Business and Labor

UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS IN STATE AND REGION

 

East County News Service

May 21, 2018 (San Diego) -- Unemployment in California has fallen to 4.2% statewide—a new record and the lowest rate since 1976.

In San Diego County, the news is even better.  Countywide, unemployment in April dropped to just 2.9 percent as our region’s labor market continues to tighten, according to the State Employment Development Department.  Our local unemployment rate is one percent lower than April of last year, and the lowest that it’s been since January 2000, over 18 years ago.

FIESTA TIME! HACIENDA CASA BLANCA IN EL CAJON OPENS NEW OUTDOOR PATIO

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 18, 2018 (El Cajon) – Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Hacienda Casa Blanco opened up its new outdoor patio earlier this month.  The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the occasion, where  Chamber members savored margaritas, festive music and authentic Mexican dishes.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: FINANCIAL TIPS FROM JONATHAN ZIDE, CABRILLO CREDIT UNION VICE PRESIDENT

 


 

By Miriam Raftery

May 18, 2018 (San Diego) – What should consumers know about saving money and choosing a financial institution?  What’s the difference between credit unions and big banks?  When does a home equity line of credit make sense, and what are new options when shopping and financing a car?

These are among the questions East County Magazine asked Jonathan Zide, vice president of Cabrillo Credit Union, which has branches in La Mesa, San Diego and Carlsbad. The local company has been serving our region since 1955, starting out helping federal Border Patrol agents. Today, it’s open to everyone.

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SANTA YSABEL TRIBE’S MARIJUANA PRODUCTION INDUSTRY POISED TO GO UP IN SMOKE

 

Lawsuit alleges tribal development corporation breached contract in cannabis operation

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

May 16, 2018 (Santa Ysabel) – The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel has had a troubled history achieving its goal of gaining financial stability and independence for its 300-member tribe near Julian, some 40 miles east of Escondido.  Now, the Santa Ysabel Tribal Development Corporation is in hot water.

CALIFORNIA NOW FIFTH LARGEST ECONOMY IN WORLD

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 9, 2018 (San Diego) -- California now has the fifth largest economy in the world, surpassing Great Britain to rank above all other nations on earth except the United States, China, Japan and Germany.

The state’s economic production last year topped $2.7 trillion, fueled in large part by California’s high-tech industry.

SANTEE GYM HOSTS OPEN HOUSE FOR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

 

East County News Service

May 8, 2018 (Santee) – Champion Gymnastics and Cheer (10580 Prospect Ave., Santee) will host a free open house Saturday, May 19 from 2-5 p.m. to celebrate its anniversary. 

The public is invited for tours of the facility offering lessons in gymnastics, cheer, tumbling, parkour, and dance plus laser tag, birthday parties, summer camp and a CHAMPS meetup group. There will be free use of the gym, a bounce house, foam pit, hotdogs, popcorn and beverages, plus karaoke and prizes.

For more information, call (619) 449-7717 or visit www.cgcchamps.com. If you sign up for a class, you can also get 50% off the first month’s tuition.

EAT YOUR “HEART OUT” AT THE TASTE OF LA MESA JUNE 11TH: TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

 

East County News Service

May 6, 2018 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announces that the 10th annual “Taste of La Mesa” will be held on Monday, June 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Drive) in La Mesa.  The event features samples of foods, wines, and beers from dozens of local restaurants, wineries and breweries.

FARMER’S MARKET DEBUTS IN LA MESA’S DOWNTOWN VILLAGE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 4, 2018 (La Mesa) --  I took a trip into La Mesa’s downtown village today to check out opening day of the new Farmer’s Market, which has moved to downtown La Mesa along La Mesa Village.  The market is now operated by the La Mesa Village Association instead of the city, with a new farmer’s market company.

MERCHANTS CRY FOUL OVER FARMER’S MARKET SURVEY AND VOICE CONCERNS OVER DEBTS OWED BY EVENT'S PROMOTER, AARON DEAN

 

 

 

Updated April 30, 2018:  The city has rescinded $3,400 in fines and administrative citations on Depot Springs after finding the property in "substantial compliance" April 26, for violations and citations dating from 11/30/17 through 4/11/18.

Also comments from city manager Yvonne Garrett on availability of the existing Farmer's Market site have been added.

By Miriam Raftery

April 29, 2018 (La Mesa) – Numerous merchants in La Mesa’s downtown village are calling for the City Council to reconsider its vote to move the Farmer’s Market to the heart of the village on Friday nights. Some say they were never contacted, while others contend they were deceived  in a survey sent around by the La Mesa Village Association (LMVA) about which night of the week the market would be held, and/or about the inclusion of food trucks. One says that her survey was forged—with even her name misspelled.

 Several long-time merchants are also raising concerns over the financial stability of Aaron Dean, president of the La Mesa Village Merchants Association which is currently set to takeover management of the Farmer’s Market from the City of La Mesa starting the first Friday in May, on a six-month trial basis.

“GOODBYE, EL CAJON SEARS. IT’S BEEN GOOD TO KNOW YOU.” STORE LIQUIDATION SALE TO START APRIL 27TH

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

April 23, 2018 (El Cajon) -- An iconic mainstay of El Cajon retail shopping is closing with the sudden announced closing of the Sears store at Parkway Plaza.

The official announcement of the El Cajon store’s closing came earlier this week as part of the latest round of eight store closures by the wounded national retailer that plans to close 166 stores this year.

COUNCIL BREWING CO. TAKES OVER FINEST MADE ALES SPOT IN SANTEE

 

By Mike Allen

Photo:  Liz Chism, Curtis Chism and daughter Olivia (8 months).

April 21, 2018 (Santee) -- The shifting tides of San Diego’s still-expanding craft brewing industry claimed another victim recently when Santee’s Finest Made Ales closed, but another growing brewery quickly took over the spot.

LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS SPRING FLING BUSINESS EXPO APRIL 26

 

 

East County News Service 

 

April 7, 2018 (La Mesa) – On Thursday, April 26, La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them for a unique evening and opportunity to meet some of the local businesses within our community. The 4th Annual “Spring Fling - Business Expo” has been requested by local businesses to provide them an opportunity to showcase their goods and services.

KENWOOD LIQUOR ADDS U-HAUL SERVICE

 

Source: U-Haul

April 6, 2018 (Spring Valley) -- U-Haul Company of California announces that Kenwood Liquor in Spring Valley has signed on as a U-Haul® neighborhood dealer to serve the Spring Valley community. Kenwood Liquor at 9612 Dale Ave. Suite 1 will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBERS TO DIALOGUE WITH ERNEST DRONENBURG ON APRIL 10

 

East County News Service

April 2, 2018 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s next “Dine and Dialogue with Elected Officials” event on Tuesday, April 10 will feature Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., San Diego County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTS FREE HEALTH FAIR AT GROSSMONT CENTER APRIL 7

 

East County News Service

April 2, 2018 (La Mesa) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will present Health Fair Saturday, one of the largest annual free health fairs in San Diego’s East County Region, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, in the promenade area near the movie theaters at the Grossmont Center mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa.

LA MESA CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO MOVE FARMER’S MARKET TO DOWNTOWN VILLAGE

 

 

 

Updated with revised start date of May 5th for the Farmer's Market

 By Jonathan Goetz

Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report

 March 30, 2018 (La Mesa) – La Mesa residents will soon be able to stroll the heart of the downtown village to shop for fresh produce, crafts and other items on Friday afternoons and evenings.  The  La Mesa City Council voted 4-1 at Tuesday’s meeting to move the Farmer’s Market to the downtown village on a six-month trial basis.  It will be run by the La Mesa Village Association instead of the city as a special event each Friday  from 3 to 7 p.m. starting May 5th, with street closures from 1 to 8 .p.m.

 The change has drawn support from many shoppers and some businesses, but has also engendered opposition from restaurants concerned about losing regular patrons on their busiest night of the week and neighbors with noise and parking concerns.

 The new market is projected to be approximately double in size of the current Friday night farmer’s market near the civic center, which must  ultimately move due to redevelopment plans.

EDCO HOSTS EVENING MIXER AT BJ’S ON MAY 16TH

 

Source: La Mesa Chamber of Commerce

March 25, 2018 (La Mesa) – On Wednesday, May 16th, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce encourages you to join them and enjoy great food, good conversation and an evening in La Mesa hosted by EDCO.

EDCO is a family-owned and locally operated waste collection and recycling company serving numerous communities in Southern Californian since 1967. EDCO specializes in offering integrated, user-friendly waste removal and recycling programs to serve residential homes, multi-family properties, commercial businesses multi-tenant buildings, industrial centers, construction sites, and community events.

KEY FARMING ISSUES HIGHLIGHTED AT COMMUNITY EVENT SPONSORED BY INDIVISIBLE RAMONA

 

By Joyce Strand

Photo from left to right: Democratic candidate for Congress Ammar Campa-Najjar, Republican candidate for Congress Shamus Sayed, Luawanna Hallstrom and Warren Bacon.

March 15, 2018 (Ramona) - The topics of water, farm labor, and NAFTA dominated presentations at Indivisible Ramona’s second community meeting to understand issues of importance to San Diego County, held at the Ramona Library Community Room on February 27th.

TRUMP BLOCKS QUALCOMM TAKEOVER

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 13, 2018 (San Diego) – President Donald Trump has blocked a takeover of Qualcomm by Singapore-based Broadcom, which would have been the biggest technology merger in history.

In a a presidential order, Trump cited “credible evidence” that if Broadcom acquired Qualcomm, the foreign corporation “might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States.”

SANTEE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES ANNUAL AWARDS, SANTEE’S FAVORITES

 

East County News Service

March 5, 2018 (Santee) – The Santee Chamber of Commerce, currently celebrating its 63rd anniversary, recently announced recipients of its 2017 annual awards. Honorees included community members and local businesses. Recipient of community awards included: Dustin Trotter, owner, TDT Construction, 2017 Person of the Year; Santee Young Professionals, Special Chairman’s Award; Robert “Bob” Lloyd, Sr., owner, Lloyds Collision & Paint Center, Chairman’s Award; Kathryn Ducharme, Santee School District, Educator of the Year; Elana Levens-Craig, Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club, Rotarian of the Year; Paul Stevens, Kiwanis Club of Santee, Kiwanian of the Year; William Chisum, Rancho Santee Lions, Lion of the Year; Deputy Daniel Psomas, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy of the Year; Captain Chris Thompson, Santee Fire Department, Firefighter of the Year.

MORE LARGE RETAILERS JOIN PUSH TO LIMIT ASSAULT WEAPON SALES

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 2, 2018 (San Diego) – Earlier this week, Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the nation’s largest gun retailers announced it will no longer sell assault rifles or high capacity ammunition magazines and is raising the age to 21 for all other gun purchases.

Now, following on that lead, other major retailers including Walmart, REI, Kroger and L.L. Bean have stepped up to the plate with gun sales limits of their own. Other companies have stopped partnering with the National Rifle Association on discounts for NRA members.

JAMUL CASINO ANNOUNCES NAME CHANGE AND SHIFT IN MANAGEMENT

 

Penn Gaming parts ways with tribe; SEC filing cites concerns over unpaid loans

By Miriam Raftery

March 1, 2018 (Jamul) – In a press release issued tonight, the Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation, a wholly owned entity of Jamul Indian Village, announced termination of Penn Gaming and a transition to a new management team at the Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego, which will be rebranded as Jamul Casino.

The JIVDC press release describes the transition as a “natural next step toward economic self-sufficiency for JIV.”  Penn Gaming’s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 27, 018 does affirm that the decision for Penn’s local entity, San Diego Gaming  Ventures LLC, to cease management of the casino effective May 28, 2018 is a “mutually agreed” upon decision. 

But the filing also indicates serious financial difficulties, including outstanding loans that Penn suggests it may be unable to collect.  The filing states:

REPS HUNTER AND PETERS SEEK TO BLOCK QUALCOMM TAKEOVER

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

March 1, 2018 (Washington D.C.) -- Following up on efforts last week to have the Trump Administration initiate a review of the proposed takeover of San Diego-based Qualcomm by Broadcom, Ltd, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-50) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis requesting his personal and direct involvement before a shareholder meeting occurs on March 6.  Subsequently,  Congressman Scott Peters (D-52) joined the call to halt the merger.

COURTYARD MARRIOTT IN EL CAJON PLANS GRAND OPENING FEBRUARY 28

 

By Robert Gehr

February 25, 2018 (El Cajon) – The new Courtyard Marriott Hotel will hold its grand opening this week on February 28th.  in the heart of downtown El Cajon complete with a restaurant and bar, fitness center, business and wedding facilities.

LA MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PREPARES FOR SALUTE TO LOCAL HEROES AND ANNOUNCES 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

 

Source: La Mesa Chamber of Commerce

January 8, 2018 (La Mesa) -  In 2018, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is celebrating their 10th anniversary and this year’s “Salute to Local Heroes” is a special evening that begins this year-long celebration. La Mesa is known as the “Jewel of the Hills” and this evening will be the first “jewel” of this celebratory year that is themed, “One Jewel of a Night.” This evening will honor local heroes, install the Board of Directors and includes a silent auction, raffles and a delicious dinner. This special evening will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Town & Country Resort Hotel (Town & Country Ballroom), 500 Hotel Circle North in Mission Valley. 

SUPERVISOR JACOB OUTLINES GOAL FOR 2018 AT LA MESA CHAMBER BREAKFAST, REFLECTS ON HER DECADES OF SERVICE

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 24, 2018 (La Mesa) – In keeping with tradition, La Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s first breakfast speaker of the year was Supervisor Dianne Jacob, now serving her seventh and due to term limits, last term represented her district that encompasses virtually all of East County.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER’S TRAVEL SHOWCASE FEB. 27 HIGHLIGHTS UPCOMING TRIPS TO EUROPE AND ISRAEL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 22, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – If you’d love to see the world with fellow East County residents, you can learn about upcoming trips being planned for this fall and winter with the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is hosing a travel showcase on September 27th from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Chamber’s business resource center, 201 South Magnolia Avenue in El Cajon.

Travel coordinator Steve Lachman and a representative from Colette travel will preview these exciting upcoming trips during the free travel showcase Feb. 27:

HIGH FASHION AT A BARGAIN PRICE

 

Runway Shoes & Accessories is Rancho San Diego’s newest fashion bargain retailer

By Reema Makani Boccia

February 11, 2018 (El Cajon) - Rancho San Diego’s retail offerings have expanded with the recent addition of the fashionable Runway Shoes & Accessories. The boutique is locally owned and operated by an East County family, and features head-to-toe merchandise for any fashionista on a budget.

CONTRACTOR OUTREACH EVENT FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION AT GRANITE HILLS HIGH SCHOOL

 

$11.5 million PE and Food Services project will begin construction in late spring

East County News Service

February 9, 2018 (El Cajon) - The Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and Erickson-Hall Construction are hosting a Contractor Outreach Event, designed to bring the District’s construction management team together with local general contractors, subcontractors and small and/or historically underutilized businesses looking for opportunities on the upcoming construction of the new PE and Food Services Buildings at Granite Hills High School.

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