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Advocacy Efforts

As the tourism industry continues to be severely impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it is now more important than ever to reach out to our elected leaders at all levels of government to advocate on the industry’s behalf.

The SDTA shared its support by signing on to this coalition letter that will be delivered to California Governor Gavin Newsom and members of the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees requesting a $45 million budget allocation for Visit California to run a robust campaign when the state is ready to reopen.


As part of California Tourism Month, Visit California has created a toolkit to help hospitality organizations advocate for the state’s tourism industry with a variety of resources including social media graphics and talking points for elected officials.


Contact your local state representatives to let them know what they can do to support the tourism industry as California looks to reopen its economy.

State Senate

  • Patricia Bates, District 36: Sacramento Office: (916) 651-4036, Encinitas: (760) 642-0809
  • Brian Jones, District 38: Sacramento Office: (916) 651-4038, El Cajon: (619) 596-3136, Escondido: (760) 796-4655
  • Toni Atkins, District 39: Sacramento Office: (916) 651-4039, San Diego: (619) 645-3133
  • Ben Hueso, District 40: Sacramento Office: (916) 651-4040, Chula Vista: (619) 409-7690

There are seven members of the California State Assembly whose districts fall within San Diego County. 

  • Randy Voepel, District 71: Sacramento Office: (916) 319-2071 , Santee: (619) 258-7737 
  • Marie Waldron, District 75: Sacramento Office: (916) 319-2075 , Escondido: (760) 480-7570 
  • Tasha Boerner Horvath, District 76: Sacramento Office: (916) 319-2076 , Carlsbad: (760) 434-7605 
  • Brian Maienschein, District 77: Sacramento Office: (916) 319-2077, San Diego: (858) 675-0077 
  • Todd Gloria, District 78: Sacramento Office: (916) 319-2078 , San Diego: (619) 645-3090 
  • Shirley Weber, District 79: Sacramento Office: (916) 319-2079 , San Diego: (619) 531-7913 
  • Lorena Gonzalez, District 80: Sacramento Office: (916) 319-2080 , San Diego: (619) 338-8090 

County Supervisors


The County of San Diego is playing a critical role in developing the health and safety guidelines the businesses depend on to reopen. Reach out to your County Supervisor to help them understand the needs of the tourism industry in crafting these guidelines. 

SDTA Local Efforts


As you know, the work of the SDTA is critical in attracting visitors to stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, experience our attractions and provide much-needed tax dollars to fund our police and fire departments, parks, libraries and arts and culture organizations.


Please contact your City Council member to tell him or her that funding the SDTA’s efforts is critical to San Diego’s economic recovery. Here are their contacts:


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