Business and Labor
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.
PRESIDENT URGES HOUSE TO RENEW TRANSPORTATION & FAA BILLS IN ORDER TO PROTECT JOBS AND PUBLIC SAFETY
By Miriam Raftery
“Ten years ago, our nation’s infrastructure was ranked 6th globally. Today, it’s 23rd. We invest half as much in our infrastructure as we did 50 years ago, with more than one and a half the number of people.” – President Barack Obama
September 4, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – President Barack Obama issued a Labor Day weekend address urging the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to renew the transportation bill which is set to expire at the end of this month. The issue affects thousands of American workers, as well as millions of Americans who drive on our nation’s roads and bridges.
END OF AN ERA: RANCHO SAN DIEGO-JAMUL CHAMBER CLOSES DOORS AFTER BEER FESTIVAL CANCELLATION; CITY FAILS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, CRITICISMS ON ITS ACTIONS
ECM Special Report
By Miriam Raftery
Sept. 4, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – After four and a half years of organizing numerous major community events as well as programs to benefits its 143 members, the Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber has closed its doors. The closure reflects today’s tough economic times—but also raises questions over why the America’s Finest Beer Festival, a three-day event at Qualcomm Stadium sponsored by the RSDJ Chamber, was cancelled.
An ECM investigation reveals that questionable actions by management of Qualcomm Stadium, owned by the City of San Diego, left organizers as well as vendors on the line for hefty expenses. While questions have been raised over the Chamber pulling the plug on the event, the City’s actions appear to have left the Chamber with no viable option except cancellation. Yet ironically, experts predicted that both the City and the Chamber would have generated significant profits had the event been allowed to go forward.
September 2, 2011 (San Diego) -- The Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego marked the beginning of its 35th anniversary year with a celebration held at the private Emma Estate in Del Mar. ABCSD members, their guests, and numerous elected officials attended.
"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things." Niccolo Machiavelli
By Walter Hall
September 1, 2011 (La Mesa)--This second installment of ECM’s three part series on the proposed Property-based Business Improvement District (PBID), examines governance, including the City’s high-visibility role, and the proposed PBID budget. For Part I and readers’ comments, see http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/6980.
After months of rumors and lingering concerns about the proposal process, there are signs of PBID fatigue along La Mesa Boulevard. These are offset by growing interest across the district and into the larger community. La Mesa residents do have skin in the game, regardless of their street addresses--not least because the City is about to commit approximately $60K of tax dollars to fund PBID operations.
By Chuck Taylor, the Alpine Sun
August 30, 2011 (Alpine)--Anthony Pico, Viejas Tribal Chairman announced plans yesterday for a new 150 room hotel to be erected adjoining the Casino. Although the final design has not been approved, an architectural rendering of the proposed hotel was presented to the media and business owners during a press conference at the Dream Catcher Lounge.
Swinerton Construction has been awarded the project and they have pledged to use local employees on the job. Construction and expansion is expected to add about 450 jobs and when the hotel is completed it will be staffed by around 45 employees.
Suit seeks to block AT&T from reaching out and touching 97% of Americans with a single wireless network
By Miriam Raftery
August 31, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – The federal government today filed an antitrust lawsuit in U.S. District Court to block AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile. The U.S. Department of Justice took the step to ensure that “everyone—including consumers, businesses and the government-continue to receive high quality, competitively priced mobile wireless products and services,” according to U.S. Deputy Attorney James M. Cole, who also voiced concerns over the merger's impact on rural and low-income residents.
By Miriam Raftery
August 24, 2011 (Iowa) – President Barack Obama has announced new initiatives recommended by the White House Rural Council for creating jobs in rural America and helping to grow the U.S. economy.
The new efforts include helping rural small businesses access capital, expanding rural job search and training services, and increasing rural residents’ access to health care workers and technology including broad-band Internet access.
August 16, 2011 (San Diego –Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) will host a Boot Camp for Job Seekers on August 30. Her office announced the event today, following a visit to her office by constituents concerned about jobs.
“I appreciate the efforts of those who visited my office today and made their voices heard. I welcome their suggestions for job creation,” Davis said. “I share the frustration that the current Congress has not done enough to address the real issue at the root of the deficit and the root of our stagnate economy – it’s the lack of jobs!"