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NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET ASSOCIATION OPPOSES TODD GLORIA MINIMUM WAGE PROPOSAL

 

Mark Arabo speaks on behalf of NMA's 700 San Diego small business owners, says stores may stage a “Todd Gloria Tax Day” protest

By Miriam Raftery

June 11, 2014 (San Diego)-- On the heels of Todd Gloria's minimum wage hike, Neighborhood Market Association President & CEO Mark Arabo has announced NMA's opposition to a $13.10 minimum wage proposal.  In addition,  NMA leadership is considering the proposal of a Todd Gloria Tax Day, where “our member stores implement sales prices that would accurately reflect that of the minimum wage hike,” Arabo stated in a press release.

VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT AWARDED 2014 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

 

Recognized as a Top Performing Casino Resort as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

SAN DIEGO – June 9, 2014 – Viejas Casino & Resort today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.  Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

BARONS MARKET IN ALPINE ANNOUNCES JOB FAIR ON JUNE 13-14

 

Family-owned grocery store brings more than 30 locally sourced jobs to community

May 31, 2014 (Alpine) – If you live in Alpine and have a passion for good food at good prices, Barons Market announces it may want to hire you. The family-owned grocery store will host its highly anticipated job fair on Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the new store location, 1347 Tavern Road in Alpine. Barons Market encourages interested applicants to apply in person during this two-day period.

BONITAFEST ASSOCIATION DISSOLVES, CANCELS FESTIVAL AN OTHER COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 27, 2014 (Bonita) – After more than 40 years, the Wild West Bonitafest is now history.

The Bonita Business and Professional Association has voted to disband, by a vote of just 15 of its 50 members, U-T San Diego reports.  The Association indicates the vote was uncontested, raising questions over what the apparently absent majority of members think about the decision to permanently cancel  Bonitafest and other community events sponsored by the group.

7 TIPS FOR JOB-SEEKING GRADUATES

Education and healthcare are among the top five job sectors that will hire the most new graduates this year.
 
By Natalia Elko, SDSU News Center
 
May 22, 2014 (San Diego)--This year, San Diego State University is sending nearly 9,300 
graduates into the workforce. Though James Tarbox, executive director of SDSU’s Career 
Services, is optimistic about the job market the Class of 2014 is heading into, he has some advice 
on what new graduates should keep top of mind.

CHAMBER HOSTS "GRIP IT AND RIP IT" GOLF TOURNAMENT MAY 22 AT SYCUAN RESORT

 

May 15, 2014 (El Cajon)—“The recent wildfires reminds us about how important it is to work and play together and build relationships that help us to work together when there is hardship in our communities.  We hope you will join us next week and recover, relax, and enjoy our Grip it And Rip it Golf Tournament.  It is a great opportunity to rebuild relationships for everyone,” said Eric Lund with the East County Chamber of Commerce.

CHAMBER WARNS OF FIRE INSPECTION, REPAIR SCAMS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The East County Chamber of Commerce is warning members to beware of con artists preying on businesses.

“The Chamber is very concerned about the impacts of our recent disaster and we want to remind you that our staff and business community are available to assistance and support your business through hardships like these," said Eric Lund. He also warned business owners about a rash off “mandatory fire inspector con artists” going around to businesses who are not  with any fire department.

STATEWIDE TELEPHONE TOWN HALL EDUCATES TAXPAYERS ON YOUR RIGHTS MAY 13

 

May 10, 2014 (Sacramento) -- California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Member and Chair of the Customer Service and Administrative Efficiency Committee Betty T. Yee will host a telephone town hall on May 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. to educate entrepreneurs on their rights and responsibilities as California tax and feepayers. BOE Chairman Jerome E. Horton, Vice Chair Michelle Steel, Board Member George Runner, and State Controller John Chiang are also sponsors of this event who encourage California taxpayers to participate and learn more about their rights.

GOVERNOR ROLLS OUT INCENTIVES TO HELP EMPLOYERS KEEP AND INCREASE JOBS IN CALIFORNIA

 

May 12, 2014 (Sacramento)--California Governor Jerry Brown is introducing a set of tax credits aimed at keeping companies--and jobs-- in California.  The $750 million package also includes incentives to convince out-of-state employers to move to California.

"These tax credits will spur new jobs and help communities hardest hit by the recession," Governor Brown said.

EAST COUNTY'S CHALDEAN CHAMBER AWARDED TRADEMARK AMID CONTINUING DISPUTE

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 7, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has issued a trademark to the San Diego East County Chaldean Chamber of Commerce.

GLORIA PROPOSES MINIMUM WAGE HIKE FOR CITY OF SAN DIEGO

 

Measure could have ripple effect across region, including East County

By Miriam Raftery

 

April 27, 2014 (San Diego) –San Diego is the fifth most expensive city in America to live in, according to the New York Times, which reports it takes 41.4% of gross income on average just to pay rent in San Diego.  An estimated 200,000 people in the city of San Diego earn minimum wage and about 300,000 households in  our region have incomes too low to meet basic expenses, according to the Center on Poilcy Initiatives.

Aiming to help those who are struggling to make ends meet, Councilman Todd Gloria is asking the City Council to approve a ballot initiative that would raise the minimum wage.  If approved by voters in November, the measure would raise the minimum wage citywide to $11.09 an hour in July 2015, $12.09 in July 2016 and $13.09 in July 2017, with cost of living increases after that.  The measure would boost incomes by 30 percent for the lowest  paid workers. It would also require employers to provide five paid sick days to workers.

"INEQUALITY FOR ALL" FILM SHOWING APRIL 17 IN EL CAJON

 

April 16, 2014 (El Cajon) – Inequality for All, a film by Robert Reich,  documents how  massive consolidation of wealth by a handful of people threatens the middle class, the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy . Reich is the former U.S. Secretary of Labor and professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. 

The film will be shown on April 17 at 7:15 p.m. during a meeting of the East County Democratic Club at  Coco's Restaurant, 1025 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon, CA 92020.  A discussion will be held after the film showing.  View a film trailer here: 

POWAY CHAMBER MIXER APRIL 24

 

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, 2014 (Poway)-- Members of the business community are invited to attend the Poway Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Mixer held at Streeter Printing, 9880 Via Pasar, San Diego (Miramar area near Hwy 15). The Mixer will take place on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 5:30 -7:30PM.  Catering compliments of Dream Dinners and Buca di Beppo. You must RSVP by to avoid being charged $10 at the door.

LA MESA AND SANTEE CHAMBERS HOST JOINT MIXER MAY 8

 

April 11, 2014 (Santee)--On Thursday, May 8, 2014 the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the Santee Chamber of Commerce invite you to join them for an evening mixer at Lantern Crest Senior Living, 11010 Sunset Trail in Santee.

MICKEY CAFAGNA MEMORIAL GOLF CLASSIC A SUCCESS

 

April 10, 2014 (Poway) The Poway Chamber of Commerce hosted the first annual Mickey Cafagna Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, March 28, 2014.   The event was held at Maderas Golf Club in Poway.  The tournament included a day of golf and an awards reception that honored the former Poway Mayor, Mickey Cafagna.

IMMIGRANTS START BUSINESSES, PLAY CRITICAL ROLE IN THE RECOVERY

 

Photo: immigrant-owned businesses in San Diego’s Little Mogadishu, Little Saigon, and downtown El Cajon

By Nadin Abbott

April 9, 2014 (San Diego)—In recent years there has been considerable debate over how to modify the immigration system and how to grow the economy. Both are related--and both matter to not just the national economy, but our regional economy. There has also been renewed emphasis in growing our export capacity, which has lagged. But there has always been an emphasis on small businesses as the engine of American economy—and now a new report shows that immigrants are fueling that engine.

FREE MARTIAL ARTS PARTY APRIL 19

 

April 10, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Aspire Martial Arts, located in Rancho San Diego is excited to announce their hosting a  free "Hyper Launch Party" April 19th at 4 p.m. Aspire Martial Arts is a proud licensee of the Hyper Martial Arts curriculum. Hyper combines traditional martial arts with elements of gymnastics, resulting in extreme high jumps, flips and twists with your kicks, strikes and blocks. . This event is open to the all martial art students, family, friends and anyone interested in taking their training to the next level to become a martial arts athlete! Space is limited. Please call 619-303-3725 to reserve your stop.

CHRISTINA WALKER, ROCKIN' CW RANCH, NAMED TO NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DISTINGUISHED PROFESSIONALS

 

April 9, 2014 (Pine Valley) — Christina Walker, Owner and Founder of The Rockin’CW Ranch and Splash of Passion LLC, has been selected as an Honored Member of the National Association of Distinguished Professionals.  The selection recognizes Christina Walker’s commitment to excellence in Hospitality and outdoor recreation.

REPUBLICANS KILL PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT FOR WOMEN--AGAIN

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 9, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – As a slap in the face to women on Equal Pay Day today, Senate Republicans blocked passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act for women – for the third time. The measure failed due to lack of a single Republican vote. The bill had aimed to provide more effective remedies for women who are paid less than men for the same work.

California's Senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, both Democrats, support the bill.  On the House side, San Diego Democratic Congresswoman Susan Davis is pushing for passage of a similar measure,  H.R. 377.  San Diego Democratic Congressman Scott Peters is a cosponsor of the bill, which local Democratic Congressman Juan Vargas also supports.  

East County Republican Congressman Duncan D. Hunter has previously voted no on a similar paycheck fairness measure for women, along with San Diego Republican Darrell Issa.

ASSEMBLYWOMAN GONZALEZ TO CHAIR NEW SELECT COMMITTEE ON WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE

 

April 8, 2014 (San Diego)--California State Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez today announced the creation of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace and named Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) as its chair.

SAN DIEGO CHAPTER OF CALIFORNIA LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION ELECTS MEMBERS TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

East County Resident Named President

April 7 2014 (Lakeside) - The San Diego Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), a non-profit trade organization of licensed landscape and landscape-related contractors elected its board of directors recently. East County resident Lawrence O’Leary was elected president of the board for a second term.  The other elected board members are:

REP. SUSAN DAVIS TO HOST CAREER REENTRY & DEVELOPMENT PANEL APRIL 5 AT SDSU

 

March 29, 2014 (San Diego) -- If you have considered developing your skills to transition to a new career or are reentering the workforce after time away, Congresswoman Susan Davis invites you to attend a free Career Reentry and Development Panel program on april 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at San Diego State University.  See  below for details.

FIRED SDG&E WHISTLEBLOWER WINS $1.3 MILLION IN PUNITIVE DAMAGES

 

March 28, 2014 (San Diego)--A jury has awarded $1.3 million in punitive damages to David Bryant, a former billing supervisor at SDG&E.  Bryant claimed the company fired him after he complained that SDG&E was targeting delinquency notices to low-income ratepayers, so that SDG&E could make money from late payment fees.

SAN DIEGO VETERANS ADMININISTRATION NURSES FILE FOR ELECTION TO JOIN LARGEST RN UNION

 





March 25, 2014 (San Diego)--Registered nurses who work in the large Veterans Administration hospital in San Diego have announced their request for an election to join the nation's largest organization of nurses, National Nurses United. California's largest RN union, the California Nurses Association, is affiliated with NNU.

SAN DIEGO MOVES CLOSER TO A RAISE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE

By Nadin Abbott

March 25, 2014 (San Diego) On Monday, San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria brought a proposal to place a rise in the city’s minimum wage on the November ballot before the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.  The proposal also includes paid sick days for workers in San Diego.

The committee approved the motion 2-1 on a partisan vote, with Councilmembers Marti Emerald and Sherri Lightner  voting for it and Councilman Mark Kersey against it.  Next, the City Attorney will draft language and return to the Committee. If approved, next the full City Council would need to pass the measure before it can come before voters.

CHALDEAN CHAMBER WINS JUDGMENT OVER EVENT CANCELLED AT COTTONWOOD

 

Suit stemed from dispute with rival Chaldean chamber

By Miriam Raftery

March 23, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce founded by Ben Kalasho has been awarded an $8,500 Small Claims judgment in San Diego Superior Court against Daryl Idler, owner of Cottonwood Golf Resort in Rancho San Diego. 

The award stems from Cottonwood’s cancellation of a launch event for the new Chamber slated for November 22.  Cottonwood subsequently held an event December 3 for a rival chamber, the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce of California, founded by Johnny Oram. Kalasho’s Chamber sued for breach of contract.

SAN DIEGO TO HOLD HEARING MARCH 24 ON RAISING MINIMUM WAGE AND OFFERING EARNED SICK DAYS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 19, 2014 (San Diego) – Should workers have the right to earned sick days? Should the minimum wage be raised in San Diego?  A City Council committee will hold a hearing on these issues on Monday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall.

A new organization, Raise Up San Diego (www.raiseupsandiego.org) will hold a rally outside Council Chambers at 202 C Street in support of these proposals.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: IMPACTS ON SMALL BUSINESSES WORKSHOP MARCH 12

 

March 2, 2014 (Poway)-- The Poway Chamber of Commerce will host an educational workshop for small business owners on Wednesday, March 12from 11:30 a.m.-1:00p.m. The workshop will feature guest speaker Nathan Craig of Lundy Insurance Services, and he will discuss the current status of the ACA, extended deadlines, and requirements that affect small businesses (under 50 employees).

NEARLY HALF OF LOCAL WORKERS LACK SICK DAYS, INCLUDING MOST FOOD WORKERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 27, 2014 (San Diego) – Sick workers, particularly in the food service industry, pose risks to public health. But nearly half of all workers in the private sector locally lack paid sick time locally—including 80 percent of those in food service. That leaves workers a choice of coming to work sick, or losing pay.

SEMPRA EARNS A BILLION BUCKS

 

February 27, 2014 (San Diego) -- Sempra Energy, parent company of SDG&E and SoCal Gas, reports a billion dollars in earnings for 2013, up from $813 million the prior year. For shareholders, that means earnings of $4.01 per diluted share.

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