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Safety Officers Appreciation Dinner Santee City Council Issues By Wade Geringer

For The East County Herald SPRING VALLEY — Kenda Willie, Gib Anderson and Pedro Bulling were honored at the Safety Officers Appreciation Dinner hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Spring Valley and the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce at Trinity Church, Thursday, May 10. The event is an annual community tribute to law enforcement professionals, senior patrol members and local firefighters. Among their awards the three honorees also received senate certificates of recognition from Senator Joel Anderson. “It’s a great honor to recognize the accomplishments of the honorees and their devotion to public safety and protecting our community,” said Anderson. Kenda Wille, the 13th annual Kiwanis Peace Officer Appreciation Scholarship winner in honor of her outstanding community service and who plans to pursue a law enforcement career, was asked what it meant to be awarded a certificate of recognition from Anderson. She responded “I feel like there’s a lot of Senators that can take note of that, and I think that’s why so many people love him is that he’s sending representatives, he’s showing up at these events, he’s making appearances to connect with the people.” The event included a lively talk by the keynote speaker Jason Hemmens, the Assistant Director of the County of San Diego Parks and Recreation, and a performance by the cast of Grease from the Monte Vista High School. Willie also described her excitement to see support for reserve officers who are “a group of the community who don’t get a lot of recognition so I think it’s really nice that we throw events like this because they do a lot of work for agencies and for forensics.” Both Gib Anderson and Pedro Bulling received the 2018 Richard H. Allan Senior Volunteer Patrol Award in honor of their outstanding community service.


By Jay Renard

The East County Herald SANTEE — The Santee City Council issued two proclamations, National Public Works week, and National Prevention Week, Wednesday, May 9. The San Diego/ Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Public Works Association is celebrating National Public Works Week from May 21-27. This year’s theme is The Power of Public works. Public Works provides clean water, disposal of solid waste, building roads and bridges, planning and implementing mass transit, removing snow from roadways and devising emergency management strategies to meet natural or man-made disasters. The City of Santee proudly salutes and thanks public works professionals who work tirelessly on maintaining our quality of life. The proclamation was accepted by Sam Rensberry, Santee Public Service Manager. Presenting the proclamation was Santee Mayor John Minto. National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of substance abuse and mental health issues. The timing of National Prevention Week provided an opportunity for schools and organizations to host prevention-themed events, raising awareness among students and their families. This is to curb first time substance abuse during the summer months. Community leaders have a responsibility to inspire change in substance abuse. Addressing substance abuse requires a public health approach that involves health care system, schools, civic groups, neighborhood associations, and other community groups. Members of the Santee Solutions Coalition accepted the proclamation from Mayor Join Minto.

On The Cover EL CAJON — Sycuan Casino announced that its expansion project has reached another major milestone. The organization hosted a Topping Off Celebration, Tuesday, May 22 to place the final beam on its new hotel tower. During the celebration, Chairman, Cody Martinez (pictured far right) and General Manager, John Dinius (pictured right,center) acknowledged the hard work of the team and gave the latest project milestones before raising the final beam into place. Former Chairman, Danny Tucker (pictured near right), The Sycuan Band of The Kumeyaay Nation Tribal Council, Sycuan Casino Executive Team and Swinerton Project Management Team were all in

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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 Top Two Test? GOP Could Decide an All-Dem Runoff


s California’s run for governor nears its June primary election milestone, there’s still a strong possibility this will wind up as a two-Democrat race for the state’s top office. If so, it will be the ultimate playing out and test of the 2010 Proposition 14, which set up the top two “jungle primary” system here, with the two leading vote-getters in any primary election making the November runoff ballot, even if both come from the same party. The historically huge voter registration advantage now enjoyed by Democrats in this state is the main reason recent polls showed one Democrat – Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom – far ahead of the rest of the 27-person field as a majority of voters began receiving their mail-in ballots. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a former San Francisco mayor, led those surveys and ex-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was in a three-person scrum of significantly publicized candidates competing for the second November ballot slot. If the two Republicans running, Orange County Assemblyman Travis Allen and San Diego County businessman John Cox, split the Republican vote, it’s highly possible neither will beat out Villaraigosa for second place. So a lack of discipline among Republicans, who could not settle on one candidate even as late as their early-May state convention, could create a runoff race matching two Democrats. Of course, in this new era of #MeToo focus on sexual behavior and harassment, no one can be sure whether Newsom and Villaraigosa, both former participants in well-publicized extra-marital affairs, can maintain their current status with the women who cast the majority of Democratic votes. Both apologize profusely whenever they discuss those affairs. Both also purport to be better men today than before. The bottom line is that because Newsom and Villaraigosa have far outstripped their competition in the vital area of fundraising, they could face off in the fall. Both are liberals, Newsom somewhat to the left of Villaraigosa, a onetime labor union organizer who refused to cave in to public employee unions while he was mayor, one reason Newsom is Big Labor’s favorite in this contest. If they do match up, Newsom and Villaraigosa will test the basic premise of the top two system. When it was proposed, sponsors like then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his appointed lieutenant governor Abel Maldonado argued the new system would assure the election of more moderates from each major party. They figured that in one-party races like this year’s gubernatorial contest might become, members of the other party would choose the more moderate available candidate. Reality has been that in most such races, almost all occurring so far in legislative or congressional contests, voters from the party left out of the runoff have voted in small numbers, staying home or skipping over an office on their ballots and not bothering to choose what they see as the lesser of two evils. But Republicans will be motivated to turn out this fall, especially in the seven or eight Congressional swing districts Democrats believe they must flip from the Republican column in order to take over the House of Representatives. If turnout is heavy, the GOP’s almost 26 percent of the registered electorate could strongly influence the outcome, even if there’s no Republican on the ballot. One springtime poll from the Public Policy Institute of California showed that by a narrow 6 percent to 4 percent margin, GOP voters preferred Villaraigosa over Newsom in a putative matchup between the two. That’s not a very big slice of the GOP vote, but if higher percentages of GOP voters actually cast ballots for one of the two, they could be decisive. Villaraigosa’s margin among conservative voters was higher when party wasn’t figured in. Conservatives favored him over Newsom by a 15-6 percent margin, while he held a 6-point edge among self-described moderates. These numbers suggest that this just might be the year the top two system works precisely as it was planned and advertised. But all that, of course, depends on how the June primary plays out and it is far from finished.

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

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. Are vitamins worth taking? . It’s very important to

talk with your doctor before you take any vitamin and mineral pills, especially if you take prescription medicines, have any health problems or are elderly. Taking too much of a vitamin or mineral can cause problems with some medical tests or interfere with drugs you’re taking. Vitamins and minerals are “micronutrients” your body needs in small but steady amounts. Your body can’t make most micronutrients, so you must get them elsewhere. Vitamins are natural substances found in plants and animals. There are two types of vitamins: water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water-soluble vitamins are easily absorbed by your body. Unlike fat-soluble vitamins, they don’t have to be absorbed using bile acids (fluids used to digest fats). Your body doesn’t store large amounts of water-soluble vitamins. The water-soluble vitamins you don’t need are removed by your kidneys and come out in your urine Your body has to use bile acids to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Once these vitamins are absorbed, your body stores them in body fat. When you need them, your body takes them out of storage to be used. Here are some water-soluble vitamins: Vitamin C, biotin and the seven B vitamins — thiamin (B-1), riboflavin (B-2), niacin (B-3), pantothenic acid (B-5), pyridoxine (B-6), folic acid (B-9) and cobalamin (B-12). Here are some fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, E or K. Minerals come from the earth or from water. Plants and animals absorb them to get nutrients. The “major minerals” are calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfur and chloride. They are considered major minerals because adults need them in large amounts. The “trace minerals” are chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc. Your body needs them in smaller amounts. It would be hard to “overdose” on vitamins or minerals that you get from the foods you eat. But if you take supplements, you can easily take too much. This is even more of a risk if you take fatsoluble vitamins. Whole foods are your best sources of vitamins and minerals. They offer three main benefits over supplements; 1. They contain a variety of the micronutrients your body needs. An orange, for example, provides vitamin C but also beta carotene, calcium and other nutrients. A vitamin C supplement lacks these other micronutrients. 2. They provide dietary fiber, which is important for digestion and can help prevent certain diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Adequate fiber intake can also help prevent constipation. 3. They contain other substances such as antioxidants which slow down the natural process that leads to cell and tissue damage. If you depend on supplements rather than eating a variety of whole foods, you miss the potential benefits of these substances. For some people, including those on restrictive diets, multivitamin-mineral supplements can provide vitamins and minerals that their diets often don’t. Older people and pregnant women have altered nutrient needs and may also benefit from a supplement.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Newer MS Drug May Reduce Effectiveness of Some Vaccines ne year after its approval, experts continue to study the impact of ocrelizumab, the first drug for progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS). One study found some diminished vaccine responses in people taking ocrelizumab, sold under the brand name Ocrevus. The findings of the study were presented at the 2018 American Academy of Neurology (AAN) annual meeting in Los Angeles by Dr. Amit Bar-Or, FRCPC, chief of the Multiple Sclerosis division and director of the Center for Neuroinflammation and Experimental Therapeutics at Penn Medicine. The effect on vaccines The VELOCE study looked at the response of ocrelizumab patients to vaccines for tetanus, seasonal flu, and pneumococcus. Comparisons were made between those who were treated with ocrelizumab and those who were not. Also taken into consideration was the timing of the vaccine in association with the treatment. Patients who had the tetanus vaccine while also taking ocrelizumab showed a 24 percent immune response, whereas those who only had the tetanus vaccine showed 55 percent. The flu vaccine showed a decrease in immune response

from 100 percent to 71 percent for those treated with ocrelizumab, compared to those who weren’t taking the medication. “The study shows that while patients who receive ocrelizumab can still mount immune responses to many types of vaccines, the vaccine responses are diminished,” Bar-Or said. “The suggestion is to have key vaccines up to date, prior to starting ocrelizumab,” said Bar-Or. “It is useful to speak with the treating team about vaccine status prior to starting ocrelizumab.” “There is no reason to think that tetanus vaccine (or other vaccines) will generate a less potent or less durable vaccine response in someone just because they have MS. However, certain MS treatments (which may work by diminishing the potency of certain immune responses) may result in less potent vaccine responses,” explained Bar-Or. “Since vaccine responses normally wear out gradually over a while (usually quite a few years), if the original magnitude of the vaccine response was diminished due to patient being on an immune therapy, then the effect of the vaccine may wear out sooner,” he noted. Bruce Bebo, executive vice president of research at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, simplified the vaccine process. “Vaccines target B cells, turning them into memory cells that hide out until needed,” he said. B cells make antibodies. Then, when once again exposed to tetanus [or other agent] “the memory kicks in and the antibodies go to work,” Bebo explained. Ocrelizumab targets B cells, which is why the vaccine response is affected. “There is still a response, but is it strong enough to be effective? Nobody knows yet,” said Bebo. “We are learning the consequences of these kinds of therapies. Kudos to the company and Bar-Or for doing the study to understand all the ramifications.”

Source: Center for Neuroinflammation and Experimental Therapeutics at Penn Medicine, NMSS

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

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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 many 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 4:12-13 “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 14:25, Jesus made the following statement “I have spoken these things to you, being present with you.” The questions we must answer are to whom Jesus spoke this to and what were the “things” He had spoken. The context reveals the answers. Back in the beginning of John 13 we see Jesus is with His disciples partaking of what would become known as the “Last Supper”; He would then wash their feet; and continue to talk with them all the way through John 16. The context also tells us what it was that He was referring to when He said “I have spoken these things to you.” John 14:15-24 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, so that He may be with you forever, the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it does not see Him nor know Him. But you know Him, for He dwells with you and shall be in you. I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world does not see Me anymore. But you see Me. Because I live, you shall live also. At that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him. Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, Lord, how is it that You will reveal Yourself to us and not to the world? Jesus answered and said to him, If a man loves Me, he will keep My Word. And My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My Words, and the Word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.” It is obvious from the context what the focus was that He had spoken to His disciples, it was our obedience to His and His Word is how one proves his love for God. Loving God is more than just saying or singing “I love you Lord”. Talk is cheap as we all know having experienced it by way of hearing it from others and no doubt if we are honest we too have given. The church has its share of “cheap talkers” who attend church and sing songs like: “All to Jesus”; “Take my life and let it be”; “Where You lead I will follow”, and many like songs that are sung only with the lips and not the heart. It has been said that Christians lie more on Sunday as they sing the songs than any other time of the week, it should not be so. God said to Saul, to obey is better than sacrifice. God looks for and deserves nothing less than implicit obedience. Do you love the Lord? How are you doing in the obedience department?

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he bracket for the 2018 Mountain West Baseball Championship hosted by San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium from Thursday-Sunday, May 24-27 features No. 1 seed Nevada, No. 2 seed SDSU, No. 3 seed San Jose State, and No. 4 seed UNLV. The tournament features a double-elimination bracket. Nevada and UNLV will play the first game of the tournament, with the in-state foes meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. SDSU will face an in-state foe of its own in San Jose State in the nightcap scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Tony Gwynn Stadium will host two games each day on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Both Friday and Saturday will start with loser-bracket contests at 1:30 p.m. Sunday will host an if-necessary championship game at 1 p.m, should the winner of game five defeat the winner of game 4 on Saturday night. Each game will be broadcast on the Mountain West Network. All session-passes are $40 for adults and $30 for youth and students with valid ID. Single-session tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for youth and students with valid ID. For more information, visit

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can’t believe I’m doing this! Ever since my Old Biddies Club rant last week, I’ve been swamped by applications to join the club. Thousands and thousands of people of every age, race, nationality and gender are begging to get into the OBC. Okay, maybe I exaggerated a little. But about that last one, the gender issue. For obvious reasons, guys don’t really want to get into the Old Biddies Club. They couldn’t if they wanted to. It wouldn’t look right. But now they want a club of their own. Who would blame them? It isn’t just old biddies who want to go out and wreak havoc on the world. When the ol’ guys heard about the OBC, millions—correction, lots— of them said, “Why don’t we have a club like that?” With knowing looks and wicked grins, they whispered, “What would we call it?” Well, everyone knows what they would call it and this is where I can’t believe I’m doing this. I never use uncouth words or rough words or anything remotely hinting of such a thing. Not out loud anyway. What if my English professor father heard? What if my genteel brother and sister heard me? But—it is what it is. The guys know. Of course their club would be the Old Farts Club. Ouch! I said it! That was tough. But let’s get on with it.

The OFC will rival the OBC in wreaking havoc on the world with their rowdy meetings at the nearest family restaurant at eight in the morning. Old farts are tough; they get up with the dawn and hustle down to join their fellow old farts for a cup of coffee and a full-on breakfast of eggs and sausage and fried potatoes and burnt toast and whatever else the waitress tells them is on the special for the day. As they savor their food and wave their forks around, emphasizing their opinions on the latest news, the food disappears from sight. Their cups are refilled and refilled and refilled as they keep their seats at the table warm. A little harmless flirting with the waitress livens the morning as they discuss all the repairs they had to do the last few days: the leaky roof, the stalled carburetor, the clogged drainpipe from the garbage disposal. Smart-alec Tobe tells them about a new tool that works ten times as well as a monkey wrench. “Where do you get it? How much does it cost? Does it really work that well?” Tired of the uproar, Don brings up religion. He gets hooted down. “No religion or politics!” the other old farts cry. And then their voices rise as Luke and Benny tear apart the President’s latest Executive Action, causing Fred to wave his knife dangerously

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin 2018 Healthcare Heroes award winners announced

experiencing the worst day in their lives.

• Rick Doremus, retired airline industry executive and San Carlos resident, has volunteered since 1995 as a The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public board member of the Home of Guiding Hands (HGH), agency that supports various health-related community an El Cajon-based non-profit that provides services, programs and services in the East County region recently training and advocacy to people with developmental honored local volunteers with its 2018 Healthcare and intellectual disabilities and their families. On the Heroes awards. This year’s honorees included a family HGH board, he has held every executive committee practice physician who helps those not able to afford position, including board president, VP, treasurer and health insurance, two volunteers who provide one-on-one secretary, and served on several committees, including comfort following crisis events, a 23-year-old who spends business management, facilities, investment and capital part of her weekends in a hospital emergency room, a campaign. couple who drives people to their cancer treatments and a non-profit board member who has volunteered • Shawn Kelley has owned Valley Automotive, an El for the past 20 years. “The purpose of the Healthcare Cajon auto repair shop, since 2001. Kelley provides Heroes Awards is to recognize volunteers whose unsung crisis intervention following a tragedy as a volunteer for work in healthcare might not otherwise be celebrated,” Trauma Intervention Programs (TIP) of San Diego. Within said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. “We are roughly 20 minutes of getting the call, Kelley will travel proud to recognize the 2018 winners and their inspiring from El Cajon to the scene of a crime or tragic accident commitment to caring for others.” This year’s winners to provide compassionate support and consolation to included: “secondary victims,” including traumatized witnesses, • Dee Davis, owner of her own mechanical engineering friends and family members, who are suffering and need company, is a volunteer with the Center for Community immediate help with facilitating their healing and longSolutions of San Diego on its Sexual Assault Response term recovery. Team (SART). Davis travels from her home in Alpine often at night to various medical facilities in the county where • Ally Kellogg, 23, works as an emergency medical forensic exams are underway with survivors of rape, technician (EMT) for a private company. She’s planning a sexual assault or domestic violence. In a private exam career in healthcare, perhaps in physical therapy or as a room, accompanied by healthcare and law enforcement physician’s assistant. But, on Saturdays, she volunteers personnel, Davis provides emotional support, at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in the hospital’s Emergency counseling, advocacy and referrals to people who may be Department (ED), considered one of the busiest in the

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at them, telling them that’s a bunch of bull-hockey. When things quiet down, it’s time to plan their havocwreaking actions for the month. What will it be? The car show in La Mesa? The Beer Festival in Escondido? “How about a barbecue with the old biddies?” someone hollers out. “Whose house shall we have it at?” All agree that Fred has the best barbecue and Luke knows where to get the best meat so they split up to go home and tell their old biddies to save the date and tell them what they’re supposed to bring: potato salad, beans. Brownies or coleslaw, depending on which old biddy they’re talking to. So that’s it for now. I don’t want to hear from any of you old farts. I know I got it all wrong, but hey! a gal’s got to try, right?

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state. Her role is to calm anxious visitors whose loved ones are undergoing assessment and treatment behind the darkened glass doors. She also trains other ED volunteers at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. • Dr. Tryna Ramos is a family practice hospitalist – a doctor who cares for patients admitted to the hospital – at Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego and Palomar medical centers. She also volunteeres twice a month in El Cajon for the past eight years at Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), a non-profit that brings together medical professionals and patients who do not have health insurance. Ramos is among 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 2,000 patients annually at the East County VIM clinic in El Cajon. • Chuck and Jan Vermillion of Spring Valley have been married for 53 years. The retirees are both volunteers for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) “Road to Recovery” program, which offers free rides to weekday medical appointments and treatments for someone dealing with cancer. The Vermillions also participate in East County’s Relay for Life, a 24-hour fundraiser featuring cancer survivors and supporters taking turns walking around a track in honor of those fighting cancer and loved ones lost to the disease, while raising money for the American Cancer Society. See event photos on P7 of this edition and at


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