News & Updates


Belmont Park, nestled along the sunny shores of Mission Beach in San Diego, California, stands as a timeless emblem of coastal entertainment and relaxation. Stretching across 7.2 acres of prime oceanfront real estate, this iconic amusement park has been delighting visitors of all ages since its inception in 1925. 

At the heart of Belmont Park is its historic Giant Dipper roller coaster, a thrilling wooden masterpiece that has stood the test of time, providing adrenaline-pumping rides and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. This architectural gem serves as a cherished symbol of the park’s rich heritage and enduring appeal. 

Beyond the exhilarating coaster, Belmont Park offers an array of attractions and activities to suit every taste. Visitors can test their skills at the arcade, where classic and modern games beckon with promises of prizes and laughter. The park’s bumper cars and carnival rides provide nostalgic fun for families, while the Tilt-A-Whirl and spinning tea cups offer whimsical adventures for the young and young at heart. 

For those seeking a respite from the excitement, Belmont Park’s pristine beachfront invites leisurely strolls along the boardwalk, where the scent of saltwater mingles with the tantalizing aroma of freshly made funnel cakes and cotton candy. Sun worshippers can bask in the California rays on the sandy shores or rent beach cruisers to explore the scenic coastline. 

Hungry patrons can satisfy their cravings at Belmont Park’s diverse dining options, ranging from casual beachside eateries serving up seafood and burgers to upscale restaurants offering gourmet cuisine with breathtaking ocean views. And no visit to Belmont Park would be complete without indulging in a sweet treat from one of the park’s iconic ice cream parlors or candy shops. 

Whether it’s the thrill of a roller coaster ride, the tranquility of a beachfront sunset, or the simple joy of sharing laughter with loved ones, Belmont Park promises an unforgettable experience steeped in the timeless charm of Southern California’s coastal culture. 


Pictured left to right: Leah Neverov (Assistant Manager), Mark Robak (Treasurer, Otay Water District),  Faith Newstedt (Joy Creator), Elizabeth Kliewer (Bakery Operator), Emma Newland (Baker), Marie Oefinger (Joy Creator), Shay Bryant (Utility), Robert Hacken (Member Relations Director, SDRCC), Alejandra Gandara (Baker), Maddie Pelej (San Diego Market Director, Justice Moore (Joy Creator)

To find the perfect recipe for joy, you need the perfect ingredients. That’s what Nothing Bundt Cakes founders Dena Tripp and Debbie Shwetz were for each other. In 1997, Dena and Debbie founded Nothing Bundt Cakes in their Las Vegas home kitchens, and it has since grown to over 500 bakery locations in 40+ states and Canada, becoming the nation’s largest specialty cake company offering a modern spin on a classic treat. Their Bundt Cakes are handcrafted in every bakery in a variety of delicious flavors and sizes. To top it all off, their bakeries offer a wide selection of retail items, including party supplies, décor and gifts, making Nothing Bundt Cakes the perfect one-stop celebration shop.

San Diego is the sweet home to 8 Nothing Bundt Cakes bakeries and on February 13th they continued the celebrations with the ribbon cutting for their 9th and newest bakery in Rancho San Diego. They shared joy in the community by giving back to first responders and essential workers.

The Rancho San Diego Nothing Bundt Cakes is located at 2560 Jamacha Rd. Ste 129, El Cajon, CA 92019. The bakery is open Monday to Saturday 9am – 8pm and Sunday 10am – 6pm, offering pickup and delivery. For more information on how to bring joy to your celebrations please visit Delicious Bundt Cakes – Nothing Bundt Cakes or give us a call at (619)333-1541.

Member Spotlight: PTM Financial


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Tijuana River Valley Updates

This month, the IBWC reported up to 5.8 million gallons per day flowing into the Tijuana River, with the South Bay treatment plant operating at twice its capacity. Authorities from both sides of the border have met regularly to reach bilateral agreements which include collaboration on site visits and surveys to better understand changes in flows.

Over $300M is still needed for a list of 17 water infrastructure projects, plus up to $80M in annual operation and maintenance, and other initiatives that can significantly reduce beach closures and ensure public health.

IB Mayor Paloma Aguirre, Chula Vista Mayor John McCann, and Coronado Councilman John Duncan, all traveled to D.C. to urge Congress and the White House to approve $310M in supplemental funds to address transboundary pollution.

They also advocated for expedited environmental studies needed for the Tijuana River diversion system. Chamber staff has met with Mayor Aguirre and regional stakeholders to continue to advance efforts to address this pressing issue, which will be part of our advocacy agenda for this year’s delegation to D.C. in April.

City Council Unanimously Revises Sidewalk Vending Ordinance 

This month, San Diego City Council unanimously passed a revision to the 2022 Sidewalk Vending ordinance. City officials assert that this measure will be instrumental in restoring the aesthetic and ambiance of to San Diego tourist areas.

The updated legislation represents a significant update to the city’s 2022 street vendor law, specifically stating that activities that lack free-speech protections include selling food, clothing, jewelry, soaps, oils, and creams. In addition, yoga, exercise classes, and dog training are not protected.

The revision also streamlines the process of impounding carts belonging to vendors who violate regulations and imposes restrictions on the locations where vendors exercising free speech can operate.

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Emergency Response Grant for Small Businesses


The City of San Diego’s Economic Development Department (EDD) will be providing emergency relief grants of up to $2,500 per applicant, with a 100% bonus (for a total of $5,000) for applicants located in the Promise Zone, Opportunity Zones, or Low-Moderate Income Census Tracts. EDD will be prioritizing businesses located in under-resourced communities and high-impact storm-affected areas for these grants. 

Eligible businesses and nonprofits are awarded funding based on a reimbursement basis for documented storm-related expenses incurred. 

Click here to see if your business is located within the Promise Zone, Opportunity Zones, or Low-Moderate Income Census Tracts.

*Note – the application will be available for translation with Google Translate. Google Translate is currently experiencing a technical issue but should be functioning shortly.

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Ballots Distributed for March Primary Election

California’s presidential primary is March 5, 2024, and ballots have hit mailboxes in San Diego County. 

Voters have the opportunity to participate in California’s statewide presidential primary election, with early voting already underway. The final day for casting ballots is set for what is known as “Super Tuesday”, March 5th.

The electoral landscape in San Diego County features numerous officials seeking reelection, including San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria.

Learn more about voting in the Primary Election.

Senate Leader McGuire Announces Democratic Leadership Team

This month, senate Leader Mike McGuire announced his choices for committee chairs and Senate leadership. The full list of committee chairs is available here

San Diego’s own Senator Steve Padilla has been named Assistant Majority Whip and is Chair of Budget Subcommittee #4 on State Administration and General Government. And another of our region’s great representatives, Senator Catherine Blakespear, is Chair of the Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee.

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LEADers On The Move

We enjoy seeing what our graduates are doing and how they are making an impact on the world. Share your good news with us via email:

Rachel Holiday (Impact 2023) is now the Business Development Manager of the Options for All.

Taylor Harrell (Impact 2023) is now the Chief People Officer for MAAC.

Molly Addington (Advance 2018) was named one of the 2024 Women of Influence in Accounting by the San Diego Business Journal.

Jenilee Cabading (Advance 2023) was named one of the 2024 Women of Influence in Accounting by the San Diego Business Journal.

Pamela Gabriel (Influence 2020) was named one of the 2024 Women of Influence in Accounting by the San Diego Business Journal.

Ben Moragal (Impact 2010) is now the President & CEO of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation.

Eric Keen-Louie (Impact 2021) is now the Artistic Producing Director of the La Jolla Playhouse.


Be the first to play! A new game is now at The Escape Game San Diego at Gaslamp Quarter!

You have 60 minutes to save the future. In “Timeliner: Train Through Time” time travel just became a reality in this digitally-interactive escape room. As part of the Time Crisis Management team you’re tasked with addressing life-threatening issues no matter what decade they happen in. You can easily hop between centuries from the Jurassic to Medieval and everything in between with just one ticket swipe on Timeliner, the time-traveling train. Now the fate of reality is in your hands — it’s up to you to restore the past and save the future. And you’ll have to hurry! All it takes is one mistake in the past for the entire future to fall apart…