Bennett Peji believes lunch should be a learning experience and tries to eat at a new ethnic restaurant every day. He’s not a foodie, but figures he tries about 300 new restaurants in a year. “It’s a way to connect with cultures that are in my own backyard,” he said.Peji has an easy, bright smile and the type of warm countenance that puts you instantly at ease. His commitment in the San Diego community runs deep and when you engage this UCSD and SDSU alum for any length of time two things quickly become clear. First, Peji, a native of the Philippines raised in Clairemont, is the embodiment of the mantra that San Diego’s diversity is a true strength. Second, that his worldview and outlook on life are exactly the type of thing that can inspire a community to be the best version of itself.As a society, we use labels for convenience to help us make sense of the world around us. But spending time with Peji, an internationally known design professional and the … [Read more...] about Someone San Diego Should Know: Bennett Peji
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Who benefits from granny flat give-away? “S.D. aims for more granny flats” (May 8): The facts about “The Granny Flat Pilot Program,” in case you missed the U-T’s article, suggested by the Housing Commission for additional housing. The problem is, the first 40 permits and reduced fees will only go to those affiliated with the Housing Commission, not to the public.Now the city will provide an additional $1 million toward the program, which will be paid by you, the taxpayer. That is $25,000 per unit in the form of a loan going to the same Housing Commission people who suggested the program in the first place and the loan does not have to be paid back. This is nothing more than the city and the Housing Commission’s way of saying “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” Gene HendersonUniversity City I am quite disturbed by the trend of local communities allowing the construction of rentable “Granny Flats” in single … [Read more...] about Your Opinions: Will San Diego embrace the granny flat movement?
There is little dispute that hate has largely moved from community clubhouses into virtual spaces, making it easy for like-minded people to fellowship from afar, no membership required.But organized hate groups have not entirely lost their appeal.The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that tracks hate and extremist groups across the U.S., found 1,020 such organizations in 2018, up 7 percent from the previous year.Its latest “hate map” places seven such groups as being active in San Diego County last year, with many tied to larger national movements. The groups don’t have to be violent or have committed hate crimes to be included in the annual list. Rather, the center explains its criteria as follows: “All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”Still, its criteria has been controversial at times, with many of the groups, including some in San Diego, … [Read more...] about Which ‘hate’ groups are operating in San Diego?
San Diego County hit a near record-low unemployment rate of 3 percent in April. More than 20,000 jobs were created in a year. Several employers are reporting having difficulties filling positions. There is some speculation this will lead to wage gains.Question: Will San Diego County’s low jobless rate mean noticeable wage gains? Phil Blair, ManpowerYES: Supply and demand drive prices. At Manpower, we have seen increased productivity, more overtime hours and more job hopping for more money. When you are making $14 an hour, an offer of $1 an hour more is very meaningful. When you are an analytical engineer and can demand your own salary, then throwing out there a $15 an hour increase, just to see who is really desperate for your talent, is meaningful. While salary is No. 4 or 5 on the list of why employees leave for new opportunities it is a motivator for sure. The demand is still at the lower production levels and the highest skill levels. Companies are continuing to thin their … [Read more...] about Econometer: Could rising wages be coming to San Diego?
The most in-demand jobs in San Diego County, that are expected to grow the most, might not be what you expect. A new report from the San Diego Workforce Partnership identified 54 jobs in the region that are expected to grow more than average over the next five years, have more than 63 openings a year and pay at least $16 an hour. Top jobs include ironworkers, physical therapist assistants, librarians, nurses, stucco masons, dental hygienists, financial managers and civil engineers. Workforce Partnership came up with the list by reviewing labor market information and hiring research firm Hoffman Clark + Associates to interview more than 30,000 county businesses. The vast majority of the jobs identified, around 52 percent, require a bachelor’s degree or higher. Six percent have no formal education required, 17 percent require high school or equivalent and 24 percent required an associate’s degree or certificate from a community college. There might be a disconnect in … [Read more...] about Here are the most in-demand jobs in San Diego and what they pay