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San Diegans gather to protest SDG&E’s greed, pleading for a sustainable future Ratepayers’ money is being used for SDG&E to bully their watchdog to benefit shareholders

Bill Walton (center) and representatives of the Challenged Athletes Foundation accept a $50,000 donation presented by Sycuan Casino’s general manager, John Dinius (right).

Walton Accepts $50,000 Donation on Behalf of Challenged Athletes Foundation from Sycuan Casino

Above, center: San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – who represents most of East County – said, “SDG&E and its fat-cat executives don’t like competition, but San Diego ratepayers deserve real energy options,” in a protest outside the company’s corporate office. SAN DIEGO — A passionate crowd of over 150 local cleanenergy advocates gathered at San Diego Gas & Electric’s Corporate Campus in Kearny Mesa Wednesday, March 16. The protest was in response to the investor-owned utility’s recent rebellion against its own watchdog, a move in which solar advocates say is to derail a competitive industry. On January 28, after a 22-month proceeding, the California Public Utilities Commission made a final decision about the future of solar in California known as net metering 2.0. The decision was considered a compromise for the utilities and solar advocates. Unsatisfied with the January outcome, however, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison filed to legally challenge the decision on March 7. “State regulators need to stand firm and not cave into pressure from SDG&E and other giant utilities to gut our booming rooftop solar industry,” said San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob. “SDG&E and its fat-cat executives don’t like competition, but San Diego ratepayers deserve real energy options.” After reviewing a mountain of filings from the utilities and others, the Commission decided to firmly reject proposals from the utilities to replace net metering with complicated schemes that would have prevented most customers from going solar. While the January 28 decision makes significant changes to net metering, requiring

customers to pay an upfront application fee, pay an ongoing monthly fee required by all customers and be subject to time-varying rates, SDG&E has again requested major changes that would put solar out of reach for a majority of homeowners. “The desperate quest of the monopoly utilities to take away the freedom of families to become energy independent only proves the urgent need to break up the monopoly and provide permanent freedom of energy choice to all families and businesses,” said Nicole Capretz, executive director of the Climate Action Campaign. “It’s the American way and the quickest way to transition to a clean energy future.” The City of San Diego has a Climate Action Plan goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. This would make San Diego the largest city fully powered by renewable energy. The San Diego rooftop solar industry, which is second in the nation per capita, is currently providing a $1 billion economic benefit to San Diego County. That amount is slated to increase once the Climate Action Plan goes into effect, but would be extremely difficult to achieve if SDG&E’s requests are granted. “Our local, state and national governments have sent a clear message that solar is here to stay but SDG&E refuses to accept these policy objectives and would rather cling on their antiquated fossil fuel business model,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power, “I encourage all San

Diegans, all Californians, to join us. Let’s leave fossil fuels and those who produce it in the past, and let’s move forward, united, with our eyes set on a clean energy economy, so that our children and our grandchildren will enjoy a better future.” Other testimonials at the protest included emotional pleas for the Commission to take a stand and support solar for environmental, economic, social and health benefits. “We’re here to call on the California Public Utilities Commission to stand by their decision to keep net metering in place so that other homeowners can put solar on their roof supporting healthy neighborhoods, the state’s climate goals and local jobs,” said Alby Quinlan, an Encinitas solar homeowner and member of The protest was co-organized by San, the Sierra Club, the Climate Action Campaign and the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA). “For my generation, a fossil fuel monopoly is a dinosaur that belongs in a museum,” said Alejandro Montes, Sierra Club leader and San Diego City College student. “We expect clean energy and a choice today.” Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison also submitted rehearing requests on March 7. The California Public Utilities Commission has 120 days to respond to the utilities’ request for a rehearing and has yet to comment on this topic publicly.

EL CAJON — NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton accepts a $50,000 check from Sycuan Casino on behalf of the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Sunday, March 20 at Sycuan Casino. The donation provided by Sycuan is part of the casino’s promise to the organization to donate at least five percent of its GameDay Sports Bar & Grill’s annual sales, which began in 2012. “CAF, being San Diego based, has been really able to capitalize on the opportunity Sycuan has afforded us to provide life-changing grants for equipment, sports training expense[s] and other things to really allow people with physical challenges to be active, be physically involved in sports,” said Jason Karavidas, Business Development Manager for Challenged Athletes Foundation. “I want to say thank you to Sycuan, to Bill Walton for being such a wonderful connector and champion to our cause. We’re really honored to be a part of the Sycuan family.” The casino held an event open to the public on Sunday to commemorate the occasion. At the event, Walton met and greeted casino patrons alongside several athletes connected with the Challenged Athletes Foundation. “It’s one of those foundations that we’re very proud of, and we’re very proud of the work that we’ve been able to do in the community. It really reinforces to the ‘together’ piece of our new strategy. We’re going to continue this for many years to come,” said John Dinius, Sycuan Casino’s newly appointed general manager. In 2015, the casino rolled out a new branding campaign which was dedicated to the close-knit San Diego community. As a part of the property’s new “Play. Win. Together.” slogan, the casino reemphasized its dedication to the community that made it the success it is today. The “together” portion of the mantra is its public promise to continually give back to causes important to locals, including the Challenged Athletes Foundation and over 700 resident charities and causes. Sycuan Casino’s GameDay Sports Bar & Grill has 39 widescreen TVs, including 5 90-inch TVs, bar-top slot machines, a stadium sized menu, over 30 beers on tap, the Party Pit complete with three blackjack tables, an extensive collection of sports memorabilia – and a high-energy atmosphere. For additional information visit

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Editor’s Note: The following is Mr. Barnett’s response to Mr. Russo’s letter to the editor that appeared in The Herald’s March 17-23 edition.


Editor – East County Herald n response to Mr. Lou Russo’s letter to the Herald in the March 17th issue on another view of former FCI land in far east Alpine, the matter of overall land use is in the hands of the Board of Supervisors. BOS has commissioned a Special Study of that area to determine firstly, infrastructure needed to support the current under-served 400 or so residents, and secondly, infrastructure needed for the land use plan for east Alpine under BOS review. The proposed land use plan has already been endorsed by the Alpine Community Planning Group and the County Planning Commission. All should await the BOS study results. As to Wright’s Field, Mr. Russo’s inferences are unclear. Here are some facts; • 1997: With agreement of the property owner, and the state and federal wildlife Agencies, the property was placed into the County of San Diego’s Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) Sub-Area Plan Preserve and into the MSCP’s Pre-Approved Mitigation Area (PAMA). The area was subsequently designated as a Biological Resource Core Area (BRAC), making it one of the highest value environmental resources in both the County and all of southern California. The un-conserved portions of Wright’s Field are still residentially developable, but the land carries some of the highest environmental hurdles defined under the California Environmental Quality Act. • 1998: Back Country Land Trust acquires the first 80 acres of Wright’s Field from the Virginia Smith Trust through a 40-acre mitigation for the new Joan MacQueen Middle School, and through 40 acres purchased with California Department of Transportation Environmental Enhancement Mitigation Program grant funding matched by the County of San Diego. • 2003: Back Country Land

Trust bought 120 acres of Wright’s Field for $1,800,000; $15,000 per acre with funding from two California Department of Transportation Environmental Enhancement Mitigation Program grants and matching funds from the County of San Diego’s Department of Parks & Recreation. Under an exclusive purchase / option agreement, BCLT had the right for six months to buy the balance 141 acres at $15,000 per acre. BCLT exercised the option, but was unable to raise the funding, and forfeited a $50,000 option performance fee. BCLT had a remaining exclusive right for a further two years to purchase the 141 acres at an agreed fair market value. • 2004: County of San Diego placed 30 acres of high quality riparian habitat in Alpine’s historic Findel Ranch adjacent to Wright’s Field in an Environmental Subdivision through a purchase for $470,000. The ownership was conveyed to BCLT and the land was added to BCLT’s Wright’s Field Environmental Preserve • 2005: BCLT and the property owner failed to agree to a fair market value for the 141 acres. BCLT’s last offer was near $3,500,000; about $25,000 per acre. The property owner believed a fair value was much higher. The purchase / option agreement expired unfulfilled. The property owner then filed an application for a 41-home subdivision called “Park Alpine” (TM-5433). The owner is still pursuing development options on the 141 acres. • 2013: The 141-acre portion of Wright’s Field not conserved was placed on the Priority List of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services for potential acquisition with federal funds as provided under the Endangered Species Act. As and when funding can be pieced together, BCLT intends to make a sales/purchase offer to the owner for the remaining 141 acres based upon environmental mitigation value. This has been communicated to the owner. The conservation easement restrictions each placed upon

the deeds of Wright’s Field by the local, state, county and private funders ensure the property is undevelopable in perpetuity; that it is conserved. That is the intent of the governing agencies ordinances and state and federal constitutional laws that enable conservation. With these deed restrictions, the property essentially has zero market value. Federal, state and county laws and ordinances intend for such properties to be exempt from property taxes. The tax exempt process involves annual reporting of property use and annual re-filing for the property tax exemption to and with the County Tax Assessor. BCLT does pay all assessed service fees including those like fire protection and fighting, disease vector control, and so on. Wright’s Field is intended as a conservation preserve open to the public for its use and enjoyment to preserve rules. The public is invited to BCLT’s Facebook page for details on the many educational events BCLT hosts on the property with and by many community organizations. And finally, BCLT is a California incorporated, non-profit public charity regulated by the California Attorney General and Secretary of State. Officers and Directors receive no compensation or benefits for their service. It is all volunteer. Officers and Directors by state law hold no equity or ownership over lands BCLT owns and operates; nor over and cash assets such as endowment funds and so on. BCLT is a member of the national Land Trust Alliance and is officially certified to own and operate state and federal designated mitigation lands across San Diego County. That certification is granted by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife in consultation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias This Senate Race Just Got Better


or many months, California’s ongoing race to replace retiring four-term U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer has bored most voters to the point they’ve virtually ignored it. he casual assumption has been that Democrat Kamala Harris, currently state attorney general and formerly district attorney of San Francisco, would win in a cakewalk, given she’s raised millions of dollars more than her leading rival in the polls, Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez of Orange County. The probability has been strong for an all-Democrat November runoff election , as the two Republicans in the race, former state GOP chairmen George (Duf) Sundheim and Tom Del Beccaro, register well under 10 percent in the latest polls and have had little success raising campaign money. Enter Ron Unz, 54, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who has been out of politics since his 1998 Proposition 227 eliminated most bilingual education programs in California public schools. But as an individual candidate in 1994 at age 32, he won 35 percent of the Republican primary vote against thenincumbent Gov. Pete Wilson. “It’s a very unusual election cycle,” Unz understated in an interview the other day. The other two sort-of significant Republicans in the race have very low poll standings and I think I can shake things up by focusing on controversial issues.” Anyone watching closely might have gotten a hint that Unz was up to something a week before he officially filed his candidacy papers at the March 16 deadline. “Is the Republican Party just too stupid to survive?” he asked in a blog post that railed against likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and blasted the party for continuing to insist wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were good, honest ideas. But most of all, he says he got in because of his party’s legislative support for a November ballot proposition that would virtually negate Proposition 227 by letting parents of English learner students choose whether or not to put their kids in bilingual education. “227 has been a very good thing,” he said. “Kids have learned English better and faster through immersion. I found it hard to believe most Republicans in the Legislature voted to for this new measure.” Some might say that Unz’ entry further ensures that Republicans won’t even have a Senate candidate on the November ballot. It’s true that if the three GOP candidates now running all stay in, Republican votes could splinter, assuring a HarrisSanchez all-Democrat runoff this fall. But if Unz takes off, the others might not be major factors at all and California could end up with a truly independent U.S. senator. Unz would need money to do that, but said he’s unable to put more than $100,000 of his own cash into the race. “I’m just not wealthy enough to write multi-million-dollar checks for a campaign that might well lose, like some people,” he said. Meanwhile, he insists he will take no donations over $99. There is, however, the possibility that if his candidacy somehow catches on, he might reach a little deeper into his pockets, as he did in spending more than $500,000 on 227. At the time, he still had a financial analytics software firm, later sold to the Moody’s investment rating service. “I did okay with that, but not like some,” he said. “Some people may be attracted to my ideas,” Unz openly hoped, saying he figures to buy very little media advertising. “Maybe a little radio,” he allowed. Even that would be more than Sundheim or Del Beccaro seemingly can afford. If Unz takes off, it might be because California Republicans want to assure they at least have someone on the fall ballot. It could also happen if the 45 percent of likely voters in the undecided column in the latest polls glom onto him as an antiestablishment hope. One thing for sure: Unz has never been an establishment anything. If he should beat out the two other Republicans now running, the blame should go to the GOP establishment itself, for not developing candidates with sufficient popular appeal to make a respectable Senate run. And things don’t look much better for Republicans two years from now, when both the governor’s office and another Senate seat will be up for grabs.

Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It. The book is now available in soft cover, fourth edition. His opinions are his own. He can be reached at


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• Straining during bowel movements • Lumpy or hard stool • Sensation of obstruction or incomplete evacuation • Fewer than three bowel movements per week. Those reporting constipation most often are women and adults age 65 and over. Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the United States. Common causes of constipation include: insufficient intake of fiber and liquids, lack of exercise, medications, older age and abuse of laxatives. The most common cause of constipation is a diet low in fiber and high in fats. The bulk and soft texture of fiber help prevent hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass. Fiber is the part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that the body cannot digest. Keep in mind that many refined and processed foods we eat have the natural fiber removed. Many seniors eat a low-fiber diet that causes constipation. Some lose interest in eating and choose convenience foods low in fiber. Others have difficulties chewing or swallowing; this leads them to eat soft processed foods low in fiber. Liquids add bulk to stools making bowel movements softer and easier to pass. People who are constipated should drink about eight 8-ounce glasses of liquids a day. Avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol, because they dehydrate. Not enough exercise can lead to constipation, although doctors do not know why. If you want to move your bowels, move your body. Some medications can cause constipation. They include: pain medications (especially narcotics), antacids that contain aluminum and calcium, blood pressure medications (calcium channel blockers), antiparkinson drugs, antispasmodics, antidepressants, iron supplements, diuretics and anticonvulsants. Aging may affect bowel regularity because a slower metabolism results in less intestinal activity and muscle tone. Laxatives usually are not necessary to treat constipation and can be habit-forming. The colon begins to rely on laxatives to bring on bowel movements. Over time, laxatives can damage nerve cells in the colon and interfere with the colon’s natural ability to contract. For the same reason, regular use of enemas can also lead to a loss of normal bowel function. Most people with constipation can be treated with changes in diet and exercise. A diet with 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day is recommended. Other changes that can help include drinking enough liquids, engaging in daily exercise, and reserving enough time to have a bowel movement. In addition, the urge to have a bowel movement should not be ignored. For those who have made diet and lifestyle changes and are still constipated, doctors may recommend laxatives or enemas for a limited time.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

CONy16: MS Researchers Question Possible Long-term Benefits of Remyelination Therapy


ultiple Sclerosis (MS) was a main focus at the fourday 10th World Congress on Controversies in Neurology (CONy), in Lisbon, Portugal, that concluded on March 20. Among the topics of debate was demyelination as the disease’s main pathogenic precursor and the clinical potential of remyelination. The debate, titled “Can we expect long-term clinical improvement through remyelination?” and hosted by David Leppert from Roche, in Basel, Switzerland, included the views of Abhijit Chaudhuri from Queen’s Hospital, U.K., and Olaf Stuve from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. It focused on demyelination and neurodegeneration linked to clinical disability, and a possible combination of the two mechanisms. Demyelinating plaques, with surrounding inflammation and neurodegeneration, are hallmarks common to all types of MS. Despite being one of the key pathological changes in the disease, a demyelination-specific autoimmune reaction has never been identified, and the precise cause for MS remains unknown, mainly due to the complexity of the disease. Myelin loss leads to a progressive decrease of nerve conduction velocity, and to a higher predisposition of axons to neurodegeneration due to the lack of physical and metabolic support. Dr. Stuve’s argued that myelin damage and axonal loss are the core of neurologi-

cal disability in MS, a position he supported by noting that axonal loss can be detected in the earliest stages of MS, and that brain atrophy, assessed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), is evident in MS patients with different disease phenotypes and degrees. Both mechanisms, in their different degrees of severity, are likely irreversible and, as such, he said, remyelination strategies are unlikely to show much efficacy in recovering MS patients’ neurological abilities. Dr. Chaudhuri highlighted remyelination events, which are characteristic of relapsing-remitting MS. He noted that spontaneous remyelination in MS lesions is either limited to the lesions’ edge or occurs throughout the entire lesion region, forming the socalled “shadow plaques,” but these remyelinated plaques may become future targets of demyelination. Moreover, there is no evidence of positive correlation between the number of shadow plaques or early remyelination and better functional preservation in patients with any type of MS. MS research has focused on the development of novel drugs targeting pathways that promote remyelination, but existing evidence suggests that none of these agents promote remyelination beyond the naturally occurring levels. In light of this evidence, Dr. Chaudhuri argued that attempts at remyelination would be, at best, partial or incomplete, and this treatment strategy alone would not yield meaningful func-

tional improvements or axonal rescue and reverse neuronal loss. This failing would be even more evident if the theory that MS is primarily a neurodegenerative disease, and loss of myelin a secondary effect, was proven to be true. The scientist theorized that the benefit of remyelination would likely be improvement of nerve conduction, instead of grey and white matter protection from progressive MS pathology. Dr. Chaudhuri concluded that, at this point, long-term clinical improvement from remyelination therapy is purely speculative, due to the lack of robust clinical data and the yet-to-be-identified appropriate imaging marker of remyelinating lesions in MS. Source: University University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 29 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 NOTE: 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 Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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Ilus Arts Explores Medical Conditions By James Wrick

For The East County Herald Ilus Art is microscopic art that features close up images of the molecules that make up the human body. From images of hair follicles to Parkinson’s disease, Ilus Art explores the world of regenerative medicine and cellular composition through artistic images of cells as seen through powerful microscopes. CEO of Ilus Art Janet Hubka and her husband Mark Hubka present these works of art created by scientists across the country in hopes of raising awareness and funding for clinical research. Last year the Hubkas submitted one of their works to the Senate’s 2015-2016 California Contemporary Art Collection and were recognized by California State Senator Anderson with a Senate Certificate of Recognition, thanking them for their participation. Ilus Art was in El Cajon last month where they presented some pieces at the East County Chamber of Commerce. Anderson stated, “Janet and Mark Hubka are pioneers into the microscopic art and regenerative medicine fields and I am grateful for their dedication to community service and inspiring young minds with Ilus Art.” The Hubkas are interested in seeing art become integrated with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education) fields; they have

From left: CEO of Ilus Art Janet Hubkas with representative from California Senator Joel Anderson’s office James Wrick and Janet’s Husband Rick Hubka present works of art from scientists across the country. a K-12 program that inspires children to take interest in science and technology by attracting them with their art. Janet and Mark visit schools free of charge to help inspire future scientists. Janet remarked, “Little kids…their minds are open, but by late middle school they have pigeon holed themselves a little bit. But you can get kids interested in whatever their passion is and they can be more successful if they’re presented with options.” Children are attracted to the vibrant

colors of Ilus Art and typically ask a myriad of questions regarding the research behind each photo. The future of Ilus Art is bright; they have had their art put on display at the San Diego International Airport as well as the Chino Valley Medical Center. The Hubkas hope to someday organize a traveling art exhibit so they can bring their inspirational works to children all over the country. For more information, visit Ilus Art’s website at

Local Author Holds Book Signing for his Book, ‘History in The Headlines’

EL CAJON — Local Author and former editor of the Daily Californian (30 years), Del Hood held a book signing of his book, History in the Headlines El Cajon Valley High School Museum, Saturday, March 19. Half a century (1950 – 2000) of El Cajon Valley and surrounding area history – over 1,700 bits of history – is chronicled in newspaper headline form. Details on these headlined can be found at the El Cajon Library. Hood is a graduate of Hastings College and the University Of Nebraska School Of Journalism and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon. He has received awards for his writing from Sigma Delta Chi, California Newspaper Publishers Association, San Diego Press Club, and Associated Press.

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reetings precious people, this week we break from our series on the Life of Jesus to jump ahead to the most significant event in all history; the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. As we approach Easter it is important that we are reminded of what Easter is really all about, it is not Spring Break or any other term the world has attempted to attach to it to distract from the events of what occurred nearly 2,000 years ago. We could not have Resurrection Sunday without the suffering; death; burial of the Lord Jesus Christ, also known as Good Friday. The term Good Friday may seem like a strange title given to describe the darkest day known to man. There are a variety of opinions as to how the term Good Friday came about of which we will not spend any time discussing rather let us look at what could make this day good. When Jesus came into the world as a baby, the angles sang as part of their chorus Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” The proclamation of “peace on earth and good will toward men” was not what we may think it to be for just a short time after the birth of Jesus King Herod ordered the death of every baby boy that lived in Bethlehem of the age of two and under; there has not been any peace on earth since then. So what was meant by peace on earth and good will toward men? The peace spoken of would come at the death of Jesus Christ upon the cross for His death took the penalty for man’s sin as is described in the Word of God the Bible. Ephesians 2:14-18 “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” Our sin puts us at enmity with God, which does not allow there to be any peace between us and our Maker. Romans 5:6-11 “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” What greater act of good will could there ever be for a Holy, Righteous; Just God to offer His Only Son to suffer and die upon the Cross of Calvary for all of mankind that wanted nothing to do with Him? This truly is good news and it makes the day in which He died worthy of the title “Good Friday”. Then of course there came Resurrection Sunday in which Jesus rose from the dead bringing life to all that repent of sin and place their trust in Him. I do hope you take time to give thanks to so great of gracious God this Easter season.

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

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Beyond The Crown, Women of Achievment Awards Luncheon

ALPINE — The Beyond the Crown, Women of Achievement Award was is awarded to former pageant participants who have continued to achieve and inspire after they have vied for the crown. The awards luncheon was held at the Alpine Community Center, Sunday, March 20. The event offers a unique opportunity to change the perception of pageant participants by recognizing the continuation of volunteer work accomplished by these women and to promote the belief in “strengthening communities” and encouraging women as leaders as well as encouraging their participation in decision making processes that shape their lives and the community around them.

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FLINN SPRINGS -- The Alpine Kiwanis Club invites the public to attend the 26th Annual Vintage Alpine fundraiser to be held from 1–4 p.m., on May 1 by the nonprofit Kiwanis Club of Alpine Foundation, Inc. This amazing “Wine Experience in the Country” will take place within the lovely gardens of Summers Past Farms at 15602 Olde Highway 80. Tickets are $60 before by March 31, $70 after March 31, and $80 at the door. The event includes live music in a garden setting, a silent auction, and opportunities to meet wine and food specialists. Attendees will be sampling premium wines from California and around the world, and will also taste the best that restaurants offer throughout San Diego County. Relaxing live music and a silent auction are also featured at the event. “Vintage Alpine attendees often get to chat with people they haven’t seen in years,” said event Chairman Richard Higgins. “It’s a very good time, and a good way to raise money for community needs.”

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The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians is a major sponsor of this event and has a long tradition of sharing with the community as well as their brothers and sisters in Baja Norte. Their sponsorship of this Kiwanis event as well as others demonstrates that commitment to our community. All proceeds from the annual wine, beer and food tasting are used to provide services and programs for children in the San Diego area. To learn more about Vintage Alpine and the Kiwanis Club of Alpine, visit No one under 21 will be admitted.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS PROPOSED CHANGE OF ELECTION SYSTEM AND ESTABLISHMENT OF TRUSTEE AREAS FOR THE GOVERNING BOARD OF THE GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT You are hereby notified that resolutions have been filed with this office in accordance with Education Code section 5019 for a change of election system and the establishment of trustee areas for the Governing Board of the Grossmont Union High School District. YOU WILL THEREFORE TAKE NOTICE that public hearings on this matter will be held by the Board of Education, San Diego County, acting as the County Committee on School District Organization, as follows:

Thinking Of Adopting A New Pet? EL CAJON — The El Cajon Animal Shelter has a variety of dogs, cats and kittens to choose from! If you are looking to adopt a pet, or have lost your pet, please stop by the shelter, 1275 N. Marshall, and see the dogs and cats in the adoption center. The shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please call us at (619) 441-1580.

March 17, 2016, 6:00 p.m. La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Board Room 4750 Date Avenue La Mesa, CA 91942

April 5, 2016. 6:00 p.m. Jamul Intermediate School Library 14545 Lyons Valley Road Jamul, CA 91935

March 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m. East County Regional Education Center 924 East Main Street El Cajon, CA 92021

April 11, 2016, 6:00 p.m. Lakeside Union School District Administration Center 12335 Woodside Avenue Lakeside, CA 92040

Guidelines for conduct of the public hearing are available at or by contacting Brenda Gomez, Executive Assistant to the County Board of Education, at or (858) 292-3515.

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin East County Chamber’s breakfast at Carlton Oaks Country Club

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, April 1, at Carlton Oaks Country Club, 9200 Inwood Dr., Santee. Breakfast sponsor is the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD). Special guest speaker will be Ralf Swenson, GUHSD superintendent who is retiring later this year, and Santee Mayor Randy Voepel. Cost to attend is $20 per person for members with RSVP, $25 per person for nonmembers with RSVP and $30 per person at the door without reservations. RSVPs are requested prior to Monday, March 28. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at, (619) 440-6161, or visit

La Mesa Chamber to host breakfast with Police Chief

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host La Mesa Police Chief Walt Vasquez for a breakfast meeting starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, at the Marie Callender’s restaurant, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego. Breakfast sponsors include Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World, El Camino Memorial Park and Hornbrook Center for Dentistry. The public is invited to attend. Cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for guests with advanced reservations, or $25 at the door. Breakfast will include eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fresh fruit and juice. Prize drawings also will be held. Attendance drawing sponsors include La Mesa Courier and Opus Bank. Reservations may be made via the chamber website,, or by sending an e-mail,, or

by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700, ext. #2. Vasquez was sworn in as chief of the La Mesa Police Department in April 2015. He previously served for 29 years with the San Diego Police Department. He began his career with the SDPD in September 1986 as a police recruit. In 1994, he was promoted to sergeant, then lieutenant in 1998, captain in 2005, and assistant chief in 2013. Vasquez graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2007. In his previous position as assistant chief with SDPD, he oversaw the Canine Unit, SWAT team, property room, information services, communications and the chief ’s community advisory boards. Vasquez succeeded Ed Aceves, who retired in December 2014 after three years as chief. Vasquez is a native San Diegan with long ties to East County. He played Pony League baseball in La Mesa, and he graduated from Helix High School in 1981. He has been an El Cajon resident for about 25 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix. He is married with two children.

Ronn Hall has opened new insurance brokerage in Santee

Ronn Hall, owner of an Allstate insurance office in Santee, has sold his Allstate business and has opened an independent insurance brokerage at 9456 Cuyamaca St., Suite #101. His new business is called Ronn Hall Insurance and Notary Services and it offers insurance from a variety of insurers. Marlene Major, who has worked with Hall for the past 20 years as office manager, will join Hall’s new company, he said. Hall was with Allstate for 29 years. Allstate Corp. is the second largest personal lines insurer in the U.S. He opened his Allstate business in April 1987 at the Sears store at Parkway Plaza. An East County native, Hall has lived in Santee for the past 13 years. He was elected

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to the Santee City Council in November 2014. He also currently serves as a member of the San Diego Republican Party Central Committee. He is married to Virginia Hall, who is serving as 2016 chairperson of the Santee Chamber of Commerce.

Boys & Girls Clubs’ Santee clubhouse to run on solar power

The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has announced installation of a solar power system has been completed at its Santee clubhouse, 8820 Tamberly Way. San Diego-based Empowered Energy Solutions said its solar system costing $184,000 to install will save the Santee clubhouse $338,000 in utility costs over the next 10 years and $824,000 over the next 25 years. We’re looking forward to this investment resulting in a reallocation of funds from our electricity bill to our mission to provide programming and services for the children of our community,” said Forrest Higgins, CEO, BGCEC. “We also see this as a learning opportunity to help expand our kids’ knowledge of going-green and be a good example of reducing the carbon footprint.” The solar system features 193 solar panels measuring 39-by-66 inches and covering about 3,600 square foot atop the Santee clubhouse roof. In addition to the 260-watt, poly-crystalline, black-frame photovoltaic solar panels, the system includes new HVAC controls and a LED lighting retrofit. The system features Empowered Energy Solutions’ Guardian energy monitoring and control system. The company said the Santee clubhouse marks its first installation in San Diego County of the Guardian system. Without the solar system, the company estimated the BGCEC’s current monthly utility of about $3,000 would increase to $12,500 a month after 25 years with a total payout during that time of $1.9 million.

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Indian Gaming Commission NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF A DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR THE JAMUL INDIAN VILLAGE PROPOSED GAMING MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT, SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA AGENCY: National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), Interior. ACTION: Notice of Availability (NOA). SUMMARY: In accordance with Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., the NTGC, in cooperation with the Jamul Indian Village has prepared a Draft Suppl emental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SElS) for the proposed Gaming Management Agreement (GMA) between the Jamul Indian Village (JIV) and San Diego Gaming Ventures (SDGV). If approved, the GMA would allow SDGV to assume responsibility for operation and management of the JIV Gaming Facility located in San Diego County, California. The Draft SEIS addresses the effects of GMA approval and the No Action Alternative, which assumes no GMA, is approved. The SEIS also updates the environmental base line given the time that has passed and the changes that have been made to the scope of the Proposed Action, which was originally addressed in the 2003 Final EIS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information or to request a copy of the Draft SEIS, please contact: John R. Hay, Associate General Counsel, National Indian Gaming Commission Office of the General Counsel 1849 C Street NW, Mail Stop # 1621, Washington, DC 20240 Phone: 202-632-7003: Facsimile: 202-632-7066 : e-mail: John_ Availability of the Draft SEIS: The Draft SElS is availble for public review at the following locations: The Rancho San Diego Public Library, 11555 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, CA 92019, telephone (619) 660-5370; and The Jamul lndian Village Tribal Office, 14191 #16 Highway 94. Jamul, CA 91935, telephone (619) 669-4785. Copies of the Draft SEIS will also be available for download from the Tribe’s website: SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The JTV Reservation is located in the unincorporated portion of southwestern San Diego County approx imately one mile south of the community of Jamul on approximately six-acres of land held in federal trust. State Route 94 (SR-94) provides regional access to the JIV from downtown San Diego, which is located approximately 20 miles to the west where it intersects with Highway 5. Local access to the JLV is provided directly from SR-94 via Daisy Drive. From the JIV , SR-94 travels briefly north and then west to Downtown San Diego, passing through the unincorporated communities of Jamul, Casa de Oro, Spring Valley and Lemon Grove. In 2000, JIV proposed a fee-to-trust land acquisition, construction and operation of a gaming complex and approval of a gaming development and management agreement for operation of the JIV Gaming Facility. The proposal was evaluated in a Final EIS prepared in 2003. Since that time, several major items have been removed from JIV‘s overall development program and the Gaming Facility has been redesigned to fit entirely within the existing JIV Reservation. All environmental effects of the Gaming Facility redesign have been evaluated through preparation of a Final Tribal Environmental Evaluation, which was prepared in accordance with the 1999 Tribal/State Compact. No action is before the BIA due to no fee-to-trust component of the J!V proposal. An action from the NIGC is required; specifically, approval or disapproval of the GMA. That approval or disapproval is the Proposed Action evaluated in the Draft SETS. In addition to the Proposed Action, the Draft SEIS addresses the No Action Alternative, which assumes no approval of the GMA between JIV and SDGV. Under the No Project scenario, JIV would assume operation and management responsibilities of the Jamul Gaming Facility. The NlGC may, in its Record of Decision, select the No Project Alternative rather than the Proposed Action. This Draft SEIS updates environmental conditions in the affected area given the amount of time that has passed since the 2003 Final EIS. Environmental issues addressed with in the Draft SEIS include land resources, water resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural/paleonto logical resources, socioeconomic conditions, transportation, land use, public services, hazardo us materials, noise, and visual resources. The Draft SEIS examines the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of each alternative on these resources. The NIGC published a Notice of Intent (N01) in the Federal Register on April 10, 2013, describing the Proposed Action, announcing the NIGC’s intent to prepare a Draft SEIS for the Proposed Action, and inviting comments. The Draft SEIS is made available to federal, Tribal, state, and local agencies and other interested parties for review and comment. Submittal of Written Comments: You may mail, e-mail, hand-carry or telefax written comments to NIGC, Attn: John Hay, Associate General Counsel, c/o Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street W, Mail Stop #1621, Washington, DC 20240 e-mail: John_Hay@ni gc .gov Please include your name, return address, and the caption: “Draft SEIS Comments, Jamul Indian Village,” on the first page of your written comments. In order to be fully considered, written comments on the Draft SEIS must be postmarked by April 28, 2016. Commenting individuals may request confidentiality. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comments. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. Anonymous comments will not, however, be considered. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available to public in their entirety. AUTHORITY: This notice is published in accordance with 25 U.S.C. 2711, section 1503.1 of the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508), and the Department of the Interior regulations (43 CFR part 46), implementing the procedural requirements of NEPA, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). Dated: March 8, 2016 Shannon O’Loughlin Chief of Staff PUBLISHED: SDCH: dba THE EAST COUNTY HERALD: March 17, 24, 2016 BIILING CODE 7565-01-P

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ALPINE — Soroptimist International of Alpine sponsored the annual Joan MacQueen Middle School (JMMS) speech contest, Saturday, March 12. 12 at JMMS. First place went to Lauren Nguyen (Below, right) and finalists were Taryn Garcia, Abby Dow, Emily Cagney and Isabel Velarde. At the beginning of the school-year 8th grade students have the assignment to learn how to give a three minute speech. Topics are their choice, 200 plus students start out in this contest and it is narrowed down to 10 to 12 finalist, Soroptimist judges half and the Kiwanis club of Alpine judges the other half, This event has been held for more than 50 years in the Alpine district and this has been a great foundation to learn the art of public speaking,

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