One of the most important benefits of being a member of the Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce is having an organization larger than your own single business representing you and advocating on your behalf. Much of this work is done “behind the scenes”. The Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce is a partner with other regional chambers within the Coachella Valley, Cal Chamber Legislative Coalition, and the US Chamber of Commerce.
This document serves as a guide for the Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and its members addressing legislative and policy matters so that it can play an influential role in the legislative and regulatory processes.
The Chamber is committed to pursuing policies that create and retain good-paying jobs and strengthen our local economy.
The Chamber supports proposals to protect employers from higher costs and to provide meaningful incentives for employers to create new jobs and to strengthen our workforce pool.
The Chamber supports trade and tourism initiatives to spur commerce and to maximize the city/state position in the global economy.
The Chamber supports improving California’s competitiveness with other states’ labor standards, particularly as they apply to wages and overtime rules.
The Chamber supports a results-oriented approach to public education, workforce training and development to support the city/state job sectors.
The Chamber supports policies that provide the broadest possible coverage without placing a disproportionate and undue burden on employers.
The Chamber supports proposals for a long-term, comprehensive state water plan that is reliable and includes conservation, new supply, storage and conveyance that is equitable for all Californians.
The Chamber supports innovative funding allocations to accommodate increased mobility on the region’s highways and overall transportation system, including goods movement.
The Chamber supports policies that encourage reliable sources of affordable and diverse energy supplies, including renewable sources.
The Chamber supports policies that encourage realistic, fair and consistent water discharge requirements as well as policies on solid waste management so that the collection, transport, procession and disposal of solid waste is conducted with minimal impacts on our environment and on our businesses.
The Chamber supports uniform state and federal policies that encourage continued investment in telecommunications and improve access to new technologies.
The Chamber supports land use policies that balance the needs of meeting affordable housing demands, creating new jobs, protecting industrial, commercial and agricultural zones as well as preserving open space and our quality of life.
The Chamber supports strategies that improve the region’s job/housing balance for all income levels throughout the region with conditions that any mandates be balanced with incentives for compliance.
The Chamber continues to support significant reforms to California’s political and budgeting processes as well as the state’s revenue structures.
The Chamber supports efforts to reform the California budgeting process and structure to encourage long-term fiscal stability and limits on spending growth with excess revenues put into reserves and/or back into local government.
The Chamber, when considering positions on ballot initiatives, supports those that seek to improve the region’s business climate and do not further burden the region’s and state’s fiscal health.
The Chamber supports efforts to promote increased business participation in California’s political process.