East County companies were honored for business ethics by Better Business Bureau

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

Three East County businesses have been honored for ethical business practices by the San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB), San Diego’s largest county wide business organization. Reilly Financial Advisors of La Mesa and Quality Controlled Manufacturing, Inc. of Santee were winners of a 2012 BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, while Anderson Plumbing Heating and Air of El Cajon was a finalist. Winners and finalists were selected in categories based on number of employees. Reilly Financial Advisors was a winner in the 11-to-24-employee category, Quality Controlled Manufacturing, Inc. was a winner in the 25-to-99-employee category and Anderson Plumbing Heating and Air was a finalist in the 100-to-249-employee category.
Now in its 15th year, the Torch Awards is the BBB’s annual awards program honors outstanding local for profit companies and non profit charitable organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to ethical business practices, both in operations and in terms of being ethical, reliable and responsive to employees, vendors and customers, according to Sheryl Bilbrey, San Diego BBB president and chief executive officer.
“Consumers want to do business with ethical companies, and our Torch Awards is one way to identify companies that maintain a competitive advantage by adhering to BBB ethical standards,” Bilbrey said. “The Torch Awards program is designed to promote not only the importance of ethical business practices, but the willingness and efforts made by outstanding businesses to ensure that our marketplace remains fair and honorable. It’s the way San Diego celebrates ethical business practices in our marketplace.”
Additional winners of 2012 Torch Award included (categories based on number of employees appear in parenthesis): On-Site Tech Support (one-to-four); Dream Design Builders (five-to-10); Coles Fine Flooring (100-to-249); JW Floor Covering (250-499); and, Pacific Safety Center (charity/non-profit, winner). Additional finalists included: Milholland Electric, Inc. (five-to10); San Diego Law Firm (11-to-24); Action Air Conditioning, Heating & Solar (25-to-99); ASI Heating and Air (25-to-99); Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical (25-to-99); and, Bill Howe Family of Companies (100-to-249).