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Celebrating Volunteers in Medicine

EL CAJON — The City of El Cajon Teen Coalition presented “Youth of the Year” awards at the Tuesday, May 12, at the El Cajon City Council meeting. The awards recognize those youth who go above and beyond in serving their community either through their leadership abilities and/or their quality or level of community service in El Cajon. One award was presented to a middle school student (grades 6-8) and the other to a high school student (grades 9-12). Congratulations to the 2014 Middle School Youth of the Year, Paula Schillinger, who attends Greenfield Middle School and to the 2014 High School Youth of the Year recipient, Nagham Adeeb, who attends El Cajon Valley High School. The Teen Coalition is recognizing them for work accomplished from January 1 through December 31, 2014. Awards were based on dedication, leadership, and commitment beyond what may be required by school and the demonstrated impact of those served. Leadership can be defined as those individuals who consistently facilitate a team vision and help guide others toward success. Community service is work that helps better the community through the value and impact of those served. Recognized work is based on their personal merits and contributions and is not intended to be limited to their school involvement.

Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently hosted a check-presentation ceremony to celebrate GHD’s ongoing support of Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), a nonprofit providing access to health care to uninsured residents by relying on volunteer medical professionals. From left to right: GHD board members Gloria Chadwick, Bob Ayres and Betty Stieringer, VIM CEO Maureen Hartin and GHD board members Michael Emerson and Randy Lenac. Located in a parking lot behind Chapel of the Valley United Methodist Church in El Cajon, GHD’s grant will assist with paying pay for diagnostic test lab tests and fees and medical supplies for uninsured East County residents who are treated for free at the VIM El Cajon medical clinic at 1457 East Madison Ave. VIM’s clinic is staffed by more than 100 professional volunteers, including retired doctors, nurses and support staff, who donate thousands of hours in providing primary care services to more than 3,000 patients annually.

Sky Falconry Receives State Recognition

By Hunter Jackson

For The East County Herald ALPINE — Off of West Victoria Drive in Alpine, there is narrow dirt road that leads to a large white wagon wheel gate welcoming you to Sky Falconry. As a hobby, falconry has been popular for thousands of years (and some say for tens of thousands of years) and was once considered a sport only for those of royal lineage. It is quite extraordinary that this grand and historic activity is available to the public here in Alpine, thanks to Kirk Sellinger (above, left) and Denise Disharoon (above, right) of Sky Falconry.

Together, the two founded Sky Falconry to share their love of predator birds. Sky Falconry educates others on the basics of falconry as well as allows individuals to interact with nature in the hope that they become more passionate about the birds and the environment they live in. Because Sellinger and Disharoon hold special licenses from the federal government, anyone can participate in their programs including basic falconry lessons where they teach how to hold, cast, and call a hawk. Additionally, they share their expertise about the history of falconry, the raptor’s role in the environ-

ment, and how humans can help to conserve the species’ habitat right here in Alpine. Disharoon said, “There are a lot of natural places we have out here, and this is a quaint little town and we love it.” California State Senator Joel Anderson provided a certificate of recognition to Sky Falconry for being an incredible community partner. Anderson said, “Denise and Kirk have dedicated their passion for falconry to educate the public about these amazing birds. I am grateful they chose to share their knowledge and experience here in Alpine.” Sky Falconry runs lessons in Alpine from October to May then moves to La Jolla from June to September.

On The Cover LAKESIDE — May 11-16, local FFA and 4-H members were showing in everything from animals to photography at the Eastern San Diego County Fair held at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds. Cover photo: Torrie Ann Needham / The East County Herald Cover design: Steve Hamann / The East County Herald

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Both Logic and Illogic in Brown’s Drought Plans


Lemon Grove Families and Friends Use Hearts and Feet to Fight Cancer


articipants will gather at Lemon Grove Academy Middle School), at 7866 Lincoln Street for the City’s 10th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Lemon Grove on Saturday, May 16, at 9 a.m. Relay For Life team participants will walk relay-style around the track for the event’s entire 24-hour period, symbolizing that “cancer never sleeps.” Relay teams include coworkers, club members, family and friends, who have gathered donations prior to the event. Admission to the family-oriented event featuring food, entertainment, and fun activities for kids of all ages is free. During opening ceremonies at 9:00 a.m., Lemon Grove Mayor Mary Sessom will read a proclamation declaring May 16-17, 2015 “American Cancer Society Relay For Life Cancer Awareness Days” in the City of Lemon Grove. “Relay For Life is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against the disease,” said City Manager Graham Mitchell. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), which serves as a reminder that our community is not immune to this disease and we can actually help our friends, families and neighbors whose lives have been affected by cancer,” Mr. Mitchell added. The public is also invited to attend a moving Luminaria Ceremony on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. to honor the community’s cancer survivors and to remember those lost to the disease. The luminarias will light the way for walkers all night long. To dedicate a luminara to a cancer survivor or a loved one lost to the disease, visit the event website at\lemongroveca. Funds raised at Relay For Life will enable the American Cancer Society to support local services and resources for cancer patients and their families. Funds also support critical cancer research and community education programs designed to teach people how to reduce their risk of developing cancer. Founded in 1913, the American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

here is both sense and nonsense in the $1 billion drought relief package announced by Gov. Jerry Brown in a parched Sierra Nevada Mountains meadow that usually is covered in deep snow on the date Brown walked through it. But the rationale behind the single largest part of the package is fundamentally contradictory. Brown says California must ready for new and lasting, drier realities, then bases the most expensive part of his plan on weather patterns he previously said are most likely things of the past. Authorized spending on all this now comes to $1.7 billion, including almost $700 million Brown proposed and the Legislature approved last year, most of it not yet spent. It certainly makes sense to assist the most drought-stricken communities, as the package does with more than $14 million to better purify existing but polluted groundwater supplies and to truck water into those areas. No one complains, also, about more than $40 million for food and other relief for citizens and cities with lost jobs and tax revenues because local farms have fallowed many thousands of their acres. There’s also no quarrel with the plan’s spending more than $10 million to make some existing irrigation systems more efficient. Nor with putting more than $500 million into improved capture of storm water and expanded use of recycled, purified “gray” water for irrigation and landscaping. But Brown has taken heat over the fact that his emergency rationing plan does not force farms to cut use of surface water or lower pumping of ground water. Leaving farmers’ ground water out of the order, of course, exposes the weakness of the ballyhooed underground water regulations Brown signed into law last year – a law that will lack teeth for more than 10 years. This all leaves plenty to question. One big question is why the plan includes only about $270 million – just over 15 percent of the package funding – for helping develop new sources of fresh water, including innovative desalination methods other than the hyper-expensive and power-sucking reverse osmosis technique now in use in a few places. Brown has not yet spoken about that. But he has talked about why he included $660 million for new flood control projects – essentially building dams and reservoirs and lining some streams with concrete, a la the Los Angeles and Santa Ana rivers, where activists regularly push to remove concrete and return streams to their natural state. The governor cited the danger of “extreme weather events,” caused by climate change, even though the only changes so far in California’s weather from global warming have been extended dry periods. “All of a sudden, when you’re all focused on drought, you can get massive storms that flood through these channels and overflow and cause havoc,” he said during a news conference. But the state already has an extensive system of flood control channels and huge reservoirs designed to capture and control flood waters. Existing reservoirs are so low now there is little imminent danger they will overflow in the foreseeable future. So why not spend the money earmarked for flood control on building innovative new desalination plants, a tactic that would leave California far better off in future droughts? Essentially, Brown and the Legislature are focusing on old technology to solve new problems, a criticism also leveled at them over the high speed rail project, which will use 1970s-era technology rather than exploring newer ideas like magnetic levitation and the “hyperloop” suggested by Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk. But Brown insists that “History shows us that every time California comes out of one of these droughts, it’s with a boomand-bust cycle of rain.” This is the same man who likes to preach that times have changed and so has nature. It has been more than 40 years since any part of the state experienced 30 days of steady rains, the sort of phenomenon that might justify massive new reservoirs. If the current measures are a way to justify shoring up levees in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta area, fine, but say so. Don’t sell them as something quite different. All of which means that as with most government spending and projects, there’s a lot to like in the governor’s measures – but also a lot that needs a harder, more critical look than the Legislature gave it while rubber-stamping the entire package.

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


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

To Your

Treating High Blood Pressure

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. If you have high blood pressure, aren’t you better off just taking old-fashion water pills instead of all these fancy drugs?


.Water pills (aka diuretics) are the oldest and best studied of the drugs used to treat high blood pressure (aka hypertension). Diuretics help the kidneys flush extra water and salt from your body and decrease blood volume to lower pressure. There are three types of diuretics: thiazide, loop and potassium-sparing. They work in different parts of your kidneys In the years since water pills were the drugs of choice for hypertension, the pharmaceutical companies have developed a variety of medicines to keep your pressure in check in ways that are different from the mechanism of diuretics. These include beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, ARBS, calcium channel blockers, vasodilators, alpha blockers, and renin inhibitors. So, what should you take if you have high blood pressure? Ask your doctor. Treating high blood pressure can be tricky, because patients react differently to anti-hypertensive drugs. Sometimes, doctors have to find the right combination of several drugs to lower blood pressure. Now we get into the issue of money. Diuretics are cheap. The newer anti-hypertensives are comparatively expensive. One significant study found that generic diuretic pills that cost pennies a day worked better for patients with high blood pressure than newer drugs that could be as much as 20 times as expensive. Because hypertension affects tens of millions of Americans, this finding had the potential to save the health care system billions of dollars. But, following the release of the findings, the percentage of patients taking the cheaper diuretics barely increased. “In the current health care system,” Pauline W. Chen, MD, a columnist, wrote in The New York Times, “clinicians are rewarded for doing and ordering more. Pharmaceutical and medical device firms reap fortunes from physicians’ orders, and a single change could cost them billions. Studies that endorse anything less than another expensive procedure or a newer and more expensive medication or the latest device are often destined for failure or a protracted struggle against drug and device companies that are willing to put up a costly fight.” A large group of medical experts known as the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure recommends that most people try thiazide diuretics as the first choice to treat high blood pressure. If diuretics by themselves don’t lower your blood pressure, your doctor may recommend adding newer medications. The following are some blood-pressure treatment recommendations from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health: • If you need to begin drug treatment, you should definitely try a diuretic first. • Beta blockers are another option to begin treatment, especially if you’re younger than age 60 and do not have diabetes or peripheral artery disease. • If you need multiple drugs to control your blood pressure, make one a diuretic. • If you have angina (chest pain from heart disease), you may need to take a calcium channel blocker. It should be used along with a diuretic. Diuretics are generally safe, but do have side effects. The most common side effect is increased urination. For most people, this side effect improves within a few weeks of taking a diuretic. People who take diuretics may also have too much potassium in their blood if they take a potassium-sparing diuretic, or too little potassium in their blood if they take a thiazide diuretic.

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Myelin Repair Foundation and NIH to Study Guanabenz for MS he Myelin Repair Foundation (MRF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) will initiate a clinical trial of guanabenz in people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Guanabenz is FDA-approved for high blood pressure, but it may also prevent myelin loss. The drug could be the first for MS to protect myelin from degeneration, instead of suppressing the immune system — which is how all current MS drugs work. MS is a chronic disease, estimated to affect over 2.5 million people worldwide. The cause of MS is unknown and symptoms include loss of movement, problems with vision and sensation as well as pain, among others. These problems are caused when myelin — the fatty substance that surrounds and insulates nerve cells — degenerates. When myelin is damaged, cells in the nervous system can no longer communicate effectively. MS drugs seeks to prevent the immune system from attacking myelin, but guanabenz would instead protect myelin from damage. MRF-funded researchers reported in a Nature Communications paper that guanabenz blocks the degeneration of myelin and halts MS in animal models. Guanabenz may specifically protect oligo-

dendrocytes from dying. The results support guanabenz as a new therapy for MS, but naturally human trials are needed. “Guanabenz appears to enhance the cell’s own protective machinery to diminish the loss of myelin,” remarked senior study author Brian Popko, Ph.D., Jack Miller Professor of Neurological Disorders at the University of Chicago and a member of the Myelin Repair Foundation’s Research Consortium. “While there have been many efforts to stimulate remyelination, this now represents a unique protective approach. You don’t have to repair the myelin if you don’t lose it in the first place.” “We are very pleased that guanabenz is now moving into studies in MS patients,” stated Tassie Collins, Ph.D., Vice President of Translational Medicine at the Myelin Repair Foundation. “This is a promising therapeutic approach, but it might not have been able to move forward without MRF’s participation.” In terms of plans for the clinical trials, Phase 1 clinical studies will measure the safety and tolerability of the drug and identify an optimal dose for Phase II clinical studies. Treatment outcomes for the Phase II trials will include measuring not just new lesions using magnetic resonance imagining (MRI), but also the status of existing lesions. This is a new measurement approach that may provide a more complete assessment of MS progression. “Success of a trial design using this outcome measure would enable rapid and costeffective screening of neuroprotective therapies,” noted Dr. Cortese. “This would definitively lead us into the next era of treatment strategies in MS, just as contrast-enhancing lesions did for disease-modifying immunomodulatory therapies in the 1990s.” Source: Myelin Repair Foundation, Nature Communications

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lden Days – “Get as many contacts in your address book as you

can.” Modern Day – “Of all the contacts you have, turn more of them into relationships.” Consumers who don’t have a real estate relationship with an agent will chose either savings or convenience. For those people, you better be the closest to their home/work or be the cheapest. Everyone else will shop with a real estate agent with whom they have a relationship. The relationship could be with the quality of the product or the familiarity with a brand. If the purchase is not made online or from QVC television, then there is an opportunity to attract the customer through a relationship with the agent himself.

Relationship Temperature

When you meet a stranger,

Love Buying

Don’t Super-Love Everyone

In life, love everyone. SuperLove the ones who will love you back. Love all your contacts and super-love the ones who will do business with you. You would be very wasteful in giving lots of time to everyone. You want to give time to those who give you time and business. Touch everyone and identify who you want to

EVERYDAY with PastorLIFE Drew


A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah with Jeff Campbell

REAL ESTATE the temperature is low. Building relationships is all about giving. Giving time, giving information, giving communication. Excellent salespeople know how to give just the right amount to increase the temperature rapidly. Busy professionals don’t have a lot of time to give, so they make sure that the measured amount they do give is packed with value. Customer service experts know that if they give, they get. All that they share with a prospect will build appreciation and then trust. Once you have genuine trust, it is easier to close the sale.

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create a relationship with. It is the relationship that deserves your gifts or time, talent and treasure. Or was that wealth, wisdom and work. Love, laughter and loot.

In Conclusion

No longer make acquaintances. Don’t endlessly add addresses to your e-mail list. Stop focusing on drip campaigns and focus on creating a customer today. Refuse to spend another dime on buyer leads and reinvest in opportunities that allow you to personally make new relationships. Finally, look at the relationships you have and make them deeper relationships.

Campbell is the sales manager for Pacific Growth Sales and has offices in Alpine, El Cajon and Mission Valley. He and his team of Concierge REALTORS® can be found on line at


reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible. As we look at various events in the life of Jesus we must keep in mind that He has not changed and never will. Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” And as Hebrews 1:1-4 tells us that, Jesus is the express image of God, Hebrews 1:1-4; as well as what Jesus told Philip in John 14:7-10 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him… He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” Because He is Who He says He is and that He never changes, the work He did 2,000 years ago, He has continued to do it through those who are surrendered to Him, offering themselves as vessels fit for the Master’s use; in and through those who believe in Him. This brings great hope to us today as we live in a dark and hopeless world. The reason I remind you of this is because there are many today that would have you believe that Jesus is not who He says He is; that He is not the same today and forever. Let us now look at some other accounts of things Jesus did in the days of His three years of ministry. After He had taught in the synagogue; cast demons out of a man that was in attendance; then healed the Apostle Peter’s mother n law; cast out more demons from people and healed many that same night; we read of some of the events of the next day. Mark 1:35-39, “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.” A few important points I want us to consider here, first, after a full days events that would cause us to want to get a good nights sleep, Jesus rises well before sunup and goes to a quiet place to pray. Jesus was/is known for many things, one of them is prayer. We often find Him praying, sometimes all night, other times like this one early in the morning, alone or in front of His disciples or a multitude of people. Prayer was a vital part of Jesus’ life and so should it be for those who call themselves His. Everything Jesus did serves as an example to those who choose to follow Him. Another wonder fact about Jesus’ praying is that once He ascended to Heaven, He did not cease praying for we read in Hebrews 7:25 “Wherefore he (Jesus) is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession (praying) for them.” Also make note of the statement Jesus gives as to the reason He came into the world, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” One of the reasons He came was to preach. Two things we must take to heart here is 1) what was it that He preached? We find the answer to this in Matthew 4:13-17 “And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum… That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying… The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus’ message was one of Repentance to those that were in darkness of sin because the kingdom of heaven was at hand! 2) All that follow Jesus today should follow His example, preaching to those that are in darkness the message of repentance because the kingdom of heaven is at hand. One final point from our text, Jesus said, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach.” Jesus is still traveling from town to town, house to house, country to country, only now He is doing it through those who call Him Lord. Let me ask you something dear one, you who say that you are a follower of Jesus Christ, when is the last time you traveled anywhere to tell someone the message of Jesus? The message of repentance from sin and surrendering life to Jesus. It is all too comfortable to stay in your cozy little world while the multitudes are perishing and facing an eternity in Hell. My message to you today is repent and get out and follow Jesus’ example.

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

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“Go BIG Give BACK” Golf Tournament at Sycuan Golf and Resort Dallas Pugh Foundation Golf Tournament


his year marks 20 years since we lost our son & brother Dallas to teen suicide and since that tragic day we have been able to focus our energy on how to “Go Big and Give Back” by committing to help build the Dallas Pugh Gymnasium at the McGrath family YMCA in Rancho San Diego.

The Dallas Pugh Foundation will fulfill its commitment this year of its $1,000,000 pledge to the YMCA and we are going to do all of this on Dallas’s Birthday, Friday, June 5 at


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Sycuan Golf and Resort, registration begins at 11 am. We are using this day to share our sincere gratitude for the continued support of friends, family and community leaders by throwing one amazing Golf Tournament on Dallas B-Day as we launch the “GO BIG GIVE BACK” campaign. A way of life, a mantra, a resource to remind everyone how precious life is and to never throw in the towel... In the past we have utilized this event to raise money in support of our commitment to build the YMCA in Rancho San Diego. Instead, this year we are wanting to THANK YOU by throwing a party.... BBQ lunch, golf, prizes, drinks, fun games and tournament shenanigans! Amazing hole in one opportunities, Dinner and Live Entertainment to finish off the night. We hope you will join us! For more information contact Jarrett Pugh at 858-467-4727 or email at You can also visit

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ALPINE — The Alpine Woman’s Club’s next monthly meeting is on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 12:00 noon. The members will be presented with the slate of officers for 2015-2016, after which voting will take place. (There will be no program or entertainment.) Also, because of the amount of work and energy that goes into putting on the annual scholarship fundraiser,[the Victorian Tea scheduled for Saturday, May 16] only dessert and light refreshments will be served at the meeting. If you are interested in attending the meeting and learning more about the Alpine Woman’s Club, or if you would like to attend the Victorian Tea, please contact Joanie Bogle at (619) 328-5728. The AWC is open to all East County women. We are located at 2156 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901. Our website is www.

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Middle Eastern Day at the Rancho San DIego Library

LA MESA —There are approximately 8000 Arabic speakers in San Diego County of which 55% (4,400) state that they speak English “less than very well.” El Cajon has the second-largest number of Iraqi immigrants in the nation.There are few services for this population. The Rancho San Diego Library is proud to offer many programs to serve the needs of the Middle Eastern community and a Middle Eastern Day to help the non-Middle Eastern community learn more about our new neighbors. The Rancho San Diego Library will be holding a Middle Eastern Day on Saturday, May 30th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be music, singing, food, and a special reception for artist Mona Mills, who has presented the library with a painting of former Senator Wadie Deddeh. The Rancho San Diego Library is located at 11555 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon,. Other programs for the Middle Eastern community include citizenship classes on Mondays at 4 p.m., ESL classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., Gateway Arabic Language Internet classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., and ESL Game Day on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. “Middle Eastern Day is a great opportunity to learn about and appreciate Middle Eastern culture,” said Rancho San Diego Branch Manager Brenna Ring. These programs are made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. For more information, contact Brenna Ring at (619) 660-5370 or check out our website at

LA MESA — Let’s salute “Old Glory”! The American Flag will be flown proudly at the 18th annual La Mesa Flag Day Parade on Saturday, May 30th. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. led by the United States 3d Marine Aircraft Wing Band through the downtown La Mesa Village. Enjoy this year’s Grand Marshal: Sharp Grossmont Hospital Celebrating 60 years in La Mesa. View the many floats, military vehicles, active and retired war heroes, equestrian units, service clubs, and youth groups. Arrive early to see two pre-parade concerts, La Mesa Middle School and Parkway Middle School bands, at 9:00 a.m. along the La Mesa Boulevard parade route. After the parade, join the La Mesa’s Human Relations Commission for FREE ice cream at La Mesa Boulevard and 4th Street, north side. La Mesa welcomes all County residents and their families to share in this free and fun event! For more information contact the parade committee at or visit the City website at FamilyFun.

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Spring Valley Relay for Life

SPRING VALLEY — On May 30-31, from 9AM-9AM the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Spring Valley will take place at Monte Vista High School, 3230 Sweetwater Springs Blvd, Spring Valley. Inspire hope for a world free of cancer and fund the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures and fighting back. Contact Information: or Lisa Stewart 619-456-7450.



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accidentally poked the black knob next to the clock settings on the dash of my Mazda6. “ALC Level 0” flashed on the electronic display. Huh? What’s ALC? I’m driving, can’t stop. I’ll check the manual when I get home. Of course I forgot. Good thing I did because months later, when I did remember, I was overwhelmed with WTMDI – Way Too Much Dashboard Information. Meanwhile, having discovered this ALC knob, I began experimenting. Only at stop lights, of course. I tried turning the knob. “Level 0” became “Level 1.” And look at this! It goes all the way to Level 6! What have I been missing out on? What th’ heck is ALC? When the signal light turned green, I pressed the knob to end my exploring. But “BASS” flashed on the display screen. Oops. The knob wasn’t done with me. Everyone knows what BASS is - it gives that singer on the CD a deep sexy voice! I waited eagerly for the next red light to see what else lay behind the knob. At the next light – yes, red I turned the knob to the right. Oh! Look! “BASS” has six levels, too. Not only that… When I turned the knob back to zero, it didn’t stop; it went all the way to negative six. Stripped that singer of his manhood! This is getting good. Like I have my own music studio. I

pressed the knob again. This time I got “TREBLE,” but I had to stop fiddling with the knob because I was running out of red lights. At home in the driveway I continued my research. “TREBLE,” as expected, went up six levels and down to negative six. I pressed the knob twice more and up came “FADE,” and then “BAL,” each with multiple settings. I turned the knob on “FADE.” “FR” appeared and the music moved over to the front right of the car – no, not outside, inside. “FR” has 8 levels and then there are “RR,” “FL” and “FR,” eight settings each. You know what “BAL” is… Next up… “BEEP.” This knob is amazing! How much more is there? Everyone knows what a BEEP is – but why would you want to BEEP? Two settings: “ON” and “OFF.” The manual enlightened me – the beep is for when I turn on and off the audio system, in case I wasn’t paying attention. Well, forget that. I don’t want any beeping when I turn on the music. I might miss a beat. “ILLM EFT,” “Welcome,” and “BT Setup” were next. “ILLM EFT” was obvious: illumination and electronic funds transfers so you can make smart moves in the stock market. Whoops! Nothing here about electronic funds transfers and the illumination is for the audio system. You can turn the lights on or off. Why would anyone turn them off ? Don’t

you want to see what you’re hearing? All you audio techies are thinking what an audio ignoramus I am. But so it is. Anyway, moving on to “BT Setup,” as soon as I saw the word “Bluetooth,” I understood. I do know what a Bluetooth is, but I still didn’t know what the “ALC Level” was. Fortunately, Chapter 6, Verse 29 of the 2012 Mazda6 Owner’s Manual blew away my ignorance. Of course! “ALC” is Automatic Level Control. How stupid of me! It tracks how fast I’m driving and adjusts the audio level and sound quality to my speed. Adjusting the audio level I get, but the sound quality? How do I get the best sound quality? Do I need to go faster or slower? Come to a complete stop? Plus there are six settings, which completely baffles me. Either it tracks me or it doesn’t. How can it track me less - or more? I have some hands-on work ahead of me. The dash is full of unknown treasures I’ve never met, used or abused, but I’m sure the manual will explain it all before the car wears out.

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El Cajon hosting America on Main Street on Saturday

Grossmont Healthcare District bond sale results in $28 million savings to taxpayers

The second annual America on Main Street is expected to draw more than 25,000 people to Downtown El Cajon from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday, May 16. This patriotic community event will be held on East Main Street and Rea Avenue, between Magnolia and Claydelle avenues. It will celebrate El Cajon’s rich diversity, shared traditions, civic pride and community engagement, along with America’s appreciation and respect for many diverse ethnic and historical groups. Activities will include live entertainment on four stages, exhibit booths, American and ethnic foods, chili cook-off (police vs. fire), a five-story Ferris wheel, a petting zoo, handmade crafts display and a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens. For more information, call (619) 441-1762, or visit www.

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that serves as landlord of Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, said it recently finalized the sale for two separate series of general obligation (G.O.) bonds totaling $24.5 million and $175 million. The bond proceeds will finance ongoing capital improvement construction projects consisting of new and improved patient care facilities currently underway at the publicly owned hospital. The $24.5 million bond sale was the third and final series of G.O. bonds that are part of Proposition G, a GHD-sponsored $247 million bond measure that East Region voters approved in June 2006. The two previous GHD bond sales totaled $85.6 million in 2007 and $136.8 million in 2011. The $175 million sale of bonds was a partial refunding of the bonds previously sold in 2007 and 2011. The refunding, a transaction similar to a refinancing, will save taxpayers about $1.13 million in interest payments annually, or a total of about $28.6 million over the life of the bonds through 2040, GHD officials said. GHD officials said both series of bonds were priced for selling on April 28, and offers were accepted the same day from institutional and retail investors in the U.S. municipal bond market. Closing date for the transactions is scheduled for May 20. Moody’s Investor Services rated GHD’s bonds at “Aa2,” which ranks near the top of Moody’s 10-tier scale, with “AAA,” as the highest rating possible. The U.S. government, for instance, has a Triple-A rating. Moody’s is a recognized and widely utilized independent source for credit ratings on debt involving sover-

The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will host its next third Thursday mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 at the El Cajon Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #1371, located at 13794 Interstate 8 Business, El Cajon. Sponsors of the mixer will be Women of the Moose. Cost to attend is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. According to Kathy Kassel, Chamber executive director, the mixer is a great opportunity to connect with fellow chamber members and promote your business. For more information and to RSVP, visit

Open University Program Opens SDSU Summer Courses

ave you ever thought about attending courses at San Diego State University, but didn’t want to go through the process of being formally admitted? SDSU classes are open to the public through the College of Extended Studies Open University program, which allows individuals to enroll in courses (on a space-available basis) without formal admission to the university. Summer classes start Thursday, May 21. Registration for Open University is available online as well as at the Extended Studies registration window. The program allows SDSU students, high school graduates, working adults, and students from other universities to attend regular university classes once enrolled students have registered and classroom space is still available. Open University students can take classes to finish a degree, for career advancement, or for personal enrichment. Certain restrictions apply. More information about Open University is available at or by calling (619) 265-7378 (SDSU). SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide

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eign nations, corporations and municipalities. “The strong rating was a real plus for local taxpayers because it affirmed the creditworthiness of the bonds, as well as the utmost confidence by investors in the District’s financial stability,” said Robert Ayres, 2015 GHD board president. “In addition, the refunding will mean additional savings and a direct benefit to taxpayers.” This latest bond sale will help complete the 71,000-square-foot Heart and Vascular (H&V) Center building, currently under construction, as well as the 18,000-square-foot Central Energy Plant, with its 4.4-megawatt combustion turbine generator weighing 52 tons, and remodeling work on floors 2 through 5 of the East Tower.

Rock Church opens thrift store in El Cajon The Rock Church has opened a thrift store in El Cajon at 450 Fletcher Parkway, Suite 119. The new store, called Rock Thrift Store, offers new and gently used merchandise, including clothing, jewelry, housewares, books, collectable and furniture. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Proceeds from Rock Thrift support The Rock Church’s outreach and ministry programs, including a homeless ministry and an orphanage in Haiti. Rock Church, which began in February 2000, opened an East County campus in 2013. Its East County campus, at 808 Jackman Dr. in El Cajon, was a former Michael’s retail store that was remodeled to feature a 725-seat auditorium. The church, with four campuses and 16,000 weekly attendees, also operates the Rock Academy Christian School.

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Waseem Wastin for The East County Herald EL CAJON — The East County Chamber celebrated a ribbon cutting grand opening of Platos Closet offering new & gently worn clothing, jewelry, accessories and handbags. By 10:00 am the Store opened for the public, hundreds of excited people entered for shopping, most of them had been lined up at the walk side in front of the store waiting for the ribbon cutting.




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