Business and Labor

LA MESA CHAMBER ADOPTS 24 HOME-BOUND SENIORS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

By Mary England, La Mesa Chamber

October 8, 2017 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Chamber believes that being a good community leader includes assisting those in need. Each year we assist La Mesa homebound seniors and this year we shall assist 24 wonderful seniors - 20 women and 4 men. We collect items to make their holidays bright and meaningful.

TOAST OF EAST COUNTY: SAVOR THE FLAVORS OCT. 22

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 8, 2017 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will present this year’s “A Toast to East County” on Sunday, October 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.  at the El Cajon Elks Lodge 1812 (1400 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon).

FARMING IS A GROWING BUSINESS, 2016 COUNTY CROP REPORT SHOWS

 

East County News Service

October 4, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Agriculture values in San Diego County returned to their growing ways in the latest annual County Crop Report, increasing by 2.63 percent to nearly 1.75 billion dollars last year.  That’s a big shift, after two years of decline during the drought.

SAN DIEGO EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HONORS 2017 WILL AWARD WINNERS

 

East County News Service

Photo:  (from left to right):  Marla Black, Junior Achievement of San Diego County; Wendy McKinney, American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties; Martha King, King Schools; Van Tran, Sharp Grossmont Hospital; Michelle Bergquist, Connected Women of Influence; Kristine Costa, Waste Management, Inc.; Barbara Ryan, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego; Bonnie Rush, Breast Imaging Specialists.

September 26, 2017 (La Mesa) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce recently honored eight women with 2017 Women in Leadership Luncheon (WILL) awards. Now in its 15th year, the annual WILL event honors women for their outstanding leadership, exemplary character and integrity in the community, as well as their efforts to empower women to succeed and prosper in life and business, Chamber officials said. The awards event was held Friday, Sept. 22 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in Mission Valley

NEED WORK OR BIZ RESOURCES? LOVE VINTAGE PLANES? EAST COUNTY MANUFACTURING EXPO AND RESOURCE FAIR OCT. 3 AT ALLEN AIRWAYS FLYING MUSEUM

 

By Valerie Watts

September 24, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Have you ever wondered what kind of businesses are located in East County, and whether there is anything actually being manufactured here?  You can find out when the East County Economic Development Council is hosts its 2nd annual Manufacturing Expo and Resource Fair on October 3, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Allen Airways Flying Museum in El Cajon (located at Gillespie Field). 

SENATOR ANDERSON SPEAKS SEPT. 27 AT LA MESA CHAMBER BREAKFAST

 

East County News Service

September 20, 2017 (La Mesa) – State Senator Joel Anderson will be the featured speaker at the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting on Wednesday, September 27 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Marie Callendar’s, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego.

15TH ANNUAL WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON SEPT. 22

 

Source: East County Chamber of Commerce

September 20, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will hold the 15th Annual Women In Leadership Luncheon (WILL)  at the Town and Country Hotel in Mission Valley on Friday, September 22nd from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. View the list of this year’s  2017 WILL Nominees.

RAMONA RANCH VINEYARD AND WINERY FIRST IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY TO BECOME CERTIFIED CALIFORNIA SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING

 

Source:  Ramona Valley Vineyard Association

Photo:  winemaker Micole Moore and co-owner Teri Kerns in the vineyard with ponies Thelma and Louise.

September 14, 2017 (Ramona) — Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery is the first in San Diego County to be designated Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE) as a result of meeting a comprehensive set of standards for “environmental stewardship, conservation of natural resources and socially equitable business practices” set by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA).

COUNCILMAN FACES NEW TURMOIL: ATTORNEY GENERAL PROBES CHARITY; WASTE MANAGEMENT WITHDRAWS CORPORATE SUPPORT OF KALASHO’S CHAMBER

 

By Paul Kruze

September 8, 2017 (El Cajon) – With hurricanes in the headlines this week, El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho finds himself in the eye of a storm—or several--yet again.  California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has sent Kalasho a letter of inquiry probing the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant USA” run by Kalasho.

SEIU ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT THAT AVERTS STRIKE AGAINST SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

By Chris Jennewein

Originally posted at Times of San Diego, a San Diego Online News Association member

September 10, 2017 (San Diego) -- The union representing 10,000 San Diego County employees announced Saturday it has reached agreement on a new contract that will avert a potential strike.

“We now have an agreement that helps to close the wage gap for critical public servants like nurses and social workers which is an essential step in alleviating chronic staff turnover and significant short staffing of services to vulnerable residents of San Diego,” said David Garcias, president of the Service Employees International Union local 221.

LABOR, CONSUMER PROTECTIONS SLASHED BY TRUMP JUST BEFORE LABOR DAY

 

Changes to cost California retirement savers $1.2 billion

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service, California

September 5, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- Just days before Labor Day, the Trump administration announced two policies that consumer advocates say hurt the average worker and favor Wall Street and big business.

On Wednesday, the Labor Department announced it is delaying by 18 months’ enforcement of key parts of the Obama-era Fiduciary Rule, which requires financial advisers to put clients' interests above their own when recommending investments.

SEIU COUNTY WORKERS CALL STRIKE FOR SEPT. 12-13

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: SEIU via Facebook

August 30, 2017 (San Diego) – Last night, Service Employees International Union Local 221 workers voted to hold a strike on September 12 and 13 over what the union contends are unfair labor practices. The union represents over 10,000 county employees in San Diego and Imperial Counties including public workers in county and city governments as well as school districts. Those workers include public health nurses, social services employees, librarians, clerical staff and more. 

FUN, FOOD AND PRIZES AT LA MESA CHAMBER'S SUMMER BASH BUSINESS EXPO AUGUST 17

 

East County News Service

 

 

August 16, 2017 (La Mesa) – The public is invited to join members of the business community to view the goods and services they provide, mix and mingle on Thursday, August 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.). You can also taste foods from many local restaurants and win over40 door prizes from participating vendors.

ASSEMBLY MEMBER RANDY VOEPEL SPEAKS OUT AT ALPINE CHAMBERS HOT TOPICS BREAKFAST

 

By Kendra Sitton

Photo, left and inside photo:  Henderson and Voepel speak after the breakfast

August 9, 2017 (Alpine) -- “Frank asked me to not get political and keep it positive. I'm going to fail him miserably,” said state Assembly member Randy Voepel. He addressed the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce at their monthly Hot Topics Breakfast at the request of Frank Sturnold, the interim executive of the Chamber while a restructuring is underway.

COURTYARD MARRIOTT IS HIRING: AUGUST 9 EVENT IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

July 24, 2017 (El Cajon) – The Courtyard San Diego Marriott hotel opening soon in El Cajon is now hiring for positions including  front desk associates,  housekeeping and laundry positions.  The East County Career Center will host the Courtyard on Wednesday, August 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NEW JOBS PROGRAM EMPLOYS AND EDUCATES HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS WHILE BUILDING AFFORDABLE SAN DIEGO HOMES

  

 

                                                                                            

By Terri Steele

 

July 17, 2017 (San Diego) -- There’s a ray of hope on the horizon for 16 to 24-year-olds looking for jobs, an education and a better future.  It springs from a $1.3 million U.S. Department of Labor grant recently awarded to the not-for-profit Heartland Coalition. 

The hope is with a program called YouthBuild.  And it’s working with East County community partners like Rock Church, Foothills, the County of San Diego and City of El Cajon to help them identify disaffected youth who are eager to get back to work and need an education.

"MONEY TALKS" AT NEXT ALPINE CHAMBER BREAKFAST JULY 11

 

By Jo Moreland, Alpine Chamber of Commerce

June 30, 2017 (Alpine) -- Follow the money at the next “Hot Topics Breakfast” of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce. Guest speaker Dan McAllister, the San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector, will give an overview of what his office does during the Tuesday, July 11 Chamber meeting.

MIDWAY MUSEUM SPEAKER AT EAST COUNTY LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON AUGUST 17

 

East County News Service

June 29, 2017 (El Cajon) – John “Mac” McLaughlin, president and CEO of the USS Midway Museum and a retired Navy Rear Admiral, will be the keynote speaker at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Luncheon. The event takes place on August 17 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon.

SANTEE CHAMBER HOSTS 2ND ANNUAL BLACK TIE GALA SEPT. 16

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 29, 2017 (El Cajon) – Classic cars and modern aircraft are all art of this year’s second annual Black Tie Gala hosted by the Santee Chamber of Commerce at High Performance Aircraft at Gillespie Field. The event on Saturday, September 16 at 6 p.m. also features live music, an awards dinner, dancing and more.

BARGAIN HUNTERS, OTHERS ENJOYED ALPINE FLEA MARKET

 

By Jo Moreland

June 28, 2017 (Alpine) -- Browsing and buying cheap goods, great services and delicious food made the Alpine Flea Market the spot to shop on June 24.

Shoppers and vendors at 45 booths ignored the warm weather in order to make hot sales.at the flea market, located in the parking lot at Joan MacQueen Middle School.

VETERAN JOBS BILLS PASS U.S. HOUSE

 

House approves legislation to cut red tape, help veterans qualify for jobs in commercial trucking

East County News Service

June 28, 2017 (San Diego) – The House of Representatives has approved bipartisan legislation to ease veterans’ transition into civilian employment opportunities by streamlining the process for trained service members to obtain commercial drivers’ licenses (CDL). The move comes as the commercial trucking industry faces a shortage of roughly 48,000 drivers, according to data from the American Trucking Associations. This legislation would allow veterans, many of which are already trained to operate heavy military vehicles, to help fill this gap.

TRAVEL + LEISURE CHOOSES RAMONA WINERY VINEYARD GRANT JAMES AS #2 WINERY IN U.S. TO VISIT

 

Source:  Ramona Valley Vineyard Association

June 22, 2017 (Ramona) --Travel + Leisure, a leading travel publication, recently named Vineyard Grant James, located in San Diego County’s Ramona Valley wine region, the number two winery in the United States in its list of “a few select vineyards around the country that go above and beyond to astound visitors.”

SAN DIEGO’S OLDEST FAMILY-RUN BICYCLE SHOP IS NEW KID ON THE BLOCK IN SANTEE

 

By Patty Mooney

Photo:  Patty Mooney and Mark Schulze married on their mountain bikes in San Diego’s Cleveland National Forest in 1987; creative commons photo by Rolf Schulze via Wikipedia

June 20, 2017 (Santee) - There’s a new kid on the block (8774 Cuyamaca Street) in Santee. Heads up to bicyclists in the neighborhood, because the “new kid” happens to be the illustrious Zumwalt’s Bicycle Center.  The shop has served avid bicyclists in San Diego for over 85 years now and is the oldest family-run bicycle shop in our region.  The cyclery had its roots in North Park when Robert Zumwalt, weary of repairing lawnmowers, began repairing bicycles and opened Zumwalt’s Bicycle Hospital along with his father on University Avenue in 1931.  Father and son added bicycle sales, starting with Schwinn.  The small shop weathered WW2 during which steel was unavailable for consumer goods like bicycles.  So Zumwalt’s fell back on bicycle repairs and reconditioning used bicycles.  When the war ended, the popularity of bicycles skyrocketed and Zumwalt’s cyclery flourished.

EDCO RECEIVES E.A.R.T.H. AWARD FROM SAN DIEGO EARTHWORKS

 

East County News Service

June 13, 2017 (San Diego) - At the May 24, 2017 V.I.P. (Very Important Planet) Reception held at the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department, San Diego EarthWorks recognized EDCO with the E.A.R.T.H. (Environmental Action and Restoration That Helps) Award for EarthFair efforts. There to accept the award on EDCO’s behalf was John Snyder, EDCO’s Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, and Elmer Heap, EDCO’s Division Manager.

EAST COUNTY CHALDEAN CHAMBER LOSES TRADEMARK; DETROIT-BASED CHALDEAN CHAMBER OPENS OFFICES HERE

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 13, 2017 (El Cajon ) -- The U.S.  Patent and Trademark Office has issued an order cancelling Ben Kalasho’s trademark for the San Diego-East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce name.  The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board held that the trademark caused confusion with the Chaldean  American Chamber of Commerce based in Detroit, which has been using the name since 2001. 

The board held that the trademarks were similar and that the local group used the entirety of the Detroit group’s name in its branding.

Kalasho founded and served as President of the local Chamber before stepping down earlier this year to avoid conflcts of interest after his election to the El Cajon City Council.  Kalasho’s wife, Jessica, currently serves as President.

DETHRONED BEAUTY PAGEANT QUEEN FILES FRAUD AND DEFAMATION SUIT; COUNCILMAN KALASHO DENIES ALLEGATIONS

 

 

 

Kalasho provides documents to bolster his defense, though this isn't first time he has faced claims of fraud or ethics questions

By Miriam Raftery

Updated with comments from Tawfiq's attorney

June 7, 2017 (El Cajon) – A lawsuit has been filed against the Miss Middle East Beauty pageant  USA Inc. and Ben (Bessmon) Kalasho, organizer of the pageant and an El Cajon City Councilman.

The suit, filed by pageant winner Zhala Tawfiq and first reported by the Reader, claims the pageant is fraudulent, that prize money was not paid, and that after she objected to giving up passwords to her social media accounts, photos of her face photoshopped onto someone else’s nude body were posted on  an Instagram page named “Zhala_Tawfiq_Fanpage” with a  post reading, “Leaked images of Miss Middle East Beauty Queen.”  Soon after she was removed as pageant winner and the title was given to the runner-up.

Asked if he posted the photos, Kalasho told East County Magazine, “Absolutely not." He indicated Tawfiz was replaced due to not fulfilling terms of her contract.

BILLS TO BENEFIT WORKING WOMEN ADVANCE IN ASSEMBLY

 

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher wins approval of package of bills helping women in the workforce

East County News Service

June 1, 2017 (Sacramento) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) has won approval for several “women in the workplace” initiatives she authored this year to address income inequality as well as the challenges of working while pregnant or as a young mother.

DISCOVER NEW HISTORIC HIGHWAY 67: PASSPORT THROUGH TIME FUN RIDE JUNE 17

 

East County News Service

June 1, 2017 (San Diego’s East County)  You’re invited to join in a fun drive to discover the unveiling of Historic Highway 67 in San Diego’s East County on June 17th from 8:30 to 1 p.m.  Travel through the wild and scenic countryside, stopping at pit stops in El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside and Ramona to get your passport stamped and win drawing tickets for prizes.

This event is  presented by the Historic Highway 80 Corporation along with the Santee, Lakeside, Ramona, and San Diego East County Chambers of Commerce.

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.

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