Business and Labor
By Miriam Raftery
August 30, 2014 (Sacramento) – Just in time for Labor Day, a bill to protect temporary workers, AB 1897, has passed the Legislature and is now on the Governor’s Desk.
Increasingly companies are relying on long-term use of temporary workers even for strenuous and dangerous jobs, and some have reportedly been cheated out of wages.A report by ProPublica found that in California, temporary workers face a 50 percent higher risk of being injured on the job than permanent employees. Subcontracted workers have no guarantee of future work and risk punishment for speaking out or reporting hazardous conditions--problems this measure aims to correct.
The bill has support of labor groups and opposition from large employers.
August 27, 2014 (La Mesa) - Torrey Pines Bank is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its La Mesa office, at 8379 Center Drive, this August. The attached image captures the bank’s grand opening ten years ago. Then, Torrey Pines Bank started in 2003 with $20 million in initial capital and today has more than $2 billion in assets.
August 24, 2014 (San Diego)—Last week, San Diego’s City Council voted to over-ride the mayor’s veto of a minimum wage increase. That means the increase will take effect, giving raises to low-wage workers throughout the city as well as sick days to all workers citywide.
By Miriam Raftery
August 17, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--If you shopped at Food 4 Less in the past week or so, Grove), you likely encountered picketers. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents grocery store employees at most of the grocery stores in San Diego, have renewed their contract with major grocery store chain owners – except Food 4 Less. The chain has about a dozen stores countywide, including East County locations in El Cajon, Lemon Grove and Santee.
August 18, 2014 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce elected its 2014-2015 board of directors recently. The board members are:
EAST COUNTY AD AGENCY EARNS CREATIVE AWARD FROM THE ACADEMY OF INTERACTIVE AND VISUAL ARTS FOR COMMERCIAL MUSIC PRODUCTION
August 9, 2014 (La Mesa) – La Mesa-based advertising agency Clark Marketing Solutions recently earned a 2014 Communicator Award of Distinction from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for commercial music production. The agency’s award entry was a jingle/music production package developed last year for automotive client Nelson Honda.
By Nadin Abbott
August 8, 2014 (San Diego) San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has vetoed the Minimum Wage: Sick Leave Ordinance previously approved by the City Council.
August 7, 2014 (La Mesa) – On Wednesday, August 13, La Mesa's Chamberof Commerce invites you to take mix, mingle and enjoy food provided by local businesses and the Chamber.
By Miriam Raftery
August 5, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Have you ever wondered just how effective those online petitions can be? Do they really make a difference?
New owner of Santee’s The UPS Store wants to make a mark within the community and boost small biz
East County News Service
August 4, 2014 (Santee)-- In the fickle sea of small businesses, it’s not a piece of cake to stay afloat. Lean on each other, however, and suddenly it’s easier to survive – even thrive. That’s the new message of Santee’s local The UPS store, led by its new sole owner, Greg Gagnon.
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August 1, 2014 (El Cajon) – As the newest tenants in the El Cajon Medical Center, the East County Magazine & Media Center will provide media coverage and community radio broadcast demonstrations during the East County Wellness Center’s grand opening event on August 5th. We invite our readers to stop by and join in the celebrations!
The wellness center offers zumba, yoga and pilates classes as well as massage services. The grand opening festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce at 6 p.m. All event guests can enjoy a Wellness seminar, free chair massages, beverages and hors d’oeuvres, prize drawings and more. The East County Wellness and Yoga Center is located at 1625 East Main Street, Suite 205 in El Cajon, CA 92012.
East County Magazine & Media Center now offers audio services and more for local community members in our new recording studio. Stop by our suite 204 for a tour, radio broadcast demonstration, and drawing for prizes( including a free ad on East County Magazine (averaging 150,000 visits each month) and a complimentary 15-minute recording session/podcast for your organization.)
“The only thing to fear is fear itself.” – Joe Reilly, quoting Franklin Delano Roosevelt
By Nadin Abbott, Reporting San Diego
Video: Richard Barrera, Seretary-Treasurer of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jrwq27eZspE&feature=youtu.be
July 15, 2014 (San Diego)-- Joe Reilly, World War II veteran of the 101 Airborne Division, jumped onto Normandy on June 6, 1944 and fought at Bastogne. On July 14, he told the San Diego City Council that “fear is in close proximity to courage. In combat you make a choice. If fear overcomes courage, you will be defeated in combat. Our workers deserve courage from our leaders.”
June 27, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Chambers of East County are all getting together this year to co-host Politics in Paradise on Thursday, August 7th from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Elected officials at the federal, state and local level are invited to participate in a lively panel discussion and take questions and answers from the audience.
EAST COUNTY CHALDEAN CHAMBER ISSUES STATEMENT ON IRAQ: KALASHO CALLS FOR EQUAL TREATMENT OF MEN AND WOMEN IN MIDDLE EAST
June 25, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) –The San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce has issued a statement on the escalating violence in Iraq.
AMERICANBRANDPROJECT.COM LAUNCHES TO SUPPORT AND PROMOTE AMERICAN-MADE PRODUCTS
Site Gives Companies A “Buffalo-Rating” to Evaluate Domestic Production Compliance; Intends to Create Additional Job Opportunities In the USA By Introducing Consumers To American Products and Businesses
June 26, 2014 (San Diego)-- American Brand Project (www.AmericanBrandProject.com) launched this week with the goal of helping consumers find American brands. American Brand Project tells the stories behind these brands and individuals who are manufacturing in the US, and promotes these qualifying products in its social commerce marketplace. With multiple product categories including apparel, food and beverage, pet supplies, home & garden, sporting and beauty, American Brand Project is a collaborative endeavor that aims to educate and motivate consumers to support those who are essentially building brands on Main Street, U.S.A. American Brand Project intends to track the number of new jobs created among their brand partners as a result of more consumers buying directly from their social commerce market place.
June 20, 2014 (La Mesa)--On Thursday, July 16, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to an evening mixer at Anthony’s Fish Grotto, 9530 Murray Drive in La Mesa from 5:30-7 p.m.. This popular location has been a favorite of locals for years, so guests can sample the food that has made them famous.
By Nadin Abbott
Reprinted and updated with permission; original published at http://nadinabbottblog.
June 19, 2014 (San Diego)-- There are moments of great political theater in our government bodies, and Monday saw one of them. Rabbi Laurie Coskey of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice brought pie to Council. It was an all-American Apple pie. It was a pie to be split by the City Council, but she admonished them to leave a slice for workers, who are not getting enough of the pie.
By Jaden Jimenez
June 18, 2014 (San Diego)--Raising the national minimum wage would affect millions of workers all over the country. But would it hurt or help the economy? During the recent years, minimum wage workers, labor and support groups have come out in favor of the idea of raising the minimum wage to help the poorer individuals who live off what they say is an inadequate salary. However some business interests and fiscal conservatives have voiced opposition.
By Janis Russell
June 12, 2014 (El Cajon)- The East County Chamber of Commerce had its Rancho San Diego and Jamul Business Roundtable at Hooley’s in El Cajon on Thursday May 29. Jesse Navarro, director of community relations from District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ office, and two representatives from the Sheriff’s office spoke about issues businesses and residents have been facing.
Mark Arabo speaks on behalf of NMA's 700 San Diego small business owners, says stores may stage a “Todd Gloria Tax Day” protest
By Miriam Raftery
June 11, 2014 (San Diego)-- On the heels of Todd Gloria's minimum wage hike, Neighborhood Market Association President & CEO Mark Arabo has announced NMA's opposition to a $13.10 minimum wage proposal. In addition, NMA leadership is considering the proposal of a Todd Gloria Tax Day, where “our member stores implement sales prices that would accurately reflect that of the minimum wage hike,” Arabo stated in a press release.
Recognized as a Top Performing Casino Resort as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site
SAN DIEGO – June 9, 2014 – Viejas Casino & Resort today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.
Family-owned grocery store brings more than 30 locally sourced jobs to community
May 31, 2014 (Alpine) – If you live in Alpine and have a passion for good food at good prices, Barons Market announces it may want to hire you. The family-owned grocery store will host its highly anticipated job fair on Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the new store location, 1347 Tavern Road in Alpine. Barons Market encourages interested applicants to apply in person during this two-day period.
By Miriam Raftery
May 27, 2014 (Bonita) – After more than 40 years, the Wild West Bonitafest is now history.
The Bonita Business and Professional Association has voted to disband, by a vote of just 15 of its 50 members, U-T San Diego reports. The Association indicates the vote was uncontested, raising questions over what the apparently absent majority of members think about the decision to permanently cancel Bonitafest and other community events sponsored by the group.
May 15, 2014 (El Cajon)—“The recent wildfires reminds us about how important it is to work and play together and build relationships that help us to work together when there is hardship in our communities. We hope you will join us next week and recover, relax, and enjoy our Grip it And Rip it Golf Tournament. It is a great opportunity to rebuild relationships for everyone,” said Eric Lund with the East County Chamber of Commerce.
By Miriam Raftery
May 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The East County Chamber of Commerce is warning members to beware of con artists preying on businesses.
“The Chamber is very concerned about the impacts of our recent disaster and we want to remind you that our staff and business community are available to assistance and support your business through hardships like these," said Eric Lund. He also warned business owners about a rash off “mandatory fire inspector con artists” going around to businesses who are not with any fire department.
May 10, 2014 (Sacramento) -- California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Member and Chair of the Customer Service and Administrative Efficiency Committee Betty T. Yee will host a telephone town hall on May 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. to educate entrepreneurs on their rights and responsibilities as California tax and feepayers. BOE Chairman Jerome E. Horton, Vice Chair Michelle Steel, Board Member George Runner, and State Controller John Chiang are also sponsors of this event who encourage California taxpayers to participate and learn more about their rights.
May 12, 2014 (Sacramento)--California Governor Jerry Brown is introducing a set of tax credits aimed at keeping companies--and jobs-- in California. The $750 million package also includes incentives to convince out-of-state employers to move to California.
"These tax credits will spur new jobs and help communities hardest hit by the recession," Governor Brown said.
By Miriam Raftery
May 7, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has issued a trademark to the San Diego East County Chaldean Chamber of Commerce.
Measure could have ripple effect across region, including East County
By Miriam Raftery
April 27, 2014 (San Diego) –San Diego is the fifth most expensive city in America to live in, according to the New York Times, which reports it takes 41.4% of gross income on average just to pay rent in San Diego. An estimated 200,000 people in the city of San Diego earn minimum wage and about 300,000 households in our region have incomes too low to meet basic expenses, according to the Center on Poilcy Initiatives.
Aiming to help those who are struggling to make ends meet, Councilman Todd Gloria is asking the City Council to approve a ballot initiative that would raise the minimum wage. If approved by voters in November, the measure would raise the minimum wage citywide to $11.09 an hour in July 2015, $12.09 in July 2016 and $13.09 in July 2017, with cost of living increases after that. The measure would boost incomes by 30 percent for the lowest paid workers. It would also require employers to provide five paid sick days to workers.