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Where to take photos with Santa in San Diego

Of all the festive photo opportunities around our city, a classic snapshot with Santa may be of highest importance.We’ve made a list — and you can check it twice — of local spots where you can visit Saint Nick and snag that pic. Now, say “nice list.”This year, the waterfront landmark is hosting ...

Of all the festive photo opportunities around our city, a classic snapshot with Santa may be of highest importance.

We’ve made a list — and you can check it twice — of local spots where you can visit Saint Nick and snag that pic. Now, say “nice list.”

This year, the waterfront landmark is hosting Selfies with Santa or Buddy the Elf over at Santa’s Workshop behind Geppetto’s Toys. You can capture these images yourself, for free, on your phone or camera. The final round is this Saturday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 17.

Kris Kringle has arrived. He’ll be at this East County mall daily through Christmas Eve, with most photo sessions starting at 11 a.m. Book your reservation; prices start at $49.95.

Head to the food court between Maui Express and Wetzel’s Pretzels to find this Santa set-up available on select dates through Sunday, Dec. 24. The photo sessions cost $45 and start at 11 a.m.; you’ll get your pics digitally, loaded onto a USB.

Families can visit with Santa in the garden area near the YETI store Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., through Saturday, Dec. 23. It’s free, but bring your own camera to capture photos.

This Santa photo zone is located on the lowel level in AMC Theatre Court, running daily through Sunday, Dec. 24. Hours vary, so peep the schedule before you go. Photo packages start at $39.99 — reservations are encouraged.

This experience is available daily through Christmas Eve, starting at 11 a.m. Make reservations; packages start at $39.99.

Photos are available daily through Christmas Eve at this spot on the mall’s first level near JCPenney, starting at either 10 or 11 a.m. Make a reservation; photo packages start at $39.99.

Santa Claus is smiling daily at this shopping center through Saturday, Dec. 24 — times vary. Make reservations; prices start at $39.99. You can schedule a session for your pets, too.

Meet Santa at in the Garden Patio near the historic hotel’s Victorian building. He’ll be there this Friday, Dec. 15-Sunday, Dec. 17, and again Thursday, Dec. 21-Sunday, Dec. 24. Each $30 reservation includes a 5x7 photo with Santa.

Take a snapshot with Santa at this mall daily through Sunday, Dec. 24, with visits starting at either 10 or 11 a.m. Reserve your spot; packages start at $39.99.

This is just a sampling of Santa photo options around San Diego County. Many seasonal events and local theme parks also feature Santa zones, so there are plenty of ways to see jolly old Saint Nicholas.

California Minimum Wage by City in 2024

California doesn’t have just one minimum wage—it has many.The state of California has several minimum wage laws that can often be confusing and overwhelming for businesses. In California, the minimum wage is determined by a law that links it to the cost of living. In other words, the wage increases along with inflation so workers always earn a fair wage that can help them afford to live in the state.Employers in California don’t just have to worry about ...

California doesn’t have just one minimum wage—it has many.

The state of California has several minimum wage laws that can often be confusing and overwhelming for businesses. In California, the minimum wage is determined by a law that links it to the cost of living. In other words, the wage increases along with inflation so workers always earn a fair wage that can help them afford to live in the state.

Employers in California don’t just have to worry about federal and state minimum wages; they’re also subject to dozens of local minimum wage ordinances. Many cities and counties across the state have legislated their own minimum wage laws that are even higher than federal or state minimum wage.

These local minimum wages typically increase on an annual basis, based on inflation as measured by the local Consumer Price Index (CPI). The state of California and many of its municipalities also specify a separate, smaller minimum wage law for small businesses with fewer than 26 employees. On or before August 1 of every year, the California Director of Finance determines if the minimum wage will increase based on the rate of inflation.

What is the Minimum Wage in California?

Beginning January 1, 2024, the minimum wage rate for all hourly employees in California will be $16.00/hour, regardless of company size. The minimum base wage for exempt employees is $66,560/year, or $1,280/week.

Local regulations add yet another layer of complexity to California’s labor laws. If you operate in more than one location, you could be subject to multiple different minimum wage levels in a single day. Get your calculations wrong and you face the prospect of wage and hour lawsuits.

Whether it’s the minimum wage in San Jose or SF minimum wage, to help your organization stay compliant with the latest minimum wage requirements, Paycor has created this chart of California minimum wage by city and county.

Please note that although the California minimum wage is $16.00/hour, the federal minimum wage is still just $7.25/ hour.

In certain jurisdictions, nonprofits are exempted or subject to a lower minimum wage. Exemptions or reductions may also apply to younger exempt employees classified as ‘learners’. Additionally, there may be higher minimum wage levels for workers in certain fields, like healthcare and the automotive industry. Unlike some states, California does not allow employers to take tip credits, and so there is no separate tipped minimum wage.

How should small business owners prepare for minimum wage increases?

While minimum wage increases may pose a challenge for small businesses, there are ways to stay ahead of the curve. By keeping up to date on changes to the minimum wage, small businesses can adjust prices and compensation accordingly, and avoid being caught off guard.

If a minimum wage increase is on the horizon, it’s important to look at your budget and financial records. Reviewing operational costs in detail can help you prepare for the change. Make sure to go over all your employees’ wages – not just the ones who get a boost from new minimums. These new laws might close the gap between hourly employees and your more senior staff, which could impact the work environment.

To stay compliant, you may need to make some serious financial decisions. That could mean layoffs, increasing prices, or rethinking your hours of operation. Whatever you decide, it’s important to keep your team informed.

Making sure professional employees are aware of the changes and how they may be affected can help minimize the impact on your business. Finally, communicating with customers about any price changes can ensure they understand and are prepared for what’s coming.

What is the California Minimum Wage for 2024?

Starting on January 1, 2024, the state-wide California minimum wage will be $16.00per hour for all employer sizes. However, different cities can create minimum wage laws that are higher than the state minimum wage. Because the cost of living in California is quite high, especially in major cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, workers need to be paid a higher wage to afford the same standard of living as someone in a less expensive area. The minimum wage allows workers to earn a livable wage and helps reduce income inequality.

What is a Good Hourly Wage in California?

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT put together what they find to be a living wage, a poverty wage, and the minimum wage for various states based on family size with their living wage calculations of California. It’s important to note that their data is updated each January, and these numbers won’t reflect more recent changes, like inflation.

According to MIT’s research, a single person in California who made $21.24/hr in January, 2023 was making a “living wage.” This is compared to the 2023 $15.50/hr minimum wage, and a poverty wage of $6.53/hr.

For two adults living together with just one of them working, a living wage is $32.30/hr, compared to the $15.50/hr minimum wage, and $8.80/hr poverty wage.

For two adults living together who both work, a living wage is $16.15/hr, vs. $15.50/hr minimum wage, and $4.40/hr poverty wage.

These are all based on having no children, and the 2023 minimum wage of $15.50/hr, which will rise to $16.00/hr on January 1, 2024.

If you have children, then the living wage calculation changes based on the number of children, and how many adults in your household are employed.

What are Full-Time Hours in California?

Full-time employees in California work 40 hours/week and 5 business days.

The Affordable Care Act considers anyone working 30 hours or more per week at an employer with 50 or more employees, as one who is eligible for benefits in California. Full-time employment is at the discretion of the employer. It is up to each employer to determine whether or not they call anyone working less than 40 hours per week full-time.

Can A Person Live in California on $50k a Year?

Living in California on $50,000 per year is not going to be easy. The high costs and the state’s relatively high income tax rate means that a person would have to make some sacrifices to make ends meet.

Most of the state is very expensive, and even with a decent salary, it would be difficult to cover all of the costs.

On a budget of $50,000 per year, it may be wise to look for more affordable areas. Places like Sacramento or Riverside might be good options, as the cost is lower than in other parts of the state.

You could also get a higher paying job which would give you more money to work with each month. Or you could get a job that offers premium wage rates for working holidays or odd hours.

In general, living in California is more expensive than living in other parts of the country. However, there are many ways to save money if you are willing to be creative. With a little bit of planning, a person could live comfortably on $50,000 per year in California.

How Paycor Helps

The good news is that Paycor can help you stay compliant, wherever you are in the country. Our system tracks all relevant legislation – even if employees work in multiple locations with vastly different minimum wage levels. We’ll alert you if an employee’s pay is ever set below the allowed level for a given location.

This way, you can be confident that your employees are always getting the pay they deserve, no matter where they work. And as minimum wage levels change, you’ll be one of the first to know, so you can adjust employee pay rates accordingly.

To learn more about how Paycor can help you stay compliant, save time and make better business decisions, talk to a member of our team.

El Cajon Urgent and Cardiac Center Opens in San Diego

San Diego’s East County residents now have a more convenient and accessible option to address their urgent medical needs without going to the Emergency Department of a hospital.That’s because a $1 million grant from Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan has helped build - and open the doors to - the El Cajon Urgent and Cardiac Care Center operated by Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD), the county’s largest health center system serving the region’s low-income residents. The new Center delivers on...

San Diego’s East County residents now have a more convenient and accessible option to address their urgent medical needs without going to the Emergency Department of a hospital.

That’s because a $1 million grant from Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan has helped build - and open the doors to - the El Cajon Urgent and Cardiac Care Center operated by Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD), the county’s largest health center system serving the region’s low-income residents. The new Center delivers on both organizations’ commitment to high-quality, accessible, affordable, high-tech, and high-touch health care.

Leaders from Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan and Family Health Centers of San Diego recently celebrated the grand opening of the new Center, which bridges a critical gap in access to urgent medical and cardiac care services for San Diego’s traditionally underserved rural East County area.

This is the only cardiac urgent care center in California with care capabilities for patients presenting with mild to moderate chest pain, according to Dr. Mehran Moussavian, FHCSD’s cardiologist and CEO of the Cardiovascular Institute of San Diego.

Kristen Cerf, CEO of Blue Shield Promise, was among the participants at the grand-opening celebration and spoke about the Center’s importance in addressing community health and improving access to care.

“We hope that anyone – regardless of income, health plan affiliation, or where they live – will walk through these doors and receive access to urgent and life-saving care,” she said. “When we support healthy communities, we create healthier outcomes for every individual. The services at this center are an expression of heart-felt care for these diverse East County communities and people in critical need of urgent care interventions.”

As part of a small, national pilot program that diverts patients who call 911 and don’t need to be seen at a hospital, the new Urgent and Cardiac Care Center eases the strain on local Emergency Departments by reducing avoidable visits and saves lives by reducing travel time for residents in crisis and when time is of the essence. It brings important new medical services to the FHCSD, which has provided primary and pediatric care, women’s services, radiology, vision, dental, mental health, and cardiac specialty care since 2017.

Sharing in the grand opening event were Jeff Gering, senior vice president of support services, Family Health Centers of San Diego; Dr. Mehran Moussavian, CEO, Cardiovascular Institute of San Diego; and Marguerite Paradis BSN, RN, MHA, Assistant CNO & Neurosciences Director, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, which contributed $100,000 to the center.

El Cajon Church says California has cut funding to feed the poor over its refusal to open hiring up, regardless of sexual orientation

The Church of Compassion in El Cajon and its Dayspring Christian Learning Center says the requirement violates its First Amendment Right.Credit: APEL CAJON, Calif. — A church in El Cajon says the State of California has cut its funding, preventing it from feeding the poor. That decision, according to a newly filed federal lawsuit, was made after the church refused to follow a state anti-discrimination mandate that prohibits employee discrimination and hiring based on sexual orientation or gender identity.In its law...

The Church of Compassion in El Cajon and its Dayspring Christian Learning Center says the requirement violates its First Amendment Right.

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EL CAJON, Calif. — A church in El Cajon says the State of California has cut its funding, preventing it from feeding the poor. That decision, according to a newly filed federal lawsuit, was made after the church refused to follow a state anti-discrimination mandate that prohibits employee discrimination and hiring based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

In its lawsuit, the Church of Compassion located on Greenfield Drove in El Cajon says unless its leaders agree to "never consider sexual orientation and gender identity in any of its employment decisions" then they will no longer be allowed to keep offering food for those in need as well as students who attend its Dayspring Christian Learning Center.

Opening up employment to all regardless of sexual orientation violates its doctrine, says the lawsuit, and forces it to oppose the "orthodox religious beliefs and practices regarding human sexuality...maintained for the past two thousand years."

Dean Broyles, attorney for the Church of Compassion and head of the National Center for Law and Policy, says California's Department of Social Services is out of step with the federal government which grants religious exemptions to schools and other organizations if the mandate is at odds with the church's religious tenets.

Broyles says the church's hiring requirements are internal and have nothing to do with who attends its daycare or who receives the help it provides to community members in need.

"Several LGBTQ+ families whose children attend the Preschool, and who understand and appreciate the Preschool’s right to inculcate religion, support Dayspring," reads a statement from Broyles. "These families are concerned about what the [Department of Social Services] has done and can testify of Dayspring's good reputation and unbiased treatment."

In a prepared statement, the church's daycare principal says the mandate has nothing to do with discrimination but instead attacks the church's core values. "Our Preschool serves all families, but we do not want the government to force us to replace our core values and the essential beliefs of our Christian faith or make us agree to adopt and express the state’s contrary beliefs,” says Kelly Wade Dayspring’s principal.

Attorney Broyles tells CBS 8 that the church has participated in California's Food Program for several years but that is over now.

“It is immoral that California is holding hungry children hostage to its draconian desire to coercively control the Church of Compassion and Dayspring’s religious beliefs and employment practices. Whom churches employ has nothing to do with effectively feeding needy kids, yet the CDSSaggressively abused its power by forcibly imposing its new statist sexual orthodoxy mandates on our clients," said Broyles.

Attorney and constitutional law expert, Dan Eaton, tells CBS 8 that the lawsuit pits two powerful arguments against one another: the government's right to root out discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation versus the freedom of speech and the freedom to exercise religion.

"The core legal issue here is whether the State of California’s Department of Social Services is violating the church’s freedom of religion and freedom of speech by conditioning the church’s participation in a state-funded food program on the church agreeing not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in its employment policies," says Eaton.

"The church argues that the mandate would force the church to adopt a practice and convey a message contrary to its religious beliefs. The State of California believes the mandate is justified by its generally applicable policy, found in state and federal employment laws, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity."

A federal judge, adds Eaton, will have to decide which will take precedence.

"A court will have to determine whether, for constitutional reasons, the state’s interest in prohibiting all forms of discrimination must yield to the extent that interest interferes with the church’s rights to freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion."

California Attorney General Rob Bonta's Office did not respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit,

Church of Compassion v. Johnson

Description: The Biden administration and California state officials unlawfully suspended Church of Compassion and Dayspring Christian Learning Center from participating in a federal food program because of their religious beliefs.Govt pulls funding for CA church, preschool serving low-income, immigrant familiesState, fed officials unlawfully suspend Church of Compassion, Dayspring Learning Center in El Cajon from participating in federal food programSAN DIEGO – On behalf of an E...

Description: The Biden administration and California state officials unlawfully suspended Church of Compassion and Dayspring Christian Learning Center from participating in a federal food program because of their religious beliefs.

Govt pulls funding for CA church, preschool serving low-income, immigrant families

State, fed officials unlawfully suspend Church of Compassion, Dayspring Learning Center in El Cajon from participating in federal food program

SAN DIEGO – On behalf of an El Cajon church and preschool that serve low-income, immigrant families, attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom, the National Center for Law and Policy, and Advocates for Faith and Freedom filed an amended complaint and a motion for preliminary injunction Friday against the Biden administration and California state officials for unlawfully suspending Church of Compassion and Dayspring Christian Learning Center from participating in a food program simply because of their beliefs about human sexuality.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture administers the Child and Adult Food Care Program nationwide, providing funding to California and other states. The Biden administration radically expanded its interpretation of the definition of “sex” in Title IX to include sexual orientation and gender identity, and following that change, California’s Department of Social Services and the USDA issued new government mandates that prevent houses of worship and religious organizations that maintain traditional religious beliefs regarding human sexuality from continued participation in the program.

“The government is withholding food from families in need simply because their children attend a Christian preschool. This violates the U.S. Constitution and multiple federal laws that protect Church of Compassion and its preschool to operate according to the dictates of their faith,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jeremiah Galus. “Ironically, in the name of combatting discrimination, government officials have excluded the church and preschool from serving the El Cajon community based solely on their religious beliefs and exercise. This is antithetical to the First Amendment’s promise of religious freedom and only hurts needy families and children.”

Church of Compassion owns and operates Dayspring, a Christian preschool and daycare center. The church and preschool participated in the food program for nearly 20 years, receiving around $3,500-$4,500 a month to help feed impoverished students in its daycare and preschool daily during the school year and summer. El Cajon, where the church and preschool are located, has a large immigrant population and many of the families served by the church and preschool qualify for free meals under the food program.

Dayspring serves all families and children, including several LGBT families who understand and appreciate the religious instruction their children receive at the preschool. While the church and preschool serve all families, they do not teach or promote all messages.

Yet government officials demanded that Church of Compassion and Dayspring fully comply with new “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” nondiscrimination provisions, including in their religious employment practices, or forfeit the right to receive public funds used to feed needy children. Because the church and preschool’s religious beliefs and practices conflict with the new mandates, government officials unlawfully suspended them from the food program on Dec. 29, 2022.

The lawsuit explains that, by implementing the new mandates, state and federal government officials sought to force the church and preschool to surrender their sincerely held Christian beliefs and practices regarding human sexuality, including their right to hire those with shared beliefs. The government mandates also subject the church and preschool in all aspects to Title IX, including bathrooms, dress codes, and pronoun usage. The suit claims the new government directives violate the Free Exercise, Free Speech, Freedom of Association, and Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment, as well as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Administrative Procedure Act.

Dean Broyles of the National Center for Law and Policy and Mariah Gondeiro and Julianne Fleischer of Advocates for Faith and Freedom first filed the case, Church of Compassion v. Johnson, on behalf of the church and preschool in March. The attorneys are three of more than 4,700 lawyers who are part of the ADF Attorney Network.

In a similar case last year, Grant Park Christian Academy v. Fried, ADF attorneys successfully advocated on behalf of a Christian school in Florida that sued the Biden administration for threatening to pull the school’s lunch program funding because of its religious beliefs.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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