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Groundbreaking for $18M Courtyard by Marriott Hotel

EL CAJON — El Cajon city leaders broke ground Tuesday, Apr. 5 on a brand-new, $18 million hotel expected to open in the East County community next year. The groundbreaking ceremony was held at the construction site of a Courtyard by Marriott hotel at 141 N. Magnolia Ave. The 70,000-square-foot, 120-room business hotel is an $18 million project being constructed by West-Tech Contracting. The four-story building boasts a swimming pool, spa, exercise room, indoor and outdoor dining, banquet facilities and other bells and whistles. The site will also include a 2,000-square-foot commercial lease space. Attending the special event was El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, City Councilmembers, City Manager Douglas Williford, Suresh and Neil Patel from Excel Hotel Group, Scott McAllister from the Marriott Corporation, and other dignitaries.

Padre Dam Named ‘2015 Agency of the Year’ Recognized for the East County Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Program SANTEE — Padre Dam Municipal Water District was named ‘2015 Agency of the Year’ for expedient planning, approval and construction of the Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Program. The award was given by the Water Reliability Coalition at their annual Spring Reception, held Thursday, March 31 in San Diego. “It has been a natural progression to take our fifty-plus years of experience in water recycling to the next level by using advanced technology to create a new, local drinking water source in east San Diego County, “said Allen Carlisle, CEO and General Manager of Padre Dam. The Advanced Water Purification Program will create a new, local and drought proof drinking water supply using state-of-theart technology to purify East County’s recycled water. This water recycling program will diversify East County’s water supply and reduce its dependence on imported water. The program is expected to meet 25-30 percent of East County’s current drinking water demands. Padre Dam’s Board of Directors approved a feasibility study in February and is moving forward with preparing a programmatic environmental study. In 2015, Padre Dam opened the Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Facility to evaluate the feasibility of the Advanced Water Purification Program. The pilot program produces 100,000 gallons of purified water each day and is open to free public tours. The demonstration facility takes recycled water and treats it using four advanced water purification steps. The end product is water so clean that it is near-distilled in quality.

“The East County Advanced Water Purification Program could ultimately produce up to 30 percent of the drinking water for our region,” added Carlisle. “Additionally, it will give residents in Padre Dam Water District, Helix Water District, City of El Cajon and areas of San Diego County a new source of water that is safe, reliable, locally controlled and drought-proof.” The Water Reliability Coalition is a broad-based affiliation of environmental, consumer, business, labor and technical organizations that have come together to advance water reuse in the San Diego region as a strategy to develop a safe, reliable, sustainable and cost-effective local water supply. Padre Dam provides water, sewer, recycled water and recreation services to approximately 100,000 residents in East San Diego County including Santee, El Cajon, Lakeside, Flinn Springs, Harbison Canyon, Blossom Valley, Alpine, Dehesa and Crest. The District currently imports 100% of our drinking water supply and treats two million gallons per day (MGD) of wastewater at our Water Recycling Facility. Visit

On The Cover EL CAJON — The Mayor of El Cajon Bill Wells (cover) is proud to celebrate the groundbreaking of the long anticipated hotel in El Cajon. The $18M Courtyard by Marriott will open in 2017.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Plastic Bag Ban Repeal: An Irrelevant Vote?


Your Senator In The News Senator Joel Anderson

Open Door Policy for Constituents By Ayesha Parikh

For The East County Herald EL CAJON — People in our community regularly face difficulties with state agencies and governmental programs, while struggling to find the resources they need to resolve them. However, State Senator Joel Anderson wants to make sure everyone knows he can be the bridge between his constituents and state agencies. Andrew (last name withheld for secuity purposes), a Federal Officer and a United States Air Force Reservist, was facing an issue with the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB). The FTB insisted Andrew pay taxes he didn’t owe for the time he was a non-resident serving overseas. Andrew contacted the tax board several times to explain he did not owe any state taxes. He was troubled when the FTB disregarded his correspondence; they instead issued another tax demand and threatened a lien on his home. Andrew decided to reach out to Senator Anderson’s office, who contacted the FTB on his behalf. To his pleasant surprise, within a span of 48 hours, Andrew received a phone call from a supervisor at FTB. That supervisor immediately acknowledged the mistake and canceled the tax demand. Andrew wrote to Senator Anderson: “I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the help I received from your office…

Above: California Senator Joel Anderson Thank you for your support to public servants and your efforts in keeping this State’s agencies honest.” Anderson responded, “My goal is to make our government efficient, effective and accountable. I am happy Andrew contacted me and got his problem

resolved in timely manner before his situation escalated.” If you or someone you know would like assistance in contacting a state agency, Anderson’s office can be reached via phone at 619-596-3136 or email at senator.anderson@senate.

hat if California voters repealed a law, but it remained the law anyway? That’s a situation the state may soon face if a yet-unnumbered proposition aiming to repeal a 2014 statewide ban on plastic grocery bags should pass in November. The statewide law also requires stores to offer paper bags for at least 10 cents each. The bottom line on this referendum measure, which qualified for the ballot within a mere five months of when legislators passed the plastic bag ban, is that it likely won’t matter much. In fact, there’s little effect from the fact that the state ban is not in force today, almost two years after it passed. Any law challenged by a referendum gets suspended until the outcome of the vote is official. There’s a pretty simple reason why neither the vote nor the law’s suspension matters much: Many local governments have their own bans in place, 146 cities and counties – about one-third of all California communities, containing a large majority of the populace. Repealing the state law would not affect those laws. Try to get a supermarket plastic bag in any of California’s largest cities. Can’t do it in Los Angeles. Nor in San Francisco, nor anywhere in Los Angeles County, nor many others. This infuriates makers of plastic bags, which have pretty much disappeared from the shoulders of major highways they once littered. Grocers at first opposed the plastic bag bans, protesting the inconvenience to themselves and their customers from forcing consumers to bring their own bags or buy paper ones at checkout counters. They’ve been converted and now support the bans. “Early polling is that consumers are adapting to no plastic bags,” Ronald Fong, head of the California Grocers Assn., told a reporter. “It’s really unfortunate that out-of-staters are sinking millions of dollars into telling us that we’re wrong here in California.” Altogether, more than $4 million has been raised to fight the statewide plastic bag ban, only a small fraction of it raised in California. An industry association, the American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents the plastic bag industry nationally, raised more than $4 million from its members shortly after the state ban passed. None came from California. Contributors were led by South Carolina’s Hilex Poly ($1.9 million), with companies like Superbag (Texas), Advance Polybag (Texas) and Formosa Plastics (New Jersey) also among big donors. “We believe California voters share our concerns and will make their voices heard at the ballot box,” the pro-plastic alliance’s director, Lee Califf, said in a statement. The statewide ban, he said, threatens thousands of jobs and will have “no meaningful effect on the environment.” While removing the statewide ban would not kill any of the local ones, it could perpetuate some confusion, as the state law was intended to standardize regulations that differ slightly among localities. What’s more, say backers – state and local – the bag bans are taking millions of unneeded bags off the street. “When they have to pay, customers avoid buying the bags,” Mark Murray, executive director of the group Californians Against Waste, said recently. He cited figures showing the number of grocery customers buying no bags (usually because they’ve brought their own) has jumped from about 10 percent to more than 35 percent. Califf and the pro-plastic group maintain the bag ban and fee have been “a massive, billion-dollar giveaway to grocers under the guise of environmentalism.” The plastics alliance hopes to qualify a second measure for a November vote, earmarking the 10-cent bag fees for environmental causes rather than letting grocers keep them. The state legislative analyst estimates this could provide $10 million or more to such causes, but nowhere near billions. The bottom line on this is that aside from any environmental benefits of banning plastic bags, this has devolved into a fight between two well-heeled interest groups: Grocers now love the ban on plastics because it gives them a new revenue source while they no longer must buy plastics. Meanwhile, the plastic bag companies desperately want back into the huge California market, something that’s looking more and more like a pipe dream. 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


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

. Do older people get dandruff more often?

. No. Dandruff affects people of all ages across all ethnic groups. Dandruff often occurs after puberty and is most common in people in their early 20s. It continues into middle age. However, it does also affect many seniors. Dandruff is a common, non-contagious skin condition that causes flakes of dead skin to appear in the hair. It is estimated that half of all people will be affected by dandruff at some point in their lives. The body continually sheds dead skin cells as new cells are formed. In most cases this is a gradual process that goes unnoticed. In cases of dandruff, this process speeds up and excessive amounts of dead skin cells are released by the scalp. Dandruff is more common in men than women. Men’s scalps have larger oil-producing glands; these can contribute to dandruff. What you eat can influence whether you get dandruff. If your diet is lacking B vitamins, zinc, and some kinds of fats, you might be inclined to get dandruff. People with some neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s, are more likely to get dandruff. Stress and weakened immune systems are other risk factors for dandruff. Additional causes of dandruff are: dry skin, not shampooing enough, sensitivity to hair-care products, skin disorders such as psoriasis, and a fungus (malassezia) that grows out of control, The main treatment for dandruff is anti-dandruff shampoo. There are a number of different types available over the counter. These shampoos work in different ways. So, if one type isn’t effective, you may want to try another one. If you still have dandruff after several weeks of experimenting with over-the-counter (OTC) dandruff shampoos, or if your scalp becomes red or swollen, see a doctor. You may have seborrheic dermatitis or another condition that resembles dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis is a common, inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky, white to yellowish scales to form on oily areas such as the scalp, face or inside the ear. It can occur with or without reddened skin. Cradle cap is the term used when seborrheic dermatitis affects the scalp of infants. Switching gears a bit, here are some tips from the American Academy of Dermatology for maintaining healthy hair: 1.Wash oily hair more frequently. If your scalp is oily, you may need to wash it as often as once a day. If you have chemically treated hair, your hair may be drier, so you may want to wash it less frequently. As you get older, your scalp makes less oil, so you may not need to shampoo as often. But if you see flakes in your hair, you may not be shampooing enough. This can lead to dandruff and other scalp diseases. 2.Concentrate shampoo on the scalp. When washing your hair, concentrate on cleaning primarily the scalp, rather than washing the entire length of hair. Washing only your hair can create flyaway hair that is dull and coarse. 3.Use conditioner after every shampoo unless you use a “2-in-1” shampoo, which cleans and conditions hair. Using a conditioner can significantly improve the look of damaged or weathered hair. 4.Concentrate conditioner on the tips of the hair. Because conditioners can make fine hair look limp, they only should be used on the tips of the hair and not on the scalp or length of the hair. 5.Choose a shampoo and conditioner formulated specifically for your hair type.

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Multiple Sclerosis Spasticity and Spasms


ultiple Sclerosis (MS) spasticity causes involuntary muscle spasms and muscle stiffness. Spasticity can be mild or it can be quite severe ranging from the feeling of tightness to severe pain and uncontrollable spasms. There are two main type of spasticity: flexor and extensor. Flexor spasticity mainly involves the hamstrings and hip flexors, and can make it quite difficult to bend the knees or hips or straighten them. Extensor spasticity usually involves the quadriceps and adductors, and the knees and hips can remain close together and straight. Spasticity is a very common symptom in Multiple Sclerosis, affecting nearly 80 percent of patients. When spasticity occurs in MS, opposing muscles con-

tract and relax at the same time as a result of neuron damage caused by Multiple Sclerosis. Constant contracting of the muscles over time shortens connective tissue around the joints, causing contractures, which is a condition in which the joints become hardened and stiff. Spasticity in MS can negatively impact a patient’s way of life as it can limit movement and lead to severe pain preventing patients from partaking in everyday activities. Furthermore, if spasticity is left untreated, it can result in alternative health complications. The primary cause of spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis is demyelination, which is the

damage caused to the myelin, the protective layer that surrounds nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord (Central Nervous System or CNS). When the myelin gets damaged, nerve impulses become interrupted, which prevents the muscles from relaxing as quickly as they should, causing them to tighten involuntarily or stay contracted for long periods of time. Triggers of MS spasticity are infections, pain, sores or skin breakdown, increase in internal temperature, a full bladder, binding, rubbing or irritating clothing, constipation, posture problems, stress, worry or anxiety, and extreme environmental temperatures.

Signs and symptoms of MS spasticity include:

• Increase in deep tendon reflexes

• Repetitive, rhythmic beating motions of the hands or feet • Difficulty initiating movements • Difficulty relaxing muscles • Muscle tightness • Pain • Flexion or extension synergy patterns • Decreased range of motion

Managing MS Spasticity

Management options for MS spasticity involve both pharmacological and non-pharmacological options, if which combined together, offer the best relief. There are five key strategies in managing MS

spasticity: – Treat problems that increase spasticity: treat infections, fatigue, stress, and pain, and make other modifications that can decrease spasticity. – Develop a specific program for stiffness: passive stretching, which involves slow movements to stretch the spastic muscle, can help improve stiffness. – Use specific mechanical devices: these devices should aim to counteract spasticity and prevent contractures. Devices include finger or toe spreaders, or those for the wrist, foot, and hand. – Use pharmacological approaches: your doctor can prescribe you specific medications to help prevent and alleviate spasticity. – Use surgical interventions: sometimes, MS patients do not respond well to oral medications, so surgical interventions may be resorted to in order to manage spasticity. In order to determine which treatment to choose, your doctor will evaluate your situation, for example, getting an idea of your severity, estimating the cost of the treatment, weighing potential side effects, evaluating which treatments you’ve already used, checking which worked and which didn’t, and weighing the benefits and the risks.

Source: National MS Society, Web MD

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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Wisdom for


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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. Last week, we looked at a portion of a day in the life of Jesus as recorded for us in Mark 13:1-13 which covered Jesus foretelling the destruction of the Temple and that much deception would occur prior to His return. This week we will continue to look at other events that Jesus cites that will occur prior to His return. Mark 13:7-13 “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.” Next Jesus warns of wars and rumors of wars. As all that is mentioned in these verses and other verses like them that speak of events that will occur prior to Jesus’ return have been happening for thousands of years, the intensity of which they are occurring is increasing dramatically. This is important to keep in mind for one of the of the analogies that is given also concerning the return of Christ is that it is likened to that of a woman who is getting ready to give birth, the labor pains increase in intensity and get closer together as the time of deliver gets closer. Earthquakes in various places; famines and troubles will also mark the beginnings of sorrows. Persecution will also increase with great intensity, “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… 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.” After many years of intense persecution of Christians by ISIS and other Islamic groups, the USA has finally with reluctance acknowledged 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 the genocide of Christians in the Middle East. This is not just occurring in the Middle East but in many countries in Africa as well. For the follower of Jesus Christ, as we are forewarned of what is to come, we do not need to be fearful because the Lord has promised to be with us and never forsake us; He will be with us even in the midst of the suffering. We do not need to be concerned what we will say or how we will respond for He has promised to give us grace upon grace and the words to speak at the time of need.

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Groundbreaking held for $18M Courtyard by Marriott hotel in El Cajon

Construction is underway on East County’s first four-star hotel in El Cajon. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on Tuesday, April 5, for a new 120room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 141 N. Magnolia Ave. Attendees at the groundbreaking included local elected officials and representatives from Marriott Corp. The 70,000-square foot, four-story building will include a swimming pool, spa, grassy courtyard, exercise room, business center, lounge, indoor and outdoor dining and banquet facilities, along with a 2,000-square foot commercial lease space. Parking will be available for more than 100 cars on site. General contractor is West-Tech Contracting. Construction cost is estimated at $18 million. The hotel is expected to open in 2017. Two vacant buildings on three parcels were demolished to make room for the hotel in the Downtown area. City officials said the land was sold to Marriott Corp. for $1.2 million. During the first five years of operation, Marriott will receive transient occupancy tax (TOT) revenues. From years six through 10, Marriott and the city will split TOT fees; and starting in year 11, the city will receive all TOT fees.

Santee woman wins `Epic 48 Hours’ from Z-90

Santee resident Melissa Hill was the winner of XHRM-FM Z-90’s recent “Epic 48 Hours” promotion held over Easter weekend, March 25 -27. The station said thousands of listeners entered the contest at the Z-90 website. The winner had to be willing to leave at a moment’s notice and be ready to go anywhere and do anything. Hill’s name was drawn. The Santee resident

took her friend Jamie Hanawalt of Pacific Beach. “The weekend was so jam-packed with so many incredible experiences, it’s nothing I will ever forget,” said Hill, 26. “It was non-stop insane, a crazy adventure. My phone has been blowing up for days with calls from my friends. I would have never had the chance to do any of it without Z-90.” “It was an adventure of a lifetime that neither of us will ever forget,” said Hanawalt, 27. “The word `epic’ doesn’t begin to describe the amazing things that happened. We were treated like VIPs the entire time. There was always someone there to carry our bags and cameras everywhere. We hung out with many celebrities and never waited in line with one exclusive entry after another.” Their “Epic 48 Hours” began with a visit to Disneyland to experience the new Star Wars Space Mountain ride, courtside seats at a Los Angeles Lakers game, embroidered team jerseys personally delivered by Nick Jonas, admission to the Chairman’s Room before the game, VIP table at the Ohm Nightclub in Hollywood and a suite at the Hollywood Roosevelt. It continued with a private plane trip from Burbank to Las Vegas, watching a recording session with DJ Mustard, $1,000 shopping spree at the Miracle Mile Shops, soundcheck with X Ambassadors at The Foundry, ride on the High Roller at the LinQ Ferris wheel, dinner at Bally’s BLT Steakhouse, floor tickets to Pitbull’s performance at Planet Hollywood’s AXIS Theater, a $1,000 chip to play roulette that was given to them by Pitbull before the rapper’s show (“He said, ‘Bet it on black, like my suit,’” said Jamie), admission to OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace, hotel room at the Planet Hollywood, Sunday morning full-body massage and return to San Diego. Melissa and Jamie shared their experience on Monday, March 28, with co-hosts Edina Macic and

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Rick Morton on the “Morton in the Morning” show. Randy Williams, Z-90 program director, said, “In my 23 years in radio, I have never been part of a promotion this massive. A huge thank you is due to every department at the station, our record label partners and valued clients. Wait ‘till you’ll see the next one.” Here is a 19-second video about the girls’ trip, com/watch?v=Ms6JhxkHHj8.

Sycuan’s Adam Day receives eight-year term as CSU trustee

Adam Day, assistant tribal manager for the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, has been reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to an eight-year term on the California State University Board of Trustees. The State Senate confirmed his appointment in February. He was originally appointed to the board in 2014 to replace a board member who had passed away. Day has a long history in government, politics and public relations. Prior to joining Sycuan, Day served as vice president and general manager for NCG Porter Novelli from 2000 to 20002. In that capacity he managed a number of campaigns for leading San Diego companies. He also worked at the Flannery Group from 1999 to 2000 and chief of staff in San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s office from 1996 to 1999, and senior policy advisor from 1993 to 1995. Throughout his career, Day has served on dozens of boards and committees and currently sits on the Del Mar Fair Board, the San Diego County Planning Commission, Century Club of San Diego, Indian Gaming Local Benefit Committee, and the San Diego County Fire Mitigation Committee. Day, son of Thomas Day, former president of San Diego State University, most recently was chairman of the San Diego Citizens Stadium Advisory Group commissioned by Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

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