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PAGE TWO • MARCH 2-8, 2017

71st Assembly District

Santee Chamber of Commerce

‘Woman of The Year 2017’ Named

Morning Mixer SANTEE — The Santee Chamber of Commerce Morning Mixer was at the Padre Dam Municipal Water District, Tuesday, Feb. 21. Laura Koval, (pictured right with Santee Mayot John Minto) Santee Lakes Director of Park and Recreation, presented future growth at Santee Lakes.

Topic covered included:

– Remodel entrance for better in and out traffic flow. This will be done by widening and reconfiguring the front entrance. – A fishing dock will be placed directly under Mast Blvd Bridge. This will provide shade during the summer and rain during in the winter. The entrance will be on the west side of Lake two. – Improve west side parking will add 138 designates parking spaces on the west side of the Lakes one thru four. This will also help maximize parking for future changes for entering and exiting between lakes three and four. This will allow parking closer to the General Store. – There is a planned family recreation area at Lake four. It will include the General Store, the Waterfront Grill, paddle boats, and play structures. The new sprayground will be three times larger than the sprayground at Lake one. – The General Store/Registration area will be redesigned to be a visually appealing efficient business center. There will be a streamlined staging area for RV’s to expedite check in process. The General Store will triple the sales floor space. – Wood Duck Dining Deck will create an outdoor dining deck extended over Lake four. The deck will accommodate

120 diners and can host parties or events. – Lakeshore Loop Campsite Upgrade will upgrade the look and feel of the Lakeshore Camping Looa and utilize the space as s destination for vintage campers as well as accommodate the resurgence of smaller campers. Upgraded include new entrance facades, a sandy beach lounge area and a Polynesian Hutt area. – Yurt Village is new to camping. The village will be between Lakes six and seven designed for non RV owners. The 9nineYurt units are furnished but do not contain internal plumbing. Restrooms, shower facilities, grilling/ cooking and gathering spaces

are centralized in public areas. – Campground Outdoor Recreation expansion is designed to accommodate increasing number of campground guests. The expansion includes a large family pool with a spraypad, a private adult pool with cabanas, an amphitheater, and space for Pickle Ball, Shuffleboard, and Bocce Ball.

SACRAMENTO — Assemblyman Randy Voepel announces that he has named Anita Bautista as the 2017 Woman of the Year for the 71st Assembly District, Wednesday March 1. “Throughout her life, Anita has touched thousands of people with her warmth, kindness, and generosity of spirit,” said Voepel. “Whether it’s brightening a room with her warm smile, dedicating hundreds of volunteer hours on behalf of our city, or happily cooking for our local first responders, Anita’s contribution to this community is invaluable.” Bautista has lived in the district since 1974. She has taken a leadership role in a number of initiatives, events, and fundraising drives that have greatly improved recreation opportunities and the quality of life for families. Whether it’s recruiting volunteers for large events, providing input on important committee decisions, or serving as a forceful advocate for the city, Anita is always there to help. Anita Arroyo Bautista was born in the Philippines on May 2, 1939 and was required to relocate to Hawaii in order to obtain dual citizenship before the age of 18. Her father served in the U.S. Navy. She moved to Hawaii and worked in the pineapple canneries while attending school. She was the oldest of eight children (she has three sisters and four brothers) and convinced all of her four brothers to join the military where they all spent their careers. She then met her husband, Adriano Bautista (Andy), while he was serving in the U.S. Navy and the two were married in 1965. They were then transferred to Rhode Island in 1971 where the family lived until being transferred to San Diego in 1974. Anita worked at Grossmont Hospital for from approximately 1977-1986, where she met her son-in-law and introduced him to her daughter. Anita and her family have lived in Santee for 43 years. She has been involved with the City of Santee, helping with special events. She was appointed to the Santee Parks and Recreation Committee (SPARC) on October 11, 1995. The mission of SPARC is to act in an advisory capacity to the Santee City Council on matters pertaining to municipal recreation programs and city park development. The Committee reviews issues referred by the City Council and may receive public input on such matters. As a member of SPARC, Anita has taken a leadership role in a number of initiatives, events, and fundraising drives that have greatly improved the city’s recreation opportunities and the quality of life for Santee families. Whether it’s recruiting volunteers for large events, providing input on important committee decisions, or serving as a forceful advocate for the city, Anita provides an invaluable presence not only as member of SPARC but also as a key leader in our community. Anita is truly the driving force behind many of the SPARC events in Santee and lights up everything that she is a part of. She and her husband have a place in the Philippines and “vacation” there annually. She also enjoys feeding the Santee firefighters “just because”. Bautista will be formally recognized on the Assembly Floor in Sacramento, Monday, March 6. Voepel represents the 71st Assembly District, which includes the communities of eastern San Diego County, including Alpine, Borrego Springs, Casa de Oro - Mount Helix, El Cajon, Lakeside, Jamul, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, Santee and Spring Valley; and southern Riverside County, including Anza, Aguanga, Idyllwild-Pine Cove, Lake Riverside and Mountain Center. Prior to his election to the Assembly, Voepel served as the Mayor of Santee for 16 years.

On The Cover SAN DIEGO — Themed ‘All that Jazz,’ The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce held their 9th Annual Salute to Heroes, Wednesday, Feb. 22 at The Town & Country Resort. In addition to the honors, the 2017 board of directors was sworn in.

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