February 01.17 
Lunch Bunch

February 7
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Having lunch?
Why not join other Chamber members and network.
Economic Development
 February 9

EDC Chair Ernie Cowan
Business After 5

 February 9
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Business After 5 is a social/networking event. Visit a host business and network.
Sponsor table available
Lunch & Learn
Come to H&R Block's Tax Workshop
light lunch included
February 16
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
registration required 
Coffee Club
Escondido Chamber of Commerce
February 24
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Come to the Chamber and meet other local business owners. 

State of the District Address

California Center for the Arts
Center Theater 340 
Escondido Blvd.
February 27
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Coffee with the Captain

February 28
7:30 - 9:00 am
Join us for a conversation with Escondido Police Captain Gregory Kogler. 

Escondido Chamber
Chamber building
Rorie Johnston
Enjoying the weather? I am! Love the rain and love the sunshine. The snow I will admire from afar. 

Best of all, is the impact that the recent deluge has made on the water supply for the state. 

The San Diego County Water Authority has declared an end to drought conditions in our region and has asked Governor Brown and the State Water Resources Control Boad to rescind the statewide emergency water-use regulations for areas that are no longer in drought conditions. As noted by Mark Muir, chair
Board of Directors, SDCWA:
"Telling the public to continue extraordinary, emergency conservation measures when the drought emergency no longer exists undermines the credibility of state and local water agencies and erodes the effectiveness of communications during actual water supply emergencies."

"It is imperative that we in San Diego send a clear message to businesses, those considering expanding operations here, and those considering moving here: the region is open for business, and we have the water supplies to support a thriving economy."

The San Diego region has invested approximately $3.5 billion over the past three decades to increase regional water supply reliability, including seawater desalination, additional water storage capacity and upgraded conveyance systems. 

"Together, we exit this drought even stronger than when we entered it, having enhanced the firm foundation of water supply reliability that supports the economy and quality of life we share."

In 2016, at the height of the drought, San Diego County was storing additional water, as each district was required to reduce water use from 15%-30%. The issue for the county was not supply, but regulation. Non the less, we are prepared for the next drought. We do live in a desert after all, and wise use and storage of water will ensure that we are able to weather the hot, dry years. 

Rorie Johnston
Asbestos, Proposed new draft rule
The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District will hold a public workshop to present and receive comments on proposed new draft Rule 1206 - Asbestos Removal, Renovation, and Demolition. Proposed changes to the rule include:
  • Lower the rule applicability threshold of asbestos to be removed, stripped, or disturbed at a facility from 160 square feet to 100 square feet. 
  • Require asbestos containing and cover pipes to be measured in square feet instead of linear feet. 
  • Require a facility survey to be performed to initially determine the presence or absence of asbestos. 
  • Require a copy of the facility survey to be maintained on the job site and submitted along with the initial notification form. 
  • Specify test methods used to identify the presence of asbestos. 
  • Clarify specific timing of notifications submitted to the District. 
Thursday, February 23

9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m
San Diego County Operations Center
5500 Overland Avenue, First Floor, Room 120

Go to draft Rule 1206 for a complete copy of the rule and a map to the workshop. 
GAC guest, District 3 Supervisor Kristin Gaspar
February 7, 4:00pm
Escondido Chamber of Commerce
The government affairs committee  provides  members an
 to  meet  with elected  officials.  February's guest is the newly elected County Supervisor, District 3 Kristin Gaspar. 

Gaspar has clear objectives for serving our county:
  • Help the homeless and struggling veterans.
  • Fix our roads and infrastructure.
  • Invest in keeping our communities safe.
  • Balance the budget and keep taxes low. 
  • Protect open space and the environment. 
Join us as we speak with Supervisor Gaspar about her vision for Escondido. 

GAC is a member benefit, chaired by board member Kevin S. Svetich, CLU.
Young Professionals Mixer
February 7, 5:00 - 7:00pm
SIP Wine and Beer

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Young Professionals mixer. Meet and have fun with other like-minded Young Professionals, who want to build a strong community. Entrance is free, the beer is provided by the Jacked Up Brewing Company, Appetizers are sponsored by SIP! Cash bar for wine and other beverages also, remember your business cards because we are hosting a raffle.

Find out how Seeds of Hope is changing lives in Costa Rica. 

Sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce in association with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 

Soroptimists Women's Award Gala
February 19 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Shadowridge Golf Club
Join us for an elegant brunch as we celebrate this year's three "Live Your Dream" award recipients. All are single mothers, from Vista, Escondido and San Marcos respectively, who have overcome enormous challenges and are now attending local colleges in order to better their lives and the lives of their children. Hear their inspiring stories. We'll have an Academy Awards theme with entertainment, Dessert Dash, raffles and prizes. Be inspired by the stories of our three Live Your Dream award recipients plus our two Foundation awardees.  

"Meet the Buyers Tour"
February 10, 9:15 am - 12:30 pm
Escondido Chamber of Commerce
"Meet the Buyers" Tour is coming to Escondido bringing buyers and small business advocates from agencies, large corporations and prime contractors together to help small businesses work with their organizations successfully. Participants will learn what is expected of vendors; what are certifications and how they work, where to find the buyers and opportunities, and how to make an impact marketing their goods and services. These events help small businesses get contracts! 
Plates for 8
February 15

You'll be eating lunch anyway, so why not make it a networking lunch? Connect with fellow Chamber members for engaging networking and conversations while you enjoy lunch! It's a great way to network face-to-face and build relationships with business professionals.  

Escondido State of the City Address
February 22, 7:30 - 10:00 am
CA Center for the Arts 

Mayor Sam Abed and the City Council, in partners hip  with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, invite you to
Escondido's Annual State of the City Address.  The event will be held in the Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, beginning with an optional breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the free program at 8 a.m.
Sponsors receive a reserved table for ten, breakfast included, and recognition at the event. 

Event Sponsors

Sponsor information
Escondido Chamber of Commerce | 7607452125 | info@escondidochamber.org | http://www.escondidochamber.org
720 N Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025