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Grossmont College Police Academy Cadet Lakeside Volunteers Participate in on track to become a rookie cop at age 73 the 16th Annual ‘Creek to Bay Day’

EL CAJON — Brian Duncan (pictured, right) has wanted to be a cop for as long as he could remember, but for the 73-year-old El Cajon resident, that wish has remained an unrequited dream. At least until now. He is one of 15 cadets to be graduating Friday from Grossmont College’s 32nd Police Academy and he has his sights set next on joining the El Cajon Police Department as a reserve officer. “Back when I was just starting out I was told I was too short and because I didn’t have 20-20 vision, I didn’t have the requirements to become a cop – back then, you just had to accept that and try for something else,” he said. For Duncan, something else was to become a deputy clerk at San Diego Superior Court downtown, a job he held for 28 years. But the dream of joining the ranks of law enforcement never receded and he went on to study prelaw at Southwestern College and to earn a bachelor’s in criminal justice from National University. At age 61, he began volunteering as a member of the El Cajon Police Department’s Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol – RSVP – assisting with duties such as traffic control, parking enforcement and home security checks for residents away on vacation. “I’ve enjoyed it very much and people have been urging me to expand my service as a reserve officer, despite my age,” Duncan said. Last September, he enrolled in Grossmont College’s Police Academy, which is offered every other fall and concludes six months later with graduates becoming POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training)-certified and having the qualifications to become reserve officers. Some continue their training at Miramar College, which offers the advanced certification to qualify for employment as full-fledged police officers. Tina Young, coordinator of Grossmont College’s Administration of Justice program, said law enforcement agencies rely on police academies like Grossmont’s not only for training, but to staff services like Search and Rescue which relies heavily on the ranks of the reserve. “Police departments couldn’t find many of our lost without their reserve officers,” she said. Family and work commitments make it a hardship for many law enforcement recruits to complete the 389 hours of training all at once. The modular format offered at Grossmont allows students to train in segments in evening and Saturday classes and to pay the fees in smaller bites. Duncan said the training he’s received at Grossmont College has exceeded his expectations and he is looking forward to applying for a slot as a reserve

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officer. Even though it is an unpaid position, the requirements to become a reserve officer are nearly as tough as what’s needed to become a fulltime cop. Duncan expresses confidence that he’s well-prepared. “The academy training I have received has been excellent and the instructors are just terrific, with many of them working as sworn officers and teaching classes at the same time,” he said. On a recent Saturday, the Police Academy cadets took part in a daylong practice and evaluation exercise where they completed several training scenarios such as landlord/tenant disputes, encounters with mentally unstable subjects threatening violence, conducting building searches and making vehicle stops. Roberto Lemus, a retired Chula Vista officer and soon-to-be coordinator of Grossmont College’s Police Academy; Sarah Sutter, a nine-

year member of the San Diego Police Department and training officer in Grossmont’s Administration of Justice program; and Keith Sears, a retired member of the La Mesa Police Department, current San Diego City Attorney investigator and also an adjunct AOJ instructor, observed and graded the cadets as they completed the scenarios. Community volunteers stood in as suspects and people of interest. “These training scenarios are a really good way for the cadets to put what they learn in the classroom into action,” Sears said. “For the cadets, it’s their first taste of what they will be encountering soon enough in real life.” Grossmont College’s Police Academy graduation is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Apr. 27, in Griffin Gate, Building 60. The next cohort of Police Academy cadets will be starting in fall 2019. For more information, go to the AOJ webpage and click on the police academy link.

LAKESIDE — Community members of Lakeside joined forces with I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) for the 16th Annual “Creek to Bay Day” in celebration of Earth Day where they continued to help clean the Cactus Pond, Saturday morning, Apr 21. I Love A Clean San Diego aims to lead and inspire the community to preserve and improve the environment. Organizations, such as ILACSD and Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy, educate and connect youth and adults on the importance of having a clean environment. “I think it’s really important for people in the community to participate and be an active participant in keeping [the environment] clean and keeping it presentable,” says Alisha Cutrin—organizer of the event and safety coordinator for Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy. She added, “When you put time and effort into something, it becomes more personal to you, and you have more of a commitment, love and appreciation for it.” In order to create a safe and public area for Lakeside residents, volunteers worked to remove any waste or garbage that contributes to a polluted environment. Volunteer member, Jennifer Young, commented, “We want to show our son, he’s eight years old, how much better it is to have clean parts and clean areas and what it is to volunteer and dedicate your time to bettering the world.” California State Senator Joel Anderson provided Senate certificates of recognition to all the volunteers who participated in this year’s Earth Day celebration. “The annual Creek to Bay Day celebration of Earth Day is a superb example of neighbors coming together to help improve our community. I’m grateful for the engaged participants in Lakeside and it’s my honor to recognize their spirit of volunteerism,” praised Anderson.

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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 Travis Allen: Green Lawns, Long Showers For All?


ravis Allen chortles as he boasts that “We took back America in 2016,” then adds the bold and seemingly unlikely prediction that “We’ll take back California this year.” Allen believes President Trump is making America great again, just as his campaign slogan promised, and he pledges to “make California the nation’s greatest state again, too.” His plan for doing this starts with a planned social and traditional media campaign “including 13 million pieces of mail” during May, a month when many voters will already have primary election ballots in their hands. Even though fellow Republican John Cox, a businessman who moved from Illinois to San Diego County in 2011, has run ahead of him in several polls this spring, Allen happily notes that “It’s within the margin of error and he’s spent millions of dollars more.” He firmly believes “there is a silent majority” that will back any Republican who makes it into the November runoff election, where he expects Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom as the other contestant. “This is a race I will win,” Allen declared in an interview. “We Californians have been pushed too far by California Democrats. They’ve gone too far with the gasoline tax increase, their sanctuary state law and all their other crazy laws.” Allen, a three-term assemblyman and dedicated surfer from Huntington Beach seeking to become the first person to move directly from the Assembly to the governor’s office, has a fivepoint plan for actions to begin the moment he takes office. His first priority, he says, will be to cut taxes, starting with the gasoline tax increase. Central to his campaign is a repeal initiative likely to reach voters in November. Next, he says, he will “make California safe again by getting tough on crime.” He wants to reverse three recent measures some call soft on crime, including the prison realignment plan begun in 2011 that has seen thousands of state prisoners sent back to their home counties for either parole or time in local jails. Allen would also try to reverse the Proposition 47 and Proposition 57 changes in crime classifications which made misdemeanors out of many former felonies. He pledges to fix the state’s roads and expand freeways without raising taxes or cutting important programs, though he has some trouble specifying how he’d do that. Again, he says the first step is rolling back the 12-cent gasoline tax increase in effect since last year. Allen also promises to “fix our broken education system. We used to have the best public schools in America, and (current Gov.) Jerry Brown’s funding increases for them are not working. Parents must be given the right to send their kids to the very best public schools and charter schools. And we need to test kids early and often to see how we’re doing. No longer will every child get a trophy just for participating.” Allen’s other top priority, he says, would be to “complete the state Water Project by building more water storage up and down the state.” He complains that “Brown’s water board is holding up bond money that’s already approved. When I’m governor, every Californian will have a green lawn and take long showers.” A lower priority, but still vital, he says, will be solving homelessness, an extremely touchy subject in his Orange County district. “The policies of California Democrats have led to the explosion of homelessness where we have people sleeping under bridges and on sidewalks at an alarming rate.” But he says the problem won’t be solved by anything like SB 827, a current proposal from Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco to mandate dense housing near transit stations. “Californians want the ability to own a single-family home and there’s plenty of open space in the state to provide that,” Allen insists. To win, he says, all he must do is get on the November ballot and then draw the same 4.4 million state voters who backed President Trump in 2016. Trouble is, this doesn’t account for the 8.7 million who went for Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton. Allen has a very steep task, but he’s undaunted so far. “I’ll win,” he insists. Note: One in an ongoing series of interviews with significant candidates for governor of California.

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 How Successful is Hip Replacement?


. I’m considering having a hip replaced. What are the odds that this operation will work?


. The American Academy of

Orthopaedic Surgeons says joint replacement surgery is successful in more than nine out of 10 people. And replacement of a hip or knee lasts at least 20 years in about 80 percent of those who have the surgery. In the procedure, an arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint called a “prosthesis.” Artificial joints are medical devices, which must be cleared or approved by the FDA before they can be marketed in the United States The goal of surgery is to relieve the pain in the joint caused by the damage done to cartilage, the tissue that serves as a protective cushion and allows smooth, lowfriction movement of the joint. Total joint replacement is considered if other treatment options will not bring relief. In an arthritic knee, the damaged ends of the bones and cartilage are replaced with metal and plastic surfaces that are shaped to restore knee function. In an arthritic hip, the damaged ball and socket of this joint are replaced by a metal ball and plastic socket. Several metals are usually used, including stainless steel, alloys of cobalt and chrome, and titanium. The plastic material is durable and wear-resistant polyethylene. The two most common joints requiring this form of surgery are the knee and hip, which are weight-bearing. But replacements can also be performed on other joints, including the ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow and fingers. After total hip or knee replacement you will often stand and begin walking the day after surgery. Initially, you will walk with a walker, crutches or a cane. Most patients have some temporary pain in the replaced joint because the surrounding muscles are weak from inactivity and the tissues are healing, but it will end in a few weeks or months. Exercise is an important part of the recovery process. After your surgery, you may be permitted to play golf, walk and dance. However, more strenuous sports, such as tennis or running, may be discouraged. There can be complications from joint-replacement surgery. These include infection, blood clots, loosening of the prosthesis, dislocation of the joint, excessive wear, prosthetic breakage and nerve injury. There are remedies for all of these complications, but sometimes the correction will take more surgery. Surgeons are refining techniques and developing new ones such as minimal-incision surgery. In this type of surgery, smaller incisions are used. Minimal incisions reduce trauma, pain and hospital stays. Not all patients are candidates for minimal-incision surgery. There is a surgical alternative to total hip replacement. It’s called hip resurfacing. The primary difference in hip resurfacing is that the surgeon doesn’t remove the ball at the top of the thigh bone. Instead, the damaged ball is reshaped, and then a metal cap is anchored over it. Hip resurfacing, unlike hip replacement, preserves enough bone to permit a total replacement if it is necessary later. Resurfacing is not recommended for patients with osteoporosis, a disease that makes bones porous and vulnerable to fractures. Some healthcare experts advise getting a replacement hip joint, not a resurfacing, if you are older than 65.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

An International Team of Experts Have Made Groundbreaking Insights Into How Inflammatory Diseases Work


new development could, in time, lead to new treatments for a range of diseases caused by inflammation, including sepsis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis and Multiple Sclerosis. The team, led by Professor Paul Moynagh, Professor of Immunology at the WellcomeWolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast alongside Researchers from the WellcomeWolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s, Dr Alice Dubois and Dr Rebecca Ingram found that a protein called Pellino 2 plays an important role in how the body starts the inflammatory response. Professor Moynagh, explains: “Inflammation is the body’s response to infection by disease-causing micro-organisms. This involves the movement of white blood cells, such as neutrophils, from blood vessels, into the infected tissue where they destroy the invading micro-organism. “However, the recruitment of neutrophils into tissues needs to be tightly controlled since prolonged tissue infiltration of these cells will lead to damage of normal healthy tissue. In the case of sepsis, we see inflammation spread rapidly throughout the body as a response to a bacterial infection in the blood, which can lead to life-threaten-

ing organ dysfunction.” The protein discovered by the researchers is involved in the triggering of the movement of white blood cells called neutrophils from blood vessels into the tissue that is infected by invading micro-organisms. Neutrophils kill the infection, but if they linger for too long they can also damage healthy tissue. If a method can be found to effectively and safely block or control the protein, then it could in future be developed into a specific therapy. The research team has already had success with stopping the protein in lab-based models and is now exploring molecules that could potentially be turned into a therapy. Inflammatory diseases are regarded as amongst some of the most difficult to treat, with sepsis in particular posing a critical challenge to frontline health care professionals. Understanding how the body promotes the migration of neutrophils into tissue may provide important clues for designing new drugs to control chronic inflammatory diseases such as sepsis. Studies suggest that vulnerability to sepsis is on the rise around the world, as more people undergo invasive procedures or take immunosuppressive drugs to treat other chronic conditions, due to both aging populations. Dr Alice Dubois, Researcher at the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s, commented on the breakthrough: “Our team at Queen’s University demonstrated that the Pellino 2 protein was involved in the production of molecules that promote inflammation during bacterial infection. Blocking this particular protein could therefore be a strategy to treat inflammatory diseases caused by bacteria. This is a key step forward in improving treatment and patient outcomes in a wide range of diseases. “Queen’s University is committed to tackling global health issues. Inflammatory disease is prevalent, problematic and difficult to treat; understanding it is one of the most important challenges in medical research today.” Source: Queen’s University

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.

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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’s faithfulness to do exactly all that He has promised. None of the promises that we have looked at so far would be of any consequence if He were not faithful to fulfill them. There are a number of Scriptures that attest to this, Deuteronomy 7:9 “Because of this, know that Jehovah your God, He is God, the faithful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to those who love Him, and to those who keep His commands, to a thousand generations.” 1Thesalonians 5:23-24 “And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blamelessly at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who called you, who also will do it.” God’s faithfulness to fulfill His Word brings both comfort as well as a degree of fear, (the fear of the Lord). Let me explain, comfort in that what He has promised in the previously mentioned verses as well as that of never leaving us nor forsaking us; being with us even to the end of the age; of working all things out for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Fear in the sense that as He will faithfully fulfill these afore mentioned promises so He will also the following: Galatians 6:7-8 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that he also will reap. For he sowing to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh. But he sowing to the Spirit will reap life everlasting from the Spirit.” 1Corinthians 6:9-10 “Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor abusers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” Matthew 10:33 “But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in Heaven.” Matthew 7:21-23 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord! Lord! shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord! Lord! Did we not prophesy in Your name, and through Your name throw out demons, and through Your name do many wonderful works? And then I will say to them I never knew you! Depart from Me, those working lawlessness!” Dare we think that God will only be faithful to what we consider His “positive” promises? Don’t be fooled! He is faithful to ALL of His Word or He not faithful to any of it. You cannot pick and choose the attributes of God that suit you and reject the rest, that is idolatry of the worst kind; it is making a god after your own liking which is what man has done through the ages to his own demise.

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SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE PREP BASEBALL POLL TEAM; RECORD; POINTS; LAST WEEK First-place votes in parenthesis; Rank; Team; Record; Points; Last Week 1. Eastlake (8); 17-3-1; 119; 1 2. Rancho Bernardo (4); 17-4; 111; 4 3. Torrey Pines; 18-5; 104; 2 4. Poway (1); 18-3; 100; 5 5. San Marcos; 16-6; 73; 3 6. La Costa Canyon; 15-5; 70; 7 7. Helix; 12-7-1; 44; 8 8. Cathedral Catholic; 12-7; 42; 6 9. Mission Hills; 17-5; 28; 10 10. Grossmont; 11-7-1; 12; 9 Others receiving votes: Santa Fe Christian (13-4, 10 points), Granite Hills (9-7, 1 point), Otay Ranch (13-6, 1 point), Ramona (12-7, 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).


’m reading the book. Not the Kindle, not the Nook, I’m reading the book. Well, I was. . .but I couldn’t read the small print and the page was too dark and when I tapped it, it didn’t turn to the next page. I tried. I really tried. Last month Lou, our Book Club chooser of the month, brought a slew of real books for us to choose from, instead of recommending a book for the month. Each of us was supposed to choose our own book. That way we wouldn’t have to go to the library or buy the book. I chose the crime story “L.A.Times,” by Stuart Woods. It happened to be in an oversize hardcover book. If you have a Kindle or a Nook, or some other e-book that I haven’t heard of, you’ll understand. The e-books are small enough to slip in your back pocket so you can read on the go or when you’re dining alone. The cover stands it up so you don’t even have to hold it, and the light adjustment makes it easy to read anywhere—especially good when you’re propped up against your pillow reading before you go to sleep or if you want to read in the evening on the patio when it’s starting to get dark. And the font! I can choose any

of about eight fonts and I can make them bigger or smaller to suit my eyes. So. Having not read a real book in a long time, a few days later I picked up this kind’a big hardcover book—not a Kindle, not a Nook, a book. I opened to Chapter One, page seven. The page was faded yellowish-white. The print was small. I took the book closer to the window, for better light. Didn’t help much. The print was still small. I managed for a while. The writing was good and the story was okay but it was kind’a hard getting into it, so I decided to download a sample on my Kindle to see if I wanted to read the whole thing. The sample downloaded. I tapped on the title and began to read. I tapped on the brightness icon and adjusted the light. The font was set to one I use most of the time so I didn’t have to adjust that. Much better! Plus I had two hands free for munching on crackers and cheese while I read. When I got to the end of the sample, I tapped on the page to see what it cost to buy the whole book. Hmmm. A little much. And why would I buy it when I have the book right beside me? I didn’t. It was a week later that I picked up the book and

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be a quicker and less expensive alternative to an emergency room visit for everyday illnesses and minor injuries, including sprains, cuts or ear infections. The Care Clinic, located inside the Grossmont The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce has Medical Terrace building next to the hospital campus, is open announced the hiring of Jeff Morris as executive director. Morris is weekdays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on a former Los Angeles businessman, entrepreneur, Trinity County supervisor and Weaverville community leader. “Jeff Morris truly fits all weekends and holidays. Walk-ins are welcomed. No appointment of the criteria that we have set forth to fill the position,” said Bob Ring, is needed but online scheduling is available board vice chair. “He has extensive knowledge about how to build and locations/sharp-grossmont-hospital-care-clinic-1480), as well as develop programs, people and most important, area businesses. This phone appointments at (619) 740-5724. The address is 8851 Center Drive, Suite 600, La Mesa. The 6,500-square-foot Care is going to be an exciting year.” “I think one thing that is key to any Clinic is equipped with 14 exam rooms and can handle a variety of organization or community is really how they are organized,” Morris medical needs, including broken bones, eye, ear or skin infections, said. “Organizing themselves, organizing information, those are real headaches (atypical), minor burns or cuts, strains and sprains, keys to success.” urinary tract infections, vomiting or diarrhea and minor illnesses, Morris is a former advertising executive with Tower Records, He such as sore throat, cough, earaches, flu or minor fevers. Laboratory developed a music distribution company in Los Angeles before and radiology services, as well as a pharmacy, are located nearby. moving to Trinity County to expand his business and to be with his elderly grandfather. In his career, Morris has worked at local and state Sharp Grossmont Hospital Care Clinic is a separate facility from Sharp Rees-Stealy La Mesa Urgent Care, which is located adjacent levels to help and lead such projects as managing climate change, to the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Emergency Department. improving compensation to rural counties for lost tax revenues and establishing the Weaverville Community Forest to allow sustainable East County EDC hosts Careers in local timber harvesting. Among his successes he counts helping with Manufacturing tour and panel Trinity County supervisors to save the only area hospital for emergency The San Diego East County Economic Development Council services while pulling the county back from near-bankruptcy. He also (ECEDC) ), a regional non-profit, business-growth organization, is credited with leading the movement for a new general plan and fast- will host its next Careers in Manufacturing Tour and Panel Series tracking the expansion of broadband Internet to help Trinity County from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, May 3, at Cuyamaca College, connect and compete internationally. For more information on the 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon. The event, geared for Chamber, visit The Chamber’s mission is veterans, college students and adult jobseekers, will include a to advance the commercial, industrial, civic, agricultural and general visit to two local manufacturing companies, including Computer interest and prosperity of Alpine and the Mountain Empire. Integrated Machining, Inc. and Taylor Guitars, as well as a free

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lunch and panel discussion featuring industry and education The Sharp Grossmont Hospital Care Clinic is now open to patients leaders discussing careers in manufacturing and what skills are needing quick care for urgent medical needs. The Care Clinic can required to get a job in this field. Admission is free but space is started reading again. Strange, but the crimes seemed more interesting on paper. Still, it was hard to carry it around with me for reading here and there and I sure couldn’t read it in bed—not comfortably anyway—so I did the logical thing. I bought the book on Kindle. Since then I’ve been reading “L.A. Times” sometimes in the book, sometimes on my Kindle, depending on where I am at the time. The other day I tapped the paper page of the book to get to the next page. You know—like when you click your car remote as you’re walking up to your front door. Nothing happens. Lou, you can teach an old dog new tricks, but you can’t teach an old dog to go back to the way it was. At least, not this old dog.

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limited. To register online, visit event/3347518. For more information contact Elizabeth Liddell at the ECEDC, (619) 258-3670, or e-mail, elizabeth.liddell@ Founded in 1984, the ECEDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a healthy economic climate and enhanced quality of life in San Diego’s East County region.

Uneeke Boutique plans Mother’s Day promotion

Uneeke Boutique, a retail store specializing in women’s clothing and accessories, 4674 Nebo Dr., La Mesa, has announced it will offer special discounts and refreshments in honor of Mother’s Day, according to Kimberly Purchase, owner. Purchase said the special event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 12. Purchase, a La Mesa Chamber of Commerce member, opened Uneeke Boutique in 2010 as a pop-up boutique, appearing at evens, house parties, markets and fashion Shows in San Diego County. She opened her La Mesa storefront in June 2014. For more information, visit

Home of Guiding Hands dedicates Verbeck Resource Center Home of Guiding Hands (HGH), a non-profit organization that provides services, training and advocacy to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families, recently dedicated its new Verbeck Resource Center, named after Bill and Norma Verbeck, who donated $1 million toward the project. The 25,000 square foot facility, which cost approximately $4 million, enables the organization to better meet the needs of clients and families through direct on-site services. HGH staff will provide free counseling, art therapy, music therapy, yoga, Zumba, cooking classes, gardening classes, sensory exploration, parent play groups and a computer station equipped with adaptive hardware for their clients.

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