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GUHSD Announces 2017-18 Teachers of The Year EL CAJON — At the Governing Board meeting held Thursday, Apr. 6, the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) honored Teacher of the Year nominees from each of its schools. This is a great honor, as each nominee was selected by their peers. School site nominees are interviewed by a panel comprised of previous Teachers of the Year and District personnel. The panel selects two representatives from this distinguished group to recommend to our Board of Trustees for consideration for the San Diego County Teacher of the Year competition. If selected to represent the County, the next step is the California Teacher of the Year Competition.

GUHSD 2017-2018 Site Teachers of the Year:

• El Cajon Valley High School ~ Elizabeth Wright • El Capitan High School ~ Michelle Barnett • Granite Hills High School ~ Julie Schorr • Monte Vista High School ~ Kathy Hunter-Clark • Mount Miguel High School ~ Beverly Jones • Santana High School ~ Jason Kay • Valhalla High School ~ Toni Myers • Alternative Education/ Chaparral High School ~ Sarina Brooks • IDEA Center High School ~ Karly Johnstone The two 2017 - 2018 GUHSD Teachers of the Year who advance to compete at the County level for San Diego County Teacher of the Year: •Kathryn Worley – Representing West Hills High School Ms. Worley is an Industrial Technology and Manufacturing Teacher, who began teaching at West Hills in 2010. Kathy joined the District in 1988 and has been an inspiration to

From left: Daemein Patterson and Kathryn Worley to represent GUHSD in Prestigious San Diego County Teacher of the Year Competition. many people over her long and distinguished career. In addition to teaching, she coached and led a highly successful athletics program. Principal Robin Ballarin remarked, “With warmth, kindness, a “get to work” attitude and humor, Kathy leads students to multiple levels of success, she cares deeply about their learning.” A student remarked, “She is a role model for all of us; she goes above and beyond to help us succeed.” • Daemein Patterson – Representing Grossmont High School Mr. Patterson is an English Teacher who began teaching at Grossmont in 2005. He is involved with the English Learner program and took on the role of teaching transitional English, which serves the long-term English Learners

at Grossmont High School. Mr. Patterson’s creativity and experience helped ensure the effective teaching at these pivotal learning levels for students. He is dedicated, energetic and passionate about teaching and connecting with his students Daemein was a Golden Apple Award Winner in 2010. One of his colleagues said, “Daemein is a passionate teacher who seeks out innovation to encourage students to be their best, not only in his courses, but also as citizens of the world.” Worley and Patterson will now compete for 2018 County Teacher of the Year and be honored at A Salute to Teachers next fall. They will also be honored as the GUHSD Teachers of the Year at the San Diego Padres’ Teacher Appreciation Night on May 19.

On The Cover ALPINE — Lions, Tigers & Bears (LT&B) added three family members to their rescue sancuary, Wednesday, Apr. 5. Twelve yearold white lion, Lufuno (Louie) – cover insertion – and fourteen year-old sisters, Arusha and Zulu are adjusting to their new home at LT&B. Cover: Photo Courtesy LT&B Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald

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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 be edited due to space restrictions. Send all letters, opinions/commentaries to: editor@echerald.com

So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias

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PG&E’s Unprecedented Chutzpah Pays Off t the very moment when California’s largest utility company was being assessed a $14 million fine for failing to report discovery of flawed records on its gas pipelines, that same company in 2014 began asking for well over $1 billion in rate increases to pay for repairs to the very same pipeline system. This is Pacific Gas & Electric, the same huge utility company – California’s largest – that in 2016 was criminally convicted in federal court of safety violations and obstruction of justice related to the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion that killed eight persons and destroyed dozens of homes. The fine: a paltry $3 million. No PG&E executive went to prison for the deaths and not a single firing was mandated by federal or state authorities. Meanwhile, PG&E kept right on pursuing its routine every-three-years-or-so rate increases for natural gas and electric service, asking initially for more than $4.6 billion in additional charges to customers. The company ended up getting about $2.37 billion over three years in the usual “kabuki dance” conducted by the state Public Utilities Commission – this pattern sees the Big Four of PG&E, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas and San Diego Gas & Electric routinely ask for huge increases, then “settle” for about half their original request, with the PUC then bragging about how much it has saved consumers. But PG&E regularly posts profits approaching $1 billion a year. It’s legitimate to ask whether it should be entitled to any rate increase when it has misbehaved as egregiously as it has over the last eight years or more. (PG&E collected more than $60 billion in gas pipeline maintenance funds from customers in the 60 years preceding San Bruno, but there has never been an accounting of where that money went.) So here’s a criminal company demanding ever more from its customers, and the PUC simply hands it over. No one even suggests forcing PG&E to divest any of its holdings to publicly-owned Community Choice Aggregation power suppliers as a consequence of its repeated, frequent bad behavior and what federal authorities called negligence. Instead, the company’s customers pay more than ever. The typical monthly bill has risen from about $137 at the end of 2015 to more than $150, an increase of about 9 percent. Even when PG&E was fined by the state last year for violating pipeline safety standards, more than 53 percent of that money -- $850 million – was earmarked for repairs and improvements that customers funded years ago and were supposed to have been made long since. The company saved another $100 million or so because its entire “fine” was tax deductible. And yet, in an interview published this spring, the company’s new chief executive, Geisha Williams, bragged that PG&E’s rates are lower than the national average of about $190 per month. Even she concedes this is not because of efficiency, but due to climate: There are few blizzards in PG&E’s vast service territory except in sparsely-populated mountain areas. All of which means that even with a new CEO and even with a new self-described emphasis on safety, PG&E still has not deviated from its longtime goal of forcing customers to put up new cash continually for it to bring its system up to the level of safety it should have had all along. As consumers pay their ever-increasing bills – further increases are upcoming, along with shifts in the rate tiers under which bills are figured – no one really knows just how much PG&E actually needs to stay solvent. The same is true for the other big privately-owned utilities. But we do know that customers of all three major California gas utilities have paid scores of billions of dollars in maintenance money over many years. They have every reason for righteous indignation as they look at the increases on their monthly bills, which add up to well over $100 yearly for the average residential customer. But they will get no solace from PG&E, despite the new happy and safety-conscious face it is putting on. Which means the audacity and the chutzpah of PG&E has paid off, bigly.

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 tdelias@aol.com


HEALTH

The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

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Ironing Out The Wrinkles . Is there anything I can do about all these wrinkles?

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The common causes of wrinkles include genetic influences, normal aging, sun exposure and smoking. People who smoke tend to have more wrinkles than nonsmokers of the same age, complexion, and history of sun exposure. Cigarette smoking causes biochemical changes in our bodies that accelerate aging. Here’s some advice from the American Academy of Dermatology about reducing the signs of aging: • Wear sunscreen every day because the sun’s rays can accelerate signs of aging. Use a sunscreen or facial moisturizer that offers broad-spectrum protection and has an SPF of at least 30. Be sure to apply sunscreen to all skin that is not covered by clothing. • Do not tan. Getting a tan from the sun or a tanning bed exposes you to harmful UV rays that can accelerate aging, causing wrinkles, age spots, a blotchy complexion and even skin cancer. • Moisturize. Moisturizing traps water in the skin, which can help reduce the appearance of some fine lines and make your complexion look brighter and younger. • Test products, even those labeled hypoallergenic. To test, dab a small amount of the product on your inner forearm twice a day for four to five days. If you do not have a reaction, it is probably safe to apply to your face. • Use products as directed. Active ingredients can do more harm than good when too much is used. Applying more than directed can cause clogged pores, a blotchy complexion, or other unwanted effects. • Stop using products that sting or burn unless prescribed by a dermatologist. Irritating the skin makes signs of aging more noticeable. • Limit the number of skin products that you use. Using too many products on your skin, especially more than one anti-aging product, tends to irritate the skin. This often makes signs of aging more noticeable. • Shop smart. People often think that the more expensive a product is, the more effective it will be. This is not always the case. There are some very effective, affordable products in the skin care aisles of your local stores. • Give products time to work. While a moisturizer can immediately plump up fine lines, most products take at least six weeks to work. Sometimes it can take three months.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Advancing MS Research with a High Throughput Myelination Assay

MSBIO has reported that, researchers at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh (UK) using its Mimetix® aligned 3D cell culture scaffold, have created a high throughput myelination assay that shows great promise as a model for research into Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. MS is a debilitating neurological condition that affects 2.5 million patients worldwide, 100,000 in the UK, 450,000 in the U,S with 200 new cases diagnosed each week in the US. There are currently 142 ongoing MS drug trials to produce products for a market worth $19 billion annually. Mimetix® scaffolds mimic an extracellular matrix by providing an ideal architectural environment to support the growth of cells in 3D. They are created by electrospinning the medical-grade polymer poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) into microfibers, which are highly consistent with regard to fiber diameter and pore size, resulting in excellent reproducibility of cell-based assays. Mimetix® Aligned microfiber scaffolds provide a physi-

cal structure for the 3D culture of cells from tissues such as the central nervous system, skeletal muscle and heart where orientation influences cell growth and behavior. The Mimetix® scaffold is incorporated into standard SBS footprint well plate frames (96- and 384) with bases of superior optical clarity and minimal base distortion. The aligned scaffolds are thin enough to allow microscopic imaging. Marie Bechler, a senior researcher in the ffrenchConstant laboratory at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, said “The aligned Mimetix scaffold fibers from AMSBIO have been an invaluable tool, allowing us to answer fundamental questions regarding how oligodendrocytes form central nervous system (CNS) myelin sheaths. The suppliers of the Mimetix fibers worked with us to create customized three-dimensional fibers, facilitating the development of an oligodendrocyte culture assay. The culture system we developed permits the examination of myelin sheath formation in the absence of neurons. The aligned microfibers used in our research have enabled us to examine both the physical and molecular signals sufficient to drive CNS myelin sheath formation, which could not be assessed in other culture models.”

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“This has opened new opportunities to examine the role of physical cues, heterogeneity due to oligodendrocyte origin, and the sufficiency of molecules to control the number and size of myelin sheaths formed by oligodendrocytes. Our findings and future work illuminate how myelin sheaths are formed during brain and spinal cord development as well as what signals enhance myelin sheath formation. This research is of particular importance for developing future therapies for diseases of myelin loss, such as multiple sclerosis and leukodystrophies,” Bechler concludes. Source: MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine

How about wrinkle creams?

Research suggests that some wrinkle creams contain ingredients that may improve the appearance of wrinkles. But many of these ingredients haven’t undergone scientific research to prove this benefit. The American Academy of Dermatology says that over-the-counter wrinkle creams do little or nothing to reverse wrinkles. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved prescription tretinoin cream to treat aging skin. In addition, the FDA has also approved lasers for skin treatment. Tretinoin cream, which is a vitamin A derivative, is sold under the brand names such as Atralin, Avita, Renova, Retin-A and Tretin-X. Tretinoin cream is approved for reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles, roughness and dark spots. It will not eliminate wrinkles. It will not restore skin. Lasers remove layers of skin. Laser therapy is an outpatient treatment requiring anesthesia.

Ask The Healthy Geezer a question at: fred@healthygeezer.com

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 30 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 ddean@echerald.com. 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 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 look at the greatest miracle of all, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. All four Gospel’s; many of the Epistles; as well as a number of the Old Testament Books speak of the suffering; death; and resurrection of Jesus. Psalm 22; Isaiah 52 and 53 give precise descriptions of Jesus’ suffering. “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? ... But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All those who see Me ridicule Me; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, “He trusted in the LORD, let Him rescue Him; let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!...I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws;... They pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.” “Just as many were astonished at you, so His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men….He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. We see these and many more Old Testament prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ.” Now let’s look at the New Testament account of His death and resurrection from Matthew 27 “Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross. And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull, they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink. Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: “They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots… Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”… And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”… On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ “Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard. Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.” I do hope that you also realize that Jesus is no longer in the tomb, He is risen just as He said, worship Him this Easter Sunday.

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


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Welcomes Three New Family Members Wednesday, Apr. 5 • Alpine

ALPINE — Three lions, including a rare white lion, will make their home at the Lions, Tigers & Bears animal sanctuary in Alpine.,Wednesdy night, Apr. 5.. Bobbi Brink, founder and director of Lions, Tigers & Bears and her team made their way to the Los Angeles area to pick-up and transport twelve year-old white lion, Lufuno (Louie), and fourteen year-old sisters, Arusha and Zulu, to their new home at LTB. Leading up to their arrival, the LTB staff worked around the clock to finish their bedrooms so they could bring them to their new home. They are now working on building temporary runs for the lions while they continue to raise the funds for the fencing necessary to complete their habitat White lions, different from albinos, are a color mutation only found in one region of South Africa. There are fewer than 13 white lions like Louie left in the wild and only hundreds in captivity. Brink said in the past, the three siblings were forced to perform in live shows for a circus. “They’re trained animals, they’re from the entertainment,” she said. “They’ve done movies. They’ve been circus animals. They’ve been very well cared for, and the owner came to me a while ago and wanted me to take them. I told him I couldn’t because we didn’t have the habitat. We didn’t have the space for them.” But now, the sanctuary is building a $350,000 three-plus acre habitat where Louie and his sisters will live. In exchange, the owner signed a contract stating he will never again acquire exotic animals. He will also get visitation rights. Lions, Tigers & Bears is a 94-acre no kill, no breed, no sell sanctuary with more than 60 rescued animals. Every animal costs $10,000 per year to care for, including food and medical needs. The sanctuary’s total operating cost is about $1 million each year. It is one of only a few globally-accredited exotic animal sanctuaries in the country. “Every animal that we take is for life, so we’ve got to be prepared to provide for that animal for their life: big cats, 20 years, bears, 30 years, and we survive solely on donations and volunteer work,” Brink added. The public can visit Lions, Tigers & Bears by appointment Wednesday through Saturday, but Louie and his sisters will not make their debut until the sanctuary’s annual fundraiser on May 20. See page 15 of this edition for details on the annual fundraiser.

Photos courtesy Lions, Tigers & Bears

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce Presents the 3rd Annual

SPRING FLING BUSINESS EXPO 2017 Special Thank You To Our Sponsors

Come & Enjoy This Fun-Filled Evening Which Includes Great Food, Raffles and More! Beer and wine: $5.00 per glass. Soda and water: $1.00 each.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27th 5:00 PM to 8:00PM at the La Mesa Community Center

Meet Local Businesses

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Land Acquisition in East County Brings Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy One Step Closer to Their Vision of a Continuous Trail from the Mountains to the Ocean LAKESIDE — Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy (LRPC) closed escrow on the Caster Pond, 6.05 acres of wetland and riparian forest alongside the San Diego River in Lakeside, Friday, Apr. 7. This acquisition is a result of the long-standing partnership the Conservancy has with Serving Hands International, the philanthropic arm of The Caster Group. The $181,000 purchase was made possible through a grant from the State of California’s Environmental Enhancement Mitigation Program. “This acquisition enhances the ecological integrity of our local community while playing an important role for the future of recreation in San Diego County,” said Executive Director, Robin Rierdan. “I am pleased that we were able to protect this land from development pressures, and this will allow us to provide increased opportunities for people to enjoy it.” Known locally as the Caster Pond or Cactus Pond, the land is anchored by San Diego County’s Cactus Park and Cactus BMX Park, just east of Highway 67 in Lakeside. Prior to purchase, the Caster Pond was closed to the public and misused by trespassers for illegal activity. For many years, Serving Hands International has given the Conservancy right of entry permits, which has allowed volunteers to enter the property to remove trash, map invasive plant species and identify illegal camps. Once restored, the land will allow equestrians, hikers and mountain bikers access to the main San Diego River trail, in addition to the county’s bike path. It will also connect the East County Equestrian Foundation with the San Diego River Trail. “It is a critical link along the river that will connect two portions of the trail, and move us one step closer to reaching our goal of a 52-mile long trail from the mountains to the ocean,” said Rierdan. Part of the conservation efforts on the Caster Pond property will include removing non-native plant species like Arundo donax, which also lowers the risk of fire in East County. Preservation of the site will also help strengthen the diversity of wildlife that rely upon wetland habitats to survive. This includes many threatened and endangered bird species like the least Bell’s vireo, Vireo Bellii pusillus. This area is also part of the Pacific Flyway, and many migratory and wintering birds like the yellow-rumped warbler, Setophaga coronata, use this habitat for nesting, roosting and foraging.

The public is invited to enjoy the newly-acquired property in celebration of Earth Day at the 15th annual Creek to Bay Cleanup on Saturday, April 22, 9am-12pm. There will be an open house and a volunteer cleanup in partnership with I Love A Clean San Diego, the Kiwanis Club of San Diego, and the San Diego County Sheriff ’s Department. For those participating in the cleanup, please bring gloves, sunscreen and a water bottle. Please RSVP and sign up for Zone 4: East County, Lakeside – Vine Street. Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy was established in 2001. Our mission is to preserve and restore the biological integrity and beauty of the San Diego River while incorporating recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities for youth, seniors, families and citizens of East San Diego County.

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Certify Your Garden No matter how big or small... All you need in your garden is food, water, cover and a place to raise young. Most Alpine residents already have these requirements without doing anything extra. On May 1, 1999 Alpine was designated the Nation’s First Certified Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. In order to keep our designation we are required to continue to encourage Alpine residents to certify their gardens. Please fill out the application by going to nwf.org/certifytoday. When you do certify your garden let us know so we can include your garden with the More than 200 Certified Gardens in Alpine. Please send an email to WildlifeHabitats@aol.com or call 619-438-4829. Include your name, address, contact information and the date when you registered your garden to be certified. Lets Keep Those Critters Happy…

Thousands of Easter Eggs at Spring EGGstravaganza SANTEE — The City of Santee, and Santee Lakes present the 14th annual Spring Eggstravaganza at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve (Lake #5) on Saturday, April 15 from 9:00AM-3:00PM. Kids of all ages will enjoy a variety of games and activities including carnival rides, pony rides, petting zoo, inflatables, spring crafts and live entertainment by Primo DJ. Egg hunts run continuously during the event on Egg Hunt Island for children ages 4 through 8 and in the Egg Hunt Basket for those ages 3 and under. Parents, please be sure and bring your child’s basket for all of those eggs! Food will be available to purchase on site, or families are welcome to bring a picnic of their own to enjoy at the Park. Fees include parking at $10.00 per carload and carnival rides and activities range from one to six tickets at $1.00 a ticket. Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve is located at 9310 Fanita Parkway in Santee. Limited VIP packages are on sale at www.ci.santee.ca.us. For more information call the City of Santee Special Event hotline at 619-258-4100 ext 201.

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15-Year-Old Royal Ranger Given Highest Award

SDSU BEATwith Steve Dolan

SDSU Housing Coordinator Helps International Students

By Mariana Lanes

For The East County Herald LAKESIDE — Friends and family gathered at Lakeside Christian Church earlier this month to celebrate 15-year-old Noah Pauley for receiving the Gold Medal of Achievement with the Royal Rangers, the highest possible honor that can be bestowed upon a Royal Ranger. California State Senator Joel Anderson provided a Senate certificate of recognition to Pauley for his completion of the program as well as to honor the hard work and dedication to the community Pauley has demonstrated over the years. Anderson shared, “Noah shows great leadership at such a young age. I am confident he will continue to do great things for our community and beyond.” At the celebration, Pauley reflected on the impact the Royal Rangers has had on him and his family, as well as the service Pauley has contributed to the community surrounding him. Over the years, Pauley has spent hundreds of hours doing community cleanups and other service projects. His compassion and service-driven mentality has positively affected those around him. Pauley received the highest regards from his peers stating that Pauley is a great leader and outstanding in his work. A disabled senior shared that Pauley and his family provided help and care for him without any hesitation. When asked what drove Noah to stick with the program and serve the community, Pauley shared, “I have had a lot of fun experiences with the Royal Rangers. The program has given me confidence in myself.” Pauley also shared that

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participating in the Royal Rangers allowed him to grow in his faith.

ince joining the staff of SDSU’s American Language Institute in 2011, Tuyen Nguyen has helped nurture thousands of incoming students. Tuyen spent her first year working at the ALI front desk, answering a variety of questions from students coming to the ALI from throughout the world. Today, she serves students by working as housing director for the ALI, a division of SDSU’s College of Extended Studies, helping hundreds of students each semester find a place to live. “I love working with students,” she said. “Not all of them come here with a high level of English proficiency. You have to learn how to be patient and not get frustrated. I’m glad I started at the front desk and gained an appreciation for the international crowd.” Tuyen now keeps in constant communication with worldwide students to make sure they are comfortable where they live and that everything is right in their living quarters. “I like my team and the people I work with at ALI,” Tuyen said. “Things are ever-changing. You never do the same thing over and over again.” Tuyen, who’s expecting her first child in September, was born in the Philippines from parents of Vietnamese descent. She spent the first year of her life in the Philippines before moving to Orange County in Southern California. In her final two years of high school, Tuyen played badminton and enjoyed running and basketball, but her primary focus was on studying. She was also a member of volunteer service clubs on campus. Tuyen was a marketing major at SDSU, also working as a student assistant for the Department of Public Safety on campus. She later was employed by T-Mobile. “I enjoy SDSU and higher education,” she said. “I knew that I wanted to work in an educational setting. I enjoy helping students get to where they need to be.” Tuyen stays in frequent communication with her mother and aunt, the only two of eight children in their family who do not live in Vietnam. Tuyen also stays in touch with numerous relatives in Asia. Her last visit to Vietnam was 10 years ago to Ho Chi Minh City. “I enjoy the countryside where my family lives,” she said. “The beaches and the weather are very nice.” The same can be said for San Diego, an area that has provided her with a great living in the USA.

Dolan hosts a one-hour sports talk radio show Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on East County’s “The Mountain – 107.9 FM.” The show may also be heard on the Internet at www.themountainfm.com

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Bettie Wells named GHD representative to Grossmont Hospital board

El Cajon resident Bettie Wells has been appointed to serve on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC) board of directors as a representative of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). GHC is the legal entity for the hospital lease agreement between Sharp HealthCare and GHD, the East County public agency that serves as landlord of the hospital on behalf of taxpayers. Wells, a psychological therapist, will serve on the GHC board as a representative of GHD board member Virginia Hall, who was elected to the GHD board in November. Wells, a San Diego native, was born at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa and was raised in East County. She attended El Cajon schools, including W.D. Hall Elementary School, Madison Avenue Elementary, Montgomery Middle School and Granite Hills High School (class of 1984). She has a bachelor’s degree in human development from San Diego Christian College and a master’s in counseling psychology from Southern California Seminary. Wells has more than 20 years of experience in counseling and social work. Her career has included working as a case manager at Paradise Valley Hospital preparing psychological evaluations and working with families and caregivers on discharge planning and ongoing treatment options. She has operated her own therapy and counseling practice as a licensed psychological assistant. She also has volunteered as a counselor at San Diego Rescue Mission and Veteran’s Village San Diego. A longtime member of Skyline Church in La Mesa, Wells is currently a candidate for ministerial ordination in the Wesleyan Church denomination, as well as a doctoral candidate in psychology from Southern California Seminary. After finishing course work, she is currently writing her dissertation. As a member of GHC, Wells also will serve on its Finance Committee, according to Dave Grundstrom, GHC

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chair. GHC, a non-profit corporation, has operational responsibility of the 540-bed Grossmont Hospital on behalf of Sharp HealthCare. The 15-member GHC board consists of Sharp HealthCare leaders, physicians, community leaders and GHD board members or their designees. Among its many responsibilities, the GHC board oversees, evaluates and recommends proactive quality measures and performance initiatives for all quality improvement activities throughout the hospital. Wells is married to El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells. They have three grown children and three grandsons.

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The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has awarded a $20,000 grant to Champions for Health, a local nonprofit formerly known as the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation. The grant will support Project Access San Diego (PASD), the flagship program of Champions for Health. PASD helps low-income, uninsured patients receive specialized medical care through a network of volunteer physicians, hospitals, surgery centers and other ancillary health services. Since PASD began in 2008, donated care provided by PASD volunteers and healthcare providers has exceeded $13 million in value, according to Barbara Mandel, CEO of Champions for Health. Mandel said a recent patient underwent a mastectomy, radiation and chemotherapy, but did not qualify for reconstructive surgery since her insurance benefits had expired. In service to the patient, a PASD volunteer physician performed the reconstructive surgery pro bono, which restored the patient’s well-being and self esteem.

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 2016 Annual Report to the Community. The Annual Report highlights activity during the 2016 calendar year on several taxpayer-funded hospital construction projects financed by the Proposition G bond measure that voters approved in 2006. The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC) consists of uncompensated East County residents who are monitoring how the public agency Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending bond proceeds on construction projects at the publicly-owned hospital. The ICBOC 2016 Annual Report is available online at www.grossmonthealthcare. org/ICBOC. In the report’s cover letter to citizens, ICBOC chairman Glen Sparrow writes, “Transparency is a top ICBOC priority. As of January 2017, all bonds have been sold and all contracts have been awarded to complete Prop G construction.” Sparrow also notes in his letter that independent auditors returned with an “unqualified” opinion for 2016, which “indicates a clean bill of financial health with no deficiencies or inconsistencies in internal controls or compliance.” The report also includes updates on construction projects over the past year, including the new $60 million Central Energy Plant that was completed in 2016. The report states: “The hospital is now no longer solely reliant on the SDG&E power grid, generating nearly 100 percent of its electricity on site. Even in the event of an outage or other emergency, the hospital will continue to operate as needed.” Also completed in 2016 was the $61.6 million Heart and Vascular (H&V) Center building. Full occupancy of the 71,000-squarefoot building will commence with the $10.2 million buildout of the Level 1 Surgery Floor. Construction is currently underway. Completion is scheduled for 2018. The report also includes a chart of Prop G expenditures through January 2017 with a comparison between the budget and actual expenditures.


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