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Four From East County College District Receive National Award For Their Contributions

EL CAJON — Three instructors from Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges and an administrator from the East County community college district are recipients of a national award recognizing community college teaching and leadership. Biology professor Michael Golden and German instructor Astrid Ronke of Grossmont College; math department chair Tammi Marshall of Cuyamaca College, and Associate Vice Chancellor Chris Tarman with the district office will be presented the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards March 21 at the Innovations 2018 conference in National Harbor, Maryland. The award is from the League for Innovation in the Community College, a consortium of nearly 500 community colleges and their districts worldwide. Launched in 2012, the award is named after two visionary community college leaders. “The spirit of the League for Innovation is reflected in this outstanding team of community college leaders whose inventiveness and heartfelt dedication to students have been immeasurable in the work we do at our colleges and the district,” said Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

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Cuyamaca College Math Department Chair, Tammi Marshall.

California State Senator Joel Anderson with 2018 Woman of The Year, Paula Jansen.

Tammi Marshall

Cuyamaca College math department chair Tammi Marshall, who began teaching at the Rancho San Diego college more than 20 years ago, understands the trepidation many students feel toward math. She said she is still prone to occasional bouts of math anxiety and struggles with a subject that never came as second nature, even when she previously aspired to become an aerospace engineer. “I have struggled a lot with math,” she said. “It became one of the things that drove me to become a teacher – helping students who struggle to overcome their fear of math.” Raised in the outskirts of Chicago, she moved to Southern California in 1987 to attend San Diego State University. When the aerospace industry collapsed around 1990, she decided to pursue teaching. While working on her doctoral dissertation in 2008, Marshall became interested in exploring why so many community college students sent through the usual remedial math pipeline were failing, with only four percent advancing to transfer-level math. She and other Cuyamaca College math faculty decided to tackle the problem in 2010, and have since set many remedial students on an accelerated path to successfully complete college-

38th Senate District Woman of The Year

Grossmont College Biology Professor, Michael Golden.

SACRAMENTO — In celebration of an outstanding community contributor to the 38th Senate District, California State Senator Joel Anderson recognized California native and Lakeside resident Paula Jansen as the 2018 Woman of the Year in the State Capitol on Monday, Mar. 12. The Woman of the Year award is presented in March in accordance with Women’s History Month and allows legislators from across the state to highlight women in their districts who have inspired positive changes within their communities. Jansen dedicated 21 years of service to the U.S. Navy and thousands of hours to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Council for Youth Empowerment organizations. Her lifetime membership of Girl Scouts and significant community involvement efforts to the Chula Vista Veterans Home and the Veterans Stand Down in San Diego exemplify her motto “Service First.” She is the first-ever female Post Commander of VFW Post 5867 in its 71-year history and has been awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award in each of the last two years for her dedication to volunteerism in her community. Accompanied by her daughter LeAnna Brown and VFW State Commander Wayne Wright at the recognition event, Jansen had the opportunity to be introduced on the Senator Floor with Anderson along with remarkable women from across the state. Upon receiving the distinction of Woman of the Year, Jansen graciously accepted her award, sharing, “It means a lot to me, and I feel like it is wonderful to show women that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.” Anderson expressed his admiration for her accomplishments, stating, “Paula embodies the values of servant leadership, always prioritizing the needs of others before her own. I am incredibly humbled to have learned about all that Paula has achieved through her service to both her country and her community.” To learn more about Jansen and VFW Post 5867, visit its new website at

On The Cover ALPINE — Viejas Casino & Resort in partnership with Goldenvoice unveils its 2018 summer concert lineup, to be held at Viejas Concerts in the Park at Viejas Casino & Resort. A decades long tradition, the Concerts in the Park series at Viejas presents the highest quality entertainment in the most beautiful and intimate setting, noted for its breathtaking views and well appointed accommodations. Chairman of the Viejas Band Of Kumeyaay Indians, Robert Welch Jr. stated “We are excited to get this party started and continue our position as San Diego’s entertainment leader and as a proud member of the community we will be donating $1 for every ticket sold to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.”

Grossmont College German Instructor, Astrid Ronke.


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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias A Campaign Filled With Unrealistic Promises


Your Congress In The News with Congressman Duncan D. Hunter

Congressman Hunter Introduces Jobs Bill For Young Truckers WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) recently introduced the DRIVE-Safe Act, geared toward providing economic opportunities for younger truck drivers looking to enter in the workforce. This bill, officially named the Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy Act, amends federal regulations preventing truck drivers under the age of 21 from crossing state lines. “Unfortunately, we see many young Americans faced with the choice of either taking on thousands of dollars in college debt or entering into a job market with grim prospects for untrained workers,” said Congressman Hunter. “My legislation addresses this issue in the trucking industry by allowing qualified drivers under the age of 21 to enter into an intensive vehicle operation and mentor-apprentice training program, allowing them to cross state lines moving freight across the country. This is a commonsense approach that creates job opportunities for younger workers and provides a vital resource to America’s truck-

ing industry that is critical in supporting our growing domestic economy.” While most states allow for issuing commercial driver’s licenses at the age of 18, federal law restricts drivers under the age of 21 from crossing state lines. The DRIVE-Safe Act will remove this regulation for individuals who complete a program consisting of two, sequential probationary periods where an apprentice must complete at least 400 hours of on-duty time with at least 240 hours driving in the accompaniment of an qualified mentor driving professional. Industry experts are predicting a shortfall in qualified drivers as freight transportation demands grow. It is for this reason that Congressman Hunter’s legislation has received significant support from the industry, including UPS, the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) and the National Council of Chain Restaurants, a division of the National Retail Federation. “This legislation paves the way for new drivers to sustain a safe and efficient

supply chain for the more than one million restaurants and foodservice outlets in the US,” said Mark Allen, President and CEO of IFDA. “This bill creates opportunity while reinforcing a culture of safety far and above current standards to provide the next generation of drivers with the critical skills they need to operate a truck in the 21st century.” “This is a common-sense proposal that will open enormous opportunities for the 18-21 year-old population, giving them access to a highpaying profession free of the debt burden comes with a four-year degree,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “Moreover, this bill would strengthen training programs beyond current requirements to ensure safety and that drivers are best prepared.” The DRIVE-Safe Act will be referred to the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, of which Congressman Hunter is a member. Hunter represents California’s 50th Congressional District consisting of East and Northern County San Diego.

t’s early in the election season, barely past the filing deadline, more than two months before the June primary election and more than six months before November, when voters will elect the next governor of California. But it’s already clear that fundamental pledges made by the leading candidates in all the early public polls have been essentially unrealistic. The two most ambitious promises made so far both came from Democrats who have now backed off one and are clinging to hope that they can somehow make the other work. Those promises: A single-payer Medicare-style health plan for all Californians mimicking the federal Medicare coverage available to everyone over 65. And a pledge to add 3.5 million housing units in all parts of the state by 2025, or about half a million living spaces per year for the next seven years. Even Democrats and health care advocates pushing hardest for single-payer – a key plank in the state Democratic Party’s platform – have come to see it as unrealistic just now. So they’re backing a package of bills in the Legislature that aims to expand health insurance coverage beyond what the federal Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – has already done. Meanwhile, there has never been one year – even during the era of California’s headiest growth – when 500,000 housing units were built in this state, let alone seven consecutive years. It’s not even certain there would be enough available wood, concrete and other building materials. It’s not so much that the candidates are backing away from ideas they’ve supported; rather, reality has set in and they’re realizing they must be more incremental. Take the current leader in all polls, Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco best known for his order allowing America’s first same-sex marriages. Newsom lists San Francisco’s universal health plan as one of his top achievements, and still wants statewide single-payer. But when more than 50 labor unions, ethnic and health-oriented groups in mid-March endorsed a package of bills expanding the state’s Obamacare plan, Covered California, to include undocumented immigrants while also lowering premiums via subsidies drawn from other state funds, Newsom was quick to endorse. He called the new, scaled-back plan “a step in the right direction, with the potential to move closer to our ultimate goal…single-payer.” Of course, the new realism bears out criticisms by other candidates like former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and state Treasurer John Chiang, who pointed out – among other items – that Medicare premiums now paid by Californians which would be essential to funding a state single-payer plan are extremely unlikely to be available to state government so long as Donald Trump remains president. The candidates have not yet backed off their extremely optimistic housing goals. Said a Newsom aide, “Gavin is committed to creating the incentives to do 3.5 million units. Conditions demand it. We can’t just sit by in our massive housing crisis, which is not only over homelessness, but also affordability.” Republicans have also made unrealistic efforts, most notably San Diego businessman John Cox, who tied his candidacy to an initiative expanding the state Legislature to 12,000 members. That measure never got off the ground because it had almost no popular support. The campaign has also brought out some decidedly Trumpian comments from Democrats, as when Villaraigosa said he was “ascendant” at a time when he still trailed Newsom in every survey. Chiang, running third among Democrats in public polls, made even more Trump-like statements on social media. “@realDonaldTrump & DC @GOP have made it their mission to put affordable healthcare out of reach for American families,” he tweeted. “CA should move toward #SinglePayer & I’m the only one who can balance a budget to get it done.” In a Feb. 14 tweet, he also pronounced himself the “Most Accomplished Man in California.” Both tweets aroused memories of Trump telling the 2016 Republican National Convention that only he could “make American great again.” All of which makes this a very challenging primary election season for California voters, who must sift through myriad claims and promises and then decide who can actually run the nation’s largest state government in a way that combines idealism and realism to solve tough problems.

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 Sundown Syndrome

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What is sundown syndrome and who does it affect?

. Sundown syndrome, which is also called sundowning, is a symptom that affects people with dementia. Those with the syndrome become confused and anxious as the sun sets. People with sundowning often have trouble sleeping. The cause of the syndrome isn’t known yet. Some research suggests that sundowning may be related to changes to the brain’s circadian pacemaker. That’s a cluster of nerve cells that keeps the body on a 24-hour clock. An animal study done at Ohio State University indicated that sundowning in humans may have a biological cause. “Some people have argued that sundowning could be explained just by a buildup of frustration of older people who couldn’t communicate their needs over the course of the day, or by other factors,” said Randy Nelson, co-author of the study and professor of neuroscience and psychology at Ohio State. “But our findings suggest there is a real phenomenon going on here that has a biological basis.” The study found that, when compared to middle-aged mice, aged mice showed significantly more anxiety in the hours before they went to sleep. In these aged mice, the researchers found changes in parts of their brain associated with attention, emotions, and arousal, all of which could be associated with the behavior seen in sundowning. About one in five people with dementia experience sundowning. Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Sundowning usually is at its worst in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s. It gets better as the disease progresses. Here are some tips to reduce the severity of sundowning: • Maintain a schedule. Breaks in routine create stress, which exacerbates sundowning. • Make the evening a calm time. Soft music is helpful. Stay with simple activities that aren’t challenging. • Keeping your home brightly lit in the afternoon and evening may help reduce the symptoms of sundowning. According to studies published in Clinical Geriatrics, people who were exposed to more light late in the day showed less agitation. • Sundowning syndrome creates sleep problems, so keeping those with dementia busy during the day can help them get to sleep at night. • Discourage afternoon napping. Encourage hobbies and exercise, such as walking. • Large meals—especially those that contain caffeine and alcohol—can increase agitation and may keep you up at night. Enjoy these foods during lunch instead of dinner. Limit evening intake to a light snack that fills you up but won’t interfere with your rest. • Seniors who experience sundowning in a hospital or assisted living facility need comforting through the familiar objects of their everyday life. Surround them with important items from home such as framed photos. • Each person has different triggers for sundowning. Keep a journal of activities, environment, and behavior to identify triggers. Once the triggers are known, it’s easier to avoid situations that promote agitation and confusion. • Keep a night light on to reduce agitation that occurs when surroundings are dark or unfamiliar. • The person’s sleeping area should be kept at a comfortable temperature. Ask The Healthy Geezer a question at:

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Surpise Findings Could Lead to New MS Treatments


surprise finding by medical scientists may lead to the d eve l o p m e n t of a possible treatment for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). While examining human brain tissues, researchers from the University of Alberta and McGill University unexpectedly found that the tissues from people who had MS contained an extremely high level of a protein named calnexin, compared with those who hadn’t had MS. The researchers then tested the susceptibility of mice lacking calnexin to the mouse model of human MS (experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis), and were astonished to find that the mice lacking the protein were completely resistant to the disease. The causes of MS are not well understood. Symptoms vary widely but often include cognitive impairment, dizziness, tremors and fatigue. These problems are caused by a type of white blood cells called T cells that, after becoming activated, find their way into the brain and attack the pro-

tective covering – myelin – of neurons in the brain and spinal cord, causing inflammation and damage to the central nervous system. “It turns out that calnexin is somehow involved in controlling the function of the blood-brain barrier,” said Marek Michalak, a distinguished professor of biochemistry at the U of A. “This structure usually acts like a wall and restricts the passage of cells and substances from the blood into the brain. When there is too much calnexin, this wall gives angry T cells access to the brain, where they destroy myelin.” Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world, with an estimated one in 340 Canadians living with the disease. There are no known effective treatments. “We think this exciting finding identifies calnexin as an important target for developing therapies for MS,” said Luis Agellon, a professor at the McGill School of Human Nutrition. “Our challenge now is to tease out exactly how this protein works in the cells

involved in making up the blood-brain barrier. If we knew exactly what calnexin does in this process, then we could find a way to manipulate its function to promote resistance for developing MS.” The study, published in JCI Insight, was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Source: University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

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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Good Friday and Easter



reetings beloved of the Lord, this week and next we will address the approaching holidays known as Good Friday and Easter. The term “holiday” origin is from “holy day”. These two days, Good Friday and Easter (also known as Resurrection Day) are the most important days in the Christian faith. The first, Good Friday coincides with the Jewish Holy Day of Passover. God instituted Passover to the Hebrews while they were still in Egypt preparing to exit from there to the Promised Land. You can read about the Passover in the Book of Exodus 12. The Hebrews, (now known as the Jewish people of Israel and other lands), were commanded of God to keep this Holy Day through their generations. Exodus 12:5-7 “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You shall take from the sheep or from the goats. And you shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month. And the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take some of the blood and strike on the two side posts and upon the upper door post of the houses in which they shall eat it.” It is significant to realize that though the Passover was instituted thousands of years ago and was to commemorate a specific event, it also served as a picture, a type of what would occur when Jesus went to the Cross of Calvary for the sins of the world. 1Corinthians 5:7 “For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.” Numerous other Scriptures attest to this, John 1”29-30 “The next day John sees Jesus coming to him and says, Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, After me comes a Man who has been before me, for He preceded me.” 1Pe 1:18-20 “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot; indeed having been foreknown before the foundation of the world, but revealed in the last times for you.” Act 8:30-35 “And Philip ran there to him and heard him read the prophet Isaiah, and said, Do you indeed understand what you are reading? And he said, How can I unless some man should guide me? And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. And the content of the Scripture which he read was this: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter, and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so He opened not His mouth. In His humiliation His judgment was taken away, and who shall declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.” And the eunuch answered Philip and said, I beg you, of whom does the prophet speak this? Of himself or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth and began at the same Scripture and preached the gospel of Jesus to him.” The portion of Isaiah that the Eunuch was reading from was: Isa 53:3-10 “He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as it were a hiding of faces from Him, He being despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was on Him; and with His stripes we ourselves are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, each one to his own way; and Jehovah has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and He was afflicted; yet He opened not His mouth. He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter; and as a sheep before its shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment; and who shall declare His generation? For He was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgression of My people He was stricken. And He put His grave with the wicked, and with a rich one in His death; although He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased Jehovah to crush Him; to grieve Him; that He should put forth His soul as a guilt-offering. He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the will of Jehovah shall prosper in His hand.” As it was the death of the Lamb and the spreading of its blood upon the Hebrews door posts so it is the shedding of the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus that saves us from the penalty of our sins as we repent and place our trust in Him. This is why it is “Good Friday”.

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

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El Cajon Officer Named San Diego County ATAC’s Top Vehicle Theft Recovery Officer of the Year 2017 Monica Zech/The East County Herald

Above, from left: San Diego County ATAC’s Top Vehicle Theft Recovery Officer of The Year 2017, El Cajon Officer Jordan Walker with El Cajon Chief of Police Jeff Davis. El CAJON — After reviewing the recovered stolen vehicle points and significant case highlights of each of the 33 nominees, the members of the Auto Theft Advisory Committee unanimously agreed on the Best of the Best, Wednesday, March 14 and named Officer Jordan Walker of the El Cajon Police Department, San Diego County ATAC’s Top Vehicle Theft Recovery Officer of the Year 2017. Officer Walker joined the El Cajon Police Department in 2013. His current assignment is with the K9 Unit with his partner, K9 Jester. Walker was the Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was the recipient of the ATAC award in 2016. One of the 38 vehicles recovered by Walker was taken during a residential burglary. Due to his recovery of this vehicle, the residential burglary case was able to be solved. Walker was named Officer of the Month for August 2017 for his hard work and dedication to finding stolen vehicles. He recovered a total of 38 vehicles in 2017 with nine of those being occupied. The estimated total of his recoveries was $307, 800. Congratulations Officer Jordan Walker and thank you for your dedication to the citizens of San Diego County.


BUSINESS EXPO 2018 Join us as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary and our 4th Annual Spring Fling Business Expo! The evening will be filled with “Anniversary” celebration surprises, amazing samplings of delicious food from local restaurants, dozens of FREE door prizes and raffles, and more!

Thursday, April 26, 2018 La Mesa Community Center 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942 Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


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San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Presents

Travel Program Showcase Tuesday, March 27, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Chamber Business Resource Center


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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. FREE EXERCISE AND WALKING PROGRAM The Grossmont Mall Walkers are celebrating 32 years of walking at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr. La Mesa. Join exercise instructor Daphne Miller on Saturdays for a free stretch/exercise class in the Food Court. Classes start at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Walk the mall, make new friends and make exercise a part of your routine. This free community program is sponsored by the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Senior Resource. For more information, call 619-740-4214. TELEPHONE REASSURANCE CALLS The Sharp Grossmont Senior Resource Center helps people who live alone to feel safe in remaining at home. Services include a daily computerized telephone call and Vial of Life. This service is available to any senior or disabled person living in east county. Call 619-740-4214 for details. SHARP SENIOR RESOURCE CENTERS Sharp Healthcare has Senior Resources at Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital. Each Senior Resource Center offers quarterly activity calendars with health education programs, health screenings, health fairs, special events and more. If you would like to receive the quarterly activity calendar from Sharp Memorial Senior Resource Center, please call 858-939-4790. If you would like to receive the quarterly activity calendar from Sharp Grossmont Senior Resource Center, please call 619-740-4214.



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Padres Disclose Promotional Schedule

he San Diego Padres have announced the club’s promotional schedule, including all-fan giveaways and events every home weekend during the upcoming season. Every Friday is Party in the Park presented by Southwest Airlines featuring BeerFest, WineFest, CocktailFest, and more. This is a pregame happy hour series located in Park at the Park from 4:30-7 p.m. with $5 drink specials and live entertainment. Baseball Night in San Diego returns to Petco Park with every Saturday home game featuring a giveaway or event. Highlights include a Trevor Hoffman Hall of Fame Celebration during a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks (Aug. 16-19) with giveaways each day, including a Hoffman Replica Jersey, Hoffy Table Book, Replica Cooperstown Plaque, and Replica Hoffman Statue. Other Hoffman commemorative giveaways include a 500th Save Bobblehead, #51 Retirement Bobblehead, and 51 Flag. In addition, the Padres will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1998 National League Championship team during a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals (May 10-13), also featuring giveaways each day presented by Sycuan Casino. This will include a series of ’98 commemorative bobbleheads of Tony Gwynn, Ken Caminiti, Hoffman, and Greg Vaughn. New giveaways to the promotional lineup feature a Hawaiian Shirt presented by National University, Beach Hat presented by FOX Sports San Diego, Replica Batting Practice Jersey presented by COX, Cub Busters t-shirt, and a Backpack Cooler presented by Mission Federal Credit Union. Other Baseball Night in San Diego fan favorites include the Padres Hoodie with a ’98 design presented by Toyota, Beach Towel presented by UC San Diego Health, and Fleece Blanket presented by Sycuan Casino. Several laser and fireworks shows will also take place throughout the season. Fans attending Opening Day on Thursday, March 29 vs. the Milwaukee Brewers will receive an Opening Day Hat presented by Sycuan Casino. Every Sunday home game is KidsFest presented by Chick-filA in Park at the Park, with bounce houses and other inflatables, games, face painters, balloon artists, and more kid-friendly activities. Postgame Kids Run the Bases makes its return in addition to Compadres Kids Sunday Signings – an autograph session with Padres players prior to the game. Continuing in 2018 are the Military Appreciation Salutes, First Responder Salutes, Friar Family Days, College Nights and Taco Tuesdays. Various Theme Games are also available, highlighted by Marvel Super Hero Days, Star Wars Night, five 1998-themed Way Back Wednesdays presented by Budweiser, heritage and community nights and more. Theme Game giveaways and events are available through a ticket package and can be purchased online at themegames.

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Alpine’s mayoral race looking for `votes’

The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce is reminding local residents that its annual honorary mayor race will end soon. Four candidates are participating in the campaign, which is actually a community fundraiser where every dollar donated to a candidate counts as a vote. The candidate who raises the most money for their particular nonprofit cause will be declared the winner. Anyone can donate to one candidate, or all four of them. Deadline for the “voting” is 5 p.m., Thursday, March 29. The four candidates and their charities of choice include: Sallie Brown is raising money for grandparent and other elderly causes; Louis Russo is collecting money to help make teachers’ wish lists a reality; Jennifer Tschida is seeking donations to finance research to stop mitochondrial disease that affects children and young adults; Caity Yaussi is asking for money to help provide local school children opportunities for elective educational programs, including arts, music and athletics. According to Joseph Perricone, The Canvas Makers and Chamber chairman, “All four candidates are raising funds to help Alpine in different ways. Anyone can vote by donating dollars to one or more candidates. The winner has no power and no official duties, so there’s no worrying about fixing potholes or balancing budgets, for instance. All the money raised goes to good causes. It’s a win-win for everyone.” Last year’s campaign saw four contenders raise nearly $15,000, a record. Last year’s donations helped children with cancer and other local youth, as well as provide technology for Alpine public schools. The Chamber’s annual fundraiser started in 2003, when Peggy Easterling was the first winner. Other winners have included Al Guerra, owner of The Liars Club Tavern & Grill, in 2008, and Alpine Fire Chief Bill Paskle in 2014.

Shirley Murphy named GHD rep. to Grossmont Hospital Corp. board

El Cajon resident Shirley Apple Murphy, a cultural psychologist, life coach and advocate for Native American issues, has been appointed to serve on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC) board of directors as a representative of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). Murphy will serve on the GHC as a designee of GHD board member Gloria Chadwick. Murphy is returning to the GHC board after previously serving from 2011 to 2016. Murphy was succeeded by Allan Goetz, a retired aerospace engineer, who served in 2016 and 2017. The 15-member GHC board consists of Sharp Grossmont Hospital leaders, physicians, community leaders and GHD board members or their designees. Among its many responsibilities, the GHC board oversees, evaluates and recommends proactive quality measures and performance initiatives for all quality improvement activities throughout the hospital. Murphy is president of Taspan Consulting Co., which she founded to conduct research and development of indigenous knowledge and its application to educational curriculum, career counseling, community development and life coaching. Her career has focused on health care, education and language retention. “It is my honor and privilege to have this opportunity to serve at the pleasure of the Grossmont Healthcare District board,” said Murphy. “I have a lifelong commitment to quality health care and a desire to address unmet health care needs in our East County community. I look forward to supporting the other hospital board members and an excellent team of hospital administrators in a collaborative effort to offer quality care and exceed patients’ expectations.”

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Healing energy class at La Mesa health library

The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library in La Mesa will host “Reiki: Healing with Energy,” a free program from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 28. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free and RSVP is not necessary. Light refreshments will be served. Handouts will be available. The library is located at 9001 Wakarusa St. Speaker at the program will be Linda Bounds, a Reiki master, artist and educator who estimates that she has helped thousands of people in need with her Reiki-infused art and environmental energy therapies. She will explain how Reiki can complement your life by tapping into your personal Universal Life Force. She will share the fundamentals of this natural way to create healing environments that can release both physical and emotional blockages.

La Mesa launches independent investigation to Helix school incident

The city of La Mesa has hired Barry Aninag Investigations, an outside firm from Mission Viejo, to look into a Jan. 19 incident on the campus of Helix Charter High School. On Jan. 19, La Mesa police responded to a call about a 17-year-old girl who had been suspended and was refusing to leave school grounds. According to a City of La Mesa press release, the city manager has taken action to commission an independent investigation of the acts and-or omissions of the La Mesa Police Department personnel to determine whether any policies or procedures were violated related to the incident. The city said Aninag, an experienced investigator, has investigated a variety of administrative cases ranging from allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation to allegations of violations of city or department policy concern dishonesty and the use of excessive force.

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Associate Vice Chancellor with the district office, Chris Tarman level math. Their efforts, which resulted in a seven-fold increase in student completion rates for transfer-level math courses and closed equity gaps between and white and minority students, have drawn national recognition. “A belief in student capacity is imperative and empowering, and has transformed me as an educator,” Marshall said. Michael Golden A biology teacher at the college since 1993, Michael Golden’s contributions to Grossmont College have been many. He taught the college’s first online course in 2000 and introduced the Bridges to the Future program, a partnership with San Diego State University to increase the number of minorities transferring to fouryear colleges to study biology. Golden is recognized for his efforts embracing diversity and pursuing social justice and equal opportunity for students and employees. In 2017, his peers awarded him the Distinguished Faculty Award for his excellence as an educator and service to the college. Golden said his working-class background and his own discovery of the promise of higher education through community college have engendered a special relationship with his students. “As an underprepared, working-class student out of high school, I wasn’t really ready for higher education,” said Golden, who went on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s from San Francisco State University. “Laney College in Oakland was the place I discovered I could actually be successful in school. I was so impressed by the support I received from all of my teachers that I thought, that’s what I want to be, a community college instructor. Helping students be successful is the best career in the world.”


SMILE BREAKS with Sheila Buska Diet Day


t’s Diet Day. Just like any other day, except for all those weird foods you have to eat. For me it’s carrot sticks and granola bars and nuts. What’s it for you? Oh! You’re not on a diet! How come? I thought everyone was. Maybe you read that article in AARP last year that reported it’s better to be slightly overweight than too skinny when you’re old, and maybe you’re not old now—but you will be. Sooner or later. I’m not saying where I stand in this cycle of life and I don’t necessarily need to be skinny but I sure wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds. Especially off the middle. So today is diet day for me. This time I’ll stick with it. Too many of my diet days have morphed into “not diet days.” The old lure of dessert at the end of the day—the hat trick I used last time I shed a few pounds—doesn’t seem to be working this time. Thoughts of tasty foods and a growling stomach interfere with my brain’s good intentions and this rainy weather isn’t helping as I settle in with a good book and a few carrot sticks. Before I know it, the carrot sticks are gone and a few peanuts aren’t going to stop me from wanting more food—substantial food. Anything but more carrot sticks. I checked to see if there’s an official Diet Day, or more likely, a Diet Month. Wikipedia lists all

kinds of food months but no Diet Month. The closest was National Bird Feeding Month in February, which might fit the bill if you think in terms of eating like a bird. Unfortunately it’s listed just above National Donut Month. There are food months for almost every food you can think of. March boasts National Peanut Month but I can’t see eating only peanuts for a month. National Celery Month and National Frozen Food Month are also March honorees. But back to today, my Diet Day. If it works, I’ll convince myself to do it again tomorrow. . . If not, well I tried. I start the day with a good healthy bowl of cereal—not too full a bowl, not too much milk, hardly any sugar sprinkled on top—and then I don’t eat another thing until my delicious granola bar ’n banana lunch, which tides me over to dinnertime. That’s only if I’m really good and don’t get tempted by a caramel Frappuccino instead of straight coffee this afternoon when I’m out and about. Chocolate. I’m craving chocolate. It’s only three o’clock. That Hershey’s Mr. Good bar I hid in my drawer has peanuts in it but I can’t eat the peanuts without accidentally breaking off a bit of chocolate with them. No one will see. I’ll only break off one square. Oops! Three squares came off. Well, I can’t let them lie there getting stale. That was so-o-o good. Ever had a Mr. Goodbar? The Hershey Company does a fantastic job of sabotaging the strongest of dietary intentions. Best to keep away from anything that remotely smells of chocolate while dieting. You knew that. That keeps me until dessert time. That’s the reward at the end of the day for resisting temptations left and right—not counting the three squares of Mr. Goodbar. If you had your small bowl of cereal and your granola bar and banana, with a few peanuts and carrot sticks between and you haven’t strayed—much—to the great beyond of hamburgers and enchiladas and pepperoni pizza or, name your poison, then you get your reward: the dessert of your choice! That’s all. Enjoy your dessert. You’ve earned it!

Astrid Ronke

Astrid Ronke starts her German classes at Grossmont College with a few minutes of stretching and calisthenics, which she leads in her native German. She points to neuro-psychological studies supporting her theory that students learn faster and retain knowledge longer when intellect, emotion and movement are engaged. The Berlin native, an adjunct instructor of German at Grossmont College since 2002, also incorporates drama and music in her classroom. Her innovative approach led to her being selected as the adjunct recipient of the 2017-18 Distinguished Faculty Award. Ronke, who has a doctorate in German as a foreign language from Technical University of Berlin, established a fourweek German immersion and scholarship program in her native country for Grossmont College students. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire,” she said, quoting Irish poet William Butler Yeats. “These lines have been supporting me as my mantra throughout my teaching career. It has been my goal to inspire my students to build a positive attitude towards learning and become life-long learners as well as well-rounded individuals with a sense of pride.”

Christopher Tarman

As the associate vice chancellor of research, planning and technology at the college district, Christopher Tarman’s duties are too many to list, and he chuckles when asked what he tells people at social functions what he does for a living. “Well, I tell them I head IT – they understand that,” said Tarman, who began working for the district in 2013. “But I also head the department that provides the data to support major decisions of the institution and serve as the backbone of the strategic planning process.” With a bachelor’s from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, a master’s from the University of Delaware and as a doctoral candidate at UCLA – all in the field of political science – Tarman had aspirations of becoming a university professor and has held part-time teaching positions at CSU Fullerton and Long Beach; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Palomar College. But family obligations intervened and in 2004, he began a new career as a research analyst in the private sector, collecting and analyzing data for school districts, cities, government agencies and private corporations. In 2009, he began a three-year stint as a research and planning analyst at Irvine Valley College. “I like that I head departments at this college district that have tangible impacts and I find satisfaction in being at the center of helping to develop a well-implemented strategic plan with strong focus on student success,” he said. About receiving the Roueche Award, Tarman said he is honored and surprised. “It’s not often that the people doing the research and technology are the ones to receive the accolades,” he said. “We are the behind-the-scenes people.”




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Former Cuyamaca College President Donates $1 Million to East County College District

EL CAJON — From his own experience as a community college student to his time as president of Cuyamaca College, Sam Ciccati knows firsthand the transformative value of education. Through his $1 million gift to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District announced Tuesday night, scholarships and assistance will be offered to Cuyamaca College students for years to come. “I hope with this gift there will be students who would never get to college who will now get to go,” Ciccati said. “Then they’ll be successful and pass this on to the next generation.” The gift, the largest ever received by the East County college district, was announced at the district’s Governing Board meeting. The agreement calls for Ciccati to fund the donation over 10 years, creating an endowment that will allow the college to receive the money in perpetuity. In recognition of the gift, the performing arts center at Cuyamaca College will be known as the Samuel M. Ciccati Performing Arts Center, and the theater will be called the Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre. The formal unveiling of the new name will be held at an event next fall during Cuyamaca College’s 40th anniversary celebration. District Chancellor Cindy L. Miles noted that Ciccati’s gift will complement the college district’s effort to open the doors to higher education for more students through the Grossmont & Cuyamaca College Promise scholarship, which will offer a free year of college to first-time, full-time students beginning this fall. “We’re thrilled that Dr. Ciccati is once again showing his commitment to the East County community through this generous gift,” Miles said. “He will be changing the lives of thousands of students and their families.” Ciccati himself is a community college success story. The ninth of 12 children born to immigrant parents, he was working at an SDG&E power plant in National City to help support his family when his boss prodded him to enroll in college classes. He attended San Diego City College part-time for two years before he transferred to San Diego State

University. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SDSU, and later received his doctorate degree from United States International University. Ciccati began teaching, then became a counselor at Grossmont College until he was named a vice president of the college in 1976. In 1984, he was selected as the second president of Cuyamaca College, serving until 1993. Ciccati said his background and work demonstrated how community colleges can transform lives. Ciccati had been supporting students at the colleges even before his recent donation. He funded four scholarships for students at Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges through a fundraising campaign matched by the Bernard Osher Foundation that allows the scholarships to continually be offered each year. Ciccati’s brother, Daniel, who died in 2010, also funded a scholarship. Ciccati has also endowed four scholarships at the San Diego State University College of Education and one in men’s basketball. He also endowed a scholarship at the Monarch School, a school for homeless children in San Diego. “My affinity with the community college is strong,” Ciccati said. “I feel strongly about the value of community college.”

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