Public Policy News

Water Supplier Considers Rations as CA Continues to Experience Drought Conditions

Preparing for a fourth drought year, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) announced on February 9th that it is considering scenarios that could require the agency to limit deliveries and prompt local mandatory rationing throughout Southern California this summer. The range of allocation actions included possibilities from zero supply restrictions to cutbacks of 5-10 percent or more. The MWD board is expected to consider a supply allocation in April, with possible cutbacks to take effect July 1. MWD last allocated supplies in 2009-11.

As a reminder, the City of San Diego offers a Guaranteed Water for Industry Program. This program provides that when R&D and manufacturing firms use reclaimed water to the extent possible, and implement minor potable water conservation measures, they can be exempted from mandatory Level 2 conservation measures in the event of a drought. For more information, contact Russ Gibbon at 619-236-6350.

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Biocom Invites You to BIO’s Legislative Fly-In

Biocom invites you to join hundreds of life science companies from all across the nation to participate in a two-day fly-in to Washington DC. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with Members of Congress from California to discuss some of the most important issues our industry is facing, such as NIH funding, FDA policy, reimbursement issues, and patent reform, among others.

As a member of Biocom, there is no fee to attend the event. Click here for more information and to register.

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Biocom to Host Roundtable Discussion with Supervisor Dave Roberts

Biocom will be holding a roundtable discussion with Supervisor Dave Roberts on February 27th at noon at the County Administration Building (1600 Pacific Highway, Room 335).

This roundtable will provide a unique opportunity for you to discuss matters that are specific to our industry and/or your company, such as inspections and permitting, and county regulations that effect your operations. This is also a chance for you to build a relationship with the Supervisor and his staff, and for him to understand the importance of what you do in San Diego.

Lunch will be provided. Seating is limited. If you have any questions or to RSVP, please contact Melanie Nally at 858-455-0300 x113 or

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Biocom to Co-Host Second Golden Triangle/Sorrento Valley Transportation Forum in Ongoing Series

In an effort to keep our members informed about transportation infrastructure changes happening in the Golden Triangle/Sorrento Valley area, Biocom will be co-hosting a transportation forum on February 25th at 9:00am at Campus Pointe (10300 Campus Point Drive, San Diego 92121).

As you may remember, a similar forum was held in August of last year. The purpose of this forum will be to provide an update on the projects presented in the previous forum as well as discuss all things transportation related in the Golden Triangle/Sorrento Valley area. Speakers will include representatives from the City of San Diego, SANDAG, and Caltrans.

Please RSVP via email to Wes Jones -

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