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Whissel Realty Celebrates Grand Opening at ‘After 5’

SANTEE — Whissel Realty opened their new office in Santee and held their grand opening celebration with the Santee Chamber of Commerce during their After 5 Mixer, Friday, Jan. 13. Representatives from Senator Joel Anderson, and Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Santee Mayor John Minto, Santee Vice Mayor Ron Hall representing Assembleman Randy Voepel’s office, Santee Councilman Rob McNelis representing Congressmen Duncan Hunter’s office and Santee Chamber Mike Clinkenbeard all presented owner Kyle Whissel(Pictured right, second fron right) certificates of recognition welcoming Whissel Realty to Santee. The evening celebration followed with a ribbon cutting, cocktails, and networking.

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SACRAMENTO — Recently dubbed “most powerful lawmaker in California”, Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) can’t escape the antics of Viejas Tribal Councilman Adrian M. Brown (above, left), Wednesday, Jan, 11. The Viejas Tribal envoy met with de Leon at his office in the California Capitol to discuss matters regarding government affairs.

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For The East County Herald Early in the morning on Saturday, Jan. 7, friends, family, and neighbors came together for the annual Mt. Helix Walk to the Top community event organized by the Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association (GMIA). This serene and dog-friendly social gathering gave people the opportunity to meet their neighbors and support the goal of preserving and enhancing the region. Gabrielle Plant is a young woman in her 20s who shared that she was unaware of this walk and saw a sign about this 9th annual event on the freeway. To Plant’s surprise,

about 250 people showed up on that beautiful sunny morning to enjoy a tranquil walk together. Plant said, “We thought it would be maybe 5 or 10 people and it was a big group. It was a big turn out so it was really cool to see that.” One of the most popular topics of conversation was the dogs the walkers brought with them. Their furry companions broke the ice that led up to genuine conversations about one another during the walk up to Mt. Helix. At the top, everyone met for snacks and refreshments accompanied by jazz music and a great view. The President of the GMIA, Susan Nichols, remarked, “I’ve personally met dozens of folks

each year at this event and have been told by many GMIA members that they appreciate the opportunity to meet their neighbors.” Nichols shaped this event for the purpose of welcoming in the New Year. For the organization’s dedication and commitment to bring the community together, GMIA received a Senate certificate of recognition from California State Senator Joel Anderson. Anderson said, “GMIA’s Walk to the Top event is a fantastic example of the community working together and providing an opportunity to enjoy our beautiful Mt. Helix together. I am so excited to watch this hike bring more people together every year.”

o part of state government except the courts is supposed to be more independent and less subject to the sway of politics than the Public Utilities Commission, which decides rates and other practices of California’s largest utilities. That’s why commissioners serve six-year terms, longer even than the governors who appoint them. It’s also why they can’t be fired, not even by those governors or their successors. And yet…few government agencies in California are more craven, more slavishly interested in serving the interests of the huge corporations they regulate, behemoths like Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas and San Diego Gas & Electric. Commissioners also rule on some telephone company mergers, although phone rates – for both mobile and land lines – are now largely out of its hands. Two new PUC appointees from Gov. Jerry Brown don’t figure to change any of this. It’s hard to find any PUC decision of the last 50 years running against the financial interests of those it regulates. This may explain the long-running revolving door between the commission and those companies. Two prominent examples: John Bryson, a PUC president during Gov. Jerry Brown’s first administration in the 1970s, later spent almost 30 years as chairman of SoCal Edison. Moving in the other direction was the disgraced Michael Peevey, an Edison president before becoming head of the commission, where he’s alleged to have conspired with Edison executives about how to force consumers to pay most costs for closing the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, largely a victim of Edison mistakes. Rarely has the PUC been more craven than in Brown’s latest six years. Not only are the interests of SDG&E, where Brown’s sister Kathleen is a well-paid board member, well cared for. But commissioners often seem to follow Brown’s orders as if he could fire them – which he cannot. In return, Brown allows figures like Peevey great latitude, so long as they pursue his own green-power aims of making California more and more reliant on hyper-expensive wind and solar energy. When Peevey finally left two years ago (he’s still under investigation; no one knows where that may lead under a new state attorney general), Brown replaced him with Michael Picker, one of his close advisers. This month, with two commissioners termed out, including another disgraced Brown appointee (Mike Florio, whose helping PG&E in a major case forced him to recuse himself from all further PG&E matters), Brown could have named two independent commissioners. Instead, he chose two more of his advisers. Martha Guzman Aceves, 39, has been Brown’s deputy legislative affairs secretary since 2011. And Clifford Rechtschaffen, 59, has been one of his senior advisors for the same time span, working on climate, energy and environmental issues. Previously, he served Brown during his tenure as attorney general. These folks together make up the right arm of Jerry Brown. Now that he can’t fire them at will anymore, how likely are they suddenly to become independent of their longtime boss? One indicator: The PUC’s first action after the two appointments was a deceptive filing with a federal appeals court, claiming it has disclosed all documents in the San Onofre case, when at least 65 Brown-Picker emails remain hidden. Only the state Senate holds the power to do something toward creating a degree of independence for this commission, now composed almost wholly of close gubernatorial aides. These are not folks with great experience of consumer issues who know how much utility rates can impact the lives of ordinary Californians. It’s high time for the state Senate to start asking them tough questions: Will the newbies promise not to socialize with utility executives? Will they promise to reveal quickly the full content of email and telephone conversations they have with those execs and with Wall Street bankers investing in utility companies? Will they stop the long-running “kabuki dance” in which utilities ask for much more in every rate increase request than they know they can get, then happily accept less – but still much more than had before – while the PUC brags on how much it “saved” consumers? There should be many more questions. But in state history, there has never been a contentious hearing on a PUC appointment. Will that coziness survive the scandals of the last three years? The next two months will tell.

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


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all, you can’t go around worrying about falling or you won’t be relaxed; that can lead to a fall. So, you should concentrate on employing techniques to avoid falls and then don’t let the fear take over you mind. But a respect for the dangers of falling is justified by the statistics. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. Of all fallrelated fractures, hip breaks cause the greatest number of deaths and lead to the most severe health problems and reduced quality of life. As we age, the power of our senses, reflexes and coordination diminishes. Maladies and the medicines we take for them can contribute to balance problems. Then there’s osteoporosis—a disease that makes bones more likely to snap. There are many steps you can take to prevent a fall and the possibility of breaking a bone. I’m dedicating the remainder of this column to the best tips I collected from a variety of experts: • Get your bones tested. Your doctor can prescribe medications that will make your bones harder to break. • Regular exercise makes you stronger and keeps your joints, tendons, and ligaments flexible. Weight-bearing exercise such as walking may slow bone loss from osteoporosis. • Alcohol impacts your reflexes and balance. Elaboration is unnecessary. • Get up slowly from lying and sitting to avoid feeling light-headed. • Avoid temperature extremes in your home; they can make you dizzy. • Wear rubber-soled, low-heeled shoes. • Always hold the handrails on stairways. • Don’t stand on a chair to get to something. Buy a “reach stick,” a grabbing tool you can find at many hardware stores. • Clear floors where you walk. • Never carry any package that will obstruct your view of the next step. • Mount grab bars near toilets, tubs and showers. • Place non-skid mats, strips, or carpet on all surfaces that may get wet, especially bathtubs and shower stalls. • Let the soap suds go down the drain before you move around in the shower. If you are prone to falling, use a shower chair and a handheld shower attachment. • Put night lights and light switches close to your bed. • Use bright bulbs in your home. • Keep your telephone near your bed. During the day, keep a portable phone with you so you won’t have to walk to answer it. • Tack down all carpets and area rugs. • Close cabinet doors and drawers so you won’t run into them. • When it rains or snows, consider using a cane. • Use a shoulder bag, fanny pack, or backpack to leave hands free. • Check curb heights before stepping down. • When entering rooms, look for differences in floor levels. • Insure that every room in your home has a light switch near the entrance. • Practice balancing. Hold onto something such as a countertop and stand on one leg at a time for a minute. Gradually increase the time. Try balancing with your eyes closed. Stand on your toes, then rock back to balance on your heels. Hold each position for a count of 10. • Be especially careful around pets.

Ask The Healthy Geezer a question at: fred@healthygeezer.com

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Exploring the Links Between Infectious Agents and Neurodegenerative Diseases

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ecent studies have shown that bacterial and viral infections are risk factors for various neurodegenerative diseases such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and Lyme disease (LD). However, it is still controversial how the infections play a role in neurological diseases progression. Infections in central nervous system may lead multiple damages in infected and neighboring cells. The infection leads to the activation of inflammatory processes and host immune responses, which acts as defense mechanism and also causes damage to the host neuronal functions and viability. Several bacterial and viral pathogens have been reported for neurodegeneration, such as the production and deposit of misfolded protein aggregates, oxidative stress, deficient autophagic processes, synaptopathies and neuronal death. These effects may act in combination with other factors, like aging, metabolic diseases and the genetic makeup of the host. Multiple Sclerosis is the most common demyelinating neurological disease. It can occur in young or older people and is a cyclic (relapsing-remitting) or progressive disease that continues progressing without remitting. Inflammation and the presence of autoimmune antibodies against myelin and other nerve cell antigens are thought to cause the myelin sheath to break down, resulting in decrease or loss of electrical impulses along the nerve fibers. In the progressive subset of MS neurological damage occurs additionally by the deposition of plaques on the nerve cells to the point where nerve cell death occurs. In addition, breakdown of the blood-brain barrier in MS is associated with local inflammation caused by glial cells.The clinical manifestations of demyelinization, plaque damage and blood-brain barrier disruptions cause variable symptoms, but they usually include impaired vision, alterations in motor, sensory and coordination systems and cognitive dysfunction to name

a few. There is strong evidence for a genetic component in MS. Although it has been established that there is a genetic susceptibility component to MS, epidemiological and twin studies suggest that MS is an acquired, rather than an inherited, disease. MS has been linked to chronic infection(s). For example, patients show immunological and cytokine elevations consistent with chronic infections. An infectious cause for MS has been under examination for some time, and patients have been tested for various viral and bacterial infections. One of the most common findings in MS patients is the presence of C. pneumoniae antibodies and DNA in their cerebrospinal fluid. By examining relapsingremitting and progressive MS patients for the presence of C. pneumoniae in cerebrospinal fluid by culture, PCR and immunoglobulin reactivity researchers were able to identify C. pneumoniae in 64 percent of MS cerebrospinal fluid versus 11 percent of patients with other neurological diseases. They also found high rates (97 percent positive) of PCR-positive MOMP gene in MS- patients versus 18 percent in other neurological diseases, and this correlated with 86 percent of MS patients being serology-positive patients by ELISA and Western blot analysis. Examination of MS patients for oligoclonal antibodies against C. pneumoniae revealed that 82 percent of MS patients were positive, whereas none of the control non-MS neurological patients had antibodies that were absorbed by C. pneumoniae elemental body antigens. In contrast to the studies above, other researchers have not found the presence of C. pneumoniaeor other bacteriain the brains of MS patients. Another possible reason for the equivocal evidence linking MS with infections, such as C. pneumoniae, is that multiple co-infections could be involved rather than one specific infection. In addition to C. pneumoniae found in most

ddean@echerald.com studies, MS patients could also have Mycoplasma species, B. burgdorferi and other bacterial infections as well as viral infections. Viruses have also been found in MS. For example, HHV-6 has been found at higher frequencies in MS patients, but this virus has also been found at lower incidence in control samples. Frustrated, yet? Current reviews and the information above points to an infectious process in MS. Although a few studies did not come to this conclusion, most studies have found infections in MS patients. It is interesting that it is the progressive rather than relapsing-remitting forms of MS which have been associated with chronic infections; therefore, infections might be more important in MS progression than in its inception. Various infections may also nonspecifically stimulate the immune system. Infections may also invade immune cells and alter immune cell function in a way that promotes inflammation and autoimmune activity. If infections like C. pneumoniae and Mycoplasma species are important in MS, then antibiotics effective against these infections should improve clinical status. Although preliminary, that is in fact what has been seen, but not in all patients. As in other neurodegenerative diseases, multiple factors appear to be involved in the pathogenesis of MS.

Source: Neuroimmunology, Mayo Clinic

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 ddean@echerald.com. 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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It’s Nearly Invisible “I knew when I developed a new line of hearing aids that one of the most important requirements would be for the device to be hard for others to see,” said Dr. Cherukuri. “One of the biggest objections people have to wearing a hearing aid is that they are embarrassed. Our design helps people get past this concern.” Digital Hearing Aid Outperforms Competitors The new medical grade hearing aid is called MDHearingAid® AIR. It is sleek, lightweight, and full of the same advanced digital technology found in higher-priced devices, but at a small fraction of the price. “I couldn’t understand why everything in the digital world kept coming down in price, like computers, TVs, and DVD players, but not digital hearing aids,” Cherukuri said. Once the doctor started to realize his dream and was able to produce a device that costs 90% less, the industry was turned upside down.

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reetings precious people, this week we continue in 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. All four of the Gospel writers, Matthew; Mark; Luke; and John give an account of Jesus being tried by Pilate. In Mark 15:1-5 we read “Immediately, in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council; and they bound Jesus, led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate. Then Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered and said to him, “It is as you say.” And the chief priests accused Him of many things, but He answered nothing. Then Pilate asked Him again, saying, “Do You answer nothing? See how many things they testify against You!” But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate marveled.” This is Jesus’ first session with Pilate, Luke tells us, Luke 23:612 “When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked if the Man were a Galilean. And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him. Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him. Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate. That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other.” Pilate does what all of mankind unsuccessfully attempts to do: pass the buck. He tries to pass off to Herod to make a decision about Jesus that he must himself make. Pilate thought by doing this it relieved him of his responsibility toward Jesus, it does not. We cannot in any way, shape or form pass off to another the responsibility we each have about making a decision about Jesus. You must decide for yourself who Jesus is, either He is Lord or He is not. Jesus would not answer Herod for He knew Herod, how wicked a man he was. It this Herod became frustrated with Jesus lack of response and abused Jesus revealing what was really in his heart. At this Jesus was returned to Pilate. Luke 23:13-25 “Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him; and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him. I will therefore chastise Him and release Him” (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast). And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”-- who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder. Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.” But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed. So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested. And he released to them the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.” There are some telling events that take place during this trial of which we will examine next time.

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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San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce

Invites You!

An evening of awards and celebration

Honors EAST COUNTY

Annual Awards Gala Thursday, February 16, 2017

MCAS Miramar Commissioned Officer’s Club 6:00pm

Cocktails • Silent Auction Opportunity Drawing • Live Entertainment 8 :00pm

Plated Dinner • Dessert • Award Ceremony For Reservations and Information

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info@eastcountychamber.org or online at www.eastcountychamber.org

Celebrate at Viejas Casino & Resort! Vietnamese Night

January 26 Performances by your favorite Vietnamese vocalists. Plus, enjoy traditional lion dancing from 7pm–8pm! Tickets are just $35! Visit the V Store or viejas.com for tickets.

Far East Fortunes Drawings

January 27 Five winners will be selected at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm for a chance to win up to

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Guests must be at least 21 years of age to enter the Casino. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to drink alcoholic beverages. Guests under 21 years of age are permitted in The Buffet only, but must be accompanied by an adult. Families are welcome at the Viejas Outlets and the Viejas Hotel. Please play responsibly. For help with problem gambling, call 800.426.2537


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AYSO Region 234 U14 Girls All Star Soccer

Mtn. Empire vs. Lakeside: 3-1 Saturday, Jan. 14 • Town Center Park, Santee

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‘We Will Rock You!’

Tuesday, Wednesday, Jan. 17 & 18 • Lakeside

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.

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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 www.sharp.com. 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 www.sharp.com 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 www.sharp.com 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 www.sharp.com

Run EC’s St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon Sunday, March 5

EL CAJON — Start your St. Patrick’s Day celebration early! Register now for the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk, Green Mile, and Tribes & Clans competition on Sunday, March 5. The St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon is dedicated to involve the entire family in fun and fitness. The Half Marathon begins at 198 West Main Street, in Downtown El Cajon, next to the El Cajon Arch. This event is hosted by the Run East County Foundation. Funds raised will benefit several East County charities. Please visit www.stpatricksdayhalf.com for more information, to register, or to volunteer – Volunteer Appreciation Letters will be provided! Sign up today!

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SDSU BEATwith Steve Dolan SDSU’s Open University Program Ideal for Education

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an Diego State University’s Open University program allows the public to attend regular SDSU classes and earn credit, if space is still available after SDSU students have registered. Open University benefits a variety of potential

students: • High school graduates wanting to explore SDSU classes • Students seeking acceptance into SDSU or needing to boost their GPA • Students who missed the SDSU application deadline and seek to enroll in courses • Working adults looking to complete their degree, advance their career, or learn new skills • Former students who need a certain course or credits to graduate • Students who attend other universities and would like to earn transferable credits University admission is not required, and registration is easy. The university’s class schedule and registration information are at neverstoplearning.net/openu. Registration is open until Tuesday, Jan. 24 both online and at the SDSU College of Extended Studies registration office on Hardy Ave. Spring semester courses began Wednesday, Jan. 18. There are also 10 Open University certificate options: • Accounting • Computational Linguistics • Entertainment Management • Environmental Studies • Geographic Information Science • Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology • Professional Writing • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) • Translation & Interpretation (English-Spanish) • Women’s Studies For more information, call the college’s Registration and Enrollment Services office at (619) 594-5152 or email ces.registrar@sdsu.edu. 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 www.themountainfm.com

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Nominate Santee Chamber’s next ‘Person of the Year’

The Santee Chamber of Commerce is soliciting nominations for its 2016 Person of the Year Award. Deadline is Friday, Jan. 20. This award will be presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the community of Santee’s quality of life through their involvement in any of a variety of community activities. Such activities include charitable, service project, education, youth, civic, religious or other comparable activities. The nomination may be made for current contributions or for those made over a period of time. Nominee does not need to be a Chamber member nor a resident of Santee to be recognized. Members of the Chamber’s Award Night Committee are not eligible for consideration. This award will not be given posthumously. The honoree will be recognized at the Santee Chamber’s Award Night celebration on Thursday, March 16, at the Barona Resort and Casino’s Golf Event Center. For a nomination form and more information, visit www. SanteeChamber.com, or call (619) 449-6572. Karen Fleck was the recipient of the 2015 Person of the Year award.

East County Chamber to `Dine and Dialogue’ with local officials

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled three local officials to appear at its “Dine and Dialogue” meetings in the coming months. The meetings will be held at the Chamber’s Business Resource Center Room at the Chamber’s headquarters, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon. Times will vary. Cost to attend is $10 per person and lunch will be served. RSVPs are requested. Seating is limited. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Chamber at

info@eastcountychamber.org, (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org. Scheduled speakers include: Assemblyman Randy Voepel from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20; Heartland Fire Chief Colin Stowell from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1; San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Assessor Dan McAllister from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 23.

Realtors answer `How To Connect With Anyone’

The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), with an office in El Cajon, will host “How to Connect with Anyone,” a presentation on seven formulas for building and boosting sales, from 2 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the PSAR East County Service Center, 1150 Broadway, El Cajon. The public is invited to attend. Cost is $20 for realtors and $30 for the public. Speaker will be Christian Wasinger, a business coach, motivational speaker and former champion ballroom dancer. Topics will include how to increase charisma and charm, establish rapport, read eye movements, recognize personality types, leverage non-verbal communication and improve personal success using language patterns. For more information, call PSAR at (619) 579-0333 or visit www.psar.org/connect.

Helix Water District seeking applicants for vacant board seat

The Helix Water District board of directors has decided to consider candidates for appointment to the Division 1 board seat left vacant by the recent resignation of Luis Tejeda. The candidate will represent Helix’s Division 1 customers, who live north of the Interstate 8 freeway in El Cajon, from the Fletcher Hills to Bostonia area. The appointment is through November 2018,

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when the seat is up for election. Eligible candidates must reside in Division 1 area, be a registered voter in San Diego County and have experience and time to commit to the board. Interested candidates should contact Sandra Janzen, board secretary, at 619-667-6232 or sandy.janzen@helixwater.org, for an application. Applications will be available after Jan. 19. Deadline for completed applications is 5 p.m. Jan.26. The board said it will interview selected candidates during a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 30. Helix Water District is a special district, a not-for-profit, local government agency, formed to provide water for the cities of La Mesa, El Cajon and Lemon Grove, the community of Spring Valley and areas within the City of Santee, Lakeside and San Diego County. Helix serves more than 270,000 people through more than 56,000 metered accounts.

La Mesa-Spring Valley schools become more energy efficient

OpTerra Energy Services has announced it has been selected by the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District for a district-wide energy efficiency program that will take advantage of about $2.5 million in Prop. 39 funding before the funds expire in August. The district-wide upgrades will include: new LED retrofits, which will improve the classroom learning environment, boost campus safety and security; replacement and upgrades of inefficient HVAC and controls at all 23 district sites that will improve air quality and reduce maintenance and repair costs; replacement of critical components of electrical infrastructure, including transformers, which will help guard against unscheduled equipment failures when a system is overloaded. About $800,000 in funding also will come from rebates from San Diego Gas & Electric.


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Alpine Community Planning Group AGENDA

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Thursday, January 26, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901 Archived Agendas & Minutes – http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/gpupdate/comm/alpine.html

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A. Call to Order B. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance C. Roll Call of Members D. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements 1. Approval of Minutes: i December 8, 2016 Meeting Minutes 2. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans. The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only. E. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on any subject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda. F. Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items G. Organized / Special Presentations 1. The San Diego County Sanitation District will be proposing a sewer rate increase to begin July 1, 2017. District representatives from the County Department of Public Works would like to address the Group to provide an overview of the proposal and answer questions prior to formal public noticing. Presentation & Discussion. 2. The owner of a 2.4-acre parcel located at 19553 Hidden Glen Road, Alpine has applied for a discretionary administrative permit (PDS2016-AD-16-041) related to the construction of a single-level SFR with an attached garage. The Group will make a recommendation regarding the permit to county staff. Presentation, Discussion & Action. 3. Notice of availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Report regarding the Proposed Suncrest Dynamic Reactive Power Support Project has been given by the CPUC. The proposed project is located approximately 3.75 miles southeast of the community of Alpine and approximately 1 mile east of the existing Suncrest substation. The Proposed Project includes a power facility and a 1-mile transmission line to the existing Suncrest substation. The Draft EIR is available here: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/environment/info/ horizonh2o/suncrest/deir.html Additional information on the project is available here: http://www.cpuc. ca.gov/environment/info/horizonh2o/suncrest/index.html. The Group will discuss providing written comments to the CPUC. Presentation, Discussion & Action. 4. The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation has requested an updated Park Land Dedication Ordinance (PLDO) project priority list for fiscal year 2016-17. These projects should include amenities that support active recreation and should be listed in numerical priority. The PLDO account for the Alpine area has a total of $838,556 in available funds. Presentation, Discussion & Action. H. Group Business: 1. Election of Officers i Chair ii Vice-Chair iii Secretary 2. Appointment of Subcommittee Chairs. Discussion & Action. 3. Appointment of Parliamentarian. Discussion & Action. 4. Appointment of two seats on Design Review Board. Discussion & Action. 5. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for approval. Discussion & Action I. Consent Calendar J. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board) K. Officer Reports L. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary) M. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas N. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures: 1. Annual Post Office Box fee - $140.00 O. Announcement of Meetings: 1. Alpine Community Planning Group – February 23rd, 2017 2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD 3. Planning Commission – January 20th, 2017 4. Board of Supervisors – February 14th & 15th, 2017 P. Adjournment of Meeting Disclaimer Language: Public Disclosure – We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any County ordinance or other law governing the County’s disclosure of records, the County ordinance or other applicable law will control. Access and Correction of Personal Information – You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.


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