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.