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Member Spotlight: DigestLive

It started in Morocco with Meme Masouda.

A native healer, Meme used local herbs to form a uniquely powerful blend that provided instant and gentle digestive relief to ailing local women.

40 years later her family continues her healing legacy.

Organza produces the only herbal blend geared to the female digestive system — DigestLive™.

For every man, three women will suffer from Constipation, Gas and Bloating (CBG). DigestLive™ provides gentle and effective CBG relief and supports women’s digestive health.

How is DigestLive™ different to anything else out there?

DigestLive effectively relieves Constipation, Gas and Bloating (CBG).

The modern woman travels, works and cares for her family. Relieving CBG means she feels cleansed, energized and comfortable.

To be her best self, she needs to be able to go easily, regularly and naturally.

DigestLive™ achieves this in a unique way:

  • Uniquely crafted to complement the female body
  • 11 herbs backed by science, that aid digestion and relieve CBG
  • No Chemicals, just natural and effective passage
  • No aggressive laxatives packaged in pink.

This supplement holistically supports the female body and is best suited to women in all ages and stages:

  • Periods
  • Childbirth
  • PMS
  • Surgery

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State Provides Updated Vaccine Guidance

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has provided updated vaccine guidance for employers. In summary, the fact sheet clarifies that yes, employers can require employees to get a COVID vaccine. However it does state that protected classes must remain free from harassment, and that accommodations must be made to certain extents. The fact sheet also outlines what sort of information an employer can receive if the employer is providing a vaccine program itself.

Governor Newsom Hints at Green Tier

The state’s tier-based system that dictates the level of restrictions for businesses and schools may be getting an addition soon: a green-tier that is essentially an “all systems go” standard where the virus is in total retreat. As of now, the tiers that a county could possibly land in are purple (most restrictive), red (less), orange (moderately resrictive), and yellow (the least possible in current scenario). But last week Governor Newsom said that we will see counties being able to enter the green tier “sooner than most people believe.” Though he has not provided a specific time table, or even specifics around what the green tier would allow, the state is making real progress in reopening. After vaccinating 2 million people who live in priority zip codes to meet equity standards, the state has lowered the thresholds to move into less restrictive tiers. As of writing, San Diego is in the red tier.

Bank of America Triples Affordable Homeownership Commitment to $15 Billion

Despite mortgage rates being near all-time lows, one of the biggest challenges in buying a new home is the upfront costs. Bank of America’s Community Homeownership Commitment addresses this barrier by providing grants toward down payment and closing costs, along with low down payment mortgage options.  Initially launched in 2019, Bank of America has already helped nearly 21,000 individuals and families purchase a home through affordable loans and over $180 million in down payment and closing cost grants.

Last month, the bank announced it is tripling this initiative to provide $15 billion through 2025, aiming to help more than 60,000 individuals and families purchase homes.

The program includes two proprietary homebuyer grant programs to help prospective buyers with the upfront costs of homeownership:

  • Down Payment Grant program helps customers overcome the biggest barrier to homeownership – down payment. Eligible buyers can receive 3% of the home’s purchase price up to $10,000, whichever is less, to be used toward their down payment. No repayment is required.
  • America’s Home Grant® program offers a lender credit of up to $7,500 that can be used towards non-recurring closing costs, like title insurance and recording fees, or to permanently buy down the interest rate. The funds do not require repayment and can be combined with Down Payment Grant funds to lower the cost of homeownership.

When the grant programs are used together, homebuyers receive on average of about $14,000 to help with their home purchases. The grant programs are often used in combination with low down payment mortgages to significantly reduce the upfront funds required to purchase a home. Low down payment loans are competitive, fixed-rate mortgages with down payments as low as 3%, requiring lower-cost – or even no – mortgage insurance. Today, nearly 85% of these loans go to first-time homebuyers.

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Mexico Passes Energy Bill

Mexican Congress passed an energy bill that will change the distribution rules under which electricity is fed to the power system. Specifically, the bill prioritizes energy plants owned and operated by the Federal Electricity Commission, followed by solar, wind, and combined cycle stations owned by private entities. As a result, no new renewable energy projects are likely to be developed in the coming years, impacting Mexico’s ability to fulfill its commitments under the Paris Agreement and USMCA. Business organizations across the country have been vocal about their opposition, highlighting the impact to the energy sector and national economy.

Last year, the State of Baja awarded a bid for the development of a photovoltaic power plant. NextEnergy signed a 30-year contract to provide the state its own supply of electricity. The state’s current 3,040-megawatt demand often causes energy and water deficits, especially during the periods of high temperatures, forcing it to rely on private companies which results in volatile prices. Deficits have further increased over the summer due to a greater percentage of individuals working and studying from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The solar plant project is estimated to decrease the energy deficit by 20-30%and help reduce electricity bills across the state. The federal government has so far declined to grant the necessary permits for the project to be implemented.

Baja’s COVID Update

Baja’s State Government announced the following changes to restrictions and precautionary measures following a statewide decrease of new COVID-19 cases:

  • Restaurants, retailers and hotels may operate at up to a 75% capacity, including access to common areas.
  • Gyms, public pools, spas, and sport centers may operate at up to a 65% capacity.
  • Public transportation vehicles, museums, places of worship, public parks, theaters, and supermarkets may operate at up to a 50% capacity.
  • Hair salons may operate at up to a 50% capacity and by appointment only.
  • Sports events may take place with no audience present.
  • High-risk activities including bars, nightclubs, mass events and large gatherings remain prohibited until further notice.

State authorities are working on a pilot program to gradually reopen schools. The program would designate two educational institutions per municipality to implement a series of health protocols, which include alternative schedules and prioritizing vaccines for school workers returning to classrooms. In addition, state authorities are currently evaluating San Diego’s vaccination approach to determine if Baja could implement a similar model and designate vaccine superstations to boost access to vaccines.

At the Federal level, Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez visited Mexico and met with President Lopez Obrador and representatives from the private sector. He also toured a local laboratory where AstraZeneca’s vaccines are being processed and distributed. Both leaders are working closely with Carlos Slim’s Foundation to produce and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico and Argentina.


President Biden meets with President Lopez Obrador

Presidents Biden and Lopez Obrador met virtually on Monday to advance joint efforts to address migration and development in Southern Mexico and Central America. Both Presidents reaffirmed their commitment to bilateral collaboration to fight the pandemic, reactivate our shared economy, and address climate change. This includes efforts to deepen cooperation on the COVID-19 response by enhancing public health capabilities, information sharing, and the development of border policies. In addition, they recognized the strategic importance of the bilateral economic relationship and the role that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) plays as a driver for North American prosperity. A joint statement is available here.

President Obrador was also in Tijuana earlier this month, where he met with state and local officials to discuss a plan to ensure public health and safety in the city.

Time To Vaccinate

Time to Vaccinate

Our business community plays a critical role in getting our region open and back in business – safely. A key part of this is ensuring our workers get the vaccine as soon as it’s their turn.

To help our business community in this effort, we are proud to launch Time To Vaccinate. This new education and awareness program offers resources and information employers can use to encourage their workforce to get vaccinated when they are able. By pledging to provide time and flexibility for employees to receive vaccines, you’re part of our region’s recovery.

All businesses and organizations across the county are encouraged to learn more about Time To Vaccinate and take the pledge today. As a supporter, you’ll receive a resource guide with educational tools and information you can use to design a program that fits your company’s needs.

Visit for program details and information on how you can join.

Together, we can all do our part to end the pandemic and keep our workers educated, healthy, and thriving.

Available Board Opportunities

Our partners have opportunities to get involved in our region and are looking for knowledgeable and driven individuals to fill those spots. Explore the open board seats below.

The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District is looking for qualified candidates, within the following areas of expertise:

  • One physician or public health professional who actively practices in San Diego County and who specializes in the health effects of air pollution on vulnerable populations.
  • One environmental justice representative who works directly with a disadvantaged community in the region.
  • One scientific or technical professional with background on air pollution.

The application for the APCD Governing Board can be found here.


San Diego County Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board, which investigates citizen complaints against San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies and probation officers, is looking for a qualified applicant to fill a vacancy opening July 1 for San Diego County Supervisorial District 1. Find more information and apply here.


The Kroc School at the University of San Diego is now accepting applicants for its inaugural Activist-in-Residence program. The program is designed to promote the careers of activists at the vanguard of addressing systemic injustices and entrenched inequalities in the United States. Find more information and apply here.

LEADers On The Move

We enjoy seeing what our graduates are doing and how they are making an impact on the world. Share your good news with us via email:


Maggie Schroedter (Impact ’14), President-Elect, Lawyers Club of San Diego

Mary Rose McDermott (Impact ’20), Director, Philanthropy, Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation

Shawn VanDiver (SDYL Board Member), Board Member, San Diego Convention Center

Sam Attisha (Influence ’11), Board Chair, California Cable & Telecommunications Association

Tish Berge (Impact ’10), Assistant General Manager, San Diego County Water Authority

Katherine Johnston (Impact ’14), Executive Director, San Diego Parks Foundation

Kenia Zamarripa (Impact ’19) Executive Director, International Business Affairs, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce