Business and Labor

CHARITABLE AND BUSINESS DEDUCTIONS TAKEN AWAY IN TAX BILL

 

Home office deductions and deductions for service businesses, self-employed and independent contractors are also slated for elimination

By Miriam Raftery

December 13, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Nonprofits are voicing concerns over a provision in the Republican tax bill now in Congress that could harm charities by taking away incentives for the vast majority of Americans to donate to nonprofit organizations.


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RECOVERING STOLEN TIME YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD

 

The Time Bandit Solution: Structured Time & Workflow, by Edward G. Brown (Cohen Brown Picture Company, 2014, Los Angeles, California, 249 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

December 5, 2017 (San Diego) - Edward G. Brown, philanthropist, entrepreneur and noted Hollywood mover and shaker, has written a book that resonates with me for a variety of reasons; The Time Bandit Solution: Structured Time & Workflow. I actually suffer from some of the same Time Bandit issues that he points out in his book. Coming on the heels of my review of his wife Shari Sharifi Brown’s book; The 7 Commandments for Happiness and Prosperity, this author’s book is more than a book about business solutions, but actually gives a portrait of his life and legacy. This is really a capsule of the author’s entire life, weaving his personal experiences into a well thought out book on how to recover your lost time.


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IF YOU HAD FOOD SPOIL, BUSINESS INTERRUPTED OR OTHER DAMAGE FROM POWER OUTAGE, YOU CAN SUBMIT A CLAIM

 

Save receipts, take photos, and document your losses

East County News Service

December 8, 2017 (San Diego) – If you suffered damages due to planned power outages, you can submit a claim to SDG&E asking for reimbursement, says Helen Gao. SDG&E has posted information on its website:  https://www.sdge.com/business/services/making-claim or scroll down to view the information provided by the utility:


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CHAMBER’S HOLIDAY BRUNCH AND TOY DRIVE DEC. 9

 

East County News Service

December 6, 2017 (El Cajon) - The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s Foundation will host a holiday brunch and toy drive on Saturday, December 9th from 9 a.m. to noon at Hacienda Casa Blanca, located at 700 North Johnson Avenue in El Cajon.


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MERCEDES-BENZ OF EL CAJON OFFICIALLY OPENS FOR BUSINESS

 

By Paul Kruze

November 30, 2017 (El Cajon) - The City of El Cajon welcomed its twelfth new auto dealership on Wednesday night with the grand opening of Mercedes-Benz of El Cajon at its location at Wagner and Marshall Street adjacent to Fletcher Parkway. The new 70,000 square foot dealership, operated by the Ontario-based Oremor Automotive Group, replaces their previous location on El Cajon Blvd.


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MERCEDES-BENZ TO OPEN NEW LOCATION IN EL CAJON

 

Source: City of El Cajon

November 27, 2017 (El Cajon) -- On November 29, Mercedes-Benz will hold a Grand Opening and begin welcoming customers to its brand new state-of-the-art dealership in El Cajon. The new dealership, located on a five-acre site at the corner of Marshall Avenue and Wagner Drive, will replace Mercedes-Benz’ existing location on El Cajon Boulevard.


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MAMMA MIA! BUSINESS RECOGNITION SERIES HAILS LIDO’S ITALIAN FOODS

 

By Helen Ofield, Lemon Grove Historical Society

November 19, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Historical Society and the City of Lemon Grove will continue the Business Recognition Series by honoring Lido's Italian Foods on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at the city council meeting in the Community Center, 3140 School Lane, when Mayor Raquel Vasquez will present the restaurant's owners with a city proclamation, Miss Lemon Grove will present flowers, and an appreciative audience will take photos and applaud the business beloved in the town for 62 years.


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LORENA GONZALEZ FLETCHER LAUNCHES “FAIR SCHEDULING” BILL TO GUARANTEE WORKERS ADVANCE NOTICE OF SHIFTS

 

Measure aims to help workers balance needs of work, family and school

East County News Service

November 5, 2017 (San Diego) -- State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) announced this week that she will author legislation in 2018 to prevent erratic scheduling practices that have become common in part-time workplaces.


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HORSE COMMUNITY WELCOMES IRON OAK CANYON RANCH TO EAST COUNTY

 

East County News Service

November 3, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Iron Oak Canyon Ranch is the new owner of Bright Valley Farms, an old, established East County business which, for over sixty years, provided many San Diegans with their first horseback riding experience.  In August, its horse boarding/training operation was bought by Lessa and Scott Ritzma and re-named Iron Oak Canyon Ranch.


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WINE INDUSTRY TRAIL BLAZERS HONORED AT TOAST OF EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left:  Greg Maness, founder of the Trail Blazer awards, receives a surprise award of his own, presented by his wife, P.J.

October 27, 2017 (El Cajon) — At this year’s Toast of East County held at the Elks Club Lodge in El Cajon, the 2017 Trail Blazer Awards were presented to three pioneers in the local wine industry:  Ric Bonnoront of Red Wagon Vineyards in Jamul, Tim Peterson of Rock Canyon Winery in Alpine, Micole Moore of Ramona Ranch Winery, and Greg Maness of Casi Cielo Winery in Jamul. 


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LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS TOY DRIVE FOR MILITARY CHILDREN IN LA MESA: BRING ITEMS TO DEC. 5 HOLIDAY PARTY

 

East County News Service

October 23, 2017 (La Mesa) – “Join us as we celebrate the strength of our community and help us gather toys, diapers and other items for children between the ages of 2-13 years old and the families of military personnel living in La Mesa military housing,” says Mary England, president of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce.


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LA MESA CHAMBER ADOPTS 24 HOME-BOUND SENIORS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

By Mary England, La Mesa Chamber

October 8, 2017 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Chamber believes that being a good community leader includes assisting those in need. Each year we assist La Mesa homebound seniors and this year we shall assist 24 wonderful seniors - 20 women and 4 men. We collect items to make their holidays bright and meaningful.


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TOAST OF EAST COUNTY: SAVOR THE FLAVORS OCT. 22

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 8, 2017 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will present this year’s “A Toast to East County” on Sunday, October 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.  at the El Cajon Elks Lodge 1812 (1400 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon).


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APPLICATIONS FOR SHERIFF’S DISPATCHERS ARE NOW OPEN

 

Source:  San Diego County Sheriff's Department

October 6, 2017 (San Diego) - Four hours per day, seven days a week, Sheriff's Dispatchers answer emergency calls from all across San Diego County. They save lives by getting help out to those calling 9-1-1.


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FARMING IS A GROWING BUSINESS, 2016 COUNTY CROP REPORT SHOWS

 

East County News Service

October 4, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Agriculture values in San Diego County returned to their growing ways in the latest annual County Crop Report, increasing by 2.63 percent to nearly 1.75 billion dollars last year.  That’s a big shift, after two years of decline during the drought.


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SAN DIEGO EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HONORS 2017 WILL AWARD WINNERS

 

East County News Service

Photo:  (from left to right):  Marla Black, Junior Achievement of San Diego County; Wendy McKinney, American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties; Martha King, King Schools; Van Tran, Sharp Grossmont Hospital; Michelle Bergquist, Connected Women of Influence; Kristine Costa, Waste Management, Inc.; Barbara Ryan, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego; Bonnie Rush, Breast Imaging Specialists.

September 26, 2017 (La Mesa) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce recently honored eight women with 2017 Women in Leadership Luncheon (WILL) awards. Now in its 15th year, the annual WILL event honors women for their outstanding leadership, exemplary character and integrity in the community, as well as their efforts to empower women to succeed and prosper in life and business, Chamber officials said. The awards event was held Friday, Sept. 22 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in Mission Valley


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NEED WORK OR BIZ RESOURCES? LOVE VINTAGE PLANES? EAST COUNTY MANUFACTURING EXPO AND RESOURCE FAIR OCT. 3 AT ALLEN AIRWAYS FLYING MUSEUM

 

By Valerie Watts

September 24, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Have you ever wondered what kind of businesses are located in East County, and whether there is anything actually being manufactured here?  You can find out when the East County Economic Development Council is hosts its 2nd annual Manufacturing Expo and Resource Fair on October 3, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Allen Airways Flying Museum in El Cajon (located at Gillespie Field). 


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SENATOR ANDERSON SPEAKS SEPT. 27 AT LA MESA CHAMBER BREAKFAST

 

East County News Service

September 20, 2017 (La Mesa) – State Senator Joel Anderson will be the featured speaker at the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting on Wednesday, September 27 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Marie Callendar’s, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego.


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15TH ANNUAL WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON SEPT. 22

 

Source: East County Chamber of Commerce

September 20, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will hold the 15th Annual Women In Leadership Luncheon (WILL)  at the Town and Country Hotel in Mission Valley on Friday, September 22nd from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. View the list of this year’s  2017 WILL Nominees.


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RAMONA RANCH VINEYARD AND WINERY FIRST IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY TO BECOME CERTIFIED CALIFORNIA SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING

 

Source:  Ramona Valley Vineyard Association

Photo:  winemaker Micole Moore and co-owner Teri Kerns in the vineyard with ponies Thelma and Louise.

September 14, 2017 (Ramona) — Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery is the first in San Diego County to be designated Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE) as a result of meeting a comprehensive set of standards for “environmental stewardship, conservation of natural resources and socially equitable business practices” set by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA).


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COUNCILMAN FACES NEW TURMOIL: ATTORNEY GENERAL PROBES CHARITY; WASTE MANAGEMENT WITHDRAWS CORPORATE SUPPORT OF KALASHO’S CHAMBER

 

By Paul Kruze

Miriam Raftery contributed to this report.

September 8, 2017 (El Cajon) – With hurricanes in the headlines this week, El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho finds himself in the eye of a storm—or several--yet again.  California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has sent Kalasho a letter of inquiry probing the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant USA” run by Kalasho. The action follows questions raised by ECM with state regulators over the pageant's nonprofit status.


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SEIU ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT THAT AVERTS STRIKE AGAINST SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

By Chris Jennewein

Originally posted at Times of San Diego, a San Diego Online News Association member

September 10, 2017 (San Diego) -- The union representing 10,000 San Diego County employees announced Saturday it has reached agreement on a new contract that will avert a potential strike.

“We now have an agreement that helps to close the wage gap for critical public servants like nurses and social workers which is an essential step in alleviating chronic staff turnover and significant short staffing of services to vulnerable residents of San Diego,” said David Garcias, president of the Service Employees International Union local 221.


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LABOR, CONSUMER PROTECTIONS SLASHED BY TRUMP JUST BEFORE LABOR DAY

 

Changes to cost California retirement savers $1.2 billion

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service, California

September 5, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- Just days before Labor Day, the Trump administration announced two policies that consumer advocates say hurt the average worker and favor Wall Street and big business.

On Wednesday, the Labor Department announced it is delaying by 18 months’ enforcement of key parts of the Obama-era Fiduciary Rule, which requires financial advisers to put clients' interests above their own when recommending investments.


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SEIU COUNTY WORKERS CALL STRIKE FOR SEPT. 12-13

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: SEIU via Facebook

August 30, 2017 (San Diego) – Last night, Service Employees International Union Local 221 workers voted to hold a strike on September 12 and 13 over what the union contends are unfair labor practices. The union represents over 10,000 county employees in San Diego and Imperial Counties including public workers in county and city governments as well as school districts. Those workers include public health nurses, social services employees, librarians, clerical staff and more. 


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FUN, FOOD AND PRIZES AT LA MESA CHAMBER'S SUMMER BASH BUSINESS EXPO AUGUST 17

 

East County News Service

 

 

August 16, 2017 (La Mesa) – The public is invited to join members of the business community to view the goods and services they provide, mix and mingle on Thursday, August 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.). You can also taste foods from many local restaurants and win over40 door prizes from participating vendors.


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ASSEMBLY MEMBER RANDY VOEPEL SPEAKS OUT AT ALPINE CHAMBERS HOT TOPICS BREAKFAST

 

By Kendra Sitton

Photo, left and inside photo:  Henderson and Voepel speak after the breakfast

August 9, 2017 (Alpine) -- “Frank asked me to not get political and keep it positive. I'm going to fail him miserably,” said state Assembly member Randy Voepel. He addressed the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce at their monthly Hot Topics Breakfast at the request of Frank Sturnold, the interim executive of the Chamber while a restructuring is underway.


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COURTYARD MARRIOTT IS HIRING: AUGUST 9 EVENT IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

July 24, 2017 (El Cajon) – The Courtyard San Diego Marriott hotel opening soon in El Cajon is now hiring for positions including  front desk associates,  housekeeping and laundry positions.  The East County Career Center will host the Courtyard on Wednesday, August 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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NEW JOBS PROGRAM EMPLOYS AND EDUCATES HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS WHILE BUILDING AFFORDABLE SAN DIEGO HOMES

  

 

                                                                                            

By Terri Steele

 

July 17, 2017 (San Diego) -- There’s a ray of hope on the horizon for 16 to 24-year-olds looking for jobs, an education and a better future.  It springs from a $1.3 million U.S. Department of Labor grant recently awarded to the not-for-profit Heartland Coalition. 

The hope is with a program called YouthBuild.  And it’s working with East County community partners like Rock Church, Foothills, the County of San Diego and City of El Cajon to help them identify disaffected youth who are eager to get back to work and need an education.


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"MONEY TALKS" AT NEXT ALPINE CHAMBER BREAKFAST JULY 11

 

By Jo Moreland, Alpine Chamber of Commerce

June 30, 2017 (Alpine) -- Follow the money at the next “Hot Topics Breakfast” of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce. Guest speaker Dan McAllister, the San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector, will give an overview of what his office does during the Tuesday, July 11 Chamber meeting.


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MIDWAY MUSEUM SPEAKER AT EAST COUNTY LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON AUGUST 17

 

East County News Service

June 29, 2017 (El Cajon) – John “Mac” McLaughlin, president and CEO of the USS Midway Museum and a retired Navy Rear Admiral, will be the keynote speaker at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Luncheon. The event takes place on August 17 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon.


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