Local chambers of commerces to present `Politics in Paradise’ in a new format

Politics in Paradise_0100Local chamber of commerce groups in San Diego’s East County will jointly present “Politics in Paradise” from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 30, at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon. Chambers supporting the event include the San Diego East County Chamber, Lakeside Chamber, Santee Chamber and Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber. Also supporting the event is the San Diego East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC).

The event will feature meet-and-greet with elected officials currently holding office, as well as candidates for key federal, state and county elected offices, along with beer, wine and appetizers from East County restaurants, wineries and breweries.

Rather than repeating the event’s traditional format with comments and replies from speakers on stage in a group setting in the Garden’s amphitheater area, this year’s event will feature elected officials positioned in their own area in a mixer setting where attendees can interact and speak with them one-one-one in person, said Eric Lund, general manager, San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. Lund said the program also will feature a brief introduction by moderator Barry Jantz, chair of the San Diego East County Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee.

Cost to attend is $20 per person if RSVP is received prior to Monday, June 27. The price increases to $25 per person with RSVP after June 27. Cost is $30 per person at the door without reservations. Chamber officials said admission cost is tax deductible because event proceeds will benefit the San Diego East County Foundation, a non-profit organization. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Event sponsors include San Diego Gas & Electric, AT&T, Team XL Staffing, Wade Howard & Associates CPA, iMortgage, Kaiser Permanente, The Computer Admin, Cox Communications and the San Diego Regional Airport Authority.  For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at sarahm@eastcountychamber.org, (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org, or one of the participating Chambers or ECEDC.