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Local Student Competes in NFL Small Business Administration Day and Lender Fair PUNT, PASS & KICK Program By Nik Vedder

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SANTEE — Natalie Sims, (below, center) eighth grader at Pepper Drive Elementary School, qualified as the top in her age division (12 - 13 year old girls) for the National Football League’s Punt, Pass, and Kick competition. She traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete in the National Championship Jan. 26-30. The NFL developed the PUNT, PASS & KICK program specifically for physical education teachers and coaches so that they may better teach the fundamentals of punting, passing and kicking a football, as well as the teamwork needed to successfully play sports. Regardless of a player’s ability, the NFL encourages

schools to promote fun and appreciation of the game while teaching and developing important skills. Students at Pepper Drive School in grades 6-8 competed in the Punt, Pass, and Kick competition in late November, early December 2016. Sims’ scores qualified her for a trip to Florida that include the National Championship Competition for Punt, Pass and Kick on Jan. 27, as well as a day to enjoy Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park on Jan. 28, and tickets to the Pro Bowl on January 29. Nationally, the top four students in each age division are invited to compete in Florida. Sims is a modest, hardworking eighth grade student

with a 4.0 GPA. She strives for personal excellence and attends an extra-curricular Algebra course to prepare for high school. Highly respected by her teachers, peers, and staff, Sims is seen as a role model for students who are working to balance both physical activity and academic prowess. Sims is a passionate softball player. She currently plays with Factory Santee. Her future plans include college that will lead to a career in coaching, preferably college softball. Natalie Sims placed second nationally for her age bracket at the Punt, Pass, & Kick competition. Congratulations!

ALPINE — ‘SBA Day and Lender Fair’ was organized by the Small Business Administration (SBA) San Diego District Office and the Alpine Chamber of Commerce to benefit small business owners and people who are thinking about opening their own businesses. This event happened on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Alpine Library. State Senator Joel Anderson sent a representative to attend this valuable workCalifornia State shop to share state resources Senator Joel Anderson with attendees and also learn about what the SBA and the Alpine Chamber of Commerce can do for the business owners in his district. Anderson said, “Through educating small business owners, the SBA and the Alpine Chamber of Commerce have shown their commitment to positively impact our community’s economy. It’s exciting to meet constituents whose American Dream was achieved by opening their own small businesses, and it is important they get connected to right resources and accurate information.” One of the services Anderson offers is connecting state agencies such as the Franchise Tax Board and the Board of Equalization with constituents who have questions or are looking for resources. Speakers with different expertise enlightened the audience and exposed them to new and innovative ideas to make their small businesses successful. Topics ranged from disaster preparedness to protecting one’s devices from cyber-attacks. Attendees had the opportunity to dialog with these speakers afterwards, and many of them felt this networking opportunity was vital to make the connections they needed to thrive. Attendees and speakers alike left the event feeling accomplished and the Alpine community and beyond is excited to welcome future business owners in the community.

On The Cover LA MESA — The La Mesa Arts Foundation presents ‘Party in the Stars’ at the La Mesa Community Center, Saturday, Jan. 28. The adultsonly event benefits the students of La Mesa Arts Academy (LMAAC). The fun-filled evening featured a VIP reception, bands, food, silent and live auctions, and much more.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Putting California Back in National Politics


Your Assembly In The News with Assemblyman Randy Voepel Assemblyman Voepel Opposes Proposed Sancuary State Legislation SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Randy Voepel has released the following statement on introduced legislation that would effectively convert California into a sanctuary state: “This is yet another instance of the legislature failing to address the true priorities of California residents. So far this year, my colleagues across the aisle have spent more effort fighting the federal government than they have spent fighting on behalf of California residents. “Any efforts to codify California as a sanctuary state will impede law enforcement’s ability to implement immigration policy, erode the rule of law, and jeopardize billions of dollars in federal funding. “If our state moves forward with this policy, the new administration may very well cut off

grants and federal money to California, which would create budget calamity. Our legislature is playing with fire. “In addition, not only is this legislation being rushed through the legislative process, but the urgency provision will cause the law to go into effect immediately, placing an uncertain and significant burden on a number of law enforcement agencies. “I will vote against this legislation should it come to the Assembly Floor and will oppose any additional legislation that undermines our federal immigration policy.,” concluded Voepel. The Democratic legislation, written by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, comes up for debate less than a week after Trump signed an order threatening to withdraw some federal grants

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from jurisdictions that bar officials from communicating with federal authorities about someone’s immigration status. The Senate Public Safety Committee considered SB54 Tuesday, Jan. 31 morning. The Judiciary Committee will also consider fast-tracked legislation that would spend state money, in an amount that has not been disclosed, to provide lawyers for people facing deportation. Some Republicans have criticized the Democratic reaction to Trump’s policies, saying bombastic rhetoric and provocative legislation will inflame tensions with the president and harm California. The debate over sanctuary cities reached a fevered pitch in 2015 after Kate Steinle, 32, was fatally shot in the back Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who was in the country illegally after multiple deportations to his native Mexico. LopezSanchez, who told police the gun fired by accident, had been released from a San Francisco jail despite a request from federal immigration authorities that he be held in custody for possible deportation. Trump often cited the Steinle case during the campaign. Many other cities and counties in California also refuse to detain immigrants for deportation agents out of legal concerns after a federal court ruled that immigrants can’t be held in jail beyond their scheduled release dates. Since then, federal agents have been asking local law enforcement agencies to provide information about immigrants they’re seeking for deportation, if not hold them.

alifornia is in the forefront of most things. From new tax formulas to new movies, TV shows and electronic devices, from pioneering farm irrigation techniques to innovative hairstyles and much more, trends start here and often work their way across the country. But almost no one anymore believes California has been even minimally influential in national politics for many years, despite its place as America’s largest and most innovative state. This could change if California legislators want it to, just about three years from today. California gave Democrat Hillary Clinton a 4.3 million vote majority in the last presidential election, but it didn’t matter much. Her rival, Donald Trump, carried the three states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania by a combined total of less than one-fortieth that number, but together they gave him almost as many electoral votes as California gave Clinton, and therefore he took the presidency in what he laughably calls “an easy win.” Short of seceding from the Union, there is little prospect for California to evade its disadvantaged status in the Electoral College. But there is another way for this state to assert itself, and that can come in the primary election process. By allowing its presidential primary to languish in June during the last two election cycles, California opted to have next to no voice in the selection of the two major party nominees for president. To regain a large voice in the matter, all California need do is move its primary up into mid-February, about two weeks behind New Hampshire’s protected slot as first primary in the nation and Iowa’s as the first caucus. That move would not negate the Electoral College disadvantage now seeing a vote in Montana or Wyoming or Delaware count for about 1.3 times as much as one in California. But it would at least give California a voice in choosing the nominees, something this state habitually allows others to do. That’s to our detriment. As Democratic Assemblyman Kevin Mullin of South San Francisco observed in submitting a bill to put California into the first Super Tuesday voting of the next primary season, “There’s not enough discussion of substantive issues that are crucial to Californians.” This includes everything from immigration to oil drilling, from affordable health care to water rights and water systems. None of it gets debated in California. In fact, almost nothing was debated in California during the last two election cycles. It didn’t have to be that way. There was nothing, for example, preventing California from scheduling its 2016 primary on Feb. 16, one week after New Hampshire. Or on Feb. 23, the same day Nevada Republicans caucused with fanfare. Those places each had a voice in the choice, a major one. Would the likes of Jeb Bush and Lindsay Graham and George Pataki, all with major experience in high office, have dropped out as early as they did if California’s winner-take-all GOP primary still loomed? Doubtful, because a California plurality could have provided one of them almost 20 percent of what was needed for nomination. Would Bernard Sanders have knocked out Clinton early because of his strong support in California, thus setting up a very different November election? These questions are open, but show how a moved-up California might have reshaped things. Mullin’s bill would set California’s primary in March in presidential years, compromising with colleagues who believe February is too early. But why compromise on this? If California needs to spend $100 million or so for a presidential primary separate from the ordinary June vote on every other significant state office, why not? That’s a pittance in terms of this state’s budget of more than $200 billion, pennies per person. It would it be worth far more to allow Californians to feel involved. The savings in psychotherapy bills alone could top $100 million, plus there would actually be national candidate advertising and campaigning in California, something almost unseen here in more than eight years. The bottom line is that it’s been unconscionable for legislators to keep the primary in June in presidential years, just so they can have more convenient filing deadlines and leisurely fundraising schedules. The need for an early primary has never been more obvious and hats off to Mullin for being first to do something about 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


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I’m a senior who’s having surgery and the one thing that scares me more than anything else is the anesthesia. Can you tell me anything to reduce my fear?


There are probably several sources for your fear. The first is that you’re older and wonder if you’re at greater risk than someone younger. The second is that anesthesia can be dangerous to anyone. The third is that you’ll lose total control when you’re under. I hope some of the facts about anesthesia will help with all of your fears. Anesthesia is risky, but today it is safer than ever for all age groups. Your age is not as important a risk factor as your medical condition and the type of surgery you are having. Safer drugs and major advances in the monitoring equipment doctors use in surgery have reduced anesthesia complications. In the last decade alone, deaths caused by anesthesia have dropped 25-fold, to one in 250,000. In addition, shorter-acting drugs, more specific drugs and new intravenous drugs can minimize the nausea and vomiting that sometimes occur after anesthesia. There are three main types of anesthesia: general, regional and local. • General anesthesia makes a person unconscious so that the entire body is pain-free. Regional anesthesia is used to block sensation in one area of your body. Local anesthesia numbs a small part of your body. General anesthesia is used for extensive surgeries. The drugs used in general anesthesia are given intravenously or are inhaled. They act as hypnotics, painkillers and muscle relaxants, and they block your memory of the surgery. • Regional anesthesia is injected around a single nerve or a network of nerves that branches out and serves an area. For example, spinal, epidural and caudal anesthesia are injected into or near the spinal fluid, effectively numbing nerves that serve the lower half of your body. • Local anesthesia may be used to numb only a small area of nerves at the site where the surgeon plans to operate, such as for cataract surgery. Local anesthesia is also used for minor procedures such as skin biopsies and stitching a cut. During local and regional anesthesia, patients often receive intravenous drugs for sedation so that they can be comfortably drowsy during surgery and remember little of their time in the operating room. Before your surgery, you can also expect questions from your doctors regarding your anesthesia. The following have to be considered: medical problems you might have, medications you take, whether you smoke or drink alcohol, any allergies you have, previous negative experience with anesthesia, and adverse reactions to anesthesia by other family members. The information collected by your doctors guides them in their treatment. For example, smoking or alcohol consumption can influence the way an anesthetic works in your body during surgery. Knowing whether you smoke or drink alcohol allows your anesthesiologist to choose anesthetics that are suited to you. And, some anesthetics include components of certain foods, such as albumin from eggs. Discussing food and drug allergies beforehand helps your anesthesiologist make important drug choices.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean


Severe and Unpredictable Side Effects Triggered by Approved MS Medication he Multiple Sclerosis (MS) therapy alemtuzumab can trigger severe, unpredictable side effects. This was the finding by a team led by Prof Dr Aiden Haghikia and Prof Dr Ralf Gold from the Department of Neurology of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum at St. Josef ’s Hospital. In the journal Lancet Neurology, the scientists report on two patients for whom the infusion of alemtuzumab significantly worsened symptoms. The team also describes a treatment that successfully curbed the harmful side effects. “This therapeutic algorithm could help MS patients around the world who develop similar side effects under alemtuzumab,” says Haghikia.

A new inflammation mode

Alemtuzumab is a therapeutic antibody that docks to the protein CD52 on the surface of certain immunocytes, mainly T and B lymphocytes, leading to the depletion of almost all lymphocytes. It was already known from the approval studies that a quarter of the treated patients display mostly minor side effects, called secondary autoimmune processes: immunocytes turn against cells produced naturally in the body, predominantly in the thyroid gland; but the kidneys and platelets can also be affected.

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The two patients described in the Lancet Neurology correspondence received alemtuzumab because they had highly active MS, i.e. despite numerous previous treatments, they suffered from severe illness relapses with inflammation in the central nervous system. Six months after the treatment, these symptoms had worsened significantly. Using MRI, the researchers discovered a kind of new inflammation mode: they found vast areas in the brain with numerous ring enhancing lesion. The patients had not displayed this pattern in their previous medical history. It is currently unclear whether the observed adverse events represent increased MS activity or an independent secondary autoimmune process. In both cases, the neurologists were able to curb the side effects, and the observed ringshaped deposits in the brain receded. Even a year after the treatment, the patients were still in a stable condition. Besides a blood plasma exchange, they treated both with the antibody rituximab that is directed against B lymphocytes. The researchers suspect that precisely these immunocytes were responsible for the observed side effect. The authors propose that the

measures they applied could also benefit other patients who develop similar adverse events under alemtuzumab. Multiple Sclerosis is the most common neurological condition in young adults. It is characterized by chronic inflammation in the central nervous system. The body’s insulating layer around the nerve fibres, myelin is damaged, thus permanently damages the cellular protuberances. There are now ten different classes of medications that are specially approved for MS treatment and were found to be effective in major studies. These also include alemtuzumab, labled as Lemtrada. Source: Ruhr-University Bochum

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 30 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at NOTE: Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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reetings precious people, this week we 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. This week we will look at another aspect of the trial of Jesus by Pilate; Herod; and the religious leaders. John 18:19-24 “The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine. Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing. Why do you ask Me? Ask those who have heard Me what I said to them. Indeed they know what I said.” And when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, “Do You answer the high priest like that?” Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil; but if well, why do you strike Me?” Then Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.” Luke 22:63-71 “Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him. And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You?” And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him. As soon as it was day, the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, came together and led Him into their council, saying, “If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will by no means believe. And if I also ask you, you will by no means answer Me or let Me go. Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God.” Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?” So He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.” And they said, “What further testimony do we need? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.” Luke 23:8-11 “Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him. Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him. Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate. Luke 23:16-25 “I will therefore chastise Him and release Him” (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast). And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”– who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder. Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.” But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed. So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested. And he released to them the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.” And finally, John 19:1-4 “So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands. Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.” To all of this and more, Jesus submitted Himself to that He may pay the price for yours and my sin; so that we may be reconciled to God.

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Cuyamaca College Powwow Saturday, Feb. 4 • Rancho San Diego RANCHO SAN DIEGO — The Native American Student Alliance (NASA) at Cuyamaca College is hosting its 3rd Annual Powwow 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb.4, in front of the Communication Arts complex, Building B. The free public event aims to promote Native American heritage with a variety of activities, including Bird Singing, a native singing style of the Kumeyaay people, and a series of competitive dances honoring the culture and traditions of local and distant tribes. The head man dancer, an important role in any powwow, is Richard DeCrane (pictured right), a member of the Navajo and Crow tribes. As the head man dancer, DeCrane will lead the dancers in brilliant regalia in the powwow’s opening procession. DeCrane’s prominence in the powwow is profiled in the event program, from his early years on the Crow Reservation in Montana and his move to the Navajo nation, where he was raised by his maternal grandparents in Standing Rock, New Mexico. A military enlistee straight out of high school, DeCrane served for 15 years in the U.S. Navy, including as a plane captain signaling pilots on the E-2C Hawkeye radar surveillance plane during carrier takeoffs aboard the USS Carl Vincent and USS Abraham Lincoln. He was recognized for his

service in the Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Upon his return from his first deployment to Iraq, his grandfather renamed him “The Warrior Who Has Returned to His People,” in recognition of the warrior tradition of Native Americans. The married father of four has an oldest son, Mark Anthony, who is carrying on the tradition, serving as a corpsman at Camp Pendleton. After retiring from the military, DeCrane decided to pursue a college education, earning an associate of arts in liberal arts and a certificate in American Indian Studies from Palomar College. He transferred to San Diego State University and earned a degree in American Indian Studies and Tribal Gaming. At last year’s powwow, DeCrane served as staff carrier, bringing in the Indian flag represented by a long staff with eagle feathers. The staff carrier, a position of respect traditionally held by a veteran, is first to enter the arena, along with the bearer of the American flag. The powwow opens with a blessing gourd and bird dancing, followed by the grand entry at 1 p.m., the procession of all dancers led by DeCrane. Expected to perform are dancers of the Kumeyaay Nation from the local region; the Blackfeet tribe of Montana; the

Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians in San Jacinto, as well as the Yaqui and Chippewa, Navajo, Crow and Quiche Maya, and the UmonHon (Omaha) Tribe of Macy, Nebraska. In addition to dancing, the powwow will showcase the Green River North Drum featuring an intertribal singing and drum group that performs the songs of the Northern Plains. Another group expected to perform is the Asha Takuk Bird Singers, a Kumeyaay troupe from the Viejas and Santa Ysabel reservations whose members have traveled extensively in the U.S. and Canada, sharing the traditional song of the Kumeyaay passed down through generations. Native American arts and crafts, along with fry bread and Indian tacos, will also be the order of the day, in addition to information booths for Kumeyaay Community College; the San Diego American Indian Health Center; Family Health Centers of San Diego; the Southern California American Indian Resource Center (SCAIR), and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. With a name coming from a Kumeyaay phrase, “Ekwiiyemak,” translated to mean “behind the clouds,” “above the rains,” and “the place where the rain comes from the heavens,” and its location on what was once tribal land, Cuyamaca College

has long had a connection to the Native American community. Offering a Kumeyaay Studies certificate program, a mentoring program for Native American students, and a Native American dance exhibit put on at the college each fall, Cuyamaca College values its ties to the tribal communities and culture, said Maria Gearhart, a multimedia technician at the college library and cocoordinator of the powwow, along with Corrine Hensley, a tutoring center specialist. The pair volunteer as advisors to

the student group and also have family ties to the Native American community. “Powwows are celebrations, social gatherings and friendly dance competitions, and there are sacred traditions in this gathering of the people.” Gearhart said. “We look forward to this powwow becoming a long campus tradition,” she said. Admission and parking are free. For more information about Cuyamaca College, located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon, go to

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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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OLLI at SDSU Offers Compelling Spring Curriculum he Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at San Diego State University will offer more than 40 exciting courses and events during the spring semester, beginning Monday, Feb. 6. OLLI at SDSU offers a fascinating array of topics every semester for students age 50 and better. There are no tests, grades or exams, just the thrill of learning with like-minded peers.

Among the spring courses:

From Caravaggio to Romanticism: European Art and Architecture 1600–1850: Tuesdays, Feb. 7-March 14, 1-2:50 pm Students will increase their cultural literacy, learn what to see and experience when visiting Europe, and expand their appreciation of art. There’s No Business Like Show Business: A History of the American Musical: Mondays, March 6-April 10, 9-10:50 am Explore the stories, music, and larger-than-life personalities of American musical theater, tracing its history back to ancient Greece and European opera.

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Borrego Springs’ Sculptures with Santa Ysabel Stage Stop: Thursday, March 23, 8 am–6 pm A deluxe motor coach stops at the historic Santa Ysabel Store, Warner-Carrillo Ranch House, and the desert floor at Borrego Springs to enjoy lunch at the legendary Casa Del Zorro resort. From there, it’s on to see amazing life-size metal sculptures of Ricardo Breceda before stopping at the AnzaBorrego Desert State Park for a short walk and film in its visitor center.

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Conversations Worth Having: The Surprising Science of Happiness: Saturday, Apr. 1, 9 am–12 pm In this second in a series of TED (Technology, Education, Design) Talks — stimulating 4- to 18-minute videos by some of the most engaging speakers around the world —examine the newest research into what makes us happy, how memory and experience affect our sense of satisfaction very differently, and specific exercises one can do to be happier right now. To find out more about OLLI at SDSU or to become a member, call (619) 594-2863, e-mail or visit 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 Brian Jones appointed (back) to Santee city council

Brian Jones, former state assemblyman representing the East County’s 71st District, has been appointed to the Santee City Council. He previously served eight years on the council, followed by two terms as a state assembly member. He was available to serve again on the Santee council due to term limits with his statewide office. Jones will be sworn in on Feb. 8 and will serve for two years in the seat previously occupied by John Minto, who won the Santee mayor’s race in the November general election. Jones already has announced he will seek in 2018 the State Senate seat currently held by Joel Anderson, who himself will be termed-out of office.

East County Chamber’s next breakfast will be at Carlton Oaks Country Club

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, at Carlton Oaks Country Club, 9200 Inwood Dr., Santee. Breakfast sponsor is Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. Tabletop sponsor is the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon presented by imortgage. 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. RSVPs are requested prior to Jan. 3. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Chamber at info@eastcountychamber. org, (619) 440-6161, or visit

Grossmont Healthcare District supporting new Campo health clinic with $1 million grant

A new backcountry healthcare clinic currently under

construction in Campo will have $1 million for new medical equipment thanks to the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), an East County regional public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region. GHD’s board of directors recently approved a $1 million grant to Mountain Health & Community Services, Inc.​for its new health center in Campo to be called Mountain Health Family Medicine. The award, the largest single community grant in GHD’s history, is planned to cover the purchase of equipment for primary care exams, surgical procedures, dental examinations, X-rays and on-site lab testing, along with other patient care support functions. “When it opens in 2017, our new clinic in Campo will provide comprehensive primary care services to the most medically vulnerable population in rural East County,” said Judith Shaplin, president and CEO of Mountain Health. “This grant from the Grossmont Healthcare District will greatly help us serve lowincome and medically underserved residents in the 950-square-mile Mountain Empire region.” Founded in 1975, ​ Mountain Health operates six federally qualified health centers in Campo, Alpine, Escondido, Santee and San Diego. It also provides health services at several public schools in rural East County communities. In 2016, Mountain Health served more than 8,000 patients, many who live at or below the federal poverty level, it said. Mountain Health officials said the new 23,500-squarefoot clinic at 1388 Buckman Springs Road in Campo will replace Mountain Health’s existing Campo clinic a mile and a half away on Highway 94. The current 2,800-square-foot clinic has long served as the town’s main healthcare facility for decades, but over time has become insufficient in meeting the healthcare needs of

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the community, according to Shaplin. The new clinic will have 12 primary care exam rooms, two medical procedure rooms and telemedicine technology allowing patients increased access to specialists outside the area. Also available will be dental, pharmacy and X-ray facilities, as well as behavioral health treatment services. “Our support of Mountain Health aligns with our mission and purpose to address the unmet healthcare needs in the East County,” said Michael Emerson, GHD 2017 board president. “We are proud of Mountain Health and their staff ’s dedication and passion to improving and maintaining the health and well-being of the whole person by providing access to high quality healthcare and community services.” Since GHD began its community grants program in 1996, it has awarded more than $45 million in grants and sponsorships to community-based non-profit organizations, government agencies and Grossmont Hospital.

Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges has new executive director

Erich Foeckler has been named 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 will oversee development and implementation of a fundraising plan for the foundation and will take the lead in forging relationships with donors who want to make a difference in students’ lives. 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.


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Sharp Grossmont Hospital Receives the 2017 Women’s Choice Award® as One of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care

Honor recognizes comprehensive care to treat heart disease, nation’s leading cause of death for women LA MESA — Sharp Grossmont Hospital has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care by the Women’s Choice Award®, a nationwide referral source that identifies the country’s best health care institutions based on clinical criteria and surveys. The award signifies that Sharp Grossmont Hospital is in the top nine percent of 4,789 U.S. hospitals offering heart care services. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), despite increased awareness over the past decade, only 54 percent of women recognize that heart disease is a leading killer of females. What’s often thought of as a “man’s disease” causes approximately one in every four female deaths in the U.S. every year and it takes more lives than all forms of cancer combined. “With such strong prevalence of heart disease, every woman should know where to find the very best heart care before she ever has an incident,” says Delia Passi, founder and CEO of The Women’s Choice Award. “We help women by conducting evidence-based research and

recognizing the hospitals that could one day save their lives.” The methodology used to select Sharp Grossmont Hospital as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care is unique in that it evaluates: The number of cardiac/vascular services offered. Recognized hospitals must offer at least six of the following services: Cardiac Catheter Lab, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cardiac Surgery, Carotid Stenting, Coronary Interventions, Electrophysiology, Vascular Interventions, Vascular Surgery and Coronary Intensive Care (CCU). • 30-day mortality and readmission rates for heart attack and failure • Patient recommendation ratings on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey • Primary research about women’s health care preferences “With February designated as American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day supporting women’s heart health, this is timely to be recognized by women in our community and across the nation for the cardiovascular care we provide,” says Joyce Mcginty, director of Sharp Grossmont Hospital Heart & Vascular Services. “Each day our experienced team strives to provide

compassionate care, while also utilizing some of the latest treatments to help our patients. We are honored to receive this national award.” For more information about the 2017 America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care, please visit healthcare/. Sharp Grossmont Hospital has been serving the East County community for 60 years. It is the largest not-forprofit, full-service, acute-care hospital in San Diego’s East County and is part of Sharp HealthCare. The hospital is known for its clinical excellence in emergency and critical care, cardiac and cancer care, surgery, stroke care, orthopedics, rehabilitation, behavioral health, women’s and children’s health and hospice care. The hospital offers extensive outpatient services and prevention programs such as home infusion, sleep disorder care, wound care and hyperbaric medicine to support Sharp HealthCare’s emphasis on community health and wellness. Sharp Grossmont is a Magnet-designated hospital and committed to providing the highest quality care. To learn more about Sharp Grossmont Hospital, visit or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277).

Alpine Community Planning Group AGENDA P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91901-1419

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Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901 Archived Agendas & Minutes –

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Travis Lyon • Chairman Jim Easterling • Vice Chairman Leslie Perricone • Secretary Glenda Archer • George Barnett • Roger Garay • Charles Jerney • Jim Lundquist • Jennifer Martinez Mike Milligan • Lou Russo Richard Saldano Kippy Thomas • Larry Watt •

A. Call to Order B. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance C. Roll Call of Members D. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements 1. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans. The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only. E. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on any subject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda. F. Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items G. Organized / Special Presentations H. Group Business: 1. The ACPG is holding this organizational meeting to address annual updates to its standing rules, appointments of subcommittee chairs, and appointments of 2 seats on the Alpine Design Review Board. This is also an opportunity for those interested in filling the Vacancy for Seat #13 on the Alpine Community Planning Group to make presentations to the group. Group will make a recommendation at the March 23, 2017 meeting. 2. Announcement of Vacancy on the ACPG for Seat #13. This is an opportunity for those interested in serving on the Alpine Community Planning Group to make a statement to the group about their credentials and desire to serve. No recommendations will be made at this meeting. The Group will make a recommendation at the March 23, 2017 meeting. 3. Update to ACPG Standing Rules. Discussion & Action. 4. Appointment of Subcommittee Chairs. Discussion & Action. 5. Appointment of two seats on Design Review Board. Discussion & Action. 6. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for approval. Discussion & Action I. Consent Calendar J. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board) K. Officer Reports L. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary) M. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas N. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures O. Announcement of Meetings: 1. Alpine Community Planning Group – February 23rd, 2017 P. Adjournment of Meeting Disclaimer Language: Public Disclosure – We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any County ordinance or other law governing the County’s disclosure of records, the County ordinance or other applicable law will control. Access and Correction of Personal Information – You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.



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