The San Diego Regional Chamber is committed to making San Diego the most business-friendly region in California and a place where businesses can grow and thrive while creating jobs. We are constantly working to advance pro-business policies and block anti-jobs bills at the Legislature while leading initiatives whose outcomes may have a widespread impact on employers.
But, we can’t do this alone. We need the support of our members, partners, and community to ensure that the unified voice of San Diego business is heard at every level.
Take Action: Support Growing California’s Economy
The Chamber is proud to sponsor Senate Bill 357, authored by State Senator Ben Hueso that would establish a permanent trade and investment office in Mexico City. A dedicated physical representation in Mexico City would provide job creation and future economic development for California businesses.
In 2016, California’s top export market was Mexico, which purchased $25.3 billion dollars (15.4 percent) of all the state’s exports. Yet, California is the only state along the U.S.-Mexico border without trade representation in Mexico.
It is critical the public speak with a strong unified voice in support of California, jobs, and our economy and urge Governor Brown to sign SB 357.
For more information on SB 357, read the FAQ here.
U.S. Government Asks for NAFTA Comments
Following the formal announcement that the presidential administration intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, commonly known as NAFTA, the Chamber activated a campaign in support of NAFTA through our social advocacy and civic engagement software system “Phone 2 Action”. At the close of the comment period on Monday, over 275 emails had been sent to the U.S. Trade Representative, Senators, and Congressmembers.
Cisterra 7th & Market Development Project
A project for a hotel, affordable housing, a much-needed grocery, and a variety of shops downtown went before the San Diego City Council. The San Diego Regional Chamber supported this project for the contributions it would make to the local economy: the investment in affordable housing and the dollars generated by the planned Ritz Carlton Hotel, the Whole Foods market, and several other shops.
UPDATE: On October 18, the City Council voted unanimously to approve the project. Read the full story on the Union-Tribune here.
Housing & Urban Development Homelessness Funding Campaign
The federal government took comments from concerned citizens regarding the funding allocation process to local governments for homelessness. Because of an outdated allocation algorithm, several jurisdictions that struggle with a substantial homelessness issue – including San Diego – do not receive adequate financial support, while other areas are receiving substantially more regardless of need.
UPDATE: Chamber delegates met with the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). This meeting gave us the opportunity to push the department to adopt changes before this administration’s end. Read the full recap here.