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Our Businesses Depend on San Diego Building More Housing

As employees are lured away from the high cost of San Diego, or are pushed into commutes that challenge our environmental goals and impair employees’ quality of life, our region becomes less competitive.

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The following letter was sent Tuesday by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and 100 member businesses to mayors across San Diego County. Voice of San Diego agreed to republish the letter.

Dear mayors across San Diego County,

Voice of San Diego CommentaryWe, the undersigned employers representing hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the San Diego region, write to request your support of additional housing being built here. Housing that is affordable for our employees is a shared top priority, as we recognize that the housing deficit that has resulted in our current housing crisis is dangerous to our ability to retain and attract talent.

The importance of more homes being built cannot be understated. As employees are lured away from the high cost of San Diego, or are pushed into commutes that challenge our environmental goals and impair employees’ quality of life, our region becomes less competitive and we lose the vibrant, productive individuals and families that have much to contribute to our local communities. As employers who are committed to this region, we ask you to urgently and proactively prioritize home-building in your community to ensure that local businesses can retain their valued employees, and so we may continue to invest in the workforce pipelines of the future.

We are confident that our region will build its way out of the housing crisis, and that our workforce will be housed without draining commutes, challenging financial choices or lack of housing options. We are committed to working with you and supporting additional homes being brought to market with the urgency that our current situation demands.

The business community stands ready to help solve our housing crisis and appreciates your leadership.


Jerry Sanders

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce


Nancy Batterman

Employment & Community Options


Marilyn Hannes

SeaWorld San Diego


Chris Van Gorder

Scripps Health


Matthew Boomhower

Southern Cross Property Consultants


Neil Mohr

Republic Services


Salar Baktash

Let’s Insure


Sam Attisha

Cox Communications


Dan Feldman

Sunroad Enterprises


Lisa Kay

Alta Environmental


Bill Earley

West Health


Gabriel Perez Krieb

Chosen Foods


Dina Soliman



Alessandra Lezama



Joe Terzi

San Diego Tourism Authority


Tom Wornham

CalPrivate Bank


Keith B. Jones

Ace Parking


Donna Jones

Law Office of Donna Jones


Rita Brandin

Newland Communities


Ernesto Arredondo

Seacoast Commerce Bank


Neil Hyytinen

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley


Steve South



Shane Beard



Cam Shultz

Fully Promoted


Borre Winckel

San Diego Building Industry Association


Mitch Mitchell

San Diego Gas & Electric Company


Diana Casey

Strauss Limited Partnership


Zach Stevens

Sygnal Systems


Alan Pentico

San Diego County Apartment Association


Patrick Shipley

Lytx Inc.


Ignacio De la Torre



Phil Blair



Jose Cruz

Barrio Logan College Institute


Jonathan Choi



Dimitrios Alexiou

Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties


Michael W. Murphy

Sharp HealthCare


Gilman Bishop

Bishop & Company


Kevin Mooney

General Dynamics NASSCO


Kathleen Strauss

3944 Third Ave. LLC


Adrian LeCesne

Law Office of Adrian LeCesne


Tom Tamar

City Wide Protection Services Inc.


Rikki Schroeder

RMA Consultants


Henry N. Tuttle

Health Center Partners of Southern California


Chris Yanov

Reality Changers


Steve Ruffner

KB Home


Chizuko Sugawara

San Diego Journey Tours Inc.


Joe Panetta



Rhett McMurry

BOTE San Diego


Todd Lane

California Coast Credit Union


Debbie Carreno

360° Painting San Diego


Brian Strauss

Danube Properties Inc.


Don Clauson

Strat Property Management Inc.


Betsy Brennan

Downtown San Diego Partnership


Carlos Arzola

b+c Office Interiors


Carter Davis

Hope Credit


Chris Hammer

Energie Fuel Group LLLP 


Randy Bogle

San Diego Military Advisory Council


Danny Fitzgerald



Jane Finley

Kaiser Permanente


Michael Murphy

American Medical Response


Adam Jones

Retail Habitats


James Lawson

Presidio Public Affairs


Ed Plant

San Diego Refrigerated Services


Paul Hegyi

San Diego County Medical Society


David Leingang

McCain Inc.


Chris Duggan

California Restaurant Association


Connie Kirk

Imperial Beach Clinic


Daniel J. Ryan

Alexandria Real Estate


Scott Suckow

American Liver Foundation, Pacific Coast Division


Dr. Bob Brower

Point Loma Nazarene University


Kusaynyonon Mackenzie

Sophia + Sam LLC


Dr. Rakesh Patel

Neighborhood Health Care


Collin Smith

Cravory Cookies


Uchey Dijeh

California Hepatitis C Task Force


James Cliame

Net Result


Graeme McKenzie

DTOX Republic


Tiffany David

Total People Management


Lidia Martinez

Southwest Airlines


Craig Gavson

Hyginix LLC


Randy Strauss



Ari Isaak

Evari GIS Consulting Inc.


Scott M. McMillin

McMillin LLC


Sharla Mandere

Radiant Sunrise Wellness


Jacqueline Reynoso

National City Chamber of Commerce


Damon Goldstein

Truly Fine Wine/VentureSomm


Patty Maysent

UC San Diego Health


Chancellor Pradeep Khosla

UC San Diego


John Seymour

National Core


Elvin Lai

San Diego Hotel-Motel Association


Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Project Concern International


Dr. David Andrews

National University


Michael Johnson

Carrier Johnson


David Cherashore

Evans Hotels


Jim Schmid

Chelsea Investment Corporation


Teresa Stivers

Walden Family Services


William Short

Labcoat Group


Colin Parent

Circulate San Diego


Mike Asaro



Mary Bixby

San Diego Charter School


Vilavanh Sanginthirath

Innovations City LLC


Dan L. Grabko

Jobtip Inc.



Dennis O’Connor

Thorn St. Brewing


Disclosure: Mitch Mitchell is a member of Voice of San Diego’s board of directors.

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