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Race For Alpine’s Honorary Mayor Off and Running

Miss Bulls Only Rodeo Queen Sunday, March 4 • Lakeside Rob Riingen/The East County Herald

ALPINE — The candidates for this year’s Alpine Honorary Mayor Race are busy raising money for their special causes this year. Presented by the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce as a community fund raiser for worthy projects to help Alpine, the 2018 contenders seeking the office are helping school students, making teachers’ wish lists a reality, finance research to stop the deadly mitochonrdrial disease that kills children and seeking to make the elderly happier during Christmas at assisted living homes. This is a special race because anyone can vote by donating dollars to one or more candidates, the winner has no power, all the money raised goes to good causes and it’s win-win for everyone.

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Pictured left, from left: Newly crowned, 2018 Junior Miss Bulls Only Rodeo Queen Molly Fagan with 2018 Miss Bulls Only Rodeo Queen Hannah Dickerson. Congratulations to all of the delegates.

Four candidates seek 2018 Alpine Honorary Mayor position Alpine Honorary Mayor candidates Caitlyn Yaussi, Jennifer Tschida, Sallie Brown and Louis Russo are raising funds to help Alpine in different ways! Every dollar donated to a candidate’s campaign counts as a ‘vote’ in this race, a community fund raiser presented annually by the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce. The winner with the most ‘votes’ wins and the money earned by each contender will go to that person’s project. This year the candidates are providing local school children with additional education programs, fulfilling teachers’ wish lists, fighting a deadly disease and remembering the elderly in assisted living homes during Christmas. Anyone may donate to one campaign or all of them. ‘Voting’ often is encouraged. All ‘votes’ are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. The winner will be announced at the Chamber’s April 10 “Hot Topics” Business Breakfast! Call the Chamber at 619.445.2722 for additional information.

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••••• Correction ••••• Last week, The Herald reported Senator Joel Anderson recognizing Lakeside Chamber President and CEO Kathy Kassel with a State Resolution for her service to the community of Lakeside. The Herald mistakenly stated Kassel had retired from her position with the Lakeside Chamber. Kathy Kassel maintains her position as President and CEO of the Lakeside Chamber or Commerce. The Herald regrets the error and congratulates Kathy Kassel on her resolution and recognition.

EL CAJON — The city of La Mesa and the city of Santee held the annual Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants, Saturday, March 3. The programs have been a tradition in the cities since the late 1960’s and are an outstanding mentoring program for young women. Newly crowned from left: Miss La Mesa 2018 Kelli Loper and
Miss Santee 2018, Laurene Vouaux. Cover: Jay Renard Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias

The Legacy of ‘America’s Pastor’ Zoning Nullification: The

End of Local Control?


By Former Congressman Duncan L. Hunter


For The East County Herald

ast week, Rev. Billy Graham was Lain in State at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, an honor bestowed on very few in our nation’s history. Hundreds of people had the opportunity to walk past and pay respects to a great man of faith, affectionately referred to by many as America’s Pastor. There have been many great stories regarding the influence Billy Graham had in the spiritual walk of others, but one came to my mind when I learned of his passing. The best-selling biography UNBROKEN chronicles the remarkable life of Olympic runner, Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese in WWII, Louie defiantly endures extreme torture at the hands of his guards. Especially brutal is the guard nicknamed “The Bird” by the POWs who takes it on himself to break Zamperini without success. Returning home to a hero’s welcome, Louie marries a wonderful girl named Cynthia but soon slides into a severe bout of depression. Obsessed with returning to Japan and killing “The Bird,” Louie awakens from a nightmare with his hands wrapped around the throat of his own wife. In 1948, with Louis’ marriage in severe trouble, enter Billy Graham. The young evangelist is holding his first crusade on the west coast and Cynthia has the opportunity to listen to Billy Graham at a tented revival in Los Angeles. Inspired by his message of hope, strength and forgiveness, Cynthia drags husband Louie to Graham’s next sermon. During the invitation portion of the program where attendees are provided an opportunity to accept Jesus Christ into their hearts as believers, Louie Zamperini became transfixed. He told his biographer that he felt Graham was speaking directly to him. That night in l948, Louie came forward for salvation and allowed Christ to take control of his life. Louie Zamperini never has another nightmare, his depression vanishes and his marriage saved. Most profoundly, Zamperini travels to Japan, gathers his former guards and forgives them for their torturous treatment of himself and his fellow POWs. When the cruelest

of all the guards, does not show up, Louie writes “The Bird” a personal letter. It concludes with a very simple statement: “I went to a Billy Graham revival and became a Christian and I forgive you.” “Christ is the only answer,” was Billy Graham’s message to the world for three quarters of a century. It was a message heard and received by millions of people with less celebrity than Louie Zamperini. All of them, and all of us in various stages of our spiritual walk, still need this message. Only God knows the countless impacts of Billy Graham’s crusades... of people being kinder to each other, being honest, being ethical, being generous, being forgiving, and most importantly, having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Billy Graham had many friends in government and his personal relationships at the White House spanned its occupants from Harry Truman to George W. Bush. The strengths and weaknesses of our Presidents have been widely chronicled, often with a journalistic cynicism that tends to sell newspapers and increase ratings. Yet, there was Billy Graham, praying with the ultimate politician, LBJ, as the President knelt in pajamas at his bed like a child. There was Richard Nixon telling his staff to keep Billy Graham away from the White House during his final days in office so that “he wouldn’t

be tarred with Watergate.” Billy Graham’s genius as an evangelist was that the focus of his message was never about him, it was always Christ. While our memory is that of the tall, purposeful preacher, we do a disservice to Billy Graham’s legacy if we do not follow his example in our personal lives, lessons taken from the pages of the Bible from which he never strayed. Billy Graham assured us: “If I didn’t know for sure that faith in Christ can transform us, that it gives direction to life and makes life worth living, I’d go back to my little North Carolina farm and spend the rest of my days tilling the soil. But I have seen too many lives untangled and rehabilitated, too many homes reconstructed, too many people who have found peace and joy through simple, humble confession of faith in Christ—ever to doubt that Christ is the answer. May this be your experience as well, as you turn to Christ in humility and faith, and open your life to His love and transforming power.” Billy Graham, with his message of Christ’s redeeming love, pulled the best from all of us whether we lived in the White House, Birmingham, or Bangladesh. His life was a ministry of service and a testament to truth. Thank you God for Billy Graham and we pray you receive your servant knowing his was a job well done.

ov. Jerry Brown, a former mayor of Oakland who often griped about state government’s interference with local issues, ran in 2010 on a platform of stronger local control. He’s delivered on that for the most part, with the strong exception of pet projects like high speed rail and his putative water tunnels water project, both facing strong opposition from people and local governments in their direct paths. But now cities and counties around the state face the strong possibility of a new law that would essentially nullify local land use and zoning plans crafted through years of public hearings and detailed analysis. This comes in the guise of fighting homelessness and California’s severe housing shortage, which has contributed to driving up rents and real estate prices to the point where many California employers have trouble retaining workers because they can live elsewhere much more cheaply. The proposed plan takes the form of a state Senate bill sponsored by San Francisco Democrat Scott Wiener that would essentially take all zoning and land use authority away from cities and counties in areas close to mass transit. Known as SB 827, this bill would prevent localities from regulating housing construction within half a mile of a light-rail train station or within one-quarter mile of a frequently used bus route. Those rules would cover about 95 percent of the area of some cities. They would also mandate housing density seldom seen outside the downtown areas of San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, setting minimum heights of 45 feet to 85 feet in such areas and making eight-story high-rise buildings standard in many parts of California. This plan already has the backing of many high-tech moguls, including the CEOs of companies like Salesforce, Twitter, Lyft, Yelp and Mozilla, all headquartered in or near San Francisco. A corps of 130 tech executives and their venture capital backers signed a letter this winter griping that “the lack of homebuilding in California imperils our ability to hire employees and grow our companies.” But few of those executives live in areas likely to be impacted by the proposed rules. There are few rail stations or heavily-used bus lines in places like Hillsborough, Los Gatos and leafier areas of San Francisco like St. Francis Wood and Sherwood Forest. The Wiener bill draws strong opposition from residents and governments in places as geographically diverse as Mill Valley and Santa Monica. One Marin County blogger described the measure as “draconian,” because it would “remove local control of zoning and planning.” It could do that, if passed in its present form. Passage seems possible since the bill will have backing from powerful forces including developers and building trade unions. But the reasoning behind it is fundamentally flawed. For example, Wiener would make objections to projects on the grounds of vastly increased traffic irrelevant, presuming that proximity to mass transit prevents most new traffic problems and congestion. But new figures from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Southern California demonstrate that’s not so. Despite introduction of billion-dollar new light rail lines over the past five years, ridership on buses and trains in the region was down 15 percent last year from levels of five years earlier. That represented a drop of 72 million trips. Yes, the new lines led to rail ridership increases – up 4 million, but that was far lower than the reduction in bus trips. At the same time those lines were added, so were numerous apartment buildings near them. This has neither cut road traffic nor led to increased mass transit ridership, as planners often assume it will. So the prevailing reasoning among planners seeking greater housing density is false. They’re wrong to believe Californians will easily abandon their cars. This is also a major part of the reasoning behind Wiener’s proposal. Because of its flawed logic, this measure would likely cause at least as many problems as it solves. “California’s housing shortage is a threat to our economy,” Wiener told a reporter, insisting his plan can fix things. But even the mayor of ultra-liberal Berkeley objects, calling it an “extreme reactive approach” that would lead to more teardowns of existing housing and more evictions of longtime residents. In short, this plan amounts to pure panic in the face of a problem. And panic rarely produces good results.

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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. I don’t seem to enjoy spicy foods the way

I used to. Does aging have anything to do with this?


. As we age, our sense of taste may change,

but this loss of zing in some foods might be caused by medicines you’re taking. Drugs can change your sense of taste, and some can also make you feel less hungry. So, the aging process and the medicines we’re taking can affect our enjoyment of food and, therefore, our nutrition, because we may not eat all we need. Eating habits in seniors are affected by other problems, too. Some complain about their dentures. Others don’t have easy access to transportation to go food shopping. Those who cooked for a family find it unrewarding to cook for one. Depression can affect your appetite, too. So, what should you eat? Below are recommendations from The Dietary Guidelines of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. • Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan. All food and beverage choices matter. Choose a healthy eating pattern at an appropriate calorie level to help achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, support nutrient adequacy, and reduce the risk of chronic disease. • Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount. To meet nutrient needs within calorie limits, choose a variety of nutrient-dense foods across and within all food groups in recommended amounts. • Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake. Consume an eating pattern low in added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium. Cut back on foods and beverages higher in these components to amounts that fit within healthy eating patterns. • Shift to healthier food and beverage choices. Choose nutrient-dense foods and beverages across and within all food groups in place of less healthy choices. Consider cultural and personal preferences to make these shifts easier to accomplish and maintain. The Dietary Guidelines’ Key Recommendations for healthy eating patterns should be applied in their entirety, given the interconnected relationship that each dietary component can have with others. Consume a healthy eating pattern that accounts for all foods and beverages within an appropriate calorie level. A healthy eating pattern includes: • A variety of vegetables from all of the subgroups— dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy, and other • Fruits, especially whole fruits • Grains, at least half of which are whole grains • Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages • A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), and nuts, seeds, and soy products • Oils A healthy eating pattern limits saturated fats and trans fats, added sugars, and sodium Key recommendations that are quantitative are provided for several components of the diet that should be limited. These components are of particular public health concern in the United States, and the specified limits can help individuals achieve healthy eating patterns within calorie limits: • Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars • Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from saturated fats • Consume less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day of sodium If alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation—up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men—and only by adults of legal drinking age.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction in MS mpairments in bladder function with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are common and may affect up to 78 percent to 90 percent of patients during the course of MS. The prevalence of bowel dysfunction in MS is estimated to be about 68 percent of patients. While bladder and bowel symptoms are relatively common in MS, they cause the sufferer undue embarrassment and added stress. Goals for bladder and bowel management include maximizing independence and preventing incontinence and complications. As with other MS symptoms, the kinds of bladder problems vary from person to person and can change over time. People may: • Have trouble controlling the release of urine (incontinence) • Experience a sense of having to go right away (urgency) • Experience frequent urges to urinate (frequency) • Have difficulty in starting to urinate or in sustaining a steady stream (hesitancy) In fact, some people may experience urinary retention and will require some form of intermittent catheterization. All these symptoms usually signal problems in the functioning of the nerves controlling muscles that control urination, although urinary tract infection (UTI) must be eliminated as a cause. An appointment with an advanced practice nurse or physician assistant to initially (begin to) assess the bladder symptoms is helpful. Initial bladder assessment includes obtaining a thorough history from the patient and focusing on the primary concern. You may be asked to urinate

during the time of the appointment. The amount of urine may be measured. Please come to the appointment well hydrated with the need to urinate. The specimen will be checked for a urinary tract infection through laboratory urinalysis (UA). Other tests may be done if needed. Some recommendations for treating bladder symptoms can be made after the initial assessment. However, if we are not able to help with your bladder symptoms or if you continue to experience frequent bladder infections you may be referred to a urologist (a specialist in the urinary system). The urologist can help evaluate the cause of the problem through evaluation of the upper and lower urinary tracts. Other treatment options may include Botox® or surgical interventions. Do not try to self-treat your bladder problems by drinking less fluid! This can lead to constipation or urinary tract infections. Bowel dysfunction is also a common symptom for patients with MS. One study of 77 patients with clinically definite MS showed that bowel problems are not associated with bladder dysfunction, patient’s age, degree of disability, or duration of disease. The most common bowel complaint from a person with MS is constipation, but the most distressing bowel complaint is probably that of involuntary bowel/fecal incontinence. Because MS interrupts or slows the transmission of signals to and from the brain, the electrical impulses to the muscles that are involved in emptying your bowel can become disrupted.

Depending on your particular bowel problem, helpful suggestions can be made. General interventions for bowel dysfunction include: • Education about the causes of bowel dysfunction • Encouraging dietary changes to include more fiber and fluid • Consulting with your healthcare provider to adjust medication regimens that may be contributing to bowel dysfunction • Establishing a regular bowel routine, individualized to the patient • Encouraging regular physical activity It may take two-three months to establish a regular bowel regimen. Bladder and bowel symptoms are common in MS and can be effectively managed. Speak with your healthcare provider about what you can do to help keep these symptoms under control. Source: Cleveland Clinic

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 beloved of the Lord, this week I feel compelled to depart from our series on the Promises of God to address some recent current events from a Biblical perspective. Whether it is the recent school violence and shootings, increase in division within our nation, sexual assaults and perversion in the entertainment and other industries, or any number of other grave concerns over our current conditions in every aspect of society, the Word of God the Bible does give both the reason for such tragedies as well as give the solution for change. Let me begin by stating some facts: 1. In 1962 we had much fewer gun laws and no shootings in schools. 2. During the 18th century there was one recorded school shooting. 3. During the 19th century there were 28. 4. The 20th century 227. 5. This present 21st century (18 years in) we have had 207 already. I understand the concern people have for the safety of our children, teachers, and the public in general and that out of this concern raises frustration and the feeling of helplessness as well as the need to place the blame on someone or something. Understand that I am not opposed to sensible gun laws, I am a former police officer and father of 4 and grandparent of 7. Adding more gun laws is only addressing the symptom rather than attacking the cause, the root problem and will never eradicate the problem. The Word of God the Bible tells us in Psalm 32:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”. When a nation, any nation acknowledges God, submits itself to Him and His Word, that nation will abide under His blessing. Conversely when a nation rejects God, goes against Him and His will as it is revealed in His Word that nation will suffer the consequences. In 1962 our Supreme Court deemed prayer; the Word of God; and God Himself to be too offensive and outlawed them in our public schools. In the years that followed God was driven from almost every public sector. Couple this with the teaching of evolution with its tenants deeming human beings are mere accidents of evolution which reduces the value of human life to have little to no value; so abortion, the murdering of a baby within the womb of a mother is just the removal of an unwanted mass of flesh or fetus which though is the “technical term” for a baby at this stage it acts to desensitize the taking of the baby’s life. This teaching has affected the hearts and minds of people to where the murdering of children outside the womb has become common place. If babies in the womb have no value why should children outside the womb, children in schools, fellow classmates. Add to this a “flexible” morality, a morality that differs for each individual; personal truth; everyone has their own truth; no absolutes; entitlement mentality; you “deserve” to be happy and have it “your way”; video games that rewards its players for having the highest body count. All of this and more has led to people doing what is “right” in their own eyes. As we are reaping what we have sown over the past half a century it is interesting to observe the reactions of the multitudes. Some angrily contest, “Where was God?”; “Why did he let this happen?” the answer is really quite simple, God is right where society has told Him to be, away from us. He has obliged the masses who said, “We don’t want You in our lives.” Another group of people continue to insist that prayer is not what we need, we need stricter laws. The Huffington Post wrote, “People are sick of thoughts and prayers, demand action.” Stephen King wrote, “There will be prayers from the blabber mouth Don and Pence the Grinch and their right wing cohorts.” Kim Kardashian wrote, “We owe it to our children and teachers to keep them safe while in school. Prayers won’t do this action will.” It is as if prayer to God and Christianity are the cause of all this when in reality it is the only answer to our ills. God’s words to Israel when they were experiencing the effects of their rebellion against Him are true for us today, 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

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

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Cities of La Mesa & Santee Intoduce

Miss La Mesa & Miss Santee Pageants Saturday, March 3 • La Mesa Jay Renard, The East County Herald See more at LA MESA — The city of La Mesa and the city of Santee held the annual Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants, Saturday, March 3. The programs have been a tradition in the cities since the late 1960’s and are an outstanding mentoring program for young women. Mayor John Minto from Santee and Mayor Mark Araposathis from La Mesa were in attendance to formally present Miss La Mesa 2018 Kelli Loper, Miss Teen La Mesa 2018 Kennedy Dirkes, Miss Santee 2018 Laurene Vouaux and Miss Teen Santee 2018 Jordan Bockert. The young women chosen to represent their city will spend the year attending grand openings, parades, chamber events and charity fundraisers. Each winner will receive a college scholarship along with a list of other prizes which can be found on our website The results were as follows: Miss La Mesa 2018, Kelli Loper Miss Santee 2018, Laurene Vouaux Miss Essay Award, Michaela Barney Miss Speech Award, Michaela Barney Miss Photogenic, Laurene Vouaux Miss Congeniality, Samantha Harper Fan Favorite, Jordan Bockert, Miss

Teen La Mesa 2018, Kennedy Dirkes Miss Teen Santee 2018, Jordan Bockert Teen Essay Award, Haley Delgadillo Teen Speech Award, Jordan Bockert Kennedy Dirkes is a 17-yearold student at Grossmont High School. She currently has a 4.6 GPA and participates in her school’s ASB where she was recently elected ASB president. When she isn’t studying, you can find her playing volleyball or lifting weights at the gym. She aspires to play volleyball in college. Jordan Bockert is a 15-yearold student at Santana High School. She is a tri-sport varsity athlete with a 4.6 GPA. Jordan hopes to attend a 4-year university, so she can one day move to the East Coast and become an editor-in-chief of a magazine. Kelli Loper, Miss La Mesa 2018, is a 19-year-old, Hospitality and Tourism Management major at San Diego State University. She hopes to one day be a Wish Coordinator for MakeA-Wish San Diego so that she can make dreams come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Kelli is also an adrenaline junkie and has been scuba diving,

sky diving, and most recently bungee jumped of the Bridge to Nowhere. During her free time, Kelli loves taking her dog, Liberty, to dog beach. As a former Miss Teen La Mesa, Kelli is looking forward to serving the city of La Mesa again this year! Laurene Vouaux, Miss Santee 2018, is an 18-year-old student at Grossmont Middle College High School. She loves animals and has a passion for fashion. In her free time, she enjoys reading poetry – and on occasion writing her own. She loves bringing a smile to people’s faces and lighting up the room with her own. In the future, Laurene would like to become an Orthopedic Surgeon.

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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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Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close Upcoming Concerts at Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close • Human Nature, Thursday March 22 at 8 p.m., Tickets: $49-$59 • Aaron Lewis, March 27 and 28, Tickets $59-$69 • The Commodores, March 29 and 30, Tickets $79-$89 • The Marshall Tucker Band, Monday April 16, Tickets $59-$69 • Ozomatli, July 11 and July 12, Tickets $59-$69 • Christopher Cross, Sunday, July 15, Tickets $59-$69 Concert tickets can be purchased online at or at the Live & Up Close box office located at Sycuan Casino.

Senior Resource Center PO Box 158, La Mesa, CA 91944 MARCH 2018 PROGRAMS

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 Aztecs Release 2018 Football Schedule

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he San Diego State football schedule is official for 2018. Game times and television arrangements, including moves to non-Saturdays will be announced at a later date. The Aztecs finished 2017 with a 10-3 record, their school-record third consecutive season with at least 10 victories. SDSU is one of just seven schools in the nation to win at least 10 games in three consecutive seasons (also Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin). It is scheduled to return seven starters on offense and seven on defense, along with its kicker and punter. The Aztecs open on Aug. 31 at Stanford. SDSU defeated the then No. 19 Cardinal, 20-17, last year and has won three consecutive games against Pac-12 programs. Stanford was 9-5 last year, including a 7-2 mark in the Pac-12 North and a spot in the Pac-12 championship game. SDSU makes its first of three straight home games on Sept. 8 against Sacramento State, which won its final three games last year en route to a 7-4 season. SDSU then welcomes Arizona State to SDCCU Stadium on Sept. 16. Last year San Diego State downed the Sun Devils, 30-20, in Tempe, winning for the first time in the series (1-10-1). The Aztecs finish up their homestand and non-conference schedule Sept. 22 against Eastern Michigan, a team that went 5-7 in 2017 and 3-5 in the Mid-American Conference. After its open week on Sept. 29, San Diego State kicks off the Mountain West season at Boise State on Oct. 6. Last year in San Diego, the Broncos upset the then No. 19/18 Aztecs, 31-14.

2018 San Diego State Football Schedule

• Friday, Aug. 31 – at Stanford • Saturday, Sept. 8 – Sacramento State • Saturday, Sept. 15 – Arizona State • Saturday, Sept. 22 – Eastern Michigan • Saturday, Sept. 29 – OPEN DATE • Saturday, Oct. 6 – at Boise State • Saturday, Oct. 13 – Air Force * • Saturday, Oct. 20 – San José State * • Saturday, Oct. 27 – at Nevada * • Saturday, Nov. 3 – at New Mexico * • Saturday, Nov. 10 – UNLV * • Saturday, Nov. 17 – at Fresno State * • Saturday, Nov. 24 – Hawaii * • Saturday, Dec. 1 – MW Championship Game (home of highestranked two divisional champions)

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Courtyard by Marriott El Cajon now open

The long-awaited Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon hotel is now open for business. Located at 141 North Magnolia Ave., El Cajon, the 120-room hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by El Cajon Hotel LP and managed by Excel Hotel Group of San Diego. The city of El Cajon has been working on bringing the hotel to town since 2012. The four-story hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, two outdoor patios with fireplaces and guest laundry. The property offers more than 5,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, called the Pacific Ballroom, as well as 2,500 square feet of outdoor meeting space to accommodate events attended by between 10 and 600 guests. The hotel at Magnolia and Rea avenues is next to the El Cajon Police station and a parking lot separates it from the East County Performing Arts Center. Parking will be available for more than 100 cars on site, and more spaces are available nearby. The Courtyard San Diego El Cajon features the brand’s latest lobby design where guests can enjoy an open and modern environment outside of their rooms. The newly designed Bistro is the epicenter of the lobby, which fosters social connections and collaboration with more flexible and informal seating options. The Bistro offers guests a wide variety of “made to order” breakfast and dinner items, “grab and go” options. It also features an array of cocktails, beer and wine for guests to unwind at the end of the day. Throughout the hotel, guests can connect with ample electrical outlets. The business library features multiple computer terminals, along with a printer including a computer station dedicated solely to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status. All rooms have microwaves,

refrigerators, coffee makers and smart TVs. Rachel Lynch, Courtyard San Diego El Cajon director of sales, has big plans to make the hotel a successful destination in El Cajon as well as within the entire East County community. A second major hotel, Hampton Inn by Hilton, is expected to open later this year on the site of the old police station near Parkway Plaza. See P15 of this edition for more.

40-year celebration for El Cajon’s Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air

El Cajon-based Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air, founded in 1978, is celebrating 40 years of serving San Diego County with a drawing of 40 random acts of plumbing, heating and air. Giveaways include heating and cooling systems, water filtration systems, drain clearing services water heaters and more. San Diego County homeowners can enter to win at, or the company’s Facebook page. Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, with the drawing to be held on Facebook live at noon on Friday, March 16. “We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our 40th anniversary than to give back to our community,” said Mary Jean Anderson, company president. “Our company tagline is ‘Nobody wows clients like we do!’ and for the month of March we’re flipping that around to say ‘Nobody wows us like you do!’ You simply do not prosper in business without support from the community and we want them to know how much we appreciate them.”

San Diego Christian College to host Career Fair

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Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, at the San Diego Christian College campus, 200 Riverview Parkway, Santee. Cost to participate with a display table is $100, which includes on-campus advertising and lunch for two recruiters. The career fair at the liberal arts college will be held in the chapel and breezeway areas of the campus. For more information, contact Luke Makwakwa, the college’s manager of career development programs and constituent relations, at (619) 201-8700 or send an e-mail to luke.makwakwa@sdcc. edu.

La Mesa health library hosts exhibit by young El Cajon artist

The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now presenting its Winter Art Exhibit showcasing 13 art pieces by Fabian Diaz Luevano of El Cajon. The exhibit, which runs through the end of March, features a collection of charcoal and pencil figure drawings, a collage of newspaper clippings and a digital drawing. Born in central Mexico in 1991, Diaz Luevano, 26, lived in Tijuana until age 12 and then moved to the United States. He has studied art in Bordeaux, France, and at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. He graduated from Grossmont High School (class of 2009) and earned an honorable mention award in a national art competition. “My goal is to become an illustrator specializing in human anatomy,” said Diaz Luevano. “I’m interested in drawing complicated things, not man-made things, but rather things in nature and life and the human body.” Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. For more information, phone (619) 825-5010 or visit www.

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