Legislative Updates

The Chamber’s Policy & International Business Affairs teams compile a comprehensive legislative update on the latest regulations and government news each Thursday. Those updates will be posted here each week. This page will also be updated on an as-needed basis with critical information as it becomes available.

Our team creates a recap of San Diego County’s weekly business updates for the latest on local COVID regulations and resources for employers. Access the updates.


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September 9 – Weekly Update

President Biden rolled out vaccine mandates that are almost certainly going to be challenged in court. Big toplines: mandatory vaccines for large employers of 100 or more, doubling of fines for folks who are non-compliant on planes, and requirements that healthcare workers be vaccinated. As of this writing, the President has just signed two executive orders requiring federal workers and contractors be vaccinated. So by the time you read this, probably more will have happened so you should probably google that.

On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress named their new country the “United States”, replacing the “United Colonies”. The more you know ✨💫

Business News

Great news for our Chamber member, Chosen Foods! Chosen Foods LLC has reached an agreement to partner with Butterfly, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm specializing in agriculture & aquaculture, food & beverage products, food distribution and foodservice. Headquartered in San Diego, Chosen Foods is an avocado-centric brand that brings sustainably sourced, high-quality avocado products to families nationwide. Keep on growing, Chosen Foods!

Call to Action: New Urban West’s Trails at Carmel Mountain Ranch is on its way to City Council on Tuesday, September 14 at 2:00pm and we need your advocacy! Learn how you can provide support here.  The Chamber is proud to support this project which will provide 1,200 homes, preserve 110+ acres of permanent open space, and near jobs & transit.

Legislative Updates


Federal:
 

Here we go: Two staff sergeants have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services and the FDA about the vaccine mandate. They argue that those that have already had COVID-19 should not be required to get vaccinated. Wait til they see the Biden EO’s.

It’s baaaaaack: the CFPB isn’t messing around under the Biden administration, and they want you to know that. A memo that was recently made public outlined a robust return to their enforcement efforts and a revived focus on those homeowners hurt by COVID. More simply put, “The bureau is looking closely at how consumers have been treated amid the confusion and uncertainty everyone faced….there are direct concerns for anybody with consumer facing businesses…and how it changed to reflect the COVID-19 mandates,” according to CFPB leadership.

The August jobs numbers really missed the mark. Like big time. Huge. The US put up 235,000 new jobs in August, much below the projected 725,000 number. While the recovery generally has been steady and encouraging, the US remains 5.3 million jobs behind where it was in Feb-2020 (aka “the before times”).

Mo’ money, mo’ problems, ammiright Chuck Schumer? The $3.5 trillion spending proposal has Sen. Manchin writing op-eds asking for a “strategic pause,” to which Senator Schumer has basically said, “no way, bro.” The price tag has given Senate Dems lots of feelings, from Sen. Sanders saying it’s probably too low, to Sen. Manchin & Sen. Synema saying it’s much too expensive. There’s a soft deadline of 9/15 language release of the plan, but hard to tell if they will be able to herd all the cats when everyone heads back to DC.

Chamber member Aya Healthcare has released a study on the issues surrounding the nationwide nursing shortage and insights on how to heal and advance a post-pandemic workforce.

International:

U.S. and Mexico officials met in Washington, D.C. this morning to start a High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED). This formal convening will center on binational collaboration in economic recovery, promoting sustainable economic and social development in Southern Mexico and Central America, investing in people and human capital (focus on education), and securing the tools for future prosperity.  Chamber member Monarch Global Strategies also issued this thorough analysis on the HLED.

Baja Governor-elect Marina del Pilar Avila met with Lieutenant Governor Elena Kounalakis to identify opportunities for binational collaboration and boost economic development on both sides of the border. Avila also announced that the state of Baja will open an office in Silicon Valley to promote tech innovation in the Cali-Baja region, and to strategize ways to connect talent across both states.

With 102 votes in favor and two against, the Mexican Senate passed the Presidential Mandate Revocation bill which would allow the early termination and removal from office of President Lopez Obrador next March. In Mexico, Presidents remain in office for a six-year term. The bill specifies that the revocation process will only proceed at the request of citizens. The bill is now waiting for a vote at the Chamber of Deputies.

Advancements on border infrastructure? Yes, please! The new northbound pedestrian bridge extension opened on Sunday at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. The bridge will connect the port to the Otay Mesa Transit Center and facilitate mobility.

Mexico’s Supreme Court voted unanimously to decriminalize abortion. The ruling comes as a powerful women’s movement is transforming Mexico, where 6 female politicians will take office as Governors this fall and already represent half of Congress.

After a 17-month closure, schools in Mexico have reopened for the 2021 school year. Despite early predictions of 20 million students going back to class, only about 12.6 million students showed up this week. Think Tanks suggest schools should adopt measures to attract students who dropped out during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chamber member Tijuana EDC extends an invitation to join their 2nd Borderless Business Congress taking place October 4 – 9. In partnership with the Chamber and other business organizations, our dynamic binational region will be showcased virtually and onsite to demonstrate our unique strengths and resources which make us a hub for foreign direct investment across industries.

State:

The recall election is only days away, so get those ballots in! Some candidates have been using some *interesting* ads

Governor Newsom has proposed $16.7 million in aid and a partnership with Airbnb for arriving Afghan refugees.

California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) has launched calosba.ca.gov: a new website that provides state resources for the small business community including a technical assistance program, financing information, a business learning center, information on permits, licenses, and regulations and more.

SB 95, the bill that would extend the paid sick leave program under COVID and address liabilities for employers enforcing vaccine requirements is dead.

Congratulations to Chamber member, Clarissa Falcon of Falcon Strategies, for being appointed to the California Transportation Commission!

Local:

San Diego County homebuilding is up nearly 25% in the first half of this year. At this pace, we could reach 10,000 new homes by the end of the year – although that’s still short of what we need to alleviate the housing shortage.

San Diego is dedicating $1 million towards a new workforce development program coordinated by the San Diego Workforce Partnership addressing education, job training and placement for people between 16 and 24.

San Diego State recently received $9 million in federal grants to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The grants will focus on preventing COVID-19 in schools, households, and addressing vaccine hesitancy. A key component of the grant will incorporate widespread at home testing.

Upcoming County Public Input Opportunities Reminders:

  • The County is currently pursuing recent Board direction to establish Fair Employment Standards on County construction projects and county-owned leased property.  A virtual public input roundtable is scheduled for tonight, September 9 at 6:00pm. The Board is tentatively scheduled to consider adoption of an ordinance on October 5. More information on the ordinance is available on the County website.
  • The County is holding a public workshop on September 13 at 6:00pm to seek input in the development of the regional decarbonization framework. Joining the workshop will be Elena Crete, Climate & Energy Program Manager for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
  • The County is holding a public webinar to receive input on their socially equitable cannabis program and ordinance development for the five existing dispensaries on September 13 at 6:00pm.

It’s San Diego Design Week! This annual five-day celebration of our binational design community has a number of virtual & in-person programs and events you can check out this weekend.

Upcoming Hearings

Capital Opportunities & Resources

  • The City of San Diego in partnership with The San Diego Foundation is offering the Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund. Applications will be accepted until September 24 at 5 pm. Grants are not first come first serve, and all applications will be reviewed after September 24.
  • The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California. Businesses of any industry, size or location are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted from July 26, 2021 – August 16, 2021 for the first period.
  • The CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund provides assistance for eligible expenses to businesses in the City of San Diego and City of Chula VIsta impacted by the pandemic.
  • The California Rebuilding Fund is offering small businesses with fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees loans up to $100,000. Learn more and apply here.
  • The County’s Small Business Stimulus Grant Program is accepting additional applications. Eligible businesses must have fewer than 100 full-time employees and are following sectors (restaurant, gym fitness center, yoga studio, movie theater, museum, zoo, or aquarium) that were impacted by moving from the Red to Purple Tier OR part of the event industry. Learn more and apply here.
  • City of San Diego Temporary Outdoor Business Operations Permit – Businesses (restaurants, retail stores, gyms, hair salons, nail salons) can now expand into the public right-of-way, parking lots, and public spaces. Information on how to apply for a Temporary Outdoor Business Operations Permit can be found here.
  • Businesses can reach out to their nearest Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which has developed the Small Business Survival Resources Guide to help business owners navigate through the chaos COVID-19 is having on our communities. SBDC can help with applying for relief, guiding you through available resources, and assisting with cash flow concerns, supply-chain interruptions, workforce capacity, insurance coverage, and more–all at no cost.
  • The State Treasurer’s Office has published this list of Federal, State, Local, Private, and Non-profit resources available to small businesses.

September 2 – Weekly Update

And that’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone who joined us this week at our Mexico City Virtual Summit. Together, we advocated to advance our region’s priorities including the Otay Mesa East Land Port of Entry, mitigate transboundary pollution impacting the Tijuana River, and facilitate trade & economic opportunities with key federal officials and business industry leaders.

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August 26 – Weekly Update

We have less than one week until our annual Mexico City Summit! Participants will have the opportunity to meet with key federal officials and diverse business industry leaders to discuss border infrastructure, transboundary pollution and trade and economic opportunities. You won’t want to miss the special in-person reception afterwards, outdoors, at Coasterra (Happy hour with an ocean view? We’re there.)

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August 19 – Weekly Update

In this week’s edition of “we read the news so you don’t have to,” we would like to tell you that it was a pretty bleak news cycle. But as we approach the week’s end, we want you to know that we appreciate you taking time to read our newsletters, to support the business community, and to help San Diego continue to recover. As author Robert Fulghum said, “You may never have proof of your importance but you are more important than you think. There are always those who couldn’t do without you. The rub is that you don’t always know who.”

Onward and upward.

Our upcoming  Mexico City Summit will take place August 31 through September 1st. This year’s summit provides an opportunity for participants to meet with key federal officials and diverse business industry leaders to discuss regional priorities such as border infrastructure, transboundary pollution impacting the Tijuana River Valley, and cross-border commerce.

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August 12 – Weekly Update

Because it’s so fantastically late, you may have forgotten that today was the release of the 2020 Census Data that will set into motion the redistricting of congressional seats. Remember, in April it was announced that California was losing a seat, and nobody (not even you, Twitteriffic readers) know who will lose this round of musical chairs. Buckle up!

On an entirely different note, we’ve got another round of FREE N95 mask giveaways happening now. Remember, Cal/OSHA guidance still stands that as an employer you must provide N95 masks to any unvaccinated staff who request them…. So, save yourself the hassle of trying to procure them on your own and get them here.

And a big shout out to our newsletter sponsor, PCM!

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August 5 – Weekly Update

Lions, tigers, monkeys and 250 other animals are now getting their vaccinations at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. Which means that you probably should too.

While you cheer on Team USA at the Olympics, some fun facts about San Diego showin up and showin out in Tokyo: A San Diego company, Behind the Scenes, is catering the Olympics; cycling bronze medalist Jennifer Valente is a San Diegan; sport climbing (it’s new, don’t worry about it) premiered with UCSD grad Brooke Rabotou competing; Keegan Palmer, who won a gold medal for skateboarding, reps Australia but he was born in San Diego; and San Diego’s Xander Schauffele won a gold medal in golf. (Sorry if we missed any- turns out we’ve got a LOT to brag about).

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July 29 – Weekly Update

It’s like the Convention Center knew we all needed a little extra sunshine this week. The much awaited return to conventions is upon us, and it’s bringing…. DOGS! The American Kennel Club will be bringing its Meet the Breeds event to San Diego where you can, seriously, just meet all kinds of dogs and it’s just the sort of feel good event that makes strapping your mask back on not so bad.

Requirements for vaccines in the public sector made waves this week. Some private businesses are following suit, saying that proof of vaccination is required to enter their establishments… are you implementing vaccine requirements? Tell us how it’s going!

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July 22 – Weekly Update

Hope you’ve been working on your social skills…. We’re excited to see you at this evening’s Summer Splash + Small Business Awards Mixer! Winners for the following categories will be announced: Outstanding Minority, Woman, Veteran, DBE-Owned Business, Customers First, Community Minded and Best Success Story.

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July 15 – Weekly Update

This week in pop culture meets policy: Yesterday, pop star Olivia Rodrigo met with President Biden to urge young people to get vaccinated. And she’s got good timing, given the rise in cases due to the Delta variant, which has motivated more counties to return to mask mandates.

We will also be making a trip to DC, although no promises on meeting with President Biden. Make sure to register here for the  opportunity to participate in high level meetings with US administration officials and agencies, advocate for local issues, and network with elected officials and San Diego business community leaders.

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July 8 – Weekly Update

In political news, the date for the recall election has been set: September 14th. And the field, already spicy, is now just getting crowded. This week, we saw Assemblymember Kevin Kiley and Steve Lodge jump in. (Who is Steve Lodge? SO glad you asked. He’s the ex-husband of RHOC Star Vicki Gunvalson).

Get ready, registration is live for our annual Mission to Washington DC! As part of the delegation, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in high level meetings with US administration officials and agencies, advocate for local issues, and network with elected officials and San Diego business community leaders. And by popular demand, we are back at the JW Marriot this year.

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July 1 – Weekly Update

This year’s America’s Best Cities list came out with the top cities to live, work and invest. San Diego was ranked 6th overall for our beautiful beaches and parks, world famous zoo and tourist attractions. We’re only a little bitter Los Angeles came in second, but there’s always next year.

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June 24 – Weekly Update

Save the date for July 22! Our Summer Splash and Small Business Awards will be held at SeaWorld (in person!) It’s not too late to submit award applications and nominations, the deadline has been extended to June 30.

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June 17 – Weekly Update

Cal/OSHA has just voted to adopt revisions to the Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) which guide how employers manage worksites with regard to their workers’ safety. In short, for anyone who is wondering who decides what employees are masked, and when and how and what happens on Tuesdays if it’s raining, that would be Cal/OSHA. Usually, these revisions take ten days to go into effect, but Governor Newsom has signed an executive order putting it in place immediately.

Here’s the short version*: the ETS now says that vaccinated employees do not need to wear a mask in the workplace. Unvaccinated employees, however, do. How do you know who is vaccinated? Employers need to verify, and can do so by seeing vaccination cards, making a copy of cards, or simply accepting self-attestation.

*for the long version, check out our Return to Work guidance.

Thanks for pretending like you’re working today and not watching golf. We see you!

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June 10 – Weekly Update

San Diego is officially in the yellow tier…if only just for a week. What does this mean? Outdoor music venues would increase to 67% capacity, restaurants and gyms can open at 50% (indoor and outdoor), indoor bars can be at 25% or 100 people (whichever is less), outdoor gatherings would increase to 200 people, and a full list can be found here. So enjoy your mai-tai while you listen to music outside and lift weights. Let us know how that goes.

Thanks to those of you that joined us for a very thorough look at the very confusing return to work guidance in today’s Back in Business webinar. Special shout out to the County of San Diego and Procopio for lending us their all-stars so we could keep going, “wait, what? Huh? Seriously?” while they told us how employers need to prepare to welcome their staff and clients back into the office. If you missed it, a recording will be available on our website soon.

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June 3 – Weekly Update

The bears are back! Except this time, it’s not an unusual political publicity stunt. A 17 year old (human) out of Bradbury, CA has gone viral after literally pushing a black bear OFF A WALL to protect her dogs. There’s a metaphor here somewhere…

It’s LGBTQ+ Pride Month! Pride is celebrated in the month of June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, a critical moment in the gay liberation movement. The rainbow flag we all know was created in 1978 by artist and Army veteran Gilbert Baker: red for life, orange for healing, green for nature, blue for harmony and violet for spirit.

Thank you for attending our annual Congressional Conversation yesterday! For those of you who missed it, we had a great conversation covering the federal issues that bring San Diego together: investing in housing and infrastructure, the digital divide, cybersecurity, and our economic recovery.

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May 27 – Weekly Update

Maybe it’s all the winning that the Padres have been doing, or that the sun is finally coming back out, but we’re feeling good! Seaworld’s water park is reopening, the Loyal’s home opener is this weekend, over 3.57 million vaccination doses have been administered, and San Diego is starting to (somewhat) get back to normal. Here’s a list of local things to do this Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day commemorates those that died in service of the US Armed Forces. In 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act, to hold a moment of silence at 3 pm local time around the country.

#VaxFTW! Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a $116.5 million vaccine incentive program – the largest in the nation. $15 million in cash prizes for 10 winners will be selected on  6/15 and $50k for 30 winners on 6/4 & 6/11. Already vaccinated are automatically entered to win and the next 2 million that get fully vaccinated can get a $50 card. If you win, we humbly suggest sponsoring a Chamber event or two.

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May 20 – Weekly Update

Quick hits: California says masks are still required until June 15th (no, just because Trader Joe’s says they’re not requiring masks anymore it doesn’t trump the state guidance, sorry). The City of San Diego has blessed dining el fresco until mid-2022. UFO’s are real, and people seem to be….okay? The Padres continue to flex on the competition.

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May 13 – Weekly Update

Governor Newsom said that masks may be “optional” in almost every setting after June 15th. So for those of you making a list of your “back to normal to do’s”, here’s where we’re at: do our pants still fit? How do I get rid of mascne?  What are we doing with all our old masks? Is someone making a trendy quilt out of them or something? Let us know if you have the answers.

Record scratch: the CDC beat the Governor to that punch and announced today that mask guidance indoors has been relaxed. Pass the lipstick.

Mark your calendars! Our Congressional Conversation will be held June 2 from 1 – 2:30 pm, where our San Diego delegation will discuss the issues that impact us on the local, state and national levels.

Today is Eid al Fitr, which marks the end of a month of fasting for Muslims around the world. Tell your Muslim friends Eid Mubarak (blessed celebration) today!

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May 6 – Weekly Update

Let the (recall) games begin!  John Cox launched a new campaign ad that included a 1,000 lb. Kodiak bear named “Tag.” Honestly, we’re just embarrassed for the bear.

May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month and small business month. In San Diego, the AAPI community represents 12 percent of our population and 95 percent of all businesses are small businesses. Over the past year, we saw a surge of AAPI hate incidents, and 90 percent of Asian owned businesses lost revenue in the US. The Asian Business Association is leading support for small businesses, and other San Diego organizations are coming together to spread awareness. Earlier this week, Mayor Todd Gloria announced the formation of his administration’s AAPI Advisory Group.

Why May? On May 7 1843, the first Japanese immigrant arrived in the US and on May 10, 1869, the first transcontinental railroad was completed by thousands of Chinese workers.

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April 29 – Weekly Update

You’ve probably heard: California lost in the most recent Congressional Seats Musical Chairs. It was announced Monday that we’re losing one Congressional seat as our population grew slower than the rest of the country. A different story: San Diego’s population actually grew.

“Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President” has a nice ring to it! For the first time in US history, two women, both Californians, sat behind the president during the joint address. Biden’s address focused on the American Rescue Plan and recovery from the pandemic after one of the most difficult years in modern history. The address signaled a turning point of the pandemic, with all adults in the US eligible for vaccination May 1 and a tentative promise to return to some normalcy for the fourth of July.

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April 22 – Weekly Update

Our Time to Vaccinate campaign just got a really great bump from President Biden (okay, maybe we are stretching a little bit here), but on Wednesday the President announced that employers with less than 500 employees can get a tax credit of $500/per day/employee for giving their staff paid time off to vaccinate.

Happy Earth Day! Today, 40 leaders around the world are meeting at a White House summit to discuss international climate action goals. As the world is far from meeting initial targets from the Paris Climate Agreement, the pressure is on for nations to embrace bold climate action plans. In the meantime, check your green lifestyle knowledge with this National Geographic quiz.

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April 15 – Weekly Update

With vaccines continuing to roll out, the June 15th date set for potential reopenings, and a Padres’ no-hitter, the possibilities seem endless. Case in point: Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson is teasing a possible run for President.

Today also marks a huge vaccine eligibility turning point: all Californians ages 16 and up are now eligible.

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April 8 – Weekly Update

Great news came our way this week: if we can manage to keep our COVID rates low, a full reopening is planned for June 15th. Details are still forthcoming but we’ll make sure to keep you updated.

Also, other news: Caitlyn Jenner has opened an exploratory committee for Governor. There is a live search for monkeys on the loose in Cincinnati. There’s a national ketchup shortage.

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April 1 – Weekly Update

Back in 1582, France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, which started the new year on January 1 instead of April 1. People who mixed up the dates were called “April fools”, and now we have a day in honor of pranking each other. The more you know.

Today is the day! Petco Park reopens, welcoming fans in person for the first game of the 2021 season as the Padres host the Arizona Diamondbacks. Feel free to insert your favorite snide remark about how we don’t like the visitors and wish them nothing but doom, gloom and despair. Go Pads!

As we gear up to return to in person learning in San Diego, some teachers in Oakland have used the “zombie walk” to help students social distance.

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March 25 – Weekly Update

Thanks for hanging out with us for the virtual Sacramento Summit. This was definitely the first delegation trip where the majority of delegates were (probably) in pajamas during meetings… but special shout out to those of you who put on “fancy” shirts for the occasion, you looked great.

Our Time to Vaccinate campaign is well under way! Sign up to show support for the health and wellness of San Diego’s workforce by supporting employees getting vaccinated. When you sign up, your company’s logo will be added to the campaign and you will receive a vaccination handbook with helpful information and best practices for you and your employees. Need some musical encouragement? Check out the remix of Hamilton-famed tune “My Shot”, done by medical professionals in honor of the vaccine.

It’s go time: earlier today Governor Newsom announced that California is expanding vaccine eligibility for individuals 50+ beginning April 1, and those 16 and up beginning April 15.

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March 18  – Weekly Update

It’s not just St Patrick’s Day that has you seeing green. The possibility of a new, shiny, green tier was floated by Governor Newsom’s office that has us thinking 1) probably need to figure out if our clothes still fit, but 2) the end of this craziness might really be coming!

And to help speed us along to Green-Land, check out the Chamber’s Time to Vaccinate campaign and pledge your company to join the effort. Employers have a part to play in our recovery and vaccine roll out, join us!

We are only a few days away from our virtual Sacramento Summit! It’s not too late to register and hear from our state leadership on business issues, workforce needs, and housing and infrastructure. We also included a free bonus session on effective advocacy in today’s landscape with USC UC Berkeley and Pepperdine professor Dan Schnur.

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March 11 – Weekly Update

California may be loosening the requirements to go to less restrictive tiers as of Friday. Knock on wood and cross those fingers, but the efforts to vaccinate 2 million people from specific zip codes (a requirement covered in last week’s newsletter) is at 1.9 million people now.

President Biden has just signed the American Rescue Plan. Totaling $1.9 trillion, the plan has a little something for everyone- which was one of the main complaints against it from Republican lawmakers as the package passed on party line votes (one House Democrat did vote with Republicans). If you’re one of the eligible people for the stimulus checks of $1400, you can expect those to be deposited as early as this weekend. (Don’t forget to #ShopLocal!)

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March 4 – Weekly Update

It was just a year ago when toilet paper became the symbol of the pandemic (the question remains: wtf?) Everyone was making sourdough, then everyone had a Peloton, and 14 million puzzles/failed home improvement projects/streamed shows/mumblemumble pounds later…. Here we are. Facing down what might be the final few months of this experience.

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February 25 – Weekly Update

Pop the champagne, spread the news, the kids are going back to school! San Diego Unified announced on Tuesday that they’ve set a return to the classroom for April 12. And moments ago, the state announced it’s decided to follow San Diego’s lead. Newsom announced they’ll have specific access to vaccines for teachers to get expedited appointments (so long as they are already working in person or scheduled to return to work within 21 days). There’s also rumors that big changes might be coming to the state’s tier system next week… Of course, if anything is announced you’ll be able to find it here, in your favorite email of the week.

Nasa’s rover touched down on Mars last week. Check out the first images from Perseverance, a welcome distraction from pandemic life here on earth.

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February 18 – Weekly Update

The little-machine-that-could touched down on Mars moments ago. Perseverance, NASA’s rover, will cruise around the planet and send back information about the possibility of life existing in a tiny crater billions of years ago, aided by the Qualcomm-powered Ingenuity helicopter carried in its underbelly to the surface of the Red Planet. Meanwhile, we remain in our sweatpants pondering this, the 500th day of March 2020.

2.5 million women have left the workforce during the pandemic. After business closures, pandemic-related unemployment and lack of widespread affordable childcare (see our sponsor Tootris above ^^), addressing women’s workforce participation is finally an issue of national priority. Vice President Kamala Harris wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post declaring the exodus of women from the workforce a national emergency.

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February 11 – Weekly Update

It could be worse: you could get stuck as a cat while trying to be the most professional lawyer. Thank you, cat attorney man, you are what we all needed. (See also: teacher stuck as a potato)

In what could be very optimistic news, Dr. Fauci lifted a lot of spirits by saying that he expects April to be “open season” for vaccines. Get your arms ready, people!

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February 4 – Weekly Update

We look good for being 150, don’t you think? Today is the Chamber’s 150th celebration, which means we have seen more than one pandemic, more than one recession, and quite a few twists and turns, but we’re still here thanks to our incredible members. We’re proud of the role we’ve played in San Diego’s growth, and we know there are much, much better days ahead for our friends and families. Thanks for celebrating with us today, San Diego!

February is Black History Month. The County Health and Human Services have launched an outreach campaign, Black Legacy Now, to reduce racial bias in the medical field and improve infant and maternal health outcomes for Black families. The maternal mortality rate for Black mothers is 3 times higher than white mothers, regardless of other factors. The campaign supports the Countywide Perinatal Equity Initiative, designed to address causes of persistent inequality and identify best practices.

It’s also American Heart Health Month. This week’s Get Fit challenge is to “Get Heart Healthy”, and we’ve partnered with Dr. Jennifer Tuteur, Deputy Public Health Officer for the County of San Diego, to learn some heart health tips. Listen in as Dr. Tuteur shares five key steps to improving the health of our most vital organ!

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January 28 – Weekly Update

The Regional Stay at Home Order has been lifted, surprising those of us who never thought we’d be excited to return to the dreaded purple tier. Businesses can start safe reopening with restrictions, most of which are related to operating outdoors only. Read the full list from the county here.

The good news keeps coming: the gorillas in the San Diego Zoo that tested positive for COVID-19 are well on their way to a full recovery. And even better- you can go celebrate that recovery since the zoo and Safari Park are opening back up!

Dog lovers, rejoice! Our four-legged friends Champ and Major made headlines this week because dogs are back in the White House.

Yesterday, the California State Assembly unanimously approved Dr. Shirley Weber’s nomination for California Secretary of State.

“I tell people how ironic it is, that a girl whose father could not vote, whose grandparents never had a chance to vote, is now responsible for 40 million Californians and their right to vote.”

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January 21 – Weekly Update

Our newsletter is brought to you by our sponsor, TOOTRiS, but it’s written by a bunch of millennials and as such, we’d like to discuss the MVP of the inauguration: fellow young-person, inaugural poet Amanda Gorman. Aside from Lady Gaga’s gold-taxidermied bird-broach (brooch?), Ms. Gorman was the brightest part of yesterday’s ceremony and couldn’t you just feel this closing line?

“The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it– if only we are brave enough to be it.”

Did you get a chance to catch CNBC’s Streets of Dreams this week? Focused on North Harbor Dr. and the blue economy (ocean-based business, not sad money), the episode features Chamber members Workshop for Warriors and NASSCO’s Dennis Dubard!

And if you’re looking for some inspiration for your 2021- join us for a webinar hosted by Union Bank highlighting business success amidst COVID. We’ll explore how entrepreneurial thinking is one of the best tools businesses can use, what’s worked for local employers to keep people motivated, and how you find “wins” amidst a pandemic and constant change. Register here.

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January 14 – Weekly Update

Two gorillas tested positive for COVID. The big question on everyone’s mind is, will they get the vaccine before the rest of us?

We are almost done with week 1 of #GetFitSD. Haven’t signed up yet? It’s not too late. Register and we can work on our new year’s resolutions together (but separate…with a mask).

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January 7 – Weekly Update

It’s safe to say that we all hoped 2021 would find itself less newsworthy than its disastrous sibling, 2020. But yesterday we know many of you spent the day watching an immensely unsettling scene unfold at the Capitol. We’re not going to rehash those events, but we do want to express our relief that the San Diego Congressional delegation remains safe, and their staff all out of harm’s way. Ultimately, the work was resumed, as Congress did complete the counting of the Electoral College vote, and President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner of the election.

Ready to get caught up on what you missed? Buckle up!

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December 17 – Weekly Update

Happy second-to-last day of Hanukkah to all celebrating. Hopefully, you got your loved ones a puppy for Hanukkah.

Santa may need to plan ahead this year. Online shopping has surged during the pandemic, and private carriers like UPS and FedEx have cut off some retailers to manage their services. USPS has had to take over huge volumes of mail and packages, in addition to employee shortages, causing extreme delays.

Like many of you, the Chamber staff is taking some well-deserved time off. Happy holidays to you and your families. Thank you for scrolling with us, for your kind words of support and all you do to support our region’s businesses. Remember to shop local and wear your mask.

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December 10 – Weekly Update

Ninety-year-old Margaret Keenan is the honorary “Chamber Grandma of the Year”. Which is a thing we invented this week because all of our collective hopes of getting out of our houses one day and never using the word “pivot” again rest almost entirely on her well-being. Grannie Marge, as she will now lovingly be referred to, was the first person to get the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday. And because she’s the loveliest lady, the t-shirt she chose for her big jab-day raises money for holiday presents for hospital patients and has now gone viral. It’s so great that we don’t care if this paragraph is uncharacteristically long. Go Grannie Marge! We love you! Come visit San Diego post-COVID! (Related note: we obviously have no idea how to get in touch with her, but if you do please shoot her this email).

In other happy news, which is much more fun than what we’ve been sending generally, San Diego officially welcomed Todd Gloria and his Council colleagues during a swearing-in ceremony earlier today. To the new elected officials, the returning, and their staff, we send our warmest and sincerest wishes for a productive, healthy, and generally enjoyable time in office. Their work is critical to our shared success and we applaud them.

Anyway, between color-coded tiers, a new regional stay at home order, and that very loud cell phone alert, there’s a lot going on. Check out the Union-Tribune’s user’s guide to the regional stay at home order.

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December 3 – Weekly Update

We hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! Did you miss us? Well, buckle up because this is a long one.

BREAKING: Governor Newsom announced this afternoon a Regional Stay at Home Order when a region falls below 15% remaining ICU bed capacity. The state is divided into 5 regions (see the map below), with San Diego unfortunately grouped with Los Angeles and their stubbornly high case rates. Currently, there are no regions that have fallen below the 15% threshold, but Governor Newsom cautions that it could happen for much of the state within a few days. If and when a Stay at Home Order goes into effect in our region, all bars, wineries, personal services, hair salons, and other non-essential services will be required to temporarily close. Restaurants will be allowed to serve take-out and delivery only and retail stores can remain open at a 20% capacity.

On Tuesday, San Diego marked the 1,000th death from the pandemic, a brutal reminder that even with the familiar cheer of the holiday season and the uplifting announcements of a coming vaccine, we are still very much in the woods.

However, as we learned from Mr. Rogers, it’s in crisis we should “look for the helpers.” And if you or someone you know has recovered from COVID, those suffering now urgently need your help in the form of plasma donations. This plasma is a critical treatment component, so we hope you’ll consider donating and make Mr. Rogers proud.

Get ready to make a team or compete as an individual in our annual Get Fit San Diego event! Get Fit SD is the Chamber’s annual 30-day health and fitness challenge sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. We’ll be kicking off this year’s program on January 11 and ending on February 9, all are welcome to join!

Finally, the state and county announced new grant and capital opportunities! Scroll down to the “Capital Opportunities & Resources” section of this email to read more.

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November 19 – Weekly Update

We’re catching you late this week on purpose. In just about an hour and a half, our Legislative Lounge will begin virtually, so you should be pondering which beverage you’ll be enjoying, which “lounge wear” (get it?!) you’ll be wearing and maybe making a quick snack trip. And because we miss you, very, very much, we want you to join us in the photo booth so we can see your face.

And since you’ll be at home drinking anyway, probably an OK time for us to let you know that the Governor has just announced a statewide curfew from 10p-5am beginning Saturday and lasting one month. Essential workers are exempted. We’ll continue to monitor as this develops.

Wishing you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Be safe and enjoy an extra helping of that green-beans-with-the-crunchy-onions thing because you deserve it. You also deserve a week without being beat over the head with the 2020 news nightmare, so we’ll catch you on December 3rd.

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November 12 – Weekly Update

San Diegans cried purple tears when it was announced we will be moved into the purple tier, effective Saturday. This county-wide equivalent of pulling cards based on your COVID behavior is reflective of the County’s poor numbers with regard to COVID positivity rates and will require businesses to scale back operations and in some cases, temporarily close. Additionally, local enforcement efforts will be stepped up to increase citations for violations and provide masks to those not wearing them in public.

Do you love this newsletter? Are you thinking about the best way to make sure your business logo shows up in front of major decision makers and businesses every week? Click the link to share your interest and we’ll follow up with you. (We appreciate you!)

If you’re interested in being a Senator, your window of opportunity is open (and crowded)! The race to replace Senator Kamala Harris is on, with all eyes on Newsom as it’s his, probably unlucky at the moment, job to appoint the replacement. California’s long list of political leaders are making their cases, and their different stakeholder groups are actively engaged too. Major advocacy groups, including large influential PACs all have their preferred candidate, and there’s even a push for a special election (please don’t make us do this again). The appointee would fill the remaining two years of the seat and then be up for re-election, albeit with the very strong competitive edge of being an incumbent.

If you’re missing interacting with legislators and legislative staff, don’t miss our Legislative Lounge on Thursday, November 19. Jerry will tell jokes, people will get awards, and we’ll all drink to a year that is thankfully almost over.

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November 5 – Weekly Update

It wasn’t just you. In an interesting article, the LA Times reports that delivery services and search engines were all about stress-eating and drinking on Tuesday. And although Trump claimed an early victory, and the numbers look to provide a clear path for Biden, the general anxiousness of the country is enough to tell you that we still don’t have 100% clarity.  But we do have a 100% chance of lawsuits, so stay tuned.

In terrifying news, a mutated version of COVID-19 was found to exist, and be transmitted to humans via mink living on mink-farms in Denmark.  Twelve people so far have been infected.

Like we keep saying: This year has been hard. Please take care of yourself. If nobody else has told you today, you deserve a nap.

Finally, wishing a very Happy Veterans Day to all who have served in the Armed Services! Thank you and your family for your service to our nation.

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October 29 – Weekly Update

The final presidential debate was surprisingly civil, thanks to the moderator’s mute button (where has that been all of 2020?). This election is on track to have the highest voter turnout rate in a century.

Despite being knocked out of the World Series, three Padres were selected for All-MLB teams. And congratulations to the Dodgers for winning their first title since 1998. We’re not bitter or anything.

Have a safe and happy Halloween! 🎃 (And keep wearing your masks!)

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October 22 – Weekly Update

Feeling lucky? Help shape the future of San Diego transit. MTS wants your feedback on how to improve the transit experience during and after the pandemic. Fill out this survey specifically for Chamber members by the end of October. Three lucky participants will win a $50 gift card!

Californians are breaking voting records this year! Over 4.5 million votes have already been processed, about three times the number of votes cast this time during the 2016 elections. Only 12 more days to go.

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October 15 – Weekly Update

Congratulations to our Small Business Awards winners! Computers 2 Kids, FASTSIGNS, and GoBeRewarded demonstrated resilience, innovation, and compassionate leadership during this year’s pandemic response and recovery.

And congratulations to you! You’ve made it seven months into some variation of quarantine, sweat through heatwaves, virtual learning, and have sent in your ballot early OR made a plan to vote! (This is a not so subtle hint you should have received your ballot and we are encouraging you to vote). It’s been a wildly challenging year, but we’re surviving, together, and we’re sending you a virtual high five, a fist bump, a hug, and a cheers.

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October 8 – Weekly Update

Today is San Diego County’s annual “Check Your Mood Day”, a reminder to check your emotional well-being and screen for depression. Check out Live Well San Diego’s free mental health resources and online self-assessment here.  The way this year has been, we could all use a reminder to prioritize our mental health and reach out to support our friends and family.

Got an old computer gathering dust? Donate it to the “Meet the Need Computer Drive” and help local students access their virtual school. The Meet the Need Computer Drive is a month-long computer donation effort by the Chamber, Cox California, and the San Diego County Office of Education to benefit Computers 2 Kids, a non-profit that refurbishes unwanted technology and gives it to local families in need. This is a great way to do some 2020-cleaning AND help set up local students for success.. (Fun fact- if you’re doing an office-wide computer upgrade, you can donate all your old gear).

Mail-in ballots are arriving this week. This year, there are about 1.9 million registered voters in San Diego county (are you one of them? Check here.) If you’re not voting by mail, options for voting in person have changed. Instead of the usual 1,600 polling stations spread throughout the county, there will be 235 “superpoll locations” open for four days. For mail-in ballots, there are 126 drop-off locations. For more information, read here. Don’t forget to check out our voter guide, where we endorsed the best candidates and policies for the business community.

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October 1 – Weekly Update

Fires, and Purple Tiers, and debates. Oh my. In what promises to be an added cyclical stressor on San Diegans is the Tuesday “will-they-won’t-they” game of our tier designation by the state. We remain, yet again in the red tier, however, there was a considerable question about how likely that would be. San Diego must meet specific metrics to remain red and must improve our outbreak numbers to be considered for the Orange, more permissive, tier.

There was a debate. There are still fires. It’s October and honestly, how did that even happen?

We hope you’re well. Next week we’ll bring some snazzy good news for you… like the names of our small business award winners. (psst: register here for the 10/8 Small Business Awards virtual event)

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September 24 – Weekly Update

2020 is sparing nothing. Friday, the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was announced. She was 87, an icon, and deeply respected. Undoubtedly, she is also the only Justice to have a cool nickname (“Notorious RBG” in case you lived under a rock), become a meme, and inspire women everywhere to rock a killer accessory while being a total bada** in her field. Needless to say, she will be missed.

WE’RE RED! Our region collectively breathed a huge sigh of relief when the Governor’s data showed that businesses would not be moved into a more restrictive tier on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the county announced the region’s conducted over 1,000,000 COVID-19 tests. (P.S. Wear a mask!)

We’re also … winning? The Padres gave San Diegans another huge boost making it to the playoffs for the first time in 14 years. A little bit of hope and some happy experiences mean even more these days. Go Padres!

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September 17 – Weekly Update

Happy Constitution Day! This week also marks six months since the Chamber’s policy team began sending our weekly Legislative Update. Like Venus, one of the brightest objects in the night sky, we hope it’s one of the brightest emails in your inbox. (And hey, if things on Earth keep getting you down, there’s always life on Venus).

Next Wednesday at 10:30am, the Chamber Foundation, in partnership with SDG&E, will host the All Our Talent Legislative Summit, highlighting women in policy-making roles who have been working on issues related to women’s advancement in the workplace. Sign up by clicking the link above.

The Chamber’s 2020 [Virtual] Small Business Awards are right around the corner, on October 8! This year, through a new Small Business Scholarship program, the Chamber will be awarding four Bronze-level Chamber membership renewals to current Chamber members who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance. In addition, three members will be recognized for outstanding achievements in the following categories: Community Minded, Creative Pivot, and 2020 Success Story. Nominations and applications are open until September 30.

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September 10 – Weekly Update

In San Diego, we tout our region’s unique ability to collaborate. That has held especially true this week as the Valley Fire continues to impact our county. The Navy and Marines from NAS North Island, Camp Pendleton, and MCAS Miramar have joined CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire in the fight and while it’s far from over, we received some positive news this morning that the fire is now 32% contained.

Thank you to the first responders and public health responders who are working to keep our community safe.

We’d also like to give a shout to SDG&E for their efforts during the heatwave to keep the power on for San Diegans and their work to mitigate additional fire risk.

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September 3 – Weekly Update

Campaign ads have begun! T-61 days until election day everyone. Mail ballots go out on October 1, and the Chamber voter guide, which you are all excited to get your hands on, will be available soon. Speaking of… you may have heard some things lately about voting. Here’s some quick reminders:

  • You can check your registration status here.
  • Questions about the voting process in a pandemic? Here’s a nice guide.
  • Only vote once. Seriously.

Additionally, we would like to draw your attention to a special city council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 8. The council will hear two new ordinances proposed by Councilmember Chris Ward: temporary supplemental sick leave, and emergency recall and retention. Both proposals are remarkably similar to bills passed by the state on Monday, AB 1867 (supplemental sick leave) and AB 3216 (emergency recall and retention). If these bills are signed by the governor in the coming week (which is likely), the local conversation could be moot. However, it is still important that businesses provide feedback as these ordinances would be effective immediately, and with little education, if any, prior to enforcement.  If you or your business has concerns about these policy proposals, please reach out to Rebecca at RLieberman@sdchamber.org

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August 27 – Weekly Update

California’s fire season went full-2020 and not only started early but is ravaging record amounts of land and structures throughout the state. Please, remember that fire season preparedness is absolutely necessary and we cannot be too careful.

We start the final months of 2020 with uplifting local news however, as the county’s positive COVID-19 case rates are at a 3.6% average and remain below the county’s 8% average over a 14-day rolling period. Reopening guidance from the state is expected tomorrow.

More exciting news, tomorrow, SeaWorld San Diego will reopen for the first time since the start of the pandemic with the launch of a new outdoor experience, Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews! Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the park’s animal exhibits and a limited-time food and drink menu, featuring San Diego’s best craft beers. Details here.

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August 20 – Weekly Update

Some good news: the county is off the state monitoring list. Some bad news: you’ve probably noticed the scorching heat wave that has California in its grip, causing wildfires throughout the state. We want to send our thoughts to the families impacted by the especially brutal fires in this unprecedented time.

In the broader energy debate, the rolling blackouts brought up big policy questions about how to bolster the grid to ensure better reliability as the state has been working toward ambitious goals to increase its use of renewable energy (wind/solar) and decrease its use of natural gas. And while the necessity of doing so is generally agreed upon to be necessary as we address climate change, here’s the current challenge: energy produced by wind and solar often isn’t enough to meet high demands for energy when it’s 100+ degrees and everyone is working from home. So, as we’re finding with most everything during this pandemic, it’s smart- necessary, even- to have a backup plan.

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August 13 – Weekly Update

Even during a pandemic, veepstakes and election enthusiasm have brought back some feeling of election season normalcy. This week, Joe Biden announced California’s own Kamala Harris as his running mate. This is historic–making Harris the first Black and South Asian woman on a major party ticket. The pick is particularly interesting for Californians, as her highly coveted Senate seat now draws plenty of interest from possible successors. For those wondering, here’s how that would work: first, Biden/Harris would have to win in November, then Governor Newsom has to appoint her successor to fill her seat until this term ends in 2022. Not only is the appointment notable as it leaves out election drama, but it would allow that appointee to run as an incumbent in 2022, a significant advantage. Needless to say, the next few months will be eventful.

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August 6 – Weekly Update

Happy August! It’s the official ‘back to school’ season. Though this year, it’s quite different. This week, the State published new guidance for reopening of elementary schools. Despite the fact that San Diego and many of other counties across the state remain on the COVID-19 watch list, elementary schools within counties with fewer than 200 cases per 100,000 people can now apply for a waiver to reopen for in-person learning. San Diego Unified, which announced last month that schools in the district will begin the school year with online-only learning, has not announced whether or not they will apply for waiver. Yesterday, Poway Unified School District announced the major decision to remain fully virtual through December. The county is currently working on a template for the waiver process and expects to release it by the end of the week. The waiver will first have to be submitted to our local public health officer for approval before going to the state Department of Public Health.

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July 30 – Weekly Update

Today Congressman John Lewis was laid to rest in Atlanta, Georgia. In a final essay published today, he urged us all to, “answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.” He also reminds us:

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.

With less than 100 days until the November election, you can take a moment to check your voter registration or register to vote here. Rest in peace, Congressman.

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July 23 – Weekly Update

As you may well know, masks have been a ‘thing’ here in San Diego long before the COVID-19 pandemic. While large in-person events are still off the table for now, the innovative spirit of the organizers of Comic-Con is undefeated. As with all good superhero stories, the good guys win in the end and loyal convention-goers have had their tradition rescued. All scheduled panels for this year’s event are available to be streamed online, on-demand. Here’s a list of the top 5 most anticipated panels attendees can tune into today.

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July 16 – Weekly Update

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July 9 – Weekly Update

Thank you to all who were able to join us for our 2020 Congressional Conversation this afternoon! Our San Diego delegation spoke candidly on a wide array of topics facing our nation, including police reform, the COVID-19 pandemic, health care, and immigration.

It was a great event to break up a tough week for San Diego, as confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to grow throughout the region. Restaurants and other establishments were ordered to close indoor operations (more information below) and any additional reopening is delayed until August 1. Hospitalizations as a result of the coronavirus are at a record high and we encourage all businesses and individuals to comply with state and county guidance and wear a mask when outside of your home.

Recovered COVID-19 patients are needed to meet the demand of local hospital requests for convalescent plasma. While COVID-19 has no proven treatment, plasma taken from those who have recovered may help patients currently fighting the virus because the plasma has developed antibodies against the virus. The San Diego Blood Bank created a form where people can submit their contact information to qualify for convalescent plasma donation.

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July 2 – Weekly Update

Yesterday, Governor Newsom dialed back reopening in 19 counties across the state. These counties were ordered to immediately suspend indoor operations of restaurants, wineries/tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, and museums as well as all bars both indoor and outdoor. While San Diego is not included on the list of counties of concern, neighboring Imperial, Orange, and Riverside counties were all included. Local county health officials caution that San Diego will likely be forced to dial back our reopening if local behavior does not change.

Have a safe, healthy, and happy Fourth of July! Please remember to follow state and county public health guidance: wear a mask, maintain a physical distance from others, and refrain from gathering with members outside of your household.

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June 25 – Weekly Update

This week the Chamber celebrated the launch of the All Our Talent: Women on Boards and Commissions Initiative with special guests and featured speakers First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis. The initiative is an effort of the San Diego Regional Chamber Foundation with support from Mine The Gap focused on addressing the need for more women on corporate, nonprofit, and government-appointed boards and commissions in our region.

As part of the All Our Talent initiative, the Chamber released a report and dashboard on the state of women on boards and commissions locally and the disparities and barriers in our region’s leadership. This information and how to get involved are available online here.

Earlier this week it was also announced that Caroline Winn, the Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and the thought leader behind the initiative, was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of San Diego Gas & Electric Company.

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June 18 – Weekly Update

This week, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court decided that the Civil Rights Act, passed in 1964, also protects LGBTQ employees from discrimination in the workplace. Additionally, just this morning, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration cannot continue with its plan to terminate the DACA program, which the Chamber has strongly supported for several years. Read more about this decision and the vital role Dreamers play in the U.S. economy in the International Business Affairs section of this email below.

This afternoon, Governor Newsom announced Californians are now required to wear facial coverings in indoor or outdoor public spaces. Guidance from the Department of Public Health can be found here. Also this afternoon, the County announced there have been eight COVID-19 community outbreaks within seven days. Businesses approved to reopen tomorrow can proceed with reopening. Businesses in line to reopen after tomorrow are on hold. The County continues to caution following the facial covering and social distancing guidelines. The County will update its facial covering guidance to match the state’s.

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June 11 – Weekly Update

This week marks another milestone as our community continues to reopen. San Diego County announced exciting news Monday after receiving guidance from the state. A number of businesses can begin reopening tomorrow, June 12, including hotels, museums, gyms, pools, and bars. The full list of businesses and guidance for reopening can be found here. The county also announced that campgrounds and sportfishing businesses could reopen immediately.

On Tuesday, the county expanded the list of reopened businesses to include movie theaters (at limited capacity). As we all start to enjoy the reopened businesses, a friendly reminder that the guidance for facial coverings, social distancing, and prohibition of group gatherings still remain in effect.

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June 4 – Weekly Update

The events of this past week, across the nation, and here in San Diego, are a painful reminder of just how much work remains to be done when it comes to racial equality and justice in America. We hear the voices calling for overdue change and action. The Chamber is committed to doing our part to see that positive change is made and will continue to focus our efforts on creating economic opportunity for all, as we are guided by our mission to make the San Diego region the best place to live and work.

On Monday, Jerry joined Mayor Faulconer, City Council President Gomez, Councilmember Montgomery, Police Chief Nisleit, and community leaders to announce the San Diego Police Department will stop using a carotid restraint as a use-of-force procedure effective immediately. During the press conference, Jerry noted that this is the beginning of “the road to discussing meaningful change in police and community relations.” Since Monday’s announcement, 15 other policing agencies throughout the county, including the Sheriff’s Department, have agreed to ban the restraint.

LEAD San Diego, an affiliate of the San Diego Regional Chamber, hosted a discussion with Dr. Steven Jones, CEO of JONES, and Starla Lewis, Professor Emeritus at San Diego Mesa College, on the long-overdue reckoning on policing practices and systematic racism and how we as leaders of teams, organizations, and families can step up and be part of the change our country needs. You can watch a recording of the powerful webinar here.

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May 28 – Weekly Update

Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of summer. While domestic and international tourism to the region remains down, many San Diegans celebrated the warm weather and enjoyed new liberties granted by the County Health Department. While San Diego has developed a good reputation from the State authorities in Sacramento on its handling of the virus, some local businesses have failed to comply with standards set by the County. If you or your business have any questions regarding reopening guidance from the County, please reach out to a member of the policy team or your membership relations manager.

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May 21 – Weekly Update

On Tuesday, the County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to move into an accelerated Stage 2 of California’s Resilience Roadmap. Late last night, the County received approval from the State’s Department of Public Health to move further into Stage 2, allowing dine-in options in restaurants and in-store retail. Businesses must follow social distancing protocols and complete the County’s Safe Reopening Plan. Safe Reopening Plan guidance can be found on the County’s website here for restaurants and here for retail stores.

The County is transitioning its daily COVID-19 briefings to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. However, this afternoon there is a press briefing at 2:30 p.m. in light of the Stage 2 reopening news.

Memorial Day Weekend looks a lot different than years past. Ceremonies honoring our nation’s service men and women who lost their lives during military service will be held virtually. We wish you a safe Memorial Day Weekend!

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May 14 – Weekly Update

This week Speaker Pelosi unveiled the HEROES Act, which includes beefed-up stimulus payments of up to $6,000 per family, $1 trillion to local governments to pay for essential front-line workers, $75 billion for increased testing and tracing, and $10 billion for economic injury disaster loans dedicated to businesses, among other things. The Mexican federal government announced a phased reopening plan. And, locally, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Supervisor Greg Cox joined together to urge Governor Newsom to allow more flexibility for localities trying to open.

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May 7 – Weekly Update 

If the global health pandemic, economic crisis, and soaring local unemployment weren’t giving you night sweats yet, the heatwave and red tide stench might have done the trick. However, there may be some light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel. Governmental leaders are all looking at a phased reopening, creating an important window for businesses to provide feedback for suggested ways to make that reopening stable, safe, and successful.

UCSD made a major announcement regarding testing as part of its plan to bring students back for the Fall, demonstrating capacity and ability to test which will be critical to larger strategies of reopening.

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April 30 – Weekly Update 

This week felt like a rollercoaster ride. Beaches across the county were reopened on Monday, just in time for surfers to view the bioluminescent “red tide”.  Last night it was reported that Governor Newson would order all beaches and state parks throughout California close by Friday. Then this afternoon, during his daily press conference, the Governor applauded the great work of our local San Diego leaders and announced that only beaches in Orange County would close. Additionally, SANDAG published a startling report that, as of April 23, one in four San Diegans are unemployed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. At 24.7%, the county’s unemployment rate is higher than the national average due to the region’s vast tourism industry, now at a standstill.

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April 23 – Weekly Update 

As you’ve likely heard, the Chamber is pleased to represent you in a working group convened by Mayor Faulconer and Supervisor Cox to address immediate needs in the business community. Additionally, we are working on a parallel effort with our partners at EDC and the Tourism Authority to think about a long-term framework for economic success, which we’ve titled “Back in Business.” To make sure our work is reflective of the needs of your business and your industry, please fill out this survey and let us know how best to guide these policy discussions.

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April 16 – Weekly Update 

This week marks California’s sixth week in a State of Emergency and our fourth week sheltering in place. While we all are starting to adjust to this new normal, the Chamber continues to recognize the unprecedented nature of these times. We are beginning to look forward and understand how we can best ensure the San Diego region’s resiliency and recovery over the coming weeks, months, and years. That understanding is being driven by discussions in our committees that revolve around how best to safely, swiftly and sustainably move forward.

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April 9 – Weekly Update 

Click here to read this week’s complete update including CARES Act package info as well as local, state, and international updates.


April 3 

Update from the County of San Diego Public Health Officer regarding the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) for the San Diego region. Attached is Addendum 1 to the Order of the Health Officer, effective April 3, 2020 as of 12:00 a.m. Addendum 1 adds the following requirements to the existing Order of the Health Officer:

Click here to read the complete Health Order.


April 2 – Weekly Update

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March 26 – Weekly Update

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March 25

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March 20

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March 19 – Weekly Update

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