Standing Up for Business

North San Diego Business Chamber serves as a lead advocate for business issues and works to create a business-friendly environment for our region – representing the interest of business on a local, state and federal level.

The Chamber monitors legislation and works closely with local city councils, state officials and congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. to ensure that interests of the business community are well-represented in public policy decisions.

We encourage members and community residents to exercise their right to vote and get involved with the below initiatives facilitated by the Chamber.

Creating Positive Change in San Diego Starts with You

Make Your Voice Heard

North San Diego Business Chamber has designed the following tool kit to serve as a resource to allow your voice to be heard, become educated and take a stance on issues facing the region.

What YOUR Chamber Has Done For You

June 2024

The Chamber Economic Development & Advocacy Advisory Council sent a letter to local San Diego Delegates in opposition to the proposed California Ballot Initiative on Local Rent Control.

The Chamber sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation in enthusiastic support of the application of Alaska Airlines to initiate nonstop air service between San Diego International Airport (SAN) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA or Reagan National).

May 2024

The Chamber signed on to the CalChamber letter to the Governor's Office requesting a modified implementation of Senate Bill No. 253, as its current climate reporting requirements will add substantial cost to doing business in California, specifically to small business.

The Chamber sent a letter to Members of the California Assembly Appropriations Committee in opposition to Assembly Bill No. 2751, which seeks to prohibit public and private California employers from contacting employees outside standard working hours.

The Chamber signed on to the U.S. Chamber Letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging a delay in implementation of the recently announced ban on non-compete agreements.

The Chamber signed on to the U.S. Chamber Letter to the House of Representatives Urging Support of the Prove It Act (H.R. 7198), which calls to bring more transparency to the true costs of red tape on America’s innovators, job creators, and community builders.

The Chamber sent a letter calling for a review of the looming July 1, 2024 2-cent Gas Tax increase to the California State Legislature.

April 2024

The Economic Development & Advocacy Advisory Council voted to support the 2024 Paga Reform Ballot Proposition in its letter of support in order to establish a more efficient and effective framework for resolving labor disputes.

The Chamber signed on to the U.S. Chamber Letter to the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees in support of increased funding for the EPA’s implementation of the Border Water Improvement Plan (BWIP), which funds critical drinking water and wastewater projects in the border region that would otherwise be financial unfeasible for local governments.

 

The Chamber signed on to the U.S. Chamber Letter Opposing the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) proposed In-Use Locomotive Regulation.

March 2024

Chamber signed on to the U.S. Chamber coalition letter urging Congress to fund broadband affordability through the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).  Affordability is a major barrier to internet adoption.  To remedy this, Congress created ACP to assist purchasing broadband internet.  To date, more than 23 million households are in the ACP program.  However, due to a lack of funding, the program is slated to end by the end of April, which puts millions of Americans at risk of losing internet service.

February 2024

Chamber wrote a letter to Members of the San Diego City Council in strong opposition of the San Diego Housing Federation’s Proposed Ballot Measure titled: Homes For San Diegans.

Economic Development & Advocacy Advisory Council voted to oppose the San Diego Housing Federation’s Proposed Ballot Measure titled: Homes For San Diegans.

November 2023

Chamber wrote a letter to California State Assemblymembers and Senators in support of the U.S. Chamber Open Letter on Artificial Intelligence to State Leaders

Cyber-Tech Advisory Council voted to sign on to the U.S. Chamber Open Letter on Artificial Intelligence to State Leaders.

September 2023

Chamber wrote a letter to California State Assemblymembers in strong opposition of SB 799, Unemployment insurance: trade disputes: eligibility for benefits.

Economic Development & Advocacy Advisory Council voted to oppose SB 799, which would allow workers involved in a trade dispute to collect unemployment insurance (UI) benefits after a two-week waiting period.

August 2023

Chamber wrote a letter to California State Senators and Assemblymembers in strong support of AB 46, Military Services Retirement and Surviving Spouse Benefit Payment Act.

July 2023

Chamber wrote a letter to California State Assemblymembers in strong opposition of SB 525, Minimum Wage: Health Care Workers.

Health Advisory Council voted to oppose SB 525, which would increase the minimum wage to $21.00 per hour by June 1, 2024, and $25.00 per hour by June 1, 2025, for healthcare workers.

Chamber wrote a letter to California State Senators and Assemblymembers in strong opposition of AB 1228, the Fast-Food Franchisor Responsibility Act.

Economic Development & Advocacy Advisory Council voted to oppose AB 1228, which would establish joint liability between fast food franchisors and local franchisees.

June 2023

Military Affairs Advisory Council voted to support AB 46 which would exempt military retirees’ service pensions from California income taxes.

May 2023

The Economic Development & Advocacy Advisory Council Sacramento Delegation Trip initiative was a unique opportunity for San Diego business leaders to collaborate and voice their needs to Sacramento legislators and policy officials.

April 2023

Chamber wrote a letter to San Diego County Board of Supervisors strongly requesting a reconsideration of the candidate for the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and restart the hiring process.

March 2023

Chamber signed on to a SB 253 Opposition Letter with the California Chamber of Commerce which will require CARB adopt a regulatory framework that would require a business entity to report their GHG emissions data throughout their supply chain – regardless of market segment or location.

Chamber signed on to a SB 261 Opposition Letter with the California Chamber of Commerce which will require that business entities report on their climate-related risks and also report on measures being undertaken to reduce the risk associated with their climate related risk disclosure.

Chamber signed on to a SB 703 Support Letter with the California Chamber of Commerce which will allow employee-selected flexible work schedules.

Chamber signed on to a SB 592 Support Letter with the California Chamber of Commerce which will bolster labor law compliance by requiring the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) to translate its website, in its entirety, into the languages most spoken by Californians.

Chamber signed on to a AB 524 Opposition Letter with the California Chamber of Commerce which creates a broad new protected class under FEHA: employees with family caregiver status. This broad group would include any employee who “contributes” to the care of any person of their choosing. This would encompass essentially every worker and creates an automatic basis for an individual in that new classification to challenge any adverse employment action, opening up a floodgate of litigation

November 2022

Chamber signed on to a broad stakeholder letter urging Congress to extend the Telehealth provision that provides employers the flexibility to offer their employees with a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) paired with a Health Savings Account (HSA) access to telehealth services pre-deductible. 

October 2022

Chamber Opposes City of San Diego Measure B - Solid Waste Management System on the November ballot.

Chamber Opposes City of San Diego Measure D - Project Labor Agreements on City Construction Projects on the November ballot.

Chamber hosted a Candidate Conversation for the 49th Congressional District race featuring candidate Brian MaryottRep Mike Levin was invited but was unable to attend. 

September 2022

Chamber hosted a Candidate Conversation for the San Diego County District 5 race featuring Supervisor Jim DesmondTiffany Boyd-Hodgson was invited but was unable to attend. 

August 2022

Chamber signed on to a U.S. Chamber Coalition Letter Opposing the Inflation Reduction Act. The Inflation Reduction Act would discourage investment and undermine economic growth and price controls that would limit American innovation. 

Military Affairs Advisory Council voted to support AB 1692 which would require CalVet to conduct a study on female veterans.

Letter in support of The Arc of San Diego’s application to the Department of Developmental Services Employment for grant funding. 

July 2022

Chamber signed on to an AB 107 Support Letter with Senator Bob Archuleta and Senator Shannon GroveAB 107 will push CA into the “green” category, which will facilitate military spouse employment through facilitating temporary licenses for veteran and military spouses. 

June 2022

Chamber signed on to a S. 2992 and S. 2710 Opposition Letter with the US ChamberS. 2992 “American Innovation and Choice Online Act” and S. 2710 “ Open App Markets Act” would have fundamentally rewritten America’s antitrust laws to protect competitors rather than consumers. 

April 2022

July 2021

Chamber hosted an Economic Development Meeting and invited SANDAG to present their update Regional Plan and gave members the opportunity to share their feedback.

June 2021

Chamber wrote a Support Letter for AB 107 which would expand veteran and military spouse temporary license accessibility. Coordinated support letter campaign with Military Affairs Advisory Council.

May 2021

Chamber wrote a Support Letter for the McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan Update which was originally approved by the County Board of Supervisors in 2018. Letter was featured during the May 5 Board of Supervisor's meeting.

Chamber created a Support Letter Campaign for AB 593 which would help fuel growth for Life Science Companies in California for the tax years of 2021 and 2022.

Chamber signed onto an AB 1041 Opposition Letter with the California Chamber of Commerce which which will significantly expand the California Family Rights Act.

Chamber President & CEO Debra Rosen and Sr. Manager of Economic Development & Advocacy Dylan Fisher provided testimony during City of Carlsbad City Council meeting encouraging the City to revisit tax policy that would negatively impact Carlsbad businesses.

Chamber sent out an e-blast educating members and public of AB 1139 that was quickly moving through the Assembly. AB 1139 would retroactively reduce the “grandfathering” of the Net Metering Agreements to 10-years from the original solar installation date.

April 2021

Emerging Leaders created a Support Letter Campaign for The Trails Housing Project in Carmel Mountain Ranch. The Trails would create 1,200 new residential units in a high employment area that would be affordable for young families and emerging leaders.

Chamber signed onto an AB 61 Coalition Support Letter which supports restaurants impacted by COVID-19 by providing temporary regulatory flexibility.

Chamber wrote an Official Inquisition Letter for the California Relief Grant Fund requesting the exact criteria for awarding funds was shared. Letter was sent to all local Elected Officials at the state level.

March 2021

Chamber signed onto a AB 1119 Opposition Letter with the California Chamber of Commerce which adds to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), harming small businesses.

Chamber signed onto a AB 95 Opposition Letter with the California Chamber of Commerce. AB 95 will create increased leave benefits harming small businesses.

Chamber signed onto a AB 1041 Opposition Letter with the California Chamber of Commerce. AB 1041 will significantly expand the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and paid sick leave.

Chamber signed onto a AB 62 Support Letter with the California Chamber of Commerce. AB 62 will facilitate and assist with California’s economic recovery by providing a tax credit for struggling businesses seeking to comply with costly new COVID-19 regulations.

Chamber created and coordinated a H.R. 842 Opposition Letter Campaign with the US Chamber. H.R. 842 or the PRO Act would rewrite American labor policy through many harmful provisions listed in the letter linked here.

Chamber created a Support Letter Campaign for The Trails Housing Project in Carmel Mountain Ranch. The Trails would create 1,200 new residential units in a high employment area that would be affordable for young families and emerging leaders.

Chamber created a Support Letter Campaign for Brewers in San Diego. All letters were directed to the San Diego County Supervisors requesting support for the brewing industry through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

February 2021

Chamber created and sent a letter to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors respectfully requesting the reclassification of Law Enforcement Personnel for the COVID-19 vaccine. We encouraged members to sign onto the letter and received 169 signatures.

Chamber signed onto a SB 74 Support Letter through the California Chamber of Commerce. SB 84 will facilitate and assist with California's economic recovery.

Chamber signed onto a AB 84/SB 95 Opposition Letter through the California Chamber of Commerce. AB 84/SB 95 would mandate that all public and private California employers provide more paid leave for employees.

January 2021

Chamber signed onto a COVID-19 Liability Protections Coalition Letter through the U.S. Chamber. The letter urged Congress to provide critical COVID-19 liability protections that would help safeguard educational institutions, healthcare providers, businesses and non-profit organizations from unfair lawsuits.

December 2020

In coordination with other North County Chambers the NSDBC signed onto a Save Small Business Coalition Letter urging local elected officials to push back on state policies regarding mandated business closures.

Phone conversations with several local elected officials about the Save Small Business Coalition Letter.

Organized an email campaign for individuals to voice their support of small businesses directly with elected officials

Ocotber 2020

Chamber hosted a Candidate Forum for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 3 race featuring candidates Kristin Gaspar and Terra Lawson-Remer.

Chamber hosted a Candidate Forum for the San Diego Mayoral race  featuring candidates Barbara Bry and Todd Gloria.

Chamber hosted a Candidate Forum for 50th Congressional District race  featuring candidates Ammar Campa-Najjar and Darrell Issa

Chamber hosted a Meet the Candidate Forum for the San Diego City Council District 5 Race featuring candidate Joe Leventhal

Chamber signed coalition letter in support of Proposition 22 (App Based Drivers as Contractors) which would allow app-based drivers to be designated as independent contractors.

September 2020

Chamber Supports Proposition 22 - App Based Drivers as Contractors.

Created editorial educating members and public of the Real Impact of Proposition 15 on November Ballot

Legislative Positions Guide for November 2020 election.

Chamber President & CEO Debra Rosen provided testimony during County Board of Supervisors meeting encouraging them to not reclose businesses again.

Chamber organized Emerging Leaders Testimony in support of Alante Housing Project in front of San Diego City Council.

Organized letters of support for HR2326 (Mil Transition Program Improvement) which creates increased accountability for transition service programs and a grant program for transition service hubs that offer multiple services.

August 2020

Chamber Supports Measure P on the City of Poway November ballot. The Farm in Poway is a housing development proposed at the site of a former country club.

Chamber President & CEO Debra Rosen provided testimony during County Board of Supervisors meeting several times encouraging local officials to continue allowing local businesses to open

Organized Chamber members to testify at County Board of Supervisors meetings to advocate on behalf of business.

July 2020

Emerging Leaders Advisory Council began a letter campaign in support of Alante Housing project

Signed Coalition letters in opposition of Proposition 15 (Split Roll) & Proposition 21 (Rent Control)

Chamber testified in front of County Board of Supervisors with the real impacts of COVID-19

Chamber Opposes Proposition 15 on the November ballot which proposes property tax increase on commercial properties.

Chamber Opposes Proposition 21 on the November ballot which would grant local governments ability to enact rent control.

Organized letters of support for AB 2549 (Department of Consumer Affairs: temporary licenses) allowing an out-of-state licensed applicant in good standing who is married to, or in a domestic partnership or other legal union with, an active duty member of the Armed Forces to receive expedited, temporary authorization to practice while meeting state-specific requirements.

Organized letters of support for AB 3045 which would provide a temporary license for veterans and military spouses when moving into California.

Organized Emerging Leaders Testimony in support of Alante Housing Project in front of San Diego Planning Commission

June 2020

Letter to Governor Newsom and San Diego elected officials urging him to reopen Lodging and Attractions in San Diego.

Letter in support of SB 878 from Senator Jones office which will increase transparency at the Department on Consumer Affairs.

In partnership with the California Chamber of Commerce - sent letter in of Opposition of AB 398 - Employee Headcount Tax. Bill would create a statewide tax on jobs by imposing a new “headcount” tax on California employers who have more than 500 employees. The tax rate would be $275 per employee.

May 2020

Letter of opposition to Governor Newsom in opposition of an expansion in the ability of workers to file for worker’ compensation claims in CA that may or may not be related to COVID-19.

Letter to Governor Newsom urging him to grant local control to reopen San Diego Businesses

  • Over 900 Letters sent by Chambers & local businesses
  • Local control granted within 2 weeks of letter campaign

Economic Development & Advocacy Advisory Council began a letter campaign in support of Alante Housing project

Email campaign in coordination with Cal Chamber to local elected officials requesting they oppose expanding a mandatory 12 week leave of absence for small businesses and up to 24 weeks for large businesses (50 or more employees)

Opposition email campaign to possible Emergency Order that would expand Workers Comp claims to those that may or may not be related to COVID-19.

In partnership with the California Chamber of Commerce - sent letter in opposition of SB 950 - California Environmental Quality Act. Proposes to expand the California Environmental Quality Act’s (CEQA) patchwork of existing requirements with costly new mandates

In partnership with the California Chamber of Commerce - sent letter in of Support of SB 806 – Worker Status: Employees: Independent Contractors Support. Would amend the ABC test of AB-5 and give more flexibility to those who would prefer to be considered independent contractors

April 2020

Hosted Resource Forum for businesses with local partners, the City and County of San Diego, the Small Business Development Center, San Diego Workforce Partnership, Office of Congressman Scott Peters

Sent a Chamber Coalition letter to all San Diego Assemblymembers and Senators to urge Gov. Newsom to allow more businesses to open in compliance with State requirements

Embarked on two separate email campaigns in coordination with County Supervisor's Jim Desmond and Kristin Gaspar to collect information that will allow them to lobby for opening business sooner

Created virtual resource center to provide aid to San Diego businesses and individuals out of work.

Created Open for Business page on Chamber site that featured over 260 members and 100+ non-members to help generate business for open organizations

Letter to the Federal Reserve urging for less stringent PPP requirements to allow more Non-Profits and other businesses to apply for funds

In partnership with the California Chamber of Commerce - sent letter in opposition of AB 828 - Unlawful Detainer Moratorium. Would force a 25% reduction in rents due to COVID-19.

In partnership with the California Chamber of Commerce - sent letter in opposition of AB 2843 - Local Employer Affordable Housing Fees. Would require a city, county, or city and county to impose an annual tax of up to $150 per employee on all applicants for a local business license, unless they have 50 or fewer employees.

In partnership with the California Chamber of Commerce - sent a response to California Labor Federation Letter - Cal Labor Fed sent a letter to Gov. Newsom that CA businesses should be the safety net to mitigate COVID outcomes. This letter explained why businesses cannot support a new employer-financed safety net.

March 2020

Chamber President & CEO Debra Rosen appointed to County of San Diego Responsible COVID-19 Economic Reopening (RECOVER) Advisory Group.

April 2020 Property Tax Deadline - The Chamber organized a campaign to urge San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister to waive late fees, fines, penalties, and interest for 90 days. This would provide some relief to a number of individuals who have recently lost employment due to the onset of COVID-19.

Phone conversations with County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister to discuss the property tax deadline and the impact on individuals.

Sent letter to County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister to urge him to waive late fees, fines, penalties, and interest for 90 days in preparation for the April property tax deadline. The Chamber coordinated with several Chambers of Commerce and collected 896 signatures.

Organized an email campaign for individuals to voice their support of waiving late fees directly to McAllister.

February 2020

Legislative Positions Guide for March 2020 Primary

Chamber Opposes County of San Diego Measure A - Voter Approval for Land Use Amendments to County General Plan (Save Our San Diego Countryside)

Chamber Supports County of San Diego Measure B - General Plan Amendments for Newland Sierra Project (Better Choice)