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Local East County Resident Completes Tour as CO of Helicopter Squadron 462 SANTEE — Santee resident Lt Col Ian D. Stevens (pictured right, center) was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation at the Santee City Council Meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 10 from Vice Mayor Rob McNelis (pictured near right) for completing his tour as Commanding Officer of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 stationed at MCAS Miramar. Stevens, born and raised in Santee, assumed command of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH462) “Heavy Haulers” on May 6, 2016. HMH-462 is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-53E Super Stallion heavy

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transport helicopters. The squadron is based as Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 16 (Mag-16) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. Santee adopted HMH-

462 on June 25, 2003, through the America Supporting Americans program. The HMH-462 Color Guard has participated at Santee’s July 4th celebration and other events when not deployed.

Fourth Annual Powwow at Cuyamaca College RANCHO SAN DIEGO — The Native American Student Alliance (NASA) at Cuyamaca College is hosting its 4th Annual Powwow 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in front of the Communication Arts complex, Building B. The powwow aims to promote Native American heritage, with a variety of activities, including Bird Singing, a native singing style of the Kumeyaay people honoring the culture and traditions of the local tribes of this region. Cuyamaca is an adaptation of a Kumeyaay phrase, “Ekwiiyemak,” which writers have translated to mean “behind the clouds,” “above rain,” and “the place where the rain comes from heavens.” No matter the translation, Cuyamaca College’s ties to the Native American community and culture are strong, with its location on once indigenous land and its close proximity to many reservations. The powwow will include arts and craft vendors, food vendors, drums, native dances and more. Admission and parking will be free.

City of El Cajon Recognizes City Employees

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El Cajon City Council presented a Commendation for retiring Director of Administrative Services, James Lynch. Hired Feb 2011 as Human Resources Director with a background in human resources and risk management. Lynch re organized human resources and administrative services. He served the city with distinction and looks forward to retirement. The Council also recognized nine individuals, each celebrating five to 20 years with the City of El Cajon. (pictured above, not in order). Greg Smith, G.I.S. Technician – 5 yrs Andrew Celiceo, Facilities Technician – 10 yrs Christine Jaboro, Assistant Engineer – 10 yrs Jeffrey Taylor, Code Compliance Officer – 10 yrs John Oslovar, Heartland Fire & Rescue, Paramedic/Firefighter – 10 yrs Eduardo Arana, Park Maintenance Worker – 15 yrs Heather Paz, El Cajon Police - Police Services Officer – 15 yrs Mike Chasin, Heartland Fire & Rescue, Fire Division Chief – 20 yrs Paul Palombo, Equipment Mechanic – 20 yrs

On The Cover EL CAJON — From Left: President of the Falcon Group, Gayle Falkenthal and Grossmont Healthcare District CEO, Barry Jantz attend the bi-monthly Albondigas East County San Diego luncheon, Wednesday, Jan. 24 at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina in El Cajon. To learn more about Albondigas East County San Diego visit their FaceBook page at https://www.facebook. com/groups/AlbondigasofEastCounty/

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Obscure Agency State’s Best Defense Against Offshore Oil

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lorida escaped from President Trump’s plan to sell new offshore oil drilling leases because it has a Republican governor who called in a favor. There was also the fact that Trump owns ocean-view property there. But not to worry, California. This state has the California Lands Commission. This usually obscure agency rescued California almost 11 years ago, the last time part of California’s coast was as seriously threatened as some areas now feel. Both Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the federal administration of President George W. Bush then avidly wanted a floating platform off the coast of southern Ventura County to bring liquefied natural gas (LNG) into California and commit consumers to pay billions of extra dollars each year for cooking and heating. It never happened thanks to the Lands Commission, a three-person board with control over the state’s tidelands out to three miles offshore. And today it’s largely because of that same commission that Trump’s plan draws only lukewarm interest from the oil industry. Almost 11 years ago, on a 2-1 vote with then-Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and then state Controller John Chiang, both Democrats, voting no and Schwarzengger’s representative voting yes, the LNG proposal died despite a multi-million dollar effort from the Australian energy giant BHP Billiton. California consumers were spared at least 30 years of depending on high-priced foreign energy. Environmentalists and consumer advocates insisted California didn’t need LNG, just as they now say offshore oil is not unneeded. They proved right, as fracking and shale deposits in the Rocky Mountain region created a surplus that American companies are now exporting. The Lands Commission didn’t actually ban LNG then, just as it can’t ban new offshore wells today. It did, however, forbid pipelines carrying the gas from crossing tidelands and beaches. It would almost certainly do the same with pipelines carrying oil from offshore derricks. For even if the federal government sells oil leases in federal waters more than three miles offshore, the Lands Commission would still have to let oil companies connect to onshore transport centers, refineries or other oil holding stations. Such permits won’t happen as long as California remains a Democratic-dominated state. Whoever succeeds current Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom next year will serve on the Lands Commission. So will Controller Betty Yee and a representative of the next governor. There are ways other than pipelines to bring the oil ashore, or it could be exported straight from platforms. Tankers could bring oil to refineries here and abroad, for one example. But that would add vastly to the cost of drilling, making new leases unattractive as long as the price of oil remains well below $100 a barrel. Prices this month have hovered just above $60 per barrel. Meanwhile, the odds of the Lands Commission voting in the immediate future to facilitate offshore oil are infinitesimal. Adding new drill rigs to the coastal scene has been anathema here since the infamous Santa Barbara Channel oil spill of 1968. The beach-fouling, wildlife-killing Refugio State Beach spill northwest of Santa Barbara in 2015 reinforced that already strong opposition. So new oil leases off California are not very attractive. Oil companies also know the available oil isn’t exactly copious. Known reserves are estimated sufficient to power the country for about 20 days at the most. That’s another reason there’s been little interest from the industry for the last few decades. And there’s an unspoken industry fear of political backlash. If they do anything as radically unpopular and environmentally irresponsible as drilling new offshore wells, oil companies fear they could spur consequences from politicians. Yes, Gov. Jerry Brown has talked a good game on conservation and climate change and renewable energy. But his administration has also issued 238 new drilling permits in existing leases since 2012, the number of active oil and gas wells rising 23 percent in the state since Brown became governor. Most of those new wells are on shore. The expansion could quickly end if the next governor is unfriendly to Big Oil, one possible consequence of new offshore leases. But the base of the state’s ability to resist new offshore drilling still resides in the Lands Commission, and there is every reason to believe it would act the same now as when it stymied LNG.

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


HEALTH

The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti What is Macular Pucker?

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My brother told me he has a macular pucker. Is this the same thing as macular degeneration?

. First, a bit of biology...

The lens in the front of your eye focuses light on the retina in the back of your eye. The lens is like the one in a camera, and the retina is like film. The space between the lens and retina is filled with the vitreous, a clear gel that helps to maintain the shape of the eye. The macula is at the center of the retina in the back of your eye. The retina transmits light from the eye to the brain. The macula allows us to perform tasks that require central vision such as reading and driving. A blurred area in the middle of your vision is a symptom of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older. AMD comes in two forms—wet and dry. Wet AMD occurs when blood vessels behind the retina start to leak and raise the macula. Dry AMD occurs when macular cells break down. A macular pucker is scar tissue that has formed on the eye’s macula. Like AMD, a macular pucker can blur central vision. Another symptom of macular pucker is seeing straight lines as wavy or broken. People with a macular pucker might have difficulty seeing fine details and reading small print. They might also have a gray area in the center of vision, or even a blind spot. Vision does not get progressively worse for most people with a macular pucker. Severe vision loss is uncommon. It is not unusual for someone to have puckers and still have normal vision. Usually, macular pucker affects one eye. As we age, the vitreous slowly shrinks and pulls away from the retinal surface. In most cases, there are no serious adverse effects. However, sometimes there is damage to the retina’s surface. As the damage heals, scar tissue is formed. When the scar tissue contracts, it causes the retina to pucker. Sometimes macular pucker is caused by an injury or a medical condition, such as diabetes, that affects the eye. Macular puckers can sometimes form after eye surgery. Macular pucker is also known as epiretinal membrane, preretinal membrane, cellophane maculopathy, retina wrinkle, surface wrinkling retinopathy, premacular fibrosis, and internal limiting membrane disease. In many cases, the symptoms from macular pucker are mild, and don’t require treatment. People usually adjust to mild visual distortion. In rare cases, surgery is required.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

‘Guardian’ Molecule Holds Key To Protect Women From MS

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en are much less likely to get Multiple Sclerosis (MS) than women and one reason is that they are protected by high levels of testosterone. Scientists have now discovered how it works. Using a mouse model of MS, they have identified a guardian molecule – triggered by testosterone – that appears to protect males from disease. When female mice with disease are treated with this protective molecule, their symptoms were eliminated, reports a new study from Northwestern Medicine. “This suggests a mechanism for the reduced incidence of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases in males compared to females,” said lead study author Melissa Brown, professor of microbiology/ immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “These findings could lead to an entirely new kind of therapy for MS, which we greatly need.” The paper will be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Jan. 29. Women have three-tofour times the incidence of MS compared to men and the lower incidence in males is related, in part, to higher levels of testosterone. But until now, scientists haven’t understood how the hormone provides protection. The new study discovered how testosterone does it, and how females can glean the benefits. “This is why it’s vital to study sex differences in research,” Brown said. The discovery stemmed from an earlier lucky mistake in the lab in which male mice were used instead of female mice, because a graduate student hadn’t yet learned to identify the nearly impercepti-

ble genitals of male mouse pups. In MS, immune cells attack the myelin sheath, a membrane that wraps around the nerve axons within the brain and spinal cord. The sheath acts as insulation and assists in sending nerve signals from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. The damage to the myelin sheath interrupts normal nerve signal conduction and can result in a variety of symptoms including sensory disturbances, loss of motor function and cognitive deficits. Northwestern scientists showed that testosterone caused mast cells, a type of immune cell, to produce the guardian molecule, cytokine IL-33, in male mice. The guardian molecule triggers a cascade of chemicals that prevents the development of another type of immune cell, so-called Th17 cells, that can directly attack the myelin. In this model of disease, similar to MS in humans, females develop more of a disease-causing Th17 immune response than males. These Th17 cells, attack and destroy the myelin. But that damaging response was reversed in females by treatment with IL-33. “Because testosterone levels are seven-to-eight times lower in adult women compared to men, we speculate there are insufficient levels in females to activate this protective pathway,” Brown said. “But we showed we can activate the pathway with the guardian molecule, IL-33.” In addition to a higher incidence of MS in women, there are also sex-determined differences in the average age of onset and subtype of the disease. Women generally develop MS at a younger age and usually have a relapsingremitting course of disease. Men develop the disease later in life and it usually continues to

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worsen without periods of improvement. The development of the disease in men also correlates with agerelated reduction of testosterone levels. While there have been some new breakthroughs in developing effective drug therapies for MS patients, most of these work by suppressing the immune system, making patients more susceptible to certain infections and/ or causing a general malaise. Limited clinical trials in male MS patients have shown that testosterone treatment over 12 months can partially reverse evidence of myelin- and nerve-degeneration and alleviate symptoms. However, short-term testosterone administration is not a viable therapy for either men or women because of the multitude of undesirable side effects. “Our findings have identified new and more specific cellular and molecular targets for immune intervention that we hope will lead to better therapies that leave most of the immune system intact,” Brown said. “This testosteronedriven protective pathway should also be studied in other female-biased autoimmune diseases.”

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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 ddean@echerald.com. 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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The Promises of God

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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 to prosper His children. Let us begin this promise by understanding that there is a distorted/perverted version of this promise by many of the false teachers of our day, the Benny Hinn’s; Creflo Dollar: Joel Osteen’s and countless others. The promise to prosper that they present is man centered; appealing to the greed of man; for the glory of man. If you just contribute to their ministry, buy their materials, follow their methods and formulas, have enough faith, confess all your sins, and claim whatever you desire in Jesus’ name then you are guaranteed to have all that you desire. It is commonly known as the “health/ wealth prosperity gospel”. Lets look at what the Bible has to say concerning this promise to prosper. It first began in the Garden of Eden when God created Adam and Eve. Genesis 1:26-31 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” Also in Deuteronomy 29:9 “Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do.” Luke 11:28 “But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” Hebrews 13:20-21 “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” I encourage you to read the context (the verses that surround the verses cited) and you will see some common elements. First, the promise to prosper is based upon obedience, obeying God’s Word. God always blesses obedience while there are consequences to disobedience. Second, the prospering of God’s people is primarily for His glory and secondly for the blessing of the people and others. While some would argue and disagree, the tremendous prosperity America has experienced is due to it’s humble beginnings; reliance and dependence upon God; acknowledging God’s presence and existence, and support of Israel. As this has diminished over time, His promise to prosper has waned also. It is only the Grace of God that we continue to experience this, but unless there is repentance and a returning back to God it will come to an end.

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


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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan Aztecs to Open Football Season vs. Stanford

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an Diego State and Stanford have agreed to move their 2018 football opener up one day to Friday, Aug. 31. SDSU is coming off a 20-17 victory over then No. 19 Stanford last season (Sept. 16, 2017). That was San Diego State’s first nationally ranked non-conference victory since beating No. 12 Iowa State on Oct. 10, 1981. The Aztecs have won three straight games against teams from the Pac-12 Conference for the first time since defeating Oregon State (1972 and 1975) and Arizona (1979). SDSU finished 10-3 in 2017 for its school-record third straight double-digit winning campaign. It’s one of just seven schools in the nation to win at least 10 games in three consecutive seasons (joining Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin). The Cardinal finished 9-5 last year, including a 7-2 mark in the Pac-12 North and a spot in the Pac-12 championship game. The Aztecs’ non-conference slate now includes games at Stanford, and home contests with Sacramento State (Sept. 8), Arizona State (Sept. 15), and Eastern Michigan (Sept. 22). SDSU is also scheduled to play Mountain West home games against Air Force, Hawai’i, San José State and UNLV, and MW road contests at Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada and New Mexico. Prep Basketball Foothills Christian of El Cajon continues to hold on to the No. 1 spot in the San Diego County high school basketball poll. This week’s San Diego Union-Tribune rankings: 1. Foothills Christian (7) ;19-5; 115;1 2. Torrey Pines (5); 20-2; 112;2 3. Mission Bay ; 20-4; 96; 3 4. San Marcos;18-2; 85; 5 5. Vista; 17-6;67;4 6. Mater Dei Catholic;17-6;63;6 7. St. Augustine ;12-4; 50; 7 8. La Jolla Country Day ;16-7;21;8 9. Montgomery ; 17-4; 13;9 10. Canyon Crest ; 14-7; 10; NR Others receiving votes: Santa Fe Christian (12-9, 9 points), Mount Miguel (19-4, 8 points), Bishop’s (13-6, 4 points), El Camino (13-8, 3 points), Orange Glen (14-7, 3 points).

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Jimmy Parker, La Mesa CPA, joins hospital construction monitoring citizens group

The volunteer citizens group monitoring the spending of millions of dollars in publicfunds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital has a new member. Jimmy Parker, a certified public accountant (CPA), has joined the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC). The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), the public agency managing the bond-financed construction at the hospital, recently approved the appointment of Parker to the ICBOC. ICBOC members are volunteer East County residents, charged with monitoring the expenditure of funds from the $247 million, voter-approved 2006 Proposition G bond measure. Specific seats on the ICBOC are filled by individuals representing various constituency groups and business sectors, such as project management, large-scale construction operations, finance, labor, the Taxpayers Association, and healthcare. Based on his experience in a senior-level decisionmaking position, Parker will serve on the ICBOC as a finance representative. “I’m very excited about this opportunity to serve,” said Parker, a La Mesa resident who has worked as a CPA for the past 42 years. “I am passionate about protecting the community’s interests in their publicly-owned hospital. I look forward to my involvement in maintaining and monitoring the health care services and having the best hospital possible for our friends, neighbors and community.” Parker served for nine years (2007-2016) on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC) board of directors, including two years as board chairman and five years as chair of the Finance Committee. GHC has operational responsibility of the 540-bed Grossmont Hospital on behalf of Sharp HealthCare. Parker co-founded the Parker & Riddick CPA firm in 1976, which operated until replaced in 2013 with a new partnership called Jimmy L. Parker CPA, a Professional Corporation. Parker’s

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areas of specialization include corporate, partnership and individual tax planning and return preparation, audit and reviews, estate tax planning, financial planning and accounting software implementation. In addition to GHC, his community involvement has included the YMCA, La Mesa Optimist Club, Santee Exchange Club and Hotspurs-USA Soccer Club. He also was involved with raising funds to construction an outdoor stadium at Valhalla High School and later honored by the Parent-Teacher-Student Association with their highest award for volunteers.

La Mesa Youth Advisory Commission seeking new members

The City of La Mesa’s Youth Advisory Commission is seeking new members to fill three unscheduled vacancies. Applicants must live within the city limits of La Mesa and be at least 13 years old, but not more than 20 years old, at the time of appointment. The city said participating on the Commission is a great way for young people in middle and high school to work with their peers to explore and develop activities that promote positive youth relations in the City and gain volunteer experience that can be applied towards community service hours. Commission meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa. Applications may be obtained from the City’s website, www.cityoflamesa. com, or at La Mesa City Hall, 8130 Allison Ave., La Mesa, during normal business hours. For more information , contact the La Mesa city clerk, (619) 667-1120, or visit the city’s website, www. cityoflamesa.us.

Chamber members optimistic entering 2018

San Diego-area chamber of commerce members are entering

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2018 with a positive outlook, according to a recent survey conducted by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s “Business Outlook Index (BOI),” a metric used to assess respondents’ expectations for near-term business conditions, posted a score of 19.5 in December, which was in line with the 2017 average of 20.1 and above the 16.8 reading from December 2016. Officials said businesses in the East County such as Santee, La Mesa and Spring Valley were more optimistic in December versus November. Financial firms posted a lofty BOI of 41 for the month, while retail firms coming out of the holiday season reported a BOI of 36.The monthly survey includes about 200 chamber members included members from the Lakeside, Santee, Alpine Mountain Empire and San Diego East County chambers, as well as chamber members from Escondido, Vista, National City and San Diego.

Local retail market strong, thrived in 2017

A new report from commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield reports the retail sector in San Diego County was strong in 2017, driven by continued declining vacancy and significant occupancy growth, particularly in the year’s second half. Fueled by continued strong economic conditions and favorable demographics, the report said San Diego maintains its place as a premier market for current and expanding retailers. The report showed that overall retail vacancy in San Diego fell to a mark of 4.1 percent by the end of 2017, shedding 30 basis points from mid-year 2017 and 40 basis points from a year ago. Current vacancy is now more than 300 basis points below its peak rate of 7.2 percent recorded eight years ago at the end of recession. Meanwhile, occupancy grew by nearly 210,000 square feet across all retail center types in the second half of 2017, lifting annual net absorption to nearly 270,000 square feet for year 2017.


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Alpine’s Honorary Mayor Race Begins Now

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Join the race to become Alpine’s new Honorary Mayor ALPINE — The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce holds the annual competition to raise money for nonprofit community causes. Every dollar donated to a candidate’s campaign is a “vote.” The candidate with the most “votes” wins. Each candidate must live or work in Alpine, then gives the money he or she earns to the nonprofit charity, organization or educational purpose of their choice. Last year four contenders raised a recordbreaking total of about $15,000 to help children with cancer and adults who need to improve their lives, to provide technology for Alpine public school students and to assist local youth. The Honorary Mayor has no official duties — ­ no worrying about fixing potholes or balancing budgets, for instance. “The Alpine Honorary Mayor is the goodwill ambassador in the community,” said incumbent Rose Signore, a Chamber director and owner of the Postal Annex of Alpine. “I try to attend every ribbon cutting possible, grand openings. I rode in the 4th of July Parade!” Anyone interested in running for the office and helping their favorite good cause can call the Chamber at (619) 445-2722 or e-mail Kimberlyb@alpinechamber.sdcoxmail.com for information, guidelines and an application.

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