Business and Labor
“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.
April 16, 2014 (El Cajon) – Inequality for All, a film by Robert Reich, documents how massive consolidation of wealth by a handful of people threatens the middle class, the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy . Reich is the former U.S. Secretary of Labor and professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
The film will be shown on April 17 at 7:15 p.m. during a meeting of the East County Democratic Club at Coco's Restaurant, 1025 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon, CA 92020. A discussion will be held after the film showing. View a film trailer here:
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, 2014 (Poway)-- Members of the business community are invited to attend the Poway Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Mixer held at Streeter Printing, 9880 Via Pasar, San Diego (Miramar area near Hwy 15). The Mixer will take place on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 5:30 -7:30PM. Catering compliments of Dream Dinners and Buca di Beppo. You must RSVP by to avoid being charged $10 at the door.
April 11, 2014 (Santee)--On Thursday, May 8, 2014 the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the Santee Chamber of Commerce invite you to join them for an evening mixer at Lantern Crest Senior Living, 11010 Sunset Trail in Santee.
April 10, 2014 (Poway) – The Poway Chamber of Commerce hosted the first annual Mickey Cafagna Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, March 28, 2014. The event was held at Maderas Golf Club in Poway. The tournament included a day of golf and an awards reception that honored the former Poway Mayor, Mickey Cafagna.
Photo: immigrant-owned businesses in San Diego’s Little Mogadishu, Little Saigon, and downtown El Cajon
By Nadin Abbott
April 9, 2014 (San Diego)—In recent years there has been considerable debate over how to modify the immigration system and how to grow the economy. Both are related--and both matter to not just the national economy, but our regional economy. There has also been renewed emphasis in growing our export capacity, which has lagged. But there has always been an emphasis on small businesses as the engine of American economy—and now a new report shows that immigrants are fueling that engine.
April 10, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Aspire Martial Arts, located in Rancho San Diego is excited to announce their hosting a free "Hyper Launch Party" April 19th at 4 p.m. Aspire Martial Arts is a proud licensee of the Hyper Martial Arts curriculum. Hyper combines traditional martial arts with elements of gymnastics, resulting in extreme high jumps, flips and twists with your kicks, strikes and blocks. . This event is open to the all martial art students, family, friends and anyone interested in taking their training to the next level to become a martial arts athlete! Space is limited. Please call 619-303-3725 to reserve your stop.
April 9, 2014 (Pine Valley) — Christina Walker, Owner and Founder of The Rockin’CW Ranch and Splash of Passion LLC, has been selected as an Honored Member of the National Association of Distinguished Professionals. The selection recognizes Christina Walker’s commitment to excellence in Hospitality and outdoor recreation.
By Miriam Raftery
April 9, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – As a slap in the face to women on Equal Pay Day today, Senate Republicans blocked passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act for women – for the third time. The measure failed due to lack of a single Republican vote. The bill had aimed to provide more effective remedies for women who are paid less than men for the same work.
California's Senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, both Democrats, support the bill. On the House side, San Diego Democratic Congresswoman Susan Davis is pushing for passage of a similar measure, H.R. 377. San Diego Democratic Congressman Scott Peters is a cosponsor of the bill, which local Democratic Congressman Juan Vargas also supports.
East County Republican Congressman Duncan D. Hunter has previously voted no on a similar paycheck fairness measure for women, along with San Diego Republican Darrell Issa.
April 8, 2014 (San Diego)--California State Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez today announced the creation of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace and named Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) as its chair.
SAN DIEGO CHAPTER OF CALIFORNIA LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION ELECTS MEMBERS TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
East County Resident Named President
April 7 2014 (Lakeside) - The San Diego Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), a non-profit trade organization of licensed landscape and landscape-related contractors elected its board of directors recently. East County resident Lawrence O’Leary was elected president of the board for a second term. The other elected board members are:
March 29, 2014 (San Diego) -- If you have considered developing your skills to transition to a new career or are reentering the workforce after time away, Congresswoman Susan Davis invites you to attend a free Career Reentry and Development Panel program on april 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at San Diego State University. See below for details.