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By Liz Alper

September 28, 2016 (San Diego) - The last La Mesa Chamber breakfast of the year was held at Marie Callender's at Alvarado Road.  The speaker was Senator Joel Anderson.

The majority of Senator Anderson's speech was comprised of his reasons for opposing Senate Bill 654.  SB654 aims to increase parental leave for new parents by six weeks.  Senator Anderson, a Republican and former small businessman, believes this will harm small businesses by putting them out of business.  He understands the struggle that small businesses have already and does not want to add six more weeks of parental leave to that. 

Senator Anderson in his speech also spok of his opposition to raising minimum wage.  Instead of raising minimum wage, he says, we should teach employees better skill sets so that they can move up to higher, better positions and get paid more.  "Minimum wage doesn't build people; it tears down the middle class," he said.

Senator Anderson also emphasized giving back to the community. "We get so caught up in the rhetoric that we need to start thinking about our neighbors."  To work on this, he is hosting a holiday open house at Toyota of El Cajon (965 Arnele Ave.) on December 7 from 6 - 8 p.m.  The event will allow citizens to receive a 2016 legislative update and submit ideas to improve state government.

Upcoming La Mesa Chamber Events

  • Wednesday, Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m - 7 p.m.: Mixer at BJ's in Grossmont Center.  LAST MIXER OF THE YEAR
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.:  Our Family Spa ribbon cutting (5276 Baltimore Dr.)
  • Thursday, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.:  Uneeke Boutique ribbon cuttin 4674 Nebo Dr.
  • Monday, Nov. 28:  Deadline for items to be submitted for Senior/Children's holiday project

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