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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 Commentary

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


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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