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City of El Cajon Remembers Charles ‘Chuck’ Hansen at Council Meeting

Sycuan Casino to Add Over 700 New Casino and Resort Jobs Now Hiring for New Director of Sales Position

From left: San Diego East County Chamber CEO Eric Lund, Chuck’s wife Dotty Hansen, their son Jeffrey Hanson with City of El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells.

EL CAJON — The El Cajon City Council issued a Commendation, Tuesday, Jan 23 in memory of Mr. Charles ‘Chuck’ Hansen who passed unexpectedly early last week. Mayor Bill Wells presented the commendation to Chuck’s wife, Dorothy ‘Dotty’ Hansen and their son, Jeffrey Hansen. Eric Lund, East County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO was also present.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award LAKESIDE — The Council for Youth Empowerment CYE recognized 67 volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Lakeside VFW. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by

Points of Light. Through a shared mission of inspiring more to answer the call to service, the President’s Volunteer Service Award celebrates the impact we can all make in bettering our communities and our world. Hours are measured over a 12-month period and awards are designated based on cumula-

tive hours. The awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of service achievement. Levels include bronze, silver, gold and the highest honor, the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime.

DEHESA — Sycuan Casino announced Wednesday, Jan. 24 that the organization is now hiring for a new Director of Sales position. This position is the first of over 700 new jobs for the hotel and resort expansion project. The new positions will be in the hotel, food and beverage and casino divisions. Sycuan will begin hiring for departmental leadership positions during the first half of the year and will host a series of job fairs mid to late 2018. Last March, Sycuan broke ground on a $226 million hotel and resort expansion. The project includes a 12-story, 300-room hotel, restaurants, meeting and conference spaces, pool and gardens and a lazy river. The new hotel and resort is on schedule to open in early 2019. “We are pleased to bring more than 700 new jobs to the San Diego community,” said John Dinius, general manager at Sycuan Casino. “We are committed to cultivating a thriving and positive work environment and are eager to bring on new talent that will contribute to the organization’s continued success.” To become a founding team member for this exciting expansion, stay tuned for updates on Sycuan’s website and social media pages to be the first to hear as more hiring details become available. Sycuan Casino began as a humble Bingo Palace in 1983. Now more than 34 years later, it has become a community landmark. Undergoing a massive renovation in 2012, Sycuan features 2,000 exciting reel and video slot machines, more than 40 gaming tables, including poker and bingo and a variety of restaurants. Non-smokers will also enjoy over 800 slots and table games in the comfort of San Diego’s first and largest fully-enclosed non-smoking room, complete with a separate entrance and Paipa’s Buffet. The GameDay Sports Bar & Grill has 39 wide-screen TVs, including five 90-inch TVs, bartop slot machines, a stadium-sized menu with over 30 beers on tap, a Party Pit complete with three blackjack tables, an extensive collection of sports memorabilia and a high-energy atmosphere. Sycuan’s intimate 452-seat entertainment venue, Sycuan Live & Up Close, features national musical acts and comedians year-round. Open 24 hours daily. For more information about Sycuan Casino visit www. or call 619-445-6002.

On The Cover EL CAJON — From Left: Brett Almquist, owner of On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina with Mo Shinn and Craig MacDonald enjoy the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s After Hours Mixer held at Almquist’s establishment. Cover: Jay Renard Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias This May Be The Year Prop 13 Intent is Restored


ny time traveler revisiting the California of 1978 would have an easy time understanding why Proposition 13 passed so handily that year, lowering property taxes throughout the state to 1 percent of the latest sale price or 1 percent of the 1975 assessed

value. Such a traveler would enter a land with skyrocketing property taxes based on the latest market value of each property. Not the latest sale price, but an arbitrary market value assigned to every piece of property by county assessors basing their numbers largely on “comparables,” the prices of similar homes in the same or nearby neighborhoods. Many senior citizens and others on fixed incomes lived in dread of the annual assessment letter informing them of their home’s purported new value. Plenty (no one knows the exact number) felt compelled to sell. Then along came longtime Los Angeles gadfly Howard Jarvis and his Sacramento-based pal Paul Gann with Proposition 13, which they sold as a measure to give homeowners financial stability and predictability. So long as a property stays in the same hands, that initiative still dictates, basic property taxes on it can rise no more than 2 percent per year. One major result: California has had systematic tax inequality for the last 39-plus years, with neighbors in similar houses or condominiums paying radically different taxes, mostly based on when they bought and not on current values. There is no significant move today toward changing those provisions. But some change nevertheless may come to the sacred-cow law later this year. That would be in the form of a “split roll,” where commercial and residential properties are taxed at different rates. This has some basis in history, for anyone going back to view the Jarvis-Gann campaign of 1978 would not hear much about commercial or industrial property taxes. Yet owners of those kinds of properties enjoy the same benefits as homeowners and their share of the overall property tax burden has dropped by several percent since 1978. Advocates of more funding for public schools and other local services have long contended the split roll is the best way to make up what those causes lost under Proposition 13. The idea has been kicked around in Sacramento and elsewhere for a generation, but never went anywhere. And yet, a 2015 survey of 104,000 likely voters found 75 percent favored withdrawing Proposition 13 protections from non-residential property. As the 40-year anniversary of Proposition 13 approaches in June, proponents of the split roll have for the first time submitted a proposed initiative to make this change. One reason they chose the initiative route rather than trying to get the state Legislature to put the change on the ballot: Democrats – usually more sympathetic than Republicans to the idea of taxing businesses – have narrowly and at least temporarily lost their two-thirds majority in the state Assembly because two members felt compelled to resign when charged with sexual improprieties and another left for unspecified health reasons. Advocates of the change say it could raise billions of dollars to improve public schools and colleges. “I think the cumulative effects of the unfair tax system have gotten to the point where it’s created crippling…impacts on the state,” said Melissa Breach of the state’s League of Women Voters. The measure has not yet been assigned a title by Attorney General Xavier Becerra and so petitions are not now being circulated for signatures. But it’s for certain the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn., named for the Proposition 13 co-author, will fight it vigorously. As with previous tentative moves toward a split roll, the hard-fighting organization will brand this measure as an attempt to crack the solid protections homeowners get from Proposition 13. The Jarvis group and its allies usually claim that once any Proposition 13 provision is changed, it will be only a short time before homeowner protections would be lost. While the 2015 poll makes it look easy to get this passed via an initiative, looks can deceive. The fears of California homeowners, who already pay far more than average state and local income and sales taxes, are not difficult to stoke. All of which means this may be the year Proposition 13 changes. But don’t yet bank on it.

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

Angina Increases Risk of a Heart Attack


. How serious is angina? .

Angina pectoris--or simply angina--is the medical term for chest pain or discomfort usually caused by coronary artery disease. Angina is a sign that someone is at increased risk of heart attack, cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death. If you get angina, you should get medical attention immediately. Angina (pronounced “an-JI-nuh” or “AN-juh-nuh”) hits when the heart doesn’t get enough blood. This usually happens when there is a narrowing or blockage in one or more of the vessels that supply blood to the heart. Angina can come from exertion. It may make you sweat or lose your breath. The pain can strike your arm or neck, too. “Stable angina” comes on with exertion and then goes away easily. You can have this kind of angina for a long time. When the pattern of angina changes a lot, it’s called “unstable angina.” This is a danger sign. Unstable angina may be the first sign of a heart attack. Then there is “variant angina pectoris” or “Prinzmetal’s angina.” It usually occurs spontaneously and almost always occurs when a person is at rest. It doesn’t follow physical exertion or emotional stress, either. Variant angina is caused by transient coronary artery spasm. Physicians have a variety of diagnostic tools. An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) can tell a doctor if your heart has been damaged by a heart attack. If the EKG is done while you are having chest pain, it can also show if your angina is caused by a problem with your heart. A stress test is often done while you walk on a treadmill. Your doctor will look at your EKG to see if it’s abnormal when you exercise. Your doctor may also have x-rays of the heart taken before and after you exercise. These pictures can show if an area of the heart is not getting enough blood during exercise. A cardiac catheterization involves inserting a long, thin tube into an artery in the arm or leg and then guiding it into the heart. Dye is injected into the arteries around the heart. X-rays are taken. The x-rays will show it if any of the arteries that supply the heart are blocked. Most people diagnosed with heart disease have to take medicine. Medicines called beta blockers, calcium channel blockers and nitrates can help relieve angina. There are surgical options. Angioplasty (pictured below) uses a tiny balloon to push open blocked arteries around the heart. The balloon is inserted in an artery in the arm or leg. A stent (a small tube) might be put into the artery where the blockage was to hold the artery open. In bypass surgery, the surgeon uses a healthy blood vessel taken from your leg, arm, chest or abdomen and connects it to the other arteries in your heart so that blood is bypassed around the diseased or blocked area This increases the blood flow to the heart.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

New Large-Scale Study in Australia Offers Hope to MS Sufferers


molecule with a name so long it’s almost impossible to spell holds great promise for people with Multiple Sclerosis, Australian researchers say. Australian researchers are about to begin a largescale test of a drug that could thwart the progression of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Monash University researchers believe a small molecule may help protect nerve fibres in the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves, and could even aid their repair. It’s hoped the molecule could one day help patients with Secondary Progressive MS, a stage when the disease steadily worsens and can cause muscular spasms and problems with co-ordination, weakness and limb function. MS is an inflammatory degenerative disease where the myelin is damaged or destroyed. Myelin is the fatty substance that coats and protects nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord. When

damage occurs to it the brain cannot send it’s signals down those nerves normally and disability occurs. Eventually, the disease can cause the nerves themselves to deteriorate or become permanently damaged. But Monash University neuroscientist Dr Steven Petratos believes the molecule – Diiodothyropropionic acid -– could prove a game-changer for MS sufferers. He says existing drugs can moderate the disease and treat inflammation associated with it, but they don’t address the degenerative aspect of MS. “It has the advantage of being able to cross the blood-brain barrier to target affected cells in the brain, a limitation of existing treatment,” Dr Petratos says. “The drug that we’ve identified may have a significant benefit in changing the course of MS progression primarily from the aspect of protection of the central nervous system, as well as enhancing repair.” The study will test for

possible side effects of the drug and any toxic outcomes. As for its potential for repair, the drug will need be tested longterm because nerve repair would take years. MS Research Australia has contributed $70,000 towards the study. The molecule has been patented and researchers are already negotiating with a potential commercial partner to further develop and test the drug in clinical trials. Source: Monash University

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. 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 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 2017 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 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 God’s correction, to those whom God loves, He corrects. Correction is not punishment in the sense as we think it to be, it is direction; guidance; training; and much more. There are a number of Old and New Testament verses that speak of God’s correction. Proverbs 3:11-12 “My son, do not despise the chastening of Jehovah; nor be weary with His correction; for whom Jehovah loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.” Deuteronomy 8:5-11 “And you have known with your heart, that, as a man chastens his son, so Jehovah your God chastens you. And you shall keep the commandments of Jehovah your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. For Jehovah your God brings you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley and vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey, a land in which you shall eat bread without want. You shall not lack any thing in it. It is a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you may dig copper. And you shall eat and be satisfied, then you shall bless Jehovah your God for the good land which He has given you. Beware that you do not forget Jehovah your God, in not keeping His commandments, and His judgments, and His statutes, which I command you today.” We see in God’s dealing with the people of Israel, many attempts to correct them because their behavior was both displeasing to Him and would lead them to great unnecessary suffering. God wanted what was best for them and us; to bless us and enable to live and experiences His wonderful fullness of life. Unfortunately for them they resisted God’s attempts and suffered greatly over the years. Hebrews 12:5-12 “And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons, “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and He scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons, for what son is he whom the father does not chasten? But if you are without chastisement, of which all are partakers, then you are bastards and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh who corrected us, and we gave them reverence. Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For truly they chastened us for a few days according to their own pleasure, but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness. Now chastening for the present does not seem to be joyous, but grievous. Nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who are exercised by it. Because of this, straighten up the hands which hang down and the enfeebled knees.” Sometimes when God is chastening us, we become overwhelmed and discouraged this is why we are encouraged in the previous verses to come alongside those that are going through a time of correction and encourage them. God also uses His Word to correct us, 2Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work.”

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SMSC Annual

Tea by The Sea Saturday, Jan. 20 • La Jolla SAN DIEGO — St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) partnered with The Marine Room to host Tea by the Sea, Saturday, Jan. 20. The event hosted more than 210 guests and raised more than $22,000

to fund SMSC’s new Music Therapy Program. Tea by the Sea featured complimentary champagne and a signature

cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, live music and a visit from The Marine Room’s Executive Chef Bernard.

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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan

SDSU Baseball Hosts ‘A Field of Dreams’


he San Diego State baseball team is hosting “A Field of Dreams” on Sunday, Jan. 28 at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The event theme is cocktails and conversations with former SDSU baseball player and current Colorado Rockies manager, Bud Black. There is a VIP cocktail hour taking place at 5 p.m. where guests will have the opportunity to mingle with Black. The seated dinner and program beginning at 6 p.m. will be hosted by San Diego Padres color commentator and Alpine resident Mark Grant with dialogue about Black’s baseball career from SDSU Aztec to major league pitcher, and now as an MLB manager. “A Field of Dreams” is intended to celebrate SDSU baseball’s milestones while acting as a fundraiser for the program’s future. The event is open to the public. Ticket pricing is as follows: • $150 dinner only • $250 VIP cocktail hour and dinner • A silent auction will also take place on the night of the event. For more information, please contact Haley Ford at (619) 594-0960 or Prep Basketball Foothills Christian of El Cajon has taken over the No. 1 spot in the San Diego County high school basketball poll after defeating previous No. 1 Mission Bay over the weekend. SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE BOYS PREP BASKETBALL POLL TEAM;RECORD;POINTS;LAST WEEK • First-place votes in parenthesis • Points awarded on a 10-98-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis • Rank;Team;Record;Points;Last Week 1. Foothills Christian (7) ;17-5; 115;3 2. Torrey Pines (5); 18-2; 110;2 3. Mission Bay ; 19-4; 99; 1 4. Vista; 16-5;84;4 5. San Marcos;16-2; 71; 5 6. Mater Dei Catholic;16-6;50;7 7. St. Augustine ;11-4; 49; 6 8. La Jolla Country Day ;15-6;42;8 9. Montgomery ; 16-3; 24;9 10. Bishop’s ; 12-5; 8; 10 Others receiving votes: Canyon Crest (12-7, 2 points), El Camino (11-8, 2 points), Mount Miguel (17-4, 2 points), Orange Glen (13-6, 1 point), West Hills (12-5, 1 point). Voters: 12 sportswriters, sportscasters and officials - John Maffei (Union-Tribune), Terry Monahan (freelance writer), Steve Brand (Hall of Champions), Adam Paul (, Ramon Scott (, Bodie DeSilva (, Rick Smith (, John Kentera (Prep Talent Evaluator), Steve Dolan (East County Herald/Mountain Country 107.9-FM), Aaron Burgin (FulltimeHoops), Christan Pedersen (SD Preps Insider), Brad Enright (LA Court Report).




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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin East County Chamber’s February breakfast at Christian School District

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its February First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, at the Christian Unified School District campus, 2100 Greenfield Dr., El Cajon. Look for parking signs and signage to the auditorium on the campus. Primary sponsor is Grand Canyon University. Table-top sponsors include Bath Planet of San Diego and Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $25 per person for members, $30 per person for prospective members with RSVP and $35 per person for walk-ups without RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Chamber at, (619) 440-6161, or visit For lower rates, RSVPs must be received prior to Jan. 31. For 2018, the Chamber is offering an annual Breakfast Club package for a discounted price of $200 per person. Chamber members can purchase a full year of 12 breakfasts ahead of time at a discounted price.

Grossmont Hospital Foundation to host annual golf tournament

The Grossmont Hospital Foundation will host its annual fundraising golf tournament on Thursday, April 19 at Sycuan Golf Resort, 3007 Dehesa Road, El Cajon. The tournament raises funds to increase hospital capacity, purchase new technology and provide programs and services at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. The day begins with breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by putting and chipping contest and a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start on the Willow Glen and Oak Glen courses. A BBQ lunch will be served on the course. An after-golf dinner with awards, auction and opportunity drawing, begins at 5 p.m. Cost to play begin at $5,000 for foursomes and $3,000 for twosomes. For information, contact Bill Navirdes, Grossmont Hospital Foundation, at (619) 740-4316.

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La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host breakfast with Supervisor Dianne Jacob

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host County Supervisor Dianne Jacob for its first breakfast meeting of the year starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Marie Callender’s restaurant, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego. Breakfast sponsor includes Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World. The public is invited to attend. Cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for guests with advanced reservations, or $25 at the door. Breakfast will include eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fresh fruit and juice. Prize drawings also will be held. Reservations may be made via the chamber website,, or by sending an e-mail, rsvp@, or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 4657700, ext. #2. Jacob, a native San Diegan, was first elected as Supervisor in 1992 and was reelected for a record seventh term in November 2016. She is only the second San Diego County supervisor in modern times to serve at least five times as chair. Jacob’s second supervisorial district features more than 2,000 square miles and more than 50 communities and cities with more than 620,000 East County residents of the unincorporated communities of Lakeside, Alpine, Ramona and Julian and the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee and Poway, as well as the communities of Allied Gardens, College Area, Del Cerro, Grantville, Navajo, Rolando and San Carlos in the City of San Diego.

Industrial space leasing stronger in third quarter

San Diego County’s industrial market was rejuvenated in the third quarter with nearly 650,000 square feet of occupancy growth, according to recent Cushman & Wakefield’s Q3 2017 market report. At the close of the third quarter, overall industrial vacancy in the San Diego marketplace stood at 4.8%, a 30 basis-

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point decrease from both the previous quarter as well as a year ago. According to Jolanta Campion, Cushman & Wakefield’s research director in San Diego, “Overall vacancy has been steadily hovering the 5 percent mark for the last nine quarters, indicating consistent demand for industrial product countywide. Vacancy now stands at the lowest level we have ever tracked on record or over a 15 year-period.” She said headlines about the manufacturing industry have consisted of “New orders, production, backlog of orders and employment continue growing, supplier deliveries slowing, raw materials inventories growing, customers’ inventories too low and prices increasing at a faster rate.”

SDCCU receives Outstanding Philanthropic Business award

San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution, was recently named Outstanding Philanthropic Business/Corporation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) San Diego Chapter. “As an engaged community partner, we are proud to support over 75 nonprofits and participate in many community events each year,” said Teresa Halleck, SDCCU president/CEO. In the past year, SDCCU’s community outreach has included support for the San Diego Bowl Game Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, San Diego Humane Society, San Diego County Office of Education, Rady Children’s Hospital and United Way. SDCCU has also created its own outreach programs, such as SDCCU Classroom Heroes, which celebrates teachers who go above and beyond to inspire and empower young people. SDCCU also partnered with the San Diego County Library System to launch Financial Wellness Wednesdays, which offers free financial counseling sessions in both English and Spanish. The SDCCU Biz Kid$ Program, launched in partnership with the County of San Diego and the San Diego County Office of Education, teaches kids the basics of money and business.

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