News & Updates


The Salvation Army has been in San Diego since 1887, providing services and addressing many human needs in our community without discrimination.

The Salvation Army San Diego is dedicated to Doing the Most Good. Officers, staff, volunteers, donors, and partners work tirelessly together to holistically meet the needs in our community. Their programs are designed to combat homelessness and hunger, provide safe spaces for kids, help adults achieve and maintain sobriety, and give hope to our most vulnerable neighbors.

Doing the Most Good for those in need is their highest goal. They pledge to maintain the highest standards of financial accountability to earn your continued trust. For every dollar you give to The Salvation Army, 82 cents are used to serve those in need in San Diego.

Following the pandemic, one in four people in San Diego still face food insecurity. In 2023, The Salvation Army provided more than 425,000 food boxes to San Diegans in need. They continue to provide the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and underprivileged children.

The Salvation Army has initiated the Homeless to Home capital campaign with the goal of raising $30,000,000 from private philanthropy to facilitate the construction of The Rady Center. The Salvation Army’s Rady Center, a $100 million project in partnership with Wakeland Housing and Development, supported by Ernest and Evelyn Rady, will redefine homeless support and be a beacon of hope for those experiencing homelessness in San Diego. This transformative facility opens in 2027, and will offer comprehensive services including case management, a community health clinic, workforce development, and housing opportunities, providing a pathway to brighter futures. This $100 million project will be financed through a combination of private philanthropy, tax credits, and government grants, capitalizing on the value of the land The Salvation Army owns.

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· Public Inquiries: 619-231-6000

· Administration: 619-446-0221

· Donor Relations: 866-I’LL-FIGHT (866-455-4357) or 619-446-0287

· Social Services: 619-446-0274

· Senior Nutrition: 619-446-0229

· Volunteer Opportunities: 619-446-0238

· Media Relations: 619-446-0294

· Women’s Auxiliary: 619-446-0273

· Adult Rehabilitation Center & Thrift Stores: 619-239-4037

Ribbon Cutting: Galpão Gaucho

Galpão Gaucho, known for its authentic cuisine inspired by the Gaucho…Brazil’s cowboy, opened its inaugural Southern California location at The Headquarters at Seaport District in San Diego and seventh in the U.S. To commemorate the opening, a special ribbon-cutting ceremony with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce took place. Galpão Gaucho executive members cut the ribbon with a Brazilian gaucho knife.

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Galpão Gaucho features authentic cuisine inspired by the Brazilian cowboy (Gaucho) way of life. As part of an unlimited rodizio dining experience, guests can enjoy 17 marvelous cuts of meat such as beef, seafood, pork, chicken, lamb, and a gourmet salad bar with more than 45 options. Additional experience includes the a la carte bar menu at the elegant and lively bar area. Guests can enjoy signature cocktails and shareable plates served in the bar area, and the bar features weekday happy hour specials on both food and drink options. An incredible feature of the restaurant is the group dining experience, where parties up to 150 guests can experience the full rodizio menu in a group setting.

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Galpão Gaucho San Diego is located at 789 West Harbor Drive, Ste #134, San Diego, CA 92101. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday, from 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner Monday through Thursday from 5-9:30pm; Friday from 5-10pm; Saturday from noon-10pm; and Sunday from noon-9pm. For more information and to book your reservation, visit, or call the San Diego location directly at (619) 373-9969.

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Chamber Meets with MX Secretary of Foreign Affairs

Highlighting the significance of cross-border collaboration, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Alicia Barcena, visited our region to assess critical border infrastructure projects, including the upcoming land port of entry.

The Mexican Consulate in San Diego played a pivotal role by hosting a roundtable discussion with Secretary Barcena and other key regional stakeholders, including representatives from the Chamber.

This forum provided an opportunity to articulate our region’s priorities and discuss the challenges in need of support from the federal government.

In a proactive step forward, stakeholders are set to compile a comprehensive list of border infrastructure needs. This document will be presented to the Secretary as part of the upcoming high-level economic dialogues, ensuring that our region’s concerns are elevated to the appropriate platforms.

Earlier this month, Baja California Governor Marina del Pilar Avila welcomed President Lopez Obrador at her second State of the State Address in Rosarito.

During the address, the Mexican President reiterated his unwavering commitment to prioritizing southbound crossings, the rehabilitation of the Punta Bandera Wastewater Treatment Plant in Tijuana, and the completion of the Otay Mesa East land port of entry on the Mexican side of the border by the end of this year.

These collaborative efforts underscore the Chamber’s ongoing commitment to advocating for efficient borders, ultimately contributing to the increased global competitiveness of our binational region.


Novo Brazil Brewing was established by founder and owner Tiago Carneiro and his family in 2015 in Eastlake, Chula Vista. The brewery has become a celebrated name in the craft beer industry, and is known for its lively flavors and unwavering commitment to quality.

Novo embraces a unique beer culture evident in its vibrant branding, intricate aromas, and thoughtful flavor profiles. Besides its Eastlake brewery location, Novo has expanded to brewpubs and taprooms in Otay Ranch, Ocean Beach, Imperial Beach, and is about to open a new brewpub in Mission Valley, and another one in San Antonio, Texas by the end of 2024. Novo will also be in the new Terminal 1 at the San Diego Airport – a huge achievement for a local Brewery in San Diego.

Novo has achieved a U.S. bronze medal for their Corvo Negro Russian Imperial Stout in the 2016 World Beer Cup and recognition for Best IPA and Best Lager in the 2016 World Beer Awards, awarded to their Otay IPA and Chula Pils Pilsner. Their NOVA hard kombuchas have also garnered acclaim.

NOVA Kombucha, a prominent hard kombucha brand in Southern California, achieved acclaim through its dedication to excellence and innovation, earning multiple awards at the San Francisco Bartender Spirits Awards in both 2022 and 2023.

Securing a contract with Snapdragon Stadium marked a pivotal moment for the company, solidifying its presence in the San Diego sports scene. NOVA earned the esteemed titles of Official Hard Kombucha of Snapdragon Stadium and Official Hard Kombucha of the San Diego Wave FC women’s soccer team, showcasing a strong commitment to community engagement and sports.

In 2022, NOVO Brazil Brewing Company was among the final four finalists for the prestigious EDC’s MetroConnect prize, a testament to its forward-thinking strategies and innovation. Its inclusion in the esteemed MetroConnect Cohort further solidified its influence in the industry and its global aspirations.

Novo Brazil Brewing’s mission is about creating fun experiences, supporting the community and sharing the joy of exceptional brews with the world. Embark on a flavorful journey at Novo Brazil Brewing and immerse yourself in a world where tradition meets innovation! For more information and to plan your visit, explore or contact them at

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:

Ryan Maxson (Impact 2015) is now the Director of Government Relations for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) San Diego.

Haley Wonsley (Impact 2019) is now the director of Advancement Communications and Marketing for Cal State University San Marcos.

Lakeysha Sowunmi (Impact 2023) founded the San Diego Chapter for the Women’s Affordable Housing Network.

Sarah Ahern (Advance 2023) is the Vice President of the newly founded San Diego Chapter for the Women’s Affordable Housing Network.

Deanna Ratnikova (Advance 2020) is the founder of The GO Deck San Diego.

Kazeem Omidiji (Impact 2017 & Influence 2022) was awarded the Corporate Community Leader Award at the Young, Inclusive, and Entreprenuer Gala by the County of San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce.

Hon. Jordan Marks (Impact 2018) was awarded the 2023 Emerging Professional Award by the International Association of Assessing Officers.

Eva Bryant (Impact 2024) has been named Volunteer of the Year by San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum.

Adriana Mendoza (Impact 2019) has been named 2023-24 Leadership Training Institute Fellow by Chicano Federation of San Diego County.

Venus Molina (Influence 2023) has been named 2023-24 Leadership Training Institute Fellow by Chicano Federation of San Diego County.

Liz Ramirez (Advance 2020 & Influence 2023) has been named 2023-24 Leadership Training Institute Fellow by Chicano Federation of San Diego County.

Scott Chadwick (Influence 2015) has been named 2023 Top 50 Veteran Business Leaders of Influence Honoree by the San Diego Business Journal.

Dr. Charles Davis (Influence 2016) has been named 2023 Top 50 Veteran Business Leaders of Influence Honoree by the San Diego Business Journal.

Jim Gruny (Influence 2023) has been named 2023 Top 50 Veteran Business Leaders of Influence Honoree by the San Diego Business Journal.

Hernán Luis y Prado (Impact 2015 & Influence 2023) has been named 2023 Top 50 Veteran Business Leaders of Influence Honoree by the San Diego Business Journal.

Melissa Malone-Montgomery (Engage 2021) has been named 2023 Top 50 Veteran Business Leaders of Influence Honoree by the San Diego Business Journal.

Jeff Wiemann (Influence 2022) has been named 2023 Top 50 Veteran Business Leaders of Influence Honoree by the San Diego Business Journal.



2023 International Tribute Awardees

The annual International Tribute Awards is the Chamber’s signature international event to honor outstanding individuals and businesses who have made a substantial contribution to the binational initiatives bridging the U.S. and Mexican economies. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with leaders from both sides of the border.

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This year’s awardees include:

International Organization of the Year – 4 Walls International

Cross-Border Collaboration Award – USD’s School of Law

Cross-Border Legacy Award – Sally Carrillo, Retired, Assistant Director of Port Operations, San Diego Field Office U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Time: 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – Networking | 6:00 p.m – Awards Program | 6:30 p.m – Networking resumes

Location: Mingei International Museum | Balboa Park, Plaza de Panama, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Parking: Free parking is available in various lots throughout Balboa Park just a short 5-10 minute walk to the museum.  Closest parking is available in the Alcazar Lot (though it fills up quickly) followed by the Organ Pavilion Lot (best availability.) Additional parking may be found in the south and east sides of the Park in the PalisadesFederalSpanish Village, and Natural History Museum lots.

Contact Details: 

Sponsorship & Ticket Costs*:

  • Corporate Sponsor: $6,000
  • Package of Ten Tickets: $800
  • Member Individual Ticket: $85
  • Nonmember Individual Ticket: $160

*Tickets include hosted beer/wine and appetizers


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Corporate Sponsors:

Numerous sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Please contact Sherman Stocker at or (619) 544-1354.


San Diego County Special Election Results

NOTE: As of Thursday, November 9 most of the remaining outstanding ballots are eligible for the “signature cure” process. For this reason, the next update may not occur until certification of the election.

Before we certify an election, we must make sure every eligible vote is counted. For mail ballot envelopes returned with a missing or non-matching signature, voters are mailed a letter and allowed to verify and provide their signature so their ballot can be counted. Once “cured” the ballot can be removed from the envelope and processed into the count. Voters have until November 20 to cure these situations.

Election Results Explained

City of San Diego Housing Action Package 2.0

the San Diego City Council referred Mayor Todd Gloria’s Housing Action Package 2.0 back to Land Use & Housing Committee.

Housing Action Package 2.0 is a set of policies that aims to implement state law to allow the construction of more new homes near transit, provide protections to existing residents, and increase the supply of land available for new home development.

Councilmembers expressed the need to create regulations that encourage the development of homes for San Diego’s diverse population but could not reach a consensus after several hours of public comment and discussion.

Despite the outcome, Mayor Gloria has expressed interest in reviewing the package and bringing it back at a later date.

The Chamber spoke in support of the package and will continue to monitor next steps on this policy proposal.

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The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized individuals from across Cali-Baja for their hard work to keep our region moving forward at the annual “Legislative Lounge,” a light-hearted awards ceremony honoring regional public officials and staff members.  

Each Legislative Lounge honoree was presented with a personalized caricature as their commemorative award. This year’s Legislative Lounge awards are:

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“Mission Possible” – Maggie Sleeper, Chief of Staff for San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson