Business and Labor

SAN PASQUAL WINERY PICKS UP GOLD AND SILVER AWARDS

 

East County News Service

March 21, 2017 (La Mesa) – Linda McWilliams, winemaker at San Pasqual Winery in La Mesa, has picked up six more awards in the 2017 San Diego County Fair’s Toast of the Coast Wine Competition! Her latest honors include gold, silver and a special award:

VOEPEL'S VETERANS EMPLOYMENT PARITY ACT CLEARS FIRST LEGISLATIVE HURDLE

 

East County News Service

March 21, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This afternoon, the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs voted to support AB 353, the Veterans Employment Parity Act, with unanimous support (10-0).



"The Veterans Affairs Committee took an important step today toward expanding job opportunities for our nation's veterans. With a higher unemployment rate than the national average, it's critical that we provide private employers with the option to give preference to veterans during the hiring process," said Voepel.

CHAMBER HOSTS CONGRESSIONAL LUNCHEON APRIL 21 IN SAN DIEGO, TRIP TO D.C. IN SEPTEMBER

 

East County News Service

March 21, 2017 (San Diego) – The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a Congressional Luncheon on Friday, April 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in downtown San Diego.    Guests can hear directly from your local Congressional members about current activities in Washington D.C. and other federal issues related to the well being of our regional economy. Each Congressional member will provide a brief update followed by topical questions and answers.

VIEJAS CASINO AND RESORT NAMES THOMAS McCARTNEY AS PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER

 

East County News Service

March 21, 2017 (Alpine) -- Chairman Robert Welch of Viejas Band of The Kumeyaay Indians today announced the hiring of Thomas McCartney in the role of President and General Manager of Viejas Casino and Resort. The veteran casino and gaming executive will begin his new position November 1, 2016.

INTEREST RATE RISES

 

East County News Service

March 20, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates by as quarter of a point, the second increase in three months. But rates are still at a historic low range of 0.75 to 1 percent.

The hike means consumers will pay more for credit cards and home equity lines of credit and adjustable rate mortgages, but fixed rate mortgages and car loans are not expected to be affected since the anticipated change has already been calculated into those. People will also earn slightly more on savings accounts.

DENTAL DISCOUNTS FOR DOG FOOD DONATIONS TO HELP SENIORS IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

March 16, 2017 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Modern Dental Group (5620 Lake Murray Blvd.) is partnering with Animals, a nonprofit that provides animal services for the elderly.  Any patient who brings in a bag of dogfood to donate will receive a 15 percent discount on treatment.

VISITORS SWARM TO ALPINE HONEY FESTIVAL

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

March 13, 2017 (Alpine) -- Alpine’s First Annual Honey Festival, held March 11th, included teaching youths in their community about the history of their land.  That history includes honey and its production. In fact, this region was once the honey producing capitol of the world! Kids dressed up as bees and participated in an art show that portrayed bees and hives, with major doses of yellow and black.  But teaching kids about their local history was just a part of the festival.

MEDAL WINNING STREAK CONTINUES FOR LOCAL CRAFTSMEN

 

East County competitors win silver and bronze plus a Safety Award at 2017 National Craft Championships

By Gayle Falkenthal

Photo, left:  ABC San Diego apprentices win medals: ABC San Diego Craft Champions (L to R) Scott Vorarach (Silver and Safety), Eli Anderson, and Rolf Wachter (Bronze) extended the San Diego win streak at the 2017 ABC National Craft Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

March 5, 2017  (San Diego) – Scott Vorarach of Spring Valley representing Certified Air Conditioning in San Diego, and Rolf Wachter of Jamul representing Interpipe Contracting in San Diego will bring medals home to San Diego from the 2017 ABC National Craft Championships.

LA MESA’S LOCAL HEROES HAVE OWN RED CARPET MOMENT

 

Source: La Mesa Chamber of Commerce

Photo:  Left to right: RSVP Mike Sparks, Detective Tim Cook, Liz Robinson, Mary England, Fire Captain Billy Doig, Detective Colt Wisler and RSVP Bill Walton.

Photo courtesy of Sandra Small Photographer.

March 4, 2017 (La Mesa) - La Mesa Chamber of Commerce held it's 9th annual Salute to Local Heroes Feb. 22 at the Town & Country Hotel to celebrate La Mesa’s 2017 local heroes.

“This year's six heroes are as important to our community as any "Best Picture" or "Best Actor" award,” says Chamber President Mary England. “They have made a tremendous impact on the lives of others.“ These heroes were recognized for some of the following feats: A baby was delivered under unusual circumstances, a young man's life was saved following a severe traffic accident, 117 stolen vehicles with an estimated value of over $1.3 million were recovered, a cold case homicide from 2014 that occurred in La Mesa was solved, firearms and illegal drugs were seized. 86 suspects were arrested, 70 search and arrest warrants were written and two Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol were honored for assisting the La Mesa Police Department in the daily tasks needed to run the organization, as well as for their thousands of volunteer hours.

HONEY FESTIVAL RECLAIMS LOCAL HERITAGE MARCH 11 IN ALPINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 26, 2017 (Alpine) – Alpnie was once known as the honey production capital of the world.  Now here’s the buzz:  On Saturday, March 11 from 10 to 4, Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce will present the first annual Honey Festival to celebrate the region’s sweet success.

MEGADATA WEB MAKES QUANTUM LEAP FORWARD FOR FAST AND SECURE COMPUTER DATA PROCESSING AND ANALYSIS

 

“Diseases could be found in the early stages…Then your doctor could prescribe an appropriate medicine, after processing your DNA analysis on his own machine,” – Nikolai Pepik, CEO, Megadata Web

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  George Toms, PhD, right; Nikolai Pepik, left, demonstrate high-speed processing capabilities of Megadata Web

February 24, 2017 (San Diego) -- Imagine processing data on your own laptop 10,000 times faster than ever before-- with complete security.  That future is here—thanks to revolutionary software devised by Megadata Web, a San Diego-based technology company offering quantum leap improvements for web browsing, data mining, editing and analyzing a treasure-trove of information.

NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES PLANS TO BECOME ‘SANCTUARY ASSOCATION’ AT DINNER WITH 1,200 ATTENDEES

 

East County News Service

February 19, 2017 (San Diego) – Over 1,200 attended Friday night’s Neighborhood Market Association (NMA) banquet at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. NMA’s Mark Arabo used the night to honor the diversity of its members, and declare the NMA the first ever “sanctuary association” in the nation.

TRUMP NAMES NEW LABOR SECRETARY NOMINEE WITH STRONG EXPERENCE

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 17, 2017 (Washington  D.C.) – President Donald Trump has announced a new nominee to head up the Department of Labor, following  fast food executive Andrew Puzder’s withdrawal of his nomination.  The new nominee, Alexander Acosta, has extensive experience in labor and the law.  If confirmed by the Senate,  Acosta will also be the first Hispanic in Trump’s cabinet.

HAPPY 65TH ANNIVERSARY TO THE ALPINE SUN

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 16, 2017 (Alpine) — The Alpine Sun newspaper celebrated its 65th anniversary on Valentine’s Day.  At Tuesday’s Alpine-Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce “Hot Topics” breakfast meeting,  the newspaper’s publisher and editor were presented with certificates and plaques  from the offices of Congressman Duncan Hunter,  State Senator Joel Anderson, and Assemblyman Randy Voepel.

SAN DIEGO LEGISLATOR LORENA GONZALEZ FLETCHER PROPOSES PREGNANCY PROTECTIONS FOR GENDER FAIRNESS AT WORK

 

AB 568, AB 569, & AB 570 Would Add Strong New Legal Protection for Women in the Workplace

East County News Service

February 16, 2017 (Sacramento) – On Valentine’s Day, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) introduced a trio of heartfelt bills to protect working women who become pregnant.

EX-GOLDMAN SACHS BANKER AND “FORECLOSURE KING” CONFIRMED AS TREASURY SECRETARY

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 16, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – During his campaign, President Donald Trump criticized his rival, Hillary Clinton, for her ties with Wall Street and high-priced speeches to Goldman Sachs.  He promised to protect Americans from Wall Street.  But now he’s appointed Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary, a former Goldman Sachs banker who later acquired a failed lender that became One West, known as a “foreclosure machine” for foreclosing on over 36,000 homeowners.

TRUMP’S LABOR SECRETARY NOMINEE WITHDRAWS, LACKING SUPPORT FOR CONFIRMATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 15, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – CNN reports that President Donald Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, has been withdrawn due to growing opposition in Congress as well as from organized labor.

LABOR LEADER FACES LAWSUITS, CALLS TO RESIGN: UNION DEFENDS KASPARIAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 7, 2017 (San Diego) – Two lawsuits have been filed against powerful labor leader Mickey Kasparian, president of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council and president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Local 135.  Though neither of the cases have been heard in court, some prominent San Diegans are calling on Kasparian to resign.

NEW BILL WOULD LET STRIKING AND LOCKED OUT WORKERS CLAIM UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 7, 2017 (Sacramento) -- California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) yesterday proposed that workers who have been locked out by their employer or who go on strike against their employer should be eligible to file for unemployment insurance benefits for the duration of their work stoppage.

ALL THAT JAZZ: LA MESA CHAMBER’S 9TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO LOCAL HEROES & INSTALLATION DINNER FEB. 22

 

East County News Service

February 1, 2017 (La Mesa) – Don your Great Gatsby glam or cocktail attire for “All That Jazz,” the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s 9th annual Salute to Local Heroes and Installation of Officers dinner.   This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 5-8 p.m. at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center’s Golden Ballroom in Mission Valley.

TRUMP’S HIRING FREEZE: EXEMPTIONS CLARIFIED

 

Concerns raised over personnel shortages in jobs ranging from food safety inspectors to Social Security offices

By Miriam Raftery

February 1, 2017 (San Diego) — After a public outcry, the Trump administration has issued some clarifications on his order freezing hiring of federal employees and added new exemptions. 

SUPERVISOR JACOB ADDRESSES LA MESA AND REGIONAL ISSUES

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 30, 2017 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Chamber of Commerce president Mary England introduced Supervisor Dianne Jacob as a “ferocious fighters” who “doesn’t back down” on issues important to her constituents. Jacob, who was recently named Chair of the Board of Supervisors, spoke at the Chamber’s first meeting of the year, in keeping with an annual tradition.

BILL SCHWEITZER SELECTED AS PRESIDENT OF RAMONA VALLEY VINEYARD ASSOCIATION (RVVA); APPLAUDS OUTGOING PRESIDENT MICOLE MOORE

 

Source: Ramona Valley Vineyard Association

Photo:  Outgoing RVVA president Micole Moore (left) and incoming RVVA president Bill Schweitzer (right) pose with the speaker, Master Sommelier Frederick Dame (center), at the 2016 Lum Eisenman Wine Competition awards dinner on June 22, 2016.

Jnuary 26, 2017 (Ramona) - The Board of Directors of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) selected Bill Schweitzer as their new president for the next three-year term.

TRUMP CANCELS TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP) TRADE DEAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 25, 2017 (San Diego) – President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to cancel the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact with 12 Pacific Rim nations.

The action is being hailed by even many Trump opponents who did not support the trade deal, but has drawn criticism from others, particularly in the business community.

FEDERAL RULE CHANGE COUD COST PROPANE USERS MILLIONS, INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION SAYS

 

East County News Service

January 24, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- The Trump Administration has not yet announced if it will roll back a rule imposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) during the Obama Administration that effective yesterday, imposes $125 million in new costs on propane consumers, according to a press release issued by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) last week. 

CHAMBER MEMBERS "OPTIMISTIC" ABOUT TRUMP IMPACT ON SAN DIEGO ECONOMY

 

Reprinted from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Network

January 22, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego businesses reported a moderately optimistic outlook at the close of 2016, with two-thirds expecting the new Donald Trump administration to have a positive impact.

BOUGHT MILK? PRICE-FIXING CLASS ACTION SUIT SETTLEMENT ANNOUNCED

 

East County News Service

January 18, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – If you bought milk or other dairy products such as yogurt, half and half or cream anytime since 2003, you may be eligible for a refund through a class action suit that alleges price-fixing by the dairy industry. Claims must be submitted by January 31st.

FTD HIRING 500 ASSOCIATES IN SAN DIEGO FOR VALENTINE'S SEASONAL WORK

 

East County News Service

January 16, 2017 (San Diego) -- FTD is looking to hire 500 seasonal customer service associates for the upcoming Valentine’s Day season right here in San Diego. FTD’s e-commerce brands include ProFlowers, FTD.com, Personal Creations, Shari’s Berries and Cherry Moon Farms.  In the past five years, FTD provided seasonal employment opportunities for 9,000+ San Diegans.

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