Otay Chamber Supports Measure O/ Bonding Capacity for Otay Infrastructure

Otay Chamber Supports Measure O/ Bonding Capacity for Otay Infrastructure

The Otay Mesa Chamber recently voted to support Measure O, a proposal that will be included in the November elections that will allow the newly formed Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District in Otay Mesa (EIFD) to issue bonds. If approved, this measure would allow the District to accelerate the construction of infrastructure projects in Otay Mesa. The district, which was formed in 2017 mandates that tax increments for Otay Mesa projects, be spent in Otay Mesa. Only Otay Mesa residents will be allowed to vote on this important measure. If approved, future tax increments would be available NOW to be spent on infrastructure. If defeated, tax increments would still be spent in Otay Mesa but only as they accumulate year per year.

It is important to highlight the following:

  • No new taxes will be imposed by Measure O
  • The total bonding capacity is $230 million
  • Projects funded are from the Otay Mesa Public Facilities Financing Plan

Commuter Card Program – Videos


Check out these NEW videos produced by the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the Smart Border Coalition that outline the Commuter Card Program.

 Click here to see Spanish version              Click here to see English version 

Because of our proximity to the border, a great deal of employees are residing in Tijuana and coming to work every day to Otay Mesa. Many of these employees have a legal permanent resident card (known as green card). This permit allows you to work in the US but also requires you to reside in the US. People in this situation are not in compliance with US law and can face repercussions, such as inadmissibility into the US.

Fortunately, there is a commuter card program that allows people to work in the US and reside in Mexico. This program will allow your employees to abide by the law and be eligible for trusted traveler program, such as SENTRI and Global Entry. This can be a huge productivity boost for your companies because employees would see a dramatic reduction in wait times when crossing the border in addition to more predictable wait times, therefore decreasing tardiness to work, not to mention a significant increase in quality of life for workers.

Check out these presentations by the Smart Border Coalition that outline the key benefits and potential disadvantages of the Commuter Card Program. If you are interested in a detailed presentation about this program to your employees, please email our Executive Director, Alejandra Mier y Teran.


Otay Mesa II Port of Entry/State Route-11

Through a partnership between CALTRANS, SANDAG and categorical support from the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, a new state of the art port of entry is being proposed and developed in Otay Mesa. This innovative project will provide fast and predictable crossings via tolled approach roads that connect directly to a new state-of-the-art Port of Entry, serving both personal and commercial vehicles. The goal is to operate the new POE with an average of 20-minute border crossing time.

Project Status

The project will be built in three segments:

Segment 1 (SR 11 first phase): construct a four-lane freeway between SR 905 and Enrico Fermi Drive. Construction began in December 2013 and is now completed.

In October 2015, construction began on three freeway-to-freeway connectors linking SR 905 and SR 11 to northbound SR 125. Construction is now completed. 

Segment 2 (SR 11 second phase): construct a four-lane toll highway from Enrico Fermi Drive to the new Otay Mesa East POE, and construct a new Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility.

Segment 3: construct the new Port of Entry

Completion for Segment 2 and 3 are expected in late 2019.

Efficiencies will be achieved through a host of innovations and technologies, including:

1) an integrated approach to providing advanced traveler information for the region’s major ports of entry;

2) a new border wait time detection system that feeds advanced traveler alert capabilities;

3) the use of electronic variable toll rates as a demand management strategy at Otay Mesa East;

4) and partnership approaches to designing and financing value-added amenities. 

For more info click here

Otay II Presentation – (10/12/17)


$89 Million for Regional Border Projects

The Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, created by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and funded by the recent gas tax increase and federal dollars, provides approximately $400-$500 million annually for infrastructure improvements on federally designated Trade Corridors of National and Regional Significance, on the Primary Freight Network, and along other corridors corridors that have a high volume of freight movement. The California Transportation Commission, which is tasked with implementing this program, recently approved $1.39 billion in infrastructure projects from this program, including $89 million for the border region. The following projects in Otay Mesa were funded:

  • $6 million for Phase 1 of the Otay Truck Route Phase IV (as previously announced in our newsletter).
  • $21.9 million for the South Bay Expressway/905 Southbound connectors
  • $37.1 million for the Siempre Viva Interchange/State Route 11
  • $5 million for the Otay II Port of Entry
  • $11.9 million for technology that will display accurate border wait times to the traveling public at all California-Baja California Ports of Entry.

A complete list of projects can be found here. Special thanks to CALTRANS, SANDAG and Senator Hueso for their support in this effort. See Senator Hueso’s letter to the CTC.

New Zero-Emission Rapid Route Coming to South San Diego

As we reported last week, a new bus route will be in place in June of this year. In addition in the next couple of years, MTS will be working on setting up a new bus loop (Route 925) between Otay Mesa and Imperial Beach with electric buses.

Boosted by a $41 million grant awarded from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), MTS will purchase 11 zero-emission articulated buses to operate service on the newly proposed Rapid 925 route. Rapid 925 will be a 25.3 miles round trip between the Otay Mesa Transit Center and Imperial Beach, providing a direct connection to the UC San Diego Blue Line. Operation of Rapid 925 would be funded by MTS through another SB 1 grant program. Additional funds will be destined to improve the existing stops along the new Rapid 925 to the standard of stops in the existing MTS Rapid network. Improvements include lighted shelters with seating, electronic signage with real-time arrival information, as well as curb pop-outs to provide more room for waiting and boarding passengers at some locations.

TIRCP funding is provided through Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and from the proceeds of the Cap and Trade program which will help modernize the MTS system, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety.

Thank you MTS for investing in our region.

Plantronics & Kyocera at MEXPORT B2B Sessions

MEXPORT’s Inaugural B2B Sessions include major manufacturers and service providers such as Plantronics, Kyocera and Jensen Meat, in addition to a variety of industry representatives from the medical, aerospace, furniture and electronics industry.
Major services and components being sought out include labels, packaging, plastics, copper and steel wiring, trucking and specialized logistics services.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet with these companies. Get your booth now and participate in the B2B sessions at no extra cost.



TOYOTA using Port Process Services at National City Maritime Terminal

 Our member Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Baja California (TMMBC) has begun using specialized post-processing services from Pasha Automotive Services at the National City Marine Terminal.
Toyota Tacoma trucks arrive via auto hauler to National City Marine Terminal from TMMBC’s. Following processing and accessorization, the Toyota Tacoma trucks will then be transported from National City via Pasha Hawaii’s Jones Act roll-on/roll-off vessels to Toyota dealers in Hawaii, or via rail and auto hauler to dealer destinations across the Continental U.S. and Mexico.
See full press release. 



Marijuana Production Facilities Coming to Otay Mesa

Marijuana Production Facilities have applied for Conditional Use Permits to operate facilities in Otay Mesa.
Unlike marijuana dispensaries, which are limited to four per City of San Diego District, marijuana production facilities are limited to 40 within the City of San Diego and they are approved through a Conditional Use Permit process. The application process can be found here.
  • Organizations, such as the Chamber, and businesses would have the opportunity to voice support or concerns at the Otay Mesa Planning Group, the City Planning Commission, and City Council.
  • The CTPAT office within Customs and Border Protection has made the following statement.
  • Marijuana production facilities are only eligible to be considered if they are located in properties zoned IL-1, 2 or 3 or IH-1 or 2. Properties under the International Business and Trade, IBT-1-1, are not eligible.
  • There are currently 9 applications in Otay Mesa moving forward in the permitting process and the proposed facilities are located at: 9731 Siempre Viva Road, 2335 Paseo De Las Americas, 2275 Michael Faraday Drive, 2365 Marconi Court, 1515 Laurel Bay Lane, 9870 Marconi Drive, 9874 Via de la Amistad, 9565 Heinrich Drive, and 2220 Niels Bohr Ct.



Housing Proposed in East Otay Mesa

Dear Members, 

Sunroad Enterprises made a presentation to the Otay Chamber Board on January 10 seeking the Chamber’s approval of their proposed re-zone of their 253-acre business/technology park site in East Otay Mesa. Their new plan is for a mixed-use development with 3,258 dwelling units and 78,000 sf of retail as well as 765,000 sf of industrial development north of Otay Mesa Rd. and east of SR 125.

Specific studies and reports can be found here. Aerials showing the specific location of the project can be found below.

Your feedback on this project would be greatly appreciated.