California State Capitol
The California State Capitol in Sacramento. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce will lead a delegation of more than 80 business, community and elected officials to the state capital in Sacramento this week to advocate for legislation benefiting the San Diego region.

The annual two-day event begins Tuesday at noon. Meetings are scheduled with Sen. Toni Atkins, gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa, and Natural Resources Secretary John Laird, among other state officials.

“San Diego represents an important voice on many of the state’s top issues such as housing, innovation, and goods movement,” said Jerry Sanders, president and CEO of the chamber. “Yet, San Diego being so far from Sacramento, legislators don’t often hear about our concerns face-to-face.”

Joining chamber members will be San Diego City Councilmembers David Alvarez, Barbara Bry, Chris Cate, Myrtle Cole, Mark Kersey, Chris Ward and Lorie Zapf.

The chamber said its policy priorities this year include housing affordability, transportation funding, addressing climate change, water supply, international trade and the 2018 political landscape.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.