Category: Policy

The Mexican Consulate in San Diego invites you to join the Spanish Learning Experience 2020. The program takes place from July 2 to July 31, 2020 in Ensenada (Mexico) and is hosted by Baja California’s State University (UABC). This learning experience is designed to get students to an A1-A2 Spanish level in four weeks through […]

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The Chamber’s 2020 Primary Voter Guide is now available for review. As voters prepare to go to the polls on March 3rd (note an earlier primary date this year), the Chamber has compiled a guide of our endorsed candidates and recommendations for initiatives appearing on the ballot at the federal, state and local levels. Feel […]

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New legislation went into effect specifying lactation policies for employees. All California businesses, except those which have proactively pursued and have been awarded an exemption, must abide by Labor Code Section 1030. The new law outlines time for employees to express milk, minimum requirements for the designated space, and streamlined accommodation requests. A useful FAQ […]

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The City of San Diego is requiring property owners of commercial, multifamily, and mixed-use properties of more than 50,000 sq. ft. to report their energy usage. The compiled data can be used to help meet the City’s Climate Action Plan. Businesses who are subject to the benchmarking regulations have an annual reporting deadline of June […]

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Following the release of the Supporting Working Families Study, the Chamber team identified some specific opportunities for legislative and programmatic engagement to bolster employer engagement in the childcare arena. To continue the momentum, Chamber staff is creating an ad hoc group of subject matter experts and employers to serve as advisors for policy activity and […]

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On January 28, The International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) convened the first public meeting of the Binational Core Group (BCG) at Tijuana’s City Hall. The BCG is comprised of representatives from federal, state, and local government, nongovernmental organizations, and binational private sector stakeholders. In accordance with Minute 320, the group’s purpose is to identify […]

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With the beginning of the year, the City of San Diego’s minimum wage increased. As of January 1st, businesses with 25 employees or less are required to pay at least $12 per hour. Businesses with 26 employees or more are required to pay at least $13 per hour. Additional information on the city’s minimum wage […]

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Call for AB 5 Feedback

Legislation that passed last year reflecting a court decision around independent contractors will continue to be addressed via “clean up” legislation in 2020. The bill, AB 5 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, codified a more rigorous determination for worker classification. Put another way, the bill will likely reclassify many independent contractors as employees, which will have […]

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San Diego International Airport will be commencing redevelopment of Terminal 1, thanks to the Airport Development Plan receiving board approval earlier this month. Supported by the Chamber in 2019, the redevelopment plan will invest $3 billion in a terminal that can accommodate the growing number of passengers, modernization of the space, and implementing major improvements […]

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Sponsored by the San Diego Foundation, the San Diego Workforce Partnership, and the Neighborhood House Association, the Chamber released its Supporting Working Families Study on January 13th. Through a survey of 400 local businesses, the Chamber team assessed employer sentiments around the importance of childcare and a variety of programs that are aimed at helping […]

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