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We’ve got a problem, folks


By JAMES ROWTEN, CEO of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce

It’s been a while since we last connected via this newsletter. So, with that being said I’m going to dive right in.

We have got a problem folks and the problem isn’t going away until we address it. The marketplace is revved up and ready to open, the issue is staffing. There are plenty of jobs but not enough workers. It is basic; why work when you can sit at home and collect as much money as you did when you were working?

OK, so let’s do something about it. The Chamber is going to help and we’re going to make it easy. We’re hosting a series of Job Fairs over the next 3 months. Beginning Thursday May 27 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. we’re holding an in-person “Back to Work” job fair here at the Chamber of Commerce (720 North Broadway) right here in Escondido. 

We will set it up outside and add some fun to the day. Employers will be onsite ready to hire! Yes, it is in-person with all precautions necessary taken. We’ll have food trucks and drawings for prizes along with a bevy of employers ready to share their pitch on why you should apply and come to work with them.

The shortage of workers is possibly the only thing holding back many businesses as they prepare to fully open up. Many of these jobs are not just entry level minimum wage opportunities. So, if you’re out of work and thinking of getting back into the workforce, or you’re considering your options and may be ready to switch careers here’s an opportunity to explore your choices.

Hiring? Contact the Chamber for more information and ways to participate.

Speaking of opening up. The Chamber met last week with the management team at Westfield North County. The mall originally opened in February 1986 with JC Penney, May Company, Nordstrom, J.W. Robinson’s, Sears, and The Broadway as its original anchors. If you haven’t been to the Mall and many of us haven’t during the pandemic, we encourage you to consider all that Westfield North County has to offer.

We came away from our meeting with a sense of renewal, opportunity and a firm belief that there are some exciting times ahead for this important landmark in Escondido. Stay tuned.

Changes at City Hall are imminent and not just at the top where the new City Manager Sean McGlynn will begin soon. The City is also in the final stages of recruiting to fill the vacated spot of Amber Tarrac who played an important role in the City as the deputy director of economic development.

A lot of buzz is going around regarding the Escondido City Library and a perceived shrinkage of content and books. Let’s just leave you with this. The public Library requires nothing of its visitors: no purchases, no membership fees, no dress code. You can stay all day, and you don’t have to buy anything. You don’t need money or a library card to access a multitude of on-site resources that include books, e-books and magazines, job hunting assistance, computer stations, free Wi-Fi, and much more. Are libraries important? You bet they are.

And, on a personal note I had the opportunity to check out one of my favorite May grey/June gloom escape areas last weekend when we went to Palm Springs. It has been years since we’ve visited this area and I couldn’t have been more impressed with the controlled growth of this desert escape. Many of my favorites are open and thriving like the Living Desert and the night life energy of downtown Palm Springs was palatable. But the top spot was the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway! If you go you simply must take the ride.

3 responses to “We’ve got a problem, folks”

  1. L. Hennies says:

    Do you really think that insulting the unemployed with prejudicial comments is a way to encourage people to come to your job fair? 500,000 and possibly up to 900,000 Americans have died in the last 18 months and a very large amount of those deaths have occurred in the industries that are now short of workers. Lack of childcare is also a major problem for parents wanting to return to the workforce.
    Hopefully the employers at your job fair are more knowledgeable and considerate than you are.
    Having been fortunate enough to have worked through the recessions and retired long before the disastrous effect of this pandemic I don’t have to be subjected to your arrogance and ignorance. The people looking for work deserve to be treated with respect not distain. You should be ashamed and apologize for you crass remarks.

  2. Matt says:

    James rowton is dofull of crap.. the staffing problem is a wage problem.. pay better, youlk get employees.. easy as that.. prove me wrong!

  3. Tired, Poor, and Trans says:

    Nobody wanted to work in the first place, that’s the whole point of paying us.

    We are more expensive now, if you can’t afford us, tough turkey.

    We don’t owe you and your putrid chamber a thing. It’s the other way around.

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