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INCUBATING NEW BUSINESSES IN EAST COUNTY: HEAR NOORI BARKA’S PLANS TO CREATE GOOD JOBS FOR OUR REGION

 

 

Hear our interview with Noori Barka, which originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM: http://kiwi6.com/file/4hyd7316l4

December 18,2014 (El Cajon) –Imagine a place where people who want to start new businesses in East County can have free space, resources and investors—if they pledge to provide jobs here in East County. That’s the concept that Noori Barka, president of Calbiotech and a leader in the Iraqi-Chaldean community in El Cajon, aspires to attain by starting up an incubator business concept here.   He’s helped to launch a new 501c3 nonprofit, the San Diego East County Business Incubator with a goal of opening its doors next year.

 “If you have an idea, you want to start a business…we will incubate you for up to three years and during this time we will give you the full support,”  Barka told East County Magazine. Start-up businesses will be given space, tools, expertise, and investors.  After graduating in three years, people can receive continuing support – provided that they launch new businesses in East County. 

Barka hopes to create good-paying jobs in the biotech industry and other fields, helping to solve the high unemployment in East County, particularly among the new immigrant community, where unemployment is nearly 50 percent.

NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET ASSOCIATION DONATES 7,000 TOYS TO CHILDREN IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 16, 2014 (El Cajon)--The Neighborhood Market Association held its sixth Annual NMA Toy Drive for disadvantaged  youth around San Diego on Sunday at the Crystal Ballroom in El Cajon, raising  over 7,000 toys that were given out to thousands of children throughout the community.

CHALDEAN CHAMBER MARKS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: Chamber President Ben Kalasho with Lemon Grove Councilwoman Racquel Vasquez

December 11, 2014 (San Diego) --The East County Chaldean-American Chamber of Commerce celebrated its one-year anniversary in late November with a gala anniversary party at Barfly in La Jolla.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH THE “CHIEF ELF” FOR LA MESA’S CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Hear our interview (originally aired on KNSJ):  http://kiwi6.com/file/s34h0ei7y4

December 11, 2014 (La Mesa)—It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in La Mesa’s downtown village, where holiday lights are twinkling and festivities are set to begin for the 25th annual Christmas in the Village celebration on Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13.  

East County Magazine sat down for an interview with John Vigil, self-proclaimed “Chief Elf” from the La Mesa Village Merchants Association and Shannon O’Dunn, owner of O’Dunn Fine Art, for a sneak preview of this year’s event—and why it’s especially important this year for local merchants to have a strong community turn-out.

BRIBERY SCANDAL ENSNARES CARLYLE GROUP & RIVERSTONE HOLDINGS: PARENT COMPANIES BEHIND OCOTILLO WIND AND QUAIL BRUSH PROJECTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 9, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Corporations behind the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility  and the failed Quail Brush gas-fired power plant in San Diego are being sued in federal court amid revelations of bribery allegations and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

NEW EL CAJON 7-ELEVEN STORE IS 'MUSIC TO THEIR EARS'

 

Retailer Donates $711 to San Diego Music Foundation for Taylor Guitars in Local Schools

December 2, 2014 (El Cajon)--7-Eleven, Inc. will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest El Cajon store Wednesday, Dec. 3, that includes free coffee, donuts, and guitars for local schools. The store is located at 500 N. Second St., south of Interstate Highway 8.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR EL CAJON CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

 

December 2, 2014 (El Cajon) – Nominations are now being accepted for El Cajon Citizen of the Year through December 19th. Do you know someone who has selflessly worked to better the El Cajon community?

SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE WORKPLACE PREGNANCY CASE

 

 

“Biggest test of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in a generation” – attorney Tom Spiggle, author of You’re Pregnant, You’re Fired!

East County News Service

December 1, 2014 (Arlington, VA) On December 3 the Supreme Court will decide on the biggest test of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act in a generation when it determines the outcome of the Young vs. United Parcel Services case. The case centers around a pregnant employee, Peggy Young, who was denied a request for light duty despite a letter from a medical provider requesting that she not be required to lift heavy packages.

GLAMOUR HAIR SALON SPA NOW OPEN IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 

East County News Service

November 28, 2014 (Rancho San Diego) – If you’re looking for glitz and glamour, you’ll find it at the Glamour Hair Salon Spa.  The East County Chaldean Chamber of Commerce recently celebrate the grand opening of the salon and spa, located at 1480 Jamacha Road, Suite 202 in the Rancho San Diego community of El Cajon.

WALMART WORKERS STRIKE ON BLACK FRIDAY, ASK PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR FAIR WAGES FROM NATION'S RICHEST RETAIL OWNERS

 

 

East County News Service

November 28, 2014 (San Diego)— “This Black Friday, there will be a different kind of crowd at Walmart stores around the country,” says Cynthia Murray, a Walmart worker seeking to make change at the nation’s biggest retailer.

She explains, “Workers like me are going on strike, and we’re bringing our communities out to call for an end to Walmart’s unfair labor practices. As Walmart workers, we are sick of struggling to put food on the table while our hard work makes the country’s wealthiest family, the Waltons, even richer. But when we speak up for fairer treatment, we face threats and harassment from our managers. We’re striking to show Walmart and the Waltons that we can’t be silenced.”

ASSEMBLYWOMAN GONZALEZ ANNOUNCES 'DOUBLE-PAY ON THE HOLIDAY' BILL FOR THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS DAY WORKERS

 

East County News Service

November 25, 2014 (San Diego)--In recent years, ‘Black Friday’ shopping deals have increasingly spread into the Thanksgiving holiday, forcing workers to miss out on celebrating the holiday and spending time with their families in order to keep their jobs. In some cases, this work has become mandatory, forcing workers to give up their Thanksgiving holiday or risk losing their jobs. Many of these business practices have also been carried over to Christmas as well. The increasing commercialization of the holiday season has created significant public backlash, including petitions, media criticism, and worker protests.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HOSTS HOLIDAY FIRST FRIDAY BREAKFAST & TOY DRIVE

 

November 24, 2014 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will hold its next First Friday Breakfast  at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon on December 5 at 7:15 a.m. Hosted and Sponsored by Viejas Casino & Resort, this special Holiday First Friday includes collecting toys for the East County Toy Drive established by Stoney’s Kids and the Salvation Army.  Bring an unwrapped toy like a soccer ball, curling iron, a bicycle, or a gift card for teens or tots and for each gift valued over $10, Viejas will give you a drawing ticket to win great prizes including an overnight stay package at the Viejas Hotel.  Go Here to reserve your seat for breakfast.

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.

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