The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is open to new taxes and fees for transportation and is supportive of state Sen. Toni Atkins’ plan to create a permanent source of money for affordable housing.
The Chamber took a delegation of about 80 San Diego business leaders and politicians, including seven of the nine San Diego City Council members, to Sacramento this week to lobby and learn.
Some of the Chamber’s positions seem relatively unusual for a business group, like its openness to new taxes for transit. But the support of affordable housing and transportation comes because of high housing prices, which hurts area businesses when they go to recruit employees; and deteriorating road conditions, as well as congestion, which also hurts recruitment and makes it harder to move goods.
“It’s time to make sure that our businesses are in a state that has the basic infrastructure for them to carry out their business functions and for their employees to enjoy a moderately nice quality of life,” said Stefanie Benvenuto, the Chamber’s public policy manager.
The Chamber also doesn’t want to see the Affordable Care Act go away unless there’s a plan to replace it with something else. That’s largely a federal issue, but California politicians are the forefront of fighting the Trump administration’s plans to roll back the law, which has provided more money to help insure low-income Californians.
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What a bunch of B.S.
The need for more water storage or flood control is not new in California.
neither are droughts and floods.
The only climate reality in California is the lack of planning and action to address the water cycles and water needs in California.
@Mark Giffin -- The water system also wasn't built for the current state population that is approaching 40 million.