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Senator Anderson Recognizes Lakeside Chamber President and CEO

Education, Inspiration and Gamer Fun at Viejas Rec Center

ALPINE — Actor Jonathon Joss (John Redcorn from King of The Hill, Denali from The Magnificent Seven, Ken Otote from Parks and Recreation) made a presentation on the dynamics of the technical procedure of producing today’s intricate video games at Viejas Recreation Center, Wednesday, Feb. 21. Joss inspired the attendees with a tutorial of how they can break into the voiceover profession and transitioned to how one’s voice can benefit in any profession, life and cause. A video game contest followed featuring a Mario Kart 8 showdown. Digital competition and professional education collided with great resolve.

Viejas Tribal Councilman Adrian Brown (left) observed as Mario and John Redcorn delivered education, inspiration, and gamer fun at Viejas Recreation Center.

Learn4Life and Diego Valley Charter School Recognized by State Senator An Nguyen

For The East County Herald EL CAJON — Under the direction of Learn4Life, Diego Valley Charter School in El Cajon offers a free program for students to earn high school diploma. Some students have previously dropped out; some have fallen behind on class credits and found it difficult to catch up. Others have to support their families and find tradition school schedules incompatible with their work schedule. Diego Valley Charter School and other similar schools in the Learn4Life organization offers students invaluable opportunities to succeed in life through education and job skills training. California State Senator Joel Anderson has been a strong partner of Learn4Life and Diego Valley Charter School. Graduates from Diego Valley Charter School have received Senate certificates of recognition from Anderson the last two years. His office is often present at the school’s career fairs to recruit legislative interns for Anderson’s district offices. Learn4Life has dozens of resource centers in California, along with a Mobile Learning Center that travels to rural parts of California to serve disadvantaged students. The Mobile Learning Center made a stop at the state Capitol building in Sacramento last week, where Anderson’s representatives visited to explore Learn4Life’s initiatives and programs. Students from many walks of life learn in an independent-study curriculum to either obtain sufficient credits

From left: Ann Abajian, PR Director from Learn4Life with legislative interern for Senator Joel Anderson, An Nguyen. to earn a high school diploma or re-enroll in their high school of choice. Learn4life calls it “personalized learning.” The school operates year-round. There are morning, afternoon, and nighttime classes. Students have much more one-onone teacher instruction when compared to a traditional class room setting. One of the student representatives visiting the Capitol happened to be a resident of San Diego County. Rafael “Rafa” Escamilla, 17, attends Innovation High School. Escamilla had to work to support his family while also attending a traditional high school in San Diego. He was working daytime and nighttime, doing whatever his family needed. “[My] school schedule of 5 days a week, 8 hours a day wasn’t right for me,” Escamilla recalls.

Escamilla heard about Learn4Life’s Resource Center in Chula Vista by way of his mother’s friend whose daughter attended classes there. “If it works with me and allows me to work, graduate, and be able to get the high school experience such as joining clubs and joining sports, I was going to go to that school.” Escamilla decided to enroll and earned credits toward his diploma and also allowed him to support his family. Escamilla is currently taking courses in Learn4Life’s Career Technical Education Program and the Digital Media Pathway Program and has started his own photography and videography business. Escamilla is expected to graduate in June 2018. Afterwards, Escamilla plans to get higher education to be a great entrepreneur.

EL CAJON — California State Senator Joel Anderson presents a Senate Resolution to Kathy Kassel, Friday, Feb. 23, for her service to the community as the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. Kassel has retired from her position.

Trump Administration Follows Hunter Lead on Reviewing Qualcomm Deal WASHINGTON, D.C. — Multiple reports are indicating that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CIFUS) has initiated a review of the proposed takeover of San Diego-based Qualcomm by Broadcom, Ltd, a competitive rival based out of Singapore. Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to President Trump last week outlining the national security implications of such action, as well as the adverse effect the takeover would have on the San Diego job market. “This is a good first step, but we have a lot more to do,” said Congressman Hunter. “Reports that CFIUS has begun a review of Broadcom’s proposed takeover of Qualcomm demonstrates that the Trump Administration is taking the national security concerns I raised in my recent letter seriously. Qualcomm has critical intellectual property that is important to communication capability and it must be protected. In previous mergers, Broadcom has a clear history of initiating layoffs and the economic ramifications for San Diego could be devastating; we must protect these jobs and national security.” Senator John Cornyn of Texas also expressed concerns with this takeover action and sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urging CFIUS to expedite and complete its review prior to next week’s Qualcomm board meeting. Congressman Hunter agreed with Senator’s Cornyn’s argument. “The scheduled shareholding meeting on March 6 is critical,” said Congressman Hunter. “If Broadcom forces a vote, it could potentially take control of Qualcomm’s governing board. The time to act is now and it is imperative that CIFUS move quickly.” Congressman Hunter’s letter to President Trump from last week is on P4 of this edition.

On The Cover EL CAJON — The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce held their annual East County Honors Awards Night – themed ‘Denim & Diamonds’ – Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Elks Lodge in El Cajon. Bobbi Brink (cover, left) founder and owner of Lions, Tigers & Bears was congratulated by Bob Burton, outgoing chair (cover, right) for being named Non-profit of The Year. Cover: Jay Renard Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias

If Undisciplined, GOP Won’t Make Fall Ballot


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t’s well established that the California Republican Party has been almost without influence in the state’s public affairs for years, but at least until now it has always placed someone on the fall runoff ballot running for at least one top state office. That streak of more than 140 years’ standing seems about to end. It is almost certain, for one example, that no Republican will seriously contest Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s reelection bid this November, the role of prime challenger going to fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon, longtime president of the state Senate. Mere days before the filing deadline, no significant Republican had entered the race. Things are almost as sad for the GOP in the run for the ballot’s other top slot, the governor’s office. Recent polling shows all three of the decently-funded declared Republican candidates for governor – Orange County Assemblyman Travis Allen, San Diego County businessman John Cox and former Sacramentoarea Congressman Doug Ose – trail three of the four Democrats in the race. But if the putative vote totals of those three are combined, they total 18 percent in those polls, with 24 percent of all voters still undecided. As long as the GOP remains splintered, that makes it likely November will match Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, each drawing support from more likely voters than all three Republicans together. This means the GOP needs the kind of discipline it often displayed in the last century, when hot intra-party contests were rare for Republicans. In those years, Democrats often staged heated primary election races, just like this year’s. But back then every officially-recognized party was guaranteed a November ballot slot, no matter how few votes its candidates might pull in the primary. Passage of the 2010 Proposition 14 and the advent of the top two primary changed all that. Now candidates for all parties must earn their runoff election slots. If you don’t finish in the top two in the spring, you won’t contest anything in the fall. So reality at times demands discipline from both major parties. There have been races where so many Democrats ran that they splintered the vote and allowed two Republicans to contest the runoff even in districts where Democrats led in voter registration. If Republicans exhibit some discipline and coalesce around one candidate this spring, some Democrats would have to drop out in response, or risk letting the GOP get at least get one ballot position. So far, there are few signs of any such party survival instinct for the GOP in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 45-27 percent margin. Those numbers scared off potentially strong candidates for governor like former Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and current San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. This leaves the GOP with a trio of previous unknowns who have spent some of their early debates sniping at each other more than at the Democrats. More of this behavior appears likely to make the November vote the first since the mid-19th Century without a Republican running for governor. But this doesn’t have to end up being the second single-party runoff election for a top-of-ticket office since the advent of top two. (The first matched Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez in the 2016 Senate race.) That’s up to the GOP. If the party’s voters had one candidate to rally around, they might combine with some independents to total even more than their current registration percentage. If Republican voters were motivated, they could easily tally 30 percent or more of the total vote, probably enough to win a ballot slot. And once someone reaches the ballot, upsets can happen. The risk to Republicans is that if they don’t quality a runoff candidate, they will become even less relevant than they’ve been lately in California, and their registration numbers would very likely drop beneath the 24 percent of state voters who now declare no party preference. So the question now is simple: Will two of the three current GOP candidates put their egos aside for the good of their party and drop out? At this writing, that looks unlikely.

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 No Bones About It


. How common is osteoporosis? .

Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue. This condition creates an increased risk of fractures. Our bodies remove old bone and replace it with new bone. During our growth stage, new bone is added faster than old bone is removed. We hit peak bone mass around age 30. After that age, we lose more bone than we form.

Who is at risk of getting osteoporosis? The chances are greater for women because they have less bone tissue and lose bone faster than men; this is caused by changes from menopause. Small, thin-boned women are at greater risk. Caucasian and Asian women are at highest risk. Age is a major risk factor because bones become thinner and weaker as you age. Heredity can also increase fracture risk. Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for more than 40 million Americans; about 7 out of 10 of them are women. One out of every two women and one in four men over 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. Worldwide, osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women and cause more than 8.9 million fractures annually. Low calcium intake appears to be associated with bone loss. Good sources of calcium include low-fat dairy products, dark-green leafy vegetables, almonds, and foods fortified with calcium, such as orange juice. Some people may need to take a calcium supplement. Vitamin D plays an important role in calcium absorption and in bone health. It is made in the skin through exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D production decreases in the elderly, in people who are housebound, and for people in general during the winter. Depending on your situation, you may need to take vitamin D supplements. Bone responds to exercise by becoming stronger. Weight-bearing exercise is the best for your bones. Get off the sofa. Women who smoke have lower levels of estrogen compared to nonsmokers, and they often go through menopause earlier. Smokers also may absorb less calcium from their diets. Quit. Regular consumption of 2 to 3 ounces a day of alcohol may be damaging to the skeleton. Heavy drinkers are more prone to bone loss and fractures, because of poor nutrition and increased risk of falling. Quit or, at least, cut down. People may not know they have osteoporosis until their bones become so weak that a bump or fall causes a hip to fracture or a vertebra to collapse. See your doctor for a check-up. Following a comprehensive medical assessment, your doctor may recommend that you have your bone mass measured. A bone mineral density (BMD) test is the best way to determine your bone health. BMD tests can identify osteoporosis, determine your risk for fractures, and measure your response to osteoporosis treatment. A comprehensive osteoporosis treatment program includes a focus on proper nutrition, exercise, and safety issues to prevent falls that may result in fractures. In addition, your physician may prescribe a medication to slow or stop bone loss, increase bone density, and reduce fracture risk.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Can MS Sufferers Benefit From Mediterranean Diet?


eurologists have long suspected a link between diet and symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but today, Ilana B. Katz Sand, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Associate Medical Director of the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis, is offering fresh insights. Dr. Katz Sand and a team from the Icahn School of Medicine are currently conducting studies aimed at understanding the role of gut bacteria in inflammation and neurodegeneration. A recent publication of which Dr. Katz Sand is a co-author suggests that gut microbial composition in individuals with MS differs from that in healthy controls. Because gut bacteria communicate heavily with the resident immune system in the gut, as well as secrete molecules that can have distant effects, Dr. Katz Sand and colleagues hypothesize that changes in gut microbiota may contribute to the development of MS and other autoimmune diseases and also may influence disease course once MS is established. If further research confirms this, investigators like Dr. Katz Sand believe it may be possible someday to offer patients microbiome-based therapy to keep the bacteria in check. One of the biggest drivers of gut microbial composition is diet, and it is this potential mechanistic link that led Dr. Katz Sand to begin studying dietary factors in MS. She says, “We want to better understand the inflammatory process, the neurodegenerative process, and the effect that diet has on MS symptoms. Our findings could be very impor-

tant in understanding the onset of MS and how to treat it.” Until recently, developing a methodology to study the possible connection between diet and MS has proved challenging because a double-blind randomized controlled trial doesn’t lend itself to studying diet. Dr. Katz Sand, who has pursued this clinical interest since she was a fellow, designed what she believes is a scientifically sound methodology that may help lay the groundwork for future clinical trials in this area. She has developed a study to begin evaluating the hypothesis that a modified Mediterranean diet—which includes fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and avocados, and eliminates meat, dairy, and processed foods— may reduce inflammation characteristic of MS, whereby immune cells attack the myelin insulation that surrounds and insulates nerve fibers, causing problems with vision, balance, muscle control, cognition, and other debilitating symptoms. She and her team have recruited 36 participants, 18 of whom have been randomized to follow this dietary plan for six months. All participants move through the study in small groups according to their assignment. The dietary-arm participants attend monthly meetings, led by Dr. Katz Sand, a nutritionist, and a research coordinator, that include presentations about various aspects of the diet to keep them motivated— one of the challenges of the study. There, they have the opportunity to discuss their experiences with their restrictive diet and to share tips. Additionally, they are asked

to complete questionnaires at the meetings and through regular emails. Certain markers, including salt, fatty acids, and carotenoids, are tested through lab work at the beginning and end of the study, and participants also are tested for the diet’s effects on body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose. The research team also employs quality-oflife scales that assess fatigue and measure depression, common MS symptoms. “We’ve got a nice group dynamic going,” says Dr. Katz Sand. The non-dietary intervention participants attend study visits occasionally and also are offered seminars on topics of interest to MS patients. At the end of their study period, if they wish to start the diet, they are offered an opportunity to meet with the study’s nutritionist. The challenge for Dr. Katz Sand and her team will be to scale the study to include more participants, which they are planning to do in the near future.

Source: Mount Sinai

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 never being forsaken of God. The child of God may at times forsake God; they may deny Him even rebel against Him for a season and suffer the consequences, but that will not cause God to forsake those that are His. There may even be times when it seems that God has forsaken us but He does not. There were many times in King David’s life when he “felt” as though God had forsaken him, this is reflected in many of David’s writings in the Psalms. Psalms 22:1 “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?” Psalms 27:9 “Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.” Psalms 38:21 “Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me.” Psalms 71:9 “Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.” In time, David came to the same conclusion, God had not and never would forsake him as is reflected in other Psalms. Psalms 9:9-10 “The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” Psalms 27:10 “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” Psalms 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.” We also see this wonderful promise in the New Testament, Romans 8:31-39 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifies. Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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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.



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n appreciation for the service, sacrifice and profound difference First Responders make in our communities, the Mountain West (MW) and its member institutions are designating Thursday, March 8 as First Responders Day at the MW Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. The MW Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, which include San Diego State, will take place March 5-10 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Anyone currently serving in law enforcement (e.g., police, sheriff, federal services), fire protection or hospital services (e.g., paramedics, nurses, doctors) may receive two complimentary tickets to either, or both, of the MW Men’s Basketball Quarterfinal Sessions on Thursday, March 8. The first Quarterfinal Session of that day features games at noon and 2:30 p.m., and the second Quarterfinal Session features games at 6 and 8:30 p.m. First Responders may obtain their complimentary tickets by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office (4505 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas). Complimentary tickets for the MW Men’s Basketball Quarterfinal Sessions will be made available while supplies last, and First Responders should bring identification that confirms their role in order to obtain tickets. “Our student-athletes, coaches and administrators feel a deep sense of gratitude to First Responders for the sacrifices they make to keep our communities safe, and this is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to these heroes and their families,” MW Commissioner Craig Thompson said. This marks the 16th year the MW Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships are being held at the Thomas & Mack Center. The champion from each tournament earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.

College Baseball The USD Toreros are ranked No. 13 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Division I baseball poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum. San Diego had a superb week as the Toreros beat San Diego State, Michigan, Grand Canyon, No. 3 Arkansas, and Arizona. USD swept the weekly conference honors with Paul Richan being named the Rawlings/West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week and Tora Otsuka earning Rawlings/WCC Player of the Week recognition, as announced by the conference.

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Alpine Design Review Board Final Agenda Monday, March 5, 2018 • 7:00 pm Alpine Community Center 1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901 (619) 445-7330

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Call to Order – Roll Call: Peggy Easterling, Dan Wasson, Kippy Thomas, Carol Morrison, Curt Dean. Approval of Minutes – Correspondence Public Comment – At this time any member of the public may address the board for up to 3 minutes on any topic pertaining to DESIGN REVIEW in Alpine over which this Board has jurisdiction, and that does not appear on this Agenda. There can be NO BOARD DISCUSSION OR VOTE on any issue(s) so presented until such time as proper public notice is given prior to such a discussion or vote. Those wishing to address the Board on any agenda item may do so at the time that agenda item is being heard. Each presentation will be limited to 3 minutes. Review – Marshall Road townhomes and site plan review.1460 Marshall Road. Applicant Alan Austin and Richard Borjorno (Discussion and Vote). Review – Tavern Road Shell gas station expansion and site plan review.1140 Tavern Road. Applicant Tom Sheehan (Discussion). Next Meeting – April 2, 2018. 7:00 pm Alpine Community Center. Adjournment

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin 63rd anniversary, recently announced recipients of its 2017 annual awards. Honorees included community members and local businesses. Recipient of community awards included: Dustin Trotter, The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce recently owner, TDT Construction, 2017 Person of the Year; Santee Young held its annual awards gala called “East County Honors.” The Professionals, Special Chairman’s Award; Robert “Bob” Lloyd, Sr., Chamber’s 2018 board of directors were sworn in and awards for owner, Lloyds Collision & Paint Center, Chairman’s Award; Kathryn community service and businesses of the year were presented. Ducharme, Santee School District, Educator of the Year; Elana Recipients of community service awards included: Harold Brown, Levens-Craig, Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club, Rotarian of the Year; Public Service Person of the Year; Kristine Costa, Community Paul Stevens, Kiwanis Club of Santee, Kiwanian of the Year; William Partner of the Year Award: Diana Senica, Business Volunteer of Chisum, Rancho Santee Lions, Lion of the Year; Deputy Daniel the Year Award; Ute Maschke, Business and Education Person of Psomas, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy of the the Year Award; Steve Lachman, Leadership East County Person Year; Captain Chris Thompson, Santee Fire Department, Firefighter of the Year Award; Anastasia Stewart, Ambassador of the Year; of the Year. Maureen Shinn, One & Done Chamber Membership Award. Trotter was nominated for the Person of the Year award by Recipients of business of the year awards included: Hooley’s Rob McNelis, branch manager, Movement Mortgage. Trotter is Irish Pub & Grill, Best Restaurant Award; The Water Conservation an active member of the Santee Santa’s program, Santee Food Garden, Education Industry Award; Santee Lakes Recreation Bank, Guardian Angels Church, Santee Parks and Recreation Preserve, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Award; San Committee, an appointed member of the Community Oriented Diego Metropolitan Credit Union, Environmental Stewardship Policing Committee and a founding and current member of Santee Award; East County Schools Federal Credit Union, Financial Chamber’s Santee Young Professionals committee. McNelis, who Services Industry Award; East County Pregnancy Care Clinic, also serves on the Santee City Council, said, “Through Dustin’s Health Services Industry Award; Christian Brothers Cleaning & personal efforts, many Santee families have received school Restoration, Inc., Home and Business Improvement Industry supplies, food, and assistance to make their homes safe and Award; Jackie’s Jams, Manufacturing Industry Award: Grossmont functional. He has also spear-headed multiple community efforts to Chick-fil-A in La Mesa, New Member Business Award; Lions, better the lives of Seniors and needy families by bringing others to Tigers & Bears, Non-Profit Business Award; Cabrera & Associates, work on and contribute to the food drives, back pack supply drive Professional Services Industry Award; Noah Homes, Real Estate and bikes and balls dive.” and Housing Industry Award; Jerome’s Furniture, Retail, Sales Also at the Chamber’s awards event, Mike Clinkenbeard, outgoing and Marketing Industry Award. Chamber board chairman, was honored with certificates and proclamations from local politicians. In addition, Military Recognition Santee Chamber announces annual Awards were presented to two groups that have been adopted by the awards, Santee’s favorites City of Santee: United States Marine Corps (USMC) 2nd Battalion, The Santee Chamber of Commerce, currently celebrating its 1st Marines Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based at Camp

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Pendleton which is currently on deployment and USMC Helicopter Squadron 462, also known as the “Heavy Haulers,” stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Staff Sergeant Tyler R. Wilde was recognized for his outstanding performance while serving as a Quality Assurance Representative and Maintenance Controller for Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 throughout 2017. The Chamber also presented its “Santee’s Favorite” businesses awards with winners determined by more than 5,000 votes that were cast online through the chamber’s website, said Chamber officials. Twenty-two awards were presented. Recipients of Santee’s Favorites awards included (categories appear in parenthesis): Lloyd’s Collision & Paint Center (Automotive); San Diego County Credit Union (Banking Institutions); Hot Rodz & Betties Hair Garage (Beauty & Salon Services); BNS Brewing and Distilling (Brewing & Distilling); Allegiance Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. (Construction and Contracting); Santee School District (Education and Business Resources); Off Broadway Live (Entertainment and Media); City of Santee (Government and Utilities); CKO Kickboxing (Health and Fitness); Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve (Hospitality and Recreation); Farmers Insurance, Mike & Marla Clinkenbeard (Insurance and Financial Services); Pure Flo Water Company (Manufacturing); Sharp Grossmont Hospital (Medical Services); Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (Large Non-Profit); Santee Food Bank (Small Non-Profit); The UPS Store #4287 (Professional Services); Whissel Realty (Property Management and Real Estate); Eastbound Bar & Grill (Full-service Restaurant); Santee Chickfil-A restaurant (Quick-service Restaurant); Al’s Sport Shop (Retail); Mary’s Donuts (Specialty Food); Elite Gymnastics Academy (Youth Activities). It was the fifth year the Santee Chamber’s “Santee’s Favorites” awards were presented. More than 250 people attended the awards program held February 22 at Barona Resort & Casino Golf Events Center in Lakeside.

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LA MESA — Automotive students in teacher Jordie Lehr’s classes at Grossmont High School were treated to a fun experience as part of Career Technical Education (CTE) Month, Wednesday, Feb. 21. La Mesa Police Chief Walt Vasquez, Captain Matt Nicholass, and Officer Dan Paugh brought the La Mesa Police Department’s 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 onto campus for the day. Police officials shared their mutual interest in vehicles with the automotive students who reviewed the specs of the La Mesa PD Corvette that is equipped with a LT1 6.2 L V-8, 376 cu in, 455 horsepower engine. The La Mesa PD corvette is a partnership between Bob Stall Chevrolet and La Mesa PD. Bob Stall loaned La Mesa PD the vehicle and permitted them to outfit it as a promotional police vehicle that could be used at special events in the community. Not used for enforcement purposes, the corvette was outfitted entirely by donations from within the region, and no tax dollars were spent on the project. Superintendent Tim Glover said, “We thank Chief Vasquez and our friends at the La Mesa Police Department for taking the time to talk with our students who are developing the technical skills and expertise to work on vehicles in preparation for entering the industry of vehicle maintenance and repair.” The Grossmont High School Automotive Pathway offers a high tech, industry current facility for students to learn skills in the Automotive Industry. The pathway is a sequenced pathway where students learn Automotive Technology, Auto Suspension, Steering, and Brakes, as well as Auto Engine performance and Emission Control.



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