Business and Labor

MEDIA WATCH: COMCAST-TIME WARNER CABLE MERGER SCUTTLED

 

 

East County News Service

April 24, 2015 (Washington D.C.) -- Federal regulators have decided that a merger proposed between the nation’s two largest cable companies would not be a marriage made in heaven. On Friday, Comcast announced that it has officially dropped its effort to acquire its chief rival, Time Warner Cable.

WOMEN OF INFLUENCE ANNOUNCES 2015 AWARD WINNERS

 

April 22, 2015 (San Diego)—Connected Women of Influence has announced the winners in its 2015 Women of Influence Awards. Below are the winners; for full details on these remarkable women, visit http://connectedwomenofinfluence.com/women-of-influence-awards-2015-award-winners-highlights/.

TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TRADE PACT SPARKS RIFT BETWEEN LABOR AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS VS. BUSINESS ADVOCATES

 

Photo: Senator Elizabeth Warren, critic of the trade deal.

By Miriam Raftery

April 22, 2015 (Washington D.C.)--There’s a battle brewing between the Democratic Party’s labor and business wings over the impending Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, that the Obama administration hopes to reach with 11 Asian-Pacific nations.

SUPERVISOR JACOB ADDRESSES LA MESA CHAMBER MEMBERS

Source: La Mesa Chamber of Commerce

April 23, 2015 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Chamber members and local business owners joined together on Tuesday, April 14th to learn of upcoming Chamber activities and hear from the guest speaker, Supervisor Dianne Jacob. 

Supervisor Jacob shared her accomplishments from the past several years, discussed new ordinances for agricultural activities within the county and shared her new passion, The Alzheimer's Project: A Call To Arms.

The Supervisor shared the startling statistics of the negative and detrimental impact of this disease. Supervisor Jacob also informed the audience that not only does Alzheimer's impact the deterioration in the health of the patient, but it has a huge negative impact on the family members that are care givers. She is encouraging partners on this project and challenged groups to come on board and be a part of this project.

PRET-A-PORTER SALON & SPA RAISES FUNDS FOR CLEAN BEACHES IN SAN DIEGO

 

April 16, 2015 (La Mesa)--Thirty years ago, a group of surfers from Malibu, California, were concerned about the health risks associated with environmental threats posed by escalating coastal development at their favorite surf spot. They took action. Not even they could have envisioned the history they were making when they succeeded in protecting their beloved surf spot.

ALCOHOL SALES TRAINING PROGRAM FOR MERCHANTS OFFERED APRIL 30 IN EL CAJON

 

April 14, 2015 (El Cajon)—Communities Against Substance Abuse (CASA) and the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce are offering a training program for stores on how to avoid selling alcohol to minors.  A recent sting operation by El Cajon Police found 18 of 66 stores selling alcohol to minors – and three stores did it twice.

IN EVERY STATE, WOMEN ARE MORE LIKELY THAN MEN TO LIVE IN POVERTY

 

Equal Pay Would Cut Poverty Rate for Working Women by More than Half

April 8, 2015 (Washington, DC)—In advance of Equal Pay Day on April 14, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) released a new report showing that women have higher rates of poverty, and much lower rates of business ownership than men in all 50 states despite having made significant progress over the last 25 years in attaining a college education. This trend is especially pronounced among the youngest workers.

HOBBY LOBBY COMING TO LA MESA

East County News Service

April 2, 2015 (La Mesa)—Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. has announced plans to open a store in La Mesa on Grossmont Boulevard, off Jackson Drive, in the same center as Toys R Us and the new Ross for Less store.  The national chain of craft and home décor stores based in Oklahoma operates over 650 stores and is listed by Forbes and Fortune magazine among the nation’s largest retail companies.

BAJA FARM WORKERS ON STRIKE

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 31, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Farm workers in the Valley of San Quintin in Baja California, Mexico staged a strike last week, including many Native Americans protesting low pay and deplorable working conditions.

ALL THE PERKS: LA MESA COFFEE SHOP SUPPORTS YOUNG MILITARY FAMILIES WITH 15-DAY FUNDRAISER

 

April 1, 2015 (La Mesa)—All the Perks Espresso Café has announced a 15-day fundraiser to benefit young, disadvantaged families of U.S. soldiers. From April 1 through April 15, the coffee shop at 8046 La Mesa Blvd. (in the La Mesa Springs Shopping Center) will donate 10% of sales to Support the Enlisted Project (STEP). The shop will also be a collection point where customers can drop off donated diapers, wipes, clothing, toys, household items, infant car seats, strollers, cribs, high chairs, items for new families, retail and grocery gift cards.

SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB TO SPEAK AT LA MESA CHAMBER BREAKFAST APRIL 14

 

March 25, 2015 (La Mesa)—Supervisor Dianne Jacob will be the featured speaker at the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Marie Callender's, 6950 Alvarado Road San Diego, CA 92120.

ENVISION COLOR, NEW ARTWORKS STUDIO AND SUPPLIES, OPENS IN RAMONA

 

March 26, 2015 (Ramona) --Envision Color, creative artworks studio and supplies is now open for business at 733 Main Street.  Proud owners Carli Walsh and Donna Parsons have teamed up to provide Old Town Ramona with a much needed multimedia art studio offering artistic opportunities to all ages and abilities. No experience is required, just the passion for creating.

FBI ACCEPTING JOB APPLICATIONS

 

Deadline Extended to March 31, 2015

March 18, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - “Joining the FBI is like no other career choice you have explored. It is challenging. It is exciting. It is rewarding and every day you have a chance to serve your country,” says Special Agent Darrell Foxworth.

BILL WOULD CAP MINIMUM WAGE FOR TIPPED EMPLOYEES

 

East County News Service

March 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --Here’s a tip:  If you’re a waiter or waitress who earns a lot from tips, you might be left out of the upcoming minimum wage increase – if a bill backed by the California Restaurant Association wins approval in the state Legislature.

SILVER LININGS TRANSITIONS... HELPS PUT A "SPRING" IN STEPS OF PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY CHALLENGES

 

March 15, 2015 (San Diego's East County) -- Spring is a time of fresh beginnings.  Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, new animals are being born.  For local seniors in wheelchairs or using canes or walkers, it'll be an opportunity to decorate their largest accessory and celebrate life.

LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS "SPRING FLING BUSINESS EXPO" APRIL 29

 

March 16, 2015 (La Mesa)-- On Wednesday, April 29, 2015 the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join a unique evening and opportunity to meet some of the local businesses within the community. The “Spring Fling - Business Expo” is a new event that has been requested by local businesses to provide them an opportunity to showcase their goods and services.

HAGGEN CLOSES ESCROW, MOVES FORWARD ON CONVERSION OF 36 VONS AND ALBERTSONS STORES LOCALLY

 

East County News Service

March 7, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Haggen Pacific Southwest begins its conversion of 36 local Vons and Albertson’s stores countywide.  Haggen, a grocery chain headquartered in Washington state, focuses on healthy, natural and gourmet foods.

The first store making the changeover in San Diego County will be a former Albertsons in Carlsbad set to reopen March 11. Next will be two former Albertson’s stores in El Cajon, at 1608 Broadway and 13439 La Canada.

SDG&E EXCEEDS DIVERSE SPENDING GOALS NINE YEARS IN A ROW

 

March 3, 2015 (San Diego)-- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced another strong year of purchasing goods and services with diverse suppliers, exceeding the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) diverse spending goal for the ninth year in a row. In 2014, SDG&E reported that 44.4 percent or nearly $492 million of products and services were purchased from women, minority, and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.

SOCIALITES FASHION EVENT REVS UP CROWD AT NEW MERCEDES BENZ DEALER IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

March 3, 2015 (El Cajon) - Over 200 guests turned out for the first annual Socialites Fashion Event hosted in partnership with the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce and  Mercedes Benz of El Cajon on February 27th.

POWAY CHAMBER HOSTS MORNING BUZZ MARCH 11

 

March 3, 2015 (Poway)--The Poway Chamber of Commerce presents a new networking event, Morning Buzz, held on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30am at the Hamburger Factory, 14122 Midland Road, Poway. Morning Buzz breakfast meetings will take place on the second Wednesday of every month. There is a $10.00 registration fee that includes breakfast. Breakfast selections must be made when guests register.

CAREGIVERS HOLD VIGIL AT GOVERNOR'S HOMES

 

East County News Service

February 27, 2015 (San Diego) Caregivers from San Diego are heading to Sacramento this week to join a vigil outside Governor Jerry Brown’s home in Sacramento. The caregivers, who provide in-home support for elderly Californians and people with disabilities, are calling on Gov. Brown to treat their work equally under the law and provide the overtime pay that was promised as part of last year’s budget deal. A similar vigil is also planned at the Governor’s residence in Oakland.

CHAMBER’S “CABARET” EVENT SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL HEROES

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 26, 2015 (La Mesa)—The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce celebrated the accomplishments of local police, fire, medical response and senior volunteers at its annual “Salute to Heroes” banquet on February 18th at the Town and Country Hotel’s Golden Ballroom. 

The event also featured installation of officers and a “Come to the Cabaret” theme complete with New York cabaret singer Devlin, pianist Chris Drury, and a cabaret cake cooked up by Grove Pastry Shop.

This year’s honorees were:

TARGET AGREES TO PAY $4 MILLION FOR OVERCHARGING CUSTOMERS

 

East County News Service

February 18, 2015 (San Diego) – Target Corp. has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a complaint of overcharging consumers filed by the San Diego City Attorney, the Marin County District Attorney and other law enforcement agencies in additional counties.

RADIO SHACK DECLARES BANKRUPTCY, ANNOUNCES STORE CLOSINGS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Radio Shack has been a fixture in the American retail market for over 90 years. The company started off selling radio parts to ship operators before opening retail stores.

U.S. LABOR SECRETARY TO NEGOTIATE IN EFFORT TO END PORTS SLOWDOWN

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 15, 2015 (San Diego)--A labor dispute is causing slow-downs in ports along the West Coast.

Now President Barack Obama has announced he is sending his labor Secretary Tom Perez to California to meet with both sides and try to negotiate a settlement.

CALTRANS STUDY REVEALS ECONOMIC GROWTH POTENTIAL AT GILLESPIE FIELD

 

East County News Service

February 6, 2015 (El Cajon)--Gillespie Field in El Cajon ranks high among airports in California in potential for sustainable economic growth and job creation, according to a recent study by the California Dept. of Transportation (Caltrans), Division of Aeronautics.

POWAY CHAMBER LAUNCHES MORNING BUZZ

 

February 1, 2015 (Poway)--The Poway Chamber of Commerce is launching a new networking opportunity, Morning Buzz.  Morning Buzz events will take place on the second Wednesday of every month. The first event will be held at The Hamburger Factory on Wednesday, February 11 at 7:30 a.m. There is no fee to attend, but attendees are encouraged to purchase breakfast.

POWAY CHAMBER HOSTS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP

 

February 1, 2015 (Poway)--The Poway Chamber of Commerce will host an educational workshop for small business owners on Thursday, February 12 from 12:00pm-1:15pm. The workshop will feature guest speaker Rob Weinberg of MarketBuilding Team, and he will discuss forgotten and effective marketing tools.

MILHOLLAND SOLAR AND ELECTRIC CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVESARY AT NEW EL CAJON LOCATION

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 30th 2014 (El Cajon)—The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 22nd to welcome Milholland Solar and Electric to East County and celebrate the premier solar installation and electrical contractor’s 25th anniversary.  

Representatives for officials including Supervisor Dianne Jacob, State Senator Joel Anderson and Assemblyman Brian Jones were on hand to present awards, along with Chamber leaders, at Milholland’s spacious new headquarters at 1475 North Cuyamaca Street in El Cajon.

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