Rarely, if ever, has the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce butted heads with Mayor Jerry Sanders. But every indication from the Chamber is that it will oppose Proposition D, the Sanders-championed sales tax and financial reform ballot measure. The Chamber could make its decision as soon as tomorrow.
Sanders’ close ties with the business community has been one of his administration’s hallmarks. He’s even formed a network of business leaders to help push his agenda.
A Chamber rebuke of Prop. D would represent a sharp break from the organization’s support of Sanders’ efforts at financial reform. The mayor has said Prop. D would “clear the final obstacles” to implementing his fiscal agenda.
Last month, Ruben Barrales, the Chamber’s CEO, told me he couldn’t “think of anyone who has actually delivered more in terms of fiscal reform” than the mayor.