Business and Labor

CALIFORNIA HAS MORE IMMIGRANT-OWNED BUSINESSES THAN ANY OTHER STATE

East County News Service

 

July 17, 2019 (San Diego) -- Every year, thousands move to the U.S. in hopes of achieving the American Dream. To explore the state of entrepreneurship among immigrants living in the U.S., FundRocket analyzed data from the American Community Survey.  

WASTE MANAGEMENT TO HOST HIRING EVENT FOR COMMERCIAL DRIVERS THURSDAY

East County News Service

 

July 10, 2019 (El Cajon) - Waste Management in El Cajon will be hosting a hiring event on Thursday, July 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to welcome interested and qualified commercial driver candidates to join the Waste Management family. Candidates will be considered for current and future driver positions. The event will be held at Waste Management’s office at 1001 W. Bradley Ave., El Cajon.

LA MESA CHAMBER HOST SUMMER BASH BUSINESS EXPO AUGUST 15

East County News Service

June 21, 2019 (La Mesa) — The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its 6th annual Summer Bash Business Expo on Thursday, August 15 from 5-8 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Drive).  Attendees can meet representatives from over 45 local businesses,  enterdrawings to win door prizes and savor foods and beverages from local restaurants, breweries and more.

 

STEELE CANYON HIGH SCHOOL GRAD NAMED MARKETING DIRECTOR AT SDX

East County News Service

June 16, 2019 (El Cajon) – Yariela Freeman, a graduate from Steele Canyon High School in El Cajon (class of 2008), has been named marketing director at SDX, San Diego’s oldest and one of the largest San Diego networking and professional groups for advertising and marketing executives. She will be involved in overseeing the business operations, marketing strategy and implementation, event planning and coordination, member relations, membership growth and partnerships with other local trade organizations.

QUESTIONS RAISED OVER LA MESA VILLAGE ASSOCIATION’S NONPROFIT STATUS

By Miriam Raftery

June 14, 2019 (La Mesa) – Why can’t the La Mesa Village Association produce a federal tax ID number required of all organizations? Why has it never filed either a tax return or an application for tax exempt status with the state Franchise Tax Board?

GROCERY WORKERS TO VOTE ON POTENTIAL STRIKE AGAINST THREE MAJOR SOCAL CHAINS

By Ken Stone

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  UFCW Local 135 is one of the biggest labor unions in San Diego County. Photo by Ken Stone

June 12, 2019 (San Diego) - Members of seven Southern California food workers locals, including San Diego’s, will vote June 24 on whether to authorize a strike against three major grocery chains, it was announced Monday via social media.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NAMES RICK WILSON AS NEW PRESIDENT & CEO

 

 

East County News Service

May 17, 2019 (San Diego's East County) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of San Diego native Rick Wilson as its new president and CEO.

Wilson succeeds Joe Mackey, the most recent El Cajon Citizen of the Year recipient who served as the Chamber’s interim CEO following the departure this past January of Eric Lund, who had served as the Chamber’s top executive since 2014. Lund relocated to Colorado for a job as CEO of Visit Estes Park, a local tourism bureau.

CELEBRATION OF FLAVORS AT “TASTE OF SAN DIEGO EAST” JUNE 3RD

 

 

East County News Service

May 16, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to savor the flavors of restaurants across East County at “Taste of San Diego East” on Monday, June 3 from 5-8 p.m. at the Town and Country Hotel’s Golden Ballroom (500 Hotel Circe North) in Mission Valley.

SAN DIEGO'S LONGEST OPERATING SMALL AUTOMOTIVE PARTS BUSINESS DEBUTS NEWEST ADDITION IN ALPINE

 

 

County Motor Parts hosts grand opening with car show May 31 - June 2

 

East County News Service

 

May 10, 2019 (Alpine) – One of San Diego’s longest operating small businesses, County Motor Parts Inc., announces the opening of its 12th location--8th in San Diego County--in Alpine. The 73-year-old business has been run by three generations of the San Diego-based Eckis family.

UBER AND LYFT DRIVERS ON STRIKE TODAY

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: CC by SA

May 8, 2019 (San Diego) – If you need a ride today, you may need to call a taxi or catch a trolley. Uber and Lyft drivers across San Diego County are taking part in a nationwide strike for higher wages and more transparency from the ride-sharing companies.

Some 5,000  southern California drivers plan to turn off their apps today, according to Rideshare Drivers United. Picketing and a rally are also planned at Lindbergh Field’s Terminal 1 today.

The drivers are protesting Uber’s announced pan to slash per-mile compensation from 80 cents to 60 cents. They also want both companies to guarantee a $28 minimum wage to drivers, who use and maintain their own vehicles, paying for gas themselves. 

KARL STRAUSS BREWERY BACK ON TRACK IN SANTEE

 
 
 
By Mike Allen
 
April 16, 2019 (Santee) -- Santee’s largest commercial project in many years, a Karl Strauss brewery/restaurant on 10 acres off Cuyamaca Street next to Trolley Square, was officially put back into play after the San Diego beer company and environmental groups came to agreement about the project.

A SMOKIN’ HOT CELEBRATION AT BUCKBOARD’S BARBECUE & BREW





By Miriam Raftery

March 31, 2019 (El Cajon) – Slow-cooked, wood-smoked meats barbecuing on an old wagon base, or buckboard, filled the air with mouth-watering aromas at a ribbon-cutting held March 20th at Buckboard’s Barbecue & Brew in El Cajon by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.

The restaurant specializes in California smokehouse barbecue, which owner Fadi Shihadeh describes as “Santa Mara-style with a twist” that includes smoke flavor in all meats. They also do catering, if you've got a hankering for barbecue at your next outdoor gathering.

Now located at 975 Greenfield Drive, Buckboard’s moved to El Cajon from San Diego, where it was originally owned by Padres pitcher Randy Jones. The Shihadeh family bought it and ran it for many years, before moving recently to El Cajon at 975 Greenfield Drive.

“This really is a homecoming for us. It feels great to be back,” Shihadeh told ECM during the Chamber event.

MARCH BREAKFAST MEETING WITH CITY COUNCIL MEMBER AKILAH WEBER IS PITCH PERFECT

 

 

Source:  La Mesa Chamber of Commerce

Photo courtesy Sandra Small

March 14, 2019 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce held their second breakfast meeting of the year on Wednesday, March 6th. There was an overwhelming crowd that gathered to meet La Mesa’s newest elected Council Member, Dr. Akilah Weber. There were many new faces in the crowd, including new members that joined us on this special morning. Dr. Weber was elected to the La Mesa City Council in November 2018. Dr. Weber is a board-Certified obstetrician/gynecologist and the Director of the Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Division at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Dr. Weber shared her commitment to listening to members of the community and encouraged people to email her on any issue that they wish addressed. To reinforce that commitment, Dr. Weber shared that she is launching her “Community Chat with Your Councilmember” on Saturday, May 4th. She invited everyone to attend and be a part of the dialogue on any subject they wish. This first community chat will be held at Sylvan Learning, 8366 Parkway Drive in La Mesa at 7:00 a.m. Dr. Weber discussed items that have recently been on the Council agenda and took questions from the audience.

IN THE FACE OF MORE FREQUENT, LARGER CALIF. WILDFIRES, HOW SAN DIEGO BUSINESSES CAN PREPARE FOR UNEXPECTED POWER INTERRUPTIONS

 

 

By Dan Svejnar, Vice President, Head of Commercial North America, Centrica Business Solutions

 

March 12, 2019 (San Diego) -- Few businesses actually spend the time to consider the impact a power outage could have on their operations and revenue. When the power goes out, even for as short as two hours, the economic engine stalls for businesses of any size. Without electricity, cash registers are inoperable, and assembly lines grind to a halt.

EL CAJON CONSIDERS SIGN ORDINANCE CHANGES, ZONING CODE EXEMPTIONS FOR MUNICIPAL PROJECTS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 1, 2019 (El Cajon) – El Cajon is considering an amendment to sign standards regulating the height and size of freestanding signs downtown. In addition, the city is considering exempting municipal projects and uses from the zoning code and entitlement process.

The Planning Commission will hold public hearings  on each of these proposals on Tuesday March 19 at 7 p.m.  The City Council will also hold public hearings on Tuesday, March 26 at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 200 Civic Center Way, El Cajon.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER PRESENTS `EAST COUNTY HONORS’ AWARDS

 

 

East County News Service

February 25, 2019 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce swore in its 30-member board of directors and presented awards at its recent 107th Annual Dinner, held Feb. 23 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in El Cajon. More than 200 people attended the “East County Honors” event.

FOUR NEW STORES TO OPEN INSIDE FORMER EL CAJON SEARS SPACE AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 
 
By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor
 
February 23, 2019 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon’s iconic Parkway Plaza mall has dodged a bullet with the announcement that the recently vacated Sears store at the west end of the mall will be home to four new stores by Memorial Day Weekend. 

COLDWELL BANKER WEST OPENS NEW EAST COUNTY OFFICE, LEASES FORMER BERKSHIRE OFFICE

 

 

East County News Service

February 23, 2019 (El Cajon) –  Coldwell Banker West (CBW), one of San Diego County’s largest real estate companies, has opened a new office in La Mesa to be called its Mount Helix office.

The company said it has leased and moved into a 13,000-square-foot, two-story office building at 9555 Grossmont Summit Dr., which previously was occupied by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties.

ONE SINGLE MOM, ONE NEW MOM, AND ONE RISKY BUSINESS

 

 

How two women are changing the face of artifact and collection care

East County News Service

 

February 12, 2019 (San Diego) – Starting any company is always a risk, but starting one that is so specialized that only a small handful of people in the entire country do it, well that’s on a whole new level. Yet that is exactly what local San Diego author and historian, Melanie Dellas, and museum professional and anthropologist, Karen Lacy, did – and they are changing the way museums and private collectors think about caring for their objects and fine art.   

CALIFORNIA COAST CREDIT UNION MARKS 90TH ANNIVERSARY, BUILDS UPON LEGACY WITH "DAY OF SERVICE"

 

 

Source:  Cal Coast Credit Union

February 5, 2019 (San Diego) - California Coast Credit Union, the longest-serving financial institution in San Diego County, is celebrating its 90th Anniversary with a community-wide “Day of Service” and other events to build upon its legacy of giving back to the community. 

SDG&E CONTINUES TO OFFER ASSISTANCE TO FEDERAL WORKERS IMPACTED BY THE RECENT GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

 
 
Resources and protections help impacted workers maintain electric and gas service 
 
East County News Service
 
January 31, 2019 (San Diego) -- Although the partial shutdown of the federal government ended on Jan. 25, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) stands ready to help previously furloughed employees who are coping with the lingering financial effects of the recent shutdown and may be struggling to pay their energy bill.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY SUSPECTS ARRESTED, ALSO CHARGED WITH DRUG CRIMES

 
 
By Miriam Raftery 
 
January 31, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) — Two suspects believed responsible for over 30 commercial burglaries countywide with losses totaling over $130,000 have been arrested in Lakeside and Spring Valley.
 
Detectives and crime suppression team deputies from Alpine, Rancho San Diego, Lakeside and Santee participated in serving search warrants that led to recovery of property stolen from a business in Rancho San Diego. The search also found a clandestine marijuana growing operation and a butane honey oil extraction laboratory. Detectives from the San Diego Regional Narcotics Task Force responded, along with HAZMAT personnel and other law enforcement personnel.

ATTORNEY GENERAL BECERRA URGES CALIF. BUSINESSES TO USE AVAILABLE RESOURCES TO HELP PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

 

 

State law requires some businesses to post notices

Source:  California Department of Justice

January 30, 2019 (Sacramento) - During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra reminds California businesses to post notices informing the public and trafficking victims of resources available to help combat slavery and human trafficking. Up-to-date digital copies of these notices are available for free on the Attorney General’s website.

SAN DIEGO-BASED ANNEX BRANDS ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS, INCLUDING EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL MEMBER STEVE GOBLE

 

 

East County News Service

January 30, 2019 (San Diego) – San Diego-based Annex Brands, Inc., a worldwide licensee and franchisee of business services retail outlets, recently announced several promotions. Patrick Edd has been named CEO and will remain company president. Edd has been part of the company’s leadership team since 1991, starting as director of finance and administration.

BENEFITS OF THE ASVAB PRACTICE TEST

 

 

By Brad Hadin

February 1, 2019 (San Diego) -- ASVAB, short for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, is one of the most popular aptitude tests used in the United States. The ASVAB test is perfect for running a quick analysis of the candidate by measuring his strengths and weaknesses, and ultimately checking his potential for future success. ASVAB opens up a lot of opportunities for the student both in military and civilian career paths. You will certainly have a higher success rate after passing the ASVAB exam, whether you choose a military career, a vocational school, or a college.

FREEWAY SIGNS WELCOME I-15 DRIVERS TO LITTLE SAIGON DISTRICT IN CITY HEIGHTS

 

 

New freeway exit signs to be installed at El Cajon Boulevard on February 1

Source: Little Saigon Foundation

January 27, 2019 (City Heights) --Starting in February, commuters on I-15 will notice new freeway exit signs directing them to exit El Cajon Boulevard to reach the Little Saigon District in City Heights, San Diego. Caltrans confirmed that the signs will be set up at the transit station on El Cajon Boulevard over the I-15 North and South exits on February 1. An unveiling ceremony will be held on that day at 10 a.m. with guests including City Council President Georgette Gomez and Assemblymember Todd Gloria.

FREE FOOD FOR FURLOUGHED FEDERAL WORKERS MONDAY JAN. 28 IN EL CAJON

 

 

Source:  East County Transitional Living Center

January 24, 2019 (El Cajon) - Are you, or someone you know, an essential employee or furloughed federal employee or contractor?

East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC) and Christian Fellowship of El Cajon are partnering to provide help to individuals and families affected by the government shutdown.

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