The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce announced today that it will be endorsing a slew of local, state and federal initiatives, some of which are found on the Nov. 7 ballot.

The business group will endorse both of Mayor Jerry Sanders’ ballot proposals, known as Propositions B and C in the November election. Sanders wants to require a citywide vote on any pension benefit increase, excluding cost-of-living adjustments, and allow private businesses to compete with public employees for the chance to perform city services.

The chamber is also backing developer Doug Manchester’s proposal to redevelop the Navy Broadway Complex. The city’s downtown planning board will likely make a decision on those plans in September. The Pentagon must sign off on the deal, which provides the Navy a free office building and Manchester the opportunity to build hotels and retail space, by Jan. 1. If the deadline is missed, the waterfront property is sent to closed down via the BRAC process.

The state propositions dealing with levying a $2.60-per-pack tobacco tax to raise money for health programs and borrowing for infrastructure improvements also garnered the chamber’s endorsement. In addition, the business group supported the Senate’s immigration bill, which has been touted as more moderate toward illegal immigrants than the bill passed by the House.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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