Business and Labor
February 2, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its fourth annual Casino Royale on February 23 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Town and Country Hotel and Resort, 500 Hotel Circle in Mission Valley.
February 1, 2012 (Alpine) –Fresh & Easy Neighborhood market, owned by British retail powerhouse Tesco, has announced plans to open an Alpine store at the site of the former Daniel’s Market. According to the San Diego Business Journal, Fresh & Easy has signed a 10-year lease to open a 22,015 square foot retail store in the Alpine Creek Town Center.
Story and video by Nadin Abbott; photos by Tom Abbott
January 28, 2012 (East County) -- Owners of two East County businesses are hearing their voices on radio commercials this month as part of the San Diego Better Business Bureau’s “Famous Voices” radio advertising campaign. Mark McDonald of La Mesa Carpet & Linoleum and Brad Belus of Cable, Pipe and Leak Detection of El Cajon are among several BBB accredited businesses touting the value of the BBB to their company and consumers in the community on about 2,000 30-second commercial spots airing in January on 19 English-language and nine Spanish-language stations.
Former director of The La Jolla Historical Society to assume leadership role on February 21
Rancho San Diego, CA—After an intensive search, The Water Conservation Garden has hired a new executive director to succeed retiring director, Marty Eberhardt.
January 21, 2012 (Washington, DC) -- Congressman Bob Filner recently introduced legislation to ensure that the Department of Defense meets its obligation to contract with small businesses owned and controlled by service-connected disabled veterans.
THE DARK SIDE OF GOING GREEN: HIGH DEATH TOLL AT RECYCLING CENTERS RAISES CONCERNS FOR WORKERS' SAFETY
Man crushed in EDCO packing machine remains hospitalized
By Miriam Raftery
January 19, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – A worker crushed inside a packing machine December 31 at an EDCO recycling center in Lemon Grove remains hospitalized three weeks later, ECM has learned.
“We understand his condition is improving,” said John Snyder, general manager at EDCO. Snyder declined to provide the worker’s name or details of his injuries, citing medical privacy laws. But he said the man, 57, is a long-time employee.
Report: States Lack Sound, Consistent Policies to Enforce Job-Creation and Other Performance Requirements in Economic Development Subsidy Programs
Workshop set for Feb. 3 in Lakeside
Co-Authored by Senator Joel Anderson, 36th District, Kathy Kassel, Executive Director, Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, and John Olsen – Executive Director, Santee Chamber of Commerce
January 17, 2012 (Lakeside)--Employers already struggling to survive in California’s difficult business climate can’t afford to take their eye off another lurking hazard: lawsuit abuse.
January 15, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- The San Diego East County Chamber of commerce celebrates 100 years of service to the business community with an elegant gala on February 4. The soiree of the century for East County business leaders will be held at the opulent U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego.
Named for President Ulysses S. Grant, the hotel has a strong East County tie: it is owned by the Sycuan tribe of the Kumeyaay Nation. Sycuan invested $56 million restoring the national historic landmark hotel to its former grandeur. Located on land once home to the Kumeyaay, the Grant has hosted presidents and celebrities, ran a speakeasy during Prohibition, and became a hallmark of women’s rights in an event known as the "Grant Grill Invasion."
Corporate Exec-Turned-Novelist Says It’s Never Too Late
January 5, 2011 (La Mesa) – If the holidays have left you with old computers, TVs or other electronic items you no longer need, you can recycle them at the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s electronic waste and recycling event January 14-15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at Grossmont Center between B2B Fit and Fuddruckers.
Did you know that 70 percent of heavy metals as well as 40 percent of lead and mercury found in landmills comes from e-waste?
View flyer with details and scroll down for more information.
January 3, 2012, (San Diego) -- The San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB), San Diego’s largest county-wide business membership organization, has issued a list of red flags to help consumers make 2012 a scam-free year.
By Miriam Raftery
December 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Starting January 1, new California laws take effect. Some give new protections to the public. Buying a used car? You now have a right to know its history. The government can’t snoop into your online reading habits. Your employer can't peek at your credit report, in most cases. New laws also benefit pregnant employees, organ donors, renters, domestic partners, and bullied gay students.
Other laws impose restrictions. Want to buy popular cough syrups? You’ll need a prescription. If you order items online, you’ll be charged state sales tax. Shark fin soup and beer spiked with caffeine are banned. Employers have new requirements for notifying employees about pay and more. Kids must ride in a booster seat until age 8. Openly carrying a handgun is illegal, even if it isn’t loaded.
These are just a few of the new laws in 2012. Scroll down for details on these and more.
December 28, 2011 (East County) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its first Friday “Power Breakfast” on Friday January 6, 2012 at 7:15 a.m. at the Hometown Buffet, 390 W. Main Street, El Cajon.
December 12, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) will present the Senate District 36 “Business of the Year” award tomorrow to Bob Taylor (photo, left), founder of Taylor Guitars. The award will be made on the bustling factory floor in El Cajon where the company’s world famous musical instruments are made.
“Taylor Guitars is an example of the American dream come true,” Senator Anderson says.
By Nadin Abbott
December 12, 2011(San Diego) – Around 100 Occupy San Diego protesters took part locally today in a multi-state effort to shut down West Coast ports. The protesters succeeded in preventing some trucks from off-loading cargo from ships docked at the port.
The protest was called in support of a long-standing battle between port owners and the International Longshoremen Union(ILWU). Organizers have also said the shut-down aimed to raise awareness of “corporate greed.”
Need last minute gifts? Find some cool and creative items at the Waterproof Case Company
By Miriam Raftery
December 9, 2011 (El Cajon) –Need a solar phone charger for those whose cell phone batteries runs out often? How about a mini-video cam for those active kids to strap onto a skateboard, bike or surfboard? Or a waterproof case for a camera, cell phone or computer? Want to listen to music underwater, or get a crush-proof case for airline travel? How about a rolling cart to load valuables for easy evacuation during wildfires – or a case to bury on site? Or a dust-proof case for the desert enthusiast, hunter or hiker on your list?
The Waterproof Case Company, a locally-owned store in Parkway Plaza, has all these items and more. The company has custom-designed products for the U.S. military and Fortune 500 corporations. They've sold to government agencies including police and fire departments, wildlife researchers, universities, NASA, and underwater robotics companies. But it all started locally--in the garage of the Davies family.
Friday, December 2nd, the last First Friday POWER breakfast for the 2011 year will be held in grand holiday fashion! As always, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians will sponsor the event and the Salvation Army's Toy and Food Drive will be the program.
The East County Toy & Food Drive will be showcased to highlight how many undeserved families benefit each year from the charity and community spirit of our East County home, as well as remind guests about the importance of community service.
No holiday events slated to help downtown merchants this year, as redevelopment agency forced to close doors due to state funding cuts and lack of support from city
City to vote December on management of a new PBID
By Miriam Raftery
November 27, 2011 (El Cajon) – Community leaders are reacting with shock, dismay, and questions after learning that the Board of Directors of the El Cajon Community Development Corporation has voted to dissolve the redevelopment organization due to lack of funding from both the city and state. President and CEO Cindi Fargo has been laid off, along with the remaining staff.
November 24, 2011 (El Cajon) The public is invited to join the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Business after hours Holiday Mixer at Crunch Fitness. The event will be Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The location is Crunch Fitness, 565 Fletcher Parkway, Suite 202, El Cajon CA, above Dick’s Sporting Goods, in the Parkway Plaza. The admission fee is Members $10; Non-members $15.
Rhinestone jeans, Montana West leather purses, glitzy saddle blankets and more in El Cajon’s new store
By Miriam Raftery
November 21, 2011 (El Cajon)-- “This is my passion,” says Hannah Blume, 16, co-owner of the new Cowgirl Bling store in Parkway Plaza.
Her mom, Cheryl Smith, helped Hannah open the shop to bring glitzy Western wear to East County—and to provide a better future for Hannah, a student at El Capitan High School in Lakeside.
November 21, 2011 (La Mesa)--Golden Artistry invites the public to an open house onSaturday, December 3, from 12-7 p.m.The location is 8346 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa CA 91942.
An ECM exclusive special report
Amptran is developing an electric engine with capacity to travel 400 miles between charges using lithium air technology. The break-through could revolutionize the car industry --and eliminate U.S. dependence on OPEC Mideast oil
By Miriam Raftery
November 18, 2011 (Otay Mesa)—In an exclusive interview with ECM, Heartland Coalition executive director Mark Hanson unveiled plans to bring Amptran Motor Corporation to San Diego and to open a new Greensmart Technical College facility in Otay Mesa, where certified electric vehicle technicians will be trained for good-paying local jobs through Heartland’s Project Greensmart, starting in spring 2012.
By Bobbi Zane
The company financed $53.7 million in loans to local small businesses
Story and photos by Nadin Abbott
November 17, 2011 (San Diego)—Several hundred San Diegans, including East County residents, turned out today in answer to a call to occupy the Clairemont Bridge.
Occupy San Diego organized the protest to stress how much maintenance our infrastructure needs. The march started with a chant urging Congressman Brian Bilbray to “fix this bridge.” Occupiers called for infrastructure jobs to put Americans back to work and resolve safety issues with this bridge and others. View a video by Jerry Malamud.
November 11, 2011 -- (Nashville, Tennessee) - FitDesk is a unique product that combines two seemingly polar opposite activities - exercise & computer work - into one productive and efficient activity. The FitDesk Pedal Desk is an innovative product that allows a person to exercise comfortably on a stationary bike while using a laptop computer or playing a video game.
By Miriam Raftery
November 6, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –“This is a historic time for East County,” Jo Marie Diamond, president and chief executive officer of the East Count Economic Development Council (ECEDC) told guests at last week’s “Sky’s the limit” bus tour of East County. Three busloads of business leaders rolled through our region's urban, suburban, and small town communities, learning some surprising facts along the way.
If you haven’t traveled through East County in a while, you may be surprised at the many recent changes.