Business and Labor
Photo: Elizabeth Maldonado Robinson, left, and Sister Justine Church, right, from the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice
By Jordan Schaffner
January 12, 2014 (La Mesa) -- With the church choir wearing Charger blue and gold in the background, Elizabeth Maldonado Robinson, Program Coordinator of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice and Sister Justine Church, Interfaith Committee treasurer, spoke about worker inequality last Sunday, January 6 at the United Church of Christ of La Mesa.
Maldonado Robinson said hotel workers earning minimum wage at the Hyatt in La Jolla are pressured to clean rooms within a certain time frame and often don’t receive breaks. When workers asked to speak to management collectively, they were refused. After objecting to this, a worker spoke to the manager in private. The worker was told she could have a break--but must take it in a closet filled with linens and toxic cleaning supplies. After many sanctions against workers, the manager finally agreed to let hotel workers organize--due to protests from the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice of San Diego County.
January 7, 2013 La Mesa) --The San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce will hold a mixer on Tuesday, January 7 from 6-8 p.m. at BJ's restaurant in Grossmong Center, La Mesa. The event will feature two speakers: Dr. Mummtaz Almansour & Paul Arvanitis. Our mixers are always well attended, full of movers and shakers as well as local dignitaries.
January 5, 2013 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual dinner on Saturday, January 25 at the Allen Airways Flying Museum at Gillespie Field, 2020 North Johnson in El Cajon. The museum is a private facility open by invitation only, housing an impressive collection of vintage airplanes and memorabilia including an aviation poster collection displayed at the Smithsonian.
Cost is $125 per ticket. For more information or reservations, visit www.eastcountychamber.org.
January 4, 2014 - The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announces that its first breakfast meeting of the year, with guest speaker Supervisor Dianne Jacob will be held on Tuesday, January 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Marie Callenderʼs restaurant, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego, CA 92120.
The public is welcome to attend, along with Chamber members, to hear from Supervisor Jacob, whose 2nd Supervisorial district includes 620,000 residents – the largest of San Diego County’s five supervisorial districts.
By Mary Domb Mikkelson
January 2, 2014 (La Mesa) -- Have you ever had to take your break in a linen closet, sharing space with toxic chemicals and carts piled high with linens and cleaning supplies? Had no place to sit and rest, no fresh air, no restroom, no access to food and water?
By Miriam Raftery
December 28, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- Long-term unemployment benefits expired on Saturday , after Congress failed to authorize an extension. People who have been out of work for six months or longer will no longer be receiving unemployment checks.
About 1.3 million Americans will lose benefits immediately, including 222,000 Californians. By the end of 2014, it’s estimated that nearly 5 million people will lose unemployment benefits. Those checks range from $40 to $450 a week, so this is a major blow for individuals who may have no other source of income.
The New York Times reports that removing this safety net for unemployed workers will push hundreds of thousands of households below the poverty line. With the cut off, only one out of every four unemployed Americans will receive jobless benefits –the lowest proportion in half a century.
December 19, 2013 (La Mesa)--Supervisor Dianne Jacob will be the featured speaker at the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30 a.m. The event will be held at Marie Callender’s restaurant at 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego.
Cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for guests with advancer reservation, or $25 at the door.
By Miriam Raftery
December 5, 2013 (El Cajon ) – The newly formed San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce has elected Ben Kalasho as president during the organization’s gala event at Sycuan Resort on November 22. Kalasho hailed the event, which drew about 100 attendees, as “a great turn out of professional movers and shakers.”
Lawsuit by rival Chaldean chamber in East County is filed against new state chamber's leaders
By Miriam Raftery
December 13, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) --The Chaldean-American Chamber of Commerce of California announces it has launched to serve San Diego County and the entire State of California. The Chamber aspires to be a leading voice for the Chaldean business and professional community as well as non-Chaldean professionals.
The CACCC is led by President & CEO Johnny Oram, who comes back to San Diego from Detroit, Michigan where he served on the Board of Directors of the largest Chaldean Chamber in the world. Detroit is home to more than 130,000 Chaldeans, the largest Chaldean Christian population outside of Iraq.
By Nadin Abbott
December 5, 2013 (San Diego and Bonita)—Fast food workers in more than 100 cities went out on strike today, calling on employers to pay living wages. Locally, strikes were held in Bonita and in downtown San Diego.
Raquel Neri told ECM that she has been working for Wendy’s for 10 years. After a decade, she is paid $9.55 an hour. “I work 24 hours a week,” she said. She also has to pay all her costs, including rent, food and transportation costs--while she raises seven children.
November 27, 2013 (San Diego) – The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) acted to make pricing of food sold from mobile food trucks more business and customer-friendly. The Board Members’ unanimous vote at their November 19, 2013 meeting will change a regulation to presume that sales tax is included in the listed price of the food.
“For years I’ve worked with food truck owners in my district to help them navigate California’s complex sales tax laws,” said Michelle Steel, Vice Chair of the Board. “I proposed this regulation to Board staff as a way to make life easier for these small-business owners. I am grateful that my colleagues unanimously supported this taxpayer-friendly change.”
By Miriam Raftery
November 22, 2013 (San Diego's East County)--You’ve heard of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when large corporate retailers seek to lure consumers with loss-leader items and long lines at those big box stores.
But there’s also Small Business Saturday, an effort that aims to boost business for your neighborhood Mom and Pop stores that create local jobs and keep sales tax revenues in our communities-- from hardware stores to gift shops to coffee houses.
November 14, 2013 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Chamber is offering free admission to all who bring a new, unwrapped toy (with a $5 value or more) to its November 21 business mixer at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds. The event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Guests are invited to come for the networking and stay for the friends and food provided by Café 67.
November 7, 2013 (San Diego's East County) --Times are tough, and business owners need to use every marketing penny wisely to beat the competition.
October 17, 2013 —California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law AB 263, a bill designed to stop employers from retaliating against immigrant workers who stand up for their rights. AB 263 provides the strongest anti-retaliation protections for immigrant workers in the country.
Brown previously signed two other bills, SB 666 and AB 524, as parts of a package sponsored by the California Labor Federation to protect workers from abuse regardless of immigration status. AB 263 and SB 666 prohibit employers from using immigration-related threats when workers speak out about unfair working conditions. AB 524 clarifies that making immigration threats in order to get away with stealing workers’ wages may constitute criminal extortion.
By Miriam Raftery
October 14, 2013 (San Diego’s East County ) – Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law Senate Bill 7, which requires charter cities to pay prevailing wages for public works construction projects or lose state funds.
In East County, the measure will impact El Cajon, which last year passed a ballot measure to become a charter. Now projects such as a new animal shelter will have to be built by workers paid the region’s prevailing wage.
Free Community Event with Chili Cook Off, Vendor Booths & Entertainment
October 6, 2013 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will host its first annual Beans, Beers & Business Fair on Saturday, October 12th from 10am to 5pm at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds. This free event will be packed with vendor booths, entertainment from local schools and churches, a craft beer garden and an “amateur” chili cook off complete with awards and cash prizes. For more information or to reserve a vendor booth, please go to www.lakesidechamber.org.
October 4, 2013 (Lakeside) – To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Cedar Fire the Lakeside Chamber is hosting a “Beans, Beers & Business Fair” at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds on October 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All are welcome to this free event featuring a craft beer garden, great food and vendor booths. The chili tastings will be from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. with live entertainment throughout.
POWAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCCE HOSTS "LUNCH & LEARN" PRESENTATION ON HEALTH CARE REFORM IMPACTS ON BUSINESSES
September 26, 2013 (Poway) –The Poway Chamber of Commerce will host a Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, October 9 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00p.m. It will feature a presentation by Jack Cohen of Insperity. Cohen will discuss health care reform, what it is, and how it will impact your business. He will cover five key areas: (1) Individual Mandate; (2)Taxes/ Fees/Costs; (3) State Exchanges; (4) Employer Share (Play or Pay); and (5) Reporting.
By Miriam Raftery
September 25, 2013 (Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law Assembly Bill 10, a measure that will raise California’s minimum wage from $8 an hour to $9 starting July 1, 2014 and to $10 an hour on January 1, 2016.
“The minimum wage has not kept pace with rising costs,” said Governor Brown. “This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy.”
AB 10 was opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce. The group’s website states that the bill will “will continue to increase costs on employers of all sizes, regardless of other economic factors or costs that California employers are struggling with to sustain their business.”
The Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® (PSAR), a trade group for San Diego-area realtors who serve East County and South County communities, will host a class for realtors on real estate title, title insurance and social media from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the PSAR East County Service Center, 1150 Broadway, El Cajon.
September 15, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC) will host a bus tour of East County to learn about business opportunities, existing and future plans in the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee, and the communities of Alpine, Lakeside, Rancho San Diego, and Spring Valley. The tour will be held on Wednesday, September 25. Those interested in attending must register by Friday, September 20.
September 14, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Looking for a job? Seeking business and economic updates on our region? Check out tapes of our recent "Job Talks" broadcasts from our East County Magazine radio show, now available to hear online.
Recent guests include Tom Lemon with the San Diego Building Trades Council, Johnny Simpson with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, East County Chamber leader Eric Lund, job hunting experts Reina Menasche and Antonio Villana, Cindy Gomper Graves with the South Coast Economic Development Council, and La Mesa Chamber of Commerce president Mary England. Click "read more" and scroll down for links.
September 10, 2013 (Alpine) – Lions Tigers & Bears is hosting a networking mixer on September 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors will be able to network with local businesses, visit the big cats and bears and enjoy food beverages and entertainment.
Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased here or by calling 619-659-8078 and selecting option 2. Lions Tigers & Bears is located at 24402 Martin Way, Alpine. Visit www.lionstigersandbears.org for more information.
September 5, 2013 (Alpine) – To celebrate its 22nd anniversary, Viejas Casino and Resort is aiming to break two Guiness World Records on September 13—playing blackjack with the world’s largest deck of cards and later, opening the most bottles of wine at one time.
August 31, 2013 (El Cajon) – A free seminar on healthcare reform will be held at the East County Chamber of Commerce Office, 201 South Magnolia Ave., El Cajon on September 11 from 11:30 am. Until 1:00 p.m. The seminar, presented by Erick Lundy, of Lundy Insurance Services, Inc., will address 2 critical issues affecting employers right now.
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.
August 20, 2013 (Poway) – The American Red Cross, The Burn Institute, and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will hold an Emergency Preparedness workshop tomorrow at the City Council Chamber at the Poway City Hall from 9:00 a.m. to noon, with a check-in at 8:30 a.m. This event will provide business owners and operators with resources and information that can help keep their employees and businesses safe during emergency situations, including which steps to take to prepare facilities and operations for emergencies, how to best
August 15, 2013 (Poway) — The Poway Chamber of Commerce will host a fall event, A Taste of Country. The event will take place on September 21, 2013 from 6PM-10PM at the PVRA Grounds (Poway Rodeo Grounds), 14336 Tierra Bonita Road, Poway, CA. The event is open to the public and is an all age event.
The event will feature live music by Kanan Road Band, www.kananroadband.com. KSON will also be in attendance to provide music. There will be wine and beer tastings, raffle prizes, and food trucks.
August 8, 2013 (Santee) – The East County Chamber of Commerce will host a business after hours dinner/mixer at Carlton Oaks Golf Resort in Santee on August 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The event is $10 for non-members and free to members who RSVP ahead. Hors d’houevres and non-alcoholic beverages are included. The event also includes a putting contest, tour of facilities, and chance to win prizes.