Business and Labor

9TH ANNUAL TASTE OF LA MESA JUNE 12 HAS DOZENS OF TASTING OPTIONS

 

East County News Service

May 18, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce encourages you to taste foods and beverages from dozens of local restaurants at the ninth annual “Taste of La Mesa” being held on Monday, June12th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa.

ANNUAL CAREERS IN MANUFACTURING TOUR SET FOR MAY 25

 

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

May 18, 2017 (El Cajon) - The East County Economic Development Council’s annual manufacturing tour for adult and veteran job-seekers, co-hosted by Cuyamaca College, is set for 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25.

BIKE TO WORK DAY IS THURSDAY, MAY 18

 

East County News Service

May 16, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Registration is now open for “Bike to Work Day!” Join thousands of San Diegans and cycle to work on Thursday, May 18.

Biking to work is a great way to save money, get fit, and be environmentally friendly.  Register for Bike to Work Day and log bike trips to be automatically entered to win one of many great prizes. 

MOST UNIONS STAY WITH LABOR COUNCIL AFTER RIFT

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 13, 2017 (San Diego) – The national AFL-CIO, California Labor Federation, and a majority of local unions will continue their affiliation with the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, according to a press release issued by the AFL-CIO. The reaffirmation of support for the Labor Council and its backing of working families comes after eight unions announced last week that they would leave to join a new San Diego Counties Working Council being formed by ousted Labor Council President Mickey Kasparian, as ECM reported.

LABOR COUNCIL SPLITS UP; OUSTED LEADER FORMS NEW WORKING FAMILIES GROUP

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  UFCW Local 135 on Twitter

May 10, 2017 (San Diego) — The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council is breaking up.  Eight unions announced last week that they will withdraw from the region’s most powerful labor organization.  The action came a day after the AFL-CIO’s national office took over control of the group and dismissed president Mickey Kasparian, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Kasparian was facing lawsuits alleging sexual harassment and discrimination, but has denied guilt.

IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS CONTRIBUTE OVER $200 MILLION IN TAXES

 

Study finds undocumented immigrants contribute $3 billion in California

Source: Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy

May 8, 2017 (San Diego) -- Undocumented immigrants contribute roughly $3 billion in taxes to California each year, over $1.5 billion of which goes to county coffers.

According to a new study from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), undocumented immigrants paid $109.8 million in taxes to San Diego County (in the form of property taxes and local sales taxes) and nearly $108.8 million in taxes to the state of California (in the form of personal income taxes and sales and excise taxes). 

LA MESA CHAMBER WELCOMES FARMER'S TABLE TO COMMUNITY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson

 

April 22, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday to celebrate the opening of Farmer's Table,  La Mesa's hot new dining spot. 

The restuarant specializes in farm-to-fork fresh cuisine, serving up hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily.  From a farmer's salad to wood-fired pizzas to a black and white tagliolini brimming with shellfish,  you'll find plenty to satisfy your appetite here.

ACLU HOSTS COUNTY BUDGET TOWN HALLS ON INVESTING IN SAN DIEGO FAMILIES

 

East County News Service

April 20, 2017 (San Diego) -- The Invest in San Diego Families Coalition invites you to join a series of Town Hall meetings throughout the county to discuss the San Diego County’s $5.4 billion budget and how it can better serve communities. The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties and other members of the Invest in San Diego Families encourage you to demand smart, impactful investment in San Diego and programs that will ensure more of its residents thrive.  A meeting in East County’s 2nd Supervisorial district will be held on May 22nd at La Mesa Methodist Church.

U.S. TO REDESIGN GREEN CARDS AND EMPLOYMENT ID DOCUMENTS

 

East County News Service

April 19, 2017 (San Diego) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017.  Below are details, provided by the agency:

TRUMP TO ORDER AGENCIES TO BUY AMERICAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 18, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order requiring federal agencies to buy American products and prioritize using American workers. In an effort to jumpstart the U.S. economy, the President aims to tighten up existing waivers to require approval by agency heads for making non-American procurements, GovExec reports.

TRUMP POLICIES HURT TOURISM AND THREATEN SAN DIEGO’S ECONOMY

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 16, 2017 (San Diego) – The U.S. is poised to lose $7.4 billion in lost tourism dollars this year and $10.9 billion next year due to President Donald Trump’s travel ban and other policies making travelers feel unwelcome in the U.S., Tourism Economics estimates, the Washington Post reports.  

CONGRESSMAN ISSA COAUTHORS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE FORMERLY INCARCERATED AMERICANS A FAIR CHANCE AT FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT

 

East County News Service

April 7, 2017 (San Diego) -- Reps. Darrell Issa, former Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, have introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Fair Chance Act that would give formerly incarcerated Americans a fair chance at obtaining employment with the federal government.  Senator Booker introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE RECEIVES $19,000 FROM NEIGHBORHOOD REINVESTMENT PROGRAM

 

Funds to furnish training room for Employment and Career Services at JFS Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus

East County News Service

April 7, 2017 (San Diego) – Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has been awarded more than $19,600 by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to create a special training room that will allow the agency’s Employment and Career Services department to provide job training and preparation services. The training room will be a resource for low-income San Diegans and will include new computer equipment, training materials and supplies.

LORENA GONZALEZ FLETCHER MARKS EQUAL PAY DAY WITH GENDER PAY GAP TRANSPARENCY ACT

 

East County News Service

April 7, 2017 (San Diego) -- Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) marked Equal Pay Day on Tuesday by announcing her new legislation that will require large companies to publicly disclose data on the gender pay gap between their male and female employees. Assembly Bill 1209, the Gender Pay Gap Transparency Act, has been named a top priority for the Stronger California women’s advocacy coalition for the 2017 legislative session.   

2017 LAKESIDE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS

 

East County News Service

April 7, 2017 (Lakeside) - Do you know someone who goes above and beyond for the betterment of our community? A friend, family member, or associate who loves Lakeside and is actively involved in doing their part to volunteer and lend a helping hand? If you do, then the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from you.

COLLEGES TO HOST CAREER DAYS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE AND SUSTAINABILITY JOBS

 

East County News Service

April 4, 2017 (El Cajon) --Both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are hosting free career fairs this month for students and the community to network with employers and to learn what jobs are on the horizon. A public service career day will be held on April 19th and a sustainability resource fair with information on sustainability careers is slated for April 27.  Below are details:

FTD HIRING 600 IN SAN DIEGO REGION FOR MOTHER’S DAY

 

East County News Service

April 1, 2017 (San Diego) -- FTD is hiring 650 seasonal customer service associates in San Diego for the upcoming Mother’s Day season.  This will add even more employment opportunities to the San Diego job market. According to the Labor Market Information Division of the California Employment Development Department, San Diego’s unemployment rate is down to 4.2 percent.

SABERING MARKS OPENING OF BEVMO IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

March 31, 2017 (El Cajon) – The grand opening of BevMo’s new store at 3777 Willow Glen Drive in El Cajon was heralded in with the “sabering” of a ceremonial champagne bottle.   Doug Ratto, EVP and Chief Merchant, wielded a sword to cut off the neck of the bottle to signfy store’s christening.

SYCUAN BREAKS GROUND ON CASINO EXPANSION INCLUDING NEW HOTEL AND EVENTS CENTER

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 31, 2017 (El Cajon) –“This is truly our day. We’re here to celebrate,” Sycuan Tribal Chairman Cody Martinez told a packed house during a groundbreaking on the Sycuan reservation for the tribe’s casino expansion.

The ambitious project will include a 12-story hotel resort with 300 rooms,  adult pool with swim-up bar, kids pool,  gardens including a 420-foot-long “lazy river,” new restaurants , spa,  60,000 in additional gaming space, and a spacious 11,401 square foot ballroom that can double as concert hall seating 1,200 or banquet room  with capacity for 700. The $226 million, 500,000 square foot project is slated to open in 2019.

SAN PASQUAL WINERY PICKS UP GOLD AND SILVER AWARDS

 

East County News Service

March 21, 2017 (La Mesa) – Linda McWilliams, winemaker at San Pasqual Winery in La Mesa, has picked up six more awards in the 2017 San Diego County Fair’s Toast of the Coast Wine Competition! Her latest honors include gold, silver and a special award:

VOEPEL'S VETERANS EMPLOYMENT PARITY ACT CLEARS FIRST LEGISLATIVE HURDLE

 

East County News Service

March 21, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This afternoon, the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs voted to support AB 353, the Veterans Employment Parity Act, with unanimous support (10-0).



"The Veterans Affairs Committee took an important step today toward expanding job opportunities for our nation's veterans. With a higher unemployment rate than the national average, it's critical that we provide private employers with the option to give preference to veterans during the hiring process," said Voepel.

CHAMBER HOSTS CONGRESSIONAL LUNCHEON APRIL 21 IN SAN DIEGO, TRIP TO D.C. IN SEPTEMBER

 

East County News Service

March 21, 2017 (San Diego) – The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a Congressional Luncheon on Friday, April 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in downtown San Diego.    Guests can hear directly from your local Congressional members about current activities in Washington D.C. and other federal issues related to the well being of our regional economy. Each Congressional member will provide a brief update followed by topical questions and answers.

VIEJAS CASINO AND RESORT NAMES THOMAS McCARTNEY AS PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER

 

East County News Service

March 21, 2017 (Alpine) -- Chairman Robert Welch of Viejas Band of The Kumeyaay Indians today announced the hiring of Thomas McCartney in the role of President and General Manager of Viejas Casino and Resort. The veteran casino and gaming executive will begin his new position November 1, 2016.

INTEREST RATE RISES

 

East County News Service

March 20, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates by as quarter of a point, the second increase in three months. But rates are still at a historic low range of 0.75 to 1 percent.

The hike means consumers will pay more for credit cards and home equity lines of credit and adjustable rate mortgages, but fixed rate mortgages and car loans are not expected to be affected since the anticipated change has already been calculated into those. People will also earn slightly more on savings accounts.

DENTAL DISCOUNTS FOR DOG FOOD DONATIONS TO HELP SENIORS IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

March 16, 2017 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Modern Dental Group (5620 Lake Murray Blvd.) is partnering with Animals, a nonprofit that provides animal services for the elderly.  Any patient who brings in a bag of dogfood to donate will receive a 15 percent discount on treatment.

VISITORS SWARM TO ALPINE HONEY FESTIVAL

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

March 13, 2017 (Alpine) -- Alpine’s First Annual Honey Festival, held March 11th, included teaching youths in their community about the history of their land.  That history includes honey and its production. In fact, this region was once the honey producing capitol of the world! Kids dressed up as bees and participated in an art show that portrayed bees and hives, with major doses of yellow and black.  But teaching kids about their local history was just a part of the festival.

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