Category: Policy

On February 14th the Senate approved the Federal Spending Bill, below are the highlights that will affect our region. $191 million to renovate and expand the Calexico West Port of Entry, including a new pedestrian processing facility and additional north and southbound inspection lanes. $15 million for EPA’s Border Water Infrastructure Grant Program to prevent […]

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On February 7th, the Energy & Water Committee was given an update to the water supply in San Diego. City of San Diego, San Diego County Water Authority, and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California were all encouraged by water levels in the region. They cited San Diegans’ ability to cut back on water […]

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San Diego region’s home prices rose 3.3 percent in the past year, according to the latest data in the S&P CoreLogic Index released January 29th. Employers continue to compete with states like Texas and Washington, for employees every day. Many employees face long commute times as they move further outside San Diego to secure the […]

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With the start of the new legislative session, businesses were asked what issue they would most like California’s legislature to work on. Addressing the cost of housing takes the top spot, with 29 percent of businesses wanting this issue prioritized. This issues is particularly important to the city of San Diego, as well as the […]

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Did you know that 74 percent of small businesses don’t have a disaster recovery plan? Or that up to 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a major disaster? Take the steps now to prepare for a disaster that your business can recover. Join the America Red Cross and the Chamber for the third annual […]

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On January 31st, the City of San Diego’s Planning Commission unanimously approved Mayor Faulconer’s plan to reform transit priority area parking. The plan would allow developers to construct new apartment or condo buildings without on-site parking stalls if the project is within a half mile of a major public transit stop. Parking requirements currently can […]

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At the Small Business Roundtable on February 23rd, the group of heard from experts in neighborhood housing on the mix of housing and business and how the right balance creates vibrant communities. The panel emphasized the importance of housing for local and small businesses employees as well as creating a unique shopping experience for customers. […]

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On January 28th the San Diego City Council unanimously approved the Chamber supported 6th and Olive development project in Bankers Hill. The project will add 204 new apartment homes to Bankers Hill, including 18 affordable units built on site and located throughout the building. The project shares a site with St. Paul’s Cathedral and will […]

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San Diego needs you to help us account for our homeless! Volunteers are needed for the Regional Task Force on the Homeless Point in Time Count on Friday, January 25th. Join leaders, advocates, and community members and help us understand the needs of our region’s homeless population. Find a check-in location near you at https://rtfh.volunteerhub.com/.

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As a new two-year legislative cycle kicks off, there remains plenty of unfinished business from 2018. Things to watch: housing will continue to be top of mind, bills that focus on planning for increased density along transit corridors, local jurisdiction accountability to meet housing targets, and more controversial ideas like rent control will be a […]

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