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Leap to Success
Friday, December 07, 2018
The "Leap to Confidence" program celebrates its 50th graduation ceremony on Wednesday, December 12, at 2 p.m. in East Village, San Diego. Twenty women will be graduating at this milestone event. Leap to Confidence is a personal leadership workshop offered at no cost to women emerging from major life challenges to help them reach their greatest potential.
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Apprentices and journeymen from the Class of 2015 are employed at businesses throughout San Diego County.
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Monday, June 15, 2015
Three recipients receive on-the-job training, tools and tuition free classroom education.

October 6, 2010

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR
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Major Business Groups Announce Opposition to Prop D
Groups Represent Thousands of Businesses, Cross Section of Economy

(San Diego) – Concerned working business leaders representing a broad spectrum of diverse economic sectors employing hundreds of thousands of San Diegans came forward today to voice their opposition to a half-cent sales tax initiative in the City of San Diego.

Businesses increasingly oppose Proposition D due to the harm it will cause to the local economy during the current recession. Leaders urged elected officials to take a businesslike approach to its issues and make every effort to find ways to enact the long term reforms so badly needed.

“Our industry is just beginning to recover from the devastating impacts of the economic downturn,” said Dave Miller, General Manager of John Hine Mazda, speaking for the New Car Dealers Association ® San Diego County. “Many of our dealers had to reduce staff and some were forced to close down their dealerships. Raising the sales tax automatically makes the largest retail purchase by San Diegans more expensive. Real people lose jobs and businesses close due to decreased sales. This negatively impacts the local economy. Equally important, lost sales generate no sales tax income at all for the city.”

“Proposition D imposes an additional tax on San Diego consumers at a time of continued economic distress and uncertainty,” said Bob Cummins, chairman of the Building Industry Association of San Diego Board of Directors. “The City should be more concerned about how it can keep our marketplace healthy and encourage commerce, not discourage it. Prop D will cost taxpayers a half billion dollars while dangling the promise of reforms without any guarantees. I consider this a form of blackmail.”

“When times get tough for business owners, we trim expenses, we cut back, we work within our budgets,” said Cecelia Moreno, owner of the Crest CafĂ© and speaking for the California Restaurant Association. “But we do not raise prices on our customers, not in tough times. We do not believe the city has done all it could to trim expenses, and leaders need to take a businesslike approach to running our city before we approve any additional taxes.”

“The businesses leaders here today represent thousands of individual businesses large and small,” said T.J. Zane, President and CEO of The Lincoln Club of San Diego County. “By the most conservative estimate, they employ a quarter of a million people. These people are the economic engine at the heart of our city, the people who generate good jobs for working families. It is these families who suffer most when jobs are lost due to businesses closing or making cutbacks.”

Among the organizations present at today’s event were: “Prop D ads a half-a-billion dollar tax increase to the challenges already faced by San Diego’s working families and small businesses. That’s why such an expansive business coalition has formed to oppose this misguided proposition that not only hurts our economy but sets back reform in city government,” said City Councilmember Carl DeMaio.

For more information, visit, or “San Diegans Against the Sales Tax” on Facebook.