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SHOP SMALL - SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY IS NOVEMBER 29

 

El Cajon plans special activities

November 15, 2014 (El Cajon) - Small Business Saturday is a day to recognize and shop small businesses held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year.  Avoid the hectic crowds and fighting for parking spaces, shop in your neighborhood.  Small Business Saturday activity is scheduled for the downtown El Cajon area from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

AFTER 35 YEARS, "ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BRITISH" CLOSES IN LA MESA'S VILLAGE AREA

 

By Jake Christie

 

November 11, 2014 (La Mesa)--No grand statement was made; no final red tag sale was held. The All Things Bright and British shop at 8401 La Mesa Boulevard  just faded away during the first fortnight of October, due to an unforgiving new landlord and general exhaustion by store owner Bill Jaynes, who has run the store since 2009.

LAKESIDE CHAMBER HOSTS BUSINESS MIXER AND TOY DRIVE NOV. 20

 

November 11, 2014 (Lakeside) - The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will hold a business mixer and toy drive at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds (Highway 67 and Mapleview St., Lakeside) on Thursday, November 20th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

JULIAN'S GOLDEN CHARIOT MINE SELLS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 11, 2014 (Julian) – The Golden Chariot mine along the Banner Grade near Julian was once a motherlode that produced nearly a million dollars worth of gold.  Commercial mining there ceased in 1931 during the Great Depression, though small-scale operations continued up until 2002, when a fire blazed through the Chariot Canyon.

ALPINE BEER CO. SELLS

 

East County News Service

November 11, 2014 (Alpine)—The Alpine Beer Company has long been popular among East County beer lovers. This week, the company announced it has been acquired by Green Flash.

A WIN FOR TAXI DRIVERS AT SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL

 

East County News Service

November 11, 2014 (San Diego) - San Diego’s City Council on Monday voted 8 to 1 to remove the cap on the number of taxi cab permits issued by the city.  Supporters led by Councilwoman Marti Emerald said the limit on caps had created an underground market.  Permits issued initially for a $3,000 fee were being resold for up to $140,000—with cab owners passing on costs to drivers, who were forced to work long hours at low wages.

MERCEDES BENZ DEALERSHIP TO OPEN IN EL CAJON

 

November 11, 2014 (El Cajon) –Seeking to boost sales tax revenues for the city, the city of El Cajon has been wooing car dealerships.  Car sales bring in about $4 million in sales tax annually – one-fifth of the city’s total sale tax revenues.

ETHANOL "FLEX-FUEL" COMING TO LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 8, 2014 (La Mesa) – Starting Monday, November 10, Center City Shell at 3810 Massachusetts Avenue will be offering up an ethanol fuel blend made from corn by Pearson Fuel.  The E85 Flex Fuel will be sold for a special rate of just 85 cents a gallon on opening day, when Miss California will be on hand for a ribbon cutting.

DANA QUITTNER HONORED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT ECEDC’S 30TH ANNIVESARY EVENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo, above: Dana Quittner, holding flowers, accepts Lifetime Achievement Award

Photo, right: Assemblyman Jones honors ECEDC; with Jo Marie Diamond and John Minto

By Miriam Raftery

November 8, 2014 (El Cajon)—An airplane hangar glitzed out in a Back-to-the-Future theme set the backdrop for the East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC) 30th anniversary celebration.  The event drew leaders from across the region including Assemblyman Brian Jones, who presented a legislative proclamation honoring the ECEDC.

The ECEDC, a nonprofit business growth organization, presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dana Quittner, a founding ECEDC board member. Presenting the award to Quittner was Jo Marie Diamond, ECEDC president/CEO, along with John Minto, ECEDC board chair and Santee City Council member, and Deanna Weeks, the first ECEDC CEO, now retired.

CHAMBER HONORS BUSINESS WOMEN

 

By Janis Russell

November 2, 2014 (El Cajon)- The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce held its 12th Annual Women in Leadership Luncheon at the Town and Country Resort Hotel’s Conference Center on October 17th.  The Chamber honored dynamic women who were leaders in their fields and their communities. These women had also demonstrated exemplary character, integrity, and outstanding leadership qualities.

OBAMA ISSUES ORDER TO IMPROVE CREDIT & DEBIT CARD SECURITY

 

October 24, 2014 (Washington D.C.)  - President Barack Obama has issue a White House initiative introducing PIN technology to make credit transactions more secure, providing greater security for both business owners and consumers.

CALIFORNIA HAS THE NATION'S WORST POVERTY RATE

 

East County News Service

October 21, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The U.S. Census Bureau’s data is in—and California has the highest level of poverty in the nation.   Nearly one in four Californians – 23.4 percent--are living in poverty.  That’s nearly 9 million people.

SAN DIEGO MINIMUM WAGE HEADS TO BALLOT

 

East County News Service

October 20, 2014 (San Diego)--If you’re a minimum wage worker in San Diego, the raise that the City Council voted for won’t be taking effect after all – at least, not until voters weigh in on the June 2016 ballot.

IMAGINE! CREATING WATER FROM AIR TECHNOLOGY TO BE FEATURED AT AFRICA TRADE & BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN SAN DIEGO OCT. 18

Here our interview with Vickie Butcher, Water for Children Africa:  http://kiwi6.com/uploads/new

Water for Children Africa launches pilot program in Africa that could be applied here, too

October 6, 2014 (San Diego) – What if we could create pure alkaline water from the air?  This futuristic technology will be explored as pilot projects for rural villages in Africa next summer, says Vickie Butcher, executive director of Water for Children Africa.

CITY CONSIDERS CRAFT BREWERY LEGISLATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 14, 2014 (San Diego) – San Diego is gaining a reputation nationally as one of America’s leading craft brewing cities.  Breweries have been opening up beer tasting rooms countywide—including urban or suburban areas, not just at breweries in industrial locations.

CRACKDOWN ON WINERIES USE OF VOLUNTEERS COULD CHILL LOCAL WINE INDUSTRY

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Small wineries have been flourishing since our County passed its boutique winery ordinance.  Unlike most small businesses, wineries that grow their own grapes can’t generate profits for several years, since it takes that long after planting vines before a quality wine can be produced.  Many local wineries have relied on friends and other volunteers to pick grapes, help with events and other tasks.

ECO-FRIENDLY AUTO CARE CENTER OPENS IN LA MESA

 

October 12, 2014 (La Mesa) - San Diego resident John Sterne, will be opening the first Honest-1 Auto Care to serve the La Mesa community at the end of October. The shop will be located at 7375 Jackson Drive.

ECEDC TO CELEBRATE ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY OCT. 25

 

October 8, 2014 (El Cajon)--The East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC), a local non-profit, business-growth organization founded in 1984, will host its own 30th birthday party with a special celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, inside an aircraft hangar at High Performance Aircraft, 1850 Joe Crosson Dr., El Cajon. The public is invited to attend.

POWAY BUSINESS EXPO RETURNS TO POWAY

 

September 24, 2014 (Poway)--The Poway Chamber of Commerce will host a business expo and networking mixer on Wednesday, October 29 at Maderas Golf Club, 17750 Old Coach Road, Poway from 3:30pm to 7:30pm.

GOOGLE AND OTHER TOP COMPANIES DUMP ALEC

 

 

September 23, 2014 (Silicon Valley) – A growing number of companies are heeding their customers requests and  ending their affiliations with the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC for short.  ALEC works to get model, right wing conservative measures benefitting corporations enacted in legislatures across the nation. Here in California, ALEC is chaired by East County’s State Senator Joel Anderson.

OBAMA TO LIMIT CORPORATE TAX DODGING

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 23, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – The Obama administration has taken steps to pull the plug on corporations moving their headquarters overseas to avoid paying taxes in the U.S.

DREW FORD SELLS TO SOCAL PENSKE FOLLOWING DEATH OF FAMILY PATRIARCH

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

September 19, 2014 (La Mesa)—Drew Ford, a fixture in La Mesa with roots dating back to 1927, has sold to SoCalPenske. Mallory Lee, agency manager at Drew Ford, confirmed the sale to ECM reporter Janis Russell, adding that she believes Penske will keep the facility a Ford dealership.

SIGNATURES TURNED IN FOR INITIATIVE TO OVERTURN MINIMUM WAGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 17, 2014 (San Diego)—Opponents of San Diego’s new minimum wage ordinance have gathered 56,000 signatures, more than the 34,000 needed to qualify the measure for the June 2016 ballot. The Registrar is currently working to verify the signatures. If it qualifies, the wage increase will be put on hold until voters weigh in.

BROWN SIGNS BILL TO GIVE WORKERS PAID SICK LEAVE

 

 

September 13, 2014 (Sacramento)—If you’re a part-time or full-time worker, you’ll soon have at least three paid sick leave days a year, starting in July 2015.

SIERRA CLUB: CHAMBER PROMOTING “SHAM” SITE THAT MISLEADS CONSUMERS ON UTILITY RATE PROPOSAL

 

CPUC holds public hearings Thursday, Sept. 18 in El Cajon on controversial utility rate change proposals

East County News Service

September 11,2014 (El Cajon) – Sierra Club’s San Diego chapter is warning consumers about deceptive claims made by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce regarding proposed changes in utility bills, including links to a utility-backed website debunked by media for its efforts to dupe the public into supporting anti-consumer measures.

The California Public Utilities Commission will hold two hearings  on the utility-backed proposed rate changes on September 18 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in El Cajon City Council chambers,200 Civic Center Way in El Cajon. The public is invited to attend and testify.

The Chamber sought to persuade members to testify in favor of proposed utility rate changes, suggesting they would save money for most. But those changes  would actually “raise energy costs for low and middle income customers, those who can least afford to pay more on their energy bill,” says Pete Hasapopoulos with the Sierra Club My Generation Campaign. In addition, he warns, “the proposed changes by utilities are unacceptable and threaten our energy efficiency and rooftop solar programs. As a result, they are deeply out of line with state and public priorities on energy and climate.”

TAXI DRIVERS SEEK FAIR SHARE: HEARING SET SEPT. 18

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 9, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - Many years ago, Councilwoman Marti Emerald and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith both worked as cab drivers. Now they are leading efforts to reform the City of San Diego’s taxicab policies and help hard-working cabbies.

CASH MOB COMES TO LA MESA SEPT. 13 FOR “REVIVE THE BLOCK PARTY” TO HELP SHOPS IMPACTED BY CONSTRUCTION

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 8, 2014 (La Mesa)—The East County Cash Mob is back – and you’re invited to help several struggling small business owners in La Mesa’s downtown village all day on September 13th.

“Times have been tough with local construction on the city streets. Their business has dropped 80 percent,” says Susan Barron, organizer of the event, said of the impact that torn up streets from a downtown revitalization project is having on local merchants.

Cash mobs organize through social media to draw customers and support small businesses during tough times. To participate, simply come prepared to spend $20 or more at any of the following businesses:

 

  • Act ll                   8321 La Mesa Blvd.
  • Wildflowers          8323 La Mesa Blvd.
  • Amethyst Moon    8329 La Mesa Blvd.
  • O’Dunn Fine Art    8325 La Mesa Blvd.
  • Glamour Girlz    special invited guest inside Amethyst Moon

FAST FOOD WORKERS STRIKE NATIONWIDE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 4, 2014 (San Diego)--Fast food workers across America on Thursday put down their burger flippers and picked up picket signs.  Workers went out on strike at an estimated 150 fast food restaurants nationwide. The workers want wages raised to $15 an hour . They point out that it’s not just kids working at fast food chains nowadays;  the economy has forced many adults including parents with families to take jobs in the fast food industry. Many are struggling at minimum wage jobs.

In some places, striking workers engaged in civil disobedience, from New York to San Diego. Locally, workers in City Heights staged a march from McDonalds to Burger King and Jack in the Box outlets.  Several staged a sit-in on the University Bridge over I-15 to draw attention of  motorists, and some protesters were arrested, KPBS reports.

MEASURE TO PROTECT TEMPORARY WORKERS PASSES SENATE, MOVES TO GOVERNOR'S DESK

 

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.

TORREY PINES BANK CELEBRATES A DECADE IN LA MESA

 

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.

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