San Diego Business Journal

Officials, Business Leaders Go to Washington, D.C., to ‘Lobby’ for Local Issues, Concerns

Thursday, September 26, 2013

About 100 local business executives and elected officials are visiting San Diego’s congressional representatives and other Washington, D.C., offices Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, led by acting Mayor Todd Gloria and Jerry Sanders, the city’s former mayor and current CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The goal of the trip is to inform and educate federal officials and lawmakers about the important issues facing the San Diego region. Among the key issues are health care reform, defense, cross-border commerce, immigration reform, water and energy reliability, and transportation, the chamber said.

Among the local delegates committed to the trip are state Sen. Marty Block; Supervisor Dave Roberts; San Diego Councilmembers Mark Kersey and Lorie Zapf; Chula Vista Councilman Rudy Ramirez; SDG&E executive Mike Niggli, SDSU President Elliot Hirshman; and Mark Cafferty, CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.

— SDBJ Staff Report