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PASSAGES: LABOR LEADER CHARLES LATIMER, 81

 

March 23, 2012 (San Diego) – Charles H. “Chuck” Latimer, 81, passed away on March 12 at his home in San Diego of natural causes.  A retired Pacific Bell employee, he was active in labor causes and political campaigns in San Diego and East County.

“Not only was Chuck a long-time member of CWA [Communications workers of America] Local 9509, but he was a large part of our local labor labor movement," said San Diego-Imperial County Labor Council Secretary-Treasurer Lorena Gonzalez. "His commitment to the movement was unmatched and he will be missed tremendously.”

SAN DIEGO COMPANY’S uZAPPit™ SMART TAGS NAMED BEST OF EXPO AT PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS SHOW IN LAS VEGAS

 

March 17, 2012 (San Diego) – uZAAPit Smart Tags, produced by Pacific Emblem Company in San Diego, have been named “Best of Expo” at the 2012 Promotional Products Show in Las Vegas.

“We are so excited to be picked out of thousands of  products,” commented East County resident Rich Soergel, company innovator at the 28-year old manufacturer and importer.

KICK OFF SPRING WITH THE CHAMBER'S - MARCH MADNESS MIXER AND NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION MARCH 21

 
March 14, 2012 (Alpine) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce is kicking off spring with a March Madness Mixer and New Member Orientation on March 21.  The event is being held at Viejas Casino, Dreamcatcher Lounge, 5000 Willows Rd., Alpine from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Appetizers and cocktails will be served.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER’S 10TH ANNUAL GRIP IT AND RIP IT GOLF TOURNAMENT MAY 17

March 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – The East County Chamber is holding its 10th annual Grip It and Rip It golf tournament on May 17 at Sycuan Resort, Pine Glen Executive Course, 3007 Dehesa Road.  The golfing begins at 11:30 a.m. and the dinner follows at 5:00 p.m.

NEW COMPANY LAUNCHED TO SERVE EAST COUNTY SENIORS IN THEIR HOMES

 

Senior Resource GroupLaunch InTouch At HomeRancho San Diego group to bring Service to Seniors’ Homes
 

March 10, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- The principals of Senior Resource Group (SRG), who have achieved national prominence for their senior living communities, have launched InTouch at Home, to bring SRG’s superior level of service to seniors who choose to age in place in their homes, according to Michael Grust, president and CEO of SRG. 

SDG&E LAUNCHES SMART GRID PRIVACY INITIATIVE

 

Partnership with Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada, will bring Privacy by Design best practices to customer offerings

 

March 9, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada, has released a joint paper to document the incorporation of Privacy by Design into SDG&E’s smart grid initiative.  

According to an SDG&E press release, this partnership is the first of its kind in the United States, and emphasizes the “commitment of the company in designing, building and operating a secure, reliable and trustworthy smart grid that safeguards customer privacy” from the start.  

HUNTER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO RECOGNIZE TRUE UNEMPLOYMENT

March 7, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) —In preparation for the release of new unemployment figures this month, Representative Duncan Hunter, joined by a group of House lawmakers, introduced the Real Unemployment Calculation Act on March 1.

The legislation requires the Bureau of Labor Statistics to factor, as the primary measurement of unemployment by the federal government, individuals who give up looking for work—currently reflected in the U-5 calculation.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HOSTS, “BUILDING BETTER HEALTH” IN LEMON GROVE MARCH 13

 
March 6, 2012 (Lemon Grove) -- East County Chamber of Commerce invites you to join Mark Fenton, nationally-known public health, planning and transportation consultant, to explore how community design can strengthen and support active healthy lifestyles and economic vitality. The Chamber, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency and Healthy Works will participate in this event.

SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC NAMED NATIONAL CLIMATE LEADER

San Diego Utility Recognized for GHG Reductions and Energy Efficiency
March 4, 2012 (San Diego) --  San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was nationally recognized last week with the Organizational Leadership Award at the inaugural Climate Leadership Awards in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The Climate Leadership Awards recognize organizations that go beyond business as usual in the management and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change), and The Climate Registry (TCR). 

SANTEE CHAMBER AWARDS PRESENTED

 

March 3, 2012 (Santee) – The Santee Chamber of Commerce presented its annual awards for businesses and individuals who helped the Santeecommunity prosper in 2011. The awards were presented at the organization’s annual Rock n’ Santee's Finest awards banquet at the Barona Resort in Lakeside  February 10.  This year’s award winners are:
 

 

VIEJAS BOWL WELCOMES NEW MANAGER, ANNOUNCES EMPHASIS ON FAMILY-FRIENDLY ENTERTAINMENT

 

February 28, 2012  (Alpine) -- Viejas Bowl, located at the Viejas Outlets in Alpine, California, is pleased to welcome their new manager – La Mesa native, Trevor Hagedorn. A former All-American on the powerhouse Wichita State bowling team, Trevor brings a wealth of bowling and bowling operations experience to the position.

 

REPRESENTATIVE HUNTER TO HOST JOB FAIR FEB. 24

 
February 15, 2012 (Poway) — Representative Duncan Hunter (R-El cajon)--announced today that he will host another community job fair, in partnership with the East and North County Career Centers, and the San Diego North and Poway Chambers of Commerce. The event will be held February 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the Poway Community Center auditorium, 13094 Civic Center Drive.  Admission is free.

 

TRY YOUR LUCK WHILE CELEBRATING LOCAL HEROES AT LA MESA CHAMBER’S CASINO ROYALE FEB. 23


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. 

RETAIL GIANT FRESH & EASY TO OPEN STORE IN ALPINE AT SITE OF FORMER DANIEL’S MARKET


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.

HEALTHCARE WORKERS STRIKE AT KAISER


Story and video by Nadin Abbott; photos by Tom Abbott
 
 
February 1, 2012 (San Diego)--   The National Union of Health Care Workers (NUHW) called for a one-day strike yesterday at all Kaiser Permanente healthcare facilities statewide in California.  In San Diego the picket line walking started at six in the morning and ended at 10 p.m. outside Kaiser Hospital on Zion, with about 50 union members and supporters walking the line. View video of strike:  http://youtu.be/ZuJGg95okOA According to Jim Clifford, a union rep, the ”concerns are over patient care and retirement.”

EAST COUNTY BUSINESSES PROMOTE ETHICS ON THE RADIO

 
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.

 

WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN SELECTS JOHN BOLTHOUSE III AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


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.

CONGRESSMAN FILNER INTRODUCES BILL TO HELP VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES

 
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.

CALIFORNIA RANKS 36TH IN MONITORING AND ENFORCEMENT OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS, EARNS C- GRADE

 
Report: States Lack Sound, Consistent Policies to Enforce Job-Creation and Other Performance Requirements in Economic Development Subsidy Programs

 
January 19, 2012 (Washington D.C.)—Despite the fact that many economic development deals fall short on job creation or other benefits, states are highly inconsistent in how they monitor, verify and enforce the terms of job subsidies that cost taxpayers billions of dollars per year.  Many states fail to even verify that companies receiving subsidies are meeting their job-creation and other commitments, and many more have weak penalty policies for addressing non-compliance.
 

READER’S EDITORIAL: ADA COMPLIANCE WORKSHOP FEB. 3 IS A MUST IN DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES

 

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. 

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HOSTS CENTENNIAL GALA FEB. 4 AT US GRANT HOTEL

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."

CREATE A NEW YOU - WITH A NEW JOB - FOR THE NEW YEAR


Corporate Exec-Turned-Novelist Says It’s Never Too Late
 
January 9, 2011 (Los Angeles)--With 7 million Americans receiving unemployment benefits, and many counting the years – instead of months – since their layoff, author Darlene Quinn says now is a good time to reinvent yourself. She cites James Sherk, a senior policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation, who says the jobs people held two or three years ago often simply aren’t there anymore.

RECYCLE YOUR ELECTRONIC WASTE JAN. 14-15 AT GROSSMONT CENTER


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.

SAN DIEGO BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU LISTS RED FLAGS TO MAKE 2012 SCAM-FREE


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.
 
“There is no stronger remedy for fraud that an educated consumer who refuses to be conned,” said Sheryl Bilbrey, San Diego BBB president/CEO. “Rough economic times mean that consumer scams and rip-offs are at an all-time high as unscrupulous individuals and companies will roll-out every trick in the book.

NEW LAWS IN 2012 MAY IMPACT YOU, YOUR FAMILY, OR YOUR BUSINESS

 

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. 

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HOSTS FIRST FRIDAY BREAKFAST JAN. 6


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. 

SENATOR ANDERSON PRESENTS BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD TO TAYLOR GUITARS

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.

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS AMONG 100 PROTESTERS AT “WEST COAST PORT SHUT DOWN”

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.”

PROTECT WHATEVER YOU TRAVEL WITH, SHIP, STORE, TREASURE OR COLLECT

 

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. 

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