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SAN DIEGO — ­­ St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) will present Strung-Together, a collection of doily-inspired art, at Sophie’s Kensington Gallery located at 4168 Adams Avenue. The show will run from Jan. 6–27, with a public reception at the Kensington Gallery on Jan. 6 from 5–8 p.m. Strung-Together celebrates the doily, a sweet hand crocheted home accessory made popular in the Victorian era. Sophie’s ceramic artists used vintage doilies to make an impression in clay pieces. This technique adds a beautiful texture on wall hangings, bowls and plates. Kensington’s guest artist, Chris Michael, is a business owner and artist in Alpine who also appreciates the art of the doily. Her breath-taking Gypsy Dreamcatchers are fashioned using vintage doilies, feathers, beads, recycled fabrics, silk ribbon and lace. Inspired by Native American art her dreamcatchers have a Hippie-Victorian blend. Also on display are hand-painted repurposed cabinet doors by Sophie’s painting department. SMSC serves more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities through nationally recognized, innovative programs. Its mission is to educate and empower individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential. Developmental disabilities include autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other cognitive disorders for which there are no cures. SMSC, a nonprofit organization in El Cajon, CA, educates and empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential. Founded in 1966 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, the Center first focused on pre-school children with developmental disabilities. When public schools began to assume that role in the early 1970s, SMSC shifted its focus to adults with developmental disabilities. Today, SMSC provides work training and social experiences that encourage students to become well-rounded, contributing members of the greater community. The Center also strives to educate the community about the realities of developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy. It employs over 120 staff members and is served by more than 150 dedicated volunteers. A fleet of some 45 paratransit vans and buses transports students between home, campus, and work sites, five days a week. For more information, visit www. stmsc.org.

On The Cover SAN DIEGO — The San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) 2017 Holiday Bowl Kicked off Sunday, Dec. 28 at Qualcomm (SDCCU) Stadium with the Michigan State Spartans blowing out the Washington Cougars, 42-17. San Diego’s own Randy Jones was named Honorary Chairman of the SDCCU Holiday Bowl.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias

Fire Ruling Has Huge Effect on Utilities

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nder intense political pressure at the same time bone-dry Santa Ana and Sundowner winds propelled unchecked wildfires across Southern California in early December, the California Public Utilities Commission handed down perhaps its most consumer-friendly decision in several decades. Unanimously, the five commissioners forced the San Diego Gas & Electric Co. – not its customers – to pay more than $379 million in uninsured costs from the 2007 Witch, Guejito and Rice fires that devastated large parts of San Diego County, destroying more than 1,300 homes and killing two persons. SDG&E had tried to fob those costs off on consumers, including some whose homes burned in the same fires. The commissioners also were unanimous in imposing new, stricter rules for utilities to help stem future wildfire risks. Investigators found SDG&E failed before the 2007 fires to properly maintain its equipment, failing to trim tree branches and chaparral growing near power lines, which arced and sparked as those infernos began. The company and its insurers paid more than $2 billion in claims, but it wanted customers to foot almost all the remaining bills. The PUC previously went along with similar utility company requests, but this time, for once, commissioners stood by consumers. Multiple results were immediate: While the Lilac Fire raged in late fall in north San Diego County, SDG&E turned off power to as many as 170,000 persons when winds propelling the new blaze picked up. So arcing power lines could not contribute to this fire disaster. A lot of folks living in areas around Boulder Creek and Palomar Mountain were inconvenienced, but this time the fire destroyed “only” 157 structures, not 10 times that many. Knowing it might actually have to pay very steep costs if it kept the power on, the utility played it safe. No one can be certain whether that action or lessened wind was the main factor that kept the Lilac Fire much smaller than some previous ones. But cutting the power certainly didn’t hurt, counter though it is to hallowed utility company practices that aim to keep the juice flowing no matter what. The PUC’s landmark decision was also felt in other areas of California, where fires both in December and earlier in the fall devastated hundreds of thousands of acres in places like Napa, Sonoma, Orange and Ventura counties, Santa Clarita, Montecito and the BelAir, Sylmar and Tujunga Canyon sections of Los Angeles. No, neither Pacific Gas & Electric Co. nor Southern California Edison Co. nor the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power made prophylactic power shutdowns like those near San Diego, but both PG&E and Edison were sorely affected. PG&E suspended dividends while watching its stock tank by 9 percent in December, largely because of potential liability from the many fire-related lawsuits it faces. And while the Thomas fire blitzed through Ventura County and on toward Santa Barbara, the stock value of Edison’s parent company, Edison International, fell as much as 15 percent. There is no official finding yet on the cause of that fire, which has consumed more than 700 homes and spurred at least two fatalities. But investors and stock analysts fear Edison, like SDG&E, might have to pay not only billions of dollars for damage, but also might never see its own repair and service restoration costs returned. The same for PG&E, whose customer lawsuits stem from reports of PG&E lines sparking into nearby vegetation just as devastating October blazes got underway in the Wine Country. PG&E’s dividend decision shows management feels the same fears as investors. The PUC’s decision was key to much of the stock market response to the fires, just as it probably spurred SDG&E to shut down its power, even though the company never copped to that. For if these utilities are now to be held more responsible than before for their errors and neglect, their financial futures will be affected. And yet, no one knows what the PUC might do years from now when utilities inevitably demand that customers pay most of their costs from this year. That’s one reason for paying close attention to the next governor’s appointments to this vital, but scandal-compromised, commission.

Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at tdelias@aol.com


HEALTH

The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

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No. Dandruff affects people of all ages across all ethnic groups. Dandruff often occurs after puberty and is most common in people in their early 20s. It continues into middle age. However, it does also affect many seniors. Dandruff is a common, non-contagious skin condition that causes flakes of dead skin to appear in the hair. It is estimated that half of all people will be affected by dandruff at some point in their lives. The body continually sheds dead skin cells as new cells are formed. In most cases this is a gradual process that goes unnoticed. In cases of dandruff, this process speeds up and excessive amounts of dead skin cells are released by the scalp. Dandruff is more common in men than women. Men’s scalps have larger oil-producing glands; these can contribute to dandruff. What you eat can influence whether you get dandruff. If your diet is lacking B vitamins, zinc, and some kinds of fats, you might be inclined to get dandruff. People with some neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s, are more likely to get dandruff. Stress and weakened immune systems are other risk factors for dandruff. Additional causes of dandruff are: dry skin, not shampooing enough, sensitivity to hair-care products, skin disorders such as psoriasis, and a fungus (malassezia) that grows out of control, The main treatment for dandruff is anti-dandruff shampoo. There are a number of different types available over the counter. These shampoos work in different ways. So, if one type isn’t effective, you may want to try another one. If you still have dandruff after several weeks of experimenting with over-the-counter (OTC) dandruff shampoos, or if your scalp becomes red or swollen, see a doctor. You may have seborrheic dermatitis or another condition that resembles dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis is a common, inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky, white to yellowish scales to form on oily areas such as the scalp, face or inside the ear. It can occur with or without reddened skin. Cradle cap is the term used when seborrheic dermatitis affects the scalp of infants. Switching gears a bit, here are some tips from the American Academy of Dermatology for maintaining healthy hair: 1.Wash oily hair more frequently. If your scalp is oily, you may need to wash it as often as once a day. If you have chemically treated hair, your hair may be drier, so you may want to wash it less frequently. As you get older, your scalp makes less oil, so you may not need to shampoo as often. But if you see flakes in your hair, you may not be shampooing enough. This can lead to dandruff and other scalp diseases. 2.Concentrate shampoo on the scalp. When washing your hair, concentrate on cleaning primarily the scalp, rather than washing the entire length of hair. Washing only your hair can create flyaway hair that is dull and coarse. 3.Use conditioner after every shampoo unless you use a “2-in-1” shampoo, which cleans and conditions hair. Using a conditioner can significantly improve the look of damaged or weathered hair. 4.Concentrate conditioner on the tips of the hair. Because conditioners can make fine hair look limp, they only should be used on the tips of the hair and not on the scalp or length of the hair. 5.Choose a shampoo and conditioner formulated specifically for your hair type.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Researchers Reveal How Estrogen Protects Against Damage to the CNS in Ppeople with MS

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study by U C L A researchers reveals the cellular basis for how the hormone estrogen protects against damage to the central nervous system (CNS) in people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The researchers found that estrogen treatment exerts positive effects on two types of cells during disease – immune cells in the brain and also cells called oligodendrocytes. Complementary actions on these two types provide protection from disease. Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory, neurodegenerative disease marked by visual impairment, weakness and sensory loss, as well as cognitive decline among many other debilitating symptoms. These symptoms emerge when inflammatory immune cells destroy the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve processes called axons. Loss of that protective insulation disrupts electrical communication between nerve cells. The third trimester of pregnancy has been previously shown to reduce relapse rates by approximately 70 percent as compared to before pregnancy, and other studies have shown benefit over the long term due to multiple pregnancies. An estrogen unique to pregnancy that is made by the fetus and placenta has been proposed by Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl and colleagues to mediate this pregnancy protection in

both the MS mouse model as well as in two successfully completed clinical trials of estriol treatment in MS patients. How that happens has remained a critical question. Voskuhl, who led the latest study, reported mouse studies showing that estrogen protected the brain from damage by activating a protein called estrogen receptor beta (ERb). Her new research identifies which cells within the brain are mediating this protective effect. The researchers first genetically eliminated ERb in either immune cells of the brain or in oligodendrocytes, the cells that make the myelin sheath, as a way of making cells unresponsive to estrogen during the MS like disease in mice. They then treated mice without or with ERb in these cells to ask if disease protection was lost or not. Loss of protection during treatment meant that the treatment was acting on the cell that had the receptor removed. Results showed that the estrogen-like treatment was acting on both immune cells of the brain as well as on oligodendrocytes, together resulting in repair of myelin and less disability. Drug developers often optimize therapies by targeting only one single cell type. By contrast, this study confirms that this estrogenlike compound can combat MS via complementary effects on two distinct cell types. Voskuhl and other UCLA researchers are in

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fact now developing a nextgeneration estrogen-like compound with robust biochemical effects on oligodendrocytes and immune cells in the brain. Voskuhl, who is a professor of neurology and directs UCLA’s Multiple Sclerosis Program, is the study’s senior author. Others include first author Roy Y. Kim, a graduate student in Voskuhl’s lab; Darian Mangu, Alexandria S. Hoffman, Rojan Kovash, and Eunice Jung – all UCLA undergraduates; and Noriko Itoh, all of the Department of Neurology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Funding was provided by the National Institutes of Health and by grants from the Conrad Hilton Foundation, the California Community Foundation, and the Tom Sherak MS Hope Foundation.

Source: University of California -– Los Angeles

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 31 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own.


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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled “The Promises of God”. As mentioned in part one of this series, there are but a few promises to all of mankind, the vast majority are to those who have become His children by adoption through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance from sin. Some may think this is not “fair”, that all of God’s promises should be to everyone. Well they are to everyone that will repent of sin and turn to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Think of this way, you are a parent, your children have your protection; love; provision; sacrifice; and will inherit what you have at your departure. Should others who are not your children or even those who hate you and your children be beneficiaries of what you have for your own children? Of course not, that would be absurd! Another of God’s wonderful promises is that of Eternal Rewards. The Word of God the Bible makes clear that there are eternal rewards for everyone, the just and the unjust. Daniel 12:1-2 “And at that time Michael shall stand up, the great ruler who stands for the sons of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation; until that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Matthew 25:45-46 “Then He shall answer them, saying, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.” Because our subject pertains to God’s promises to His children (believer in Jesus Christ) we will focus on the rewards of the righteous. Luke 18:29-30 “And He said to them, Truly I say to you, There is no one who has left house, or parents, or brothers, or wife, or children for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and, in the world to come everlasting life.” James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who endures temptation, because having been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” Matthew 5:11-12 “Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for your reward in Heaven is great. For so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” 2Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. Now there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that Day; and not to me only, but also to all those who love His appearing.” 1Peter 5:4 “And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a never-fading crown of glory.” Hebrews 12:28-29 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear, for also, “Our God is a consuming fire.” Revelation 2:10-11 “Do not at all fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the Devil will cast some of you into prison, so that you may be tried. And you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful to death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.” There is one thing common to all people on this earth, rich or poor; great or common: trouble, heartache, problems, and difficulties. To the follower of Jesus Christ these are sometimes magnified more than to those who are not. Yet at the end there will be great reward to those who faithfully endure till the end.

Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or ccalpinemac@gmail.com


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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan Fisher Eligible for Basketball Hall of Fame

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ormer San Diego State men’s basketball head coach Steve Fisher is one of 179 candidates eligible for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Fisher is one of 10 first-time nominees and one of two college coaches up for induction for the first time on the North American committee nomination list. The other coach is Bob Huggins of West Virginia. Fisher, who guided the Aztecs to a 386-209 record in 18 seasons, led SDSU to a Mountain West-record 10 conference titles, eight NCAA tournaments and 13 postseason appearances. Along the way, Fisher picked up his second career national coach-of-the-year award (Naismith, NABC, Adolph Rupp) in 2011 when San Diego State reached the NCAA Sweet 16, finished with a school-record 34 victories and was ranked as high as No. 4 nationally. The all-time winningest coach in San Diego State and Mountain West history reached the Sweet 16 once more, in 2014, when the Aztecs finished with a 31-5 record. That year’s effort, which saw SDSU reach No. 5 in the national rankings, was one of 12 seasons of at least 20 wins. Then in 2015, Fisher was the recipient of the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award. A news conference announcing the finalists from the North American and Women’s committee for the Class of 2018 will be held during NBA All-Star Weekend, which is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17, in Los Angeles. The entire Class of 2018, including those selected by the direct elect committees, will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, Texas. Enshrinement festivities will take place in Springfield, Mass., Sept. 6-8,. Tickets for the various Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Enshrinement events are on sale at www.hoophall.com. For more information on SDSU athletics, visit goaztecs. com Dolan hosts a one-hour sports talk radio show Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on East County’s “The Mountain – 107.9 FM.” The show may also be heard on the Internet at www.themountainfm.com

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Grossmont Healthcare District Elects 2018 Board Officers

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently reelected its 2017 board officers to serve in the same roles for 2018. Michael Emerson was reelected as board president, Gloria Chadwick as vice president, and Virginia Hall as secretary. In addition, board member Robert “Bob” Ayres was selected again by Emerson to serve as board treasurer. Also serving on the five-member board is Randy Lenac. “I’m very honored and gratified for the opportunity to serve a second consecutive year as board president,” said Emerson. “Our board works very well together and I’m glad my board colleagues will retain their same roles in 2018. Every constituent can feel confident that this board is committed and dedicated to our role of addressing unmet healthcare needs and supporting the community to the greatest extent possible with the available resources.” Emerson, a registered dispensing optician (RDO) who joined the GHD board in 2008, also serves on the board of the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC), the legal entity for the hospital lease agreement between Sharp HealthCare and GHD. Chadwick, a retired psychiatric nurse, has served on the GHD board since 1998, when she became the first woman elected to the board in 22 years. In 2000, she became the first woman in GHD history to serve as board president. The Dehesa Valley resident has been reelected to the GHD board four times. Hall, a retired registered nurse, was elected to the GHD board in November 2016. She worked in healthcare from 1973 to 2004, including at several hospital emergency rooms, clinics and research facilities. Since 2004, Hall has worked in real estate and has been active in the Santee community, serving as 2016 president of the Santee Chamber of Commerce. Her husband Ronn has served as a member of

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the Santee City Council since 2014. Ayres, a retired banking executive with more than 50 years of experience in both public and private-sector banking and construction financing and management, joined the GHD board in September 2010. The El Cajon resident has been twice elected to four-year terms, in 2012 and 2016. Lenac, a resident of Campo, joined the GHD board in July 2014. Then, in November 2013, he was elected to a four-year term. Since 2011, Lenac, a retired Marine, has served on the board of the Grossmont Hospital Corporation. He also represents GHD on the board of the Association of California Healthcare Districts, a statewide organization representing healthcare districts.

proud to acknowledge Oremor Automotive Group for their continued investment in El Cajon,” said City Manager Doug Williford. “The much larger dealership will bring in new tax dollars and that translates into better services and quality of life for El Cajon residents.” According to a statement from Richards, El Cajon continues to attract significant business investments by major corporations. In 2018, a new fourstory 120 room Courtyard Hotel by Marriot will open and construction will begin on a new 96-room Hampton Inn by Hilton at the site of the former police station on Fletcher Parkway.

Mercedes-Benz of El Cajon has opened a new 70,000-sqauare-foot dealership in El Cajon. The new dealership, located on a five-acre site at the corner of Marshall Avenue and Wagner Drive, is replacing MercedesBenz’ existing location on El Cajon Boulevard. “This is a significant investment in our community,” said El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells. “Not only does the new dealership stand to bring more customers to El Cajon to buy high-end luxury cars, but it will also create good paying jobs for our residents.” El Cajon has 12 new car retailers, said a statement from the city. Construction on a 13th dealership featuring Jaguar and Land Rover automobiles is expected to begin this year at a location across the street from the new Mercedes-Benz dealership. This is the second time the Oremor Automotive Group, owner of the Mercedes-Benz dealership, has made a significant investment in El Cajon, according to David Richards, senior management analyst, City of El Cajon. In 2015, when the dealership first opened in El Cajon, the owners remodeled the former BMW dealership “The City is

will open a new luxury tower in February 2018 as the third phase of its latest development plans. Viejas officials said the newly unveiled tower Willows Hotel & Spa is designed as a resort within a resort, where a holistic approach to the guest experience will be customized to promote wellness. The 159 all-suite tower will be an adults-only retreat featuring a new saltwater pool, a spa, salon, fitness center and three new restaurants. The luxury tower will feature specialized stay packages, which eliminates the standard check in and check out times, and allows guests to arrive at their leisure, and check out later, per day of reservation. The restaurants will feature fresh, gourmet international food offerings. Locale Kitchen and Lounge, the signature eatery with farm-to-table California inspired cuisine, will serve lunch and dinner before turning into a nighttime hotspot. Ginger Noodle Bar will offer classic and contemporary Asian fare, while The Daily Roast will feature Starbucks products and serve the grab-and-go needs of guests.

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WHAT’S UP EL CAJON with Monica Zech Applicants Sought for City of El Cajon Commissions

The El Cajon City Council is now accepting applications for the Commissions listed below. The filing period is now through Jan. 11, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. Applicants will be interviewed and appointed on Jan. 23, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber, 200 Civic Center Way, El Cajon. • Personnel Commission – One vacancy for one (1) four-year term to expire January 31, 2022. • Planning Commission – One vacancy for one (1) four-year term to expire January 31, 2022. • Veterans’ Commission – One vacancy for one (1) partial term to expire January 31, 2021. Applications are now available in the City Clerk’s Office, and on the City’s website, City Commissions page, at www.cityofelcajon.us/commissions. Feel free to contact the City Clerk’s Office at (619) 441-1763 with any questions.

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The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Citizen of the Year Luncheon on Monday, Feb. 5, from 12-2:30 p.m. at the El Cajon Elks Lodge. This luncheon is hosted by the El Cajon Valley Lions Club. Cost per person is $20, before January 29; $25 for tickets after January 29 and at the door. The lodge is at 1400 E. Washington Avenue, El Cajon. If you have questions, please contact the Chamber office at (619) 440-6161.

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