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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.

Sincerely,

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

DeVry

 

Alessandra Lezama

AbacusNext

 

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

EDCO

 

Shane Beard

FastSigns

 

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

AT&T

 

Phil Blair

Manpower

 

Jose Cruz

Barrio Logan College Institute

 

Jonathan Choi

Dart

 

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

BIOCOM

 

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

ENDEAVOR

 

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

SK4 LLC

 

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

Delawie

 

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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