In addition to the products and solutions, enablement is more important than ever. With so many tools at our fingertips that are constantly updating and upgrading, it can be hard to keep up (even for a millennial!)

Managed Solution, the leading IT Services Provider in Southern California invites you and your team to participate in a free two-hour executive level tech training and enablement around your favorite technology tools in the Microsoft productivity suite. As a Microsoft Gold Partner and Partner of the Year award winner, their certified facilitators are well-equipped to demonstrate what Microsoft 365 can do for you.

During this true-to-life user experience, they will take you through everyday business situations, such as working remotely, analyzing sales data and collaborating with coworkers, and it’ll allow you see firsthand how Microsoft products make it easy, convenient, and secure.

Managed Solution believes enabling people is the key to your success, and it starts by looking at five pillars in every business:

  • Employee Engagement
  • Client Satisfaction
  • Deliver Excellence
  • Operational Excellence
  • Corporate Growth

By using these pillars, companies are able to humanize technology and create better outcomes for their business. Learn how they can help enhance your business productivity and growth through their tech trainings. Contact Managed Solution here.

Member Spotlight: Cymbiotika

Cymbiotika is an innovative wellness brand based in San Diego. With the motto, “Your mind and body deserve the best,” Cymbiotika is driven by the higher purpose of inspiring everyday people to reclaim control of their lives and achieve their optimal health. Founded in 2018, Cymbiotika uses the most advanced bioavailable absorption technology and sources only the highest quality plant-based nutrients to resolve specific nutritional deficiencies and support healthy aging, detoxification and longevity.

Their mission is to inspire each individual to take back ownership of their health through proper nutritional supplementation and sound education. They visualize a world filled with happy, healthy people who live in harmony with nature and those around them.

What makes CYMBIOTIKA’s products different from other products on the market?

ENHANCED ABSORPTION – Patented Liposomal Micelle Technology is the most advanced delivery system today, guaranteeing nutrients make it into the cell so nothing is wasted.

SCIENTIFIC FORMULATIONS- Including patented ingredients backed by peer reviewed published clinical studies


CLEAN DELIVERY – Easy to use liquid; NO capsules, powders to mix or tablets to swallow.

DELICIOUS FLAVOR – From organic ingredients both kids and adults love!

-Produced in a GMP Organic certified lab

-3rd Party tested for purity

-Zero Heavy Metals


-Made in the USA

-Eco-friendly packaging

Cymbiotika Guarantee

Cymbiotika formulates products with ONLY the highest quality bioavailable, organic and wildcrafted ingredients. Our products contain ZERO chemicals, GMOs, fish, soy, wheat, gluten, corn, lactose, eggs, yeast, sugar, solvents, fillers, binders, flavors, additives, preservatives, coloring, fragrance, silicone, and BPA.

Learn more at


For more information, contact:

Kaylene Karim, Director of Social Media & Marketing

Phone: (855) 983-8888



Program Applications Open

Here at LEAD, we are dedicated to creating a network of leaders equipped with the skills, insight, and passion needed to work collaboratively across industries and issues to positively transform their communities and country. We can do so through our suite of programs, which include Influence and Advance.

We’re inviting all C-level and senior executives to take the “Crash-Course on San Diego!” Influence covers a variety of topics over the course of a full and enriching three-day period. Visit our website to learn more about Influence.

Over a six month period, elevate your career, expand your skillsets, build your network through our program specifically designed to empower and elevate women’s careers. Visit our website to learn more about Advance.

Impact Leadership Action Team Assignments

The Impact class of 2021 started their projects for the Leadership Action Teams in January. Take a look at our partner agencies and their assigned participants. 


Armed Services YMCA  

Dominique Albrecht, City of Coronado

Kathleen Barghols, SDCERA

Justin Brennan, Brennan Real Estate Group

George Lane, Qualcomm

Joshua Lichtman, JuneShine

Nicole Marquel, Wesley House Student Residence, Inc.

Miki Wada, Neighborhood House Association

Dawn Wensel, Reality Changers



Tia Anzellotti, Anzellotti Consulting

Idabelle Gutierrez, USO San Diego

Keshia Javis-Jones, Workshops for Warriors

Bonnie Reddick, San Diego State University

Tasha Ross, UC San Diego, Rady School of Management

Aditi Salvi, Solar Turbines

Christina Smith, Neighborhood House Association

Kimberly Vanderslice, Callaway Golf



Miriam Burke, Options for All

Michael Ford, Cox Communications

Ryan Hall, Nuffer, Smith, Tucker

Eric Keen-Louie, La Jolla Playhouse

Gaurav Mishra, San Ysidro Health

Alec Ostapovicz, Hope for San Diego

Doloreza Runaj, SDCERA

Erica Schimmel-Guiles, San Diego Gas & Electric

Mindy Wright, Intesa Communications Group


San Diego Mesa College Foundation

Adrian Aguayo, San Diego Housing Commission

Kory Cavanary, NuVasive

Carol Hazen, Hazen & Associates

Karina Helgeson, Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Courtney Lach, Qualcomm

Reed Maltbie, Doors of Change

Jeni Reynolds, San Diego Gas & Electric

Jenner Smith, Carleton Management


Uptown Community Service Center

Sarah Bowles, JPMorgan Chase

Bridget Breitenberg, University of San Diego

Hannah Diaz, San Diego Housing Commission

Rajah Gainey, San Diego State University

April Green, UC San Diego

Juan Hernandez, Congressman Scott Peters CA-52

Michael Page, The Old Globe

Vivian Quesada, Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank