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BELLUS ACADEMY HOSTS INDUSTRY APPRECIATION PARTY

 
May 22, 2012 (Poway) -- Internationally-acclaimed Bellus Academy will host its annual Industry Appreciation Party on Wednesday, May 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at its Poway campus. The evening features industry experts unveiling the latest innovations and trends as well as Bellus providing complimentary spa and salon services, exclusive raffle prizes, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and gifts bags for attendees.

FACTORIES SHIFT JOBS BACK TO U.S.

May 20, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Two thirds of big U.S. manufacturers have moved their factories in the past two years—and the most popular destination is the U.S. Financial Times reports.

 The trend appears to be a positive and dramatic response to President Barack Obama’s plan to offer tax incentives for companies that return their operations to the U.S., while imposing tax penalties on U.S. companies that keep jobs outsourced overseas.

Among the 65% of top executives who said their company is moving operations, 40 percent said they are moving those jobs back to America, compared to 28 percent moving to China.

2012 LAKESIDE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR HARRY J. SPENCE AWARD

 
May 17, 2012 (Lakeside)--The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring the Harry J. Spence ‘Citizen of the Year’ Award.  This annual award is given to a man or woman in the community who has been an outstanding contributor to the community.

LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY SWEEPS LOW-PAID WORKERS UNDER THE RUG

 
Report: Janitors’ low wages a blotch on biotech's shining reputation
 
May 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- Janitors who clean the offices and laboratories of San Diego's highly profitable biotech companies generally aren't paid enough to live on, while their low wages are excluded from the industry's claims of creating good jobs.

NEW STORES OPENING AT WESTFIELD PARKWAY MALL

May 12, 2012 (El Cajon) – Four new stores will open at Westfield Parkway this year.  The new stores include discount housewares seller HomeGoods, Ulta, a beauty products retailer and fashion retailers Charlotte Russe and Papaya.

Westfield Senior Vice President Tom Tierney said operators will announce more brand-name retail and restaurants in the coming months.  Westfield Parkway is located at 415 Parkway Plaza in El Cajon.

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS INTRODUCES BILL TO PROTECT PREGNANT WORKERS FROM DISCRIMINATION

May 8, 2012 (San Diego) – It’s hard to imagine that in the 21st Century , a woman could be fired from her job for addressing the needs of her pregnancy.  Yet a woman was fired for simply drinking water to stay hydrated—and the firing was legal under current the law.

Today, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the lead sponsor of the bill, and Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to protect expectant mothers from discrimination.

LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS MIXER AT NORTH ISLAND FEDERAL CREDIT UNION MAY 9

May 6, 2012 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Chamber is hosting a special evening mixer at North Island Credit Union, 7968 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa on May 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  It is an opportunity to meet the business banking team from NICU.

COUNTY HELPS BUSINESSES GO GREEN, RECYCLE FLUORESCENT LIGHTS

Environmental Health Department Offering Free Recycling Kits While Supplies Last

May 5, 2012 (San Diego County) --
County officials are reminding small business owners that they can still get free “mail-back” recycling kits to help them legally recycle their old fluorescent lights, thanks to the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and a federal grant.

‘NOW THAT YOU’VE BEEN LAID OFF’ AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE’S CAREER CENTER ON MAY 9

 
May 3, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Career Center’s Adult Reentry Program will host “Now That You’ve Been Laid Off,” a free seminar featuring tips on getting hired again, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, in Griffin Center, the new student center building, Building #60, Room #140, on the college campus. Admission is free.

 

LA MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PREPARES FOR 4TH ANNUAL “TASTE OF LA MESA – TASTE OF THE CENTURY” JUNE 11

May 1, 2012 (La Mesa) --  The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announced that the fourth annual “Taste of La Mesa - Taste of the Century” event will be held on June 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa. This year the Chamber has added “Taste of the Century” to celebrate the City of La Mesaʼs 100th Anniversary.

The evening allows guests to sample fare from many local restaurants and food providers, as well as winetasting and craft beers.

LABOR COUNCIL LEADER LORENA GONZALEZ TO SPEAK MAY 2 IN LA MESA

April 28, 2012 (La Mesa) – Labor Council Leader, Lorena Gonzalez, will be speaking at the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club's May 2 General Meeting on labor's increasingly important role in the 2012 election. The program will be held at the La Mesa Community Center at 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, from 7 to 8:30 pm.

She will discuss how Citizen's United has pushed labor into an ever more important role in many races across the country. The Citizen's United ruling opened the floodgates for unfettered and unaccountable corporate campaign-giving. As a result, labor and working people have been required to raise funds to counter the influence of the enormous funds corporations raise.

UNION BANK APPOINTS EL CAJON RESIDENT GEORGE RAMIREZ AS CHIEF DIVERSITY EXECUTIVE

 
April 28, 2012 (San Francisco)Union Bank, N.A., today named Executive Vice President George A. Ramirez of El Cajon as the company’s first Chief Diversity Executive, whose mission is to broaden the diversity of the company’s senior management and executive ranks.  Reporting to Union Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Masashi Oka, Ramirez will serve a significant role in leveraging diversity as a strategic advantage in the highly competitive banking industry.

FREE BANKRUPTCY AND DEBT NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP IN EL CAJON APRIL 30

April 23, 2012 (El Cajon) – Renda Law Offices, P.C. is presenting  “Free Legal Workshop on Bankruptcy and Debt Negotiation” on April 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the East County Career Center 924 East Main Street, El Cajon.  Topics to be covered include: Bankruptcy A-Z, Debt negotiation, Short Sales & Foreclosure and Potential Legal Alternatives to Bankruptcy.

ARRIBA! EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO APRIL 19

 

April 18, 2011 (El Cajon) – The East County Chamber of Commerce will be holding its April Business After Hours Mixer at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, 103 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon on April 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  There will be complimentary appetizers and cocktails available for purchase.

LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS “TASTE OF THE CENTURY” JUNE 11 FOR CENTENNIAL YEAR


April 16, 2012 (La Mesa)--This year, to celebrate La Mesa's 100th anniversary, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is expanding its 4th Annual Taste of La Mesa  to be the Taste of the Century. 

The event, set for June 11, will feature an expanded venue & more restaurants than ever before, as well as VIP opportunities.

SDSU’S MENTOR PROGRAM CULTIVATES NEXT GENERATION’S LEADERS

 
By Breena Loraine
 
April 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego State University’s Mentor Program is a win-win situation for students and San Diego businesses. With the participation of approximately 60 business executives from diverse companies, the program allows business seniors and graduate students to gain insight into the industries and positions that interest them, while also allowing businesses to identify students as potential interns and employees. 

 

CALIFORNIA BOASTS GREATEST NUMBER OF WOMEN-OWNED FIRMS IN THE U.S.

 
March 28, 2012 (California) -- California is home to the greatest number of women-owned firms in the country, with an estimated 1,063,700 women-owned firms, employing 977,600 and attributing to roughly $189,529,000 billion as noted by the State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN.

VIEJAS CASINO OPENS NEW HIGH-STAKES BINGO ROOM

 

March 28, 2012 – Viejas Casino reached a major milestone, with the opening of a new high-stakes, high tech Bingo Room. Tribal elders, tribal leaders, local dignitaries, Chamber of Commerce representatives and the public all joined in the Grand Opening of the new Bingo Room. The ceremonies included a Tribal Blessing, traditional Native American Bird Songs and a ribbon cutting.

 

SKECHERS OPENS NEW STORE AT VIEJAS OUTLETS IN ALPINE

 

March 24, 2012 – Viejas Outlets announced the opening today of the latest in a growing list of popular name-brand stores – a 4,100 square foot Skechers store, offering thousands of styles of footwear for men, women and children.  “We are excited to add Skechers to our roster of national, name-brand retailers,” said Viejas Outlets General Manager Peter Cortese. “The Skechers brand appeals to a broad spectrum of our customers, who place a high priority on style and value. It’s a perfect fit for our business and for our customers.”

 

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.

 

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