Business and Labor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Story and video by Nadin Abbott; photos by Tom Abbott
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.
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.
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.
Report: States Lack Sound, Consistent Policies to Enforce Job-Creation and Other Performance Requirements in Economic Development Subsidy Programs
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.
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."
Corporate Exec-Turned-Novelist Says It’s Never Too Late
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?
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