Business and Labor

BIA SAN DIEGO PARTNERS WITH WORKFORCECONNECT TO UTILIZE JOBS PLATFORM, WHILE ADDRESSING CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WORKFORCE SHORTAGE

Source: Building Industry Association
 
March 21, 2024 (San Diego) -- WorkforceConnect and the Building Industry Association of San Diego (BIA-SD) today announced a strategic partnership to help address the construction industry's ongoing workforce shortage. 

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EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE WINS SANTEE CHAMBER FAVORITES AWARD FOR BUSINESS RESOURCES

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left:  ECM Editor MIriam Raftery with Santee Favorites award

March 17, 2024 (Santee) – East County Magazine received a “Santee’s Favorites” award for best business resources at the Santee Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Awards Night on March 7 at Sycuan Casino Resort’s Heritage Event Center.

East County Magazine offers affordable sponsorship opportunities on our news site, which averages 5-10 million hits and a quarter million visits each month.  Our news coverage includes highlighting East County businesses, business news and events.. Next up,  ECM is planning to add a business directory, to help our readers easily locate business services in San Diego’s inland region.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Santee Chamber as the favorite for Business Resources, an award chosen by popular vote,” says East County Magazine editor and founder Miriam Raftery.  “We are constantly striving to find more ways to help local businesses. We welcome tips and story ideas, which can be sent to editor@eastcountymagazine.org.”  For sponsorship information, businesses owners and nonprofits can call (619)698-7617.

Sycuan was the  title sponsor of the event. Santee Chamber President/CEO, Kristen Dare, alongside past Board Chair, Eddie Vandiver, co-hosted onstage as the organization welcomed over 250 guests.


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TRADER JOE’S CONFIRMS SANTEE STORE AT BEST BUY SITE

By Mike Allen

March 9, 2024 (Santee) -- Trader Joe’s, purveyor of its own wine label Charles Shaw (formerly “Two Buck Chuck”) and prepared gourmet entrees, said that its next store will be at the former Best Buy site at 9680 Mission Gorge Road in Santee. It will be the chain’s 16th store in San Diego County.

In late December, the Monrovia-based grocery chain had announced Santee would be the location for a new store, as ECM reported, but declined to say anything more. But word leaked out that the old Best Buy site between Navy Federal Credit Union and Discount Tire is the new address.


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SBA OPENS BUSINESS RECOVERY CENTER TO HELP BUSINESSES AND NONPROFITS IMPACTED BY SEVERE STORM AND FLOODING

February 23, 2024 (San Diego) -- The U.S. Small Business Administration will open an SBA Business Recovery Center in National City on Monday, Feb. 26, to provide a wide range of services to businesses countywide impacted by the severe storm and flooding that occurred Jan. 21 - 23.

No appointment is necessary. All services are provided free of charge. The Business Recovery Center will be located at :

Southwestern College, Higher Education Center National City

First Floor, Room 7100 - Center for Business Advancement

880 National City Blvd., National City, CA  91950

It will be open starting Monday, Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. and thereafter Mondays-Fridays from 8:30 a.m.. to 5 p.m.


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SAVOR A TASTE OF ALPINE MARCH 16

East County News Service

 

February 17, 2024 (Alpine) -- Indulge in the captivating charm of Alpine, CA! Immerse yourself in a sensory journey that explores the exquisite trifecta of Cuisine, Commerce, and Culture.


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NEW COUNTY REPORT TO ADDRESS INEQUITY IN REGION

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

February 12, 2024 (San Diego) -- Jobs and finances, food systems, health, and housing – data shows these areas have some of the largest equity gaps in the San Diego region.

The Office of Equity and Racial Justice (OERJ) released the County’s first Equity Indicators Report on Wednesday.


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EAST COUNTY HONORS AWARDS GALA

By Jonathan Goetz

February 5, 2024 (El Cajon) -- The East County Honors Awards Gala is a prestigious and celebratory occasion that showcases the achievements and contributions of the East County communityThe East County Regional Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the annual event, supports and promotes the economic development and community interests of the East County region of San Diego County.

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GENDER AND NAME CHANGE AND QUEER LEGAL CLINICS AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE IN 2024

By Jocelyn Campos

January 28, 2024 (El Cajon) -- In 2024 Uprise Theatre partners with Cuyamaca College's Queer Student Center to offer East County San Diego monthly name and gender change clinics along with legal clinics specifically for those folks who identify as LGBTQ+.

Although hosted through Cuyamaca College these clinics are open to everyone, for free.


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SAN DIEGO BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFERS BUSINESS GRANT FUNDING, TECH HELP FOR DISTRICT 4 FLOODING EMERGENCY DISASTER RELIEF

East County News Service

January 25, 2024 (San Diego) -- The County of San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce (CSDBCC) will be providing grant funding and technical assistance to businesses affected by the recent flooding emergency in San Diego City's District 4.  Council District 4 includes the communities of Alta Vista, Broadway Heights, Chollas View, Emerald Hills, Encanto, Greater Skyline Hills, Jamacha, Lincoln Park, Lomita Village, Mountain View, North Bay Terrace, Oak Park, O'Farrell, Paradise Hills, Ridgeview, South Bay Terrace, Valencia Park, and Webster.

As the new administrators of the Diamond BID (Business Improvement District), CSDBCC has been reaching out to local businesses in District 4, which was the hardest hit by the flooding disaster that caused widespread damage and disruption to residents and businesses alike.


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KARL STRAUSS AND TRADER JOE’S ARE COMING TO SANTEE

 

By Mike Allen

January 12, 2024 (Santee)-- Both Karl Strauss and Trader Joe’s have  announced plans to open retail outlets in Santee, although the latter company isn’t saying much other than its intention to come.


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WALMART TO CLOSE PARKWAY PLAZA STORE IN EL CAJON

By Miriam Raftery

January 10, 2024 (El Cajon) – Wal Mart has announced that it will not renew its lease for the Walmart store in the Parkway Plaza shopping mall in El Cajon. The company plans to close the store on February 9.


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LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS FIRST MIXER OF YEAR AT HOOLEY'S JANUARY 17

By Jonathan Goetz

January 10, 2024 (La Mesa)-- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to start 2024 out with a Chamber mixer to mix, mingle and toast to the new year at Hooley's Public House on Wednesday, January 17th for their first mixer of 2024.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will end at 7:00 p.m. at Hooley’s Public House in Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive in La Mesa 91942.


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EAST COUNTY AND SANTEE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE JOINT MIXER JANUARY 31

By Jonathan Goetz

January 9, 2024 (Santee) -- Santee Chamber of Commerce and the East County Chamber of Commerce invite you to a joint mixer hosted by Sportsplex USA Santee 9951 Riverwalk Dr, Santee, CA 92071. Make new and strengthen current connections with other local business representatives. 


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EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HOSTS JANUARY EVENTS AT SURJE COFFEE IN EAST COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY

By Jonathan Goetz

January 9, 2024 (El Cajon) -- The San Diego Regional East County Chamber of Commerce is hosting two events at Surje Coffee Co., which is located inside the East County Art Association Gallery in January at 124 E. Main Street, El Cajon CA 92020.


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GET PAID TO GROW HEALTHY SOIL: LEARN HOW IN WEBINAR JANUARY 16

East County News Service

 

December 28, 2023 (San Diego) -- Solana Center for Environmental Innovation will host a virtual webinar titled “Healthy Soils Program Grant Basics” on January 16 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

The next grant solicitation period for the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Healthy Soils Program (HSP) opens in January 2024. This grant opportunity provides financial assistance to California farmers, growers, and ranchers for the implementation of one or more HSP-approved agricultural management practices to improve soil health, including compost & mulch application, cover cropping, no-till methods, conservation planting, and more, to sequester carbon and reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs). During this one-hour webinar, Solana Center, a Technical Assistance Provider for the HSP program, will dive into the details of how to apply for this grant.


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TRADES APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES IN LAKESIDE

By Shiloh Ireland

Photo,left:  Barry Jantz, Debbie Barnum, and Chula Vista Mayor Jim McCann

November 15, 2023 (Lakeside) -- Sixty Chula Vista Learning Community Charter high school students took part in real-world, hands-on experience in construction and drone technology on October 25 at AGC Apprenticeship & Training in Lakeside. The event was hosted by Barry Jantz and attended by Chula Vista Mayor John McCann who took part in Career Exploration Day.

There is an ongoing national discussion taking place about the high cost of a college education and resulting student debt, as well as alternative career pathways to college. So this local community is stepping up, providing students and under-served communities the knowledge of great paying alternatives and paid training right here in our backyard, bringing young people in for hands-on career exploration.

The students participated in a series of 30-minute hands-on workshops in a state-of-the-art training facility, showcasing a variety of excellent careers available in construction and related industries. Experiences included drone technology, heavy equipment simulation, framing, plumbing, and electrical.


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COUNTY MAKES HOME COOKING PROGRAM PERMANENT, EXPANDS ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES

By County News Center, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 9, 2023 (San Diego) - The Board of Supervisors voted to continue a temporary program set to expire in 2024 that supports home cooking as a small business. It also expanded the earning potential for its participants.   


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SANTEE GETTING DUAL CAR DEALERSHIP

By Mike Allen

Image,left: Rendering of planned auto dealership project

November 4, 2023 (Santee) -- A long-vacant, rock strewn lot on Mission Gorge Road just west of Magnolia Avenue is slated to become the Santee Auto Center, following approval of the project by the City Council last week.

The 13.1 acre site at 10335 Mission Gorge Road once housed Santee Elementary School, which opened in 1891 and closed in 2003 due to declining enrollment. Santee-based Cameron Brothers Construction Co. plans to convert the site into two dealerships, one of which is Chevrolet.

The center includes two warehouse buildings of more than 33,000 square feet, an auto body shop, and car wash. It will have six entrances and 688 parking spaces, mostly for inventory and customer service.


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AGRICULTURE IN SAN DIEGO FLOURISHED IN 2022 GROWING SEASON, SAYS COUNTY

By Shauni Lyles, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photos by Bing AI (prompt: Jonathan Goetz with East County Magazine)

October 25, 2023 (San Diego) -- San Diego’s new Crop Report covering the County’s 2022 growing season shows production was higher than last year at $1.78 billion in value, making it the seventh year in the past 10 years in which the region has seen an increase.


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KAISER STRIKE SETTLES AS HEALTHCARE WORKERS REACH “HISTORIC" CONTRACT

East County News Service

October 17, 2023 (Los Angeles) -- More than 85,000 Kaiser Permanente healthcare workers reached a historic tentative agreement on Oct.13 for a new contract that will substantially raise wages, bolster patient safety and make critical investments in the healthcare workforce at hundreds of Kaiser facilities across California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. 


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AUTOWORKERS STRIKE EXPANDS

By Jacob Pamus

 

The United Auto Workers (UAW) continues to expand, with the strike now in its 26th day. On Sept. 29, the UAW added new locations: Fords’ Chicago Assembly plant and General Motors Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant in Michigan. The number of workers striking is now over 25,000.

 

Today, Canadian autoworkers walked out on strike against Ford in solidarity with the UAW in the U.S.


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EL CAJON HOSTS FORUM FOR BUSINESSES ON HOMELESSNESS CONCERNS

By Cecilie Shamanow

The city of El Cajon is holding a forum for local business owners and managers on Tuesday October 17th at 7:30 a.m. at the El Cajon Police Station 100 Civic Center Way, El Cajon, CA 92020.

The aim is to discuss the impact the unhoused population is having on local businesses.

The forum is a collaborative effort between the City of El Cajon and the El Cajon Police Department; the meetings will be led by Police Chief Mouton and City Manager Graham Mitchell.


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DISTRICT STAFF DECRY RETURN TO OFFICE IN SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

By Jakob McWhinney, Voice of San Diego

Photo by Ariana Dresler, Voice of San Diego

October 1, 2023 (San Diego) -- For many workers, the pandemic upended the concept of the commute. Instead of getting in their cars and sitting in traffic to make it to the office, they went from their bed to their couch or dining room table. They curated office spaces in the corner of their living room, purchased a computer monitor for their laptop and maybe even upgraded their Wi-Fi. 


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CREATORS WANTED: SAN DIEGO’S LARGEST MANUFACTURING EXPO OCTOBER 3: IGNITING INSPIRATION FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

East County News Service

September 30, 2023 (El Cajon) – The East County Economic Development Council is excited to announce the return of its annual East County Manufacturing Expo in collaboration with the national Creators Wanted campaign. This year's theme, "Explore, Create, and Innovate - What Does A Future In Manufacturing Look Like?" promises to bring together industry leaders, educators, and aspiring creators on October 3rd, 2023.  


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READER’S EDITORIAL: THE THREAT SMALL BUSINESSES FACE IN CALIFORNIA

 

 

By Michelle Rains

September 29, 2023 (Ramona)-- As the owner of a bar and restaurant in Ramona, I can personally attest to how difficult California’s business environment can be. Starting a business involves balancing budgets, building customer relationships, hiring and training quality employees, creating a welcoming environment; these are the challenges I signed up for. However, in California, there is an added level of difficulty complying with the many different laws and regulations that can dictate a business’s everyday operations.


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LA MESA BECOMES FIRST CITY IN REGION TO ADOPT PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Carol Kim, general manager,  San Diego Building and Constructionj Trades, thanks La Mesa for adopting a PLA

September 28, 2023 (La Mesa)—By a unanimous bipartisan 5-0 vote, the La Mesa Cit Council last night voted to become the first city in San Diego County to adopt a Project Labor Agreement with the San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council and associated craft unions. The PLA would apply to public construction  projects in  La Mesa with a construction value of at least $1 million.

Councilmember Colin Parent proposed approval of the PLA agreement drafted by staff after negotiations with the unions. “We’re making sure we’ll be delivering projects on time and on budget, so taxpayers get the kind of infrastructure they deserve,” said Parent, who also thanked staff and workers who showed up to testify for “standing up for your families, for each other and for working people.”


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EAST COUNTY CHAMBER ANNOUNCES WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP NOMINEES

East County News Service

September 25, 2023 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce has released the names of its 2023  Women in Leadership Nominees.

Winners will be announced at the annual Women in Leadership luncheon. This year’s event will be held on Friday, October 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sycuan Casino Resort. 

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Connie Marjano, a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and former White House physician to three presidents. She later became a consultant in the Mayo Clinic’s executive health program  and founded the Center for Executive Medicine. She is a former radio talk show host of  “House Calls” on Voice of America and is the author of the book, The White House Doctor: My Patients were Presidents, A Memoir.


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LA MESA CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT FOR PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, ALSO RECONSIDERATION OF ELECTRONIC BILLBOARDS

By Miriam Raftery

September 23, 2023 (La  Mesa) –On Sept. 25, the La Mesa City Council will consider a staff recommendation to adopt a draft Project Labor Agreement with the San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council and associated craft unions. The PLA would apply to public projects in  La Mesa with a construction value of at least $1 million.

PLAs are pre-hire collective bargaining agreements negotiated between construction unions and construction contractors that establish terms and conditions of employment for construction projects.

According to the U.S.Dept. of Labor’s PLA Resource Guide, PLAs are an effective tool to ensure timely completion of projects at or under budget,  provide employers with a reliable source of highly skilled workers,increase diversity and support equitable workforce development, and improve worker health and safety on the job.

Opponents of project labor agreements have argued that PLAs may increase cost by mandating union wages and restricting competition, are unfair to nonunion contractors and nonunion workers, and hinder use of employer training programs that are not union apprenticeships.


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BUNNY CHOW: SOUTH AFRICAN CUISINE THAT WILL HAVE YOU WANTING MORE

Restaurant to be featured at East County Magazine’s “Taste of Africa” Oct. 8 

By Jessyka Heredia 

September 23, 2023 (San Diego) Have you tried African food before? East County Magazine gave South African Bunny Chow a try recently, located at 7128 Miramar Road. The flavors were bold and perfectly paired in each dish. You could smell the flavors of South Africa as you walked through the front door. Right away, I knew I was in for a culinary treat.  


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LIGHTS, CAMERA, CELEBRATE: SALUTE TO LOCAL HEROES OCT. 5 AT SYCUAN

 

September 14, 2023 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you its 14th annual  Salute to Local Heroes dinner on Thursday,  October 5 at  Sycuan Casino Resort.

“This evening is our opportunity to come together and honor those that are dedicated to the citizens of La Mesa and our community,” says La Mesa Chamber President Mary England. “The pandemic has given us a great opportunity to see our local heroes in action. We are celebrating those that serve our community in extraordinary ways from: the La Mesa Police Department, Heartland Fire & Rescue – La Mesa, AMR Paramedics, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol. During this evening we will also install our Board of Directors.”

The event will be held from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. in Sycuan Casino Resort’s Heritage Ballroom at5485 Casino Way,  El Cajon 92019.


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