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August 2, 2018

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After the passing of Proposition 47, many retailers found themselves in a predicament.

Proposition 47, as approved by the electors on November 4, 2014, requires shoplifting, where the property taken does not exceed $950, to be punished as a misdemeanor and prohibits a person who is charged with shoplifting from being charged with burglary or theft of the same property.

Unfortunately, this opened the door for increased organized crime.

I've heard accounts where thieves carried calculators to make sure that they did not cross the misdemeanor threshold of $950. Also under Prop 47, offenses could no longer be aggregated. Thus the thief could steal $949 from multiple locations or continuously hit the same location and still only receive a charge of misdemeanor.

It's time to put the power back in the hands of law enforcement.

AB 1065, as amended, Jones-Sawyer. Theft: aggregation: organized retail theft.
This bill would create the crime of organized retail theft... punishable as either misdemeanors or felonies, as specified. By creating new crimes, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Take action now

This bill is a positive step toward providing relief to retailers impacted by organized theft. Senator Joel Anderson will personally carry your letter of support for AB 1065 to our state capital.

Contact the Office of Senator Joel Anderson
500 Fesler Street, Suite 201, El Cajon, CA 92020


Rorie Johnston
August Mixer in the Museum
California Center for the Arts to Host 

Join us for our next Business After 5 Mixer on Thursday, August 9th from 5:00 to 7:00, for an engaging social/networking event. 

We'll be convening in the Museum at CCAE amongst their most recent installation - Local Color - a watercolor exhibit!

You will have the chance to introduce yourself to other members, exchange business cards, make new business contacts, win a door prize and enjoy a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres.

Escondido Magazine In The Works
Fall Edition Due to Hit the Streets in October

With the new issue of the Escondido Magazine coming out soon, we want to remind all Members to check their information to make sure it is accurate in the Member Directory Listing!

Next, do you want to enhace the exposure of your business? If so, give Chris Cochran a call at the Chamber and he'd be more than happy to help you do just that.

Finally, got any great ideas for an article? We're always looking for interesting, engaging, and unique stories, so if you have one let us know and you'll soon be a published writer! 
Defense Innovation Voucher Program
Deadline for Submissions is Nearing
If you are a small defense contractor based in San Diego County who is interested in pursuing new commercial markets or looking at diversifying your government contracts then we encourage you to apply for the Defense Innovation Voucher Program where you can receive up to 
$15,000 in complimentary consulting services with the opportunity to win an additional $25,000.
This new program is part of  Propel SD a grant awarded to the City of San Diego by the Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment and seeks to increase the competiveness of firms like yours. San Diego Regional EDC, a non-profit 501c-6, will select 15 companies to receive the three benefits listed below through an online application process that ends  August 20th.

Get Ready to be Counted
Next National Census to Occur in 2020  
Assemblymember Marie Waldron of the 75th Assembly Distrcit

The first national census was taken in 1790 and we're gearing up for the next one in 2020.
There's a lot riding on the census. For one thing, Congressional representation is based on an accurate count, and distribution of around $65 billion in federal funding will be heavily impacted by the census. While every state gets two Senators regardless of population, an incorrect count could easily impact representation in the House of Representatives. And if we're undercounted, fewer of our tax dollars will make the round trip from California to Washington and back.