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Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians Award Scholarships to Local College Students

From left: Scholarship Students Bonnie Bayham, Tanner Pastor, Viejas Tribal Councilman Adrian M. Brown, with scholarship students Charlotte Kmak and Brennan Carey. RANCHO SAN DIEGO — The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians participated in Cuyamaca College’s 2018 Student Fine Art and Graphic Design Exhibition’s Scholarship showcase held in the campus’ performing arts theatre, Wednesday, May 2. Twenty (20) scholarships were handed out to students for their accomplishments for art pieces they completed with several of the school’s art programs. The Viejas Tribe served as the major sponsor of the event and had the privilege of awarding four students with $100 scholarships.

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California Military Veterans Receive Free TECH Career Training and Job Placement Assistance SAN DIEGO — IBM, Corporate America Supports You (CASY), and Work for Warriors are providing military veterans in San Diego this week with free tech training, certification and job placement assistance for careers in cybersecurity – expertise in high demand by the private sector, law enforcement and national security agencies. As part of a free, nationwide training and certification program, which includes placement assistance from CASY, a national non-profit, the vets are being trained to use of i2 Analyst’s Notebook software, IBM software widely used by the government, not for profits, and private sector – particularly banking and insurance companies – to track fraud, human trafficking and other criminal activity. “Every year, 20,000 service members in San Diego transition out of the military and what these new veterans need most is help getting connected with employment to match their valuable skills,” said Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52). “The IBM i2 Veterans Training Initiative will help connect veterans with training and job opportunities based on the skills they learned during their service and provide top tech sectors, like the one we have in San Diego, with talent to fill their growing demand for qualified workers. It’s a collaboration that will help both our nation’s heroes and our regional economy.” A widening gap exists between available, qualified, cybersecurity professionals and unfilled positions. This gap is expected to leave 1.8 million jobs unfilled by 2022. Programs designed to build in-demand technology skills are needed to prepare veterans for “new collar” careers – skilled positions, such as data and cybersecurity analysts, which require specific skills but not necessarily a four-year degree. IBM has committed to hiring thousands of military veterans in the United States. This training is part of a veteran’s initiative launched by IBM and CASY to help local veterans translate their military experience into high-skilled jobs. The Veteran Employment Accelerator Grant program provides returning service members with hands-on training, certification, and job placement assistance in the fastgrowing tech sector. The free week-long training and certification course incorporates IBM’s industry leading i2 Analyst’s Notebook software. Hundreds of veterans will participate across the nation this year. “It is wonderful to see IBM and its partner organizations provide the Veteran Employment Accelerator Grant program to help veterans in the region,” said Eric Bernd, IBM Senior Executive for San Diego. “Equipping veterans who wish to move into a career in some of the highly sought after areas such as cyber security is not only great for the tech industry, which needs these skills, it is also great for our regional economy and the veterans who have served our country with honor and distinction.” “We’re very honored and excited to partner with IBM on the i2 training and certification program”, said Stacey Cummings, Corporate American Supports You. “Through this training, veterans hone their skills and secure a certification that is linked to in-demand skilled jobs. The program provides qualifications needed to help transition these individuals into remarkable opportunities that are a fit for their overall experience, skills, and needs. Thank you to IBM for providing this opportunity and for supporting our veteran community.”

On The Cover Alpine — Alpine Kiwanis Foundation held their 28th Annual Vintage Alpine, Sunday, May 6 at Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs. The annual event is one of the Kiwanis Club’s most successful fundraisers benefitting a multitude of children in the area. Cover: Rob Riingen 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

So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias This ‘Resistance’ Legal Action on Pesticide is Vital

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t is, quite simply, not within California’s power to rid its own food and fields – let alone all of America’s fields – of a pesticide derived from chemicals developed as a nerve gas by Nazi Germans who used them to fatally gas Jews, gypsies and others they crammed into airtight mobile vans before and during World War II. That’s why it was important for California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra to intervene in a federal lawsuit aiming to force the federal Environmental Protection Agency to make a required safety finding (more likely, a finding that the chemical is unsafe) in a case that has dragged on more than half a decade. As Barack Obama left office, the EPA appeared about to issue such a ruling on chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate used on crops as diverse as nuts, apples, broccoli, melons, citrus, corn and soybeans. After almost 10 years of delay, the EPA in late 2015 proposed a rule banning even slight residues of chlorpyrifos on food because of safety concerns. Less than 18 months later, after President Trump had been in office only about two months, his EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, abruptly reversed course, ended the rulemaking process and issued an order in effect leaving alone the existing standard for acceptable levels of the pesticide in food. Neither he nor anyone else has gone so far as to find the substance safe. It may be politically smart and opportune for Becerra to involve California in the ongoing case to force action by Pruitt, whose decisions so far have universally favored big business over consumers, and never mind safety. Even for essentials like drinking water. Sure, Becerra prides himself on filing lawsuits seemingly every week to challenge Trump administration actions, billing himself as a leader of the “resistance.” Staying in the news that way gives him an advantage over primary election competitors like current state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, a fellow Democrat, and retired Judge Steven Bailey, a Republican. But there is little doubt about chlorpyrifos. It’s unsafe. A detailed 2016 study by an independent group of academic scientists found that “Children…are at an unacceptably high risk of neurodevelopmental disorders that affect the brain and nervous system, including autism, intellectual disabilities and…behavioral disabilities.” The nerve gas derivative can lead to lower IQ, attention deficit disorders and childhood tremors, just to name a few deleterious effects. The Obama EPA’s proposed rule recognized this, finding chlorpyrifos adversely affects brain development. Might the chemical be one reason for the current seeming epidemic of ADHD? In any case, if this pesticide is used on orchards, it’s a safe bet that an apple a day will no longer keep the doctor away. It’s not that farmers have to use chlorpyrifos, either. Some have voluntarily shifted to another family of insecticides known as neonicitinoids. One problem with those products, though, is that they are harder on bees than chlorpyrifos, even while they are easier on humans. Becerra’s action, taken in a 30-page brief, saw California join New York, Washington, Vermont, Maryland, Massachusetts and Hawaii in backing a lawsuit against Pruitt by the League of Latin American Citizens. “Pruitt is not above the law,” said Becerra. “He has a legal responsibility to make a safety (or unsafety) finding… He must be held accountable. The stakes are high for our state and states across the country.” That seemed clear from a 2016 finding by the Obama-era EPA, which held there is no safe use of chlorpyrifos. A scientific panel of California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment last winter voted unanimously to place the chemical on the list of dangerous substances under the 1986 Proposition 65. Prop. 65 warnings are common on gasoline pumps and tanker trucks, but might someday have to be placed on the produce bins of supermarkets if use of this substance is not outlawed. That’s because California farms now use about 1 million tons of it yearly on crops, about one-fourth of the national total. The bottom line: It’s high time California rids itself of this highly hazardous pesticide, tainted origins and all. But that won’t happen without EPA action. Which justifies the Becerra move to help force an EPA ruling, even if there’s unquestionably some political motivation behind it.

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 From the Geezer’s Mailbag

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. Is it dangerous to take a beta-blocker for high blood pressure?

. There was one study that found that beta-blockers may increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke if you are using them to treat high blood pressure alone. If you are taking a beta blocker, discuss it with your doctor. Warning: Don’t stop taking the drug on your own. Beta blockers, also known as beta-adrenergic blocking agents, are medications that reduce your blood pressure by blocking the effects of the hormone epinephrine, also known as adrenaline. When you take beta blockers, the heart beats more slowly and with less force; this reduces blood pressure. Beta blockers also help blood vessels open up to improve blood flow. Doctors prescribe beta blockers to prevent, treat or improve symptoms in a variety of other conditions, such as irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), heart failure, chest pain (angina), heart attacks, glaucoma, migraines, generalized anxiety disorder, hyperthyroidism and tremors. The following are the brand names for common beta-blockers: Sectral, Tenormin, Kerlone, Zebeta, Cartrol, Tandate, Lopressor, Toprol XL, Corgard, Levatol, Visken, Inderal, Betapace, and Blocadren.

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. How should I go about choosing a surgeon?

. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) recommends that you look for a surgeon who is board certified and a fellow of the college. Specialty boards certify physicians who meet published standards. For physicians to become board certified in a surgical specialty, they must complete the required years of residency training in that specialty, and then pass a comprehensive examination. The specialty boards issue certificates that are valid for six to ten years. To retain certification, physicians must become recertified and must show continuing education in their specialty. Fellows of the ACS are board-certified surgeons whose education, training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have been found to be consistent with the college’s standards. The letters “FACS” after a surgeon’s name stands for Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. If you want to know about a surgeon, you can phone your state or county medical association for help. Or you can just ask a prospective surgeon to provide credentials. Often, you can find the information you need hanging in frames on a surgeon’s office walls.

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. What questions should I ask before undergoing an operation?

. Here is a list of significant questions you can ask you doctor before the surgery:

• Why do I need the operation? • Do I need it now, or can it wait? • What happens if I don’t have the operation? • What are the benefits of having the operation? • How long will the benefits last? • What are the risks of having the operation? • Are there alternatives to surgery? • How will the surgery affect my quality of life? • Where can I get a second opinion? • What experience do you have performing this surgery? • Where will the operation be done? • Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital? • Is it possible to have same-day surgery as an out-patient? • What kind of anesthesia will I need? • What are the side effects and risks of having anesthesia? • How long will it take me to recover? • Will I be in pain? How long will the pain last? • When will I be able to go home after the surgery? • What will the recovery be like? • Can you draw a diagram and explain how you do the surgery? • Can you please mark the part of my body you will operate on? • Is there anything else I should know about this surgery?

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Scientists Discover How the Formation of Myelin Sheaths is Regulated by Protein Molecules

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he human brain is likened to a high-performance computer in which it’s essential for the numerous individual processors to be connected to each other as efficiently as possible using high-speed cables. Each of the between 90 and 100 billion nerve cells represent the processors, and the nerve fibres or axons covered by myelin sheaths represent the fibre optic cables. The speed at which information is transmitted is highly dependent on the quality of the myelin sheaths, which are formed by special brain cells called oligodendrocytes. Damage to myelin sheaths or to the cells from which they are produced leads to serious disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Such disorders finally lead to the nerve cells being destroyed.

Complex mechanisms regulate myelin formation

The team led by Prof. Dr. Michael Wegner, Chair of Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry at FAU, is researching how oligodendrocytes regulate the formation of their myelin sheaths. Neurological disorders such as MS can only be understood with this knowledge. The team has already identified protein molecules such as ‘Sox10’ that regulate

the formation and preservation of myelin sheaths. The aim of the new project was to understand how the identified proteins with the regulating function in the oligodendrocytes interact when myelin is formed. The researchers discovered that other molecules called Nfat proteins are required for this interaction between the known molecules to be successful. These are mainly known for their function in the immune system. The presence of Nfat proteins in the oligodendrocytes ensures that all other required protein molecules can exist together in these cells without displacing each other.

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In their work, Prof. Dr. Wegner’s team led by Dr. Matthias Weider and Prof. Dr. Tanja Kuhlmann’s team from Universitätsklinikum Münster demonstrated the precise biochemical mechanisms involved. Inhibition of Nfat proteins adversely affects the capability of oligondendrocytes in rats, mice and also humans to form myelin. There are in fact fewer of these proteins in oligondendrocytes in parts of the brain affected by MS. However, it is still unclear whether this is one of the causes of the damage. ‘The interrelationships are very complex’, emphasises Michael Wegner.

This research project is very closely linked to research being carried out by scientists at the Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine in an FAU research training group called ‘Neurodevelopment and vulnerability of the central nervous system.’ The findings are not only relevant to basic research, but also to medicine. Targeted stimulation of Nfat proteins could perhaps be used in the future to promote the formation of new myelin sheaths in MS patients, for example after a relapse. Source: University of University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Findings could help MS patients in the future

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 31 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at ddean@echerald.com. 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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The Reason Jesus Said What He Said

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reetings precious people, this week we begin a new series examining the reasons Jesus said what He said. In this series we will examine m a n y statements Jesus made during His time here on earth and then look at the reason for which He made the statement. When Jesus spoke, He spoke the Word of God and the Bible tells us the purpose and function of the Word of God: 2Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work.” Hebrews 4:1213 “For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight, but all things are naked and opened to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” Everything that Jesus spoke was for a reason, He wasted no words, did not talk merely to talk like some do today. Many times we are told very clearly the reason for which He said what He did, other times we must search deeper. In John 8:24 we read something else Jesus said, “Therefore I (Jesus) said to you that you shall die in your sins, for if you do not believe that I AM, you shall die in your sins.” Again as always, context is vital in finding out why Jesus said this and to whom He spoke it. The context (verses before and after) reveals that Jesus was having one of many confrontations with the religious leaders of His day, we will go back to verse 12. John 8:12-23 “Then Jesus spoke again to them (Scribes and Pharisees), saying, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Therefore the Pharisees said to Him, You bear record concerning yourself; your witness is not true. Jesus answered and said to them, Though I bear record concerning Myself, My witness is true. For I know from where I came, and where I go. But you do not know from where I came, and where I go. You judge after the flesh, I judge no one. And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I and the Father who sent Me. It is also written in your Law that the testimony of two men is true. I am one who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness concerning Me. Then they said to Him, Where is your father? Jesus said to them, You neither know Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also. Jesus spoke these words in the treasury, as He taught in the temple. And no man laid hands upon Him, for His hour had not yet come. Then Jesus said again to them, I go away, and you shall seek Me and shall die in your sins. Where I go, you cannot come. Then the Jews said, Will he kill himself ? Because he says, Where I go you cannot come. And He said to them, You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.” This confrontation revolved around the religious leaders unwillingness to believe and accept Who Jesus is. Many people began to follow Him which meant the religious leaders were losing their grip on the people which meant they were losing money (it is nearly always about money). As you read the verses did you notice the term Jesus used to describe Himself ? We looked at this last week, it is the term “I AM” which is the same term that God used to identify Himself to Moses at the burning bush. Dear ones, the same thing that Jesus said to these religious leaders then pertain to all today that refuse to accept and believe that Jesus is Who He says He is. The only way to escape dying in your sins and thus suffering the consequences for this which is an eternity in Hell is to repent of your sin of unbelief and place your life in the hands of Jesus.

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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Alpine Kiwanis Foundation

28th Annual Vintage Alpine Sunday, May 6 • Flinn Springs

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he San Diego Padres conclude a nine-game homestand in the coming week with games against the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

• San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Thursday, May 10 @ 7:10 p.m. This commences the four-day weekend celebration of the 20th anniversary of the 1998 National League Championship team. In honor of former Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn, who would have celebrated his 58th birthday on Wednesday, all fans in attendance will receive a Tony Gwynn ‘98 Commemorative Bobblehead presented by Sycuan Casino.

• San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Friday, May 11 @ 7:10 p.m.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the 1998 National League Championship team, all fans in attendance will receive a Ken Caminiti ‘98 Commemorative Bobblehead presented by Sycuan Casino.

• San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Saturday, May 12 @ 5:40 p.m. As part of Baseball Night in San Diego, all fans in attendance will receive a Trevor Hoffman ‘98 Commemorative Bobblehead presented by Sycuan Casino.

• San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Sunday, May 13 @ 1:10 p.m. In conclusion of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the 1998 National League Championship team, all fans in attendance will receive a Greg Vaughn ‘98 Commemorative Bobblehead presented by Sycuan Casino.

• San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies – Monday, May 14 @ 7:10 p.m. Sadie Duca, former contestant from NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent, will perform the National Anthem prior to the game.

• San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies – Tuesday, May 15 @ 12:40 p.m.

The fourth Taco Tuesday of 2018 takes place and features Petco Park’s favorite local tacos.

Rule number one

It was awesome! The best wedding I’ve ever been to!” That was followed up by, “I didn’t understand a word of it, but it was the best!” You never know when to leave for an event. Be early? Get there just minutes before? Rule number one: do not be late. Rule number two is for parties hosted at a person’s home: do not be early. Since this was a wedding, we were in compliance with the first rule. Not wanting to be late, we left home about a half hour before the ceremony at Holy Trinity Church, which is about five minutes from our house. I had no idea how many guests would be there— hundreds of people or dozens of people, so I was playing it safe. When we pulled into the parking lot it was empty except for a few vans delivering flowers. So much for my fear of not finding a parking spot where I could get Paul and his wheelchair out of the car without having to walk several blocks back to the church. There were plenty of handicap spots available. With Paul and his wheelchair ready to go, we went— slowly, of course, since no one else had arrived yet—to the side door closest to us. It was locked. I stood on my tiptoes and peeked through the high window to see if anyone

was inside. A few people were standing around. I thought maybe some of the guests had parked in the back and were waiting at the front entrance so after making sure there were no steps to maneuver the wheelchair over, we made our way to the front of the church. No one there. I tried the door. No luck. It was a pleasant sunshiny day, so we waited there a few minutes longer before we went back to the side door. Again I tried the latch. It didn’t give. But now people were starting to arrive and soon the doors were opened. Paul and I went in and settled halfway back, where the wheelchair accommodations were. Before long, the ceremony began. Lourdes, the bride, glowing and beautiful, her mother Lupe, glowing and beautiful, and Felix, her father, handsome and smiling, each slowed up to nod and say hi to Paul as they walked down the aisle where the pews were festooned with posies of cream and pink flowers. The ceremony was entirely in Spanish. Being familiar with the Mass and the wedding ceremony, I reached way back into my mind for words and phrases I learned in the few Spanish classes I had taken. I whispered in Paul’s ear my amateur translation of some of what the priest and the bride and groom were saying.

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you,” said Anderson. “This will be an opportunity to hear directly from my constituents about their needs, opinions The 19th annual East County Senior Health Fair will and legislative ideas to make state government more be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, May 11, at the La effective and efficient. In addition, my district staff will be Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa. on hand to help constituents resolve any issues they may Admission is free. No advance registration is necessary. have with a state agency.” For more information, contact The East County Senior Services Providers, a coalition of Anderson’s El Cajon district office at (619) 596-3136, or community organizations and agencies serving seniors visit www.bit.ly/LakesideCoffee. Anderson’s 38th Senate in the East County, said the health fair will feature more district includes Lakeside, Santee, El Cajon, Poway, La than 70 exhibit booths, along with free health screenings Mesa and most of East San Diego County. He was first for stroke, blood pressure, balance, depression, oral elected to the state Assembly in 2006 and to the state cancer and body mass index. Information will be available Senate in 2010. about senior housing, home care services, personal Goodwill names new CEO care services, insurance, fire and disaster safety, home Goodwill Industries of San Diego County (GISD) has safety, fall prevention, health education, dental health, announced Toni Giffin has been named president/CEO. Giffin advance directives, nutrition services, social programs, succeeds Michael Rowan who retired in March after serving caregiving services, educational programs, government San Diego Goodwill for 35 years. Goodwill officials said Blair agencies and volunteer opportunities. Event sponsors Search Partners, an executive search and recruiting firm, include the Grossmont Healthcare District, Sharp completed a nationwide search for the position before Giffin Grossmont Hospital, City of La Mesa and the County of was chosen. Giffin has worked at GISD for 18 years. Before San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. For event being named CEO, she served as executive vice president. information, phone the Sharp Senior Resource Center at She also has worked in the areas of retail, human resources, (619) 740-4214. mission services and workforce development during her Sen. Joel Anderson meets with Lakeside employment with GISD. “I am passionate about our mission which helps people become independent and self-sufficient constituents through training and employment. Our premise of giving California Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) will listen people a ‘hand up and not a hand out’ has always resonated to constituents and invite ideas to improve state with me,” Giffin said in a statement. “I am honored and government at a “Community Coffee” from 6 to 7 p.m. humbled to assume the CEO position and I am extremely on Thursday, May 10, at the VFW Post #5867, 12650 Linda Lane, Lakeside. The free event, open to the public, excited to explore new possibilities.” Goodwill Industries is being hosted by Frank Hilliker, director, Lakeside Water operates several retail storefronts in the East County, including in El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Ramona and District. “My top priority is making government work for

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The ceremony ended with the bride and groom presenting flowers to the Virgin Mary. As they walked toward the statue, the beautiful music of the “Ave Maria” filled the church. After the ceremony Lourdes, Angel— her new husband, Lupe, Felix and other family members came over to visit with Paul, who had made sure he got an invitation to Lourdes’ wedding. As we walked up the aisle to go home, Lourdes stopped and invited Paul to join them for the bridal photos. Of course we made a quick U-turn and headed back toward the altar. Paul’s smile almost shattered the camera. It was a beautiful wedding, a beautiful day and before we left I felt like we had become members of an extended family of beautiful people. Glad we got there on time.

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La Mesa’s Patsy Roeder wins `Barbershopper of the Year’

La Mesa resident Patsy Roeder was recently selected for the “Barbershopper of the Year” award by the California Note Catchers, a nonprofit women’s harmony chorus that’s part of Harmony, Inc., with more than 80 chapters across the country. Officials with the local chorus also recent presented 15-year pins to Anita Reith of La Mesa and Pauline Jimenez of Spring Valley, and a 10-year pin to Mayra Bee of San Diego. Officers for the coming year include: Annette Draper, El Cajon, president; Karen Hasman, La Mesa, vice president; Anne Ash, Santee, secretary; Annie Colt, San Diego, treasurer. Women of all ages are invited to join the chorus. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings at the La Mesa First United Methodist Church, 4690 Palm Ave., La Mesa. For more information, call Mayra Bee at (619) 575-6165 or Karen Hasman at (619) 464-3727.

Two El Cajon industrial buildings sell for $3 million

Two El Cajon industrial buildings have sold for $3.3 million. The buildings at 680 West Bradley Ave. and 1675 North Johnson Ave. have a combined space of 21,058 square feet. The seller was Actus Holdings, represented by Randy LaChance and Greg Marx, Voit Real Estate Services. The buyer was the Simmons Family Trust, represented by Chris Duncan, Voit Real Estate. The buildings reportedly will be used as a warehouse and distribution center for Bicycle Warehouse.


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