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East County Resident Honored at Annual Luminaries’ Luncheon SAN DIEGO — Meals on Wheels San Diego County held their annual Luminaries’ Luncheon that reviews their fiscal year 2016/2017 and honors ‘George A. Scott Award’ recipients and staff. The event took place at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina, Bay Tower on Harbor Island, Thursday, Feb. 15. East County Resident B.G. Lewis, was recognized at the Luminaries’ Luncheon as a George A. Scott Award recipient. B.G. Lewis was nominated for his 18 years of volunteering and his continued contributions to Meals on Wheels San Diego County. He delivers meals twice a week in East County and was nominated by the staff at the Meals on Wheels San Diego County East County Service Center.

From left: Congressman Duncan D. Hunter is recognized by FRC Action President, Tony Perkins.

From left: Tom Rodriguez, Meals on Wheels San Diego County Chair of the Board, honors and congratulates B.G. Lewis.

Grossmont Mall Walkers Recognized by State Senator Gareth Turri

For The East County Herald LA MESA — For more than 30 years, Grossmont Center has been home to a group of walkers known as the Grossmont Mall Walkers. What started as simply a way for people to stay active has progressed into a diverse group of more than forty people ranging in age from 50 all the way to 97. With the support of Sharp Hospital, instructor Daphne Miller has been leading this group Saturday mornings at 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM through stretches and walks to help participants stay active. With fun ways to help visualize your progress, such as a tracker that shows how many miles you have walked and how those miles would look on a map of California, and having blood pressure checks at the events, participants stay engaged in their own health, giving them the motivation to live an active lifestyle no matter their stage of life. However, this diverse group does much more than walk around Grossmont Center together. Bill Chisum, long time walker and current President of the group, commented on how tight-knit the group is, noting, “[We] have a train trip during the year. We have an anniversary party over at Fuddruckers, and at Christmas time we do about fifty bags for meals on wheels.” State Senator Joel Anderson provided the Grossmont Mall Walkers board members,

Rep. Hunter Scores 100 Percent on FRC Action’s New Scorevard

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Family Research Council (FRC) Action recently released its annual scorecard for the First Session of the 115th Congress. U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) is among a new record of 245 Members of Congress who scored a perfect 100 percent for votes cast last year. He was recently presented with FRC Action’s “True Blue” award for displaying unwavering commitment and consistent support of faith, family, and freedom. Votes in the U.S. House and Senate included: • No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion • Disapproval of Obama’s HHS Title X Rule • Obamacare Repeal and Replace • Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court • DOD Transgender Funding (Blocking Funding for Sex-Reassignment Surgeries) • D.C. Budget Autonomy • D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment • Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act • Independent Payment Advisory Board Repeal • Confirmation of Amy Barrett to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals • Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins made the following comment:

“We thank Rep. Hunter for consistently voting to defend and advance faith, family and freedom. As a ‘True Blue Member’ he voted 100 percent on FRC Action’s Scorecard including votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, deliver long-needed tax cuts that are already providing much needed relief to working families, stand for religious liberty, overturn President Obama’s transgender military policy, end the forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood, and protect pain capable babies. “Rep. Hunter deserves praise for his unwavering commitment to stand for life, family, marriage, and religious liberty. Californians should be encouraged to know that they have a Member of Congress such as Rep. Hunter who has come alongside other members and our president to begin the work of rebuilding our nation, and protecting the very values that made America great,” concluded Perkins.

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along with Sharp Hospital, Grossmont Center, and Daphne Miller with Senate certificates of recognition for their work with the group. Anderson commented, “I am glad to hear about this incredible group of walkers right in our community. It was my privilege to recognize the leadership team, and I know their dedication

has helped many people stay healthy this American Heart Month and beyond.” If you or anyone you know would like to participate or learn more about the Grossmont Mall Walkers, feel free to attend on Saturday mornings at the Grossmont Center Food Court, or, visit for more information.

SAN DIEGO — St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) Auxiliary held their first Mardi Gras Luncheon fundraiser, Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Marina Village by The Bay. The event benefits a variety of programs at SMSC for adults with developmental disabilities. Cover: Jay Renard Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald

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News Briefs El Cajon Mayor Takes a Run at The 50th Congressional District EL CAJON — In a surprising announcement, Monday, Feb. 20, Mayor Bill Wells of El Cajon announced his candidacy for the 50th Congressional District in the presence of family, friends and the media at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon, a city in East San Diego County. Wells brings nearly 15 years of public office experience to his candidacy, including his current tenure as Mayor of El Cajon. The doctor of clinical psychology owns and operates Broadwell Health, a behavioral health care facility. “I am running for the 50th Congressional District because I believe I can bring conservative Republican values to Washington, D.C.,” said Wells, 56. “My reputation as a leader and problem solver has lead to incredible business growth and prosperity for my community.” California’s 50th Congressional District serves more than 730,000 constituents and stretches from Temecula to El Cajon and east to the Imperial County line, including communities such as Alpine, Borrego Springs, Escondido, Fallbrook, Julian, Lakeside, Ramona, San Marcos, Santee and Valley Center. The seat is currently held by 41-year old Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine) since 2009 -2013, Distict 52, after redistricting), currently known as the 50th District. Hunter is running for re-election of his current seat. Some question if Well’s deci-

sion to run against the incumbent fellow Republican will make the 50th District seat more vulnerable to the Democratic Party by splitting the Republican vote. The seat has historically been held by a Republican. Wells, a La Mesa, native, first joined the political world as an advocate for a hospital employer, both at the local and state level. In 2004, he served as a Planning Commissioner and was later elected to the El Cajon City Council in 2008. When the prior mayor resigned in 2013, then Mayor Pro Tem Wells was appointed to serve out the remainder of the term. In 2014, Wells was elected as Mayor of El Cajon winning 83 percent of the vote. He has also served as President of the Grossmont Union High School District’s Proposition H Bond Oversight Committee and was appointed to the board of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). “Here’s what I stand for: limited government, the sanctity of life, property rights, a strong national defense and a secure border,” Wells said. “I will dedicate my time in Washington, D.C., to reducing the national debt, rejecting tax increases, and unburdening workers and small business owners to realize their full potential.” Wells married his wife Bettie, a therapist, together, the Wells have three children and four grandchildren. “It is my deeply held belief that holding public office is one

of the greatest, most sacred jobs in America,” Wells said. “And I find it so incredibly American that even a kid like me, from a broken and impoverished family, can dare to dream of service in Washington, D.C. ” On March 20, 2007, Hunter’s father, Republican Congressman Duncan Lee Hunter announced that as part of his 2008 presidential campaign, he would not seek re-election to the House of Representatives in 2008. Duncan D. Hunter announced his candidacy for his father’s seat and on June 3, 2008, won the Republican primary to replace his father. He defeated the Democratic nominee, fellow Iraq War veteran Michael D. Lumpkin, in the general election and succeeded his father in Congress. He became the first combat veteran of either Iraq or Afghanistan to serve in the U.S. Congress. As of 2014, he was one of 17 veterans of the Iraq War serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. Hunter was re-elected to the seat in 2010. After redistricting following the 2010 United States Census, Hunter followed most of his constituents into the 50th district. He was elected to the new seat in 2012, 2014 and 2016. In Congress, Hunter has focused on military, foreign affairs, and veterans issues. He serves on the Armed Services, Education and the Workforce and Transportation and Infrastructure committees, chairing the Transportation Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

he most dramatic news in the year’s first big round of political polling, out a few days ago, was that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, once the prohibitive leader in the run for governor, has fallen into a virtual tie for first place with former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the seven-candidate field of significant candidates. Villaraigosa has gained about 10 percentage points in the survey of the Public Policy Institute of California since serious campaigning began at mid-2017, while the former San Francisco Mayor Newsom lost about five points and other candidates showed no significant gains. That’s somewhat ironic in this year of #MeToo revelations of sexual harassment in politics and business, since both ex-mayors have had well-publicized sexual incidents that both say they now deeply regret. The poll findings become more ironic when paired with the details of an almost simultaneous poll by the UC Berkeley Institute of Government Studies (IGS). That survey, examining two long-Republican Southern California congressional districts that are now in serious play, found a large gender gap that’s likely to be duplicated in the other five or six districts where Democrats hope to flip seats in November. These races are vital to the current strong Democratic hopes of retaking control in the House of Representatives for the first time this decade. Republican congressional incumbents are unpopular all over California, found the IGS survey, heir to the polling organization of the longtime, but now defunct, Field Poll. That’s no surprise when the GOP congressional majority steadfastly does President Trump’s bidding at a time when his approval rating in the nation’s largest state sits at just 29 percent. The IGS study concentrated on two very different districts with previously secure Republican incumbents. In the coastal Orange County district of Dana Rohrabacher, who has held the seat 30 years, he gets an approval rating of just 38 percent, while 51 percent of voters there say they are inclined to vote against him, no matter which Democrat he might face this fall. They indicated they are more influenced by national issues than local concerns. It’s much the same in the variegated district of Steve Knight, stretching from ultra-suburban Simi Valley in Ventura County through booming Santa Clarita to the high desert area around Palmdale, where Knight was once a city councilman. The two-term congressman gets a mere 37 percent job-approval rating, while 56 percent of his constituent voters say they oppose his reelection. Most striking among the components of those big disapprovals is the gender gap. In Rohrabacher’s district, 59 percent of women voters said they lean toward opposing his reelection, while an almost identical 60 percent of women voters in Knight’s district say they won’t vote for him. Those are huge edges, not easily erased when national Republicans, including Trump, strongly oppose abortion and the environmental and workplace safety and fairness issues generally favored by women. And when Trump refuses to condemn former White House staffer accused of domestic abuse. While Rohrabacher voted against Trump’s tax changes, which set a $10,000 cap on what individuals or couples can deduct for state and local taxes (well below the amount of property tax paid by many residents of both districts), Knight is paying for backing that bill. About 32 percent of voters – most of them women – said that vote inclined them to oppose him. Meanwhile, Rohrabacher’s disapproval among women was strengthened by his votes to cripple the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Like other Republicans in contested districts, Rohrabacher and Knight also trail Democratic opponents in fundraising. There’s a strong likelihood these poll findings on Knight and Rohrabacher come close to matching the feelings in several other districts. Said IGS poll director Mark DiCamillo, the former Field Poll chief, “Republicans should be worried about the effect Trump is having on California. There’s an undercurrent that what’s happening in Washington is negatively affecting California.” His survey suggests it’s a strong tide, not merely an undercurrent. And the strongest component is the firm anti-Republican sentiment Trump has aroused among women voters in this state – who will also help decide the futures of Newsom and Villaraigosa.

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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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Scientists Observe for First Time How Myelin is Formed


erve fibers are surrounded by a myelin sheath. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now made the first-ever “live” observations of how this protective layer is formed. The team discovered that the characteristic patterns of the myelin layer are determined at an early stage. However, these patterns can be adjusted as needed in a process apparently controlled by the nerve cells themselves. The myelin sheath surrounding the axons, or nerve fibers, can be compared to the insulation covering an electric wire. Without it, the rapid propagation of electric signals would not be possible. Damage to this insulating layer, for example from illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis, may result in serious impairments.

Myelin segments determine the transmission speed

But myelin does not form a continuous coating along the axon. Instead, it is divided into segments. These can vary in length and are separated by gaps known as nodes of Ranvier. For the complex network of the central nervous system to function properly, the speed of the connections is not the only consideration. The crucial factor is the fine tuning: the signals have to reach the right place at exactly the right time. The transmission speed of information through an axon is partly determined by the

number and length of the segments.

Patterns remain stable

The bodies of humans and animals have the ability – at least to some extent – to repair damaged myelin sheaths. Dr. Tim Czopka, a neuroscientist at TUM, has succeeded in making the first-ever ‘live’ observations of this process. Czopka and his team used newly developed markers to visualize the formation myelin segments surrounding axons in the spinal cord of zebrafish. They concluded: Characteristic patterns made up of myelin segments with different lengths along an axon are defined within a few days after myelin formation begins. Although the segments continue growing from that time onward – as the body of the zebrafish grows – the pattern remains preserved. Following this observation, the researchers destroyed selected segments. “What happened next surprised us,” says Tim Czopka. “After the destruction of the segments, the myelin sheaths began to dynamically remodel. In the end, the damage was repaired and in most cases the original pattern was restored.” The regeneration followed a fixed sequence: First, the adjacent segments expanded to close the gap. A new segment then formed between them, and they contracted to their original size.

Axons influence the formation of segments

This raises an important

question: Who controls the emergence and the restoration of the segment pattern? “Our observations suggest that it is not the oligodendrocytes – the cells that form myelin – that decide where it is formed, but rather the axons,” says Tim Czopka. “You could say that they know best which pattern is needed for the signals to be transmitted at optimal speed.” The team is now studying how the segment patterns are affected by the targeted stimulation of nerve cell activity and by the neurotransmitters released as a result. “If we can understand the role of the axons in myelin generation and remodelling, it may yield new approaches to controlling it,” explains Czopka. “That would be relevant for the treatment of illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis.”

Source: Technical University of Munich

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 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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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 of not being condemned. Before we look at this promise of not being condemned lets understand why someone would be condemned. John 3:16-20 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hates the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” Romans 1:28-32 “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” 2Thessalonians 2:10-12 “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” Hebrews 3:12-14 “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.” Simply put, condemnation comes as a result of unbelief which is expressed through the rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord. The promise of not being condemned is a result of believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and is seen through obedience to God’s Word. John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Romans 8:1-4 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

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WHERE: Hillside Center 840 Buena Terrace, El Cajon 92020 WHEN: Friday, March 16, 2017 WHO: Boys & Gir ls Ages: 6-13 TIME: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. COST: $10 each Course #: 32651 *Spots fill quickly! For supply purposes, pre-registration is required*. Register online @ or Visit Hillside Center: Monday-Friday from 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, please call (619) 441-1674 *This activity/event is sponsored by the City of El Cajon Recreation Department and is not District Sponsored

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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 619-7404214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit our web site at www. SPRING INTO HEALTHY LIVING This free event includes information on healthy aging, free health screenings, senior-friendly exercise demonstrations, senior resources, healthy continental breakfast and more. Sponsored by the East County Action Network, East County YMCA, AIS, Sharp Grossmont, AARP, Sungarden Terrace. Wednesday, March 14, 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the McGrath Family YMCA in Rancho San Diego, 12006 Campo Rd. Spring Valley. Reservation required. Call 1-877-926-8300 CAREGIVING AT HOME • PHYSICAL ASPECTS OF CAREGIVING Family caregivers can learn and practice the basics of caring for a loved one at home including transfers, personal care, proper body mechanics & more! Learn from a registered nurse how to physically care for your loved one and how to protect yourself from injury. Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Brier Patch Campus, 9000 Wakarusa St., Rooms 13/14, La Mesa. Registration required. Call 1-800827-4277 or register online at LIFE ESTATE GIFT ANNUITY VS REVERSE MORTGAGE Learn how to get income from your home. If you or your parents are “house rich and cash poor” and would like to receive a meaningful income without moving, then you need to attend this free informative seminar. A free consultation is available. Norm Timmins, J.D., Gift & Estate Planning Director, Grossmont Hospital Foundation. This free seminar is Monday, March 19 from 10 to 11:30 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 www.



SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan Padres Reveal Spring Training Broadcast Schedule


he San Diego Padres have announced their broadcast schedule for spring training, featuring 30 games that will be available via television, radio or audio webcast. FOX Sports San Diego will televise 13 games, including 10 live broadcasts and three simulcasts. The first televised game of spring training will be on Friday, Feb. 23 when the Padres take on the Seattle Mariners in the annual charity game. Two contests will be made available through a FOX Sports West simulcast when the club faces the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Feb. 25-26), and one game will be through FOX Sports Kansas City when the Padres visit the Royals (March 6). The final spring television broadcast will feature the Padres and their Triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas, on March 26. Padres play-by-play broadcaster Don Orsillo returns to the booth for all spring telecasts, while former Padres starting pitcher Mark Grant of Alpine and ex-Padre Mark Sweeney will spilt time in the analyst seat. Former MLB pitcher Bob Scanlan will once again provide analysis and reports from beyond the dugout. All televised Padres games on FOX Sports San Diego will also be available on the FOX Sports Go app. Padres radio broadcasts will move to 97.3 FM this season after switching over to the FM dial for the first time in team history last year. The club’s new English flagship station will broadcast 12 Cactus League games, with the first spring radio broadcast taking place on March 3 and concluding on the final day of Padres spring training March 26. Ted Leitner and Jesse Agler return to the booth for play-by-play and color commentary in addition to analysis provided by Tony Gwynn Jr. 97.3 FM will provide expanded one-hour pregame and postgame shows hosted by longtime San Diego radio personality Chris Ello, with all podcasts and digital content available on The Padres will make 11audio webcasts available on padres. com for games that will not be broadcast on FOX Sports San Diego or 97.3 FM. The live audio webcasts will be available freeof-charge exclusively on beginning on Saturday, Feb. 24, when the Padres face the Oakland Athletics in Mesa. Listeners can access the free live audio stream by logging in or creating a free account on The complete 2018 spring training broadcast schedule is available on Individual games are subject to change. Single-game tickets for 2018 regular season Padres home games will go on sale to the general public Thursday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. at

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin St. Paul’s PACE to open new care program La Mesa Chamber announces honorees for ‘Salute to Local Heroes’ in El Cajon

St. Paul’s Senior Services has announced it will open in early March a new Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) at 1306 Broadway in El Cajon. A grand opening celebration is scheduled to be held from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23 at the medical facility. After the opening, it will be the third location for a St. Paul’s PACE program; the others are on Elm Street in Downtown San Diego and in Chula Vista. St. Paul’s Senior Services opened the first St. Paul’s PACE program in San Diego in 2008. As a managed care health plan exclusively for seniors, St. Paul’s PACE is ideal for seniors ages 55 years and older with chronic medical conditions who find it challenging to live at home independently. St. Paul’s PACE provides frail seniors with a community of healthcare professionals under one roof. It is a place where seniors will receive the healthcare and social services they need to stay independent, healthy and living with dignity and choice. Services will include personalized medical services, transportation and meals. Seniors who have Medi-Cal with no share of cost will not be charged for the services. “St. Paul’s PACE has cared for more than 1,000 low-income and frail seniors, keeping them in their homes and out of skilled nursing,” Kim Stratman, the center’s director, said in a statement. “The East County of San Diego has wanted St. Paul’s to open a day center here for some time because there is such a need. Research shows there are many low-income and frail seniors who will benefit from our program in this area. We are proud to finally be here.” St. Paul’s Senior Services is San Diego’s leader in senior care since 1960, offering nine different programs, services, and communities designed to meet the needs of San Diego seniors.

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The Chamber’s “Business Outlook Index (BOI),” a metric used to assess respondents’ expectations for near-term business conditions, posted a score of 19.7 as a result of January’s The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its 10th survey (Jan. 11-23). The January number compared to 19.5 in annual “Salute to Local Heroes” dinner starting at 5 p.m., December, which was in line with the 2017 average of 20.1 and Thursday, March 8, at the Town and Country Resort Hotel, above the 16.8 reading from December 2016. It was also twice Town and Country Ballroom, 500 Hotel Circle North, in San as high as the recent low of 9.3 in October 2016. Expectations Diego’s Mission Valley area. The event, open to the public, will about all four components of the index, including the number of include installation of board members, dinner, silent auction employees in companies, number of hours offered to workers, and recognition of eight local heroes from law enforcement, fire revenue, and business conditions, are all holding steady, district, paramedic field and retired senior volunteer patrol. More according to the report. The monthly survey includes about than 200 people are expected to attend. The event theme is 200 chamber members included members from the Lakeside, “One Jewel of a Night.” Cost to attend is $85 per person or two Santee, Alpine Mountain Empire and San Diego East County tickets for $150 and a table of eight for $600. Complimentary chambers, as well as chamber members from Escondido, Vista, parking is included. Tickets may be purchased online at www. National City and San Diego., or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700. “This unique event celebrates the strength of the Santee Chamber appoints interim CEO/ community and honors eight local heroes that serve, protect and make sacrifices for our La Mesa community,” said La Mesa president Chamber President and CEO Mary England. This year’s honorees The Santee Chamber of Commerce has appointed Mike include: Alex England, emergency medical technician, and Ben Clinkenbeard as interim CEO/president, succeeding Robert Schafer, medic, American Medical Response; Greg McAlpine, Lloyd, who had served in the role since October 2016. Lloyd deputy chief, and Matthew Kirk, captain, Heartland Fire and stepped aside because his term on the board of directors had Rescue; Eric Knudson, master officer, and Carlos Gaytan, officer, expired. Lloyd said, “I will use this time to focus more on my La Mesa Police Department; Mike Boatright and Chuck Jackson, health and spend time with my family. Despite me not being both volunteers, La Mesa Police Department Retired Senior the interim president and CEO, I will be involved as a proud Volunteer Patrol. member of the chamber.” Lloyd operates Lloyd’s Collision and Paint Center with locations in Santee and Lakeside. Chamber members optimistic entering “It’s an exciting time for the Chamber,” said Clinkenbeard, 2018 who served as board chair in 2017. “The offices will be San Diego-area chamber of commerce members entered moving in the next few months.” Clinkenbeard operates the 2018 with a positive outlook, according to a recent survey Clinkenbeard Farmers Insurance Agency, 235 Town Center conducted by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Parkway, Santee.

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