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Jay Renard / The East County Herald SANTEE — Santee – Wednesday April 6, was the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for the Smart & Final Extra store located at 9870 Magnolia Ave. On hand to welcome Smart & Final to Santee were representatives from Congressman Duncan Hunter’s office, Assemblyman Brian Jones’s office, Santee Chamber of Commerce, and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Councilman Ronn Hall and Councilman Rob McNelis presented Smart & Final with Certificate of Recognition. Smart & Final donated $2500 to Santee Santas and Santee American Basketball.

Viejas Partners with REACH Air Above, from left: Viejas Tribal Councilman Adrian M. Brown and Assemblymember Adam Gray at The Grove Steakhouse at Viejas Casino & Resort. ALPINE — California Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-21st District, Merced) made a long trip from the Central Valley to visit The Viejas Caino & Resort, Friday, Apr. 8. Day is Chair of the influential Governmental Organization Committee and has been a champion for local water rights and agriculture. The committee’s primary jurisdictions include alcohol, Indian gaming, horseracing, gambling, tobacco, public records, open meetings laws, state holidays, outdoor advertising and emergency services/natural disasters (this can be shared with the Housing and Community Development Committee and Local Government Committee).

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ALPINE — The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) recently opened a new helicopter base on the Viejas Reservation. Helicopter services will provide lifesaving medical support to local communities, as well as offer secondary support to REACH bases in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties. “We value our partnership with REACH and we are thankful for the opportunity to play a part in expanding medical services to San Diego families,” commented Viejas Tribal Chairman Robert Welch. Viejas’ REACH Helicopter Ribbon Cutting was scheduled for Friday, Apr. 8. However, due to Inclimate weather, the ribbon cutting has been postponed. Date to be announced.

EL CAJON — El Cajon and Rancho San Diego crown new royalty at Greenfield Middle School, Saturday, Apr.9. Cover: Jay Renard / The East County Herald Cover design: Steve Hamann/ The East County Herald

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El Cajon Walks! Receives Honors By Amanda Richie

For The East County Herald EL CAJON — On St. Patrick’s Day last month, the City of El Cajon, in collaboration with Circulate San Diego and El Cajon Collaborative, held the first “El Cajon Walks!” event. This walking series is taking place throughout 2016 in El Cajon to promote pedestrian safety. State Senator Joel Anderson thanked everyone who worked to put on this event, and provided Circulate SD with a Senate certificate of recognition. Anderson added, “El Cajon Walks! is a wonderful demonstration of how citizens can come together and promote public safety and improve their own community.” Circulate SD and City of El Cajon’s “Pedestrian Safety Education and Encouragement Campaign” includes several community events, pedestrian safety courses for children and the meetup walking group known as “El Cajon Walks!”, and is funded by a grant from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Paola Boylan, Project Coordinator for Circulate SD explained the goal of the walk series when she said, “Getting people out in the community, because when there are more people out, [drivers] will be more vigilant of pedestrians and slow down.” The main focus of El Cajon Walks! as declared by Brian Gaze, Program Manager for Circulate SD is on what is called “the four E’s”: engineering, enforcement, education and encouragement. There is engineering which involves new crosswalks or improving traf-

Above, from left: Representative from California Senator Joel Anderson’s office, Delia Cannon with Circulate San Diego Program Manager, Brian Gaze. fic signals, enforcement that is under the realm of the police department, education which is working to educate the community and encouragement done through getting people to get out there and walk. With such beautiful weather, “El Cajon Walks!” wants to begin getting people to get out in their city and walk together, building a greater sense of community. The hope of all of those who have worked together for this

event is that more join in at each walk and will reach out to others so that it can continue to grow and help make their community a safer place for pedestrians. The walking group meets every other Thursday, 5 p.m. with the next walk being Apr. 14. The group meets at Sprouts Farmers Market, and all are welcome to attend. To find out more about upcoming walks, visit www.meetup.com and search “El Cajon Walks!”.

ravel back in time to the mid-1980s, when California’s insurance rates for both cars and property were nearly the highest in America and climbing fast. Back then, the state insurance commissioner, who could have stopped much of the price acceleration, was appointed by the governor. Then, in 1988, a consumer group called the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights and its leader, attorney Harvey Rosenfield, changed all that. The group ran the Proposition 103 ballot initiative and turned the insurance commissioner into an elected official. Bingo! Since then, California insurance rates have risen slower than those in any other state, but coverage remains as good as anywhere. The corruption and safety scandals of the last few years demonstrate that it’s high time to regulate utility companies in this state as firmly as insurance companies, and to make utility regulators responsible to the public and the voters just like the elected insurance commissioner. For today, with California’s electric and gas utility prices eighth highest in the nation, trailing only the inaccessible likes of Alaska and Hawaii, plus a few northeastern states like New York and Connecticut, utility rates are climbing as fast as insurance premiums once did. No one can doubt anymore that Californians are beset by flawed utility regulation which even now favors big energy distributors over their customers. Corruption scandals come thick and fast for the state’s Public Utilities Commission, with power over both electric and gas rates and the safety of pipelines and power plants. So this commission has failed abysmally, especially in recent years when lax regulation allowed disasters like the recent months-long methane gas leak at Porter Ranch in Los Angeles, the 2012 failure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and the fatal 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno. In each case decided so far, consumers have had to foot most of the bills for the shortcomings and blunders of their energy suppliers. But Gov. Jerry Brown, who appointed all five present utility commissioners, says not a negative word about his appointees past or present, nor has he tried to rein them in, even after some admitted conflicts of interest. In the last two years, about the only thing he’s had to say about the PUC came when former commission President Michael Peevey left office in disgrace at the end of 2014, just after his collusion with Southern California Edison Co. on who would pay for the San Onofre closure was proven. “At least he got things done,” Brown observed. Yes, and Benito Mussolini made the trains run on time. The PUC’s most recent pro-utility move: It refused even to read a request from the Consumer Watchdog advocacy group for a public investigation into the Porter Ranch gas leak, which forced a months-long evacuation of about 4,000 families. This was a blatant violation of the California constitution, which guarantees the right to petition public officials. In a sane world, all this would lead to taking the PUC down a peg or three from its exalted position, where members cannot be dismissed even by the governor who appointed them and their decisions can’t be questioned in ordinary courts. “This is as bad or worse than things were with insurance rates,” says Rosenfield, who still often represents Consumer Watchdog (new name of the outfit he started). “We need to make the PUC accountable to the public and not a puppet of the governor. Commissioners need to understand they work for consumers, not the utilities.” Added Jamie Court, now head of Consumer Watchdog, “I would like to recall the current commissioners, but that can’t be done. There’s no doubt the corruption at the PUC would not exist if commissioners were elected, or if there were just one elected commissioner.” So Court says he would support a 2018 initiative making the state’s utility regulator(s) elected, and would run the campaign for it “if we can raise enough money.” He says any such measure, like Proposition 103, would also need to impose other rules to open all records to the public and to make rate-case hearings more accessible. With a governor unwilling to say, let alone do, anything about the corrupt commissioners he’s appointed, the time has arrived for voters to take things into their own hands. 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 tdelias@aol.com


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Living with MS with Dee Dean

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verybody has a headache occasionally; however, people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are much more prone to migraine-like or cluster headaches than the general population. Up to 58 percent of people with MS experience chronic or recurring headaches, compared to 16.5 percent of the general population. Of course, almost everyone (over 90 percent of people, MS or not) gets occasional headaches. Headaches are a mystery. But when they occur in someone experiencing MS, their causes are a bit more clear. Lesions, depression, or specific medications can all be possible triggers.

Types of MS-Related Headaches

There are three types of headache that are directly associated with MS: – Migraines are more common in people with relapsing-remitting MS. They last between four and 12 hours and tend to be: • Preceded by an aura (blurry or distorted vision signaling that a headache is about to begin) or prodrome symptoms (including fatigue, hunger or anxiety) • Throbbing on one or both sides of the head • Accompanied by sensitivity to light or sound • Typically accompanied by nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite • Followed by residual pain and discomfort Some people find that a long nap — five or more hours — following a migraine helps relieve some residual symptoms. – Cluster headaches begin as a severe burning or stinging sensation on one side of the nose or deep in one eye. They tend to last only 15 minutes or as long as 3 hours. Characteristically, the pain: • Peaks rapidly • Feels like electric shocks or “explosions” in or behind the eye • Occurs only on one side of the face • Comes on without warning (unlike many migraines) • Tends to recur at the same time every day (often soon after

falling asleep), usually for a period of several weeks • Can cause eye to water, nose to run, or eyelid to droop • Completely resolves after headache (until next headache) – Tension-type headaches are the most common in the general population. Their duration can be 30 minutes to all day, and: • Rarely causing severe pain, more often moderate or mild • Feel like a constant, bandlike aching or squeezing sensation that is either right over the eyebrows or encircling the head • Come on gradually • Can happen any part of the day, but usually occurs in the latter part of the day

What Causes Headaches in People with MS?

Many different things can cause headaches in people with MS, including: • Lesions: A study looking at 277 MS patients suggested an association between number of midbrain lesions and migraine headaches. Interestingly, cluster headaches in people with MS have also been shown to be linked with lesions in this area of the brain, where the trigeminal nerve, which is also called the fifth cranial nerve, originates. This is the nerve that is involved in the other “most painful MS symptom” – trigeminal neuralgia or tic doloureux. • Optic Neuritis: Headaches are also common during episodes of optic neuritis. These headaches are usually only on one side and worsen when then eyes are moved. • Depression: Depression, a very common MS symptom, has also been associated with headaches in people with MS. Depression and migraine headaches are both linked to low serotonin levels. • Medication Side Effects: The interferon-based disease-modifying therapies — Rebif, Betaseron and Avonex — can cause headaches or make pre-existing headaches worse. Provigil, Symmetrel and other drugs used for fatigue also have headaches as a primary side effect.

How Severe Can Headaches Get?

Headaches can be extremely

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disabling. Migraine headaches can be incredibly painful, and the accompanying light and sound sensitivity can lead to people withdrawing to a quiet, dark space for hours at a time. Even when the migraine has passed, people are often left with residual symptoms — called the postdome phase — which include fatigue, irritability, problems concentrating and dizziness. Cluster headaches are often described by people as the worst pain they could ever imagine, akin to “a burning ice pick being plunged into their eye.” The pain from cluster headaches causes many people to fall on the floor, pull at their hair, bang their heads on the wall, rock back and forth, scream and weep. Although the pain from cluster headaches resolves — it has no lingering effect like with migraines — people often feel completely exhausted after each headache. Just as disabling as the headaches is the fear and dread that people feel, knowing there is a good chance that another one is coming within hours or the next day. This anxiety can interfere with daily activities or social contact, as well as lead to insomnia, as people avoid falling asleep.

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 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 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, “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 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 move on to what He covered next in Mark 13:4-23. “So when you see the “abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not” (let the reader understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down into the house, nor enter to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter. For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be. And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days. “Then if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Christ!’ or, “Look, He is there!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.” The focus of this section is known in Scripture as “the abomination of desolation (or that makes desolation)”. Jesus is quoting from the prophet Daniel, taking from something he wrote centuries prior, though Daniel mentions this 3 times in 3 chapters we will use what he says in 9:27, “Then he will confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he will bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abomination he shall be one who makes desolate, even unto the consummation which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.” There are a variety of views on what and when this “abomination of desolation” is. We will consider three of the most popular. First, it was when the Romans came into the Temple after Jesus mentioned this prophecy and set up their images. The second view is that it already occurred when Antiochus Epiphanes IV ruled Syria, and he desolated the temple by sacrificing a sow, making a broth of its carcass and scattering it about the sanctuary. He burned the Torah, forbad circumcision, and in 167BC, dedicated the temple to Jupiter Olympium, or Zeus, whose incarnation he claimed to be. The final view is that it is yet to take place when the Temple is rebuilt and sacrifices are once again performed and the he who is known as anti-christ comes into this Temple; proclaims to be god and demands to be worshiped. Jesus warns the inhabitants of Jerusalem that when they see this happening they should get out of town fast and not look back because Jerusalem would be destroyed. The question we must consider is why did God allow Jerusalem to suffer such a fate. The answer of course can be found in the Word of God the Bible. Even though God had brought the people of Israel into the Land flowing with milk and honey; blessed them beyond all measure just as He said He would do, the people rejected God over and over again, worshiping idols and the work of their own hands. God sent prophet after prophet to confront them in their sin but the people killed most of the prophets; finally God sent His own son, Jesus Christ and Him they also abused and murdered.

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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Thinking Of Adopting A New Pet? EL CAJON — The El Cajon Animal Shelter has a variety of dogs, cats and kittens to choose from! If you are looking to adopt a pet, or have lost your pet, please stop by the shelter, 1275 N. Marshall, and see the dogs and cats in the adoption center. The shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please call us at (619) 441-1580.


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SDSU BEATwith Steve Dolan San Diego Resident Donates to OLLI at SDSU

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hen Kevin Staff considers he has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for nearly 35 years, he is impressed by people who never stop learning. That’s why he decided to donate posthumously 20 percent of his estate to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SDSU for individuals 50 years of age and better. “I believe in lifelong learning and using your mind,” he said. “If you don’t use it, it atrophies.” Staff is a native San Diegan and sees this community as “a very special place.” He graduated in 1973 from Crawford High School, just up the road from SDSU. During six subsequent years working in administration for the U.S. Army, he first earned an associate’s degree from George Washington University. Later, he completed night courses while in the military and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland in Frankfurt, Germany. Staff then studied abroad one year in Peru as an SDSU graduate student in linguistics before teaching in Sapporo, Japan, from 198487. From there, he spent a year helping establish an ESL program in Guadalajara, Mexico, before spending the next eight years teaching primarily to Panasonic employees in Osaka, Japan. After a year of being “semi-retired” in Prescott, Ariz., he came back to San Diego for good in 1997, spending his first summer teaching at SDSU’s American Language Institute. He taught at Palomar College from 1997-2015 and currently is teaching at Cuyamaca College, where he has been since 2002. During it all, the “Aztec for Life” alumni member never forgot about SDSU. Staff discussed his possible donation with the SDSU Alumni Association before deciding that OLLI was the best way to go. “When I turned 60 last year, it was time to draw up my living trust,” he said. “I was aware that OLLI existed at SDSU. To me, this was something good to do.” According to Staff, he would like to possibly organize a religious workshop each year through OLLI. His mother, an active member at the family’s lifelong church of Faith Presbyterian, worked as a secretary in the School of Social Work at SDSU. “At Cuyamaca College, I am teaching Chaldean Christians alongside Muslims,” he said. “For the most part, they try to get along. They all left places that are not good. “Different religions seem to have similarities. Can’t we all agree to disagree and get along?” By leaving part of his legacy through OLLI at SDSU, Staff will help ensure that people 50 and better have a place for great classes and discussions. To learn more visit neverstoplearning.net/osher, call 619-594-2863, or email osher@mail.sdsu.edu.

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 Sen. Joel Anderson sets `Community Coffee’ meeting in El Cajon

California Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) will listen to constituents and invite ideas to improve state government at a “Community Coffee” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 14, at the El Cajon Police Department’s Community Room, 100 Civic Center Way, El Cajon. The free event, open to the public, will be hosted by El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells. “My top priority is making government work for you,” said Anderson. “This will be an opportunity to hear directly from my constituents about their needs, opinions and legislative ideas to make state government more effective and efficient. In addition, my district staff will be on hand to help constituents resolve any issues they may have with a state agency.” For more information, contact Anderson’s El Cajon district office at (619) 596-3136, or visit www.senate.ca.gov/anderson. RSVPs are requested to (619) 596-3136. Anderson’s 38th Senate district includes Poway, Santee, El Cajon, La Mesa and most of East San Diego County. He was first elected to the state Assembly in 2006 and to the state Senate in 2010.

Santee Chamber hosting inaugural SanTee golf tourney

The Santee Chamber of Commerce will present its first-ever San-Tee Golf Tournament from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, at the Steele Canyon Golf Club, 3199 Stonefield Dr., Jamul. Cost to play is $150 per individual golfer or $550 for a foursome. The cost includes green fees, box lunch, business networking and a tri-tip barbecue dinner during the awards ceremony. The tournament will benefit the Santee Chamber and its programs and services provided to members and East County residents. Also included at the event will be raffle prizes and tee games. Check-in

begins at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at noon. Sponsors include Excell Security, Lloyd’s Collision Center and Paint Center, Toyota of El Cajon, Enterprise Rent-ACar, Allegiance Heating & Air Conditioning, Walter Andersen Nursery, Whitney Promotions, Walmart and GTM Discount General Stores. Tournament sponsorships are still available. Alicia Kell, Sharp Business Systems, is serving as the Santee Chamber’s golf committee chair. For more information, contact Sandy Schmitt, president/CEO, Santee Chamber, at (619) 4496572, or sandy@santeechamber.com.

Grossmont Healthcare District to award 36 scholarships

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, will award $81,000 in scholarships to 36 high school students who have expressed interest in a career as a healthcare professional. The scholarships will be presented at GHD’s Friday, April 15 board meeting. The students from 18 high schools in the East County were selected by school administrators for their academic excellence, outstanding citizenship and a desire to improve our world in the healthcare field. Two students from each high school will receive either a $3,000 or $1,500 check from GHD at the end of their first semester of college contingent on completing at least nine units with a grade point average of 2.0 or better, according to GHD 2016 board president Robert “Bob” Ayres. “We applaud these specially selected students who have demonstrated great potential in leading the next generation and shaping the future of healthcare,” said Ayres. “We are proud to invest in America’s youth and encourage these young adults as they continue their studies in the healthcare field with the goal of serving

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in the workforce of tomorrow. We look forward to their future success through college and beyond.” The students include (name of the high school follows the two students’ names): Mikaela Patterson, Taylor Lynch, Christian; Lenda Lawrence, Maryam Shaoo, El Cajon Valley; Vivian Maldonado, Ahtziri Gallegos-Enriquez, El Capitan; Nevea Atherton, Elizabeth Williamson, Foothills Christian; Andy Yousif, Kaylie Hildebrand, Granite Hills; Jazmin Morales, Halee Scott, Grossmont; Nancy Tomka, Sara Froomin, Grossmont Middle College; Diondr’Ya Taylor, Jessica Irvine, Helix Charter; Allison Hale, Rachel Jensen, Liberty Charter; Jolissa Manuel, Bethany Mudge, Monte Vista; Brandol Camacho Frasco, Francis Evangelista, Mount Miguel; Eder Lomeli, Alexandra Denlinger, Mountain Empire; Kailey Archuleta, Georgina Fang, Patrick Henry; Cordelia HolsonbackMaster, Jenelle Yaldo, River Valley Charter; Michael Chase, Catelyn Renna, Santana; Allison Hall, Alexander Rodriguez, Steele Canyon Charter; Salam Allahwerdy, Regina Mansour, Valhalla; Savannah Fakhouri, Dakota Betz,West Hills. GHD has honored local high school students interested in a healthcare career with scholarship grants since 1999. Over the years, hundreds of local high school students have received individual scholarships totaling more than $1 million. The Grossmont Healthcare District, formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, serves as landlord of Sharp Grossmont Hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of East County taxpayers. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to fouryear terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles in San Diego’s East County. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.


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La Mesa Chamber of Commerce Spring Fling Business Expo Come & meet local Chamber businesses & have the chance to win one of over 40 FREE doorprizes! Date: Thursday, Apr. 28, Time: 5:30-8 p.m. Place: La Mesa Community Center 4975 Memorial Drive La Mesa, CA 91942 Admission: $10.00 per person – Includes food from over 10 local restaurants! Beer, wine, soft drinks, and water are available for purchase. Join us for this fun-filled evening, which includes great food, good conversation, raffles, and more! Sponsored by: American Medical Response, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World, The East County Herald, Community Spectrum, SDG&E, and Welcome Wagon. Visit lamesachamber.com for more details!


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