Business and Labor
By Nadin Abbott
December 5, 2013 (San Diego and Bonita)—Fast food workers in more than 100 cities went out on strike today, calling on employers to pay living wages. Locally, strikes were held in Bonita and in downtown San Diego.
Raquel Neri told ECM that she has been working for Wendy’s for 10 years. After a decade, she is paid $9.55 an hour. “I work 24 hours a week,” she said. She also has to pay all her costs, including rent, food and transportation costs--while she raises seven children.
By Miriam Raftery
December 5, 2013 (El Cajon ) – The newly formed San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce has elected Ben Kalasho as president during the organization’s gala event at Sycuan Resort on November 22. Kalasho hailed the event, which drew about 100 attendees, as “a great turn out of professional movers and shakers.”
November 27, 2013 (San Diego) – The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) acted to make pricing of food sold from mobile food trucks more business and customer-friendly. The Board Members’ unanimous vote at their November 19, 2013 meeting will change a regulation to presume that sales tax is included in the listed price of the food.
“For years I’ve worked with food truck owners in my district to help them navigate California’s complex sales tax laws,” said Michelle Steel, Vice Chair of the Board. “I proposed this regulation to Board staff as a way to make life easier for these small-business owners. I am grateful that my colleagues unanimously supported this taxpayer-friendly change.”
By Miriam Raftery
November 22, 2013 (San Diego's East County)--You’ve heard of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when large corporate retailers seek to lure consumers with loss-leader items and long lines at those big box stores.
But there’s also Small Business Saturday, an effort that aims to boost business for your neighborhood Mom and Pop stores that create local jobs and keep sales tax revenues in our communities-- from hardware stores to gift shops to coffee houses.
November 14, 2013 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Chamber is offering free admission to all who bring a new, unwrapped toy (with a $5 value or more) to its November 21 business mixer at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds. The event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Guests are invited to come for the networking and stay for the friends and food provided by Café 67.
November 7, 2013 (San Diego's East County) --Times are tough, and business owners need to use every marketing penny wisely to beat the competition.
October 17, 2013 —California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law AB 263, a bill designed to stop employers from retaliating against immigrant workers who stand up for their rights. AB 263 provides the strongest anti-retaliation protections for immigrant workers in the country.
Brown previously signed two other bills, SB 666 and AB 524, as parts of a package sponsored by the California Labor Federation to protect workers from abuse regardless of immigration status. AB 263 and SB 666 prohibit employers from using immigration-related threats when workers speak out about unfair working conditions. AB 524 clarifies that making immigration threats in order to get away with stealing workers’ wages may constitute criminal extortion.
By Miriam Raftery
October 14, 2013 (San Diego’s East County ) – Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law Senate Bill 7, which requires charter cities to pay prevailing wages for public works construction projects or lose state funds.
In East County, the measure will impact El Cajon, which last year passed a ballot measure to become a charter. Now projects such as a new animal shelter will have to be built by workers paid the region’s prevailing wage.
Free Community Event with Chili Cook Off, Vendor Booths & Entertainment
October 6, 2013 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will host its first annual Beans, Beers & Business Fair on Saturday, October 12th from 10am to 5pm at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds. This free event will be packed with vendor booths, entertainment from local schools and churches, a craft beer garden and an “amateur” chili cook off complete with awards and cash prizes. For more information or to reserve a vendor booth, please go to www.lakesidechamber.org.
October 4, 2013 (Lakeside) – To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Cedar Fire the Lakeside Chamber is hosting a “Beans, Beers & Business Fair” at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds on October 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All are welcome to this free event featuring a craft beer garden, great food and vendor booths. The chili tastings will be from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. with live entertainment throughout.
POWAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCCE HOSTS "LUNCH & LEARN" PRESENTATION ON HEALTH CARE REFORM IMPACTS ON BUSINESSES
September 26, 2013 (Poway) –The Poway Chamber of Commerce will host a Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, October 9 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00p.m. It will feature a presentation by Jack Cohen of Insperity. Cohen will discuss health care reform, what it is, and how it will impact your business. He will cover five key areas: (1) Individual Mandate; (2)Taxes/ Fees/Costs; (3) State Exchanges; (4) Employer Share (Play or Pay); and (5) Reporting.
By Miriam Raftery
September 25, 2013 (Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law Assembly Bill 10, a measure that will raise California’s minimum wage from $8 an hour to $9 starting July 1, 2014 and to $10 an hour on January 1, 2016.
“The minimum wage has not kept pace with rising costs,” said Governor Brown. “This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy.”
AB 10 was opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce. The group’s website states that the bill will “will continue to increase costs on employers of all sizes, regardless of other economic factors or costs that California employers are struggling with to sustain their business.”
The Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® (PSAR), a trade group for San Diego-area realtors who serve East County and South County communities, will host a class for realtors on real estate title, title insurance and social media from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the PSAR East County Service Center, 1150 Broadway, El Cajon.
September 15, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC) will host a bus tour of East County to learn about business opportunities, existing and future plans in the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee, and the communities of Alpine, Lakeside, Rancho San Diego, and Spring Valley. The tour will be held on Wednesday, September 25. Those interested in attending must register by Friday, September 20.
September 14, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Looking for a job? Seeking business and economic updates on our region? Check out tapes of our recent "Job Talks" broadcasts from our East County Magazine radio show, now available to hear online.
Recent guests include Tom Lemon with the San Diego Building Trades Council, Johnny Simpson with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, East County Chamber leader Eric Lund, job hunting experts Reina Menasche and Antonio Villana, Cindy Gomper Graves with the South Coast Economic Development Council, and La Mesa Chamber of Commerce president Mary England. Click "read more" and scroll down for links.
September 10, 2013 (Alpine) – Lions Tigers & Bears is hosting a networking mixer on September 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors will be able to network with local businesses, visit the big cats and bears and enjoy food beverages and entertainment.
Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased here or by calling 619-659-8078 and selecting option 2. Lions Tigers & Bears is located at 24402 Martin Way, Alpine. Visit www.lionstigersandbears.org for more information.
September 5, 2013 (Alpine) – To celebrate its 22nd anniversary, Viejas Casino and Resort is aiming to break two Guiness World Records on September 13—playing blackjack with the world’s largest deck of cards and later, opening the most bottles of wine at one time.
August 31, 2013 (El Cajon) – A free seminar on healthcare reform will be held at the East County Chamber of Commerce Office, 201 South Magnolia Ave., El Cajon on September 11 from 11:30 am. Until 1:00 p.m. The seminar, presented by Erick Lundy, of Lundy Insurance Services, Inc., will address 2 critical issues affecting employers right now.
On behalf of East County Magazine, we wish you and your family a very Happy Labor Day!
The first national Labor Day was adopted by Congress in 1894 and signed into law by President Taft, following a tradition began by New York in 1884 followed by several other states. Today we honor the contributions of American workers to our nation.
This year is a special occasion, since it marks the centennial celebration of the U.S. Department of Labor. The first Labor Department Secretary was a former coal miner who helped found the United Mine Workers Union.
Founded 100 years ago in 1913, the Department o f Labor has helped usher in many reforms and protections for workers that modern-day people may take for granted--such as the 40-hour work week and overtime pay, worker’ compensation for ill and injured employees, the Equal Pay act for women, laws to prevent discrimination based on race, outlawing child labor, enabling those with disabilities, and adopting OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Act to protect workers from dangers in the work place.
August 20, 2013 (Poway) – The American Red Cross, The Burn Institute, and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will hold an Emergency Preparedness workshop tomorrow at the City Council Chamber at the Poway City Hall from 9:00 a.m. to noon, with a check-in at 8:30 a.m. This event will provide business owners and operators with resources and information that can help keep their employees and businesses safe during emergency situations, including which steps to take to prepare facilities and operations for emergencies, how to best
August 15, 2013 (Poway) — The Poway Chamber of Commerce will host a fall event, A Taste of Country. The event will take place on September 21, 2013 from 6PM-10PM at the PVRA Grounds (Poway Rodeo Grounds), 14336 Tierra Bonita Road, Poway, CA. The event is open to the public and is an all age event.
The event will feature live music by Kanan Road Band, www.kananroadband.com. KSON will also be in attendance to provide music. There will be wine and beer tastings, raffle prizes, and food trucks.
August 8, 2013 (Santee) – The East County Chamber of Commerce will host a business after hours dinner/mixer at Carlton Oaks Golf Resort in Santee on August 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The event is $10 for non-members and free to members who RSVP ahead. Hors d’houevres and non-alcoholic beverages are included. The event also includes a putting contest, tour of facilities, and chance to win prizes.
By Miriam Raftery
July 31, 2013 (San Diego) -- On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council yesterday enacted a significant reform benefitting city workers. Mayor Bob Filner’s proposal to require that construction workers on city projects be paid a prevailing wage won approval in a 5 to 4 vote. The prevailing wage is defined as the most commonly paid wage for a particular type of work in San Diego County.
“This decision to pay a fair, livable wage to the hard working men and women in the construction business is long overdue,” said Mayor Filner. “I applaud the City Councilmembers who stood up to do the right thing and voted in favor of the Prevailing Wage Ordinance.”
By Miriam Raftery
July 18, 2013 (San Diego) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation into law that overhauls the state’s enterprise zone program of tax credits for employers hiring in designated areas. The old Enterprise Zone system had been criticized as wasteful and ineffective at creating jobs.
The reforms were backed by labor and manufacturing interests, though some business representatives have raised concerns over elimination of the old enterprise zone program.
The new measures, including Senate Bill 90 and Assembly Bill 93, were signed into law in San Diego on July 11 at Takeda, a local biotech firm.
July 18, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Once again the winemakers of East County Vintners have demonstrated their winemaking skills at the annual San Diego County Fair competition.
New to the competition is David Raum of Potrero, whose 2012 Viognier (a white wine with notes of pear) took home a silver medal. Richard Westfall (Campo) received “the best of class” and gold medal for his 2011 Mourvédre. He also received a silver medal for his 2011 Primitivo, a silver for his 2008 Aglianico and a bronze medal for his 2011 Cabernet Franc. Janet Wright (Potrero) also received a silver medal for her 2011 Primitivo.
July 12, 2013 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce has named Bonnie LaChappa as the 2013 Lakeside Citizen of the Year with their Harry J. Spence Award. Bonnie, a lifelong Lakeside resident and an elected member of the Barona Band of Mission Indians Tribal Council, is well known for her tireless volunteerism in the East County community.
“Giving back and sharing have always been a big part of our Barona Tribal culture,” said Clifford LaChappa, Chairman of the Barona Band of Mission Indians. “We are very proud of everything Councilwoman LaChappa has done in the community to earn this meaningful award.”
ASSEMBLYMAN JONES’ BILL TO CONFORM STATE AND FEDERAL “MADE IN AMERICA” LABELING STANDARDS IN CA KILLED IN COMMITTEE
By Miriam Raftery
July 1, 2013 (Sacramento) -- Legislation by Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) to modify “Made in America” labeling standards has been killed the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Assembly Bill 890 would permit a product to qualify as “Made in America” if 90% of the components of the merchandise were made in the United States. Current California law requires 100%.
June 25, 2013 (Borrego Springs) - Hotel Managers Group (HMG Hotels) and Casa Del Zorro LLC., the ownership and management team for La Casa Del Zorro Hotel and Resort in Borrego Springs, CA. recently announced that Lure Agency and Jen Roche PR have been selected as social media marketing and public relations agencies of record respectively. The two agencies will work in concert to rebuild the brand of the iconic property, which will reopen in fall 2013.
June 17, 2013 (San Diego) — According to the Manpower Employment Outlet Survey, employers in San Diego County expect to hire at a solid pace during the third quarter of 2013.
From July to September, 19% of companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 69% expect to maintain their current workforce levels. On the other end of the job spectrum, 8% of area companies expect to reduce staff and 4% are simply not certain of their hiring plans. All of this action yields a net employment outlook of 11%.
By Nadin Abbott
June 12, 2013 (Chula Vista)—House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-53) came to Southwestern College to participate in a forum celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act on June 10.
President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963. It was sponsored by one of the first women elected to the House, Patsy Mink from Hawaii. Mink also sponsored the legislation behind Title VIX.