Business and Labor

GIFTS FROM THE EAST: OUR 2018 GUIDE TO UNIQUE LOCAL HOLIDAY SHOPPING

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 23, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Shop local this season to find unique gifts that reflect our East County communities and help support our local economy.  From hand-crafted wares to pampering products to delicious locally made delicacies, here are some hints to help you with your holiday shopping this season.


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SANTA'S CHECKING RECEIPTS, HE'S CHECKING THEM TWICE--YOU SHOULD TOO!

 

Cash registers ring, are you listening? Black Friday’s back, sales are glistening! Make sure your shopping is sweet, double check your receipts.

So you’re not accidentally overcharged by faulty cash register price scanners.

OK, so the last part didn’t rhyme, but you get the idea. Overcharging does happen, and the County’s Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures (AWM) wants to make sure that if you’re shopping, you’re checking your receipts.


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LEADERS IN WINE INDUSTRY HONORED WITH SIXTH ANNUAL TRAILBLAZERS AWARDS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 17, 2018 (San Diegos East County)  Leaders in our local wine-making industry were honored at the 6thannual Trailblazer Awards presented by Maness Vineyards owners Greg and Paula Maness and past award winners. This years awards were presented during the Toast of East County at the Elks Lodge in El Cajon, hosted by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce

This years winners include Elaine Littleton and Norm Case of Hatfield Creek Winery and Vineyards, Johnny and Shirley Schwaesdall of Schwaesdall Winery, family achievement award accepted bJoe Harmes of Vineyard Haciendaand a lifetime achievement award for wine instructor Dominic Dick Colangelo.


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GREENING ALPINE BOULEVARD

 

 

 

East County News Service

November 14, 2018 (Alpine) -- Two years after construction of Sunrise Powerline left Alpine Boulevard bare though the heart of rural Alpine, a beautification project is taking root.


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PETCO TO BECOME FIRST MAJOR PET FOOD RETAILER TO NOT SELL FOOD AND TREATS WITH ARTIFICIAL INGREDIENTS

 

 

East County News Service

November 14, 2018 (San Diego) – Yesterday, Petco announced it will not sell food and treats containing artificial colors, flavors and preservatives* for dogs and cats by May 2019. The move makes Petco the first and only major retailer of pet food and treats to take a stand against such ingredients, reaffirming the company’s commitment to being the lifelong, trusted partner – for pets and pet parents, alike. 


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HOW THE NEW TAX LAWS AFFECT THE SELF-EMPLOYED

 

 

Source: San Diego Professional Editors Network

November 6, 2018 (San Diego) - On Thursday, November 15, 2018, Natalie Harris of Mindful Accounts will help self-employed taxpayers prepare for the changes in the tax code resulting from last year’s major tax reform bill. Her presentation, titled “How the New Tax Laws Impact the Self-Employed,” will address:


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VIEJAS OPENS HIGH LIMITS ROOM AND NEW CENTER BAR

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 1, 2018 (Alpine) — A grand reopening of  Viejas Casino & Resort in October celebration completion of a seven-year expansion project. The property now includes three hotel towers, a gleaming new center bar and high limit gaming area.


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LA MESA WINE WORKS CELEBRATES FRUITFUL TWO YEARS AT ANNIVERSARY PARTY SATURDAY

 

From Maine lobsters to wine slushies, games to rock ‘n’ roll music, urban winery is pulling out all the stops for anniversary bash Oct. 13 from  12 noon to 10 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

October 11, 2018 (La Mesa) – With a motto of “when all else fails, wine works!” La Mesa Wine Works opened its doors two years ago as a cooperative urban winery tasting room serving up award-winning vintages from San Pasqual Winery and Wyatt Oaks.  Now the space has become a hub of activities ranging from live music on weekends to trivia nights, classes, fundraisers for charities and the ever-popular $5 wine night complete with wine slushies and frozen sangrias.

“Business has been good,” says Mike McWilliams of San Pasqual Winery.  On Saturday, October 13th from 12 noon to 10 p.m., Wine Works is celebrating its two-year anniversary with festivities that start with Cousins Maine Lobster truck from noon to 3 p.m. and Quick Stop Grill from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Live music wil include the Sock Monkeys from 3 to5  pm. and the Phoenix Band from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Guests can also enjoy games and in the afternoon, $5 specials on all glasses of wine, wine slushiness and frozen sangrias. The party will go on rain or shine.


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JOIN LA MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HELP HOMEBOUND SENIORS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

 

Source: La Mesa Chamber of Commerce

October 10, 2018 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce encourages you to join them and make a difference in the lives of La Mesa homebound seniors. The Chamber is gathering items now through November 30th for 24 seniors as part of its annual drive.


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EAST COUNTY EDC HOSTS LARGEST MANUFACTURING EXPO IN SAN DIEGO

 

East County Seeks to Inspire the Next Generation of Manufacturers

Source:  East County Economic Development Council

 

September 30, 2018 (El Cajon) -- San Diego’s East County is kicking off Manufacturing Week by hosting the largest Manufacturing Expo in the County on Tuesday, October 2 at Allen Airways Flying Museum (2020 N. Marshall Ave.) in El Cajon from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Expo brings together over 30 manufacturers ranging from the industrial and aerospace realm to candy and wine makers from throughout San Diego! The event is part of Manufacturing Day, a nation-wide effort to celebrate and showcase modern manufacturing and meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and skilled-workforce.


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FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY CONCERNS IN PEER-TO-PEER LODGING

 

 

Source: U.S. Fire Administration 

September 20, 2018 (San Diego) - Fire departments and communities around the U.S. are starting to recognize and address the unique fire safety concerns that peer-to-peer (P2P) lodgings, like Airbnb, present.


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GROSSMONT COLLEGE’S 40TH ANNUAL CAREER EXPO DRAWING SCORES OF EMPLOYERS, INDUSTRIES

 

 

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

 

September 20, 2018 (El Cajon) - One of the oldest and largest community college job fairs in the county continues its successful run with the 40th Annual Career Expo at Grossmont College set for Wednesday, Oct. 10. It is free and open to the public.


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LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS MIXER AT RED LOBSTER OCT. 10


East County News Service 

September 20, 2018 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join an evening mixer at Red Lobster, 8703 Murray Drive in La Mesa, on October 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.


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BBB URGES BUSINESSES AND CONSUMERS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST THE EPIDEMIC OF IDENTITY THEFT

 

 

Source:  Better Business Bureau

September 18, 2018 (San Diego) - The number of identity fraud victims in the United States (US) has reached an all time high rising to 16.7 million reported instances in 2018, 8 percent more than in 2017, with loses reaching $16.8 billion according to  Javelin Strategy & ResearchCalifornia is ranked third highest per capita with reported ID theft complaints of 140 per 100k population, according to Experian.


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FREE HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

 

 

East County News Service

September 11, 2018 (El Cajon) -- The San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is providing one-on-one business advising and training to small business owners to help them obtain capital as well as increase sales and jobs for the East County region.


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CELEBRITY MASTER CHEF CROWNS REBRANDING AT JAMUL CASINO

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

September 9, 2018 (Jamul) – Unveiling of a new logo, giveaways for guests, and a VIP dinner with Master Chef Ron DeSantis crowned a rebranding celebration last month at the Jamul Casino.

Jamul Indian Village and the Jamul Indian Village Developmemt Corporation hosted a block party after taking back management from Penn Gaming at the facility formerly known as Jamul Hollywood Casino.


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LAKESIDE FIRE DISTRICT IS HIRING

 

Source: Lakeside Fire

September 7, 2018 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Fire District is hiring for both entry-level Firefighter-Paramedic and Reserve Firefighter. Check out this dramatic video (https://twitter.com/i/status/1038201517344468992) and visit http://lakesidefire.net  for more information.

Applications close on November 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.


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ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND, TRUMP TAKES ANTI-LABOR ACTIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 3, 2018 (Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump started the Labor Day weekend by issuing an executive order cancelling a modest 2.1% pay raise for federal workers, and ended the weekend Monday by denouncing Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor union.

The President did Tweet, “The Worker in America is doing better than ever before. Celebrate Labor Day!” But his administration has taken a string of  actions to undermine the wellbeing of workers taken since Trump took office.


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BENCH WARRANT ISSUED FOR ARREST OF JESSICA KALASHO

 

 

Judge issues warrant because of no-show by Councilman’s wife at key court hearing

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

September 1, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Life got way more complicated on Friday for Jessica Kalasho, wife of embattled El Cajon City Council member Ben Kalasho.

Jessica Kalasho was scheduled to appear on Friday morning at a judgement debtor’s conference in San Diego Superior Court, however she was a no-show--much to the dismay of presiding Judge Timothy B. Taylor and attorney Jimmie Parker. Parker is representing three contestants who participated in a beauty pageant put on by the Kalashos in 2017 and the owners of an El Cajon taco shop. Plaintiffs allege sexual harassment, fraud and defamation by the Kalashos.


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POLITICS IN PARADISE TONIGHT AT THE GARDEN

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 30, 2018 (El Cajon) – Approximately 20 elected officials and candidates running for local offices are slated to participate in tonight’s Poiltics in Paradise event.  Sponsored by five local Chambers of Commerce, the event will be held at the Water Conservation Garden from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet candidates and ask questions at their candidate booths.


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CELEBRATE ALPINE HISTORY AT “IT’S AFTER FIVE SOMEWHERE” SEPT. 5

 

 

East County News Service

August 29, 2018 (Alpine) — The Alpine Chamber of Commerce invites you to come celebrate Alpine’s history at the Alpine Historical Society’s Museum (2116 Tavern Road in Alpine) on September 5th at 5:30 p.m. Baron’s Market will provide hors-d’oeuvres and Rock Canyon Vineyards will provide wine tasting.  

 


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LEMON GROVE BUSINESSES TO BE HONORED

 

 

By Helen Ofield, President, Lemon Grove Historical Society 

August 28, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- A new series from the Lemon Grove Historical Society honors businesses founded in Lemon Grove in the past 40 or more years, including those that moved on to become major national brands. The series kicks off on Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Lemon Grove City Council meeting, Community Center, 3140 School Lane.  Businesses will be honored at each city council meeting through June 19, 2018 in honor of the city's 40th anniversary of incorporation. 


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WILDEST JOBS IN EAST COUNTY: RATTLESNAKE WRANGLER

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

August 16, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- “Listen for sprinklers, they sound like sprinklers,” says Tom Minga, a rattlesnake specialist.

Minga, a Flinn Springs resident, who owns Snake Solutions Removal & Relocation, recommends listening for rattlers when you are out in nature or even in your house.   


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COUNCILMAN BEN KALASHO PLED GUILTY TO CRIMINAL WORKERS' COMP FRAUD IN 2015, REMAINS ON PROBATION

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

Photo: Bessmon "Ben" Kalasho, August 2015

August 9, 2018 (El Cajon)--An exclusive investigation by East County Magazine has uncovered a criminal case in which El Cajon Councilman Bessmon “Ben” Kalasho pled guilty to two counts of workers’ compensation fraud in October 2015 (court case #MD094871).  View full documents. 

Kalasho was on probation for his crimes, both misdemeanors, when he ran for and won his seat on the City Council in 2016. He remains on probation until October 1, 2018. He was also fined.  

His criminal record did not come to light during the campaign because he ran for office as Ben Kalasho without listing his real name, Bessmon Kalasho, with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

Kalasho has pulled papers to run for El Cajon City Council again in November.   


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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RITE AID WORKERS VOTE TO AUTHORIZE STRIKE

 

East County News Service

July 31, 2018 (San Diego) – Union employees of Southern California Rite Aid pharmacy stores voted overwhelmingly yesterday to reject the company’s contract offer and authorize United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) to call a strike if union leaders deem it necessary.


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SUMMER BASH BUSINESS EXPO: AUGUST 9 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

July 31, 2018 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invite you to enjoy great food from a dozen restaurants, enter for a chance to win 40 free door prizes, and meet spotlighted business members at the 5th annual Summer Bash Business Expo. The fun takes place Thursday, August 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa).


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HOT STYLES, COOL BARGAINS: LATEST FASHIONS FOR SUMMER, BACK TO SCHOOL AT RANCHO SAN DIEGO'S RUNWAY SHOES & ACCESORIES

 

By Reema Makani Boccia, APR

 

July 29, 2018 (Rancho San Diego) - As the weather heats up in East San Diego County, residents are looking for ways to look hot but stay cool. One easy way to beat the heat is at Rancho San Diego’s fashion boutique Runway Shoes & Accessories, a store locally owned and operated by an East County family featuring head-to-toe merchandise for any fashionista on a budget. 


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LA MESANS LOVE UNPLUGGED DINING

 

The next Unplugged Dining event is slated for August 21 at 5 p.m. at these four restaurants:  Fourpenny House Pub, Centifonti's, Trattoria Tiramisu, and San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room, all in La Mesa

East County News Service

July 24, 2018 (La Mesa) -- This past Tuesday, the La Mesa Village had quite a buzz emanating from Fourpenny House Pub.   People came to try out a new concept – unplugged dining.  As there are no TV’s, this cozy Scottish Brew Pub already has less emphasis on screens than many restaurants.  Taking it a step further on Tuesday, Fourpenny offered table games and displayed signs encouraging people to take a tech break while enjoying their meal.


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APPRENTICESHIP ACT INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS

 

East County News Service

July 24, 2018 (San Diego) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA-53) and Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY-02), ranking member and chairman, respectively, of the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee and co-chairs of the Congressional Apprenticeship Caucus, today introduced the Accessing Professional Partnerships and Resources to Enable Necessary Training and Improve Career Education (APPRENTICE) Act.


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SANTEE-BASED M2 DIGITAL POST INC. WIINS THREE EMMY AWARDS

 

East County News Service

Photo:  Michael Brueggemeyer of M2 Digital post Inc., director of Emmy award-winning campaign, accepts award wearing a dinosaur suit.

July 22, 2018 (Santee) – M2 Digital Post Inc. of Santee was awarded three Emmys at the 44th Annual National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter Emmy awards show in Palm Springs last month.  The awards were in the category of Commercial Campaign and Photographer Short Form.


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