San Diego Regional Chamber



Dec 9, 2015
Holiday Reception at Hotel Del Coronado


Jan 14, 2016
Cross-Border Leadership Luncheon, sponsored by Bank of America
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Jan 28, 2015
145th Anniversary Celebration
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Paola Avila
Vice President, International Business Affairs


Chanelle Hawken
Vice President,
Public Policy


Sean Karafin
Executive Director,
Policy & Economic Research


Stefanie Benvenuto
Policy Analyst


Mayra Vazquez
International Business Affairs Coordinator


Sophie Barnhorst
Policy Assistant

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November 13, 2015


San Diego Chamber Releases Housing Study

In partnership with Gary London of The London Group, the Chamber released a study detailing the consequences of San Diego’s housing crisis. Among the various findings, the study discovered that San Diego only produces 64 percent of the single-family homes and 44 percent of multi-family homes required to meet anticipated population growth.

Read more here.


Covered California and CaliforniaChoice to Implement Expansion of “Small Business” Definition

Last month, President Obama signed legislation into law that stopped an Affordable Care Act provision which would have changed the definition of small business from 50 or fewer employees to 100 or fewer. Covered California and the private insurance exchange, CaliforniaChoice, however, plan to move forward with the new expansion.

What this means for you: If your business employs 100 or fewer people, you must provide employee health plans as offered by the small-group insurance market by January 1, 2016.

Read more here.


Congressional Life Science Caucus Approved

Last month, the House Administration Committee officially approved the Congressional Life Science Caucus. The forum, which was co-founded by Congressmen Scott Peters and Leonard Lance, will discuss issues relevant to the life sciences, such as funding biomedical research, promoting STEM education, protecting innovation, and others.

Read the full press release here.


Service Opportunity: Give Back to The Veteran Community

Vets’ Community Connections is in need of volunteers to offer professional services, guidance, or friendly suggestions to veterans transitioning to civilian life.

How it works: Veterans, active duty members, or spouses will call a number to get connected to a volunteer who will answer questions or refer them to an appropriate community member via email or phone. The process is simple, easy, and fits with your schedule.

To apply, visit


Apply to the Chamber’s Veterans Honor Roll


The Chamber has launched a new initiative, called the Veterans Honor Roll, designed to expand business engagement in the veteran community and encourage the hiring of veterans and military spouses. Members with veteran employees are encouraged to apply and once admitted will receive special recognition from the Chamber.

For more information, click here.



ACTION ALERT: Urge Congress to Approve Trans-Pacific Partnership

Last week, the Trans-Pacific Partnership was officially released for public review. As a strong proponent of the trade agreement, the Chamber released a statement making a case for congressional approval. A vote by Congress is expected in the first quarter of 2016.

We strongly encourage you to take a moment to learn more about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership will significantly benefit our national economy. To sign on to an open letter of support, please contact Chamber staff.


POLICY WIN: Congress Reauthorizes Ex-Im Bank

Last month, Congress voted to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) which expired in June. The Ex-Im Bank levels the playing field for San Diego businesses in the global marketplace by enabling both large and small companies to sell their products around the world. This creates jobs and contributes to a strong local economy. Because of the Ex-Im Bank's reauthorization, small businesses looking to expand their global reach are poised to benefit significantly. In San Diego County, the Bank has supported $2.8 billion in exports by 107 exporters, 80 percent of which are small businesses.

The San Diego Regional Chamber applauds our San Diego Congressmembers, Rep. Susan Davis, Rep. Duncan Hunter, Rep. Darrell Issa, Rep. Scott Peters, and Rep. Juan Vargas as well as other members of the California congressional delegation and members of Congress for effectively representing the border and supporting the future of San Diego business.


Jerry Sanders and Cross Border Xpress Featured in The Washington Post


While the national debate on immigration has continued to exude a negative tone, The Washington Post recently featured an article detailing San Diego's successful leadership to enhance cross-border commerce. In particular, the Cross-Border Xpress facility - a new pedestrian skybridge connecting San Diego to Tijuana's international airport - and Chamber President & CEO Jerry Sanders have been credited as two examples that set our region apart.

The Cross Border Xpress is scheduled to open in December; access will soon be available for purchase on their website.


President Obama's Nomination for Mexico Ambassador Moves Forward


Tuesday morning, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to approve President Obama’s nomination of Roberta Jacobson as the next U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Jacobson currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and was previously Deputy Assistant Secretary for Canada, Mexico and NAFTA issues.

Jacobson must be approved by the full Senate before taking office in Mexico City.


San Ysidro Pedestrian Crossing Closed For Construction

Throughout November, the City of Tijuana will continue construction on the Northbound San Ysidro Port of Entry, causing temporary closures at Paseo Centenario and the Puente Frontera return bridge. The Padre Kino extension is still accessible to travelers.

Read the full press release here (Spanish).


Desert Line Reconstruction Continues

Last month, the Pacific Imperial Railroad announced a majority ownership transfer to New York conglomerate, Conatus Capital Group, and the appointment of its newest President & CEO, Arturo Alemany. As a result, the Desert Line, a 70.4 mile radius connecting the Mexico/California border to the Union Pacific Railroad in Plaster City, is able to advance its reconstruction plan.

Read the full story here.


Positions Open at U.S. Customs & Border Protection

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department currently has hundreds of local job openings for Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPO) and Border Patrol Agents (BPA). This is an excellent opportunity for both veterans and active duty personnel who are approaching the end of their service. To apply, visit the Careers page on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.


Partner Events

+ CANACINTRA Golf Tournament - 11/20

+ Free Mental Health First Aid Training - Ongoing

+ U.S. Customs & Border Protection Now Hiring - Ongoing



As the voice of the region’s business community, the San Diego Regional Chamber is the leading advocate on critical business issues, and is fighting to make San Diego the best place in California to do business.



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