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PROP 32: POLITICAL REFORMS OR SILENCING VOICES?

By Thea Skinner

“This initiative is exclusively about the stranglehold that special interests have had over California’s political system,”—Jake Suski, Yes on 32

"It promises political reform but it's really designed by its special interest backers to help themselves and harm their opponents." – Trudy Schafer, California League of Women Voters

October 10, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--Proposition 32, titled the “Paycheck Protection Initiative,” would restrict unions and corporations from deducting funds from workers’ paychecks to fund political campaigns, but would allow voluntary employee contributions. Prop 32 also prohibits unions and corporations from contributing to candidates and candidate-controlled committees or groups. Other kinds of political expenditures are still allowed.

BLOCK HEARING UNDERSCORES "DEVASTATING" JOB LOSS AND DAMAGE TO SAN DIEGO ECONOMY IF FEDERAL SEQUESTRATION CUTS ARE MADE

$1.1 to $1.7 billion in local federal defense and non-defense spending at risk in 2013; solutions to grow alternate San Diego economic sectors explored.

October 6, 2012 (San Diego)— A whopping $1.2 trillion in impending federal budget cuts  would have a grave impact on jobs, the economy and schools in the San Diego region.  The impacts of those cuts—and what can be done to survive any resulting damage—were subjects of a hearing by the Assembly Select Committee on San Diego Trade, Tourism and Job Creation chaired by Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78). Block presided over the session, and said the impact of the federal sequestration without change amounts to “a perfect storm” that would produce devastating job losses.

MARKETING MATTERS: TARGET MARKET VS. REFERRAL SOURCE

Tips and tricks for business marketing success

By Rama Beerfas

October 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – This is the season for me to be developing marketing plans for many of my existing clients. What I have noticed over the many years I've been doing this is that there is often confusion between the terms "target market" and "referral source." In order to market correctly, these two terms must be clearly understood, so here goes...

NEW LOCAL BAKERY GRAND OPENING AND RIBBON CUTTING

September 25, 2012 (Poway) -- The sign is up and Nutmeg Bakery and Café is officially open for business! Following a successful soft opening, Nutmeg Bakery and Café held their grand opening and ribbon cutting Thursday, September 20, 2012 and the Poway Chamber of Commerce was there to show its support for the new local business in Poway. Members from the Chamber attended the lunchtime ribbon cutting ceremony and congratulated owner, Shirin Soroushian and chef, Drew Hoffos.

CHAMBER MIXER OFFERS NETWORKING AND SPA TREATMENTS SEPT. 27 IN POWAY

 

September 21, 2012 (Poway)--Bellus Academy is hosting this month's Poway Chamber of Commerce’s networking mixer on Thursday, September 27 from 5:30-7:30pm. Attendees will receive complimentary massages, facials, and beauty services by the students and staff of Bellus Academy. 

FASHION EXCHANGE: FROM VINTAGE WEAR TO STYLISH FLAIR IN LA MESA

Two teens find fashion makeovers to be an unforgettable experience

By Sierra Robinson

ECM editor Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report

September 19, 2012 (La Mesa) – From an early age, Kim Romano developed a passion for fashion—and a keen eye for detail. At age five, she liked to sketch paper dolls in stylish outfits. By age nine, she enjoyed playing dress-up.

“My Mom would bring home bags of hand-me down clothes. I had the best closet in town,” says Romano, owner of Fashion Exchange at 8270 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa. She went on to attend a fashion college, then worked as a traveling makeup artist at Nordstrom’s, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s department stores.

In 2009 she opened up her shop—which despite the weak economy has thrived. “It’s better every year,” she told ECM.

A SOOTHING AFTERNOON AT NATIVE DREAMS DAY SPA

By Miriam Raftery

September 17, 2012 (Alpine) –What could be more heavenly than a day at Alpine’s new spa for a stressed-out news editor and her assistant?  With high hopes, Mayan and I headed out to Native Dreams Day Spa in the Viejas Outlet Center, where our expectations were met and exceeded by the excellent services and products as we savored an afternoon of pampering and primping.

PACE PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN SAN DIEGO: BUSINESSES CAN NOW PAY FOR CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENTS SUCH AS SOLAR VIA PROPERTY TAXES-- WITH NO UP FRONT COSTS

September 19, 2012 (San Diego)—A new state program to help business owners invest in solar and other energy-saving projects with zero up-front costs launched yesterday in San Diego County. 

The Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) enables commercial property owners to use their properties as collateral for energy upgrades—and to pay off those costs through their property tax bills.

EAST COUNTY’S LARGEST BUSINESS EXPO IS SEPTEMBER 20TH

 

September 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – The East County Chamber of Commerce will be holding the Passport to the Future Business Expo on September 20 at the Elk’s Lodge, 1400 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon.  The event will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Over 50 businesses will be on hand to display their products, services and promotions.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE CAREER CENTER WORKSHOP ON "DOING WHAT MATTERS" SEPT. 19

September 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont College Career Center will present “Doing What Matters to Find a Job,” a free informational workshop for job seekers, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Career Center on the El Cajon campus. Speaking will be Pamela Benge, Grossmont College student services specialist. The public is invited to attend.

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR: SUCCESS IN THE NEW ECONOMY SEPTEMBER 12

September 9, 2012 (San Diego) – Assemblymember Marty Block is sponsoring a small business seminar, “Success in the New Economy”, with State Controller John Chiang, on September 12 at San Diego State University, Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego.  The event will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with registration opening at 8:30 a.m.

ALPINE CHAMBER HOT TOPIC BREAKFAST “BULLYING” SEPTEMBER 11

September 9, 2012 (Alpine) – The topic for the September 11 Alpine Chamber of Commerce Hot Topic Breakfast will be Anit-Bullying/Cyber Bullying.  The guest speakers are Jihan Yacoub,Deputy District Attorney and Jesse Navarro, S.D. County D.A. Office. The breakfast will be at Wells Fargo Bank from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The cost to attend is $15 per person.  RSVP to Chamber.Kelly@att.net.  Visit www.Alpinechamber.com for more information.

ALPINE MOUNTAIN EMPIRE CHAMBER HOST LUNCH WITH CONGRESSMAN DUNCAN D. HUNTER SEPTEMBER 25

September 9, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber is hosting a lunch with Congressman Duncan D. Hunter on September 25 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine.  Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at www.alpinechamber.com/membership/payments.html.

OKTOBERFEST KICKOFF PARTY SEPT. 12 IN LA MESA

September 6, 2012 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join in kicking off the biggest community event in the region - 2012 Oktoberfest. The three-day Oktoberfest annually brings in over 200,000 people to La Mesa. The Chamber’s preview kick-off will be held September 12 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Continental Catering, 8238 Parkway Drive, La Mesa.

This event is free to Oktoberfest volunteers. Chamber Member & all guests pay $10 per person.

ALPINE CHAMBER HOSTS LUNCH WITH REP. HUNTER SEPT. 25


September 6, 2012 (Alpine) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine) will be the featured guest at the Alpine Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday, September 25 from 12-2 p.m. Rep. Hunter will inform Chamber members and guests about current issues in Congress.

LA MESA FIT BODY BOOT CAMP HOSTS OPEN HOUSE SEPT. 8 TO BENEFIT FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL



September 6, 2012 (La Mesa)--La Mesa Fit Body Boot Camp, a program designed to help its clientele achieve fitness and weight management goals in a fun and motivating atmosphere, will host an open house on Saturday September 8 from 4:00--8:00 p.m. The event includes an 80s band and DJ, plus a raffle with all proceeds going to Rady Children’s Hospital.

Talks on fitness and nutrition will be provided, as well as fitness demonstrations, chair massages, fitness games, entertainment and healthy food. Raffle prizes include an iPad2 and a six-month personal training program.

EAST COUNTY CASH MOB MEETS HOME & SOUL SEPTEMBER 8

 


September 1, 2012 (El Cajon) – The  East County Cash Mob’s next target is Home & Soul, 229 E. Main St., El Cajon on September 8 at 12 p.m.  The group will meet at Prospect Promenade at 11:55 a.m. before heading to Home & Soul.  The purpose of a Cash Mob is to assemble a large number of people to support a local small business during tough economic times.


EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FIRST FRIDAY BREAKFAST IS SEPTEMBER 7

 

September 5, 2012 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce is holding its First Friday Breakfast on September 7 at the German-American Club of El Cajon, 1017 S. Mollison Ave., El Cajon at 7:15 a.m.  The September breakfast marks the end of summer and the beginning of the busy autumn season.  Learn why El Cajon Oktoberfest is the most authentic in San Diego County.

LA-Z-BOY OPENS IN LA MESA

 

September 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – On August 30, La-Z-Boy hosted a special launch party at its new location at 8185 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa.  A private reception and ribbon cutting ceremony was held and guests were given a chance to browse the store’s selection of furniture and discuss decorating needs with La-Z-Boy design professionals. 

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU TO HOST MIXER IN EL CAJON SEPTEMBER 6

September 1, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB), San Diego’s largest county-wide business membership organization, will host a BBB business-to-business (B2B) networking mixer from 4 to 6 p.m., on Thursday, Sept.6, at Toyota of El Cajon, 965 Arnele Ave., in El Cajon. The public is invited to attend.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT'S WRONG: WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS

 

From the U.S. Department of Labor

August 31, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – What are your rights if you observe safety hazards or certain other wrongdoing at your workplace? 

This Labor Day, learn how you can help protect coworkers or the public from dangerous conditions and key illegal activities—and be protected under federal and state whistleblower laws. 

LABOR DAY TWEET-A-THON: SHARE PRIDE IN AMERICA’S WORKFORCE

August 31, 2012  (San Diego’s East County)—Labor union members have borne the brunt of budget cuts in these challenging economic times, seeing wages and pensions cut and rights eroded.

This Labor Day, a coalition of labor groups invite you to show support for workers in a Labor Day Tweet-a-Thon.

DOWNTOWN LA MESA'S MOSTLY MISSION

 
By Mayan Avitable
 
August 25, 2012 (La Mesa) -- One of the best things about downtown La Mesa is the shopping where you will find stores that are beyond the ordinary, and exceptional. One of the shops that many La Mesans agree is exceptional is Mostly Mission, a shop that carries quality merchandise and accessories for the craftsman style environment. The store first opened in 2007, and has recently moved from a 850 square feet location to a place up the street almost three times the size.
 

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. The study, commissioned by the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA), surveyed gaming and non-gaming tribes across the state, including a cross section of large and small casinos in urban and rural markets with a range of amenities including hotels, restaurants, retail establishments and entertainment venues. The study finds that Indian gaming operations provide significant benefits throughout California’s economy.

PARTY CHAIRS & ELECTED OFFICIALS TOP SLATE AT CHAMBER'S “POLITICS IN PARADISE” AUGUST 10

August 2, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s  lively annual political event, Politics in Paradise, will be held on Friday, August 10 at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College.

This year, the two-part event includes a panel of federal, state and local officials discussing their legislative agendas and how they related to business.  Panelists include Congressman Bob Filner, State Senator Joel Anderson, Assemblyman Brian Jones, and Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

In addition, chairs of the San Diego County Republican and Democratic parties, Tony Krvarik and Jess Durfee, will discuss three key ballot initiatives.

ALPINE CHAMBER HOT TOPIC BREAKFAST “BULLYING” SEPTEMBER 11

 

August 5, 2012 (Alpine) – The topic for the September 11 Alpine Chamber of Commerce Hot Topic Breakfast will be Anit-Bullying/Cyber Bullying.  The guest speakers are Jihan Yacoub,Deputy District Attorney and Jesse Navarro, S.D. County D.A. Office. The breakfast will be at Wells Fargo Bank from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The cost to attend is $15 per person.  RSVP to Chamber.Kelly@att.net.  Visit www.Alpinechamber.com for more information.

 

DOLORES CANIZALES TAKES OVER THE REIGNS AT THE POWAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 
August 4, 2012 (Poway) -- The Poway Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Dolores Canizales has joined the staff at the Chamber as President and CEO. She was identified from a process that drew from extensive networking contacts developed by the Poway Chamber Board. The Board invited applications from suitable individuals from their list of contacts. From a group of 10 vetted finalists and 3 interviewed candidates, Canizales was the unanimous top choice according to Poway Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Jim Crute. Canizales replaces former president Luanne Hulsizer, who resigned in May.

CHAMBER OFFERS LEADERSHIP EAST COUNTY

 
August 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- The East County Chamber of Commerce is hosting 11interactive community involvement sessions, a retreat and a Future Vision project with a diverse group of business owners, civic leaders and East County residents - public and private sector - all coming together to learn more about the challenges, economic engine-drivers, cultures and current hot topics in the East County region. 

EAST COUNTY CASH MOB MEETS “PEDRO’S COCINA MEXICANA”

 

August 4, 2012 (Spring Valley) – The East County Cash Mob is targeting Pedro’s Cocina Mexicana, 3515 Sweetwater Springs Blvd., Spring Valley on August 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A ‘cash mob’ is a large number of people organized via social media to draw customers to support a local business during tough economic times.

SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOPS IN LAKESIDE AUGUST 10, 17, 24

July 31, 2012 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce is holding social media workshops in August at Willowbrook Golf Course, 11905 Riverside Dr., Lakeside.  Each workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  The workshop schedule is as follows:

 

August 10 – Facebook
August 17 – LinkedIn
August 24 – Twitter

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