The heated debate over the encroachment of housing on industrial land resulted in an unprecedented turnout to this year’s election of the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.
When the smoke cleared, most of the residential developer candidates trailed the 12 winners tapped by the chamber’s nominating committee, according to a Nov. 27 chamber announcement.
Although only about 10 percent of the chamber’s members typically participate in the annual board vote, more than three times that number voted this year , well over 100 members in all, according to the chamber.
Steve Zisser, current president of the chamber, said that the vote is “a referendum on the board’s efforts to maintain an informed and unbiased effort to preserve Otay Mesa’s core industrial areas from residential encroachment. Our membership clearly wants to keep Otay Mesa a competitive place for doing business.”
Voted to the board are Greg Hulsizer, South Bay Expressway; Jimmy Ayala, Pardee Homes; Shane Harmon, CB Richard Ellis; Wendy Gillespie, Frontier Trading; Lea Zanjani, Union Bank of California; Greg Mattson, McGill, Martin Self Inc.; John Jolliffe, Casas International Brokerage; Karl Morgan, Howard Leight; Cheryl Hammond, AT & T; Steve Gross, BiNational Logistics; Alfonso Esquer, Multimodal Esquer; and Ira Gershow, Andrew & Williamson Sales.
The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to hold its annual board installation dinner Jan. 25 at the Holiday Inn on the Bay.
, Pat Broderick