In the last year, SDG&E’s business customers have seen rate increases up to 24 percent. That’s not fair. But the ultimate decision on setting energy rates lies with state policymakers and regulators.
No, San Diego companies aren’t facing the apocalypse. But some of the concerns they raise can make it sound like it’s the end of the world. Watch this week’s San Diego Explained for an overview of the biggest challenges they’re confronting.
As we wrap our quest to determine what factors are holding back local businesses, we’re adding one more to the list: Businesses’ own reluctance to talk openly about the challenges they face.
As we wrap up our effort to understand what is really holding back business investment in San Diego, costs like our very high electricity bills are at the forefront.
California is in a tough spot: Even as it expresses eagerness to grow manufacturing, the tax climate gives nearby states an opening to poach local companies.
Many San Diego companies pay their workers significantly more than they might elsewhere so their employees can afford housing and other expenses that are disproportionately high here.
California’s high workers’ compensation costs can shape San Diego companies’ decisions to hire or hand out raises.
When San Diego businesses cry foul over the local business climate, this is what they’re talking about.
San Diego’s business community got its way a lot in 2014.
The California Environmental Quality Act has become a tool for groups to delay or kill a project – even if their beef doesn’t have anything to do with the environment.