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EAST COUNTY CHAMBER BREAKFAST AND TOY & FOOD DRIVE

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.

COMMUNITY LEADERS VOICE CONCERN OVER CLOSURE OF EL CAJON CDC

 

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.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HOSTS HOLIDAY MIXER AT CRUNCH FITNESS DEC. 1

 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. 

 

JOBS ACT – A FREE MONEY BUZZER FOR SMALL BUSINESSES?

Strategic planner urges employers to proceed with caution
 
By Ginny Grimsley
 
November 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Small business owners should be planning now for how best to invest their windfall if Congress passes all the American Jobs Act incentives, says consultant Richard B. Sanford. Otherwise, they may quickly find themselves overextended.
 
 

WHERE WESTERN MEETS GLAMOUR: COWGIRL BLING OPENS IN PARKWAY PLAZA—WITH SOME COWBOY THINGS TO BOOT

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.  

A GEM OF AN EVENT: GOLDEN ARTISTRY HOSTS OPEN HOUSE DEC. 3 IN LA MESA


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.
 
Golden Artistry has been a staple for fine jewelry shoppers in San Diego since 1984. Led by jewelry designer and master goldsmith Terry Whyte, the store specializes in creative custom jewelry designs.

GREENSMART TECHNICAL COLLEGE COMING TO SAN DIEGO—ALONG WITH ELECTRIC CAR ENGINE MANUFACTURING PLANT

 

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.

JULIAN FITNESS CENTER FITS TOWN’S CULTURE

 By Bobbi Zane

 
November 18, 2011 (Julian) -- In a town where everyone knows everybody, the latest go-to place is the Julian Fitness Center, opened in April 2011 by Matt Kraemer.  The popularity of the gym is due to Kraemer’s close connections within the community, a business plan that focuses on excellent service, and a marketing plan that complements the town culture. 

WELLS FARGO IS TOP SBA LENDER IN SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL COUNTIES

 The company financed $53.7 million in loans to local small businesses

 
November 18, 2011 (San Diiego)–Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is the No. 1 SBA lender for the second consecutive year, in both dollars and units, to San Diego and Imperial Counties’ small business owners. For the federal fiscal year 2011, October 1, 2010- September 30, 2011, Wells Fargo extended 108 loans totaling $53.7 million in SBA 7(a) financing to San Diego and Imperial Counties small business owners. 

HUNDREDS OCCUPY SAN DIEGO BRIDGE, CALL FOR INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIRS AND JOBS

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.

FITDESK PEDAL DESK TURNS SEDENTARY COMPUTER WORK INTO A HEALTHY EXERCISE OPTION

 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.

  

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT: ON THE ROAD WITH THE EAST COUNTY BUS TOUR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

BROOKS BROTHERS OPENS FACTORY STORE AT VIEJAS OUTLETS

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.

A PBID for La Mesa’s Village? An ECM Special Report: Part III

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”
 Ralph Waldo Emerson


By Walter Hall
 

November 2, 2011 (La Mesa)--This is the final installment of ECM’s three- part series on the proposed Property-based Business Improvement District (PBID) for downtown La Mesa. As the process enters the voting stage, we review the changing expectations and remaining concerns among business and property owners in the district. For the background and readers’ comments see Part I http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/6980; the most contentious issues in the story are examined in Part II at http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/7105
 

SEMPRA GENERATION RECEIVES 2011 SOLAR ENERGY INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION SOLAR CHAMPION AWARD

 

November 1, 2011 (San Diego) - Sempra Generation has received the 2011 Solar Energy Industries Association Solar Champion Award (SEIA) in the Project Developer category.

YOU CAN LAND THE JOB OF YOUR DREAMS

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.

BATES NUT FARM CELEBRATES 90 YEARS OF FARMING AND FAMILY

  

 
October 14, 2011 (Valley Center) --Bates Nut Farm invites you to celebrate its 90th anniversary on October 15 and 16 from 9 am. to 5 p.m. Come out to the farm to enjoy live music featuring Calico Ridge and the Honky Tonk Kings, and enjoy great food and fresh country air. 
 
 
The Pumpkin Patch will be open, and there will be hay rides and a straw maze along with many other family friendly activities. This is a special milestone, and Bates Farm  wants to share it with you.
 

 

CALIFORNIA BUSINESS OUTLOOK: NEW SURVEY RESULTS SHOW MANY COMPANIES STILL STRUGGLING

East County Magazine News Service
 
October 10, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Slightly more than half of California-based businesses (55%) plan on growing their companies in 2011, but  27% describe their business as a “sinking ship” according to the just-released American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor, a semi-annual survey, now in its tenth year.  
 

SDSU RECEIVES $1.67 MILLION JOBS ACCELERATOR GRANT

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.”

“SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY” AIMS TO BOOST SALES OVER THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

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.

EAST COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL BUS TOUR OCT. 26

 

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.

COX ROLLS OUT WIRELESS PHONE SERVICE IN SAN DIEGO

 

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.

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES: ENHANCING ECONOMIC GROWTH & CELEBRATING DIVERSITY

 

 Investing in Employees with Disabilities Benefits Community
 
 
October 3, 2011 (San Diego)—October is National Disability Employment Awareness month. Slow economic growth means that businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations have to innovate to compete in a global economy.
 
"San Diego County needs motivated, productive employees who will use their talent and creativity to produce results. Individuals with disabilities represent a hidden population of skilled workers, across all industries, who have demonstrated that they are capable of overcoming daily challenges and are ready to play a vital role in creating solutions and solving problems that are often overlooked," a press release from Goodwill states.

FORTUNE NAMES SEMPRA ENERGY’S DEBRA L. REED TO 2011 LIST OF ’50 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN BUSINESS’

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

SDG&E, SOCALGAS AIM TO RAISE THE BAR WITH NEW DIVERSITY GOALS

 

 Sept. 29, 2011 (San Diego) --  San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) have entered into an agreement with The Greenlining Institute outlining workforce- and supplier-diversity goals for the next four years.

 

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. 

DÉJÀ VU AT GROSSMONT CENTER’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY

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.

GROCERY STRIKE AVERTED

 

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.

GROCERY WORKERS CANCEL CONTRACT; STRIKE COULD BEGIN SUNDAY NIGHT

 

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.

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