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.
iMarch for Immigration
The Chamber supports comprehensive immigration reform that promotes an efficient border and provides the business community access to the workforce that is critical to its success. The immigrant population represents nearly one-third of the labor force in San Diego and contributes to about 25 percent of the region’s GDP. The dissolution of DACA will shrink our labor force and potentially deport over 40,000 San Diegans, who were brought to the U.S. as children, to places they barely know. Read our recent commentary piece in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
We’re joining iMarch for Immigration to help build an army of supporters and stories from all 50 states—and every congressional district—to highlight our broken immigration system and push for reform, beginning with a solution for Dreamers now. We need your help!
Join our call to action. Call your members of Congress and ask them to support comprehensive immigration reform starting with a legislative solution for Dreamers that will allow this population to stay in the U.S. and continue contributing to our workforce.
Use the following phone script to call your Representative and Senators to urge them to support Dreamers. Please call 619-727-6554 to be connected to your members of Congress.
Hi my name is ____ and I live in [area of San Diego for example: Pacific Beach, UTC, Downtown San Diego]. I’m calling to express my support for DACA. I urge Congress member/Senator [Last Name] to support comprehensive immigration reform starting with legislation that will allow Dreamers to stay in the U.S. and continue contributing to our workforce.
Support California’s Growing Economy – SB 357
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.
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.