Page 1

La Mesa Walk of Fame Plaque Ceremony, P7

East County

Win a 2017

BMW 430i Convertible Please see back for details.

FEB. 16-22, 2017 Vol. 18 No. 24

Est. 1998

The San Diego County Herald, LLC

East County’s Only Photojournalism Publication

Celebrates 7 Years! Get Your Community Fix!

NEWS In the

PAGE TWO • FEB. 16-22, 2017

Scholarships Awarded to 132 Grossmont and Cuyamaca College Students

Santee Family Medical Center

Grand Opening and Blood Drive Saturday, Feb. 11 • Santee

Grossmont-Cuyamaca College District for The East County Herald

Thirty-four students received Osher scholarships, the result of a statewide community college scholarship fund established by the Bernard Osher Foundation in 2011. EL CAJON — More than $70,000 in scholarships were awarded Saturday to 132 Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students who achieved academic excellence while overcoming incredible challenges and obstacles. The scholarships, ranging from $200 to $1,250, were awarded during a breakfast event at Grossmont College. To be considered for the scholarship, students were required to write a personal essay. They each told moving stories of the path they had taken to excel in college. The scholarships were created from a variety of sources, including private donors who want to honor a deceased family member or colleague; philanthropic businesses that want to assist college students with their education; or college departments that want to find another way to serve their students. Among the scholarship winners was James McAllister, who came to Cuyamaca College after serving 13 years in the Marine Corps. McAllister is studying computer science

and plans to transfer to San Diego State University after earning his associate degree in university studies. McAllister received a $500 scholarship from Barnes and Noble. McAllister said the scholarship money will enable him to buy the books and supplies he needs for his education. “As a college student, when you buy supplies, you want to get the best you can,” McAllister said. “I’ll be able to do that this semester so I can graduate with honors.” Another scholarship winner was Tareen Mekany, a Grossmont College student who has extensively volunteered for Sharp Grossmont Hospital, UCSD Moores Cancer Center, Rady Children’s Hospital and Habitat for Humanity. She received the Jack McAuley Memorial Scholarship. Mekany has also maintained a 4.0 grade point average, works part-time, and takes part in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. A first-generation American, her parents fled Iraq following the 1990 Gulf War. Her mother

East County

Est. 1998

Get Your Community Fix! ounty

East C

The East County Herald Est.



• Your Community • Our Community


445.0374 •

and older brother had to stay in Jordan for three years until they could join her father in El Cajon. Mekany, who hopes to earn a Ph.D. in psychology, said she learned from her parents that education is key. “I wouldn’t have succeeded if it weren’t for the awesome support I’ve received,” she said. “Grossmont helped me discover who I am and the people here let me know that whatever I wanted to do and whatever field I wanted to study, they would be there for me.” Thirty-four students received Osher scholarships, the result of a statewide community college scholarship fund established by the Bernard Osher Foundation in 2011. Osher, a Bay Area philanthropist, committed $50 million to the fund and challenged colleges to raise money to establish the scholarships. Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges raised almost $850,000 and were two of the 31 institutions in the state that reached – and exceeded – their fundraising goals set by the Osher Foundation. Through a statewide endowment fund, scholarships will be awarded in perpetuity to students at the two colleges. Among the Osher scholarship winners was Carlos Ornelas Zatarain, who received a $500 scholarship. Zatarain, who is from Borrego Springs said he is working 30 hours a week in addition to attending school full-time. He said he is supporting himself and living with roommates to lessen his parents’ financial burden. “The scholarship gives me some breathing room between my paychecks so I don’t have to worry so much,” he said. More information about the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges is available at or by contacting Executive Director of Development Erich Foeckler at

On The Cover LAKESIDE — Eastbound Bar & Grill celebrated their 7th anniversary, Saturday, Feb. 11. The day-long bash featured a Pajama Brunch, live music, a charity fundraiser and their Annual Beer Belly Contest. Congratulations, Eastbound Bar & Grill! Cover: Rob Riingen Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald

See more on P8 and at


PAGE THREE • FEB. 16-22, 2017

Your Voice in the Community San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce

Office: 619.440.6161 Fax: 619.460.6164 info


10315 Mission Gorge Road • Santee • 92071 Phone: 619.449.6572 Fax: 619.562.7906


Simply mail your business card, along with your check for $25 per week (four week minimum = $100) and mail to:

The East County Herald

Business Services P.O. Box 2568 • Alpine, CA 91903 It’s that easy! FREE ESTIMATE



884.1798 References Available

A Culture of Generosity...

Stoney’s Kids Legacy ‘It’s All About The Kids!’

A Non-Profit Organization Benefitting East County Kids... Our Future!

P.O. Box 2568 • Alpine, CA 91903 • Ph: 619.345.5622


Politics and

PAGE FOUR • FEB. 16-22, 2017

The East County Herald strongly believes in the freedom of speech and the rights of all sides of an issue to be heard. The letters and guest opinions/commentaries published herein present differing points of view, not necessarily reflecting those of the publisher, The Herald or it’s advertisers. Note: Letters and opinion/commentary pieces may be edited due to space restrictions. Send all letters, opinions/commentaries to:

So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Uncertain Future for State’s Anti-Smog Efforts


Jones Takes Oath of Office for Santee City Council SANTEE — Brian W. Jones was sworn in to the Santee City Council for a two-year term, Wednesday, Feb. 8. The council seat became vacant when Councilman John Minto was elected Mayor. Jones was first elected to the Santee City Council in November 2002. From there he was elected to the California State Assembly in 2010, as a representative of the 77th Assembly District for six years.

Jay Renard/The East County Herald See more at

Santee City Council, from left: Councilman Steven Houlihan, Mayor John Minto, Councilman Brian Jones, Councilman Rob McNelis, and Vice Mayor Ronn Hall.

ases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are down about three percent over the last 40 years in California, even as state population is up by well over one-third, better than 15 million, and far more smog-belching vehicles than ever clog the roads. This is a major public health achievement, and the single biggest reason behind it is the 45-year-old federal Clean Air Act and its provisions for California waivers. Despite this and other clear-cut successes, the California waivers vital to this state’s long-running battle against smog may soon be threatened. Those waivers let California set automotive and industrial emissions standards stricter than those in other parts of America, justified by substandard air quality in places like the Los Angeles basin and Bakersfield. While there is some disbelief in high quarters over climate change and the effects of man-made greenhouse gases, no one doubts what smog can do to human lungs. On any warm day in places like the San Joaquin, San Fernando and Santa Clara valleys, it’s hard to miss the brown taint smog often gives the air. But the number of smog alerts has dropped steadily for decades all over California, largely because of the waivers. Rules they made possible are behind generations of smog control devices, industrial smokestack controls and catalytic converters, plus hybrid, electric and now hydrogen powered cars. So effective are the California rules that more than a dozen other states passed laws requiring them to adopt for themselves any new California standards within a few years of their taking effect here. These advances, plus new zero emissions vehicles and other improvements now in the works, were at first pronounced economic impossibilities by a united front of automakers. Yet, they’ve found ways to make these things both stylish and profitable. Without the California waiver capability written into the Clean Air Act before then-President Richard Nixon signed it in the early 1970s, none of this could be. All this is now threatened by the words and record of President Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency. In his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt refused to commit even to keep in place the current versions of California waivers. Over the last four decades, the EPA granted this state more than 50 such waivers. Historically, these have been harder for the state to get under Republican presidents than under Democrats. For example, a requirement that large carmakers produce hydrogen cars like the Toyota Mirai and other advanced autos now in the works did not occur while George W. Bush was president, even though state officials in 2005 began applying for a greenhouse gas-fighting waiver to authorize it. Within less than a month after Barack Obama took office in 2009, the waiver process was underway, eventually winning approval that July. Pruitt, often accused of favoring oil companies and other polluters in his home state, said he plans to review all California’s waivers and might even try to take away powers granted in the past. Never mind that it’s a little late to disinvent the Toyota Prius, the Tesla Models X and S and other hybrid and electric cars. It would be one thing for Pruitt to refuse new California waivers despite their many successes. There’s precedent for that. But Pruitt would be treading on new legal ground if he tries to cancel existing waivers. This possibility is one reason California legislators retained the law firm of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help fight off potential Trump administration attempts to nix current state programs. New state Attorney General Xavier Becerra also vows resistance. No one knows where all this might lead under an administration otherwise committed to allowing states plenty of leeway to manage their own destinies on things like voting rights and water quality. “When we hear you say ‘review,’” Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts told Pruitt during his hearing, “I hear ‘undo the rights of the states.’” It sets up an uncertain future for one of the most positive, successful of state efforts, one that’s been backed by all California governors going back to Ronald Reagan in the late 1960s.

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


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti


To Your

From The Geezer’s Mailbag

. Are hallucinations reason enough to see a doctor?


. Hallucinations can be a symptom of a variety of problems—both physical and mental. They can be caused by schizophrenia, dementia, depression, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, fever, drugs, and alcohol. You should see a doctor immediately about this symptom. Visual loss is a common cause of hallucinations, too. About one in ten people with vision problems has hallucinations. It is suspected that this phenomenon is underreported because victims fear they are losing their minds and don’t want their doctors to know. Complex hallucinations among people with vision loss is called Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS). Charles Bonnet was a Swiss philosopher. In 1760, he described this condition in his blind grandfather. These hallucinations can strike at any age, but usually affect seniors. The most likely reason that the syndrome affects the elderly is the prevalence of visual problems in this age group. The common conditions leading to CBS are age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataract.


. Does it have to be very cold outside to get hypothermia?

. You don’t need a frosty winter day to suffer from hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when your body doesn’t maintain a normal temperature, which is about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (F). When your core temperature drops to 95 degrees, you are suffering from hypothermia, which can be lethal. You can get hypothermia in an air-conditioned environment. It can strike you if you are soaked in the rain on a cool, windy day, or if you fall into chilly water. Water colder than 70 degrees F can begin to cause hypothermia quickly. People older than 65 years are especially vulnerable to hypothermia because they tend to suffer from illnesses or take medications that interfere with regulating body temperature. Also, older adults often produce less body heat because of a slower metabolism and less physical activity. Seniors make up about half of the annual fatalities from hypothermia in the United States. Low body temperature impairs the brain, so hypothermia is especially dangerous because its victims may not know they’re in trouble. Severe hypothermia eventually leads to cardiac and respiratory failure, then death. Hypothermia comes on gradually. Shivering is a common and obvious sign. Shivering is a natural response that increases muscle cell activity and generates heat. But, shivering alone does not mean you have hypothermia. Healthcare professionals recommend looking for “umbles,” too. These are stumbles, mumbles, fumbles and grumbles. Watch for these specific symptoms: confusion or sleepiness; slowed, slurred speech; shallow breathing; weak pulse or low blood pressure; changes in behavior such as apathy; change in appearance such as pale skin; poor body control or slow reaction times.

PAGE FIVE • FEB. 16-22, 2017

Living with MS with Dee Dean

Stem Cell Replacement is Better Than MS Drugs


ew clinical trial results provide evidence that high-dose immunosuppressive therapy followed by transplantation of a person’s own blood-forming stem cells can induce sustained remission of relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system. Five years after receiving the treatment, called high-dose immunosuppressive therapy and autologous hematopoietic cell transplant (HDIT/HCT), 69 percent of trial participants had survived without experiencing progression of disability, relapse of MS symptoms or new brain lesions. Notably, participants did not take any MS medications after receiving HDIT/HCT. Other studies have indicated that currently available MS drugs have lower success rates. The trial, called HALT-MS, was sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and conducted by the NIAID-funded Immune Tolerance Network. The researchers published three-year results from the study in Dec. 2014, and the final five-year results appear online Feb. 1 in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “These extended findings suggest that one-time treatment with HDIT/HCT may be substantially more effective than longterm treatment with the best available medications for people with a certain type of MS,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. “These encouraging

results support the development of a large, randomized trial to directly compare HDIT/HCT to standard of care for this oftendebilitating disease.” MS symptoms vary widely and may include motor and speech difficulties, tingling, numbness, hearing loss, weakness, fatigue, chronic pain and more. The most common form of MS is relapsing-remitting MS, which is characterized by periods of mild or no symptoms interspersed with symptom flare-ups or relapses. Over years, the disease can worsen and shift to a progressive form. In HALT-MS, researchers tested the safety, efficacy and durability of HDIT/HCT in 24 volunteers aged 26 to 52 years with relapsing-remitting MS who, despite taking clinically available medications, experienced active inflammation, evidenced by frequent severe relapses, and worsened neurological disability. The experimental treatment aims to suppress active disease and prevent further disability by removing disease-causing cells and resetting the immune system. During the procedure, doctors collect a participant’s blood-forming stem cells, give the participant high-dose chemotherapy to deplete the immune system, and return the participant’s own stem cells to rebuild the immune system. The treatment carries some risks, and many participants experienced the expected side effects of HDIT/HCT, such as infections. Three participants died during the study; none of the deaths were related to the study treatment. Five years after HDIT/HCT, most trial participants remained in remission, and their MS had stabilized. In addition, some participants showed improvements, such as recovery of mobility or other physical capabilities. “Although further evaluation of the benefits and risks of HDIT/HCT is needed, these five-year results suggest the promise of this treatment for inducing long-term, sustained remissions of poor-prognosis relapsing-remitting MS,” said Richard Nash, M.D., of Colorado Blood Cancer Institute and Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital. Dr. Nash served as principal investigator of the HALT-MS study. “If these findings are confirmed in larger studies, HDIT/ HCT may become a potential therapeutic option for patients with active relapsing-remitting MS, particularly those who do not respond to existing therapies,” said Daniel Rotrosen, M.D., director of NIAID’s Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation.

Source: American Academy of Neurology.


. Do you have any suggestions for what to do in a



. Seniors face the highest risk of perishing in a fire because their senses don’t detect danger as easily as they used to, and they don’t move quickly to escape during an emergency.

Here are some general fire-emergency recommendations:

• If you must exit through smoke, crawl under it (smoke rises). • Cover your mouth and nose with a moist towel or an article of clothing to protect yourself from dangerous fumes. • Always touch closed doors; if they are warm, don’t open them. Don’t touch doorknobs. • If your clothing is on fire, drop to the floor and roll to extinguish flames. • Avoid elevators; use stairs or fire escapes.

Ask The Healthy Geezer a question at:

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

COMMUNITY Matters PAGE SIX • FEB. 16-22, 2017

BREAKING NEWS Doctor Makes Hearing Aids Affordable for Everyone

Digital Hearing Aid Costs 90%

Sreekant Cherukuri Board Certified Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor, and MDHearingAid Founder


Board-certified Ear, Nose, and Throat physician Dr. S. Cherukuri, a graduate of the prestigious University of Michigan School of Medicine, built a very successful practice helping patients with hearing problems. “I was often frustrated by the fact that many of my patients could benefit from the use of a hearing aid, but unfortunately couldn’t afford one. I then made it my mission to change this, making quality digital hearing aids affordable for anyone who needs one.”

It’s Nearly Invisible “I knew when I developed a new line of hearing aids that one of the most important requirements would be for the device to be hard for others to see,” said Dr. Cherukuri. “One of the biggest objections people have to wearing a hearing aid is that they are embarrassed. Our design helps people get past this concern.” Digital Hearing Aid Outperforms Competitors The new medical grade hearing aid is called MDHearingAid® AIR. It is sleek, lightweight, and full of the same advanced digital technology found in higher-priced devices, but at a small fraction of the price. “I couldn’t understand why everything in the digital world kept coming down in price, like computers, TVs, and DVD players, but not digital hearing aids,” Cherukuri said. Once the doctor started to realize his dream and was able to produce a device that costs 90% less, the industry was turned upside down.


90% LESS

Nearly Invisible!

Mini behind-the-ear hearing aid with thin tubing for a nearly invisible profile Advanced Noise Reduction to make speech clearer Feedback Cancellation eliminates whistling Wide Dynamic Range Compression makes soft sounds audible and loud sounds comfortable

Telecoil setting for use with compatible phones, and looped environments like churches 3 Programs and Volume Dial accommodate most common types of hearing loss even in challenging listening environments

So How Does He Do It? Since 90% of people with hearing loss have similar needs, MDHearingAids were designed to meet those needs with user-adjustable features, avoiding the need for expensive customized hearing aids. This also makes it so easy for people to try the product, because no prescription is needed, even though it’s an FDA-Registered Medical-Grade digital hearing aid. With their 45 Risk-Free Trial, you can try it at home and if you’re not completely satisfied, just return it. It’s that simple. They even provide Free Shipping and Free Batteries.

Doctors & Buyers Agree, “AIR is the Best Digital Value!” “...This product is just as effective (if not more) than traditional overly-priced hearing aids.” – Dr. Chang “I have been wearing hearing aids for over 25 years and these are the best behind-the-ear aids I have tried.” – Gerald L. “ excellent quality-to-price ratio.” – J. May, MD “This is truly a miracle... I don’t even know how to begin thanking you for giving me my life back!” – Sherri H.

For the Lowest Price Plus FREE Shipping Call Today

1-800-306-0349 Mention Offer Code AJ76 to Get FREE Batteries for a Full Year!

Wisdom for


with Pastor Drew

A Day in The Life of Jesus The Messiah


Part XC

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 d o i n g 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 view the burial of Jesus. Luke 23:50-56 “Now behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just man. He had not consented to their decision and deed. He was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who himself was also waiting for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before. That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near. And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.” Here in our text we have 2 groups mentioned, Joseph of Arimathea and the faithful group of women that faithfully served Jesus during His ministry years. Let’s first consider the man Joseph. In another Gospel we read that a man by the name of Nicodemus teamed up with Joseph to take and bury the body of Jesus. Both men were leaders in the religious community; looking for the kingdom of God; had recognized that Jesus was someone special, not in agreement with their fellow religious leaders that He was of the Devil and needed to be put to death. All of this and their actions to take the body of Jesus and bury it put them at odds with their fellow leaders. In fact it would cause them to possibly be put out of leadership as well as not be allowed to even go into the Temple. Yet they risked it all because they believed in Jesus. Jesus made it clear in His teachings during His ministry that you were either for Him or against Him; one could not be neutral when it came to Jesus. Luke 9:23-26 “Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.” When it comes to making a decision about Jesus, many people mistakenly think that they can be indecisive concerning Jesus and it is okay. It is not! Pilate thought he could relieve himself of responsibility concerning Jesus by washing his hands of His crucifixion. Others think that by saying they do not believe in Him and who He claims to be relieves them any responsibility, it does not! The other group was comprised of some women that loved Jesus greatly and wanted to do whatever they could to minister to Him. They had been at the Cross of Calvary when Jesus was crucified and felt so helpless not being able to do anything for Him. Now as He was in the grave they gathered some spices to minister to His body in burial. Everything we do for Jesus is noticed by the Lord. Jesus told a parable in Matthew 25 about those who fed the hungry; gave drink to those that were thirsty; visited those in prison and those that were sick, in doing this to others they did it unto Him.

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

FEB. 16-22, 2017


Children’s Nature Retreat Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Saturday, Feb. 4 • Alpine

Kathy Foster for The East County Herald


City of La Mesa

Walk of Fame Plaque Ceremony

Monday, Feb. 13 • La Mesa

Torrie Ann Needham, The East County Herald See more at



Eastbound Bar and Grill

7th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, Feb. 11 • Lakeside

Rob Riingen, The East County Herald See more at

FEB. 16-22, 2017

FEB. 16-22, 2017



Sophie’s Gallery and Gift Shop

Gotta Have Heart: Strikes & Spares Friday, Feb. 10 • El Cajon

Jay Renard / The East County Herald See more at



FEB. 16-22, 2017 DEC. 29-JAN.4, 2016

Cus om Branding ogos BUSINESS CARDS

2016 F S July T 1 2 T W S M 28 29 30 8 9 7 26 27 16 5 6 14 15 3 4 23 12 13 21 22 10 11 30 19 20 28 29 17 18 6 26 27 4 5 24 25 3 2 31 1



June 2


2016 F S May T 7 T W 5 6 S M 3 4 14 12 13 1 2 21 10 11 19 20 8 9 28 17 18 26 27 15 16 4 24 25 2 3 22 23 31 1 29 30

ay Sund


Tuesd day Mon

ne Wed

Satu ay

Frid day


Brochures ations













7 6

















29 28 27 26



air Co

The H




world outside




b anners Letter Head


91 64.17


and More!


for your custom quote..

FEB. 16-22, 2017


Every Great Event Begins and Ends at Hooleys!

Your Community Calendar


Rancho San Diego 2955 Jamacha Rd. 619.670.7468

La Mesa

5500 Grossmont Center Dr. 619.713.6900

Santee Chamber of Commerce Awards Night 2017 Get your table at Awards Night 2017 before It’s Sold Out!

• Individual Seats: $80

• Bronze Sponsor: $1000

–Table of 10 –Recognition at Event on Table Signage – Listed as Event Sponsor in Event Program For further Sponsorship Opportunities call the Chamber at 619. 449.6572 or email at Santee Chamber of Commerce Awards Night Thursday, March 16, 2017 Barona Resort & Casino Golf Events Center

1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside, CA 92040

Run EC’s St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon Sunday, March 5

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!

Submit Your Community Event Do you have an upcoming community event that you would like to see posted on The Herald Community Calendar? Send the Who, What, When, Where, Why and contact information to for consideration.



FEB. 16-22, 2017

Santee School District Appoints SDSU BEATwith Steve Dolan New Superintendent Improve Your Life Skills at

SANTEE — Santee School District has appointed Kristin Baranski as Superintendent. She replaces Cathy Pierce who has retired. Baranski started in the Santee School District in March 1998. Baranski received her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education at Southern Illinois University. She taught junior high English language arts in Schaumburg, IL and during that time, she received her administrative credentials from NationalLouis University in Wheaton, IL. After receiving her credentials, Baranski searched for an administrative position in San Diego. Baranski has held a variety of administrative positions in Santee School District over the past 19 years. She was a vice principal at Rio Seco, Hill Creek, and Chet F. Harritt Schools and a curriculum coordinator at the district office. She served as principal at Chet F. Harritt and Carlton Oaks Schools and has worked the district office for 10 years in a number of Director roles, including Director of Curriculum and Assessment and Director of Educational Services. Baranski became Superintendent on February 1, 2017. Since beginning her administrative career in Santee School District, her goal was to become Superintendent of the district. Baranski has been married 23 years and has three children

in East County public schools. Her youngest child attends school in Santee School District. Baranski shared that stu-

dents in Santee School District receive instruction in all the content areas, English language arts, mathematics, history, science, and physical education. The District provides students with an iPad for their learning at school and if parents allow, students can take the devices home for continued learning. Next Generation Science Standards will support the implementation of purposeful integration of technology and engineering skills. As part of the Local Control Accountability Plan, the District approved funding toward

site-based electives in the junior high programs. Many of the schools have been creating electives to support student creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. Personalizing student learning has become more accessible through the use of the District’s digital devices and online learning programs. Learning programs like DreamBox Mathematics and Achieve3000, non-fiction reading material, have supported this personalization. As students need additional academic support, each school site has a language arts specialist or an intervention resource teacher. The school identifies specific areas of learning needs and creates a plan to help remediate these academic needs. When asked about how students are provided grades in the school district, Baranski shared that in kindergarten– fifth grade, students receive a score based on their ability to demonstrate grade level standards. Students receive traditional letter grades beginning in sixth grade. Santee School District is well known throughout the County for model pre-Kindergarten – eighth grade schools. Baranski shared that this unique learning environment for students has many academic and social advantages for students as they enter high school.


SDSU Conference

an Diego State University is offering an interactive two-day conference “DevelopU” on Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, where attendees will learn how to reach their next level at work and life. Taking place at the AMN Healthcare Conference Center in Carmel Valley, the conference will offer students the opportunity to learn how to leverage their natural strengths and preferences to attain their dream job, next promotion, or any life goal. Award-winning transformation consultant Annette Gregg of Difference Makers Consulting, and a team of specialists in their respective fields will facilitate the skill-building sessions that will transform attendees’ approach to work and life. Cost of the conference is $199 and includes lunch on Saturday. “If you’ve been passed over for a promotion more than once; if you’ve been in the same position for too long but don’t know how to get out of it; or you’re looking to choose a new career path altogether, then this conference is for you,” said Gregg.

Conference features:

Friday, March 3, 6-9 pm

Essential Skills Topics • Powerful Written and Verbal Communication • Increasing Your Efficiency: Time Management and Prioritization • Asking Better Questions and Cultivating Intellectual Curiosity

Saturday, March 4, (conference from 9 am-4 pm)

Essential Skills Topics, 9 am-12 pm • Knowing Our Gifts and Living Our Purpose • Rebounding and Managing Change: Emotional Healing • Emotional Intelligence and the Power of Positive Thinking • Goal Setting and Building Community

12-12:45 pm — Lunch 1–4 pm – Breakout Sessions (choose two)

• Getting Your Finances in Order • Creating a Powerful LinkedIn Profile • Mindfulness and Stress Management • Negotiation and Influence Skills For details and registration, visit, or email, or call (619) 594-6924. Here are some of the enthusiastic survey responses from the men and women who attended last summer’s inaugural DevelopU conference: “It was amazing and I am forever changed.” “I took away concrete action steps that I can apply to both my professional life and my personal life.” “I feel empowered, inspired, and ready to make my dreams a reality.”

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 Grossmont Healthcare District helping refugees with support to License to Freedom

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has awarded a $10,000 grant to License to Freedom, an El Cajonbased nonprofit that assists Middle Eastern refugees and immigrants with cultural assimilation and health education. The grant will support License to Freedom’s community outreach efforts, particularly as they relate to cultural adjustment to American healthcare norms. Outreach includes providing culturally competent health education classes taught in Arabic to recent refugees and immigrants now living in the East County. Taught by existing refugee healthcare workers, pastors and social workers, the classes will cover the basics about the U.S. health system. Classes will emphasize the availability of healthcare services at nearby community clinics and urgent care centers, instead of hospital emergency rooms. Classes also will cover hospital emergency room protocol, according to Dilkhwaz Ahmed, executive director, License to Freedom. “If a family member goes to an emergency room, it is the custom of Middle Eastern community for the entire family to show up in support, but this can put a strain on the facility because American privacy regulations do not accommodate this cultural practice,” Ahmed said. She said classes will be held at churches, parks and community centers. The GHD funds will also support advertisements addressing cultural adaptation to refugees through Arabic newspapers, radio programs and social media channels. Ahmed said some of East County’s recent refugees will be escapees from Syria’s nearly six-year, multi-sided civil war between government forces of President Bashar Assad and Muslim militants of the Islamic State. She said some

Syrian refugees now in the East County will be from among the estimated 12 million displaced civilians who have traveled to the U.S. through Europe. Ahmed also said other populations supported by the GHD grant include refugees from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Turkey. According to data from the county Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego County saw a 64 percent increase in refugee arrivals in October and November compared with the same months last year. The top three refugee groups in the county are arriving from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. License to Freedom was founded in 2002 by Ahmed, a Kurdish immigrant with a background in psychology who was a women’s rights activist in Iraq. For more information on License to Freedom and its programs can be found at

East County artists at weekend’s Wildlife Art Festival

The Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts, Inc. (PSWA) will present its 44th annual California Open Wildlife Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19, at Liberty Station in San Diego’s Point Loma area. The festival, open to the public, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both weekend days at Liberty Station’s Corky McMillin Event Center, NTC Promenade, 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego. Admission is $5 per person, and children under 12 years of age are free. For more information, visit On display will be wildlife paintings and photography, along with traditional wooden hunting decoys of wildfowl, fish and birds. The annual exhibition attracts top carvers, wildlife artists and art lovers from all over the U.S., Canada, Russia and Japan. PSWA officials have announced this festival will be the last one. Several East County artists will participate, including

Submissions are welcomed for this column. Press releases can be sent to

Press releases may be edited due to space considerations.

painters Gloria Chadwick of El Cajon, Peggy Bradshaw Palm of Alpine, Steve Streit of La Mesa and Ron Dotson of Jamul, as well as Bob Berry of El Cajon, a six-time world champion carver. Other artists include Michael Crook, Pat Gilmore, Susan Mae Hull, Gary Johnson, Sue Kroll, Lia Maute and Sandra Zelasko. This year’s featured artist is Jerry Vande Berg. The Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts, Inc. is a non-profit organization that promotes wildlife art, including traditional hunting decoys, paintings and wildlife and bird photography.

One third of San Diego County households can’t make ends meet

Nearly one-third of households don’t earn enough income to make ends meet in San Diego County, according to a report from the Center of Policy Initiatives (CPI). The CPI finding was based on a selfsufficiency standard, which factors in basic family budgets without frills. Unlike the federal poverty line, it takes into account the high cost of housing in the local market. According to the study, it takes nearly $28,000 for an individual to make ends meet in San Diego. A family with two adults, an infant and a preschooler needs almost $89,000. “When we calculate the actual costs to fully meet families’ basic needs, we find that fully a third of households in San Diego aren’t earning enough,” said CPI research director Peter Brownell. “This means that over a million people in San Diego are living in economic insecurity, are living on the edge and are worried about their next meal.” The percentage of households living below the selfsufficiency standard dropped from 38 percent in the last report, issued by the CPI three years ago. The selfsufficiency standard factors in the costs of housing, child care, food, transportation, healthcare, taxes and miscellaneous expenses. The federal poverty level for a single adult is $12,331, and for a family of four is $24,036.


FEB. 16-22, 2017


Alpine Community Planning Group AGENDA

P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91901-1419

Notice of Regular Meeting • Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901 Archived Agendas & Minutes –

Group Member Email List–Serve *membership in this email list– serve is optional for group members

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. B. C.

Call to Order Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance Roll Call of Members

D. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements 1. Approval of Minutes i January 26, 2017 Regular Meeting Minutes ii February 9, 2017 Special Meeting Minutes 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. 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 ject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda. F.

on any sub-

Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items

G. Organized / Special Presentations 1. Barons Market, located in the Alpine Creek Town Center at 1347 Tavern Road, Ste 27, Alpine, CA has filed an application for a Type 42 ABC license (PDS2017-ABC-17-001) to hold on-site wine tastings, which will be incidental to the sale of produce, sundries, beverages, and other retail goods at this location. The proposed wine tasting area is a gated outdoor area in the rear of the building of approximately 945sf (70’ by 13’6”). The site plan details that the area will have a patio fence enclosure and will feature no seating or patio dining. Public customer access to the tasting area will be through the existing front entry to the store. The applicant has an existing Type 21 ABC license at this location. Based on the number of ABC permits that exist in this census tract, the application must request a waiver based on Public Convenience or Necessity. The ACPG will make a recommendation to the county on this matter. Presentation, Discussion, & Action. H. Group Business: 1. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for Group 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 – March 23rd, 2017 2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD 3. Planning Commission – March 10th, 2017 4. Board of Supervisors – March 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd, 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.


Romantic Day

The San Diego County Herald PAGE FOURTEEN • FEB. 16-22, 2017

Legal Notices

PUBLIC NOTICE ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NO. 37-2017-00003594-CUPT-CTL Superior Court of California, County of San Diego. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: KRISTI C. OLIVAS has petitioned this court for a decree changing names as follows: (A) KRISTI COLLOTZI OLIVAS to KRISTI COLLOTZI GARRINGTON. THE COURT ORDERS all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at 220 W. BROADWAY, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101, MARCH 17, 2017 8:30 A.M., DEPT: 46, to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing. This petition was filed in Superior Court, County of San Diego, Central Division on JAN. 30, 2017. SAN DIEGO COUNTY HERALD, PUBLISH: FEBRUARY 9, 16, 23 AND MARCH 2, 2017.

Legal Notices

Legal Notices


FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT ASSIGNED FILE NO. STATEMENT ASSIGNED FILE NO. 2017-000581 (A) BRASIA LINK 2017-002108 (A) KIWANIS INVITAlocated at 7825 FAY AVE., STE 200, TIONAL SPORTS MEET located LA JOLLA, CA, COUNTY OF SANMONITORCROSSWORD at 2590 S. GRADE RD., ALPINE, Edited by Charles Preston DIEGO, 92037. Mailing address: CA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, 27 Actor Flynn Out of the weather ACROSS Romantic Sara Rainey Place yourByClassified or Announcement Ad58 with the East County Herald News for only $5.00 for SAME. This business is conducted 91901.Day Mailing address: P.O. BOX 28 Sudsy 59 Belonging to them 1 First guy by: AN INDIVIDUAL The registrant 704, ALPINE, CA 91903. This busiUS power one 5 Gumbo three lines per week. (Approx. 35veggies characters 60 per“Beowulf,” line) -for$2.00 per29line aftercomplex the first three. Add $5 for 32 Woad is one 61 Pulls along 10 Soak up sun commenced the transaction of business is conducted by: A CORPORA34 Caviar source 62 Pop display 14 Mall call photo. (Note: photos will not be returned.) Lost and Found Ads are Free. ness on: NOT YET STARTED. This TION. The registrant commenced the 35 He played Walter Mitty 63 Get spelled 15 Hon business is hereby registered by the transaction of business on: NOT YET 36 Altar boy 16 “L’amie” following: (A) SANTIAGO PEREZ of STARTED. This business is hereby 41 Magniloquizes DOWN 17 Cupid’s time 42 US ski resort 1 Part of NAM 20 “That is best which liest 2000 MONTEGO AVE., APT. 128, registered by the following: (A) 43 Thomas More work 2 Fix in time ___”: Longfellow ESCONDIDOO, CA, 92026. Signed KIWANIS CLUB OF ALPINE FOUN44 Reprograph chemicals 3 Repressive Spanish 21 Ladies’ aids by: SANTIAGO PEREZ. This stateDATION of 2590 S. GRADE RD., 45 Contrite one duke 22 This ___ sudden! ment was filed with ERNEST J. ALPINE, CA 91901. Signed by: J. 48 Blind as ___ 4 Julie London’s “Cry ___” 23 Letter drop 49 Aria, usually 5 Ukranian port city 24 Romantic phrase DRONENBURG, JR, the Recorder/ RICHARD BROWN. This statement 50 Truck-stop special 6 Bandsman Stan ___ 29 Jingle County Clerk of San Diego County was filed with ERNEST J. DRONE52 Hoodwink 7 Sewer occupant 30 ___ -Tin-Tin on JANUARY 09, 2017. SAN NBURG, JR, the Recorder/County 53 “One Fat Englishman” 8 “Exodus” hero 31 Fasces feature DIEGO COUNTY HERALD, PUBClerk of San Diego County on JANUauthor 9 Stratal down-fold 33 Zwei und zwei 54 Faction 10 Harasses 34 Try the rink LISH: JANUARY 26, FEBRUARY 2, ARY 24, 2017. SAN DIEGO COUNTY 56 Sound of triumph 11 Star of “Same Time 36 Busboy’s tote 9, AND 16, 2017. HERALD, PUBLISH: JANUARY 26, 57 Grazed Next Year” 37 Muslim VIP FEBRUARY 2, 9, AND 16, 2017. 12 Clobber 38 Tic ___ toe 39

The Christian Science

View rosily



Fill40out this form and send it majesty with your check/money order to: 18 ___ Romantic song 19 Piccadilly Circus sight 46 Quite scarce County Herald, LLC 23 Revue unit 47 Sightsee The San Diego Mr. Pirandello 48 Attack P.O. Box 24 2568, Alpine, CA 91903 25 “Love Story” star 51 Lake Indians Monitor Deadline 26 12 Celestial dragon 55 Romanticis giftMonday at p.m. for that Thursday’s paper.

East County East County

Est. 1998

Est. 1998

Like Us on Facebook! Romantic Day

East County

See the digital edition ofSudoku your favorite community newspaper, The EastFix! County Herald, every week! Get Your Community Est. 1998


Threeby-three square

2 9

8 6


The East County Herald


3 8

2 5 9 7 1


7 2 4

9 2

1 5


How to do Sudoku Fill in the grid so the numbers 1 through 9 appear just once in every column, row, and three-by-three square. See example above. For strategies, go to



• Your Community • Our Community

445.0374 •

By Ben Arnoldy


2 8 1 6 7 9 2

Like us on Facebook!

East C


6 7 4



The Christian Science Monitor

Edited by Charles Preston

27 Actor Flynn 58 Out of the weather ACROSS 28 Sudsy 59 Belonging to them 1 First guy 29 US power complex 60 “Beowulf,” for one 5 Gumbo veggies Pub Date: 02/12/10 Slug: USUDOKU_g1_12xx01.eps 32 Woad is one 61 Pulls along 10 Soak up sun © 2010 The14 Christian rights reserved. 34All Caviar source 62 ( Pop display Mall call Science Monitor 35 He played Walter Mitty 63 News Get spelled Hon Distributed by The15 Christian Science Monitor Service (email: 36 Altar boy 16 “L’amie” 41 Magniloquizes 17 Cupid’s time RICH CLABAUGH/STAFF DOWN ILLUSTRATOR.eps 42 US ski resort 1 Part of NAM 20 “That is best which liest 43 Thomas More work 2 Fix in time ___”: Longfellow 44 Reprograph chemicals 3 Repressive Spanish 21 Ladies’ aids 45 Contrite one duke 22 This ___ sudden! 48 Blind as ___ 4 Julie London’s “Cry ___” 23 Letter drop 49 Aria, usually 5 Ukranian port city 24 Romantic phrase 50 Truck-stop special 6 Bandsman Stan ___ 29 Jingle 52 Hoodwink 7 Sewer occupant 30 ___ -Tin-Tin 53 “One Fat Englishman” 8 “Exodus” hero 31 Fasces feature author 9 Stratal down-fold 33 Zwei und zwei 54 Faction 10 Harasses 34 Try the rink 56 Sound of triumph 11 Star of “Same Time 36 Busboy’s tote 57 Grazed Next Year” 37 Muslim VIP 12 Clobber 38 Tic ___ toe 13 Openers 39 View rosily 18 ___ majesty 40 Romantic song 19 Piccadilly Circus sight 46 Quite scarce 23 Revue unit 47 Sightsee 24 Mr. Pirandello 48 Attack 25 “Love Story” star 51 Lake Indians The Christian Science Monitor 26 Celestial dragon 55 Romantic gift By Sara Rainey

FEB. 16-22, 2017



The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce Presents East County

Presenting Sponsor

Est. 1998

Community Relations Media Sponsor

Honoring Local Heroes from La Mesa’s Public Safety Organizations


Weds - Feb. 22 (5:00 pm to 8:30 pm) - Great Gatsby Sponsors EDCO SDG&E Virginia Napierskie

Ruby Sponsors Barona Resort & Casino Sycuan Casino

Pearl Sponsors Block Advisors Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World Kirk Paving, Inc. Lily’s Mobile Homes

Opal Sponsors California Coast Credit Union CityMark Building Services Children’s Nature Retreat Eleanor Yvonne Mohammed State Farm Office Heritage Inn La Mesa Himalayan Cuisine Kappa Surveying & Engineering La Mesa Dental Artistry Maggie Clemens Realtor® North Island Credit Union Southwest Strategies, LLC

Storage West Studio M.I.F. The Hills Local Pub

Emerald Printing Sponsor AAA Imaging

Nouveau Riche Sponsor Sandra Small Photographer

Art Deco Design Sponsor Kostedt Design & Marketing

Swag Bag Sponors Aflac Regional Office - La Mesa La Mesa Modern Dental Group

Gatsby Friends Sponsors Grossmont Escrow Co. Orchard Supply Hardware Robert Kotnik

Charleston Sponsor Town and Country Resort & Convention Center

Specialty Sponsors Courtesy TV - Sales & Service Dell Awards



FEB. 16-22, 2017

Over $480,000 in Total Prizes! Win a 2017 BMW 430i Convertible

Earn 2X entries on slots!* Each entry is just FIVE points. *Video poker slots excluded from the entry multiplier.

5000 Willows Road, Alpine, CA 91901 • • 619.445.5400 Must be 21 years of age. Viejas reserves all rights. Visit a V Club Booth for details. Please play responsibly. For help with problem gambling call 1-800-426-2537. © 2017 Viejas Casino & Resort, Alpine CA

Feb. 1–25

Profile for The East County Herald

021617 the herald  

Enjoy the Feb. 16-22 digital version of The Herald! Get Your Community Fix! Like us on Facebook!

021617 the herald  

Enjoy the Feb. 16-22 digital version of The Herald! Get Your Community Fix! Like us on Facebook!

Profile for deedean5