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Santee City Council Recognizes Dedicated Individuals SANTEE — Retired San Marcos City Manager Paul Malone (pictured right with Santee City Councilman Ronn Hall) received a proclamation for serving six months as Interim Santee City Manager while a permanent City Manager was recruited. Malone is a goal oriented manager and an accomplished negotiator. He maintained the high standard of service Santee’s citizens expect to receive while exemplifying the city’s core values through visionary leadership, integrity, commitment, accountability and professionalism. Santee has hired Marlene D. Best, 55, as their new city manager. Previously, she was the city manager of the city of Imperial since July 2006. Also recognized was the Academic League, a nationwide program featuring the best and the brightest high school students (pictured below). The competition uses questions from the curriculum taught in the California high schools. Questions come from Science, Social Science, English Language Arts, Fine Arts, Mathematics and Current events.

Sycuan Tribe Implements Aggressive Water Conservation Program Part of Expanded Efforts to Increase Conservation, Reclamation, Reuse and Education SYCUAN INDIAN RESERVATION — The Sycuan Tribe completed a major reduction in overall water usage through an aggressive conservation program that includes retrofitting irrigation equipment, removing and replacing water-dependent landscaping and increasing awareness around the importance of water conservation. The program has reduced the Tribe’s reliance on groundwater at the golf course and resort by 25 percent and cut water use on properties within the Padre Dam and Otay municipal water districts by an average of 22 percent. “Sycuan is committed to doing its part to conserve, reduce and reuse water throughout the reservation and our commercial enterprises,” stated Chairman Cody Martinez. “We are proud of the reductions we have achieved so far and intend to increase our efforts this year and beyond.” Projects on the original reservation completed to date include the removal of more than 25,000 square feet of turf and replacement with drought-tolerant xeriscape landscaping or mulch; the replacement of more than 5,000 sprinkler nozzles; and the replacement of 35 irrigation clocks with “smart clocks” that self-adjust to real-time weather for more efficient use. Key staff members have also obtained EPA-recognized industry certifications to strengthen their knowledge of water conservation and reduction measures. “During the first year of the program, we strategically and aggressively pursued a number of projects to reduce, reuse and reclaim our precious water resources,” said Jim Park, Assistant Director of Landscaping. “We have doubled the lands irrigated with reclaimed water and converted high-water usage irrigation systems to drip, increasing efficiency from 40 to 90 percent in those areas. The installation of xeriscape landscaping has further resulted in a more than 50 percent reduction of water use throughout those properties.” The Tribe plans to soon undertake additional projects that will build on the work already performed, including more turf removal; connecting substantial acreage of the original reservation to newly installed purple-pipe; installing a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis system to further benefit the groundwater well field; and expanding its water reclamation plant. The Tribe’s work has been recognized by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), which has provided more than $65,000 in rebates to support the water conservation program. The original Sycuan Reservation is entirely dependent on groundwater, with newer portions of the reservation served by the Padre Dam and Otay municipal water districts. Members of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation have resided in and around the foothills of the Dehesa Valley for nearly 12,000 years. Today they are a modern government providing public services to their members, employees and neighbors. The Sycuan Tribal Government operates one of the region’s premier Indian gaming and resort facilities, the Sycuan Casino and Resort. The Sycuan Tribe demonstrates its strong commitment to the San Diego region through the support of hundreds of civic and charitable organizations. The Tribe, through the Sycuan Tribal Development Corporation (STDC), also seeks to reinvest back into the San Diego community with a progressive business development effort. To date, STDC has purchased the former Singing Hills Country Club and the historic U.S. Grant Hotel; is an investor in Hotel Solamar near Petco Park; and is owner/developer of the Marina Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in National City. Combined, these enterprises now employ nearly 4,000 San Diegans. For more information on Sycuan visit

On The Cover ALPINE — The Kiwanis Club of Alpine held their 62nd annual Carmelo Manuele East Pancake Breakfast, Easter Sunday, March 27 at Alpine Elementary School. Cover: Past President Dan Foster and his grandchildren.

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Your Senator In The News Senator Joel Anderson Raising Spirits Through Community Service By Meryl Press

For The East County Herald SANTEE — It is known to many that the best work is done behind the screen, and State Senator Joel Anderson pulled that curtain up and recognized Town Center Dental Group with a certificate of recognition for their unyielding dedication to health and community service in East County along with its partners, Santee Town Center Dental Group and Santee Smiles Dentistry. March is Lakeside Health Awareness Month hosted by the California Health Network, and when asked about why Town Center Dental Group and its partners became involved in this health promotion event, owner Dr. Ali Jadali mentioned that they frequently participate in community events because atop helping the community, it builds trust with patients. “They’re telling their friends and family that this isn’t just another dental office, [but that we] are trying to help the community and the people.” In addition to the dental service they provide the East County community, Town Center Dental Group has enjoyed ten years of partnership with Operation Homefront, an organization that aims to provide military families with short and long term assistance. “We have supported Operation Homefront by giving toothbrush donations that have

From left: Santee Town Center Dental Group owner, Dr. Ali Jedali with Operations Manager, Morgan Goetz and California Senator Joel Anderson Representative, Meryl Press. gone to the soldiers and sailors overseas,” said Office Manager Morgan Goetz. Anderson commented, “The Town Center Dental Group team’s dedication to the East County community and support of our troops at home and overseas is inspiring. I’m honored to recognize local businesses like Town Center Dental Group that are working to improve the health of East County residents while going above and beyond to make a difference in our com-

munity and the world.” Jadali is proud of his team and is committed to serving East County. He said, “We are all committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work. When you see the work that you do brings a smile to a patient’s face, it is so rewarding and we are all reminded how important it is to give back to the those community members in need or those who may not have access to dental care.”

onald Trump is about to become a major presence all around California. So are Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, both of whom want to stop the Trump express and force an open Republican National Convention in July on Kasich’s home turf in Cleveland. Helping them out might be twoarcane GOP convention rules adopted in 2012 that may mean Trump needs most of the 172 Republican delegates up for grabs here. This makes California’s very latein-the-process June primary election more significant than it’s been since 1972, when Democrat George McGovern used it to secure his party’s nomination. But Trump might not have things quite so easy as did McGovern, who won all California’s delegates despite taking the primary by only a narrow margin. That outcome was a big reason Democrats later went to proportional representation for all their presidential primaries, with each state’s delegates doled out according to the results of its primary or caucus. Trump may in fact need most of the GOP’s much-reduced California delegation to get the convention majority he’s been working for. (The GOP’s voting California delegation of 172 persons is down somewhat from the 350 delegates and alternates of Ronald Reagan’s heyday. The state party’s national clout diminishes when it loses an election for governor, U.S. Senate or President, and also when the GOP fails to win the majority of the state’s congressional delegation or the Legislature.) No one is likely to get all the California delegates, as Reagan and George H.W. Bush both did. That’s because most delegates now are elected by congressional district, with the statewide GOP winner getting 13 and the rest going three at a time to the winners in each of the 53 districts. Chances are, Cruz and Kasich will pick off at least a few districts, and maybe more, even if Trump should win statewide. That might make Trump’s weakness among establishment Republicans a key factor. They have tried mightily to derail his candidacy; that establishment also wrote many of the party convention’s key rules. Two of those rules, Numbers 16 (d)(2) and 16(d)(3), were adopted by the GOP convention in 2012 and have never before applied: The rules’ Byzantine legalese may amount to this: Some lawyers interpret the abstruse and lengthy language to mean you can’t be seated as a delegate if you come from a state where voters who are not registered Republicans can vote in the GOP primary. ( That won’t happen in California, where voters registered with no party preference have long been welcomed in Democratic presidential primaries, but not by the Republicans. There are plenty of other states where the GOP allows this, like Arkansas, Massachusetts and Illinois, which gave Trump pluralities. There’s also a complication in Missouri, where Trump has been reported to have won 25 delegates to 15 for Cruz. But Missouri gives five GOP delegates to the winner of each of eight congressional districts and 12 to the statewide winner. Trouble is, votes are usually counted and reported by county and not by congressional district. Depending on what Missouri’s Democratic secretary of state chooses to do, at least some Trump delegates could be challenged in Cleveland. This means, writes former Trump aide Roger Stone on the Infowars website, that party leaders may “have found a way to lie, cheat and steal Trump out of enough delegates to force a second ballot.” And if the convention goes to two ballots or more, no delegate will be bound to vote for anyone. Meanwhile, there will be no courts to interpret the convention rules. All rules get whatever meaning a majority of delegates who have survived all challenges and been seated choose to give them, by majority vote. The meaning for Trump in California should be this: If he does not fight in every district for each delegate threesome, he might be left without enough unquestioned delegates to beat back legalistic challenges and interpretations made by convention committees influenced by the establishment that so reviles him. It might just be, therefore, that only California can prevent utter chaos in Cleveland – and the riots Trump has mentioned as a possibility if his nomination is somehow thwarted. 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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Be Aware of Elder Abuse . How common is elder abuse?

. The U.S. Administration on Aging found that more than a half-million people over the age of 60 are abused or neglected each year. About 90 percent of abusers are related to the victims. People older than 80 years suffer abuse and neglect two to three times their proportion of the senior population. Almost four times as many new incidents of abuse, neglect, and/or self-neglect were not reported as those that were reported and substantiated by public authorities. All 50 states have elder-abuse prevention laws and have set up reporting systems. Adult Protective Services (APS) agencies investigate reports of suspected elder abuse. To report elder abuse, contact your APS office. You can find the telephone numbers at the website operated by The National Adult Protective Services Association. Go to: http://www.napsa-now. org/ The APS agency keeps calls confidential. If the agency decides there may be a law violation, it assigns a caseworker to investigate. If the victim needs crisis intervention, services are available. If elder abuse is not substantiated, most APS agencies will work with other community agencies to get nec-

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essary social and health services. The senior has the right to refuse services offered by APS. The APS agency provides services only if the senior agrees or has been declared incapacitated by the court and a guardian has been appointed. What is elder abuse? It can take a variety of forms: physical, sexual, emotional and financial. Neglect of an older person also is within the umbrella of elder abuse. One of the most common types of elder abuse is self-neglect. Self-neglect often occurs in older adults who have declining health, are isolated or depressed, or who abuse drugs or alcohol. If you’re concerned an older adult might need help, these are symptoms to look for: • Physical injury such as a bruise, cut, burn, rope mark, sprain or broken bone; • Refusal of the caregiver to allow you to visit the older person alone. • Indications of dehydration, malnourishment, weight loss and poor hygiene. • Negative behavior such as agitation, withdrawal, expressions of fear or apathy. • Unexplained changes in finances.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean Plant Peptide Could Prevent Onset of Multiple Sclerosis


e d U n i Vienna has made a crucial development in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Together with his team and the research group led by Gernot Schabbauer, international partners from Australia, Germany and Sweden, Christian Gruber, Chief Researcher at the Center for Physiology and Pharmacology has demonstrated in an animal model that, following treatment with a specially synthesized plant peptide (cyclotide), there is no further progression of the usual clinical signs of Multiple Sclerosis. “The one-off oral administration of the active agent brought about a great improvement in symptoms. There were no further attacks of the disease. This could slow down the course of the disease in general,” said Gruber. MS is a chronic inflammatory demylinating disease of the central nervous system, in which the insulating myelin sheaths around the nerve fibres are destroyed. The disease progresses in the form of attacks or episodes and is currently incurable. An episode is defined by the occurrence of new symptoms or flare-ups of pre-existing ones. Each episode is associated with immediate or deferred deterioration in the patient’s condition. The mechanism of inflammation in the nervous system is partially understood. Based on this knowledge, there are treatments to slow down progression of the disease but these have significant side effects, particularly in long-term therapy. It is estimated that around 2.5 million people are affected by MS worldwide, around 8,000

of these in Austria and 450,00 in the U.S. alone. About 200 new cases are diagnosed each week in the United States (approximately 10,000 per year). The discovery made by the Viennese scientists now offers hope that the disease can be halted at a very early stage or, at the very least, its progression greatly retarded. “As soon as functional neurological problems occur and an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan identifies early pathological changes in the central nervous system, the drug can be given as a basic therapy. In an animal model for MS, symptoms were considerably reduced by the oral administration of cyclotides. It is therefore possible that we could extend the interval between episodes or possibly prevent an onset of the disease,” say Gruber and Schabbauer, summing up of the central finding of the study, which has now been published in the leading journal “PNAS.” On the basis of this development, MedUni Vienna, together with Freiburg University Hospital has filed patent applications in several countries and licensed them out to Cyxone, a company they have set up to carry out further development ( The aim of this collaboration is to develop a safe, orally active drug for treating MS. A Phase I clinical trial for this could start at the end of 2018, says Gruber.

Cyclotides: easily available and orally deliverable

Cyclotides are macrocyclic plant peptides that can be isolated from all the main plant families (e.g. coffee plants, cucurbits or even grasses and plants of the nightshade

family) and therefore represent a large and wide-ranging group of natural substances. A further advantage: the medicine obtained from them can be taken orally. Many of the current MS treatments in common use have to be administered intravenously. The mode of action of cyclotides was discovered three years ago, also by scientists at MedUni Vienna, in collaboration with researchers from Freiburg University Hospital. They suppress the messenger substance interleukin-2 and hence the division of T cells, which act as “killer” or “helper” cells in the human immune system response. Hence, cyclotides could also possibly be used to treat other diseases characterized by an overactive, misdirected immune response, such as rheumatoid arthritis, for example. Source: Medical University of Vienna

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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A Day in the Life of Jesus The Messiah



reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” As a reminder, we are doing this series that you may come to know the truth about Jesus as the Word of God the Bible conveys it. This week we will look at a portion of a day in the life of Jesus as recorded for us in Mark 13:1-13 Jesus begins to instruct His disciples of the signs that will precede His return. Then as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?” And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, “I am He,’ and will deceive many. But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows. “But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” The previously cited verses are just a portion of Mark 13; we will cover the remaining of Mark 13 in the weeks to come. Jesus addresses a number of events, first, Jesus foretells the destruction of the Temple. This was devastating news for the disciples for the Temple was the central place of worship for the Jewish people. It was where the sacrifice for sin was offered; the place man could meet with God and much more. The rebuilding of the Temple had taken Herod decades to rebuild and it still was not finished in Jesus’ day. I have been to Jerusalem many times, in fact as I write this article I am on my way there again to teach at Calvary Chapel Bible College for two weeks. The site where this Temple was is a 10 acre area where the Muslim Dome of the Rock now sits. The ruins of Herod’s Temple are still very much visible and part of the landscape around the Temple Mount. Herod’s Temple was an amazing piece of architecture and no doubt the disciples were in awe of the buildings as well what the Temple meant for them. I am sure they could not get out of their minds what Jesus had told them about its destruction, so when they were alone together over at the Mount of Olives they asked Him when these things should be. The first thing Jesus warns them about is: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, “I am He,’ and will deceive many.” From the time Jesus was taken up to Heaven to the present there have been many that have come claiming to be Jesus. Sadly, many have been deceived; history proves this out time and time again. In the last 50 years there have been those who have not only claimed to be Jesus but claim to speak for Him by way of “new” revelation. We have run out of time and space, we will pick up here next week.

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EL CAJON — Bright and bubbly the evening will be... tremendous, stupendous a sensation to see. Magnificent gowns, feathers and top hats... a bedazzlement of opulence at the US Grant. Ooh, la, la... a spectacular, spectacular Cabaret Event! At the Cabaret Rouge Gala you will be treated to a spectacular evening of live entertainment, hors d’oeurves, themed cocktails, three course dinner, live and silent auction, dancing and an evening program. This year’s theme will transport you to the famous Parisian cabaret complete with can-can dancers, roulette tables, and all the elegant glamour of an evening in Paris. Join us for this engaging event filled with intrigue and fun, bringing community and philanthropic leaders together. Contact Jessica, our Event Coordinator, at jessica@ or (619) 938-2854 for more information.

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.

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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

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April 9 — Multicultural Family Fiesta at the El Cajon Library, 201 E. Douglas Avenue in El Cajon, from 12-3 p.m. The El Cajon branch of the San Diego County Library is hosting this fabulous event. Enjoy music, dance, refreshments, author visits, free books for the kids, crafts, an information fair, and much more. All are welcome. If you’re interested in having a community resource table, to volunteer, or for more information, please contact Jenne Bergstrom at (619) 588-3718 or

April 30 — Arbor Day Celebration

Join the City of El Cajon, Saturday, Apr. 30, as it celebrates the 18th year of receiving the Tree City USA award and the 26th Annual Arbor Day ceremony. Festivities will begin at 8 a.m., at Hillside Park, located at 840 Buena Terrace. Volunteers will be trained on proper tree planting techniques before heading out to plant over 20 trees in the surrounding park. Planting tools will be provided but volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves and sunscreen. The El Cajon Teen Coalition will provide light refreshments during the event and free tree seedlings will be distributed by San Diego Gas and Electric. To register as a volunteer, please call (619) 441-1658.

May 15 — Sixth Annual AMGEN Tour of California The 2016 AMGEN Tour of

California, presented by AEG, will once again bring World Champions, Olympic Medalists, top Tour de France competitors and other elite professional cyclists to the County for an 8-day, 800 plus mile race. The race begins at 11:30 a.m. on May 15 in Imperial Beach and is expected to end at approximately 3:40 p.m. A portion of this race will make its way through the City of El Cajon between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. For more detailed information on the exact route throughout the county and more, please visit

May 21 — America on Main Street

The theme is “The Beach Comes East!” This 3rd annual event will be hosted in Downtown El Cajon on Armed Forces Day. Free admission, three stages of live musical entertainment featuring: Next Generation – Bluegrass Group – 12-1 p.m. Tim Flannery – Coffee House Rock –- 1:30-3:30 p.m. The Buckleys – Classic Rock – 4-5:30 p.m. Retro Rockets – Beach Boys/ Surf – 6-8 p.m. In addition, enjoy rides – including a Ferris Wheel and carousel, petting zoos, kid’s crafts, vendors and more! Hours will be from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for this fun, free, family event! Be a community sponsor or volunteer, please call (619) 441-1754 or visit www. for more information.

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A reminder, the Ronald Reagan Community Center, at 195 East Douglas Avenue, is currently closed for renovations now into the fall. For more information about El Cajon Recreation Department parks, facilities, programs, classes and events call (619) 441-1754.

General Information: El Cajon Farmers’ Market Every Thursday Mark your calendar and stop by the El Cajon Farmers’ Market every Thursday at the Prescott Promenade, located at 201 E. Main Street. Hours are from 3-6 p.m. The Farmers’ Market offers a wide variety of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked breads and more. For more information, please visit

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Visit the City of El Cajon’s new website at and see all the exciting events and a variety of meetings planned throughout the year. Register for the “E-NOTIFICATION” system and select the information you would like to receive email notifications about. It’s easy and it’s free. In addition, find links and information for various City departments and services.

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an Diego State University is offering an interactive two-day conference “DevelopU” on Friday and Saturday, June 17 and18, where attendees will learn how to leverage their natural strengths and preferences to attain their dream job, next promotion, or any life goal. The conference takes place at the SDSU Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center and SDSU College of Extended Studies Center. Award-winning transformation consultant Annette Gregg of Difference Makers Consulting, and a team of specialists in their respective fields will facilitate the skill-building sessions that will transform the attendees’ approach to work and life. Cost of the conference is $249 and includes lunch on Saturday.

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Friday, June 17, 6-9 pm Essential Skills Topics

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Saturday, June 18, 9 am-4 pm Essential Skills Topics

• Identifying Your Natural Strengths and Leveraging your Personal Brand • Rebounding and Managing Change • Emotional Intelligence and the Power of Positive Thinking • Goal Setting and Building Community Breakout sessions are: Effective Résumés and Interviewing Skills, Being Your Own Boss: Becoming a Consultant, Getting Your Finances in Order, and Creating a Powerful LinkedIn Profile. For details and registration, visit developU, or email, or call (619) 5943986. This is an SDSU Research Foundation program managed by SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online.

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Lakeside Chamber hosts ribbon cutting Saturday, Apr. 2 The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 2, at Crema Dolce Cannoli and Coffee, 9903 Maine Ave., Lakeside. Jerry Mosier, Lakeside Chamber ambassador chairman, is requesting ambassadors arrive by 9:45 a.m. Crema Dolce offers coffee and desserts, including cupcakes brownies and muffins, along with salads and sub and Panini sandwiches. The business opened on March 12. For more information, visit www., or contact Moser, (619) 749-1102 or

Hospital citizens group issues report on taxpayer bond expenditures

The citizens group overseeing the spending of millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has issued its 2015 Annual Report to the Community. The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC) consists of uncompensated, volunteer East County residents who are monitoring how the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending bond proceeds to finance several construction projects at the publicly-owned hospital. The 2015 Annual Report notes the 10-year anniversary of bond-related construction at the hospital since voters approved Proposition G in June 2006. The Report’s timeline marks a chronology of major events in the history of Prop. G, starting with the 2006 vote and the first ICBOC meeting held in October 2006. The timeline also gives an estimated timeframe of future construction activities. In addition, the Report offers an update of current construction projects and mile-

stone events during the 2015 calendar year. In the Report’s cover letter to citizens, ICBOC chairman Kathleen Bute highlighted two major financial transactions that occurred in May 2015, including the final sale of $24.5 million in Prop. G bonds and the refunding of $200 million in existing Prop. G bonds at a more favorable interest rate. “This refunding of existing bonds, similar to refinancing, will ultimately save the taxpayers in the District approximately $29 million in debt service payments over the life of the bonds,” wrote Bute. Among the construction highlights during 2015, the Report contains construction progress information about the hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center (H&V), a new Central Energy Plant (CEP) and renovation of patient rooms on floors two through five of the sevenstory East Tower building, originally constructed in 1974. The Report said the H&V building is scheduled for completion in mid-2016, which will be followed by its surgery floor build-out, a project planned for completion in 2018. The CEP with new emergency generators, boilers, chillers, cooling towers and auxiliary systems is expected to be fully operational later this year. The ICBOC 2015 annual report is available at

National Multiple Sclerosis Society planning two fundraising walks

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s San Diego-based Pacific South Coast Chapter will host two San Diego County Credit Union Walk MS fundraisers in April. The National MS Society expects about 7,000 walkers at both events will help raise about $900,000 in donations for MS research and programs and services for people with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between

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the brain and body. It’s the 26th year for Walk MS events in San Diego. On Saturday evening, Apr. 16 in Carlsbad, about 3,500 people are expected to walk and help raise about $425,000 in donations. The three-mile walk will be along Armanda Drive overlooking the Carlsbad Flower Fields and looping around the Legoland California theme park. Check-in begins at 4 p.m. The walk begins at 5 p.m. It’s the first time since 2006 that the National MS Society’s North County’s Walk MS fundraiser in Carlsbad will be held in the evening. On Saturday morning, Apr. 23 at NTC Park at Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Road, in San Diego’s Point Loma community, another 3,500 people are expected to walk three miles along San Diego Bay and help raise about $460,000 in donations. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. The walk begins at 8 a.m. San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution, is returning as title sponsor of Walk MS at NTC Park. SDCCU has supported the National MS Society’s Walk MS for the past 18 years, and has served as title sponsor since 2002. Over the years, SDCCU’s sponsorship support for Walk MS has exceeded $1 million, according to the National MS Society. Presenting sponsors of the 2016 San Diego County Credit Union Walk MS include NBC 7 San Diego, KyXy 96.5, Energy 103.7 and Sycuan Casino. Other sponsors include Biogen, Sanofi Genzyme, Mother To Baby, Ability Magazine, The East County Herald, KPBS and Langers Juice. The National MS Society’s national Walk MS sponsor is Novartis. Admission is free to attend Walk MS. On-site registration will be available. Event information is available at Free snacks and beverages will be provided to walkers, plus live music and a finish-line celebration.

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