The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors took official positions today on several issues, including state Propositions 98 and 99, and local Propositions A, B and C in the City of San Diego.
The Board took a position of opposition on Propositions 98 and 99. Proposition 98 would amend the state constitution to prohibit the government from taking private property and turning it over to another private party for any purpose, and would also prevent rent control laws from being passed. Proposition 99 would amend the state constitution to prohibit the government from taking the home of an owner who has lived there for at least one year and turning it over to a private person or organization, unless it is for the purpose of protecting public health and safety or for public uses like schools, roads or parks.
The Board voted to support City of San Diego Propositions A, B and C. Proposition A would amend the City Charter to exempt the public safety services provided by policy officers, firefighters and lifeguards who participate in the City's Safety Retirement System from the managed competition process. Proposition B would require the City Council to submit Charter amendments that would make the Strong Mayor form of government permanent to voters at the June 2010 election. Proposition C would amend the Charter to establish the positions, roles and responsibilities of Chief Financial Officer, City Auditor and Independent Budget Analyst, modify the City Treasurer appointment process, and create an Audit Committee.
The Board also voted in support of the Sycamore Landfill Master Plan Development and EIR. Allied Waste is planning to expand the landfill to increase its disposal capacity for at least 15 additional years. This would result in an increase in municipal solid waste (MSW) capacity from approximately 71 million cubic yards under the current plan, to 151 million cubic yards.
Founded in 1870, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization with the goal of promoting the business interests of its more than 3,000 member companies, while increasing the international region's prosperity.