North County Business Briefs, Jan. 23 – The San Diego Union-Tribune


Discount connections offered for commuters

The North County Transit District recently announced a pilot program with Lyft, Uber and TripShot to provide discounted first- and last-mile connections for commuters using the Sorrento Valley and Carlsbad Poinsettia Coaster stations. The pilot is offered through the district’s NCTD+ mobility-as-a-service program. It gives riders a $7.50 credit toward trips to or from the Sorrento Valley or Carlsbad Poinsettia Coaster stations within defined geographic zones. The discounted Uber and Lyft rides are available during regular Coaster service times (5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.) Monday through Friday. Passengers with a mobility device can book similar discounted trips for curb-to-curb service with an NCTD vehicle using the TripShot application. Learn more at


Presentation on setting goals at chamber office

The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce hosts Karen Trapane of the Trapane Group for “Goalsetting in Uncertain Times,” a presentation at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 at the chamber office, 111 S. Main Ave. Learn how to set clear, attainable goals; manage expectations; and evaluate your results. The event

is free to chamber members; $10 for nonmembers. RSVP to or (760) 728-5845.


Webinar on workplace changes for this year

2022 will see a number of new human resource regulations and requirements that affect large and small North County employers. Join the San Diego North Economic Development Council for a virtual “lunch and learn” on “2022 Changes in Human Resources Law” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday to get up to date on some of the most important changes and how to respond. The speaker is attorney Jenna H. Leyton-Jones, of Leyton Jones Law. This event is free to businesses in North County. Register at

Taxpayers group hosts electricity webinar

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association hosts a free webinar, “Inequity in Electricity Rates,” from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. The focus will be on the California Public Utilities Commission’s proposed changes to the Net Energy Metering rate structure. The Taxpayers Association is hosting this webinar on how the new proposed rate structure disproportionately affects low- to moderate-income households across the state, and how people can take action. Register at

Cybersecurity info session set for Feb. 1

The city of Vista and the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence are offering a free cyber-awareness and security education program to all Vista small businesses. The free virtual program will begin later this month and will run for one year. The program will provide a briefing from the FBI’s San Diego Cyber Task Force, a detailed cybersecurity risk assessment from Mastercard’s RiskRecon, cybersecurity awareness employee training by ESET, tools to develop incident response plans with CyberCatch’s simulator, and connectivity to the region’s cybersecurity industry, including additional resources. A virtual information session will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 1. Register at by Jan. 26. Email

Chamber promotes use of DMV kiosks

The California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is supporting the California Department of Motor Vehicles to extend DMV services using the California DMV Now kiosk program. It allows citizens to conduct DMV business in convenient retail locations around the state. The kiosks are a valuable point of access for the Hispanic community, so the chamber is using its communication channels to make community members aware of locations and the services offered. The chamber will create personalized messaging sent out to its network of local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, their members and their community networks. They will also prepare materials for distribution during in-person outreach events. As easy to use as an ATM, the California DMV Now kiosks can renew vehicle registrations and more in as little as two minutes. Scan a driver’s license, swipe a credit card, and print the registration and decal. California DMV Now kiosks also accept cash in many locations. On-screen instructions and voice prompts are available in English or Spanish. To find the nearest kiosk, visit


Chamber combines mixer, wellness expo

The Poway Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to a Health & Wellness Expo starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Poway Unified School District office, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego. This event combines the monthly mixer with the health expo so guests can meet local providers, learn helpful tips, win prizes and more. Health & Wellness providers interested in a vendor space can sign up through the registration link. Chamber members can exhibit for $25, nonmembers for $75 (if you join the chamber afterward, $50 will go toward the application fee). One table will be provided per exhibitor. The community is invited to attend free, but registration is required at If you register and do not receive a registration confirmation email, call the office at (858) 748-0016.


Lunch networking at Raising Cane’s

The Vista Chamber of Commerce holds a lunch mob from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Raising Cane’s, 303 Vista Village Drive. The no-host event is open to members and nonmembers. Bring business cards and network. Register at Call (760) 726-1122.

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