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East County Chamber Ousts Its President

Just in case you haven’t heard the news. Scott Alevy, who headed the influential San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce as the president, has been ousted by his board of directors in a cost-savings move. In news reports, the board cited ongoing financial turbulence as a reason for the surprising change in leadership. The chamber said the member organization continues to suffer a decline in membership and income as the recession continues, despite cost-cutting efforts by Alevy … San Diego’s Sunsweet Bakery is now selling products made from dried plums with other purple ingredients, such as it Purple Country Bread and Purple Swirl Loaf Cake, at Costco stores in Southern California and the Southwest. The bakery’s products are also sold at Walmart stores in Puerto Rico … The deadline for the San Diego Plug and Play Application competition has been extended to March 15. The member organization said more than 50 apps have been submitted to date. More details about the competition, sponsored by StartupCircle and InterWest Capital, can be found at Plug and Play San Diego, via plugandplaytechcenter.com … A NewSchool of Architecture and Design student team took first place at the recent Associated Schools of Construction student competition in Reno, Nev. The team from the East Village school was recognized for virtual design and construction, a category open to all students in the U.S., according to a release. Details at gcccd.edu … Public broadcaster KPBS is readying a new program, “A Growing Passion,” to be hosted by Encinitas gardening expert Nan Sterman. The station said the series will explore the region’s natural and manmade landscape from farms to nurseries and backyard gardens to schoolyard gardens. The series will also show how ornamental horticulture helps boost the economy. Sterman launches a fundraising effort March 15 at crowdsourcing fundraising site kickstarter.com to raise pledges to help finance the series … And speaking of ag related news, Cuyamaca College hosts its fifth annual sustainable landscape conference March 7, with discussions to range from local resource-conservation efforts to the role of trees in ecological landscapes … Finally. The annual Gateway to India festivities are all set for the evening of April 13 at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. The event will include native cuisine, plus music and dance performances. Proceeds will help support the museum. Keep in mind, the event is for those 21 and over since it’s a fundraiser with a bar and entertainment. Ducats and details at sdcdm.org/gateway-of-india. Till next week!

Tom York is contributing editor of the San Diego Business Journal. If you have interesting tidbits or newsworthy ephemera, send them to tyork@sdbj.comor tom.york@gmail.com.

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