April 14, 2016


Chamber Releases Statement In Response to Minimum Wage Increase
On April 4, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to increase California's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022. The San Diego Chamber issued a statement in response:

"This bill was crafted over a weekend, rushed through the legislature, and ultimately signed into law without input from the business community, or from the Californians that stand to bear the brunt of this major policy change. Regulation such as this makes California a challenging place to do business and is actually counterproductive for many of the families that need real solutions..."

Read the full statement here.
Jerry Sanders' Op-Ed on the Earned Income Tax Credit
In partnership with Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins, Chamber President & CEO Jerry Sanders wrote a San Diego Business Journal op-ed to educate the business community about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which enables working families earning less than $14,000 to receive up to $2,600 in tax credits.

For more information, and to determine if you are eligible, visit the Franchise Tax Board website. 
"Early Bird" Deadline to Join Chamber Delegation to Sacramento is
Tomorrow, April 15
We hope you can join the Chamber's binational delegation to Sacramento and help ensure our region's unique policy interests and business needs are heard. In addition to networking with high-level business and policy leaders, this trip will enable delegates to discuss industry specific issues with regional and state officials.

This year's focus areas include: infrastructure funding, water issues, affordable housing, and more.


Chamber to Leave for Annual Delegation to Mexico City Next Week
On April 17, the Chamber will embark for its 11th Annual California-Mexico Trade Initiative to advocate for economic policies and foreign investment for the Cali-Baja region. Confirmed meetings with federal officials include: Mexican Senate President Roberto Gil Zuarth; Secretary of Energy, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell; Undersecretary of Foreign Relations for North America, José Paulo Carreño King; Undersecretary of Communications, Mónica Aspe Bernal; Customs Administrator, Ricardo Treviño Chapa; and more.
Inaugural #OneBorder Coalition Meeting In Las Vegas
The Chamber co-organized the first private sector led meeting with economic development organizations across the U.S.-Mexico border. Trade between the United States and Mexico represents 14.2 percent of the United States' GDP, or $531.1 billion. By strengthening cross-border relationships and uniting as one voice, the Chamber seeks to attract both public and private investment to the region.

For more information, view the full press release here.

Chamber Discusses Trans-Pacific Partnership with the Office of the United States Trade Representative
Chamber Vice President Paola Avila participated in a conference call with Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Robert Holleyman to discuss provisions within the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that promote a free and open digital economy, without borders.

We urge all Chamber members to learn more about how TPP can significantly benefit the Cali-Baja region's economy and sign on to the Chamber's open letter of support.
Mexico Names New Ambassador to the US
After only 7 months of serving in his post, Mexican Ambassador Miguel Basañez Ebergenyi was replaced by Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, who has served as Consul General in Los Angeles for three years and previously was at the Mexican consulates in New York, Chicago, Toronto and San Antonio.

A Mexican Foreign Ministry statement announcing the changes emphasized Sada’s “broad experience … protecting the rights of Mexicans in North America, as well as defending the interests of Mexico abroad.”



Downtown Sports, Entertainment, and Convention Center Complex Breakfast (April 14)
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San Diego State University Presents "Downtown" (Apr. 15)
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Grand Opening Celebration of Pacific Highlands Dentistry & Orthodontics (Apr. 16)
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Money in Politics Forum (Apr. 18)
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California Water Policy Conference 25 (Apr. 20)
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MEXPORT Industrial Trade Event (Apr. 21)
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San Diego City College Open House (Apr. 21)
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SDSU President's Lecture Series: Leadership Lessons and Values (Apr. 26)
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Deadline to Submit Nominations for Cox Conserves Heroes Program (Apr. 27)
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Deadline to Apply for MetroConnect Prize (May 2)
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Connect & Learn (May 4)
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11th Annual Duncan L. Hunter Wounded Marine Golf Classic (May 5)
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Chamber 101: How to Maximize Your Chamber Membership (May 12)
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Chamber Leadership Delegation to Sacramento (May 24)
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Execs Connect with Kelly McDonald (May 26)
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Congressional Luncheon (June 20)
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70th Annual Flag, General & Senior Officers Ball (July 29)
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Get Recognized For Employing Veteran Staff Members

The Defense, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee continues to accept applications to recognize businesses that hire veterans. We are proud to highlight firms that understand veteran hiring is a smart business move, and want to encourage additional participation.

A special acknowledgment goes to Palomar Health and Union Bank, our newest Honor Roll members! 

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Give Back to the Veteran Community Through Vets' Community Connections

Chamber members are strongly encouraged to volunteer for the Vets' Community Connections initiative and help veterans transition to civilian life. Volunteering is simple, easy, and works with your schedule! 

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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


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