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City of Santee Welcomes a New Mayor

By Alvin Plexico, Navy Office of Community Outreach For The East County Herald

PORT HUENEME — “We Build, We Fight” has been the motto of the U. S. Navy’s Construction Force, known as the “Seabees”, for the past 75 years. La Mesa, California native and Grossmont High School graduate, Petty Officer 3rd Class Diego Marquez, builds and fights around the world as a member of a naval construction battalion center located in Port Hueneme, California. Marquez (pictured below) works as a builder in the Navy.

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The East County Herald SANTEE — On November 8, 2016, the citizens of Santee elected John Minto as its new Mayor. Minto becomes the fourth person to elected at large to be the mayor of Santee. Minto grew up In East San Diego, which is now referred to as City Heights. He graduated from Hoover High School in 1976. During his time at Hoover, Minto joined organizations that assisted with his leadership development. One such organization was a fouryear Junior Army ROTC class. Minto’s background in law enforcement started when became a Police Explorer with the San Diego Police Department at age 14. He stayed with the Explorer program until he was 21. At which time, he became a reserve police officer. The reserve and explorer programs taught him to be a leader and assisted with building his character. Minto worked for SDG&E until being hired by the City of San Diego as a Police Officer in 1980. He spent nine years in uniform working a variety of assignments and promoted to detective in 1989. During his 20-years as a detective, he worked 12 years in juvenile justice. He created juvenile diversion programs to teach juveniles to make better choices that help keep them out of the court system. The goal of the program is to prevent them from becoming adult offenders. The last 16 months of his career, he worked directly for Chief of Police, Bill Landsdowne. Landsdowne was a member of the City of San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention. Minto retired in 2009 with 29 years of service to the San Diego Police Department. Minto was elected to the Santee City Council in 2002 and serves on a variety of boards, commissions and committees. He is a member of the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and serves on their budget and public safety committees. An alternate member of the SANDAG Board of Directors where he has served on the Borders Committee, a policy advisory committee for 14-years and chaired the past six-years. The SANDAG Borders Committee brings together elected officials and representatives from San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, and Orange Counties, and Mexico with the goal to create a regional community. The committee addresses issues pertaining to regional transportation, economic development, and environmental issues. Minto said, “We learned

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Santee’s New Mayor, John Minto from the 2003 and 2007 wild fires that they don’t stop at county lines”. Tribal nations, counties, and cities learned to work together. Minto is a member of the East County Economic Development Council, (member for 14 years and chaired for 4 years.) He believes bringing jobs to East County so people can live closer to their jobs. He is also proposing to open a dialog with large companies to promote flextime. As a member of the League of California Cities. He believes that this organization would be helpful in promoting flextime. 60,000 people leave East County to go to work each day. Freeways involved are 94, 8, 125, 52, and north 67. Immediately after the election, Minto began a dialog with Federal, State, and County Legislators to mitigate traffic flow problems. He cites Santee’s largest problem being the poor traffic flow during the morning and evening commutes. The feed from highways 67 and 125 into Highway 52 has a direct relation to the traffic slowing and stand stills on Mast Blvd. His first-year plans are beginning the work to expand 52 between Cuyamaca and Mast, including widening the bridge. He wants to add a truck only lane going over the 52 summit. Reducing the need for vehicles maneuvering around slow moving trucks in a truck only lane may be able to move traffic about 25% faster. Improvements in traffic signal synchronization on Mast Blvd and a reconfiguring on ramp for highway 52 at Mast Boulevard may also improve traffic flow. The County is considering building a new sheriff station which may or may not be built in Santee. Since Santee Fire Station 4 is experiencing the same issue, Minto would like to build a Sherriff/Fire Station with admin at the site. This would be Santee’s Public Safety Center.

Minto is having discussions to create a public/private partnership to build and operate a Multiple use community center that would house a new library, Teen Center and Senior Center. You couldn’t help to see Minto’s enthusiasm when he suggested the community center could be a place for service clubs to meet including Kiwanis, Optimists, Rotary, and the Lions Club. He suggested the Center could have a catering kitchen for community events. Minto thinks a good location for the community center and the public safety center may be on Magnolia Ave near the Polo Barn. Santee has a rich history and being near the Polo Barn can keep Santee’s history close to the Town Center. He also wants to keep as many Magnolia trees as possible as part of our heritage. City Hall experienced several issues over the past several years and he has asked staff to consider the feasibility of relocating. It would be a great opportunity to have City Hall, Chamber of Commerce the Community Center at one location. He especially believes that the Chamber and the City should be near each other due to their symbiotic relationship. Minto is excited to take over the position of Mayor. He likes to get dressed up when representing the community. However, when out in the community as an everyday person he supports dressing casual. Minto believes a comfortable work force is a more productive work force. Welcome Santee Mayor John Minto.

“I do construction work for humanitarian, disaster relief or combat operations,” said Marquez. The jobs of some of the Seabees today have remained unchanged since World War II, when the Seabees paved the 10,000-mile road to victory for the allies in the Pacific and in Europe, according to Lara Godbille, director of the U. S. Navy Seabee Museum. “The experience and the people I work with is what I most like about serving as a Seabee,” said Marquez. “I have a lot of mentors in life and professionally. I also like the skills I’ve learned as a Seabee.” For the past 75 years Seabees have served in all American conflicts. They have also supported humanitarian efforts using their construction skills to help communities around the world following earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters. “I am proud of the hard work that Seabees do every day,” said Rear Adm. Bret Muilenburg, commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command. “Their support to the Navy and Marine Corps mission is immeasurable, and we look forward to the next seven decades of service.” Seabees around the world will take part in a year-long celebration in 2017 to commemorate the group’s 75-year anniversary. The theme of the celebration is “Built on History, Constructing the Future.” “Seabees deploy around the world providing expert expeditionary construction support on land and under the sea, for the Navy and Marine Corps, in war, humanitarian crisis and peace,” said Capt. Mike Saum, commodore, Naval Construction Group (NCG) 1. “Seabee resiliency, skill, and resolution under hostile and rough conditions prove our motto ‘We Build, We Fight.’ The Seabee patch we wear on our uniform signifies to the warfighter and civilian alike that they’re in good hands.” Serving in the U.S. Navy has allowed Marquez to continue learning about himself and the legacy he wants to leave to future Seabees. “I’m part of something greater, part of something that most people only read about,” said Marquez. “It makes me proud, and I’m just happy to play a small part in the 75th anniversary.”

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Did Obama Deportations Cost Dems The White House?


Your Senate Inwith TheSenator News Joel Anderson Cash For College by Hristiana Petkova

For The East County Herald The next Cash for College workshop in El Cajon is scheduled for Jan. 21 at IDEA Center (1600 Cuyamaca St., El Cajon, CA 92020). This workshop, organized by the San Diego and Imperial Counties Cal-SOAP (California Student Opportunity and Access Program), is designed to aid prospective students with financing their higher education. Cash for College workshops have offered opportunities for students and parents to work on the FAFSA and other financialaid applications on-site. The most recent one in East County was at Grossmont College which was filled with eager students and parents and trained volunteers who gave individualized help and attention. Representatives from California State Senator Joel Anderson’s office also attended the workshop at Grossmont College, providing legislative internship opportunities for the students. Anderson praised Cal-SOAP’s commitment to educating students on their financial aid options. “Financial aid applications and all of their requirements are difficult to understand and keep track of,” Anderson pointed out, “But thanks to the tireless commitment of Linda Doughty and her team at San Diego and Imperial Coun-

ties Cal-SOAP, students in our community have a better shot at figuring it all out.” Students who previously envisioned a college career filled with financial strife benefitted from the workshop’s message of accessible funding. “I’ve always thought I’d have to work three jobs and go to school full time,” Jennifer Stolle, a senior at Grossmont High School, explained, “Now with all of this money that is hopefully going to be coming in. I might be able to work just one job.” Workshop volunteers take pride in the service they provide to prospective college students. “I know how hard the FAFSA can be,” Sarah Canter, a volunteer, remarked, “It’s nice to help

California State Senator Joel Anderson kids do it the right way and get their free money for college to make it affordable.”

Students and their parents fill out the FAFSA at a Grossmont College computer lab; workshop workers provide individualized attention when needed.

ith the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump now only a weeks away, and the fall election receding into the rear view mirror, one thing becomes ever more clear: The scope of the Latino vote majority Democrats needed and expected to get was significantly less in 2016 than in many earlier elections. And while outgoing President Barack Obama has spent some of the last few weeks skirting this fact by whining about how Democrats didn’t turn out, the diluted Latino vote very possibly means he cost his party the White House. That’s because Latinos, often taken for granted by national Democrats, have long memories. By a large majority, they still are very reluctant to vote Republican because of the tarnish left on the GOP brand by former California Gov. Pete Wilson and the anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187 he pushed so hard during his 1994 reelection campaign. So it’s no wonder Latinos were well aware of Obama’s record on deportations: Over his first six years in office, Obama presided over the deportations of more than 2.1 million persons who lived in this country illegally. That’s equal to about one-fifth of the total estimated national population of the undocumented. It was a massive increase from the 1.1 million deported during the last five years of the Republican George W. Bush administration. How did this manifest in November? Exit polls of persons who had just voted showed that Democrat Hillary Clinton got only 65 percent of Latino votes to 29 percent for Trump. Democrats generally need better than a 70 percent majority of Latino votes in order to win a national election. Republicans historically only need backing from about 30 percent of those voters, and that’s right about where Trump came in. By contrast, Obama got 71 percent of Latino votes in 2012 to 27 percent for Republican Mitt Romney, and handily won reelection in both the popular and electoral college votes. It wasn’t the 2 percent increase in Latino votes for Trump over Romney that was key here; rather, it was the 6 percent decrease that Clinton drew. Placed together with her drawing 5 percent less of the African-American vote than Obama did (88 percent for Clinton, 93 percent for Obama), the dropoff was enough to defeat her in states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where margins were razor thin. About the only explanation for the drop in Democratic support by Latinos this year was the Obama-era deportations. Not even Trump’s repeated, vituperative anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rants dimmed memories of those expulsions. But every sign is that Trump won’t be able to repeat or increase the gains he made among Latinos, the way the late Ronald Reagan did between 1980 and 1984, when he posted a 7 percent gain in Latino votes. That will be especially true if Trump follows up on his pledge of mass deportations, especially for undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions, no matter how minor their offense. Trump has made no efforts to differentiate between, for example, shoplifters and rapists. His initial goal, he says, is to round up between two million and three million criminal immigrants in the country illegally. That could not only put the incoming administration in direct conflict with the sanctuary city laws of California places like Los Angeles and San Francisco, where police have already said they will not aid in any immigration raids, but could increase the proportion of Latinos personally acquainted with deportees or those about to be deported. That figure now stands at 40 percent, according to the Latino Decisions polling firm. It was a key reason for the limpid Democratic vote among Hispanics. “Latino voters who know someone that is undocumented are 43 percent less likely to have a favorable impression of (Obama),” reported University of New Mexico Prof. Gabriel Sanchez just before the election. Enough of them, plainly, couldn’t bring themselves to hold their noses and vote for Clinton, a close Obama associate, and that unwillingness was a big reason Democrats lost the White House. Those same people do not, however, have a favorable impression today of Trump and their feelings will only get stronger if he pursues his current plans. Trump didn’t care in 2016, and only time will tell if this will matter when he presumably runs for reelection in 2020. 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


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

To Your

Stomach Ache or Abdominal Pain?


. I get a lot of stomach aches. Do you have any tips to prevent them?


. If you are having recurring abdominal pain, you should see a doctor immediately. This kind of discomfort can be a symptom of a serious ailment. However, if you’re talking about the kind of stomach aches we all get occasionally, there are some things you can do to prevent them. • Eat small meals more frequently. • Make sure that your meals are well-balanced and high in fiber. • Drink plenty of water each day. • Exercise regularly. • Limit foods that produce gas. The following are gas-generating foods: • Legumes, especially dried beans and peas, baked beans, soy beans, lima beans; • Dairy products such as milk, ice cream, cheese; • Vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cucumbers, sauerkraut, kohlrabi, asparagus, potatoes, rutabaga, turnips, radishes, onions; • Fruits such as prunes, apricots, apples, raisins, bananas; • Foods containing wheat such as cereals, breads and pastries; • Fatty foods such as fried chicken and anything in cream sauces and gravies; • Any carbonated beverage. Abdominal pain is often caused by overeating. Sometimes an infection is responsible. But pain may be a symptom of something that requires emergency treatment; there are quite a few organs in your abdominal area. The location of the pain is informative to your doctor. Pain near your navel can be a sign of appendicitis or something wrong in your small intestine. Stomach problems are found in the upper middle section of the abdomen. Persistent pain in this area may also signal a problem with your gallbladder, pancreas or the upper part of your small intestine. It’s unusual to feel pain in the upper left abdomen. Pain in this area may be caused by a problem in the colon, stomach, spleen or pancreas. Intense pain in the upper right abdomen is often related to inflammation of the gallbladder. Pain in the lower middle abdomen may be caused by the colon. Women with pelvic inflammatory disease or a urinary tract infection may experience pain in this area. The lower right abdomen is where inflammation of the colon may cause pain. Appendicitis pain may occur in this region. If you feel pain in the lower left abdomen, you usually have a problem at the end of the colon. Don’t rely on self-diagnosis based upon these pain guidelines. Abdominal pain has a way of moving around. For example, gallbladder pain can move to your right shoulder. And, abdominal pain can be caused by the lungs and heart. Or, it may be caused by muscle strain. The following are some of the danger signs associated with abdominal pain. If you experience any of the following, get immediate medical attention: • Sudden and sharp pain • Pain that radiates to your chest, neck or shoulder • Severe, recurrent or persistent pain • Pain that worsens • Vomiting blood • Blood in your stool • A swollen and tender abdomen • Shortness of breath • Dizziness • High fever

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Living with MS with Dee Dean


Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism and Multiple Sclerosis, Beware Swedish register study confirms that Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is associated with a high-risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT); typically a clot in the veins of the lower limbs or abdomen. This is not surprising to some. Immobility, dehydration and intermittent steroid use, which are common in MSers, are known risk factors – not known to me – for DVT and pulmonary embolism or PE (blood clot that has come away from its original site and lodged in the lungs). In all the 30 years of battling Multiple Sclerosis, I’ve never heard the words pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis associated with MS by anyone ever. I’ve seen many neurologists, doctors and medical professionals over the course of my lifetime and have been studying it relentlessly during this time, myself. Still, when I was hospitalized just over eight weeks ago with bilateral blood clots – pulmonary embolism – in both lungs and a clot in my left leg – deep vein thrombosis – the association was never realized by me nor was I ever educated by any doctors treating me. I did have the worse MS exaserbation I’ve ever suffered just six weeks prior. I underwent four weeks of high dose steriods. First orally, then intravenously for five consecutive days, then orally for an additional two weeks. Again, during this treatment it was never mentioned that we should be cautious or watch for DVT or PE. DVT is easily detected by ultrasound, PE by CT Scan with dye. I found that out after the fact, which scares me. Perhaps it is not as widely known in this country as in others. Why this information wouldn’t be shared seems plain irresponsible, life-threatening and just unbelievable. After several visits with my new pulmonary specialist, he hypothesized the cause of the PE and DVT may have been due to my MS exacerbation. Again, not suggesting any correlation that is known. In all honesty, if this had not happened to me, I would never

have investigated the association. If you or someone you love suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, even if they are still able to walk, as I am, please share this information. I am Blessed and thankful to still be here and be able to share it here. DVT is caused by a blood clot that forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, typically in your legs. DVT can be serious: Blood clots in your veins can break loose and move to your lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 900,000 Americans are diagnosed with DVT annually. As many as 100,000 Americans die from DVT each year. If you have DVT, you may experience leg pain or swelling. However, the condition can occur without any symptoms. If you see signs or symptoms of DVT, talk to your doctor. If you have symptoms of a pulmonary embolism, seek emergency medical assistance immediately. Signs of a PE include: • Unexplained or sudden shortness of breath • Chest pain or discomfort that worsens when you take a deep breath or cough • Dizziness or fainting • Rapid pulse • Coughing up blood About 25 percent of people with a pulmonary embolism experience sudden death before the condition is diagnosed, according to the CDC. According to my Pulmonary Doctor that number is now 30 percent. Scared the hell out of me. PE is the most troubling complication associated with DVT. Post-thrombotic syndrome (also called post-phlebitic syndrome) is another common complication associated with DVT. It’s caused by damage to your veins from a blood clot that reduces blood flow in the affected areas. Signs and symptoms of postthrombotic syndrome include: • Swelling or pain in your legs • Skin discoloration • Skin sores Finally, pulmonary hyperten- sion (elevated blood pressure in your pulmonary artery) is a rare complication of pulmonary embolism. It occurs when the clots do not dissolve and the arteries of the lungs continue to be obstructed. Currently, I am on blood thinners until the end of February, In March, I will have a blood test to check for elevated levels of D-dimer (a sign of DVT). Personally, I’d like this test at least every six months now that I know about it. I am in physical therapy for another month but will continue that on my own. In addition, I ordered compression socks. They can help prevent swelling associated with DVT. The pressure they create lowers the risk of blood pooling and clotting. Try to maintain an active lifestyle with regular exercise – daily, if possible. Walking, swimming and cycling, activities that activate the muscles in the calf, that pump the blood to the heart, are appropriate activities. Always remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Trying to stay hydrated and as active as possible with MS is quite the challenge, but one I am determined to accomplish as much as I possibly can. The Swedish MS registry (SMSreg) is designed to assure quality health care for patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It has been active since 2001 and web-based since 2004. It runs on government funding only and is used in all Swedish neurology departments.

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 30 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. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at NOTE: Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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reetings precious people, this week we return to our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” As

a reminder, we are doing this series that you may come to know the truth about Jesus as the Word of God the Bible conveys it. We are looking to the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and drawing from them to get an accurate look at the chronological view of Jesus. After Jesus was tried and convicted by the religious leaders and Peter denied the Lord, Jesus was led away to the Roman government officials to get their approval to have Jesus crucified. Before Jesus is led to Pontus Pilate, the Roman governor of Jerusalem we read the account of what happened to Judas Iscariot. Matthew 27:3-10 “Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!” Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself. But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.” And they consulted together and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced, and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.” Jesus being sold for 30 pieces of silver was foretold in Zechariah 11:12-13, “Then I said to them, “If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain.” So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”--that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord for the potter.” The Apostle Peter also makes reference to Judas’ dastardly deed in Acts 1:15-20, “And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.” (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.) “For it is written in the Book of Psalms: “Let his dwelling place be desolate, and let no one live in it’; and, “Let another take his office.’” One final point from our text, it has always amazed me how the religious leaders of Jesus’ day could be so meticulous about keeping many of the portions of the Livitical Law yet have no problem in crucifying the Son of God who came to save them from sin. Jesus correctly said of these, “You strain at a gnat yet swallow a camel.” The Pharisees are the epitome of hypocrisy and Jesus hates every form of it. Dear one’s is there some area that you too are holding strictly to religious beliefs yet excusing yourself in some self indulgence?

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

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Local Pastor Continues Missionary Work Throughout The World


ALPINE — Pastor Drew Macintyre is an associate pastor at Calvery Chaple in Alpine. However, it is on rare occassion one will find him there as he continues to travel the world helping provide medical and dental and eyeglass clinics as well as spread the word of Jesus Christ. Having been in Cambodia, over a 10-day period, he and his group held nine medical/dental, eyeglass clinics in nine different villages. They treated over 1200 people, pulled nearly 200 teeth, gave out hundreds and hundreds of glasses and best of all saw over 500 people come to a saving knowledge in Jesus Christ. In most of the villages, 70 to 90 percent of the people had never heard the name of Jesus before, until now. Macintyre is home for a week before returning to Cambodia again to train pastors how to study and then teach the Word of God. They have the opportunity to print tens of thousands of tracts in the months to come for Cambodia, Vietnam, Cuba, Burma as well as books and other reading material. Macintyre asks that you join with them in asking God to provide for these much needed materials.

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Olaf Weighorst Museum ‘Salmagundians and Their Southern California Friends’ Saturday, Jan. 20 • El Cajon

EL CAJON — A reception at the Weighorst Museum for an art exhibit featuring “Salmagundians and their Southern California Friends,” exhibiting 90 paintings created by 18 local Plein Air Artists was held Saturday, Jan. 20. Plein Air is defined as artists who paint their subjects in the open air to capture the effects of light and atmosphere by completing their work out of doors. The exhibiting artists include El Cajon resident Gloria Chadwick and La Mesa resident Grace Schlesier, both whom have been accepted as members of the Salmagundi Club. Founded in 1871, the New York City-based Salmagundi Club is one of the oldest and most prestigious art organizations in the U.S. Membership is by invitation only and requires two recommendations from peers, as well as a review of an artist’s work. Other exhibiting artists at the Wieghorst Museum include Pat Ford, George Kreutz, Fred Gregory, Chuck McPherson, Mary Ford, Pat Welsh, Nita Harper, Lee Katz, Betty Holmes, Val Carson, Joy Floro, Steve Dern, Dawn Second, Coko Brown, Tim Scott and Leslie Jakes. The exhibit will run from January 9 through February 14.

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City of El Cajon Honors

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Wall of Honor Dedication Ceremony Saturday, Jan. 28, 9:30 a.m. Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd. Our dedication ceremonies honor the addition of new heroes to the Wall of Honor. Friends, family members and all supporters of veterans are encouraged to attend to thank these brave men and women for their service to our country.

EL CAJON — El Cajon City Council recognized the Mother Goose Association at their regular scheduled City Council Meeting, Tuesday, Jan.11. The Mother Goose Association is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation. It is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes. The primary purpose for which the Corporation is organized is to encourage and promote higher education with scholarship awards; and push the boundaries of higher education even deeper and wider through it’s personal growth programs and workshops as it prepares each new generation for real-world demands.

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PO Box 158, La Mesa, CA 91944 FEBRUARY 2017 PROGRAMS The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital offers free or low-cost educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit our web site at A HEALTHY HEART MEANS A HEALTHY LIFE February is National Heart Month. Learn from Ruth Shaffer, RN of Sharp Grossmont Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation, about what may put you at risk for heart disease and steps to take to maintain a healthy heart. Thursday, February 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Grossmont Healthcare District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Registration required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at RESOURCES AND TOOLS FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS Are you helping a loved one with socialization, finances, transportation, meals or other activities? Family caregivers can find out about health and community resources, placement options, support groups and learn about emotional issues of caring for a loved one. This free class is presented by Andrea Holmberg, Coordinator of the Sharp Grossmont Senior Resource Center. Thursday, February 9 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Brier Patch Campus, 9000 Wakarusa St., Rooms 13/14, La Mesa. Registration required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at CARING FOR SOMEONE WITH DEMENTIA: COMMUNICATING AND UNDERSTANDING Learn new techniques for effectively communicating with a person experiencing memory loss, managing challenging behaviors and personality changes and practices for self-care. Learn from Amy Abrams, Community Education Manager of Alzheimer’s San Diego. Friday, February 10 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Grossmont HealthCare District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Registration required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at


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Alpine Woman’s Club Monthly Luncheon Jan. 17 at 12 pm. The Alpine Woman’s Club is open to all East County Women. They are located at in the Alpine Town Hall, 2156 Alpine Blvd. This month, local author, Danna Demetre will be their featured speaker. The club’s Mission is to provide opportunities for women to meet and socialize, to maintain the Historic Alpine Town Hall, built in 1899, and to hold fundraiser’s for their scholarship fund. So far, they have given away $120,000 in scholarships to local, college bound seniors. The Woman’s Club also holds special events such as the Victorian Tea May 20 and the Christmas Home Tour which will be on Dec. 9. If you are interested in learning more about the club then please make a reservation to attend their monthly meeting/luncheon. Contact Joanie Bogle or (619) 328-5728. Information about events and programs can also be found on their website at or their Facebook page!



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SDSU Writer’s Conference Only One Week Away


ill 2017 be your year to break through to publication? Get one step closer to becoming a published writer by attending the 33rd annual SDSU Writers’ Conference, Jan. 20-22, 2017, at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. Each year, more than 300 attendees from all over the world pursue their literary dreams and get direct feedback on their writing in 1:1 appointments with editors and agents. The three-day SDSU conference was among the first to pioneer these 1:1 appointments, giving writers unprecedented access to top-tier publishing professionals — many of whom interact with unpublished authors only through conferences. Award-winning, best-selling, and thrilling keynote speakers: • R.L. Stine – One of the best-selling children’s authors in history • J.A. Jance – Top 10 New York Times best-selling author • Jonathan Maberry – Best-selling author and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winner • Sherrilyn Kenyon – International and New York Times #1 best-selling author of fantasy, horror, and more New features this year include: 1 pm starting time on Friday opening with keynote speaker Maberry, and a hosted dinner. There will also be more than 40 concurrent workshops – the most ever – facilitated by top publishing professionals. Networking opportunities include dinner and genre-specific tables with fellow writers and faculty, a Saturday evening reception, and countless moments to mix with other writers, editors, and agents from throughout the United States. The conference takes place 1-9 pm Friday, Jan. 20; 8:30 am-7 pm Saturday, Jan. 21; and 9 am-12 pm Sunday, Jan. 22. On-site registration begins at 11 am on Friday, with the first breakout session at 2:15 pm. For complete information, visit writers, email, or call (619) 594-2099. This is a SDSU Research Foundation program. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. 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

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Santee Chamber of Commerce announces 2017 board

The Santee Chamber of Commerce, now in its 62nd year, has announced its 2017 board of directors. Mike Clinkenbeard, Farmers Insurance, will serve as chairman of the board. Other members of the board’s executive committee include: Darlene Fenn, COHR Consulting, chair elect; Tim Staump, Staump Productions, first vice chair; Kyle Whissel, Whissel Realty, second vice chair; Joe Mackey, XL Staffing, treasurer; Bobbie Jo Lewis, Walmart, secretary. Robert Lloyd, Lloyd’s Collision Center, also is serving on the board as a board member and interim chamber CEO. Additional 2017 Chamber board members include: Travis Alegria, Sharp Business Systems; Pat Chambers, Toastmasters; Kristine Costa, Waste Management Inc.; Ike Enzenauer, Santee Lions Club; Virginia Hall, Keller Williams Realty; Chris Jarrell, U.S. Bank; Robert Jensen, San Diego Christian College; Erick Lundy, Lundy Insurance; Dan O’Brien, O’Brien Insurance; Marc Paksima, RE/MAX Hometown Realtors; James Peasley,Padre Dam Municipal Water District; Sandy Pugliese, Sharp Grossmont Hospital; Barbara Ryan, Santee School District; Warren Savage, U.S. Naval Sea Cadets; Pamela White, City of Santee. For more information on Santee Chamber events, visit www.

Health care library host free meeting on `Eating Right’

The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free program on “Easy Ways to Eating Right for a Healthy Body and Mind” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not

necessary. Handouts will be available. Topics discussed at the program will include motivational tips on how to make exercise and eating right a priority in life. “Many Americans make New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier and exercise more,” said Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director. “Join us to start your New Year with some great tips and tricks for a healthy lifestyle.” Speaker at the program will be Teresa Misenhelter, a registered nurse with Sharp HealthCare and Thousand Smiles Foundation. Misenhelter also is a volunteer speaker with Champions for Health, a nonprofit formerly known as the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation. Champions for Health partners with the County of San Diego’s Live Well Initiative to bring the message of better health to the community.

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Jakes. All paintings will be “plein air,” a term which means “open air” and referring to paintings created outside and on location to create the effects of light and atmosphere. Admission to the museum is free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month. For more information, phone (619) 590-3431, or visit

White House names San Diego a TechHire City

The White House has named San Diego a TechHire city for its programs to help train workers attain jobs in information technology and other growing fields. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer made the announcement. Through the White House’s TechHire initiative, the City of San Diego, the San Diego Workforce Partnership, and The Olaf Wieghorst Museum at the Wieghorst Western its partners are looking to help more than 1,000 youth Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave., El Cajon, will present and young adults, including 150 veterans, begin their “Salmagundians and their Southern California careers in coding and cyber security, city officials said. Friends,” an exhibit featuring about 90 paintings created by 18 plein air artists, including two East County residents who are members of the Salmagundi Club. The exhibit runs Jan. 9 to March 3. The exhibiting The 208-unit Mission Trails Apartments, 6975 Golfcrest Dr., artists include El Cajon resident Gloria Chadwick and in the San Carlos area of San Diego, recently sold for $56.9 Mt. Helix resident Grace Schlesier, both whom have million, a price that represented a cost of $273,557 per unit. been accepted as members of the Salmagundi Club. Irvine-based Sares-Regis Group (SRG), the buyer, SRG Founded in 1871, the New York City-based Salmagundi took out a $39.47 million loan from Boston-based Berkeley Club is one of the oldest and most prestigious art Point Capital to purchase the property. The seller was organizations in the U.S. Membership is by invitation Jackson Square Properties and Friedkin Realty Group, only and requires two recommendations from current both of San Francisco. The Class B wood-framed complex Salmagundi Club members, as well as a review of an features one- and two-bedroom floorplans ranging from artist’s work. Other exhibiting artists at the Wieghorst 670 to 842 square feet. Rents range from $1,649 to $1,741 a Museum include Pat Ford, George Kreutz, Fred Gregory, month, according to an industry report. Amenities in the Chuck McPherson, Mary Ford, Pat Welsh, Nita Harper, complex include a tennis court, basketball court, fitness Lee Katz, Betty Holmes, Val Carson, Joy Floro, Steve center, clubhouse, business center, pool and spa and an Dern, Dawn Second, Coko Brown, Tim Scott and Leslie outdoor barbeque area.

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5 ways to meet and exceed your 2017 goals FAMILY FEATURES

espite most New Year’s resolutions centering on physical health-related goals, dreams and desires, there are many other ways to better yourself in 2017. By focusing on different parts of your life, you can become a more well-rounded person thanks to a few simple tips, tricks and products. Incorporate more than just health goals into your 2017 plans by spending time and resources to improve your organization, balance your budget, invigorate your mind, increase time with loved ones and, yes, boost your body’s well-being. To help accomplish these goals and more, you can add to your repertoire creative planners and pens, budgeting apps, digital tools, simple games and kitchen equipment, among other products.

Get Organized with Flair If getting organized is on your to-do list, you might as well have fun doing it. Creative planners add flair to everything from calendars and lists to thank-you notes and files with colorful gel pens. Gel Bee pens use only the highest quality inks and tips for a bold, smooth and luxurious writing experience, and are available in Classic, Glitter, Pastel and Neon. Find more colorful options to optimize your organization at

Better Budgeting Paying off debt and saving money in 2017 is easier with a budget that is simple to create and follow. EveryDollar, a free budget tool that syncs across devices such as your computer, iPhone or Android, helps you stay up-to-date on your finances by viewing what’s planned, spent and remaining, any time, any place. Your first budget takes an average of just 10 minutes to create, so it’s easy to get started. Find more information at

Fun Family Time While so many New Year’s resolutions are centered around individual goals, there are ways to better both yourself and those most important to you – family members. One way to increase family time with fun, engaging activity is with classic board games, card games or jigsaw puzzles that can serve as the main event for a designated weekly night together. With varying options for different age groups and interests, there’s a board game or puzzle out there for every family.

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Add to Your Arsenal

For many people looking to better their health in the coming year, the thought is much easier than the action. Prepare yourself for all of the fruits and vegetables you plan to add to your diet with the right tools to turn ingredients into delicious recipes, such as a blender. A versatile kitchen tool to have on hand, a blender can give you the ability to turn an ordinary breakfast into a standout smoothie or make it easier to opt for a healthier frozen fruit drink rather than a soda.

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Yearn to Learn

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With all the attention paid to physical health goals around the New Year, don’t forget about your mental health. By investing in an e-reader or tablet, you’ll give yourself a tool to stay up-to-date on current events plus a handy device that allows you to keep many of your favorite books right at your fingertips. With their variety of functions and abilities, tablets and e-readers can help you combine learning with entertainment.



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