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.
North San Diego Business Chamber's Advisory Councils provide a forum for Chamber Members to participate in the dialogue and direction of the region through action. The Advisory Council structure is designed to provide each Member an opportunity to have their voice heard. Each Council has 20-25 seated members and all meetings are open to Chamber Members to attend. For more information on how to get involved or if you have any questions, please contact Sophia Hernandez.
Below is a list of all of the Advisory Councils and their meeting schedules. All meetings run from 8:00 am - 9:00 am with networking at 7:45 am. Please click on the Council name for more details and to register to attend a meeting.
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In order to vote you must be:
- A United States Citizen and a resident of California
- 18 years or older on Election Day
- Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony (for more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, please see the Secretary of State's Voting Rights: Persons with a Criminal History)
- Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court (for more information, please see Voting Rights: Persons Subject to Conservatorship).
More important voting information
A simple phone call, email, or letter to an Elected Office has a powerful impact on influencing how your legislators view different issues. Especially if you can coordinate an advocacy campaign with other business leaders and community members. Creating a group of people advocating on the same issue is an excellent way to create a voice for your community.
Tips for effective communication
- Clearly identify yourself as a constituent and business owner or community member in their district
- Be concise and to the point
- Make your communication personalized, let them know how this bill will affect your business and life
- Clearly let the Elected Official know if you support or oppose the legislation
- If you write a letter use your letterhead, personally sign it, and leave your contact information
- Refer to the specific Bill number
What YOUR Chamber Has Done For You
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.
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.
Economic Development & Advocacy Advisory Council voted to oppose AB 1228, which would establish joint liability between fast food franchisors and local franchisees.
Military Affairs Advisory Council voted to support AB 46 which would exempt military retirees’ service pensions from California income taxes.
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.
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 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
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.
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 Maryott. Rep Mike Levin was invited but was unable to attend.
Chamber hosted a Candidate Conversation for the San Diego County District 5 race featuring Supervisor Jim Desmond. Tiffany Boyd-Hodgson was invited but was unable to attend.
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.
Chamber signed on to an AB 107 Support Letter with Senator Bob Archuleta and Senator Shannon Grove. AB 107 will push CA into the “green” category, which will facilitate military spouse employment through facilitating temporary licenses for veteran and military spouses.
Chamber signed on to a S. 2992 and S. 2710 Opposition Letter with the US Chamber. S. 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Chamber testified in front of County Board of Supervisors with the real impacts of COVID-19
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 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.
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.