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Charles ‘Charlie’ Howell, Jr. 2018

ALPINE — Charles ‘Charlie’ Neil Howell, Jr., 83, passed away peacefully, Sunday, March 18, 2018. Charlie was born May 12, 1934 in Norfolk, Virginia to Charles Neil Howell, Sr. and Nettie Mae Howell. He was the oldest of four boys. Charlie enlisted in the United States Army Special Forces and served for 28 years. His nick-name was ‘Red Baron’ for his entire career in the Army. Special Forces also known as the Green Berets due to their distinctive service headgear, are a special operations force tasked with five primary missions: unconventional warfare (the original and most important mission of Special Forces), foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, and counter-terrorism. The first two emphasize language, cultural, and training skills in working with foreign troops. Other duties include combat search and rescue (CSAR), counter-narcotics, counter-proliferation, hostage rescue, humanitarian assistance, humanitarian de-mining, information operations, peacekeeping, psychological operations, security assistance, and manhunts; other components of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) or other U.S. government activities may also specialize in these secondary areas. Many of Charlie’s operational techniques were classified. Charlie served in both the Korean War and Vietnam War and was heavily decorated. After his time in the service Charlie arrived in Alpine, CA and moved in with his brother Robert (Bob). Charlie became involved volunteering in the local Boy Scouts Troop for several years. In the early 1980’s, both brother became members of the Kiwanis Club of Alpine. He remained a member up until his passing. His brother, Bob, continues his service there. Charlie also spent over a decade volunteering for the Alpine Pageants. Whether it was for rehearsals, backstage with staging, lighting or music, the girls could always count on Charlie. He was also a member of both the Alpine American Legion and VFW. Charlie is proceeded in death by his parents and his brother, William. He is survived by his brothers Robert Howell and Ronald Howell, both of Southern California, as well as several nieces and nephews and a large extended family of friends. Charlie will be remembered most for his lifetime of service to both his country and his community. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Apr. 14, at 2 p.m. at the VFW Post located at 844 Tavern Road, Alpine, CA. Refreshments will follow the service.

Anderson Urges County Supervisors to Join On The Cover Lawsuit Against Sanctuary State Law EL CAJON — California State Senator Joel Anderson sent a letter to San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob on Monday, Apr. 9, urging her and her colleagues to join the Federal lawsuit against California’s so called “Sanctuary” policies, including Senate Bill (SB) 54. Anderson was known as the “leading anti-sanctuary voice” and actively opposed SB 54 while it was going through the legislative process last year, collecting over 50,000 signatures from Californians opposing the bill. SB 54 was

eventually signed by Governor Jerry Brown and as a result, California’s local law enforcement may not hold inmates at the request of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents or volunteer information to ICE about deportable criminals sitting in our jails. In his letter, Anderson asserted, “We must not return dangerous criminals who would otherwise be deported back to our streets to victimize citizens and non-citizens alike.” Last month, Orange County Board of Supervisors joined

this lawsuit and next week the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will consider doing the same in closed session. Senator Joel Anderson represents the 38th Senate District in the California Legislature, which includes Lemon Grove, El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, Poway, Escondido, San Marcos, Lakeside, Valley Center, Rancho Santa Fe, Julian, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, Bonsall, Borrego Springs, and Fallbrook. He was first elected to the State Assembly in 2006 and to the State Senate in 2010.

LEMON GROVE — L-R: Kevin Miller and Dana Rivers attended the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s First Friday Breakfast held Friday, Apr. 6 at the Lemon Grove Senior Center with On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina catering the breakfast.

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The East County Herald strongly believes in the freedom of speech and the rights of all sides of an issue to be heard. The letters and guest opinions/commentaries published herein present differing points of view, not necessarily reflecting those of the publisher, The Herald or it’s advertisers. Note: Letters and opinion/commentary pieces may

So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Trump Acted in Haste on Tariffs, May Regret at Length


y the time most folks reach 70, even very impetuous males, they’ve realized the truth of the hallowed cliché, “act in haste, repent at leisure.” But apparently not President Trump. By many reports, he announced a massive round of tariffs on foreign materials and goods like steel and aluminum in a fit of pique, angered because his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner could not get a full security clearance. Within less than a week, there were already signs of regret. This was prompted not only by loud criticism from some of his fellow Republicans in Congress, but also because some other countries and federations, most notably the European Union, began openly contemplating their own tariffs on American goods, especially those made in “red” states that backed Trump in the 2016 election, goods like blue jeans and bourbon. For a businessman widely experienced in the give-and-take of negotiating, Trump surely knew that for every action there’s a reaction. He likely was not surprised when, for example, Canada began openly thinking about tariffs on cars built in states Trump carried, from Nissans (Tennessee) and Mercedes-Benzes (Alabama) to Chryslers (Michigan). So Trump began backtracking. He started by suggesting he might relent on tariffs affecting Canada and Mexico if a “better deal” emerges from current talks on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). But so far, there’s been no backing off prospective tariffs against goods from China, Japan and South America, among the largest buyers of exported California products from high tech silicon chips to movies and food products. Even if Europe were to target red-state industries, China and Japan probably cannot. That’s because so much of their trade with America is actually trade with California. California rice, grown in the Sacramento River Valley north of the state capital, is a staple of the Japanese diet because population growth long ago outstripped Japan’s ability to grow enough on its own. China is the largest foreign market for American films, mostly produced by California-headquartered firms, even if some of those companies are foreign owned. And much of Asia depends on computer chips developed in the Silicon Valley. Wine and nut exports to China are also substantial. If Trump thought retaliation against his proposed tariffs would hurt California, he didn’t say so. But given the context of his seeming vendetta against the Golden State because it has defied him on several fronts, chances are he would not mind that. Of course, if Central Valley farms begin to suffer and fallow fields and orchards because tariffs are cutting down the exports that consume almost half their output, it just might harm the electoral prospects of GOP congressmen like Jeff Denham, Devin Nunes and David Valadao, who have toed almost the full Trump line for the last 16 months. And California farmers are expecting big trouble if Trump insists on the tariffs. They now take in more than $21 billion from foreign markets, with California almonds, for example, dominating nut sales almost everywhere. California vintners also would suffer. Wheat growers immediately protested the tariffs, and some large grain farmers were major Trump financial backers in 2016. California farms account for much of the world’s crop of table grapes, olive oil, raisins, figs, artichokes, dates, kiwis and canned, pitted fruits like peaches, plums and apricots. China imposed 25 and 15 percent tariffs on some of those items, including grapes, almonds and walnuts. Put a serious crimp in the China trade, as the nascent tariff war could do, and rather than helping decrease America’s trade deficit, the new levies could worsen it. So if he ever reflects on his insistence on tariffs – by all reports, against the advice of his top economists – Trump may come to regret it. But even though he frequently denies saying things days after they were videoed and recorded, he won’t be able to label the consequences of tariffs as fake news. Rather those consequences could include a new recession, loss of millions of American jobs and assured electoral defeat in 2020. The bottom line: Trump acted in haste on the tariffs and unless he relents soon, he could regret it the rest of his life. So might a lot of other people.

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 About Acetaminophen


What is acetaminophen and why do I see it listed on so many products in my medicine cabinet?


. Acetaminophen is the most widely used pain-reliever and fever-reducer in the world. It is contained in more than 100 products. Tylenol is the best known over-the-counter (OTC) acetaminophen product. It is also a component of well known prescription drugs such as Darvocet and Percocet. Acetaminophen also is known as paracetamol and N-acetyl-p-aminophenol (APAP). Acetaminophen is available without a prescription. Follow the directions on the package label carefully. If your doctor prescribes it for you, the prescription label will tell you how often to take it. Taking too much acetaminophen can lead to liver damage. The risk for liver damage may be increased if you drink three or more alcoholic drinks while using medicines that contain acetaminophen. The toxic dose of acetaminophen after a single acute ingestion is about 7 grams in adults. The at-risk dose may be lower in some susceptible populations, such as alcohol abusers. When dosing recommendations are followed, the risk of liver toxicity is extremely small. Acetaminophen is one of the most common pharmaceutical agents involved in overdose, as reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. One of the problems with acetaminophen is its widespread use. You have to check your medicine cabinet to see what products contain acetaminophen. Then, if you’re taking more than one medication, be sure you don’t exceed the maximum daily dose. Acetaminophen should not be taken for high fever, for fever lasting more than 3 days, or for recurrent fever without a doctor’s supervision. There are basically two types of over-thecounter (OTC) pain relievers. Some contain acetaminophen and others contain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Examples of OTC NSAIDs are aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), and naproxen sodium (Aleve). NSAIDs are associated with stomach distress. You should talk to your doctor before using NSAIDS if you are over 60, taking prescription blood thinners, have stomach ulcers or other bleeding problems. NSAIDs can also cause reversible damage to the kidneys. The risk of kidney damage may increase in people who are over 60, have high blood pressure, heart disease or pre-existing kidney disease, and people who are taking a diuretic. You should talk with your healthcare professional if you have questions about using an OTC medicine before using it in combination with other medicines – either OTC or prescription medicine. Combining prescription medicines and OTC medicines can lead to problematic drug interactions. All older adults should consult their doctors before taking any OTC medication or herbal. Often, older adults use many drugs at the same time, including prescription and OTC drugs. They also process drugs differently than younger adults. This is why older adults need to be especially careful about drug-drug interactions. If you’re a senior, talk with your doctor about all of the drugs and herbal health products you take. He or she can tell you whether you are at risk for having a bad reaction from taking an OTC drug.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean Professor leads research on identifying minimally invasive biomarkers for MS


study led by Patricia McLaughlin, professor of neural and behavior sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, may show a new way to monitor the progression and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It showed new, less invasive biomarkers ­— statistical indicators used to measure the presence and severity of a disease. McLaughlin and the research team focused on serum cytokines — proand anti-inflammatory signaling proteins — that were related to inflammatory activity. The expression of these cytokines changed during the progression of MS. The study is part of continuing research examining minimally invasive biomarkers related to the cause and progression of MS. The research team also found that the use

of opioid growth factor and low-dose naltrexone helped normalize serum levels for the cytokines being monitored for responsiveness to treatment. “McLaughlin and colleagues have researched OGF signaling for several decades, and this seminal discovery of dysregulation in OGF expression in MS patients and animal models is very exciting and could lead to prognostic biomarkers for this autoimmune disorder,” said Dr. Steven Goodman, PhD, editor-in-chief of Experimental Biology and Medicine. “We hope that continued research will identify more specific cytokines and allow us to assemble a reliable panel of minimally invasive biomarkers related to the etiology and progression of MS,” she added. Additional long-term human and mouse studies are needed to further

evaluate if IL-6 and IL-10 are “appropriate markers to monitor progression of MS,” the researchers emphasized. Still, the team believes this study demonstrates that at least IL-6, IL-10, TNF-a, and IFN-y, together with OGF, can be useful biomarkers to monitor MS.

Source: Penn State College of Medicine

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 31 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/ Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and 2017 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled “The Promises of God”. As mentioned in part one of this series, there are but a few promises to all of mankind, the vast majority are to those who have become His children by adoption through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance from sin. Some may think this is not “fair”, that all of God’s promises should be to everyone. Well they are to everyone that will repent of sin and turn to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Think of this way, you are a parent, your children have your protection; love; provision; sacrifice; and will inherit what you have at your departure. Should others who are not your children or even those who hate you and your children be beneficiaries of what you have for your own children? Of course not, that would be absurd! Another of God’s wonderful promises is that of God being a sun (light) and shield to His children. Psalm 84:11 “For Jehovah God is a sun and shield; Jehovah will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Let’s look at this promise carefully. The first thing we want to look at is that He will sun to us. Sun of course represents light; warmth; power; that which is necessary to sustain life and much more. As this world becomes more and more dark; cold in its care for one another; barren spiritually and morally, it is a tremendous blessing to know that the Lord will give us all that we need to continue on in this life. We see this promise of God being our light in a number of other Scriptures such as: Psalm 27:1 “Jehovah is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Jehovah is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Malachi 4:2 “But to you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness shall arise, and healing will be on His wings. And you shall go out and frisk like calves of the stall.” John 8:12 “Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Next, we have His promise of being a shield to us. A shield represents protection; a place to take refuge when being attacked. Again we have a number of verses that attest to this, Psalm 3:3 “But You, O Jehovah, are a shield for me; my glory, the One who lifts up my head.” Psalm 119:114 “You are my hiding-place and my shield; I hope in Your Word.” This does not mean that our life will be trouble free, without trials and afflictions, King David experienced all of this and more but in the midst of it all God was protecting him as He will all that trust in him. It must be understood that this protection is not limited to the physical realm, it includes the spiritual and emotional as well. God promises to give perfect peace to those that trust in him, peace of mind and heart as you are going through difficulties. Finally, He has promised to give grace; glory; and every good thing. What more could one ask for! I feel sorry for the vast multitude of people that are out there in trying to “get through life” on their own, trying to find help, refuge, in some empty philosophy of man, a bottle of some kind whether it be filled with alcohol, pills, or something else when the Lord has all that is needed. Read what the Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ.” And Peter in 2Peter 1:2-4 “Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who has called us to glory and virtue, through which He has given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, so that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” Of course, these promises like all the others have conditions, the conditions for the promises we have examined Drew Macintyre is associate pastor.”ofTo Calvary Chapel ofis today are: “those who walk uprightly walk uprightly Alpine can be reached 619-445-2589, to live one’s lifeand in obedience to theatWord of God. or

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Health Fair Saturday Saturday, Apr. 7 • La Mesa • Grossmont Shopping Center

Jay Renard/The East County Herald See more at LA MESA — One of East County’s largest free Health Fairs kicked off at Grossmont Shopping Center in La Mesa, Saturday, Apr. 7. Each year, hundreds of residents circulate through this event which features scores of information booths, healthcare presentations, health screenings by Sharp Grossmont Hospital, insurance providers and live, interactive demonstrations throughout the promenade area of Grossmont Shopping Center. The free event was open to the public – all ages are always welcome. Attendees learned about their current health status, preventative healthcare measures and ways to improve one’s lifestyle for the future. “This event has proven to be highly successful on several levels – not the least of which is catching potentially serous medical conditions before they become lifethreatening,” said Leah McIvor, Past Chair of the Board of Directors at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. In past years, healthcare professionals have identified several individuals with warning signs for serious conditions. We strive to make this an educational, accessible, beneficial event, and it may save a lifeThere were around 40 booths that occupied promenade area near the movie theaters.


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!

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Dine & Dialogue with San Diego County Assessor Tuesday, Apr. 10 • El Cajon Jay Renard/The East County Herald See more at

EL CAJON — The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce held a Dine and Dialogue with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., (above, center in bow tie), San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk, Tuesday, Apr. 10. The event was sponsored by AT&T, Republic Services, Waste Management, and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Lunch was provided by Jersey Mike’s. The County Assessor’s offices employs more than 400 people. They assess all property in San Diego County. They record all real estate transactions. Their office are located throughout the County, in San Diego, Chula Vista, El Cajon, Kearny Mesa, and San Marcos. Topics included Prop 13, Prop 58, Prop 60, Prop 90, Gifting your home to children, Homeowner’s Exemption, and Disabled Veterans exemption.

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Tschida Wins Alpine Honorary Mayor’s Race

ALPINE — Jennifer Tschida, (pictured right), associate publisher of The Alpine Sun newspaper is the 2018 Honorary Mayor of Alpine. The announcement that Tschida, who raised money for research into the deadly mitochondrial disease that kills children, was made on Tuesday, April 10 at the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce monthly “Hot Topics Business Breakfast.” Every dollar donated to a candidate’s campaign is a vote that will be donated to that person’s good cause or community improvement. Tschida and the three other candidates in this year’s Chamber race set a new fundraising record. “Last year the candidates raised about $15,000,” Chamber Vice Chairman Bob Ring of Alpine Barons Market, twice an Alpine Honorary Mayor, told the crowd at VFW Bert Fuller Post 9578 at 844 Tavern Road in Alpine. “This year they raised about $22,000!” Caity Yaussi of the Alpine Education Foundation earned money for AEF’s program to provide exceptional programs for local students. Candidate Louis Russo funded classroom school supplies and teachers’ “wish lists.” Chamber Ambassador Chairwoman Sallie Brown of Mary Kay Cosmetics campaigned for her Adopt-A-Grandparent USA program to bring holiday cheer to elderly assisted living residents. Tschida was awarded a small key to the community of Alpine, a

purple sash declaring her as Honorary Mayor (a volunteer position with no power) and a black top hat as symbols of her new status. The Chamber holds the race each year as a community fund raiser. In return, elected Honorary Mayors attend Chamber events when possible. Tschida said she appreciates the opportunity to spread awareness of mitochondrial disease, which claims the lives of most affected children before they’re 20, and the need for research. “I love how our community comes together and pulls together for various causes,” Tschida said. “Alpine rocks. Alpine helps save people’s lives.”

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April 2018 Food and Beverage ● All You Can Eat Lobster Fridays at The Buffet at Viejas Casino & Resort An all you can eat lobster feast EVERY Friday at The Buffet. Unlimited beer, wine and champagne is also included with your Buffet purchase. ● The Grove Steakhouse Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00pm–9:30pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm–10:30pm For a definitive gourmet experience, The Grove offers classic and contemporary cuisine set in a luxurious and inviting atmosphere. Wine lovers can choose from an assortment of select varietal wines offered at 50% off every Wednesday night. Awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award, The Grove Steakhouse is a one of a kind experience offering worldclass service. Call 619.445.5400 for reservations. Must be 21 or older.

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Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close Upcoming Concerts at Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close • An Evening of Luther Vandross Starring Ruben Studdard, Sunday, Apr. 15, Tickets $49-$59 • The Marshall Tucker Band, Monday April 16, Tickets $59-$69 • Flaco and Friends, Saturday, April 21, Tickets $39-$49 • Como La Flor Selena Tribute Concert, Saturday, May 5, Tickets $10-$15 • El Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano, Thursday May 10, Tickets $39-$49 • Rey Mysterio’s Lucha Mayhem, Saturday May 12 • The Spinners, Friday, June 1, Buy Tickets $59-$69 • Chippendales, Saturday, June 23, Buy Tickets $39-$49 • Ozomatli, July 11 and July 12, Tickets $59-$69 • Christopher Cross, Sunday, July 15, Tickets $59-$69 Concert tickets can be purchased online at or at the Live & Up Close box office located at Sycuan Casino.

● Locale Kitchen & Lounge at Willows Hotel & Spa- Now Open Daily 12pm–3pm Friday & Saturday Dinner 5pm–11pm Sunday-Thursday Dinner 5pm–10pm Saturday & Sunday Brunch 11am–3pm Starting off with fresh local ingredients, Locale serves California inspired cuisine created with a sprinkling of imagination. Dishes range from small bites to shared plates or bring your friends and family and let us prepare a feast for the entire table. Open for dinner, weekday lunch and weekend brunch. ● Ginger Noodle Bar Asian Cuisine at Willows Hotel & Spa- Now Open Sunday-Thursday 11am–11pm Friday-Saturday 11am–1am This restaurant’s design and modern setting is the true definition of unique. Serving classic and contemporary Asian fare, the organic and natural influence of the decor adds to the overall dining experience.

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UCSD Sprinter Sets School Record


niversity of California San Diego senior Paul Doan took first place in both the men’s 100 and 200-meter, while senior Meghan Fletcher placed first in the women’s 400 hurdles to lead the way for the Tritons at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational last weekend. Doan’s time of 21.10-seconds in the 200 set a new UC San Diego record, and is also a solid provisional mark that will likely qualify for nationals. “We had some great performances, especially on the track,” said Tritons head coach Tony Salerno. “(Doan) showed today he can compete with anyone. His mark in the 200 is impressive to say the least.” Doan, a San Diego native and St. Augustine High graduate, finished the 100 in 10.55-seconds to edge second-place finisher Leon Powell (10.57) by just 0.02 seconds. Senior Justin Hunter took sixth (10.80) and freshman Riley Sasaki placed eighth (10.89). Fletcher, a native of Pleasanton, Calif., finished the 400 hurdles in 61.07-seconds to hold off Azusa Pacific’s Zoe March (61.86) for first place. UC San Diego junior Kelly Strand took eighth (62.77) and sophomore Claudia Cox placed ninth (62.90).

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SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE PREP BASEBALL POLL TEAM; RECORD; POINTS; LAST WEEK First-place votes in parenthesis • Points awarded on a 10-9-8-7-65-4-3-2-1 basis • Rank;Team;Record;Points;Last Week 1. Eastlake (11) ; 12-2-1; 128; 2 2. Torrey Pines ; 13-4; 110;4 3. San Marcos (2); 12-4; 108; 1 4. Rancho Bernardo ;11-4; 96;3 5. Cathedral Catholic ;8-5; 69;5 6. Helix; 11-4;65;6 7. Poway ;12-3; 59; 7 8. Grossmont ;8-5-1;30; 9 9. Mission Hills ; 12-4; 20;8 10. La Costa Canyon ; 9-5; 19; NR Others receiving votes: Canyon Crest (13-4, 6 points), Madison (8-6, 2 points), Parker (11-5, 2 points), Santa Fe Christian (9-4, 1 point). Voters: 13 sportswriters, sportscasters and officials - John Maffei (Union-Tribune), Terry Monahan (freelance writer), Adam Paul (, Ramon Scott (, Bodie DeSilva (, John Kentera (Prep Talent Evaluator), Steve Dolan (East County Herald), Christian Pedersen (SD Preps Insider), Jerry Schniepp (CIF Commissioner), Donnie Carroll (Former coach), Robert Wilson (CIF Power Rankings Coordinator), Joe Heinz (Metro Conference Athletics), Jason Babineau (Former coach).

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Lakeside Chamber seeking nominations for Citizen of the Year

The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual Harry J. Spence Citizen of the Year award. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, May 22. Nominations can be submitted by mail or in person at the Chamber office. The annual award is given to a man or woman who has made outstanding volunteer contributions and contributed to a better way of life for all in the Lakeside and East County communities. Entrants will be evaluated on demonstrating recognizable and ethical business practices, including furthering employer and employee relationships, employee training programs and promoting the business community in general, as well as contributions to the welfare of Lakeside through service projects such as involvement in civic affairs and support of youth groups or senior or adult groups. The award is a one-time honor. Posthumous awards are possible. Any service organization, citizens group or business may nominate a candidate or candidates. Various areas of effort and contribution may include: Recognizable and ethical business practices, such as furthering employer and employee relationships, employee training programs and promoting the business community in general; Contribution to the welfare of Lakeside through dedicated work with service projects, such as involvement in civic affairs, aide to youth groups or Senior or adult groups; Any field of endeavor which contributed to a better way of life for all in the community of Lakeside. For more information, contact Kathy Kassel, Chamber president/CEO, at (619) 561-1031, or visit The winner will be recognized at the Chamber’s annual installation dinner in July of this year, and be part of the Lakeside Western Days parade on April 28, 2018. The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award

originated in 1980. The first recipient was Harry J. Spence, a Lakeside resident and influential community volunteer. Janis Shackelford was the most recent honoree of the award. Shackelford was recognized for her participation in a number of community organizations, including the Lakeside Historical Society, Lakeside Planning Group, Lindo Lake Park Committee, River Park Conservancy, and Downtown Historical District. Other honorees since the year 2000 have included Terry Leimbach, William Markle, Frank Hilliker, Lakeside C.O.P.P.S., East County Fire Relief Center, Harold Hilliker, Reid Enniss, Mike Perine, Abby Anders, Don Bright, Elaine Brack, Dr. Stephen Halfaker, Bruce Robertson, Bonnie LaChappa, Venus Rodvold, Jill Fleming and EC Constructors.

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and Encinitas in committing to 100 percent, and brings the total number of residents in the region who will benefit from 100 percent clean energy to over 1.8 million. That means that over half the region’s families will be served by fully renewable power within the next two decades. La Mesa city officials said they will pursue Community Choice Energy to achieve the 100 percent clean energy goal, which will offer choice and local control while creating local jobs with local renewable development. In the motion to adopt the CAP, the council also committed to beginning a feasibility study for Community Choice in 2018. In addition, La Mesa will develop targets for the percent of commuters traveling by transit, walking, and biking.

Grossmont Adult Education to host street San Diego Gas & Electric offers grants to fair and open house improve environment Grossmont Adult Education will host a street fair and

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has kicked off its ninth annual “Environmental Champions” grant program, which supports non-profit organizations and their missions to improve the environment in San Diego and southern Orange counties. Non-profits whose programs incorporate climate education to reduce pollution, improve water quality, promote clean air, and reduce waste, are invited to apply online now through May 1. Grants will range from $2,500 to $25,000 for individual programs and projects. SDG&E plans to announce the grant recipients early this summer. The grant program is part of SDG&E’s commitment to improve the environment and enhance the communities it serves. By supporting nonLa Mesa adopts Climate Action Plan profits and climate science education, the company is able to The La Mesa’s City Council has voted unanimously to adopt help build healthier communities and ensure a sustainable a legally binding Climate Action Plan that commits to 100 future for generations to come. Learn more about SDG&E’s percent clean energy by 2035. With this vote, La Mesa joins ongoing community engagement efforts at the cities of San Diego, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Chula Vista, community.

open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at the Foothill Adult Center, 1550 Melody Lane, El Cajon. The event, held as part of Adult Education Week, will feature food, crafts and family fun, including demonstrations, live music entertainment by the Jamacha Project and information on academic GED diplomas, ESL programs, Parent University and career technical training and education. Representatives from Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges will attend. For more information, call (619) 588-3500, or visit www.adultschool., or the East Region Adult Education at www.

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o I go outside and I’m looking up in the sky, craning my neck, studying the clouds. These are real clouds, not Internet clouds. I’ve always had a fascination with clouds—but now I’m on a mission. Back in the small college town of Orono, Maine, where I grew up, there was hardly a cloudless day. I loved those clouds, floating through the sky, changing shape and gradually disappearing. On summer days I would lie on the grass near the swing-set in our backyard and look for cloud-animals and watch as the lamb or the fish slowly morphed into something else and then slowly faded away. Years later, on a cross-country trip with my friend Anabel, driving along Interstate 70 in Colorado, as I looked through the sun-roof above me, I marveled at the clouds overhead changing from what looked like pebbled stretches of sandy beaches to white and gray streaks splashed across the sky. “Look! Look!” I said. Of course she couldn’t—it was her turn to drive. I kept this up every time she was in the driver’s seat, leaving me free to cloud-watch. On about the fifth day of our trip, she’d had enough. She looked at me and said, “I’ have never seen anyone get so excited about clouds.” These

days at home, my daughter Christy runs to tell me whenever she sees colorful clouds outside. Didn’t take her long after moving in with Paul and me to discover I was in love with clouds. Any clouds. But now I’m on a mission. I’m looking for an angel. Not a real one—I mean, not a heavenly one—well, you know what I mean. I’m looking for a cloud angel. I have to find one. I owe it to Tom. A few weeks ago at our Bible Study, he was so proud and happy. He’d found an angel in the sky. See? It was right there on the home screen of his phone. He was so touched that he’d found it and captured it in a photo. He had his own angel. It had to be providence. He passed it around for everyone to marvel at. And they did. Now it was my turn. Debbie handed me the phone. It was an angel all right—a cloud shaped exactly like an angel, if you’re familiar with the shape of angels. Expecting a white angel— I thought all angels were white, but what do I know?—this angel was red. It was the time of the day that the sun bestows brilliant colors on clouds. My first thought was that it looked like the devil, being red and all that. Spontaneous me, I popped out that thought unthinkingly. Should never have done that. But Tom took it in good stride. “It does?” he asked. I answered, “Well, kind of. It’s red, you know, but it’s a great picture.” A few days later I got an e-mail from Tom. “You made me think,” he said. I’d forgotten about the angel/devil, but his next words, “You were right. I’ve taken it off my phone,” made me feel terrible. What had I done? First lesson: do not say the first thing that comes to mind. Second lesson: think before you speak. Third lesson: find a cloud-angel for Tom’s phone and capture it in a photo for him. So if you see me staring up into the sky, you know what I’m looking for. I haven’t found one yet, but I’m not giving up. He needs his angel. Don’t we all?

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