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Santee City Council Recognizes Santee Chamber and Omelette Factory for National Small Business Week

SANTEE — Santee City Council presented a proclamation to the Santee Chamber of Commerce in recognition of National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week recognized achievements and contributions of small businesses across the nation. Each year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business week. This year, National Small Business week is being celebrated from April 30 to May 6 in recognition of over 28 million small businesses countrywide that conbribute both in the local and national economy. SBA estimates more than half of employed Americans either own or work in a small business and create two out 0f three new U.S. jobs each year.

Pictured left, from left: Small business owner of the Omelette Factory, Peter Giforos withSantee Mayor John Minto. Pictured below, from left: Omelette Factory owner Peter Giforos, Santee Mayor John Min to, JoKristin Dare from Santee Chamber of Commerce, and Santee Chamber CEO Bob Lloyd, participated in the proclamation ceremony.

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Above: O’Boyle with his younger brother Peter O’Boyle, who graduated from the Irish Police Academy last November. Below: With the gates of Glasnevin Cemetery in the background, Kavanagh’s pub is affectionately known as ‘The Gravediggers’ as the gravediggers from the cemetery would stop by for a pint after a hard day’s work at the cemetery.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Will Yucca Mountain be the Nuclear Waste Answer?


he longer Donald Trump remains President and Harry Reid remains retired, the greater the chances that canisters bearing more than 3.5 million pounds of nuclear waste from the shut-down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) will end up beneath a mountain about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. And the closer this proposed solution to a serious problem comes to reality, the greater the chances it will pit well-meaning Californians against each other, both sides with legitimate environmental concerns that so far appear of little or no interest to Trump’s administration. The waste involved, say San Diego-area consumer groups, is extremely deadly and could remain potentially lethal for about 250,000 years – much longer than the known history of the human race. Planned burial of the canisters near the beachfront abutting the SONGS site along Interstate 5 at the San Diego-Orange county line may be delayed as Edison and consumer lawyers try to negotiate another disposition for them. Those negotiations have already postponed a civil trial scheduled to begin April 14. Should the canisters stay beneath the beach and leak, they could endanger more than 8.4 million persons living within 50 miles, not to mention freeway drivers and passengers on an adjacent coastal rail route. Enter Yucca Mountain. The hollowed-out mountain was considered in the 1990s as a prime candidate for storage of nuclear waste from around the nation, now scattered widely in supposedly temporary sites. Then Reid, the recently retired Democratic Nevada senator and longtime Senate Democratic leader, stepped in along with nowretired California Democrat Barbara Boxer. Both expounded a theory that radioactivity from Yucca Mountain could trickle into underground water supplies that eventually flow to the Colorado River upstream from the aqueduct belonging to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which provides significant supplies to about half of all Californians. They warned that stored waste at Yucca Mountain could pollute much of California’s and Arizona’s water supply for generations to come. Any threat to those water supplies can only create pressure to draw more water from rivers in Northern California. Yucca Mountain also became highly unpopular in Nevada, whose citizenry resisted becoming a dumping ground for the most toxic waste in America when there isn’t even a nuclear power plant in that state. Now comes the Trump administration, which has seemed to care little about polluting anything, from air to water to the airwaves, where it admits purveying “alternative facts.” That’s another phrase for lies, distortions and exaggerations. Meanwhile, no one has either proved or disproved the potential threat from a Yucca Mountain dump. So far, Trump proposes spending $120 million to restart the licensing process for the site. But Yucca Mountain could end up costing more than 1,000 times that much – a possible $100 billion for things like 300-plus miles of new railroad track to bring waste there, advanced robots to work underground with waste canisters, and building of massive underground titanium shields designed to keep waste from most of the 48 contiguous states contained for hundreds of thousands of years beyond the lifetime of anyone alive today. Trump’s aim is to keep nuclear power plants operational as long as possible. They currently supply about 20 percent of America’s power, with more than two dozen now storing radioactive waste on or near their own sites on a longstanding “temporary” basis. The renewed controversy would not be happening if Reid were still leading the Senate. The strong push by San Diego County residents to move SONGS waste far away from them will only add pressure to the drive for Yucca Mountain. There is no doubt America needs a waste storage site, as all existing ones are at capacity. Yucca Mountain got its newest boost the other day, when Energy Secretary Rick Perry – a determined rival of California during his eight years as Texas governor – quietly visited the area. But Nevada officials are united against it, including Democrats like Reid successor Catherine Cortez Masto and Republicans led by Gov. Brian Sandoval. So far, no California official has been involved in the new push for the site. More and more, this looks like a political landmine, with legitimate environmental worries on both sides of a decades-old dispute.

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


‘Old-People Smell’ .

My six-year-old grandson insists that I smell like an old person. Do you have any idea what he’s talking about?


. There was a study that suggests people can tell if you are old by how you smell. The study was done at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. Researchers asked volunteers between the ages of 20 and 95 to sleep in T-shirts with nursing pads sewn into the armpits. After the five nights, the researchers put the pads in jars. Each jar contained cut-up quarters of pads from several people in the same age group. A separate group of volunteers was asked to sniff the jars and rate the odors. The odor of people 75-95 was judged to be less intense and far more pleasant than the scent of either young or middle-aged adults. In general, men smelled worse than women, but that distinction disappeared in old age, the researchers found. Johan Lundstrom, co-author of the study, said the research “shows that there’s yet another signal hidden in the body odor that we are somehow able to extract and make use of.” Previous research had suggested that body odor provides clues to sickness, gender and kinship. In recent years, scientists have shown that humans use their noses when selecting romantic partners. There is a negative connotation to “old-people smell.” Where does it originate? Here are some possible causes offered by experts on aging: • Stale air. Old people tend to keep the thermostat on high, their windows closed and shades down. Their homes are stuffy breeding grounds for mold and bacteria. • Dirty digs. It’s more burdensome for older people to do house-cleaning. • Unlaundered clothes. Doing laundry is difficult for many older people, so they tend to have soiled clothes around. • Incontinence. Sometimes the aged don’t get to the bathroom in time and don’t clean up properly. • Faulty senses. An older adult’s senses of sight and smell have dulled. Older people often don’t see dirt or smell bad odors. • Bad breath. As we age, the tissues of the mouth produce less saliva, which is the best defense against bad breath. Older people don’t brush their teeth as well as they used to. And dentures retain odors if they aren’t replaced when they should be. Digestive problems, such as acid reflux, are increasingly common as we age; these send stomach odors up into the mouth. • Dehydration. It’s common for older people to drink very little without realizing it. When a person is dehydrated, odors from foods such as garlic or onion become more concentrated. Urine is more concentrated, too, so just a drop of leakage can produce a strong smell. • The unwashed. Older people take fewer baths because they are viewed as a lot of work when you are just staying at home. And, there is a fear of falling in the tub. • Medicinal smell. Older people take a lot of medications, which can cause a subtle chemical odor to come through the pores of the skin. They also use a lot of mentholated products such as Ben-Gay and Vicks VapoRub. • Cleaning solutions. We associate ammonia and Lysol with aging because it is used in nursing homes.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean New Phase III Trial and Belief in Biotin’s Potential to Treat Progressive MS


global Phase III clinical trial assessing MD1003 — also known as highdose biotin — for progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) might lead to the approval of one of the first treatments helping select progressive patients to improve. The trial aims to prove that high-dose biotin can reverse disability in non-active progressive MS. While this has been seen in an earlier Phase III trial, the new trial is much larger — ensuring a much greater volume of data will be collected — and, equally important, it may bring the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate a review of the treatment’s effectiveness as a first step toward possible approval. How biotin ended up in a Phase III MS trial is, in many ways, a story about Dr. Frédéric Sedel — co-founder and CEO of MedDay Pharmaceuticals, which is developing the treatment — and the man who, by chance, led the team that discovered that biotin in high doses benefits progressive MS patients. Sedel, a French researcher followed the path laid out before him and his colleagues by research findings and lucky circumstances — a rarely mentioned but often influential contributor to medical research. The trial, called SPI2 (NCT02936037), is in its early stages of enrollment — and recruiting across the U.S., Canada and several European countries — but Sedel expresses a clear hope, even a guarded expectation, that outcomes will be good. His optimism is partly based on data from earlier clinical trials, showing that high-dose biotin could reverse disability progression in some patients. And it is partly based on the fact that thousands of MS patients are already under biotin treatment in France — where the drug was granted early access rights under a special program — in advance of potential European and U.S. regulatory approvals. The SPI2 trial — made possible by funding of mainly French investors — aims to recruit 600 patients at 70 sites world-

wide. Recruitment is ongoing, and MedDay hopes to be done by the end of the year. Enrollment information is available at show/NCT02936037 Patients will be randomized to receive either 100 mg of biotin three times a day, or placebo. The trial will be double-blind, and data will not be available until the patients have been treated for 15 months — which researchers expect to be by mid2019. Sedel pointed out that there will be no interim analysis. “An interesting point with biotin is that it doesn’t seem to work in the short term,” he said. “When we start the drug, we start to see an effect after at least nine months of treatment.” Participants who complete the trial will then be enrolled into a 12-month, open-label extension study, meaning all will be given biotin.

Unlike the vast majority of MS clinical trials, the Phase III SPI2 trial is enrolling only primary and secondary progressive patients without relapses. The reason for this is that researchers believe that neurodegeneration — and not inflammation — causes disability to accumulate in progressive patients. Progressive patients are, therefore, frequently excluded from clinical trials of drugs aiming to stem disease activity by harnessing inflammation. In contrast, the pharmaceutical formulation of high-dose biotin — which is a type of vitamin B — has no impact on inflammation, the driving force behind relapses and “active disease.” “The biotin that we use has no anti-inflammatory effect – so there is no impact on the relapses,” Sedel said. Including patients with relapses might also make data difficult to interpret, Sedel — who was a practicing neurologist at a leading Paris hospital before starting MedDay — pointed out.

“We don’t want to be polluted by relapses, which may cause unwanted noise in the evaluation. Because if you have relapses then the patient will worsen, not because of the drug but because of their ongoing inflammation,” he said. To meet these criteria of a “pure neurodegenerative MS population” — as Sedel put it — the trial is recruiting patients who are moderately to severely disabled, scoring 3.5 to 6.5 on the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS). Disability is, of course, also needed to prove the main point of the trial: that the drug can actually reverse neurodegenerative disease processes, and hence, disability. The trial will have a narrow focus within the defined patient group. To make it easier to measure improvements, the study will home in on patients with walking difficulties. Measuring improvements in the timed 25-foot walk test is, along with changes in EDSS, its primary outcome measure. But MS disability comes in many shapes and forms. Will high-dose biotin help patients with other types of disability? Sedel clearly believes so. “We are focusing on the population which has gait impairment, to be able to get enough of a homogenous population — and we see an effect on gait impair-


Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 30 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at NOTE: Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/ Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and 2017 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.


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reetings precious people, this week we 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! Now let us continue to look at some more of the many promises that God makes to all that are His. God has promised peace, Isaiah 26:3, “You (God) will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” You don’t need to worry. Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” The Bible promises peace as we live according to its principles. Psalms 119:165, “Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.” Did you notice the conditions attached to each of these promises of peace? God will keep me in perfect peace when: my mind is set on Him and trust in Him; I will have the peace that surpasses all understanding and not be anxious for anything when: I pray (entrust everything to Him); I will have great peace when: I love His Word and seek to live according to it. Make no mistake about it, when these conditions are not met, it is both foolish and presumptive to expect to have God’s peace in my life. When my mind is focused on “other things” whether they be on myself; cares and worries of the world; deceitfulness of riches; lust of other things; or anything else, it is impossible to have the perfect peace of God. When I am worried about anything, any peace that I may have had prior to worrying about something will vanish. If I choose to live my life in rebellion and disobedience to the expressed will of God as conveyed through His Word the Bible, I will not experience the great peace of God and go through this life stumbling about. The Children of Israel are a prime example of this, God had made many promises to them including possession of the Promised Land if they would but obey and trust Him, BUT they began to focus on themselves and the “giants” in the Land and never were able to experience God’s promises until that generation died off and the next would experience it. There are no shortage of circumstances; occurrences; situations; in this life whether they be sickness, loss of loved one, job, savings, health, material goods or any other thing that can rob you of the peace that God has for you if you let them. The Apostle Paul in writing to the Church at Philippi, identified 4 thieves of the Joy that God has for us, though joy is not the same as peace these 4 thieves can rob us of God’s peace also. Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter to them, his circumstances were less than favorable, so “circumstances” can rob us of peace. Secondly, there were people that were trying to cause Paul problems all the time even when he was in prison, so “people” can rob you of peace. Thirdly, with these afore mentioned thieves, “worry” can rob us of peace. Worry about what could, might, should, did happen to us. Finally, “things” can rob us of peace, things I have or do not have or would like to have or that others have and I do not have.

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ment, but it doesn’t mean there is no effect on the other functions,” he said. “We don’t think this is only a drug for gait improvement. We have other scales in the trial … [and previous trials] showed that not only gait was improved.” How did Sedel discover the potential of biotin in MS? The vitamin is sold over-the-counter as a supplement, but in doses a hundred-fold lower than those used in MS. Sedel explains, “I was a neurologist, and I was – that’s weird – but I was the inventor of this drug. That’s how life goes; it can be strange like that,” Sedel said of his time at Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, France. There, he studied rare genetic conditions causing inherited metabolic diseases. Many of these conditions involve enzymes needed for normal brain function. Although these diseases can be caused by abnormalities in a host of different enzymes, they can be treated in similar ways, Sedel explained. “The nice thing is that you can treat these patients with inborn errors of metabolism by different co-enzymes,” Sedel said. Coenzymes are factors needed to facilitate the work of enzymes. One of the co-enzymes used was high-dose biotin. At the time, Sedel discovered a group of patients who shared the common feature of brain damage caused by defective myelin. Sedel believed that their brain abnormality was caused by a common genetic defect. Since the patients became better with biotin treatment, he named the disease biotin-responsive leukodystrophy. But work to identify the presumed genetic cause proved difficult, Sedel and his team also discovered that one of the patients was, in fact, misdiagnosed. This man most likely had a type of progressive MS that resembled leukodystrophy. And he responded very well to high-dose biotin. While an observation of one patient becoming better after

a treatment can be intriguing, it’s a drop in the ocean. So Sedel launched a small pilot trial to see if other progressive MS patients reacted to biotin in a similar way. Although small, the study’s findings spoke for themselves. Of the 23 enrolled patients, 91.3 percent experienced a lessening in disability. The development spurred Sedel, together with Dr. Guillaume Brion, to start MedDay in 2011. But it took until 2013 for the two to fully commit to the development of MD1003. “2013 was when myself and Guillaume decided to leave our privileged jobs and go full time in the company.” The recruitment of sponsors allowed MedDay to launch two additional clinical trials — the MS-SPI (NCT02220933) and MS-NO (NCT02220244) studies. Just as the currently running study, the MS-SPI trial included only progressive patients without relapses. The MS-NO study, in contrast, also enrolled relapsing patients. The study was intended to examine if biotin could help speed recovery after a relapse in patients with optic neuritis. But unlike the clear effects found in people with progressive disease, researchers did not see treatment impact in this group. Data from the French MS-SPI trial — published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal in 2016 — showed another picture. In the pilot study, researchers recorded all types of improvement. This time, the criteria were more strict: patient needed to improve their EDSS score or their performance in the timed 25-foot walk test. Of those receiving MD1003, 12.6 percent did. In the placebo group, that number was 0. “That’s how we became completely convinced that there was something completely new here, something working on the neurodegeneration. We knew that biotin had no effect on T-cells, B-cells; it had nothing related to inflammation,” Sedel said.

“What we observed in patients was progressive improvement, which was very unusual, as you know — patients with progressive MS, as with other neurodegenerative diseases, are not supposed to really improve.” The results, he said, seem to be durable throughout the currently running extension trial, which will continue to monitor its patients until biotin becomes approved. “We do not end the trial until we get market approval, because it is very important to get long-term data.” But as the extension continues, people are dropping out, making analyses of durability difficult. “The data on the population that is still being followed in this trial, which may not be representative of the whole population … it seems that there is a sustained efficacy,” Sedel said, underscoring the need to be cautious in interpretations. Although Sedel did not mention reasons for people quitting the study, they may be linked to the fact that French patients can now access the drug outside of the trial. French authorities granted MD1003 a temporary license, known as an ATU, allowing access before the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have its say on marketing authorization. Since MedDay is obliged to keep track of these patients, the program can provide important data supporting the effectivity of the treatment. “Physicians have treated about 5,000 patients, which is huge. I think it’s very rare to have a drug … [in an investigative stage with] results in some 5,000 patients,” Sedel said. MedDay has presented data from the extension phase at earlier scientific conferences, and plans an update for the ECTRIMS meeting in Paris in October. There, the company will also showcase observations in the early access patients.

Source: MedDay Pharmaceuticals

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eer enthusiasts are invited to join students from all over the world to learn the Business of Craft Beer this summer at the Craft Beer Education Camp through San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies. Last summer’s camp debut was a smashing success. Students came from all over the U.S. as well as Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and Australia, to partake in the Craft Beer Connoisseur Camp or Brewery Startup Camp. “The camp far exceeded my expectations,” said student Damon Sherman. “Literally everything was thought of.” Added student Chris Duncan: “I really didn’t know what to expect, but everything about it was amazing. From the inclass tastings to off-site visits, the program was so inclusive.” Students spend nine days of hands-on learning and tasting with local craft beer industry experts such as “Dr.” Bill Sysak, George Thornton, and Dave Adams. This summer, attendees may choose from SDSU’s Craft Beer Connoisseur Camp, July 26-Aug. 3, or Brewery Startup Camp, Aug. 4-12, or may attend both camps. Each camp offers eight days of hands-on learning and tasting, and one free day to explore San Diego. Tuition is $1,750. There is a maximum of 40 students per session, which are expected to sell out fast. Students must be 21 or older. For additional information, visit craftbeercamp, email or call (619) 594-1138. To view a camp video, visit SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Dial 1 for East County phone numbers starting next year

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CityMark’s Fahrenheit project. Highland Partnership, Inc., a locally based construction firm, was the general contractor. The units come in 10 floorplan options, ranging from 629 East County residents will have to start dialing an area square feet to 1,482 square feet. Rent prices start around code for local calls next spring, announced the California $1,572 per month. Each apartment in the pet-friendly Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Instead of creating an building has a private balcony, nine-foot ceilings and energyentirely new area code, the CPUC commissioners recently efficient appliances. Common areas include a two-story lobby, decided to remove the boundaries between the 619 and 858 a fitness center, and a rooftop lounge with barbecue stations. geographic areas, allowing them to be given out in the same Health care library to host free meeting on region. According to a CPUC staff report, the 619 area code is expected to use up its available prefixes by late next year, peripheral neuropathy while 858 has a projected 30 years of numbers remaining. The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Combining the two should hold off the problem for 17 years, Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La the report said. The upshot is that customers will be able Mesa, will host “All About Peripheral Neuropathy,” a free to retain their current numbers. The price will be to dial 1 program on the causes, symptoms and treatments for this plus the area code for all local calls. Callers can begin using nerve disorder, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 24. the new procedure in October, while the dialing process is The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” scheduled to become mandatory in April next year, according series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. to the CPUC. The 619 area code, created in 1982, is used Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance in southern portions of the city of San Diego, including East RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available. Speaker County, South County and some San Diego areas such as at the program will be Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director. Linda Vista. The 858 area code, which went into use in 1999, “There are more than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy and extends north from the San Diego beach communities into La they cause various symptoms, such as: numbness; sensitivity Jolla, Del Mar and Solana Beach, and inland to Rancho Santa to touch; tingling, burning and pricking sensations; and Fe, Rancho Bernardo and Poway. muscle weakness,” said Quinn. “Join us to learn about this common, but painful, nerve disorder.” Quinn, with a master’s CityMark opens Celsius apartments in degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican Lemon Grove University in the Chicago area, has served as director of the CityMark Development has opened Celsius, a new 84-unit Herrick Library since 2007. apartment building located along Lemon Grove’s Main Street Hollywood Casino in Jamul exhibiting Promenade. The apartments average about 865 square feet in size. The $19 million project was designed by Studio movie costumes E Architects, a Bankers Hill-based firm that also designed Hollywood Casino-San Diego in Jamul has announced its

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Final Cut steak and seafood restaurant is now displaying American cinema memorabilia, including costumes worn by stars in famous movies. On display at the Final Cut: A flight suit worn by Will Smith in the science fiction thriller “Independence Day;” A dress from Marilyn Monroe believed to be from her last photo shoot; A suit from Daniel Craig, who played James Bond in “Spectre;” A dress worn by Natalie Wood in “Gypsy;” A Superman costume worn by Christopher Reeve; A jockey outfit worn by Tobey Maguire in “Seabiscuit;” A dress worn by Halle Berry during the Academy Awards. Penn National Gaming Inc. (Nasdaq: PENN) runs the casino business on behalf of the Jamul Indian Village. The Pennsylvania-based corporation operates several Hollywoodthemed casinos across the nation. Its collection of costumes, vehicles and props includes a six-ton model of the sinking ocean liner Titanic, which is currently not at the Jamul location.

El Cajon has nation’s 12th highest rate of rent growth

El Cajon had the nation’s 12th-highest rate of year-overyear growth in apartment rent, according to the latest monthly survey of 250 U.S. cities by commercial real estate data provider Yardi Matrix. The East County city’s average rent in April grew 7.8 percent from a year ago, reaching $1,387. The top six fastest-growers in the latest report were Stockton (up 11.2 percent), Lancaster, Calif. (up 10.9 percent), Colorado Springs, Colo. (up 10 percent), Tacoma, Wash. (up 9.5 percent) and Santa Rosa and Modesto, Calif. (tied at 9.4 percent growth). At $1,314, the average U.S. apartment rent in April was up two percent from a year ago. Researchers said that rate is well below the six percent year-over-year growth that was being seen at the same point of 2016.

MAY 18-24, 2017



Alpine Community Planning Group AGENDA

P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91901-1419

Notice of Regular Meeting • Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901 Archived Agendas & Minutes –

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Travis Lyon Chairman Jim Easterling Vice Chairman Leslie Perricone Secretary Glenda Archer George Barnett Roger Garay Charles Jerney Jim Lundquist Jennifer Martinez Mike Milligan Lou Russo Richard Saldano Kippy Thomas Larry Watt

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Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements Approval of Minutes March 23, 2017 Regular Meeting Minutes April 27, 2017 Regular Meeting Minutes

2. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans. The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only. E. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda. F.



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G. Organized / Special Presentations 1. Staff from Padre Dam Municipal Water District will provide the ACPG an update on “The Value of Water”. Presentation & Discussion only. 2. The owner of a property located at the terminus of Country Meadows Road at West Victoria Drive (APN 403-160-15) has applied for Discretionary Permit for a Replacement Tentative Map #5341 (PDS20053100-5431). The property is an 80.72-acre parcel and the existing tentative map is for 20-lot single-family residential subdivision with one-acre minimum lot sizes, private roads, and on site septic sewage disposal. The county has requested that the ACPG to make a recommendation on the permit. Presentation, Discussion, & Action. H. Group Business: 1. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for Group approval. Discussion & Action I. J. K. L. M. N.

Consent Calendar Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board) Officer Reports Open Discussion 2 (if necessary) Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas Approval of Expenses / Expenditures

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Announcement of Meetings: Alpine Community Planning Group – June 22nd, 2017 ACPG Subcommittees – TBD Planning Commission – June 9th, 2017 Board of Supervisors – June 20th, 21st, & 28th 2017


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15th Annual Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Regatta Sails Into San Diego Bay Aug. 25-26

CORONADO— The largest summer time water event on San Diego Bay—the annual Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Dinner and Regatta—will be held on Friday, Aug. 25 and Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. Hosted by Sharp HospiceCare, Coronado Yacht Club and Cortez Racing Association, the event will support Sharp HospiceCare’s Homes for Hospice program, which offers a unique environment for patients with a lifelimiting illness, to meet their needs in a comfortable home setting. The event kicks off Friday evening, Aug. 25 with a pre-race dinner and silent auction, followed by all-day festivities on Saturday, Aug. 26, when guests will board yachts and cruise along the race course for a breathtaking view of the regatta and San Diego Bay. To date, the campaign has led to the completion of three hospice residences in the neighborhoods of La Mesa, Del Cerro and Bonita. Leading the effort as event chair for the 2017 regatta is Tracy Lyon, business development manager for Coffman Engineers. Honorary Chairs are Mr. Steven and Dr. Marilyn Norton.

•Pre-Race Event: Friday, August 25, 6 p.m. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118 Tickets: $195; includes full-course dinner, dancing and silent auction. • Race and Spectator Yacht Seating: Saturday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m. Coronado Yacht Club, 1631 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118 Tickets: $150; includes yacht reservation, lunch, refreshments, beer, wine and post-race party dinner. The race portion of the event starts on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the east end of Harbor Island, winding around San Diego Bay and finishing near the Coronado Yacht Club. Competitors will race for a chance to compete in the 2018 Hospice Regattas National Championship in Oswego, NY. To purchase tickets or learn more about the regatta, visit To find out more about Sharp HospiceCare, please call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-8274277) or visit Racers can register sailboats to compete in the regatta by visiting

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