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Dat Phan and Friends at West Hills High Performing Art Center SANTEE — The West Hills High School Foundation presented Dat Phan and Friends Stand Up Comedy at the West Hills High School Performing Arts Center, Saturday January 21, Phan is a former student of West Hills High School. Dat Phan is the Original Winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and is a Headlining Comedian touring live across the U.S. He has made numerous TV and movie appearances including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “The Family Guy” voiceover, and “Cellular”. Most recently Dat has appeared on “The Tyra Banks Show” discussing racial diversity. Dat Phan was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated with his mother to San Diego, CA. He suffered through financial hardships most of his childhood. After 9/11 he realized life was short and decided to go for his dream to pursue comedy full time. Moving to LA he had to live out of his car and even after being robbed at gunpoint he wouldn’t stop pursuing his dream. Dat answered phones for The Improv in Hollywood during the day and tried to get as much stage time as possible at night; this meant he often went on well after midnight when crowds were often more drunk than coherent. Later, Dat took the risk and auditioned for the experimental, comedy based show produced by NBC that would launch his career. The rest is history as he was named the funniest person in America on August 5, 2003. Other comedians performing were Maria Herman, Kurt Swan, and Chris Clobber. Performers from West Hills High School were singer Emily Tripp and Joseph Mamon, Intermediate Guitar Students, Advanced Guitar Students, Student Choir, and the Blue and Black Band. All proceeds will go to the replacement of weight room equipment at West Hills High School.

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New Executive Director of Developmemt at Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges EL CAJON — Erich Foeckler, a fundraising professional for 20 years, is the new executive director of development for the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges, the philanthropic partner for East County’s two community colleges. The La Mesa resident is in charge of developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan for the foundation and will take the lead in forging relationships with donors who want to make a difference in students’ lives. It is work that the seasoned professional has done with impressive results. As the donor relations executive at the San Diego chapter of the Erich Foeckler National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Foeckler increased grant funding by 25 percent and nearly doubled the size of the local office’s planned-giving membership. As the director of development and marketing at Home Start, Inc. in San Diego from 2008-2012, he was credited for raising nearly $2 million to renovate homeless shelter facilities and for increasing grant funding and contracts by $1 million in a single year. As the director of communications and special events for six years at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, a well-known El Cajon institution that serves the needs of adults with developmental disabilities, Foeckler was key in the center winning Oprah’s Big Give competition in 2008. At the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges, Foeckler will be leading a major initiative to develop a permanent endowment for the Higher Edge Promise Scholarship program to fund East County high school graduates’ first year of classes at Grossmont or Cuyamaca College. “With this endowment, we want to send every Grossmont Union High School District graduate to their first year of college for free,” said Foeckler who holds a certificate in fundraising from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, Fund Raising School, and earned certification in 2003 as a Certified Fundraising Executive. He also earned a certificate in nonprofit management from Chapman University. John Valencia, vice chancellor of Workforce and Organizational Development at the college district who oversees the foundation, said the organization will benefit from Foeckler’s proven skills at relationship-building and his broad experience in corporate and non-profit management and fundraising. “Part of what we do is to draw attention to the valuable role our colleges play in the community and the transformative power they have on people’s lives, and Erich is the ideal ambassador to spread this message to potential backers,” he said. “His two decades of involvement in fundraising will be instrumental in our efforts to build financial resources for Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges and to enhance student learning.” Foeckler said he was drawn to the foundation job because of the district’s mission to serve the higher educational needs of East County. “As a lifelong learner, I want to help pass along the joy of education to the region,” he said. “Being a professional fundraiser has allowed me to help others achieve their dreams of making the world a better place, and goal-setting and achieving success is fundamentally what education is all about.” “I’m thrilled to be part of the foundation team and can’t wait to share our beautiful campuses’ and students’ success with all of San Diego,” he said. For more information about the foundation, go to foundation. For more information about the college district, go to

On The Cover EL CAJON — The East County Chamber of Commerce held it’s January ‘Dine and Dialog’ with State Assemblyman Randy Voepel (Pictured far right with political analyst John Dadian), Friday, Jan.20. Voepel, the former Mayor of Santee, talked about being a freshman in the State Assembly and answered questions.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias


Party Chairs as California Kingmakers nce California voters passed the 2000 Proposition 34 campaign finance initiative pushed by former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, it was only a matter of time before state and county party chieftains became vital behind-the-scenes king-

Your Senate Inwith TheSenator News Joel Anderson Senator Honors Runner Diego Eros

For The East County Herald EL CAJON — Early this month, Trenton Sikute walked through the doors of State Senator Joel Anderson’s El Cajon District Office to receive a Certificate of Recognition for his stellar performance and involvement in a local race. The Jingle Bell Run is a charitable race organized by the Arthritis Foundation of San Diego that collects funds and raises awareness for the 50 million Americans affected by Arthritis today, over 5 million of which live in California. Sikute certainly played his role in the community event, placing 2nd overall and 1st in the under 18-years-old division of the 5k race that occurred on Dec. 10. Sikute is a life-long Rancho San Diegan, residing with his family and roommate in the tightly knit neighborhood where many of his

Above, from left: Trenton Sikute with Senator Anderson’s representative, Diego Eros. Right, from left: Senator Anderson’s Communications Director, Lea Park-Kim, Senator Anderson as Santa and Trenton Sikute.

daily activities occur. A junior at Valhalla High School, the 6’5” cross country star takes part in a variety of sports including track, cross country, and basketball. He has high hopes for continuing his athletic career and when asked about his future plans he replied, “I would like to keep running in college. We’ll see, but if it all works out I would really enjoy that.” The Jingle Bell Run silver medalist attributes his running prowess to practice and dedication along with a few major influences. Trenton’s father was the spark to his son’s running career. As Sikute explains when asked about his origins, “My dad encouraged me into it. He did one season in high school and he saw that I was tall and skinny, so he said, ‘hey, you should try pursuing cross country,’ so I did.” Meb Keflezighi, an American marathon runner and Olympic Silver Medalist, has been a life-

long inspiration to Trenton as well, providing him with someone to look up to as he makes his way around the track. “Congratulations to Trenton on his accomplishment in the Jingle Bell Run 5K race. Trenton’s talent and dedication is commendable, but his decision to put his efforts towards the benefit of the community is truly inspiring. It is constituents such as these that make me proud to serve as your Senator,” remarked Anderson upon hearing about the young man’s success. Sikute plans to head to college next year for a degree in Computer Systems Engineering and is currently looking into several Christian universities throughout the state, keeping in line with his faith. As Trenton takes the next steps in his life as a developing member of the San Diego community, he maintains a positive outlook on the road ahead.

makers. Their unadvertised roles became clearer than ever in the last election, where it was primarily money funneled through the Democratic Party that gave the party two-thirds majorities in both the state Assembly and Senate. Prop. 34 aimed to make state elections cleaner by setting firm limits on campaign contributions from individuals and corporations. But it set no limits on giving to political parties or how they could relay donations to candidates. That’s one reason state party endorsements can be crucial in modern elections here, like the one that lifted new U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris into office over fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez, a 10-term congresswoman. Party money was one big reason Harris dominated their contest from start to finish and now is even being hyped as possible presidential material. But party money proved at least as important in legislative contests. Such cash played a huge role in the narrow upset win by Democrat Josh Newman over Republican Ling Ling Chang in an Orange County state Senate district including Fullerton. Newman, whose campaign had little cash before $2.2 million in donations arrived from the state Democratic Party and six county party organizations in various areas of the state, won by just 2,498 votes over former Republican Assemblywoman Chang, who herself got $1.69 million from the state GOP when it realized this seat could give Democrats the two-thirds majority they coveted. Democratic Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi upset Republican incumbent David Hadley, who had beaten him two years earlier by just 706 votes in a district centered on Torrance. The key factor in this close race was $3.4 million in Democratic Party funds. The Democrats also gave state Senate candidate Johnathon (cq) Ervin $1.47 million in his race against Republican Assemblyman Scott Wilk. Wilk won in their Santa Clarita-area district, with the help of $1.37 million from the state GOP. While Democratic politicians have railed for years against so-called “dark money” coming into the state from anonymous donors, they have said nothing about party funding, which often comes from the same kinds of outfits that fund dark money operations, where sources of cash are masked. Donations to parties are disclosed. Among the largest contributors to parties last year were the No on 56 campaign organized by tobacco companies, the state’s hospital and Realtor associations, Republican super-donor Charles Munger, AT&T, the California Teachers Assn., Blue Shield of California, PG&E Corp. and a wing of the Service Employees International Union. Each party pools the money it takes in, so candidates receiving cash supposedly don’t know precisely how much they got from which special interest. The entire process makes party chairmen among the most important players in state politics, even though they are not elected officials and don’t answer to the voters. Prop. 34 passed handily when it was on the ballot because it was billed as a good-government measure putting tight limits on what anyone can give to candidates. It did that, but the loophole of unlimited giving to party organizations predictably rendered it ineffective in limiting special interests’ influence in Sacramento. Meanwhile, 17 years later, it’s clear that Prop. 34 was inadequate as a political cleanup measure, but rather is doing exactly what Davis and his cohorts appeared to want it to when they presented it in a season of reform fervor: Keeping the money flowing just as before, but in a masked way. This measure, of course, could be fixed by another initiative, but there has been no significant interest in that since it passed, either by legislators or clean-government groups like Common Cause and the League of Women Voters. Which means that for the foreseeable future, unelected party functionaries like current party chairs John Burton of the Democrats and Jim Brulte for the Republicans will continue exerting significant control over the outcome of elections and other California political issues.

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The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti Aneurysms: Types, Symptoms and Treatment



Aneurysms are pretty scary things. Do they have any symptoms?


. Aneurysms are artery bulges. And, yes,

they are scary because, if they burst, they are lethal. Many victims of a ruptured aneurysm die before they get to a hospital. The type and location of the aneurysm will determine the symptoms. • Chest aortic aneurysms, which occur in the large blood vessel (aorta) that carries blood from the heart to other parts of the body, may cause shortness of breath, a raspy voice, backache, or shoulder pain. • Abdominal aortic aneurysms may cause pain or tenderness below your stomach, make you less hungry, or give you an upset stomach. • Cerebral aneurysms may produce headaches, pain in your neck and face, or trouble seeing and talking. • Ventricular aneurysms in the heart’s main pumping chamber (the left ventricle) may cause shortness of breath, chest pain, or an irregular heart beat. Fortunately, aneurysms can be detected by a physical examination, x-ray, ultrasound and modern imaging systems such as a CAT scan or an MRI. The size and location of the aneurysm determines the treatment method. For example, aneurysms in the upper chest are usually operated on immediately. Aneurysms in the lower chest and the area below your stomach are watched at first. If they grow too large or cause symptoms, surgery may be required. If you have an aortic aneurysm, your doctor may prescribe medicines before surgery or instead of surgery. Medicines are used to lower blood pressure, relax blood vessels, and lower the risk that the aneurysm will rupture. Beta blockers and calcium channel blockers are the medicines most commonly used. The standard treatment for aneurysm once it meets the indications for surgery is replacement of that weakened portion of the aorta with an artificial graft. Usually, a graft made from Dacron, a material that will not wear out, is used. In recent years, a treatment has been developed to repair an aneurysm using less-invasive surgery. In the procedure, a stent-graft made of a polyester tube inside a metal cylinder is inserted into the bloodstream at the end of a catheter. The stent-graft is positioned to carry the blood flow instead of the aneurysm. The following increase the risk of getting an aneurysm: being older than 60, plaque in the arteries (atherosclerosis), high blood pressure, smoking, injuries or infections of the blood vessels, a congenital abnormality, and inherited diseases. Most aneurysms are caused by a breakdown in the proteins that provide the structural strength to the wall of the aorta. These proteins can gradually deteriorate with age. But inflammation that is associated with atherosclerosis can accelerate this process. There are also naturally occurring enzymes that cause the breakdown of the proteins. An excess of these enzymes or other conditions that activate these enzymes may also contribute to the formation of an aneurysm, or its sudden growth. In rare cases an aneurysm may be caused by infection. The combination of early diagnosis with safer, simpler, and ever more successful treatments can prevent needless deaths due to ruptured aneurysms. If you think you or one of your family members might have an aortic aneurysm, see a doctor without delay.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean Toxic Brain Cells May Drive Many Neurodegenerative Disorders


strocytes, starshaped cells in the central nervous system, are essential to the survival and healthy function of brain neurons. But aberrant astrocytes may be driving neurodegenerative disorders. While most of us haven’t heard of astrocytes, these cells are four times as plentiful in the human brain as nerve cells. Now, a team led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has found that astrocytes, which perform many indispensable functions in the brain, can take on a villainous character, destroying nerve cells and likely driving many neurodegenerative diseases. A study describing the findings was published online Jan. 18 in Nature. “We’ve learned astrocytes aren’t always the good guys,” said the study’s senior author, Ben Barres, MD, PhD, professor of neurobiology, of developmental biology and of neurology and neurological sciences. “An aberrant version of them turns up in suspicious abundance in all the wrong places in brain-tissue samples from patients with brain injuries and major neurological disorders from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to Multiple Sclerosis. The implications for treating these diseases are profound.” Barres, who has spent three decades focusing on brain cells that aren’t nerve cells, called the findings “the most important discovery my lab has ever made.” Stanford postdoctoral scholar Shane Liddelow, PhD, is the study’s lead author. Up to now, the pharmaceutical industry has mostly targeted nerve cells, also known as neurons, Barres said. But a broad range of brain disorders may be treatable by blocking astrocytes’ metamorphosis into toxic cells, or by pharmaceutically countering the neuron-killing toxin those harmful cells almost certainly secrete.

Role of astrocytes

Once thought of as mere packing peanuts whose job it was to keep neurons from jig-

gling when we jog, astrocytes are now understood to provide critical hands-on support and guidance to neurons, enhancing their survival and shaping the shared connections between them that define the brain’s labyrinthine circuitry. It’s also known that traumatic brain injury, stroke, infection and disease can transform benign “resting astrocytes” into “reactive astrocytes” with altered features and behaviors. But until recently, whether reactive astrocytes were up to good or evil was an open question. In 2012, Barres and his colleagues resolved that ambiguity when they identified two distinct types of reactive astrocytes, which they called A1 and A2. In the presence of LPS, a component found in the cell walls of bacteria, they observed that resting astrocytes somehow wind up getting transformed into A1s, which are primed to produce large volumes of pro-inflammatory substances. A2s, on the other hand, are induced by oxygen deprivation in the brain, which occurs during strokes. A2s produce substances supporting neuron growth, health and survival near the stroke site. This raised two questions: How are A1s generated? And once they’re generated, what do they do? The new study answers both questions. In addressing the first question, the study showed that the brain’s immune cells, microglia, which are known to become activated by LPS exposure as well as in most brain injuries and diseases, begin spewing out pro-inflammatory factors that change astrocytes’ behavior.

Pro-inflammatory factors

In a series of experiments using laboratory mice, the scientists identified three proinflammatory factors whose production was ramped up after LPS exposure: TNFalpha, IL-1-alpha and C1q. In the brain, all three of these substances are secreted exclusively by microglia. Each, by itself, had a partial A1-inducing effect on resting astrocytes. Combined, they propelled resting astrocytes into a fullfledged A1 state. Next, the researchers confirmed that A1s jettison the nurturing qualities they’d had as resting astrocytes, which Barres’ group has shown are essential to the formation and functioning of synapses, and instead became toxic to neurons. In vertebrates, nerve cells called retinal ganglion cells send information from the retina to vision-processing centers in the brain. RGCs can thrive in culture, but only if accompanied by astrocytes. The scientists cultured rodent RGCs with either resting or A1 astrocytes and counted the resulting synapse numbers. RGCs cultured in combination with A1s produced only half as many synapses as RGCs grown with resting astrocytes, and those that formed didn’t work very well. Further experiments showed that A1s lose resting astrocytes’ capacity to prune synapses that are no longer needed or no longer functional and whose continued existence undermines efficient brain function. Indeed, when the researchers cultured healthy RGCs with increasingly stronger concentrations of the broth in which A1s had been bathing, almost all the RGCs eventually died. This and other experiments showed that A1s secrete a powerful, neuron-killing toxin.


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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A Day in The Life of Jesus The Messiah



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. Last week we looked at how all four of the Gospel writers, (Matthew; Mark; Luke; and John) give an account of Jesus being tried by Pilate. Because of time and space we were not able to look in detail at any of the particulars, this week we will. First, Matthew 27:18 tells us that Pilate, “knew that they (the religious leaders) had handed Him over because of envy.” Pilate knew the religious leaders had no valid charge against Jesus yet he went forth with trying Jesus. Second, Pilate had been warned of his wife on 2 occasions to not have anything to do with Jesus for He was a righteous man, Matthew 27:19 “While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.” Yet, for fear of man, he allowed the religious leaders to pressure him and went ahead with this trial, Matt. 27:20 “But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.” Third, Pilate attempted to “pass the buck”, shirk his responsibility to let Jesus go free knowing all that he did about Him and His accusers by sending Jesus to Herod, Luke 23:6-7 “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.” Fourth, Pilate had THE TRUTH (Jesus) standing before him testifying to him of the truth and who He was, yet Pilate chose to reject the truth and embrace a lie, John 18:37-38 “Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.” Finally with all the evidence Pilate had that Jesus was innocent; a just man; the TRUTH; and everything else along with Pilate’s own admission on a number of occasions to Jesus’ innocence, he still went ahead and had Jesus crucified, symbolically washing his hands in water thinking that this act excused him of any wrong doing, Matthew 27:22-26 “Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!” Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!” When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.” And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.” Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.” Dear ones, in what ways are you following the example of Pilate? The Word of God, and this series that we have done over the past year, attests to the fact of who Jesus is and what He has done, what have you done with this? Have you like Pilate, for fear of people rejected Jesus? Have you in some way “washed your hands of Him”, thinking this relieves you of any responsibility to Him? Like Pilate, you have been warned about what it means to reject Jesus and not surrender your life to Him. Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or


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Championship Gymnastics

Mens South Second Preliminary Saturday, Jan. 21 • Santee

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San Diego East County Chamber

‘Dine & Dialog’ with Assemblyman Voepel Friday, Jan. 20 • El Cajon

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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La Mesa / Santee Scholarship Pageant Program

Pageant Orientation Day Sunday, Jan. 15 • Santee

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Pictured right: Santee Mayor John Minto SANTEE — The La Mesa / Santee Scholarship Pageant Program held their orientation Sunday afternoon, Jan. 15 at Santee City Hall Building 8. Interested participants learned about the Pageant. The pageant will be held Saturday, March 4 in the new theater at Helix Charter High School. Residents ages 6-26 are invited to participate in a program that has been a tradition in the cities of La Mesa and Santee since the late 1960’s. The pageant is an outstanding mentoring program for young women. Sponsored by the Santee and La Mesa Chambers of Commerce, the pageants focus is on community service, networking, improving public speaking and interview skills and overall personal growth. There is no swimsuit competition. The Princess and Jr. Miss program is open to girls 6-12 years old. Those enrolled in this program will not compete for a title. Instead the Princess and Jr. Miss participants will receive a sash and crown and will be invited to participate in the show on pageant night as well as attend large community events throughout the year. Contestants ages 12-26 will be scored on personal interview, speech, physical fitness, poise and personality, evening gown, and on-stage impromptu question. Pageant photographers will present the Miss Photogenic award, contestants will vote for the Miss Congeniality award and a local educator will choose a winner for our essay-writing contest. During the three rehearsals leading up to the pageant, all of our participants will receive group and 1-on-1 training for things like interview preparation, stage presence, public speaking, wardrobe consultation and more. Whether this is your first pageant or you are a pageant pro, their goal is to have everyone walk away pageant night feeling accomplished and having gained lifelong skills. The 2017 Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee winners will receive a prize package including a college scholarship, paid entry into the 2018 Miss San Diego Cities Pageant and the once in a lifetime opportunity to serve as an ambassador for their city. Throughout their reign, winners will attend grand openings, parades, summer concerts, charity events and chamber functions. Interested participants can visit our website http:// or contact pageant Director, Sierra Billock at 619-672-0688 or via email

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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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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 for more information, to register, or to volunteer – Volunteer Appreciation Letters will be provided! Sign up today!

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DSU’s College of Extended Studies is offering the first two spring semester classes in its careerenhancing Professional Certificate in Marketing program – designed for those in a junior marketing position, businesses owners managing their own marketing, and those aspiring to a new career. “Defining and Positioning a Brand” will be held 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 30 to Feb. 20. In this fast-paced course, students learn how to differentiate their company from the competition, how to position a brand in the marketplace by creating a cohesiveness of internal efforts and focus, and how consumer perceptions are formed from brand execution, advertising, and marketing communications. Instructor Lisa Girolamo started Connect::Digital in 2014 to bring omni-channel media and marketing to the mid-size market. Registration is $299 for SDX members and $329 for the general public. The second class, “Increasing Traffic to Your Website” will be held 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 2 to March 9. This introductory search engine optimization (SEO) course provides the tools and basic knowledge to increase website traffic. Students will learn about the four main pillars of SEO: website architecture, content, authority (links), and engagement; and have working sessions with real-life websites. Instructor Cassandra Gucwa is a SEO and digital marketing consultant for iProspect. Registration is $339 for SDX members and $349 for the general public ($369 after Jan. 23). SDSU’s College of Extended Studies and SDX – San Diego’s premier media, marketing and technology organization for brands, agencies, publishers and startups – joined forces to offer this up-to-the-minute program. Students learn skills and multi-platform strategies they can apply immediately from San Diego-based instructors who are recognized thought leaders and innovators. For a schedule of classes and more information, visit, send an e-mail to, or call (619) 594-2099. 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 Lakeside Chamber hosting new Assemblyman for breakfast The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will host a meet-and-greet breakfast mixer with Assemblyman Randy Voepel from 8 to 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 27, at Eastbound Bar & Grill, 10058 Maine Ave., Lakeside. Admission is free, but breakfast will be available for purchase. All Lakeside business owners and employees are invited to attend. RSVP is requested for food ordering, said Kathy Kassel, Chamber president/CEO. Voepel’s 71st Assembly district includes the East San Diego County communities of Alpine, Borrego Springs, El Cajon, Rancho San Diego, Ramona, Santee, Mount Helix, Spring Valley and Lakeside, as well as the Southern Riverside County communities of Anza, Aguanga, Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Lake Riverside and Mountain Center. Voepel, former mayor of Santee for 16 years, was elected to the Assembly in November 2016. For more information and to RSVP, phone (619) 561-1031, or visit

Santee Chamber’s `Santee’s Favorites’ voting is underway The Santee Chamber of Commerce is seeking votes for its fourth annual “Santee’s Favorite Businesses” awards. Winners will be determined by number of votes cast on the Chamber’s website. The first round of voting is underway and will end at 11:59 p.m., Feb. 5. The top five vote-getters in each of the 22 categories will advance to the

second round of voting, which will begin Feb. 7 and end at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 21. Only one vote will be allowed per device for each round. Winners will be announced at the Chamber’s Awards Night at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 16, at Barona Resort & Casino Golf Events Center, 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside. Last year’s “Santee’s Favorites” competition featured more than 5,000 votes that were cast online through the chamber’s website and social media.

Grossmont Healthcare District board elects 2017 board officers The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently elected its board officers for the 2017 calendar year. Michael Emerson was elected as board president, Gloria Chadwick as vice president and Virginia Hall, GHD’s newest board member, as secretary. Board member Robert “Bob” Ayres, previous board president since July 2014, was selected by Emerson to serve as board treasurer. Also serving on the five-member board is Randy Lenac, who also recently joined the board of directors for the Association of California Healthcare Districts as a GHD representative. Emerson, who joined the GHD board in 2008, is serving for the first time as board president. Emerson also serves on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC) board of directors,the legal entity for the hospital lease agreement between Sharp HealthCare and GHD. In addition to serving on the 15-member GHC board, Emerson serves

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on three GHC committees, including Finance, Facilities and Quality and Safety. During his time on the GHD board, Emerson spearheaded the partnership between GHD and the County of San Diego’s “Live Well San Diego” program. Last year, the GHD board unanimously approved a resolution for GHD’s “Live Well San Diego” designation, which is presented by the County only after an applicant demonstrates a commitment to adopting proven strategies that will improve the health and safety of local residents. The partnership signifies that GHD shares in the goals of “Live Well San Diego” to empower residents to take positive actions for their own health, safety and wellbeing through community involvement. Also while on the board, Emerson initiated the launch of a book, scheduled for publication in 2017, which will chronicle the history of GHD. Founded in 1952, GHD will celebrate its 65 year anniversary in 2017. Emerson, a registered dispensing optician (RDO) since 1975 and owner of Hart Optical Co. of La Mesa, was appointed to the board in May 2008 to fill a vacancy. The La Mesa resident was then elected in 2008 and reelected in 2012 and last November’s election. Chadwick has served since 1998, when she became the first woman elected to the board in 22 years. Hall, a retired Registered Nurse, finished first in a field of six candidates in the November 2016 election. Ayres, a retired banking executive with 50 years of experience in both public and privatesector banking and construction financing and management, joined the board in September 2010 to fill a vacancy. Lenac, a resident of Campo, was appointed to the board in July 2014 to fill a vacancy. He was elected to the board in November 2014.


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TOXIC BRAIN CELL STUDY, cont’d from p.5

The same treatment killed many other types of neurons, including both the spinal motor neurons that die in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and the human dopaminergic neurons whose mysterious loss is the cause of Parkinson’s disease. A1 bathwater also impaired the development of yet another class of non-neuron brain cells called oligodendrocytes — essentially fat-filled flapjacks that wrap themselves around nerve fibers, providing electrical insulation that speeds long-distance signal propagation. Autoimmune destruction of oligodendrocytes and their fatty contents gives rise to multiple sclerosis.

Staving off A1 formation

In another experiment, the researchers severed rodents’ optic nerves — an act ordinarily lethal to RGCs, whose outgoing fibers, called axons, constitute the optic nerve. In the central nervous system, severing axons causes the entire neuron to die quickly, but why they die has been a mystery. The investigators determined the cause: A1s. They observed that those reactive astrocytes formed quickly after axons were severed, but that neutralizing TNF-alpha, IL-1-alpha and C1q with antibodies to these three substances prevented A1 formation and RGC death in the animals. Finally, the researchers analyzed samples of human brain tissue from patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Multiple Sclero-

sis. In every case, they observed large numbers of A1s preferentially clustering where the disease was most active. For example, in the samples from Alzheimer’s patients, nearly 60 percent of the astrocytes present in the prefrontal cortex, a region where the disease takes a great toll, were of the A1 variety. Because A1s are highly toxic to both neurons and oligodendrocytes, these findings strongly imply that A1 formation is helping to drive neurodegeneration in these diseases. An effort to identify the neurotoxin secreted by A1 astrocytes is underway, Barres said. “We’re very excited by the discovery of neurotoxic reactive astrocytes,” he said, “because our findings imply that acute injuries of the retina, brain and spinal cord and neurodegenerative diseases may all be much more highly treatable than has been thought.” The work is an example of Stanford Medicine’s focus on precision health, the goal of which is to anticipate and prevent disease in the healthy and precisely diagnose and treat disease in the ill. Barres is the co-founder of a biotechnology company, Annexon Biosciences, which has produced, and filed for a patent for, an inhibitory antibody to C1q. Drugs to block TNF-alpha and IL1-alpha already exist.


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