Business and Labor

SAN DIEGO VOTERS APPROVE RAISING MINIMUM WAGE AND SICK TIME FOR WORKERS

 

Story and photo by Miriam Raftery

June 8, 2016 (San Diego) – By a resounding 63% to 37% margin, voters in the city of San Diego approved raising the minimum wage.  The ballot initiative also mandates 40 hours of paid sick leave a year for full-time workers.

EAST COUNTY CITY OFFICIALS AND SDG&E UPDATE PUBLIC AT CHAMBER’S FIRST FRIDAY BREAKFAST

 

By Janis Russell

June 7, 2016 (El Cajon) - San Diego’s East County Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Friday breakfast last Friday at Cottonwood Golf Club. SDG&E sponsored the event, and April Bolduc from SDG& E spoke about SDG&E’s “Power Your Drive” program. Other speakers were El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, Lemon Grove Mayor Mary Sessom, Santee Councilmember Jack Dale and La Mesa Councilmember Guy McWhirter.

FARM WORKERS’ OVERTIME PAY BILL FAILS PASSAGE IN ASSEMBLY

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: U.S. Department of Labor

June 4, 2016 (San Diego)— By a slim two-vote margin, a measure that would have given farm workers the same overtime pay as workers in other industries failed to win passage in the state Assembly  after emotional testimony on both sides.

In non-agricultural businesses, workers are entitled to overtime pay if they work more than eight hours a day or over 40 hours a week.  Although federal law does not mandate any overtime pay for farm laborers, California does require overtime pay for those working more than 10 hours a day or over 60 hours a week.  Assembly Bill 2757 would have required that farm workers who labor more than 8 hours a day would receive time and a half, while those working over 12 hours a day would receive double pay by 2020.

MISS MIDDLE EAST USA PAGEANT WINNERS RECEIVE CROWNS, SHATTER STEREOTYPES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Photo: Ben Kalasho presents scholarship check to Zhala Tawfiq, Miss Middle East USA 2016

 

June 3, 2016 (San Diego) — “Our goal is to empower and embolden Middle Eastern women and redefine the world,” said Ben Kalasho, president of the Chaldean-American Chamber of Commerce, organizer of the  Miss Middle East USA Pageant. “This was such a unifying event in San Diego; the nation must see that there are strong, independent women from the Middle East who aspire to lead by example and promote equality and women’s rights.”

REALTORS PLAY GOLF IN EL CAJON TO BENEFIT HOUSING FUND

 

 

East County News Service

 

June 1, 2016 (El Cajon) – The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors, a 2,300-member trade group for San Diego-area realtors, will hold its 41st annual fundraising golf tournament starting with check-in  7 a.m. on Friday, June 3, at Cottonwood Golf Course, 3121 Willow Glen Road, El Cajon.

ANTIQUES IN THE VILLAGE WILL SOON BE HISTORY

Customer Appreciation Day June 2; store closes June30

By Miriam Raftery

June 1, 2016 (La Mesa) – For the past 18 years, Antiques in the Village has been a fixture in La Mesa’s downtown village, offering a delightful mix of antiques and collectibles.  But owners Larry and Francis Settle are retiring—and the shop will be closing its doors permanently on June 30th.

On June 2nd, the couple is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day.  “Everything will be 30 to 50 percent off,” says Larry, adding that refreshments will be served up along with bargain prices. Discounts will continue to be offered until the final day at month’s end.

ABNA GARDEN PARTY MIXER IN ALPINE JUNE 9

 

East County News Service

May 25, 2016 (Alpine) - Alpine Business Networking Association (ABNA) is holding a Garden Party Mixer on Thursday, June 9th at 5:30 p.m. at Alpine Garden & Gifts located at 2442 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine. The evening’s highlights will include a delicious barbeque dinner and speakers Kathy Matranga (water-wise plant suggestions and grass replacement) and Frank Sturniolo (“Reach for Life”).

LOWE’S TO PAY $8.6 MILLION TO SETTLE EEOC DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION SUIT

 

Retail home improvement and appliance store chain fired thousands of workers with disabilities due to rigid leave policy, federal agency charges

Photo courtesy Mike Mozart on Flickr

East County News Service

May 20, 2016 (Los Angeles) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the approval of the resolution of a nationwide disability discrimination case against home improvement, appliance and hardware giant Lowe’s.  U.S. District Court Judge André Birotte Jr. approved the consent decree which calls for the distribution of $8.6 million.

“EAT YOUR HEART OUT” AT THE 8TH ANNUAL TASTE OF LA MESA JUNE 6

 

Source:  La Mesa Chamber of Commerce press release

May 10, 2016 (La Mesa) --The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announces that the 8th Annual “Taste of La Mesa” will be held on Monday, June 6, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa. The public is invited to sample fare from many local restaurants and other food providers.

ALPINE LIBRARY SPEAKERS AT CHAMBER’S “HOT TOPICS” BREAKFAST MAY 10

 

East County News Service

May 5, 2016 (Alpine) - The Alpine-Mountain Empire Chamber’s “Hot Topics” breakfast will be at Mike Place, 1602 Alpine Blvd. on May 10th at 7:15 a.m.  This month’s breakfast features two speakers: Christine Connell with the Alpine Library Friends Association and Jefferson Baker, the Acting Branch Manager of the Alpine Library. 

REALTORS HOST FREE SHREDDING, E-WASTE RECYCLING

 

East County News Service

May 5, 2016 (San Diego) - The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 2,300-member trade group for San Diego-area realtors, will provide free paper shredding and electronic recycling services from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, May 13, at PSAR’s East County Service Center, 1150 Broadway, El Cajon. The event is open to the public.

SUPREME COURT PROTECTS POLITICAL FREE SPEECH FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

 

East County News Service

Photo: Pixabay, Creative Commons

April 26, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – If you’re a public employee, you can’t be fired or demoted for supporting a political candidate that your boss doesn’t like.  By a 6-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision strengthening free speech protections for 22 million public employees nationwide. 

SPRING BUSINESS FESTIVAL BLOOMS IN ALPINE MAY 18

 

East County News Service

April 24, 2016 (Alpine) -- If you want your business, organization or agency to blossom, sign up for the May 18 Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce 2016 Spring Business Festival. There will be marketing opportunities for Chamber members from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Alpine Regional Center’s lobby area at 1620 Alpine Boulevard  in Alpine. The general public is invited to attend free.

HISPANICS NOW LEAD SMALL BUSINESS CREATION IN CALIFORNIA

 

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

By Chris Jennewein

Photo: The owner of a flower shop. Courtesy UC Riverside

April 24, 2016 (San Diego) - If Republican front-runner Donald Trump succeeds in building his border wall, it may choke off the fastest growing source of new businesses in California.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES COMING TO 2016 EAST COUNTY CAREER EXPO MAY 4 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE







East County News Service



April 24, 2016 (El Cajon) - More than 50 employers from throughout the region will converge on Cuyamaca College May 4 to recruit applicants for an array of available jobs during the 2016 East County Career Expo.

GONZALEZ BILL TO PREVENT SEXUAL ASSAULT OF JANITORS ADVANCES

 

AB 1978 would establish janitorial workforce protections against sexual harassment

April 23, 2016 (Sacramento) -- A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to establish janitorial workforce protections against sexual harassment and create a janitorial contractor registration system was approved on a 5-2 vote by the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment last week.

PACKED HOUSE FOR CHIEF VASQUEZ AT LA MESA CHAMBER BREAKFAST

 

By Liz Alper

Photo by Miriam Raftery

April  22, 2016 (San Diego) – La Mesa Chamber of Commerce members and guests came bright and early to Marie Callender’s for a breakfast with new La Mesa police chief Walt Vasquez on April 13th.

SENATOR HUESO’S “EQUAL GENDER PRICING BILL” HEADS TO STATE SENATE FLOOR

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 17, 2016 (San Diego) — California women and girls are spending $41 billion  more than men and boys for similar products that everyone needs, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee analysis of Senate Bill 899, the “Equal Gender Pricing Bill” authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego).  Yet they earn $39 billion less than men each year.

LISC AWARDS $300,000 TO OPEN NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOW-WAGE WORKERS IN SAN DIEGO

New “Bridges to Career Opportunities" addresses crippling education gaps

April 12, 2016 Two local nonprofits have been awarded $300,000 to implement workforce readiness projects to help close the skills gap that traps millions of people in poverty, even in a growing economy.

LA MESA CHAMBER’S SPRING FLING BUSINESS EXPO APRIL 28

 

East County News Service

April 10, 2016 (La Mesa) – On Thursday, April 28, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is ready and set to entertain you on a special La Mesa evening. You will meet 46 businesses who have display tables that showcase their goods and services and are offering lots of free door prizes to lucky winners. Other local businesses will also be in attendance to mix and mingle with guests and attendees.

COTTON CANDY, FACE PAINTING AND MORE AT BRACES SAN DIEGO’S FIRST ANNIVERSARY IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

April 9, 2016 (La Mesa) – On Saturday, April 30th, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join an afternoon open house and celebrate one-year of Braces San Diego at their La Mesa location (7323 Jackson Drive) from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m..

NEW FOUR-STAR HOTEL COMING SOON TO EL CAJON

 

Story and photos by Robert Gehr

April 7, 2016 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon has something new on the horizon. It’s a Courtyard by Marriott luxury style hotel, which is scheduled to be opening soon and will accommodate visitors choosing East County for  our region’s many attractions. The location is 141 N. Magnolia Ave. on the corner of Rea Ave. near the El Cajon Police station.

GOVERNOR SIGNS MINIMUM WAGE HIKE; LOCAL CHALDEAN BUSINESS GROUPS SPLIT ON MEASURE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 5, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.  The increase will be gradual, with the minimum wage going up from $10 an hour to $10.50 next January, $11 the next year, then rising by $1 a year, after which raises would be tied to the cost of living.  Small business will have an extra year to comply and the Governor could waive increases in bad economic times.

HOT TOPICS: ALPINE-MT. EMPIRE CHAMBER BREAKFAST APRIL 12 TO INCLUDE FIRE CHIEF AND BACK COUNTRY LAND TRUST SPEAKERS

 

East County News Service

April 2, 2016 (Alpine) – The Alpine-Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce will host a “Hot Topics” breakfast on April 12 at 7:15 a.m. at Mike Place, 1620 Alpine Blvd. Suite 101.

GOVERNOR CRAFTS DEAL WITH UNIONS FOR $15 MINIMUM WAGE—WITHOUT A BALLOT MEASURE

 

Update March 31:  Both houses osf the Legislature have passed this measure, which is now on the Governor's desk for signature and is expected to be signed into law.

East County News Service

March 29, 2016 (Sacramento) -- A deal hammered out by labor leaders and Governor Jerry Brown would raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour without the need for a ballot initiative, if it is approved by the Legislature.

Under the agreement, most businesses would phase in the increase in wages gradually over several years, starting at $10.50 in January 2017, $11 in January 2018, then rising $1 a year until January 2022, when it would reach $15 an hour.  Businesses with less than 25 workers would have an extra year to meet the new wage requirements. (View full details here.)

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