Policy Update

This monthly publication provides a synopsis of the Chamber’s local and international policy work as well as pertinent policy-related news in a quick-read format. Policy Update is distributed the fourth Thursday of each month.


February 22, 2024 – Emergency Response Grants for Small Businesses, City Council Revises Sidewalk Vending Ordinance, Tijuana River Valley Updates, Senate Leader McGuire Announces Democratic Leadership Team, Ballots Distributed for March Primary Election

January 25, 2024 – Mayor Todd Gloria Delivers State of the City, Ped West Re-opens North and Southbound Lanes, U.S. Ambassador Salazar Visits Tijuana, Governor’s 2024-25 Proposed Budget

November 16, 2023 – Covered California Offers Health Care Coverage to Small Businesses, City of San Diego Housing Package 2.0, Chamber Meets with Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs

February 23, 2023 – SD Delegation Urges EPA to include $100 Million for BWIP, US Ambassador Salazar Visits Mexicali, City Council Approves Land Development 2022 Code Update

December 20, 2022 – Board of Supervisors to Welcome New Chair in 2023, Chamber Launches Small Biz Technology Trainings, Newsom Visits Baja Ahead of Potential End of Title 42

November 22, 2023 – General Election Results, CBP Commissioner Magnus Resigns, Student Loan Forgiveness on Hold

October 27, 2022 – California & Mexico Sign Historic Toll Revenue Sharing Agreement, IRS Announces Increase to Standard Deductions for 2023, Board of Supervisors Votes to Develop Child Care Plan

September 22, 2022 – California Legislative Session Comes to a Close, End of Weekly COVID Testing, Small Business Administration Department Head Visits San Diego

August 25, 2022 – Biden Signs Inflation Reduction Act, City of San Diego Housing Action Package 2.0, Climate Action Plan Commits to Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions

July 28, 2022 – CBP Launches Pilot Program for Pedestrian Sentri Lanes, Presidents Biden and Lopez Obrador Discuss Partnership, City of San Diego Housing Goals

June 23, 2022 – Mayor Gloria Signs ‘Ready to Rebuild Budget’, Planning Group Reform Earns Committee Approval, 9th Summit of the Americas

May 26, 2022 – SD/TJ Mayors sign MOU, Sports Arena Vote, Stream IBA Forum

April 28, 2022 – Mayor Todd Gloria’s FY23 Proposed Budget, IBA Forum, End to Title 42

March 24, 2022 – CalOSHA Extends Emergency Order, DHS and President Obrador Commit to Accelerate Otay II, #SDinSAC

February 24, 2022 – IBA Forum, Newsom Extends COVID-19 Paid Family Sick Leave, Chamber and USD Partner on CaliBaja Economy Report

January 27, 2022 – 2022/23 California Blueprint Budget Proposal, Mayor Todd Gloria’s State of the City Address, #SDinDC

December 16, 2021 – California Reinstates Mask Mandate, President AMLO Visits Tijuana, San Diego Legislative Update

November 18, 2021 – Cal/OSHA Update, Legislative Lounge 2021, San Diego-Tijuana Wins World Design Capital 2024

October 22, 2021 – Cross-Border Travel Update, Baja’s Election Updates, International Business Affairs Forum – November 18

September 24, 2021 – Mexico City Summit Recap, President Biden Proposes Sweeping Vaccine Mandates, California Legislative Cycle Comes to Close

August 26, 2021 – Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine Receives Full FDA Approval, Tom Reott Named New U.S. Consul General in Tijuana, State Lawmakers Introduce Border Health Security Act

July 22, 2021 – Mexico City Summit on August 31 & September 1, Todd Gloria Rolls Out Housing Plan, Cross-Border Non-Essential Travel Update 

June 24, 2021 – State Launches Vaccination Record Portal, Mexico’s 2021 Election Update, Cross-Border Vaccination Program 

May 27, 2021 – CalOSHA Postpones Taking on New Regulations, H.R. 3028 Creates Investment Opportunity for LPOE, Border Restrictions Extended to June 21

April 22, 2021 – President Biden Calls for PTO for Vaccinations, Baja Election Candidates Revealed, New U.S. Trade Representative Announced, and What the Declining Unemployment Rates Could Mean for the State of California

March 25, 2021 – State Provides Updated Vaccine Guidance, Governor Newsom Hints at Green Tier, Time to Vaccinate Campaign, President Biden Meets with President Lopez Obrador

February 25, 2021 – IBA Forum: Global Britain 2021 – A Look at the Future of the San Diego – UK Trade Relationship, Baja Election News, Governor Newsom Unveils Economic Package, Virtual Sacramento Summit: March 23 – 25

January 28, 2021 – Asm. Burke Introduces Legislation to Address PPP Loan Deductibility Conformity, California Returns to Tier Coronavirus Management System, DHS Announces Changes to the H-1B Visa Program

December 17, 2020 – Mayor Todd Gloria Sworn-In, State Funding Secured for Otay Mesa East Land Port of Entry, Eyes on the CA Legislature As it Reconvenes, Commission of the Californias Produces Trilateral Transboundary Guidelines

November 19, 2020 – Governor Announces State-wide Curfew, San Diego County Sets Voter Turnout Record, Election Changes- Including President-Elect Biden’s Top Leadership Positions and the Future of Senator Harris Senate Seat 

October 22, 2020 – SD Chamber Welcomes Tijuana’s First Female Mayor, City Updates Municipal Code to Improve Housing Production, County of San Diego to Create a New Climate Action Plan

September 24, 2020 – Growing Concerns about Cross-Border Regulations, Unemployment Rate Dips to Lowest Since April, Progress on Otay Mesa East Port of Entry

August 27,2020 – San Diego County Removed From CA COVID-19 Watchlist, New Protocols Implemented At The U.S.-Mexico Border, & Gyms and Religious Organizations Use City Facilities for Reopening Efforts

July 23, 2020 – IBA Forum: Leveraging Trade and Export Tools, Additional $83.9 M Allocated to Tijuana River Valley Efforts, & Schools Required to Go Virtual 

June 25, 2020 – Executive Order Suspends Employment-Based Visas, Court of Appeals Rejects Climate Action Plan, San Diego City Council Approves SDSU West Deal & Purchase Agreement

May 28, 2020 – Stage Two Re-opening Changes, EPA Allocates $300M for Tijuana River Valley, Midway Height Limit Relaxation

February 18, 2020 – Voter Guide Now Available, Register for MXC Delegation, IBWC Bination Core Group Mtg

January 21, 2020 – New Working Family Study, Register for IBA Forum, USMCA Approved by Senate

December 17, 2019 – White House Reached USMCA Deal, Compromise Reached on City Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, Chamber Opposes New Fleet Reporting Regulation 

November 19, 2019 – Building International Support for USMCA, Review of City’s Homeless Action Plan, Elevate SD 2020

October 15, 2019 – Action Alert! Contact Your Congress Member, Split Roll Tax on Ballot, Mexico’s Pollution Fight

September 17, 2019 – D.C. Delegation Deadline, Tijuana River Valley Bill, Meeting Incoming Baja & Tijuana Administrations

August 20, 2019 – Chamber Meets New Consul General of Mexico, City Council on Major Housing Regulations, Best Immigration Integration Practices

July 16, 2019 – MTS Business Outreach Programs, Cali-Baja’s Craft Beer Industry, Mexico Ratifies USMCA

June 18, 2019 – Tariffs on Imports From Mexico, Baja California Elections, UCSD Hillcrest Campus Development

May 21, 2019 – SANDAG’s ‘5 Big Moves’, Homeless Count Released, Chamber Committees Explore Childcare

April 16, 2019 – Convention Center Expansion, Scooter Regulations, Border Closure Threats 

March 19, 2019 – Childcare, Tijuana River Valley, and Border Infrastructure

February 19, 2019 – Federal Spending Bill Approved, More Housing in Bankers Hill, and Parking Reforms

January 22, 2019 – Chamber Committee Policies and Platforms, Delegation Trips, Cross-Border Business Forum

December 12, 2018 – New Laws for Employers, Mexico’s Presidential Inauguration, and Border Closures Economic Impact

November 20, 2018 – International Tribute Dinner Recap, Regional Jobs Strategy Update, and Migrant Caravans

October 23, 2018 – November Voter Guide, New NAFTA, and International Tribute Dinner

September 18, 2018 – Sewage Improvement in Tijuana, NAFTA Update, and D.C. Applications

August 21, 2018 – Vacation Rentals, Senator-Elect Bonilla, & San Ysidro PedEast Opening

July 17, 2018 – Yes 4 SD Signatures In, Tariffs & Trade Update, Congressional Luncheon

June 19, 2018 – Election Results, NAFTA and Tariff Updates

May 15, 2018 – Antonio Villaraigosa, EPA Grants, and NAFTA

April 24, 2018 – #SDinMX, Pure Water, and Tariffs

March 30, 2018 – #SDinSac, MOU Signing with Mexicali, and Tijuana River Valley

February 20, 2018 – NAFTA, Convention Center, and Commuter Survey

January 16, 2018 – NAFTA, 2018/19 State Budget, & Dreamer Legislation

December 12, 2017 – 2018 Sacramento Delegation, Chamber VP Testifies on NAFTA, and Chamber Support for Dreamer Legislation

November 15, 2017 – Border Trade Alliance, New Veteran Research, and Cross-Border Business Forum

October 10, 2017 – Mission to Washington, D.C. Recap, Community Choice Aggregation, and Otay Mesa Cargo Facility

September 12, 2017 – Support SB 357, Stormwater Workshop Series, NAFTA Press Conference

August 8, 2017 – Housing Scorecard, PedWest Southbound, NAFTA

July 11, 3017 – U.S.-Mexico Border, Housing San Diego, Border Wall 

June 13, 2017 –  Special Election Vetoed, Innovation and IP Roundtable, H2B Visa Survey

May 9, 2017 – Convention Center Expansion Plan Support, New Executive Orders on Trade, Stormwater Workshops

April 13, 2017 – A Successful Mexico City Trip, ACA Update, Convention Center Financing Plan and more

November 10, 2016 – A note on the elections, Int’l Tribute Dinner & Pure Water

October 13, 2016 – Are you ready for Election Day?

September 15, 2016 – Chronic Homelessness, New Access Bridge, and Affordable Housing Update

August 9, 2016 – San Diego’s Housing Crisis Becomes an Economic Crisis

July 13, 2016 – San Diego’s New Minimum Wage & Sick Leave Ordinance

June 15, 2016 – Elections Results, New Binational Railroad, and Affordable Housing

May 12, 2016 – 2016 Election Voters Guide

April 14, 2016 – Minimum Wage, Earned Income Tax Credit, Trans-Pacific Partnership, and More

April 7, 2016 – Invitation to Join the California-Mexico Trade Initiative in Mexico City XI: 4/17-20

April 5, 2016 – Invitation to Join the Chamber Leadership Delegation to Sacramento: 5/24-25

March 24, 2016 – Invitation to Join the California-Mexico Trade Initiative in Mexico City XI: 4/17-20

March 15, 2016 – Invitation to Join the Chamber Leadership Delegation to Sacramento: 5/24-25

March 8, 2016 – Policy Update: Downtown Circulator, VCC, Mexico City, and More

March 3, 2016 – Invitation to Join the California-Mexico Trade Initiative in Mexico City XI: 4/17-20

February 11, 2016 – Policy Update: International & Domestic

January 12, 2016 – Policy Update: International & Domestic

December 8, 2015 – Policy Update: International & Domestic

November 13, 2015 – Policy Update: International & Domestic

October 15, 2015 – Policy Update: International & Domestic