Business and Labor
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.
November 5, 2011 (Alpine) -- Viejas Outlets is proud to announce the official opening of Brooks Brothers Factory Store. The 7,200 square foot store is the 9th in California and offers a full range of Brooks Brothers fine clothing and accessories for men and women.
COUNTY WEIGHS DECLARING EYE GNATS VECTORS, LOOKS TO FARM BUREAU TO PROPOSE SOLUTION TO PESKY PROBLEM
By Miriam Raftery
Update November 10, 2011--County Supervisors voted 4-0 yesterday to ask the Farm Bureau to craft a proposed solution within 90 days. Supervisor Bill Horn, an organic farmer, abstained.
November 3, 2011 (San Diego) - -County Supervisors appear to be backing off a proposal to declare eye gnats a vector. The vector proposal, on the agenda for November 9, would allow the County to order chemical spraying for eye gnats similar to programs used to control mosquitoes. A vector declaration is sought by neighbors plagued by the insects near two organic farms, but is opposed by growers including the San Diego County Farm Bureau.
“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
By Walter Hall
November 1, 2011 (San Diego) - Sempra Generation has received the 2011 Solar Energy Industries Association Solar Champion Award (SEIA) in the Project Developer category.
By Ginny Grimsley
Insider Secrets From A Human Resources Veteran
October 27, 2011 (San Diego) -- You may have aced Intermediate Accounting, but you didn’t count on getting lost on the way to your first big job interview. So you arrived late and flustered, chugged a restorative cup of coffee in the reception area, and then offered your interviewer a sweaty handshake.
October 9, 2011 (San Diego) -- San Diego State University (SDSU) has received a joint grant of $1.67 million for its Jobs Accelerator program from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Small Business Administration and the Employment Training Administration (ETA).
“Our number one priority is job creation,” said Congressman Bob Filner (D-San Diego), in announcing the award. “Our region has been in dire need of this type of investment in our economy and our students. In a time when school and local budgets are being cut to the bone, this grant will go a long way to creating the good paying jobs we need, training the workforce, and help us move into a new green energy economy.”
Discounts today for shoppers at small businesses
November 26, 2011 (San Diego’s Eat County) – Last year, “Small Business Saturday” rallied Americans to support small, independently owned businesses in their communities on the day after "Black Friday" over Thanksgiving weekend, the start of the holiday shopping season.
Now Google, Facebook and Twitter are helping to support small businesses as part of Small Business Saturday today, November 26. Consumers can sign up on line for special discounts if they support small businesses by making purchases today.
October 7, 2011 (Lakeside) – A tour of East County’s economic development opportunities will be offered on Wednesday, October 26th by the East County Economic Development Council
“East County offers a wide range of industrial, office and retail opportunities. With Gillespie Field located in the heart of East County, the sky's the limit,” a Lakeside Chamber of Commerce announcement states.
MoneyBack Minutes feature a first among wireless carriers
October 3, 2011 (San Diego) – Community leaders and elected officials were on hand Friday to celebrate launch of Cox Communication’s “Unbelievably Fair” wireless phone service for its San Diego County customers.
Adding mobile phone capability to Cox’s existing bundle of video, Internet and landline telephone services, the company will now integrate home and mobile services.
October1, 2011 (Sa Diego) – Debra L. Reed, who was elected chief executive officer and a director of Sempra Energy in June, has been named to Fortune magazine’s 2011 list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” published online today.
This year marks the first time Reed has been recognized on this prestigious annual list, which was launched in 1998 to honor successful women in business.
GROCERY WORKERS RATIFY CONTRACT WITH SUPERMARKETS: DEAL ELIMINATES TIERED BENEFITS, MINIMIZES HEALTHCARE COSTS FOR WORKERS
By Miriam Raftery
September 25, 2011 (San Diego) – An agreement reached last week between the United Food & Commercial Workers and supermarkets has been approved after workers voted by an “overwhelming” margin for ratification, according to Mickey Kasparian, president of the local UFCW chapter.
September 24, 2011 (La Mesa) – The band played Beatles tunes and other '60s favorites as guests came decked out in love beads, bell bottoms and peace symbols.
No, this wasn't Woodstock. It all happened today right here in East County during Grossmont Center’s 50th anniversary celebration, evoking all things groovy from back in 1961, when East County’s first shopping mall was built.
East County Magazine News Service
September 19, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Negotiations continued through the night between supermarkets and the grocery workers’ union, despite last night’s deadline when a strike was widely expected to begin. This afternoon, both sides have announced a deal has been reached that will prevent a strike. The deal is tentative, pending a vote by the full union membership.
Ralphs announced it will shut down all San Diego stores if strike occurs
Sept. 15, 2011 (San Diego) – After months of stalled contract negotiations over medical benefits, grocery workers issued a 72-hour notice canceling the grocery contract extension and paving the way for a strike. A strike against Vons, Albertson's and Ralphs supermarkets could begin as soon as Sunday evening.
By Steve Doss, Wells Fargo’s SBA Regional Manager for the Southern California Market
September 14, 2011 (San Diego) -- “What does it really take for a small business owner to get a loan from a bank today?” It’s one of the top questions our bankers hear – and I would like to share our answer to this question.
September 13, 2011 (Escondido) -- What are the needs of working families in the Escondido area? Are those needs being met by schools, the city, and other governmental units?
By Billie Jo Jannen
September 11, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- A resolution introduced by District 40 State Senator Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) and passed in both houses Friday seeks to put the brakes on a high voltage trans-border power line slated to bring electricity in from the proposed 1250 MW La Rumorosa wind turbine project near Jacumba.
Vargas presented SJR 13 as a jobs protection measure for Californians who, Vargas says, would lose 15,000 green energy jobs if the turbine farm is built in Mexico instead of California.
GOVERNOR BROWN AND SAN DIEGO BUSINESS LEADERS CALL ON LEGISLATURE TO PASS CALIFORNIA JOBS FIRST PLAN
September 7, 2011 (San Diego)--Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined San Diego business leaders at Gen-Probe, Inc. yesterday to urge the state Legislature to pass his California Jobs First plan, which offers over $1 billion a year in tax relief for businesses that create jobs in the state.
“My plan eliminates a toxic tax loophole that undermines job growth in California and gives manufacturers and small businesses incentives to invest and hire in California,” Brown said. “It’s time to set aside partisan differences and come together to put Californians to work.”
"I left my job to run for Congress - to fight for you - the working men and women who are the true heart and soul of America. Like you, I have known what it is to stand in the unemployment line. I've been without health insurance...Like you, I will not give up. I will not be invisible...All of us, employed and unemployed must make our voices heard, because we have become the new "Silent Majority."
- David Secor, who aims to run against Congressman Duncan Hunter and represent East County
Reprinted with permission from OB Rag; Secor comments added by ECM
September 6, 2011 (San Diego)--Under gray skies, over 350 people gathered along Broadway yesterday in downtown San Diego at a Labor Day “Rally for the Jobless.” Organized by MoveOn and Rebuild the American Dream, the noon event was designed to gather unemployed San Diegans and put pressure on the White House and Congress for jobs.
By Miriam Raftery
September 5, 2011 (San Diego) -- California’s Supreme Court has declined to review an appeals court decision that upheld the Project Stabilization Agreement (PSA) entered into by the San Diego Unified School District in 2009.
The PSA required that for major construction projects, the District would hire contractors that hire local union workers to assure that living wages are paid while assuring quality workmanships.The decision marks a win for labor groups as well as for the District.
September 5, 2011 (San Diego) -- Looking for some appropriate music to liven up your Labor Day picnic, party, or rally?
The Nation magazine has compiled a list of the "top 10" Labor Songs of all time, including audio and video clips of each, sung by original artists: http://www.thenation.com/blog/163148/top-ten-labor-day-songs. Number one? Solidarity Forever, sung by Pete Seeger.