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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.
March 28, 2014 (San Diego)--A jury has awarded $1.3 million in punitive damages to David Bryant, a former billing supervisor at SDG&E. Bryant claimed the company fired him after he complained that SDG&E was targeting delinquency notices to low-income ratepayers, so that SDG&E could make money from late payment fees.
March 25, 2014 (San Diego)--Registered nurses who work in the large Veterans Administration hospital in San Diego have announced their request for an election to join the nation's largest organization of nurses, National Nurses United. California's largest RN union, the California Nurses Association, is affiliated with NNU.
By Nadin Abbott
March 25, 2014 (San Diego) On Monday, San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria brought a proposal to place a rise in the city’s minimum wage on the November ballot before the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. The proposal also includes paid sick days for workers in San Diego.
The committee approved the motion 2-1 on a partisan vote, with Councilmembers Marti Emerald and Sherri Lightner voting for it and Councilman Mark Kersey against it. Next, the City Attorney will draft language and return to the Committee. If approved, next the full City Council would need to pass the measure before it can come before voters.
Suit stemed from dispute with rival Chaldean chamber
By Miriam Raftery
March 23, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce founded by Ben Kalasho has been awarded an $8,500 Small Claims judgment in San Diego Superior Court against Daryl Idler, owner of Cottonwood Golf Resort in Rancho San Diego.
The award stems from Cottonwood’s cancellation of a launch event for the new Chamber slated for November 22. Cottonwood subsequently held an event December 3 for a rival chamber, the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce of California, founded by Johnny Oram. Kalasho’s Chamber sued for breach of contract.
By Miriam Raftery
March 19, 2014 (San Diego) – Should workers have the right to earned sick days? Should the minimum wage be raised in San Diego? A City Council committee will hold a hearing on these issues on Monday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall.
A new organization, Raise Up San Diego (www.raiseupsandiego.org) will hold a rally outside Council Chambers at 202 C Street in support of these proposals.
March 2, 2014 (Poway)-- The Poway Chamber of Commerce will host an educational workshop for small business owners on Wednesday, March 12from 11:30 a.m.-1:00p.m. The workshop will feature guest speaker Nathan Craig of Lundy Insurance Services, and he will discuss the current status of the ACA, extended deadlines, and requirements that affect small businesses (under 50 employees).
By Miriam Raftery
February 27, 2014 (San Diego) – Sick workers, particularly in the food service industry, pose risks to public health. But nearly half of all workers in the private sector locally lack paid sick time locally—including 80 percent of those in food service. That leaves workers a choice of coming to work sick, or losing pay.
February 27, 2014 (San Diego) -- Sempra Energy, parent company of SDG&E and SoCal Gas, reports a billion dollars in earnings for 2013, up from $813 million the prior year. For shareholders, that means earnings of $4.01 per diluted share.
By Jessica Richmond
February 23, 2014 (Lakeside)- Nestled along Maine Street in Lakeside, Krisarahs shop opened its doors on November 29th to share heartwarming antique, vintage and collectible items, natural body care products and more.
Krisarahs, once a dream held by owner Nanci Lynn Hallahan, has turned into a reality this past year with operational help from her daughter, Sarah Espiritu. Nanci dedicated the store’s name, Krisarahs, to an amalgamation of her two daughters, Sarah and Kristasl Roque.
February 4, 2014 (El Cajon)--The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce swore in its 35-member board of directors and presented awards at its 102nd Annual Dinner, held Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Allen Airways Flying Museum at Gillespie Field in El Cajon.
February 4, 2014 (Washington, D.C)--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has honored Taylor Guitars, the internationally famed guitar maker in El Cajon, as one of three U.S. companies presented an “Award for Corporate Excellence. Secretary Kerry praised Taylor Guitars for buying an ebony mill in Cameroon and using shades of ebony in manufacturing its guitars, not just black ebony once used exclusively, to protect forests from being depleted.
February 3, 2014 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce presents “Lights, Camera, Action!”, the 6th Annual Salute to Local Heroes on Feb. 19 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The event will celebrate 8 local heroes from the La Mesa Police Department, Fire Department, paramedics and the Retired Volunteers of the La Mesa Police Department. Enjoy bidding on an assortment of silent auction items and get lucky on raffles that offer many prizes.
ALPINE MOUNTAIN EMPIRE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR LEADERSHIP AND PUBLIC SERVICE AWARDS
January 28, 2014 (Alpine)—February 5 is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2014 Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce Leadership & Public Service Award. You can phone, e-mail, fax, go online or mail the names of the Alpine and Mountain Empire people, organizations or businesses you think deserve to be recognized for outstanding leadership or public service last year. Hosted by the Chamber, the awards will be presented on Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Viejas DreamCatcher Lounge in Alpine.
January 17, 2013 (San Diego) – On January 25th at 7 p.m., George Mann will perform a concert at Church of the Bretrhen, 3850 Westgate Pl., San Diego. The concert will feature songs from the historic 1941 tour know as the “Almanac Singers” – activists who toured the nation bringing folk music back to the people and spreading a message of unionization.
Songs featured include music of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and the Almanac Singers from these classic troubadours.
Gonzalez’s AB 1522 Would Require Workers Are Compensated For At Least Three Days Lost To Illness Annually
January 22, 2014 (San Diego) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) this week announced she has introduced legislation to guarantee workers in California at least three days of paid sick leave annually.
January 21, 2014 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s sixth annual Salute to Local Heroes will be a Hollywood-themed night titled, “Lights, Camera, Action!” The celebration will be held on Wednesday, February 19 from 5:30. to 8:30 p.m. at the Town & Country Resort Hotel (Pacific Ballroom), 500 Hotel Circle North in Mission Valley.
Source: San Diego County News Service
January 22, 2014 (San Diego)--Economists and other experts predicted moderate growth ahead in 2014 at the 30th Annual San Diego County Economic Roundtable Friday morning.
Speakers described housing prices stabilizing in San Diego and unemployment rates continuing to drop. These were just a few of the insights shared at the event, which again brought together experts to talk about big picture questions on the local, state and national economy.
The states of the job and real estate markets are always a big topic, and experts this year also offered overviews of the Affordable Care Act and how the manufacturing industry is doing. An estimated 400 people attended the free event at University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.
January 21, 2014 (Washington D.C)--America’s counties will have no option but to severely reduce or eliminate critical county services to the public if Congress fails to deliver funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program in the Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus spending bill.
Without annual PILT payments, many services including fire and emergency medical services, search and rescue, public health, law enforcement and justice operations could be affected. In many cases, counties will face more severe consequences including insolvency, default, and bankruptcy.
January 21, 2014 (San Diego)-- Congresswoman Susan Davis, economic experts and San Diegans impacted by the loss of emergency long-term unemployment insurance called on Congress to renew long-term unemployment insurance, which expired at the end of last year. Davis is a cosponsor of HR 3824, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act, to extend the unemployment insurance provisions through March 2014. The measure is in committee. A companion bill in the Senate was killed by a filibuster.
Photo: Elizabeth Maldonado Robinson, left, and Sister Justine Church, right, from the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice
By Jordan Schaffner
January 12, 2014 (La Mesa) -- With the church choir wearing Charger blue and gold in the background, Elizabeth Maldonado Robinson, Program Coordinator of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice and Sister Justine Church, Interfaith Committee treasurer, spoke about worker inequality last Sunday, January 6 at the United Church of Christ of La Mesa.
Maldonado Robinson said hotel workers earning minimum wage at the Hyatt in La Jolla are pressured to clean rooms within a certain time frame and often don’t receive breaks. When workers asked to speak to management collectively, they were refused. After objecting to this, a worker spoke to the manager in private. The worker was told she could have a break--but must take it in a closet filled with linens and toxic cleaning supplies. After many sanctions against workers, the manager finally agreed to let hotel workers organize--due to protests from the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice of San Diego County.