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Willows Hotel and Spa By Viejas Scripps Exec and Former Opens With a Bang NBC 7 San Diego Anchor ALPINE — Viejas Casino & Resort opened its new luxury tower, Willows Hotel & Spa, Wednesday, Jan. 31, as the third phase of its latest development plans with a ribbon cutting ceremony, an exclusive VIP party, and a mesmerizing fireworks show. By maintaining the artistic theme of nature, the new tower embraces a relaxing atmosphere by customizing the guest’s stay. The 159 allsuite, adult-only tower features a lush new saltwater pool, an extravagant full-service spa, salon, and fitness center, plus three new restaurant concepts. The San Diego area’s premier gaming destination has been redefined to accommodate guests with an unparalleled experience. Welcoming an invitationonly guest list to the grand opening celebration for Willows Hotel & Spa, General Manager Todd Simons praised the lush adults-only tower as “the first in this market” and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, who now employ a growing team of 2,100. In a speech at the ribbon cutting ceremony, Viejas Tribal Chairman Robert J. Welch, Jr. said, “We are proud to give back to our community in so many ways. We will continue to work tirelessly to be authentic and unwavering.” Upon arrival to Willows Hotel & Spa, guests are greeted with a personalized check in experience that is tailored to their unique accommodations and describes the array of luxurious built-in amenities therein. Each suite features an ultramodern contemporary design and has the functionality of a smart room, which can find information, act as an alarm, play music, and more. A pillow preference program allows guests to choose from a selection of plush bedding options to ensure a restful night’s slumber and select rooms feature a Wellness Experience including items such as Vitamin C-infused showers which add to the guests’ ability to reinvigorate. Each suite features products from Whish Beauty, whose trendsetting bath and beauty products are naturally sourced, organic, and made in the USA. Those wishing to relax poolside can enjoy the all-new saltwater pool with amenities designed to nourish the mind and body. From outdoor meditation to poolside massage treatments, the adultsonly pool is complimented by a brand-new spa, which offers full salon and spa services, ideal for anyone who seeks to be pampered, while a 24-hourstate-of-the-art fitness center allows guests to maintain their exercise regimens uninterrupted during their stay. Spa highlights include a

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salt sauna, private spa pool, steam room, and outdoor cabanas where treatments can be provided. This offers the perfect balance across the AAA 4 Diamond, Forbes Travel Guide 4 Star rated property and compliments Viejas’ other familyfriendly and high-energy pool environments. To satiate the refined tastes of the hotel’s visitors, three new restaurant concepts feature fresh, gourmet international food offerings. Locale Kitchen and Lounge, the signature eatery with farm-to-table California inspired cuisine, serves lunch and dinner in the sophisticated atmosphere. Ginger Noodle Bar offers up classic and contemporary Asian fare in a comfortable and modern setting, while The Daily Roast features popular Starbucks products and serve the grab-and-go needs of guests 24 hours a day. Reservations for the new tower can be made by visiting Willowshotelspa.com. Viejas Casino & Resort is at the heart of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians’ entrepreneurial achievements and is recognized as one of the most respected and successful Indian gaming resorts in California. Since its beginnings as the Viejas Bingo Room in 1977 the property has undergone

several expansions, constantly striving to provide guests more amenities, better services and more reasons to visit. Located at I-8 and Willows Road east of San Diego, the Forbes Travel Guide 4 Star and AAA Four Diamond Viejas Casino & Resort features worldclass gaming with thousands of slot machines, exciting table games that include Blackjack, Baccarat, and Pai Gow, a modern and elegant bingo room, and an off-track betting facility. Viejas Casino & Resort also features a variety of restaurants including the AAA Four Diamond Grove Steakhouse, The Buffet, and The Café. The beautiful Viejas Outlets, located across the street from the casino, offers visitors a unique shopping experience with highly acclaimed stores, numerous eateries, Viejas Bowl, and during winter Southern California’s largest outdoor ice rink. Viejas Hotel features 203 luxury rooms and 34 VIP suites, including a lush, spacious pool and lounge area. The highly anticipated new tower, Willows Hotel & Spa is now open and offers an additional 159 VIP suites, luxury spa facilities, signature restaurants including Locale Kitchen & Lounge, Ginger Noodle Bar and The Daily Roast plus an expanded gaming space.

LA MESA — San Diego Oasis, a nonprofit organization with office locations in La Mesa and Escondido, will be hosting Susan Taylor at its Lifelong Learning Center in Grossmont Center for two classes focused on healthcare. After more than 15 years as an awardwinning San Diego news anchor for NBC, Susan joined Scripps in 2011 and raises awareness and understanding of Scripps’ programs, facilities, and services. On Wednesday, February 21 and April 25 at 10:30 a.m., Susan will be discussing “Gadgets, Gizmos, and Good Health.” These free presentations will review the latest in technological advances while introducing a multitude of devices that are helping people live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Also on February 21 and April 25, Susan will present a free presentation at 1:00 p.m. titled “Do Pigs Fly?” and will review the state of healthcare today, which is going through its biggest shift in more than 100 years. With San Diego being a hotbed for genomics, and with technology leading the changes that will drive down costs, this presentation will explain how all this will change the face of medicine. San Diego Oasis is an award-winning nonprofit organization serving people over the age of 50 throughout the San Diego region by promoting successful aging through lifelong learning, healthy living, and community service. The organization offers over 1,700 classes and activities and operates an intergenerational tutoring program in over 100 schools throughout San Diego County. “With many in San Diego County being impacted by diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, and with so many new technological advances, these free presentations should be very beneficial for our North County community,” states David Beevers, San Diego Oasis Program Manager for North County. Oasis is a pioneer in healthy aging. Founded in 1982, Oasis is a non-profit educational organization that is active in 40 cities and reaches more than 50,000 individuals each year. Their mission is to promote healthy aging through lifelong learning, active lifestyles and volunteer engagement. Their vision is to see that adults age 50 and older across the country have opportunities to pursue vibrant, healthy, productive and meaningful lives. We seek to positively impact their lives through partnerships to share knowledge, offer evidence- and research-based programs, conduct evaluations and adapt to meet the needs of diverse audiences.

On The Cover EL CAJON — From Left: Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians Tribal Chairman, Robert ‘Cita’ J. Welch, Jr. and his wife Mikelene welcome invitation only guests to the grand opening celebration of their Willows Hotel & Spa by Viejas, Wednesday, Jan. 31. The luxurious 159 all-suites, adults only tower features a lush new saltwater pool, an extravagant full-service spa, salon, and fitness center, plus three new restaurant concepts.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias

GOP Retirements Also Complicate Life For Dems

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emocrats were gloating in mid-January, almost assuming victories in two once-solidly Republican California congressional districts and figuring that could help assure their retaking control of the House of Representatives after eight years of GOP domination there. But hold on one minute. The twin departures of two longtime House grandees and committee chairmen also present some problems for Democrats, even if many don’t see it. That’s because both those GOP retirees, Orange County’s Ed Royce and Darrell Issa, whose district includes most of northern San Diego County and some of Orange County, have had very prominent targets on their backs ever since Democrat Hillary Clinton carried both their districts in 2016, when Issa won reelection by the slimmest margin of any House incumbent. Now Democrats will have no one local to target, likely making the campaigns there almost exclusively about how loyal the Republicans running might be to President Trump. What’s more, the departure of the two incumbents opens both districts to the vagaries of California’s top two primary election system, where only the two leading primary vote-getters win spots in the November runoff regardless of party. So neither Democrats nor Republicans can now feel absolutely assured of making the fall ballot. With Issa and Royce on that ballot, Democrats would not have to worry about splintering their votes in the primary and possibly giving the GOP both runoff slots, as happened earlier in this decade in a predominately Democratic district in San Bernardino County. In that district, now represented by Democrat Pete Aguilar, Republican Gary Miller got two additional years in office because so many Democrats ran. The same could happen in the two newlyopen, incumbent-less districts, among 29 being vacated nationally by GOP retirees so far. Democrats need to hold onto all their seats and take 24 GOP slots in order to win back a House majority. There is a chance the GOP could suffer from splintering this year, too, especially in Royce’s district, centered on Fullerton. The likes of former Assemblywomen Ling Ling Chang and Young Kim quickly entered this race, as did Orange County supervisor Michelle Steel and former state Senate Republican leader Bob Huff. Former county GOP chairman Scott Baugh and county Supervisor Shawn Nelson also might run. Half a dozen Democrats got in the race before Royce dropped out and more may now declare, with the March 9 filing deadline well over a month away. Royce, whose tenure as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee was due to end next December anyhow, quickly endorsed Kim, his former longtime aide. That may net her a big share of the $3.5 million war chest Royce possesses. All this could see two candidates who each pull fewer than 20 percent of the primary vote facing off in November. Things could also get complicated in Issa’s district, where Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chavez entered the House race within hours of Issa’s retirement announcement. Chavez, a moderate and one of seven GOP legislators who last year helped pass an extension of the state’s cap-and-trade system for cutting greenhouse gases, has a chance to win over some no-party-preference voters who might have turned thumbs down on Issa. Other prominent Republicans also could enter this race, including state Senate Republican leader Pat Bates and Diane Harkey, chair of the recently scandal-ridden state Board of Equalization. Four Democrats were already seeking to oust Issa, a longtime ultraconservative who as chairman of the House Oversight Committee incessantly dogged ex-President Barack Obama with unproven claims of wrongdoing. Among the Democrats is retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate, an Iraq war veteran who almost beat Issa in 2016. That forced Issa to adopt more moderate public stances in the last year. He even altered his conservative voting habits slightly, opposing Trump’s controversial tax changes at the last moment, after it had become clear they would pass without his help. The GOP’s congressional campaign chief, Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio, expressed hope Democrats would splinter in the June primary, leaving their eventual nominees “black and blue, and broke.” But there’s almost as much chance of the GOP splintering, which leaves plenty of uncertainty for both parties.

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

To Your

Low-Impact Exercise and Aging Joints

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. I’ve got problems with several joints and I heard low-impact exercise is something I should try. What is lowimpact and can you suggest some exercises? Warning: If you want to begin a new exercise program, you should consult your physician and request a list of exercises that are best for your age and physical condition.

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As you age, your body becomes less flexible and more vulnerable to injury. Low-impact exercise does not place excessive pressure on your body. There are many low-impact activities that can give you a good, relatively safe workout. The following are some low-impact exercises that you can review and discuss with your doctor. I put these in alphabetical order:

Cycling

Riding a bike gives you a substantial workout. I enjoy riding bike trails because I get to enjoy nature while getting low-impact exercise. I gave up riding on streets because there are too many dangers posed by cars and trucks. If you don’t want to ride outdoors, you can pedal a stationary bike indoors.

Golf

Golf is great for increasing flexibility and strength. Swinging a club is more exercise than it appears to be. If you can walk 18 holes with a hand cart, you are in great shape already. But riding the course with a golf cart will still have you walking more than you would think.

Swimming

Swimming poses very little injury risk. The water relieves the stress on your body. Swimming also is a whole-body exercise. There’s lots strengthening and stretching while afloat. It’s great for your arms, legs, back and shoulders.

Tai Chi

In Asia, tai chi (tie-chee) is considered to be the most beneficial exercise for older people, because it is gentle and can be modified easily if a person has health limitations. A person doing tai chi progresses slowly and gracefully through a series of movements while breathing deeply and meditating. Tai chi relaxes and stimulates the body and mind. Tai chi has been called moving meditation.

Walking

Walking is one of the simplest and best low-impact exercises. All you need is a good pair of shoes or sneakers and a place to walk. On cold and rainy days, I see a lot of seniors walking around indoor malls. When you can, a beneficial exercise is leaving the car keys at home when you have to run an errand.

Water aerobics

Water aerobics is another exercise that can work the whole body. The concept behind this exercise is that everything you do is resisted by the water. This exercise is so popular among seniors that an iconic photo you see often is of a bunch of older people in a pool smiling.

Weight-lifting

You should begin doing your moves without weights. Then go to light weights. You can increase the weight amounts gradually. Getting a personal trainer for weight-lifting is a smart idea.

Yoga

Yoga practice includes physical postures that participants flow into and then hold before proceeding to the next posture. Yoga has been shown to help alleviate many of the health problems faced by older adults. In fact, the many benefits of Yoga are supposed to combat the aging process. Yoga can help your balance, a serious concern for seniors.

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

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

The Dangers of Chronic Stress on Multiple Sclerosis

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newly discovered nerve pathway facilitates fatal gut failure in a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) mouse model placed under chronic stress, Hokkaido University researchers report in the journal eLife. The findings could provide a new therapeutic strategy for MS, an intractable, currently untreatable disease. MS affects over 2.5 million people worldwide and causes motor dysfunction, impaired vision and gut failure. It is an autoimmune condition of the central nervous system mediated by immune cells called autoreactive CD4+ T cells. These pathogenic CD4+ T cells can be used to induce an MS-like disease in research mice. In previous studies using these mouse models, Masaaki Murakami of Hokkaido University and his colleagues found that autoreactive CD4+ T cells cross the blood-brain barrier at specific sites causing brain and spinal cord inflammation. In the present study, the team and their collaborators in Japan and Germany investigated the possible relationships between micro-inflammation in the brain, chronic stress and stress-related organ failure. They put healthy mice under stress by disturb-

ing their sleep or by rearing them on wet bedding. Transferring pathogenic CD4+ T cells to the mice under stress caused severe symptoms such as gut failure and even sudden death. Cell micro-inflammation developed at specific sites in the brain. Pathological analysis showed damage to stomach tissues compared to mice not placed under stressful conditions. Transfer or stress alone did not cause these symptoms. Subsequent investigations revealed a complex nerverelated mechanism behind this process. The injected pathogenic CD4+ T cells accumulated around blood vessels in two specific sites at the centre of the brains of stressed mice. Micro-inflammation developed around specific blood vessels, and the inflamed sites then released a small molecule, called ATP, that switched on a nerve pathway that is normally turned off. This switch led to gut dysfunctions, bleeding and failure. Also, the bleeding led to increased levels of potassium in the blood, which is a factor that can lead to heart failure. The team was able to prevent gut failure by suppressing inflammation in the brain or blocking nerve pathways from the brain to the gut. The results suggest tiny areas of inflammation around some specific ves-

ddean@echerald.com sels in the brain are a risk factor for organ dysfunction, including severe gut and heart failure. Microinflammation in the brain is known to happen in various diseases, including Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. “These results demonstrate a direct link between brain micro-inflammation and fatal gastrointestinal diseases via the establishment of a new neural pathway under stress,” says Murakami. “We plan to further investigate other possible connections between brain micro-inflammations and organ dysfunctions, including those within the brain itself.”

Source: Hokkaido University, Japan

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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EVERYDAY LIFE

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The Promises of God

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Part XLIII

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 God meeting all my needs. First let’s make sure we understand the difference between “needs” and wants or desires. Needs are everything that is needed in life to sustain and continue on both physically and spiritually. Wants, desires, and lusts are something completely different. They are added things that at times make life a little more easy, such as a microwave or pop up toaster even a refrigerator and freezer. They are nice to have, my wife and I have them but life could go on without them, in fact in most of the countries I go to they have never even seen or heard of them and they get along quite well without them. The problem is that our advertising industry has been very successful convincing us not only that we need so many things but also that we “deserve” them and that life isn’t worth living without them. Now let us look at some verses that tell us of God’s faithfulness to provide all that we need. Matthew 6:31-34 “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” King David knew and experienced this promise numerous times in his life, Psalm 37:23-26 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholds him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; and his seed is blessed.” The Apostle Peter assures us in 2Peter 1:3-4 “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” And the author of Hebrews tells us, Hebrews 13:5-6 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Essential to all of this is trusting and walking with Him. The one who has nothing to do with God, who turns away from Him and follows after the world should expect no such promise rather dryness of soul, barrenness and at best the pleasures of sin but for a season but in the end death. Just a note of personal testimony, I have known the Lord now for over 40 years, been a pastor for over 36 years and God has always taken care of me and my family just as He said He would. No, we have not had all the nice things of the world, great riches, or all the that the world says we need, but we have always had enough and best of all we have always had all we could possibly have of Jesus.

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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El Cajon’s 2017 Citizen of The Year Monday, Feb. 5 • El Cajon

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Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close Upcoming Concerts at Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close • The Oak Ridge Boys, Saturday Feb. 3, Tickets: $59-$69 • Little Anthony and The Imperials, Friday, Feb. 16, Tickets $59-$69 • Poco and the Pure Prairie League, Sunday, Feb. 11, Tickets $59-$69 • Los Caminantes, Wednesday Feb. 14, Tickets $29-$39 • Little Anthony and The Imperials, Friday, Feb. 16, Tickets $59-$69 • Warrant and Quiet Riot, Friday, Feb. 23, Buy Tickets $59-$69 • Human Nature, Thursday March 22 at 8 p.m., Tickets: $49-$59 • Aaron Lewis, March 27 and 28, Tickets $59-$69 • The Commodores, March 29 and 30, Tickets $79-$89 • The Marshall Tucker Band, Monday April 16, Tickets $59-$69 Concert tickets can be purchased online at www.sycuan.com or at the Live & Up Close box office located at Sycuan Casino.

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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan

USD Alum Enters Conference Hall of Fame

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ormer University of San Diego basketball player Christine Enger will be honored when the West Coast Conference inducts its 10th annual Hall of Honor class on Saturday, March 3 at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas. She’ll be among ten individuals, one from each member institution, recognized as part of the 2018 West Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships to highlight the 10-Year Anniversary of the WCC Championships in Las Vegas. The 2018 induction class features one NCAA statistical champion, one NCAA National Athlete of the Year, two Olympians, two NCAA record holders, three individuals amassing five Academic All-American honors, five individuals collecting a combined seven conference MVP honors, and six individuals compiling a combined 20 All-American citations. “The West Coast Conference is honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these former student-athletes and coaches as we celebrate the 10-Year anniversary of the WCC Basketball Championships in Las Vegas,” said WCC Interim Commissioner Connie Hurlbut. “The 2018 Hall of Honor class represents our 10 schools’ long-standing commitment to developing student-athletes by fostering an environment of athletic and academic excellence.” Enger was inducted into USD’s Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2010 she was one of nine former Toreros honored on the commemorative 25th Anniversary Team of 50 student-athletes to celebrate 25 years of the West Coast Conference sponsoring women’s athletics.

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 rankings: SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE BOYS PREP BASKETBALL POLL TEAM;RECORD; POINTS; LAST WEEK • First-place votes in parenthesis • Points awarded on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis • Rank;Team; Record; Points; Last Week 1. Foothills Christian (7) ;21-5; 115;1 2. Torrey Pines (5); 23-2; 113;2 3. Mission Bay ; 21-4; 96; 3 4. San Marcos;20-2; 85; 4 5. Vista; 19-6;71;5 6. Mater Dei Catholic;19-6;62;6 7. La Jolla Country Day ;17-7;42;8 8. St. Augustine ;13-6; 32; 7 9. Montgomery ; 20-4; 29;9 10. Mount Miguel ; 22-4; 13; NR Others receiving votes: Canyon Crest (15-8, 2 points), Helix (16-8, 1 point), Parker (9-9, 1 point).

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The El Cajon Citizen of the Year Committee honored this week Joe Garzanelli with its 2017 Citizen of the Year award. Garzanelli, broker with Keller Williams Realty in El Cajon, was honored at a luncheon on Monday, Feb. 5 at the Elks Lodge in El Cajon. Garzanelli was honored for his community involvement, including support to nonprofits and charitable volunteer work. He has been a member of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce member since 1995 and served on the board of directors from 2007 to 2010. He is a 1997 graduate of the Chamber’s San Diego East County Leadership Program and a 2015 graduate of the Leadership East County Masters Program. The community organizations that have benefited from Garzanelli’s support have included St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Home of Guiding Hands, Boys & Girls Clubs of East County, Lions, Tigers and Bears, Stoney’s Kids and the East County Toy Drive. Garzanelli, broker with Keller Williams Realty, San Diego East Foothills, in El Cajon, has 48 years of experience in the real estate industry. He opened his Keller Williams office in March 2011. Previously, Garzanelli managed and owned several other real estate sales offices. He was a partner in an El Cajon Century 21 office that became one of the top-producing offices in the nation. He also was co-owner and broker manager of another Century 21 office at Chase Avenue and Avocado Boulevard in El Cajon that also became one of the top-producing offices in the nation. After serving in the U.S. Army, Garzanelli attended Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, where he met his wife Jonelle. They were married in April 1970. Today, they have four grown daughters, four granddaughters and one grandson. In June 1970, Joe and Jonelle moved to San Diego where Joe’s two brothers operated a real estate office with Hilmer Severin, whose

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family developed part of East County, including the area along Severin Drive in La Mesa. “The job with my brothers was going to be temporary until I could finish schooling to get a job as an electrical engineer,” said Joe. “My temporary job has lasted 48 years.” The annual Citizen of the Year program is co-hosted by the El Cajon Valley Lions Club, El Cajon Rotary Club and San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. Previous winners have included Dick Nasif (2016), Humbert Cabrera (2015), Chuck Hansen (2014), San Diego East Visitors Bureau and Shirley Johnson (2013). Among the local organizations involved with the El Cajon Citizen of the Year honoree selection: San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, El Cajon Police Officer Association, Heartland Lions, Home of Guiding Hands, Salvation Army, El Cajon Valley Kiwanis Club, East County Boys and Girls Clubs, Wieghorst Museum Foundation, El Cajon Historical Society, Main Street Flag program, El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club and Rotary Club of El Cajon.

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The City of El Cajon Teen Coalition is seeking “Youth of the Year” award nominations to recognize those youth who go above and beyond in serving their community either through their leadership abilities and-or their quality or level of community service in El Cajon. Leadership can be defined as those individuals who consistently facilitate a team vision and help guide others towards success. Community service helps better the community through the value and impact of those served. Final awards will be based on dedication, Viejas Casino has opened adults-only commitment beyond what may be required by school, and hotel tower demonstrated impact on the community. Two students will The Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine has opened its new be honored, including a middle school student (grades 6–8) luxury tower, Willows Hotel & Spa, as the third phase of its and high school student (grades 9–12). All nominations latest development plans. The 159 all-suite, adult-only tower are reserved for youth who are residents of the City of El features a new saltwater pool, a full-service spa, salon, and Cajon or who attend a school located within the city limits fitness center, plus three new restaurant concepts. Three of El Cajon. Youth will be recognized and awarded for new restaurant concepts feature fresh, gourmet international service accomplished within the calendar year previous food offerings, including: Locale Kitchen and Lounge, the to the nomination period. Awards will be based on service signature eatery with farm-to-table California inspired cuisine, accomplished between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017. serves lunch and dinner; Ginger Noodle Bar offers classic Applications will be available are available on the City’s and contemporary Asian fare; The Daily Roast features website at www.cityofelcajon.us. Deadline is March 22.


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Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

Alpine’s Honorary Mayor Race Begins Now 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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