Category: Policy

In July, San Diego’s unemployment rate clocked in at 6.9 percent, highlighting the frustrating question around why it’s been so hard to fill local job vacancies. The well-documented reasons for people not returning to the workforce, including childcare, extra unemployment benefits, and safety concerns as COVID cases rise, haven’t been able to result in meaningful […]

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This week, the Pfizer- BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine received full FDA approval for individuals 16 and up. While it was long expected, this approval does trigger the vaccine-mandates that many have said they would apply to their workforce. Some examples include the military, several hospitals, and public school systems. Upon announcing approval, President Biden encouraged the […]

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Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX) led border state lawmakers in introducing the Border Health Security Act to strengthen international cooperation to screen for infectious diseases and help support public health initiatives in border communities.  The bill would require U.S. members of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission to work with the Canada- United States Pan-Border Public Health […]

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In the last few years, we’ve seen significant progress on several of our region’s key priorities like USMCA, the new North American free-trade agreement, solutions to address pollution issues in Tijuana River Valley, and completion of landmark border infrastructure projects. Reaching these milestones is a testament to the power of our region’s longstanding commitment to […]

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Canada has reopened its southern border to fully vaccinated U.S. travelers. After almost a year and a half of non-essential travel restrictions at our land ports of entry, the U.S. is the only North American country that continues to enforce restrictions until at least September 21.  With northbound waits of up to six hours at […]

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The Chamber is pleased to welcome Tom Reott to the region as the new U.S. Consul General in Tijuana, a three-year assignment starting this month. Reott is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with 20 years experience in the Department of State, at both headquarters and overseas. He previously served as Minister Counselor […]

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The City of Chula Vista will hold a series of redistricting workshops to allow the public to submit questions, suggestions, and relevant information for consideration. Redistricting occurs every decade following the release of census data to redraw boundaries for the four City Council districts. Take a look here for additional information on the upcoming workshops […]

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Following our binational region’s leadership, Texas donated 50,000 doses of the J&J vaccine to their Mexican neighbors. The cross-border vaccination program will first cover manufacturing workers in Ciudad Juarez. Our local cross-border vaccination program was a success thanks to the leadership of the Mexican Consulate, San Diego County, and UCSD Health. Over 26,000 workers of […]

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The City of San Diego’s Development Services Department continues to make online improvements as part of their #DigitalDSD initiative to modernize DSD workplace systems, increase construction productivity, and improve the customer experience. Included in these improvements are a small business and restaurant assistance program and online permitting for building, grading, and engineering. The Chamber is […]

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Vice President Kamala Harris visited the U.S.-Mexico border last month joined by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The trip to El Paso came a few weeks after their visit to Mexico City and the announcement of a shared agenda to foster U.S.-Mexico cooperation. An agreement was also made on economic development and trade-related […]

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