by Mike Torti of C&M Motors, Inc.
Something amazing is brewing in San Diego, and not a new craft beer this time: our city officials are proposing a ban on certain single-use plastics that include expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers.
Which means that we’re all likely to hear confusing thoughts about this topic in the weeks to come, especially from groups who’ll make it sound like a death sentence for businesses and consumers. Seeing as I’m both in business and spend the bulk of my free time chairing the San Diego chapter of Surfrider Foundation, I feel well positioned to provide this primer on why banning styrofoam plates and single-use plastic utensils is good for all of us in San Diego. Continue reading “The business case for a ban on (certain) single-use plastics”
By: Vilavanh Sanginthirath, CEO of Innovations City
After 17 years, small business owners are working directly with the City to create the right kinds of supports to help us grow. Spoiler alert: it’s how the City can invest $57,000 in small businesses instead of a large grocery chain, so keep reading…
Engaged. Excited. Empowered.
Those were some of my emotions as I was listening to each speaker and waiting for my turn to make public comments at the last City Council meeting on this topic. Or, for the fact-checkers out there, the city council’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations committee – ED&IR, for those in the know.
Continue reading “Figuring out Council Policy 900-12”
By Beth Gutierrez, Owner, Joy Culture Events
I’m a crier. Always have been. I’m a serious empathizer, easily moved. So, it should not have surprised me in the least that the March for Our Lives was a rollercoaster of emotions considering the matter at hand. And yet.
Continue reading “We Marched for Our Lives – What Now?”
Wondering what we’ve been working on during the last month? Follow each committee’s efforts to move its issues and priorities forward in San Diego:
Continue reading “February Policy Updates”
It’s no secret that we shamelessly believe all our members are the best at their craft. Call that sort of bias an occupational hazard if you want. But when our immigration committee wanted to refresh a poster campaign that lets businesses send a simple message loud and clear – We Welcome You – we turned to the team at Four Fin Creative for help, guidance and inspiration. We are not only thrilled at the result and the sheer brilliance of every concept they presented, but also proud to showcase the people with the skill and talent: Jen Derks, Jess Winet and Kendall Lord!
Continue reading “Making #WeWelcomeYou happen: Meet Four Fin Creative”
The mood was instantly productive when a group of Business For Good members sat down with new California Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins on January 19. It helps when these small business owners have been part of the Senator’s in-district life for a few years now: her 2017 small business of the year winner Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant; The Rose Wine Bar; Diamond & Branch; and The Moore Firm have all regularly crossed paths with Sen. Atkins in the community for a while now.
Continue reading “About single payer healthcare”
Why San Diego should support energy choice
The UT published our Board President Mikey Knab’s Op-Ed on Community Choice Energy. Please share it in your feeds with some comments showing support if you’re so inclined. Continue reading “Why San Diego should support energy choice – The San Diego Union-Tribune”
Not Adding Up
A large company like SDG&E can afford to stall the process and play the waiting game. Even when the numbers don’t add up.
Continue reading “SDG&E asks San Diego to make decision on competing green power proposals by 2019 – The San Diego Union-Tribune”
Why we support community choice energy
Check out this awesome opinion piece by Kinsee in Voice of SD. It mentions BFG and links to our letter to the mayor about CCE. It’s also co-signed by Councilmember Bry. This is us, accomplishing our goals – both policy and public narrative – of the voice of business in San Diego. You should all be very proud.
Continue reading “Community Choice Is Key to Meeting Climate Plan’s Ambitious Goals — Voice of San Diego”
On single-payer health
A really thoughtful overview of the things we’re looking into, as we work with one of this bill’s authors (CA State Senator Toni Atkins of San Diego) to decide where we stand on it…
Continue reading “Key Questions When Considering a State-Based, Single-Payer System in California – CHCF.org”