The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Says We Need More Housing Now!

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.

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,

We, 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, 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.


Haley Munro