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Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture ‘Portraits of Tuskegee Airmen’ Students Continue to Blossom at Natn’l Competition

Photos courtesy Rochelle Porter and Peache’s photo memories.

Above: Tuskegee Airman, friends and family, along with California State Senator Joel Anderson (far right) gather together prior to the Tuskegee Airman Highway dedication in 2013.

By Delanie Pence

For The East County Herald

Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture students and their instructor, Donald Schultz, (top right) celebrate their wins in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition. RANCHO SAN DIEGO — The Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture program is turning heads after yet another standout performance at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition. Nine students took part in the 42nd annual event, and their average score topped the average scores for students at any of the 62 colleges and universities taking part in the competition at Alamance Community College in North Carolina. Competing against major institutions such as Brigham Young University, Virginia Tech and the University of Georgia, Cuyamaca College was the only school with three students finishing among the top 25 in total points. Cuyamaca placed fifth overall nationally among the community colleges taking part in the competition. It finished ahead of numerous large universities, including Iowa State, Auburn, and Illinois State. The National Collegiate Landscape Competition, sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, is the largest national competition and career recruitment event for college students studying horti-

culture and landscaping. Students demonstrate their skills in everything from irrigation troubleshooting to sales presentations and patio building. “A showing like this really illustrates the excellence of our program and the quality of our students,” said Donald Schultz, Ornamental Horticulture program coordinator. “But it also represents the strength of our strong workforce and career education programs, and it puts us on the industry’s radar nationally.” Cuyamaca College has long been on the industry’s radar in the region. Ornamental Horticulture was one of three career education programs at Cuyamaca College honored by the California Community Colleges system with a Strong Workforce Star for providing students with the skills to find jobs, increase their earning power and boost their social mobility. The Chancellor’s Office lauded the program for its strong relationships with local industry, and graduates of the program are working in positions ranging from grounds maintenance supervisors to landscape designers and irrigation consultants.

“The Ornamental Horticulture program really prepares students to work in the industry,” said Tyler Shannon, a student focusing on golf course and sports turf management. “The teachers are great, the coursework is wonderful and the hands-on experience is phenomenal.” Shannon took part in the Irrigation Assembly, Irrigation Troubleshooting, Skid-Steer Loader Operation, Maintenance Cost Estimating and Compact Excavator Operation competitions, racking up enough points to finish 17th overall among the 710 students taking part. Cuyamaca College student Kaity Bevenour finished 10th nationally, and Alexandra Trofimov finished 25th. “Our program gets you ready to go up and do well against some pretty big universities around the country,” Shannon said. This is just the second year Cuyamaca College competed in the national event; at its inaugural entry in 2017, five Cuyamaca students – including Shannon, Bevenour and Trofimov – finished among the Top 10 in their respective competitions.

EL CAJON — Just a few miles east of the Tuskegee Airman Highway, Air Group One at El Cajon’s Gillespie Field held their monthly event recently and their guest of honor was none other than Tuskegee Airmen Nelson Robinson. The ‘Portraits of Tuskegee Airmen’ event attracted about 50 people into Hangar 13 and the room was filled with WWII memorabilia as Robinson spoke of his experience as a Tuskegee Airman. He spoke specifically of what type of aircraft he has flown, recalled stories of his time in the war, and even sang the Tuskegee march song for the audience. Robinson was presented with a Senate certificate of recognition on behalf of California State Senator Joel Anderson for his outstanding service and commitment to the United States Armed Forces. Robinson and Anderson worked together on the 2013 effort to rename a portion of Interstate 15 near MCAS Miramar the ‘Tuskegee Airmen Highway.’ Anderson introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 90 with the support and assistance of the Tuskegee Airman, Inc. San Diego Chapter and the retired pilots living in the San Diego community. Earlier this year Anderson accepted the ‘Bridge Builder Award’ from the USS Midway Museum’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee where he recounted the efforts of the coalition that came together to make the special designation on I-15 possible. “It’s very important that we fulfil our responsibility to tell the story of Tuskegee Airmen to future generations of Americans.” Anderson said. Robinson was among the first African American aviators in the U.S. Military during World War II, and the president of Air Group One, Paulette Mello exclaimed that the Tuskegee Airmen “paid a huge contribution to the United States… and just paved the way for blacks in aviation.” Mello believes that, because many of these airmen are no longer with us, it’s our duty to carry on their legacy and ensure that their contributions are not forgotten by younger generations. Air Group One is the San Diego wing of the non-profit Commemorative Air Force, which is dedicated to preserving the history of military aviation in the United States. To find out more about Air Group One and their upcoming events, visit

On The Cover SANTEE — Santee’s Annual Spring Eggstravaganza was held at Santee Lakes, Sunday, March 25. The family friendly event features continuous egg hunts all day (for ages 8 and younger), craft booths, inflatables, carnival rides, pony rides, face painting, food and more. Cover: Jay Renard Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Fire Risk Map For Utilities Too Little, Too Late


Your Congress In The News with Congresswoman Susan Davis Reps Davis, McKinley, Carson and King Fight for Increased Research Funding Bipartisan Request for Increased National Institutes of Health Funding WASHINGTON, DC — Reps. Susan Davis (CA-53), David B. McKinley, P.E. (WV-1), André Carson (IA-7) and Peter King (NY-2) led a letter to senior House appropriators requesting an increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to boost research into lifesaving cures. The letter was signed by 209 Members of Congress. “Medical research saves lives,” said Rep. Susan Davis. “Life-saving and life-improving discoveries are regularly made in America and our nation’s investment in medical research fuels those discoveries. This proposed increase in NIH funding means America will continue to be a world leader in innovation and medical research Along with medical the breakthroughs, NIH funding supports our economy and thousands of jobs.”

“It’s critical that we continue making investments in scientific and medical research. This research could lead to cures for cancer, Alzheimer’s, or a new breakthrough to help us fight the opioid epidemic that is ravaging America,” said Rep. David B. McKinley. “America has been the world’s leading force in medical research, and this additional investment will ensure we continue to be for decades to come.” “I am proud to support NIH and the vital work they are doing to save lives,” said Rep. Peter King. “The cutting-edge medical research that relies on NIH funding saves lives, helps patients and families, and creates jobs in Indiana’s vibrant life science sector,” said Rep. André Carson. “I am hopeful that our letter, signed by hundreds of members of both parties, will spur Congress to make this critical investment in Hoosier families.”

Congresswoman Susan Davis Congresswoman Davis represents the 53rd Congressional District, which includes central San Diego, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley and parts of El Cajon and Chula Vista. Davis is a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, serving as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development. She is also a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee.

t was a clear-cut case of too little and too late when the California Public Utilities Commission the other day issued its first-ever map showing where the likelihood of utility-sparked wildfires – often followed by mudslides – is highest. The cows were already out of the barn months before this long-awaited map and its accompanying regulations made their appearance more than 10 years after the map could have and should have been drawn. The blueprint shows not only areas of greatest risk for major blazes, but also rates various locales on their danger levels, with tougher inspections and tree-trimming requirements needed in areas of greatest menace. It’s all because big privately-owned utilities must serve all areas, not merely those that are most convenient. That’s part of the deal giving them power-service monopolies over vast regions. With their agreement to serve even fire-risk zones comes responsibility to do it safely. The findings are not yet in on whether either Pacific Gas & Electric Co. or the Southern California Edison Co. were in any way culpable for either the hugely-destructive Wine Country fires of last fall or the Thomas fire which ravaged Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in December and early January, followed by massively lethal and damaging mudslides. Both companies are now defendants in multiple lawsuits. Some charge sparks from electric wires caused at least one big inferno and others claim a utility work crew spurred another. If the areas where those alleged incidents supposedly occurred had been mapped earlier than they were, with tougher regulations applied to them, there’s at least a possibility lives, homes, crops and businesses might have been spared. But there was no danger map when those fires broke out. Nor was there one in the months leading up to them, when it might have done some good. Creation of the map was first ordered by the PUC shortly after the 2007 Witch fire destroyed at least 1,500 homes and killed 17 persons in San Diego County. Investigators placed the blame for that fire on arcing power lines of the San Diego Gas & Electric Co., which has failed so far in efforts to force consumers to pay more than $300 million in costs not covered by insurance. But one newspaper reported last fall that utilities repeatedly asked to slow down mapping, saying some proposed regulations would “add unnecessary costs to construction and maintenance projects in rural areas.” The problem with those objections, apparently heeded by the PUC as it extended the mapping deadline repeatedly, is that when strong winds blow, fires in rural areas can spread to more heavily populated places, as residents of Ventura, Montecito, Santa Rosa and Calistoga learned to their dismay in late 2017. As with many government agencies, the PUC moaned that it has insufficient staff to inspect all utility lines. But 10 years was likely time enough for just one inspector to check every power line in every high-risk area of California. “The sad part,” Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill opined just after the Wine Country fires, “is the maps didn’t arrive before these fires…It’s an outrageous example of negligence by a regulatory agency.” The good news is that, pressured by the results of its relaxed approach to the mapping project, the PUC has adopted new regulations. This won’t help anyone victimized by fires and mudslides last fall and early this year, but it ought to prevent at least some future damage from arcing and sparking power lines. Utilities, led by SDG&E in last fall’s Lilac fire near Fallbrook, also show more readiness to cut off power in potentially affected areas during early stages of fires in hopes of containing damage. That worked in the Lilac blaze, knocked down much more quickly than others that burned simultaneously. One problem: New map-related rules take effect only gradually, applying after Sept. 1 to areas where fire peril is highest and not until June 30 of next year in other places. Utility companies will have to file annual reports on their fire-prevention efforts in high-risk areas, but the first isn’t due until Oct. 1. These are positive developments that could prevent a lot of future damage. To the PUC’s utter shame, there appears to be no good reason these things could not have happened much earlier.

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 From The Geezer’s Mailbag


. I’m 68 and thinking of taking testosterone. Will it help me to feel younger?

. There is some controversy about whether testosterone therapy should be used in men who have naturally lower testosterone levels because of aging. It remains unclear whether restoring earlier testosterone levels benefits older men. For example, studies found that healthy men who took testosterone medications got bigger muscles, but in most studies the men weren’t stronger. And, if you suffer from erectile dysfunction, taking testosterone may not relieve your condition. The potential benefits of this therapy are: more muscle and strength, increased bone mineral density, thicker body hair and skin, elevated sexual desire, more energy, less irritability and depression, and improved mental capacity. The potential risks are: growth of existing prostate cancer, benign growth of prostate that can worse urinary problems, sleep apnea that makes you start and stop breathing as you sleep, reduced sperm production, fluid retention, baldness, skin reactions, enlarged breasts, testicle shrinkage, acne, and excess blood production that can increase your risk of heart disease.


. I have a problem with twitching eyes. Is that a symptom of anything?

. Eye-twitching—also called eye spasms or blinking disorder—is known technically as blepharospasm. It usually is not a serious condition. In most cases, the eyelid spasms stop on their own. The most common causes are fatigue, stress, prolonged staring, eye strain, and caffeine. The best remedies are more sleep, relaxation techniques, reduced caffeine, warm soaks, eye drops, and correcting vision deficiencies. In most people, eye-twitching develops spontaneously. However, the symptoms of dry eye frequently precede it. You should see an eye doctor if twitching continues for more than a week, completely closes your eyelid or affects other parts of your face. Other symptoms that require medical attention are a drooping upper eyelid, redness, swelling, or a discharge from your eye.


. How do you get Legionnaires’ disease?

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Spending Time in Sunlight May Alter Risk of MS and Disease Progression


pending time outside in the summer appears to have a stronger association with reduced future risk for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) rather than time spent with direct sunlight on the skin, a new study suggests. This finding implies that “the mechanism may not be mediated just by vitamin D,” lead author, Helen Tremlett, PhD, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, commented. “While vitamin D may play a role, our results suggest that other mechanisms may be involved as well. Sunlight can have other immunological effects apart from just boosting vitamin D.” The study also showed that the association between sun exposure and reduced MS risk appears to be present throughout the life course — not just during childhood or adolescence.

“We know sun exposure may alter MS risk, but there are lots of pieces of the puzzle missing. This study adds a little more information,” Tremlett said. “Our data suggest that it is not just childhood exposure to sun that appears to lower the risk but this relationship continues into young adulthood right up to a few years before MS develops.” For specific age group exposure, increased ambient UVB levels at ages five to 15 and 31 to 40 years were associated with statistically significant 51 percent and 65 percent reduced risks for MS, respectively. Although significance was not reached for the remaining age groups after full model adjustment, a similar direction of effect was observed. The relationship between time spent outdoors during childhood and MS risk became apparent only when considered in the context of an individual’s ambient UVB environment; a 55 percent lower risk for MS was associated with more time spent outdoors in summer when residing in areas of high ambient UVB. The researchers also report reduced outdoor exposure in both summer and winter for individuals once they developed MS, which they say “may have a negative effect on MS progression and disease activity as well as having broader health implications.”

Source: University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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.

. Most people become infected

with Legionnaires’ disease when they inhale microscopic water droplets containing legionella bacteria. If you choke or cough while drinking, you can get water in your lungs. If the water contains legionella, you may develop Legionnaires’ disease, which is a form of pneumonia. Legionnaires’ disease primarily affects the lungs. However, it can cause infections in wounds and in other parts of the body, including the heart. Those who are especially vulnerable to Legionnaires’ disease are older adults, smokers, heavy drinkers and people with weakened immune systems. If not treated, Legionnaires’ disease can be fatal. Immediate treatment with antibiotics can usually cure Legionnaires’ disease. The legionella bacteria usually are found in water; they grow best when the water is warm. So, legionella is often found in hot tubs, plumbing, water tanks, whirlpool spas on cruise ships and large air-conditioning systems. Legionnaires’ disease is common in the United States. About 25,000 cases of the illness occur each year and cause more than 4,000 deaths. The fatality rate is similar to that of other forms of pneumonia, which is about 15 percent.

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reetings beloved of the Lord, this week as we temporarily depart from our series on the Promises of God, we will look at the second Holy Day in our series known as Easter. These two days, Good Friday and Easter (also known as Resurrection Day) are the most important days in the Christian faith. Where “Good Friday” is the death of Jesus Christ (the Lamb of God that takes away our sins) which enables God to forgive man of his sins when he or she repents of their sin and places their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, Easter (Resurrection Day) speaks of the power that each Christian can have in their life over sin through the power of the Resurrection. The death of Christ gives victory from the penalty of sin; the resurrection of Christ gives victory over the power of sin. Jesus Christ had told His followers on numerous occasions of what He was going to do when He went to Jerusalem for the last time. The first time it was met with a rebuke from one of His closest followers, Peter. Matthew 16:21-23 “From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him, saying, God be gracious to You, Lord! This shall never be to You. But He turned and said to Peter, Go, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you do not savor the things that are of God, but those that are of men.” Did you notice the last thing Jesus told His disciples? That He, “Will be raised again the third day.” On Sunday morning, the first day of the week Jesus did rise from the dead. Matthew 28:1-10 But late in the week, at the dawning into the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, a great earthquake occurred! For coming down from Heaven, and coming up, an angel of the Lord rolled back the stone from the door and was sitting on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And the keepers shook for fear of him and became like dead men. And the angel answered and said to the women, Do not fear, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead. And, behold, He goes before you into Galilee. There you shall see Him. Lo, I have told you. And they quickly departed from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. But as they were going to report to His disciples, behold, Jesus also met them, saying, Hail! And they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, Do not be afraid; go tell My brothers that they should go into Galilee, and there they will see Me.” Jesus did appear to His disciples on a number of occasions as well as 500 others before He ascended to Heaven. In rising from the dead and ascending to Heaven He gives power over sin so that we might live a life pleasing to Him. Romans 6:1018 “For in that He died, He died to sin once; but in that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise count yourselves also to be truly dead to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. Do not yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but yield yourselves to God, as one alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under Law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under Law, but under grace? Let it not be! Do you not know that to whom you yield yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to him whom you obey; whether it is of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness. But thanks be to our God that you were the slaves of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. Then being made free from sin, you became the slaves of righteousness.”

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29th Annual Arbor Day Celebration Saturday, March 24 • El Cajon

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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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Herald Sports Editor, Steve Dolan, Covers Sweet 16 & Elite Eight; University of Michigan Advances to Final Four

LOS ANGELES — The East County Herald’s sports editor Steve Dolan (pictured above, center, with the University of Michigan cheer squad) worked as statistician for the Westwood One Radio national broadcast of last week’s Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Michigan won the West Regional to advance to the Final Four, where it will meet Loyola-Chicago on Saturday, March 31. The winner will play the victor of the Villanova-Kansas game for the national college basketball championship on Monday, April 2.

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he San Diego Padres 2018 Opening Series presented by Sycuan Casino against the Milwaukee Brewers gets underway on Thursday, March 29, with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Every fan in attendance will receive a Padres Opening Day Hat presented by Sycuan. Game two on Friday will feature the first Party in the Park presented by Southwest Airlines as the Padres face the Brewers at 7:10 p.m. Party in the Park is a big pregame happy hour in Park at the Park from 4:30-7 p.m. featuring $5 drink specials and live entertainment. The Party in the Park theme will be WineFest, featuring red and white wines from local and regional wineries, providing fans the opportunity to purchase a theme game ticket package including a Padres-themed wine stopper. First Responder Opening Day will also take place on Friday, with Deputy Roland Garza of the San Diego County Sheriff ’s Department performing the National Anthem and the family of fallen CAL-Fire firefighter Cory Iverson throwing the ceremonial first pitch. The first 15,000 fans in attendance will receive a Padres & Puppies Calendar presented by Petco. Baseball Night in San Diego will take place on Saturday, highlighted by an all-fan giveaway and postgame entertainment. All fans in attendance will receive a fleece blanket presented by Sycuan Casino and are encouraged to stick around afterwards for a postgame laser show set to Top-40s hits. First baseman Eric Hosmer will be presented with his 2017 Silver Slugger award during Saturday’s pregame ceremony, and seven-year-old Hailey Dawson will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Born with Poland Syndrome, Dawson uses a prosthetic hand made by a 3D-printer and will be kicking off her 2018 portion of her “Journey to Thirty First Pitch Tour” at Petco Park. San Diego native and semifinalist on the 15th season of FOX’s hit show American Idol Stephany Negrete will perform Saturday’s National Anthem. Following a rare day off on Easter Sunday, the Padres will conclude their opening homestand with a four-game set against the Colorado Rockies from April 2-5, featuring Taco Tuesday on April 3. For more information, visit

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Heritage of the Americas Museum was founded by Bernard “Bud” Lueck, who opened the venue in 1993 to display his vast collection of archaeological and cultural artifacts and artworks. For more The Santee Chamber of Commerce office has relocated from an information, visit approximately 1,000-square-foot space at 10315 Mission Gorge East County Chamber’s April breakfast at Road to 1,800-square-feet at the Santee Professional Center Lemon Grove Senior Center office complex, 10159 Mission Gorge Road, Suite “F.” The new The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will Chamber office location, on the second floor next to the staircase host its April First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. on with the American flag, is about two blocks west of the previous Friday, April 6, at the Lemon Grove Center, 8235 Mt. Vernon office, where the Chamber had been headquartered since St., Lemon Grove. Table-top sponsors include East County 1980. The office space at the Chamber’s previous location had Transitional Living Center and Homes for Heroes. The program been donated by the Santee School District. According to Mike Clinkenbeard, interim Chamber CEO and president, the new office will include a presentation on social media from Steve offers extra space for Chamber members and home-based small Hamann, past Chamber board chairman. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $25 per person for members, $30 business owners to rent office and conference room meeting per person for prospective members with RSVP and $35 per space on an hourly and monthly basis. A new office open house person for walk-ups without RSVP. For more information and party will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 12. Chamber to RSVP, contact the Chamber at info@eastcountychamber. officials said feel free to drop by whenever it’s convenient during that time. For more information about upcoming Chamber events, org, (619) 440-6161, or visit For admission prices, RSVPs must be received prior to April 4. call (619) 449-1515 or visit

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Heritage of Americas Museum to celebrate its 25-year anniversary

A 25th anniversary celebration will be held on Saturday, April 14 at the Heritage of the Americas Museum at Cuyamaca College, 12110 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon. The celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. will include catered buffet, drinks, auction and music. Cost to attend is $20 per person. Guest artist and painter Alfredo Rodriguez will attend and discuss his artwork. Rodriguez’s “The Heritage Series” is a series of paintings depicting life on a Navajo reservation. Titles of the paintings include “Navajo Wedding,” “Navajo Family,” Little Navajo Shepherd,” “The Fur Man,” “Pride of the Wilderness” and “Friends Forever.” The

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in San Carlos and graduated from Patrick Henry High School (class of 1978). The local business, backed by national brand standards, currently has three employees and Lanz, a La Mesa Chamber of Commerce member, hopes to hire additional skilled tradesmen in the near future. For more information, call (619) 567-6304.

Optimism on the rise, say Chamber members

San Diego-area chamber of commerce members are expressing a big jump in optimism, according to a recent survey conducted by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s “Business Outlook Index (BOI),” a metric used to assess respondents’ expectations for near-term business conditions, posted a score of 23.9 in February, up from 19.7 in January and 19.5 in December. “This month we see a significant uptick in the outlook for micro firms, those businesses where the owner is the sole employee, which is notable because the smallest firms have historically been less optimistic than their larger counterparts,” noted Tom Wornham, chief executive officer at CalPrivate Bank, the survey’s sponsor. The latest survey also measured how local businesses were La Mesa resident opens Mr. Handyman responding to the recently enacted federal tax reform under the Trump administration. “While the consensus among local franchise businesses is that the tax overhaul won’t change things, we do La Mesa resident Kyle Lanz has announced he recently opened see positivity from those who believe there will be an impact the La Mesa office of Mr. Handyman, a national franchise. The on their business,” said Jerry Sanders, president and CEO, San locally owned and operated business offers home improvement Diego Regional Chamber. “The perception among this group is services, including carpentry, drywall repair, painting, ceilings and floors, tiling, siding and gutters, kitchens, windows and doors, decks that if there is a change, it will likely work out well financially for local businesses and the downside is very limited. The monthly and patios, bathrooms and fixtures. Services are provided on a survey includes about 200 chamber members included time-and-materials basis. Customers receive a guarantee on every repair made and every project completed. Lanz, a California licensed members from the Lakeside, Santee, Alpine Mountain Empire general contractor, has more than 30 years of career experience in and San Diego East County chambers, as well as chamber construction and office supply sales. The San Diego native grew up members from Escondido, Vista, National City and San Diego.


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SMILE BREAKS with Sheila Buska Kick-Start


ish me w e l l — I’m off to my first kick-start. Not a motorcycle, darn. I always wished I was brave enough to hop on a motorcycle and zoom over winding mountain roads, my hair flying out behind me. Not a lawn mower, either, and definitely not a speedboat. Nope. This is my body about to be kick-started. It’s all Paul’s fault. I’ve been taking him to the Y since January for sessions in the pool with Dean and in the gym with Micah as he slowly recovers from neck surgery. All was fine until Micah suggested I use the equipment while he was working with Paul. Not long after, I saw Paul’s vastly improved blood test results. What’s a mom to do? If it’s good for the goose, it’s good for the gander, right? First off, I haf ’ta tell you, I am not a gym rat. Never have been. But I signed up at the Y, fingers crossed. With membership, you get three kick-start sessions. My first is this afternoon. I’m a little excited and a whole lot curious. Tell you about it soon. Okay. I’ve been kicked. I mean started. Or whatever. . . Trim, shapely Linda took me to the treadmill. A chart on the machine displayed low green blocks alternating with tall green blocks— resting periods alternating with not-resting periods. Suffice it to say, I survived the treadmill and

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lived on to be taken to the ball. Not that kind of ball. A large round chartreuse ball with bumps on it. I was supposed to sit on it. Cautiously I lowered myself. Yay! I was sitting on the ball and the ball wasn’t rolling away. If only that had been the end of it. But no. Linda told me to walk my feet forward, away from the ball. My feet obeyed—but how could I stay on the ball while my feet were walking away from it? It was close but somehow my rearend stayed connected to the rubbery surface of the ball. Time for crunches. Halfsitting against the ball, hands behind my head, I tried to crunch my abdomen, stomach and all related muscles. Linda said I was doing well. I wasn’t so sure, but I kept going: crunch, crunch, crunch. So far, so good. Linda told me to walk my feet back toward the ball. I started to move my feet toward the ball. Two steps backward and for sure that ball was going to roll right out from under me. I flailed around, afraid to move my feet. Linda to the rescue! She reminded me I should be sitting in an upright position. I raised my head and back up to where they were supposed to be and continued stepping backward until. . . Ohmigosh! I’m sitting on top of the world! The ball, I mean. I couldn’t believe it! Almost more exciting than a motor-

cycle ride. We went from there to mats on the floor to stretch those lazy muscles; then to a hidden-away room dedicated to more muscle-stretching. Linda got on a contraption next to the far wall and demonstrated a few muscle stretches. Then it was my turn. No problem. Only three levers to keep track of, a seat to sit on, and a flat pad to rest my leg on. I stretched out my leg, released one lever and pulled back on another until my leg on the pad was straight up in the air, then I locked it in place—the contraption. Hold forever. Repeat with the other leg. Hold forever. Cross one leg over the other; raise crossed legs up in the air. Hold forever. See you next week.

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