Category: Policy

Throughout June, the County has continued to reopen, however recent COVID-19 community outbreaks have paused additional reopening. You can view what’s open, closed, and coming soon here. Yesterday, the County announced eight COVID-19 community outbreaks within seven days and the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases in a single day. More than seven community outbreaks within […]

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An executive order issued this week suspended numerous work visas and expands existing restrictions until the end of 2020. Impacted visas include the H-1B program for skilled workers; L-1 visas for executives; J-1 visas for scholars and professors; and H-2B visas used by seasonal workers, such as in the construction and hospitality industries. This action […]

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On Monday, the Chamber hosted a virtual Good Government Speaker Series: Exploring Cost Saving Solutions in Health Care. In a discussion moderated by Dana Alligood, panelists Congressman Scott Peters, Dr. William Tseng, Dr. Wayne Winegarden, highlighted the emerging biosimilars market as one solution to combat the rising cost of care. Pacific Research Institute estimates that California could […]

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On Friday, June 12, the 4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego rendered its ruling in response to a lawsuit brought against the County of San Diego by environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club, Climate Action Campaign, and Center for Biological Diversity. Measurement of the Climate Action Plan (CAP) is administered through multiple County departments and […]

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Last week, the San Diego City Council approved the sale of the Mission Valley Stadium site to San Diego State University. With an 8-1 vote, the Council finalized the language of the sale and purchase agreement. All that remains is one final approval, called a “second reading,” and escrow is expected to close in August. […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against the presidential administration’s move to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program, which began in 2012, provides temporary protection from deportation to qualified individuals who arrived in the U.S. as children and allows them to work and attend school. The Chamber has long supported […]

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The Chamber co-hosted a webinar focused on the tourism industry to continue promoting binational coordination as businesses begin to open. Entities from both sides of the border talked about the economic impact of COVID-19 and shared best practices as they begin to resume operations. Travel restrictions continue to be one of the main challenges for […]

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The temporary restrictions on non-essential travel across shared ports of entry between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico have been extended for an additional 30 days to July 21. As businesses have begun to reopen, the Chamber has urged U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to restore operating lanes and staffing at our ports of entry. […]

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. General Services Administration announced the start of the Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry Expansion Project. The $137.2 million modernization and expansion project includes the expansion of northbound commercial truck inspection areas—increasing the pedestrian inspection facility from six to twelve lanes—and the construction of visitor parking and […]

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The Supreme Court in Mexico has ruled that Baja Governor Jaime Bonilla’s extended term of five years is unconstitutional. In 2019, Governor Bonilla introduced a state law allowing him to lengthen his two year term in office, a term previously shortened as an effort by Mexican authorities to synchronize electoral calendars nationwide. As a result, […]

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