A delegation of more than 80 San Diego officials opened their annual Sacramento trip Tuesday with sessions focused on housing and local and state responses to recent federal tax reform.
The two-day trip is used by officials to meet with lawmakers in the state Capitol to lobby for legislation and discuss pressing issues. Among those attending are Jerry Sanders, chief executive of the San Diego Regional Chamber, which is sponsoring the trip; City Council members David Alvarez, Barbara Bry, Chris Cate, Myrtle Cole, Mark Kersey, Chris Ward and Lorie Zapf, and representatives from such entities as Cox Communications, Kaiser Permanente, San Diego Gas & Electric and the Port of San Diego.
“San Diego represents an important voice on many of the state’s top issues such as housing, innovation, and goods movement,” Sanders said. “Being so far from Sacramento, legislators don’t often hear about our concerns face-to- face. This trip is key to bringing the expertise of our region’s business and community leaders to state officials so they can hear, in a personal and direct way, how policies have an impact on business growth.”
The trip kicked off Tuesday morning with a discussion on housing issues featuring data reporter Matt Levin of CALmatters and Los Angeles Times journalist Liam Dillon. The group then met with staff from the Senate Government and Finance Committee to discuss the federal tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump in December.
Cole said her top priorities are discussing homelessness, the high cost of housing and the region’s growing infrastructure needs with leaders in Sacramento.
The delegation will attend a housing panel discussion featuring Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, and state housing officials. Tthe group will also meet with Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego, to discuss health care, homelessness and mental health.
Cate plans to meet with officials from the Department of Water Resources to discuss plans to combat long-term drought, potable water reuse and the city’s recent water billing issues, according to his office.
Zapf hopes to schedule a meeting to discuss the recent problems at the Point Loma Recycling Center.
Other planned session topics include self-driving vehicles with state transportation officials and General Motors leaders; climate change; improving international trade; innovation; and the 2018 political landscape.
–City News Service
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