January 12, 2016


State Senator De Leon Proposes $2 Billion to Address Homelessness
Last week, Senator De Leon proposed a $2 billion bond to build homes throughout the state for homeless people with mental illnesses. Currently, California houses more than one-third of the nation's chronically homeless, totaling nearly 30,000.

If passed, the measure will be funded through an existing 1 percent tax on Californians earning more than $1 million yearly.
State Senator Block Secures $6 Million for Community College Baccalaureate Program
Senator Block announced last month that $6 million has been secured to fund California's new Baccalaureate Pilot Program. The program, which the Chamber's Board of Directors voted to support in 2014, enables community colleges to offer four-year degrees that are not offered through the CSU or UC system.
Chamber Team Testifies In Support of Cisterra's Downtown Project
Last month, Chamber staff testified in support of Cisterra's planned mixed-use development project in East Village. The project - if approved - will provide the neighborhood with a new grocery store, public plaza, low-income housing and a 5-star hotel. 

The Council will revisit the development project soon in order to review workers pay and benefits.
San Diego City Council Approves Ambitious Climate Action Plan
Last month, the San Diego City Council made headlines by approving its ambitious plan to reduce carbon emissions and becoming the largest city to legally commit itself to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

The Chamber, along with a coalition of business and community leaders, released a statement in support.


Urge Congress to Approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership
After President Obama released TPP's full details last year, the trade agreement is still under review before consideration for a vote in Congress. We continue to urge all members to sign on to the Chamber's open letter of support for the trade agreement.

To learn more about how TPP will affect you, visit: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Benefits San Diego >>
U.S.- Mexico Cargo Pre-Inspection Facility Opens
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske and Mexican Secretary of Finance and Public Credit Luis Videgaray inaugurated the U.S.-Mexico Cargo Pre-Inspection Program pilot in Mesa de Otay, Tijuana, Mexico today.

Under the Program, certain cargo is to be pre-inspected in Mexico prior to crossing the border into the United States in an effort to improve the flow of trade as well as reduce border wait times and transaction costs.  The event represents the shared commitment between the United States and Mexico to promote economic growth and prosperity between the two countries connected by more than just a shared border.
Chamber Leads Business Visit to Tecate, Mexico
The Chamber led a business visit to Tecate, Mexico with Assm. Brian Jones and met with Mayor Cesar Moreno, plus business leaders representing both sides of the border. The visit also included a tour of the Moctezuma brewing facility, Rancho Tecate and Rancho la Puerta, and highlighted cross-border business opportunities, infrastructure needs and tourism.
As the State Assemblymember representing the bordering region of Tecate on the U.S. side, this visit was a great opportunity to improve cross-border commerce in the Cali-Baja region.

Chamber Organizes First Binational Chamber Summit
The Chamber had its first binational Chamber Summit with over 20 participating Chambers and a third of those representing business organizations from south of the border.  It was a great dialogue focused on collaboration within the business community on both sides of the border. Many San Diego County chambers were able to identify opportunities with Chambers in Baja to increase tourism and cross-border business in our Cali-Baja region.
We thank our partners, the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce, Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Tijuana EDC (DEITAC) and Tijuana Economic Development Council (CDT) for their presentations.





Apply to the Chamber's International Business Internship Program
As part of the Chamber's initiative to help grow and train a highly-skilled workforce, the Chamber's International Business Affairs department has several internship opportunities available for high school and college students. If interested, please email Dana Stafford, Executive Director of Human Resources Director at
Join San Diego's Next Generation of Business Leaders
The San Diego Regional Chamber Young Leaders (SDYL) program is the next generation of business leaders is driving young professional growth in the San Diego-Baja region by providing the relationships, mentoring and community awareness necessary to become an influential business leader. 

Program begins February 29.
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Give Back to the Veteran Community Through Vets' Community Connections

Members are encouraged to participate in Vets' Community Connections, a community-based initiative designed to involve a wide variety of people and businesses to help veterans transition into civilian life. Volunteering is simple, easy, and works with your schedule. 
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Get Recognized For Employing Veteran Staff Members

As part of the Chamber's Defense, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, the Chamber has established a recognition system to encourage the increased hiring of veterans and military spouses throughout the San Diego Region. Members with veteran employees are encouraged to apply.
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