economy

ECONOMIC ROUNDTABLE EXPERTS SEE MODERATE GROWTH IN 2014

 

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.

LABOR DAY POINTS TO PONDER

 

On behalf of East County Magazine, we wish you and your family a very Happy Labor Day!

The first  national Labor Day was adopted by Congress in 1894 and signed into law by President Taft, following a tradition began by  New York in 1884 followed by several other states. Today we honor the contributions of American workers to our nation. 

This year is a special occasion, since it marks the centennial celebration of the U.S. Department of Labor.  The first Labor Department Secretary was a former coal miner who helped found the United Mine Workers Union.

Founded 100 years ago in 1913, the Department o f Labor has helped usher in many reforms and protections for workers that modern-day people may take for granted--such as  the 40-hour work week and overtime pay, worker’ compensation for ill and  injured employees,  the Equal Pay act for women, laws to prevent discrimination based on race, outlawing child labor, enabling those with disabilities, and adopting OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Act to protect workers from dangers in the work place.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE REACHES FOUR-YEAR LOW

 

Stock market rallies in response to news

By Jonathan Goetz

The jobless recovery is adding jobs, slowly and steadily. April job numbers released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics show the US unemployment rate at 7.5%, the lowest rate in four years. The main job growth was in retail and food services however, and not the same high-paying industries that saw major job losses in the Great Recession.

On Friday, the Dow responded to the positive hiring news by reaching 15,000 for the first time before closing at 14,972, up .9% from the opening bell. The S&P ended 1% higher, also breaking the record by reaching the 1,600 mark. Growth in US markets was spread over most industries, including the beleaguered steel industry, with three stocks closing higher for every one stock closing lower.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

August 30, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:   
 
NATIONAL
 
        GENERAL NEWS:  
  • U.S. economy expands more than anticipated  (BBC)
  • Isaac reduces to tropical storm, lashes Louisiana (USA Today)
  • Do wind turbines cause forest fires? (Bangor Daily News)
  • Army issues multi-billion dollar solicitation for large scale renewable and alternative energy production for federal installations (Foley) 
        POLITICS: 
  • Republicans highlight Romney nomination, but poll shows low popularity (ABC News) 
  • Romney: I’d cut PBS, Obamacare, arts subsidies (CBS News)
  • McCain: America “can’t afford” another Obama WH (CBS News) 
  • President Obama answers questions on Reddit-AMA; read his full answers (CBS News) 
  • publicans hate Obama’s defense cuts. The trouble is, they voted for them (Washington Post wonk bl
  • Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan on abortion: Rape is just another “method of conception”(RawStory)
  • Paul Ryan’s speech in 3 words (FoxNews.com) 
WORLD 
  • Al Qaeda followers call for death of Seal who wrote Osama bin Ladin capture book (Washington Post) 
  • Venezuela investigates alleged massacre in Amazon village (Reuters) 
  • Romney: Nuclear Iran “unacceptable” (CBS) 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

POLITICAL REFLECTIONS: PAUL RYAN—MITT DOUBLES DOWN ON THE RIGHT

 
By Mark Gabrish Conlan

August 14, 2012 (San Diego) --
Up until presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney named Wisconsin Congressmember Paul Ryan as his running mate on August 10, the safe bet seemed to be that Romney was going to base his general-election strategy on “a referendum, not a choice.” For one thing, that’s Politics 101: as pioneering American political scientist V. O. Key said in the 1960’s, Americans vote on issues but “retrospectively and negatively.”

ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY: TRIBAL GAMING A POWERFUL ECONOMIC ENGINE FOR CALIFORNIA, GENERATING $7.5 BILLION FOR STATE'S ECONOMY

August 11, 2012 (Sacramento, CA) – Tribal government gaming generates important benefits across California’s economy, according to a new study conducted by Beacon Economics, a leading independent economic research firm.

REPS. HUNTER, BILBRAY INTRODUCE "BUY AMERICAN" RESOLUTION FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY

July 1, 2012 (Washington, D.C). —In 1960, manufacturing accounted for 28 percent of jobs in the United States. Today, manufacturing accounts for only 9 percent of jobs.  “
 
This dramatic decrease has limited job opportunities for all Americans. Worse yet, with the globalization of manufactured goods, the U.S. consumer has become desensitized to the “Made In America” label,” Congressman Duncan Hunter said. To bring attention to the declining manufacturing sector and promote U.S.-made goods, representatives Brian Bilbray (R-CA) and Hunter (R-CA) have introduced a bipartisan resolution to designate the first week of July as “Buy American Week.”

BRIAN JONES APPOINTED ASSISTANT REPUBLICAN LEADER

 

June 4, 2012 (Sacramento) -- Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, today announced that Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, appointed him as Assistant Republican Leader on the Assembly Republican Leadership Team.
"I am eager to continue working with Republican Leader Conway to get Californians back to work. The most important issues facing our state are jobs and the economy - we have to remove the regulatory and tax burdens from California's middle class and release our creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit. California can be the Golden State again."

 

STATE SENATE DEFEATS AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUNDING BILL

 
June 1, 2012 (San Diego)– State legislation that would have generated $500 million annually for the construction of affordable housing in California failed to reach the necessary two-thirds vote in the State Senate today and is dead for the year. 

EUROPEAN UNION’S PUSH FOR WIND ENERGY WITHOUT PUBLIC INPUT VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL LAW, UNITED NATIONS FINDS

 
May 20, 2012 (Switzerland) –As in the United States, wind energy projects have been fast-tracked through much of Europe, including sites within protected preserves. Now the United Nations Economic Commission’s compliance committee has found the European Commission in violation of international rules under the Aarhus Convention by failing to allow citizens’ adequate participation in decision-making processes regarding siting of renewable energy projects.

 

LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY SWEEPS LOW-PAID WORKERS UNDER THE RUG

 
Report: Janitors’ low wages a blotch on biotech's shining reputation
 
May 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- Janitors who clean the offices and laboratories of San Diego's highly profitable biotech companies generally aren't paid enough to live on, while their low wages are excluded from the industry's claims of creating good jobs.

THOUSANDS, INCLUDING EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS, HEAR RON PAUL AT UCSD

 
" I can tell you that we are winning a tremendous battle ... for the hearts and minds of the American people who are sick and tired of what they are getting out of Washington, D.C."--Ron Paul
 
By Nadin Abbott
 
May 8, 2012 (La Jolla, California) -- Ron Paul may trail Mitt Romney in the delegate count 865-93 (after scoring the majority of delegates in the Maine and Nevada Republican conventions over the weekend).  But to his legions of loyal followers, the Libertarian-leaning Republican presidential candidate is still a winner.

 

COUNTY HELPS BUSINESSES GO GREEN, RECYCLE FLUORESCENT LIGHTS

Environmental Health Department Offering Free Recycling Kits While Supplies Last

May 5, 2012 (San Diego County) --
County officials are reminding small business owners that they can still get free “mail-back” recycling kits to help them legally recycle their old fluorescent lights, thanks to the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and a federal grant.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY’S 2012 HOMELESS COUNT SHOWS 8.6% RISE, EARLY RESULTS SHOW

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS FILES TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION IN NEW 53RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT; POPADITCH TO OPPOSE

 

March 8, 2012 (San Diego)-- Upon filing the necessary paperwork with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, Congresswoman Susan Davis qualified for the 2012 ballot making it official that she will be running for re-election in the newly drawn 53rd Congressional District.

 

INGENUITY OF SAN DIEGANS CAN EASE GAS CRISIS, DR. SHIRLEY WEBER SAYS

 

Assembly Candidate says accelerating production of San Diego-made biofuels will ease pain at the pump and put hundreds back to work
 
March 2, 2012 (San Diego) – As oil prices hit a nine-month high this week, Dr. Shirley Weber, candidate for Assembly in San Diego’s southeastern 79th district, said that the ingenuity of San Diegans could have a hand in resolving the crisis.
 
“San Diego is home to groundbreaking research on biofuels, especially those developed from algae,” Dr. Weber said. “We need to accelerate the production being done here so that next time oil prices spike or a foreign regime tries to hold our economy hostage, we are in control of our own energy future. Accelerated biofuel production would not only ease pain at the pump, it would put hundreds of San Diegans back to work in good paying jobs in a growing sector.”

 

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO PRESENTED TO STATE LEGISLATORS JAN. 30


January 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--A study has found that the nine community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties contribute a whopping $6.6 billion to California’s economy each year, provide jobs to thousands of county residents, and increase the pay students receive as the result of completing their education.  
 
The results of the study will be presented January 30 at a Sacramento legislative summit with nine of the area’s state senators and assembly members. Legislators will meet in the state Capitol with members from boards of trustees and leaders of colleges and districts representing the San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association (SDICCCA). 

GREEN EXPERTS ACADEMY JANUARY 31 TO COVER PUBLIC POLICY, GREEN JOBS AND GREEN ECONOMY OUTLOOK


January 23, 2012 (San Diego)-- As the hotly contested election year begins, public policy, the green economy and green jobs are in the spotlight. Green Experts Academy San Diego brings together public policy experts to provide breaking information about this arena as the U.S. moves into the election year and beyond.
 
In addition, attendees will be invited to join in a green policy brainstorm. Best ideas will be presented to the San Diego’s Mayor's office.
 
The seminar and workshop takes place on January 31 from 5:30-9 p.m. Cricket Communications is the venue host for this event, which costs $20 in advance http://greenexpertsacademy2012.eventbrite.com or $25 at the door.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 


January 12, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:
  
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. 
  • U.S. economy creates 200,000 jobs in December: 6th month of gains in a row as unemployed drops to 8.5% (BBC)
  • South Carolina in spotlight after Romney win in New Hampshire (CNN)
  • Richard Cordray appointment turns “lights on” at consumer bureau (Los Angeles Times)
  • Obama recess appointments anger GOP (CNN)
  • President Obama has made far fewer recess appointments than any recent president (ThinkProgress)
  • Tweak in rules to ease a path to green card (New York Times)
  • Families of dead Blackwater contractors settle suits (San Diego Union-Tribune)
     
WORLD 
  • Assad promises victory, Syria accused of war crimes (Reuters)
  • Iran Court sentences American to death (Washington Post)
  • Japan to issue new limits on atomic reactor use (NPR)
  • Wholesale approval of genetically engineered foods: Obama administration disappoints, angers public (Cornucopia)
  • Egypt Islamists win nearly two-thirds of seats (Jerusalem Post)
     
SCIENCE AND HEALTH 
  • Experimental magnetic pulses may help heal a brain after stroke (NPR)
  • New ‘seek and destroy’ method to fight cancer (Jerusalem post)
  • Study: parasitic fly could explain bee die-off (NPR)
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories. 

 

NURSES AND LABOR BRING "HEAL AMERICA, TAX WALL STREET" MESSAGE TO SAN DIEGO


By Mike Copass

 

September 3, 2011 (City Heights)--Joining similar actions across 21 states, San Diego nurses stood with community residents in urban San Diego on September 1 to bring their message of jobs, living wages, health care, education and housing.

 

WILL POWER REPORT: WHAT IS A JOB?

 

Nothing but the truth!

By Will Power

 

August 12, 2011 (San Diego) --The U.S. government says currently we have around 11% "unemployed." But that figure just means these people are receiving unemployment compensation. Millions of other Americans have given up on finding work, gone into premature "retirement", or simply dropped out of the job market completely. The real rate is over 20%.

 

WILL POWER REPORT: JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!

 

Nothing but the Truth!
 

By Will Power

September 13, 2010 (San Diego) -- Since it is clear banks and brokers would rather lay people off then hire them, it is time the U.S. Government provide entry-level jobs in public service to stimulate the economy. This worked before, when the CCC and WPA provided millions of unemployed US citizens with jobs and training that helped the U.S. out of the Great Depression.

JOBS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT DRAWS PRAISE FROM BUSINESS & EDUCATION LEADERS


Measure praised by National Manufacturing Association

Will also fund 16,000 education jobs in California

Bilbray casts lone local vote against bill


August 16, 2010 (Washington D.C.) – “The Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 will create jobs, help Americans compete, and strengthen manufacturing as a key driver of our economic recovery,” President Barack Obama said in a signing ceremony last week.
 

National Association of Manufacturers president and CEO John Engler praised the bill, which he said will "provide a needed boost to both large and small companies.” The measure will preserve and expand “good American jobs” and cut costs of doing business in the U.S., he added.

U.S. LABOR SECRETARY & TOP UNION OFFICER SPEAK ON JOBS, SMALL BUSINESS ISSUES & NEEDS OF WORKING FAMILIES

By Miriam Raftery
April 19, 2010 (Los Angeles) –“We have to reverse the tide and give working families a fighting chance,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said, speaking at the California Democratic Convention in Los Angeles this weekend.

EDITORIAL: A REVITALIZED MANUFACTURING BASE WILL STABILIZE OUR ECONOMY

 

By Tracy Emblem

March 29, 2010 (San Diego) -- For far too long our government has allowed our manufacturing jobs to be outsourced to foreign countries. Recently the Blue-Green Alliance, a partnership between labor and environmental groups, called for a comprehensive industrial policy and commitment to rebuild America with green technology and products.

The public should ask both government and corporate America this question: Should corporate America focus only on making profit any possible way using the cheapest possible avenues to produce products and services they sell in America or should corporate America ask itself how do we create good paying jobs for Americans?

EDITORIAL: MAIN STREET NEEDS A HAND

 

By Tracy Emblem

February 11, 2010 (San Diego) -- Government is and should be in the business of stimulating the economy to help its citizens achieve national goals like putting people back to work. When Ike Eisenhower returned from Germany after World War II, he said we need an interstate highway system to move our people and goods coast to coast like Germany’s rail system. The same could be said today about rebuilding our country’s crumbling infrastructures.