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Local Director of Educational Technology and La Mesa Named Communications Receives Top Tech Exec Award Playful City USA SAN DIEGO — More than 1,300 guests celebrated San Diego’s technology community at the 10th annual Top Tech Exec Awards on Thursday, May 11 where 13 information technology leaders were recognized. Among the 13 individual winners was Laura Spencer from Lakeside Union School District in East County. A record number of nomination submissions were received this year. Of more than 600 submissions, 526 made it to the qualification round. Ultimately, 11 nominees were named as honorees and two special recognitions went to Douglas Palmer, chief technology officer for KnuEdge Inc., for the Lifetime Achievement Award and Lakeside Union School District’s Director of Educational Technology and Communications Laura Spencer for the Cox Business Exemplary Award. The event remains the largest technology recognition event in San Diego. With a substantial increase in attendance this year, the popular event outgrew its original Del Mar Fairgrounds location and was hosted on the field at Petco Park. Emmy Award-winning KFMB Channel 8 anchor Heather Myers and former San Diego Charger Center and current host of “Behind the Bolt with Nick Hardwick” acted as hosts for the evening. Cox Business is the founder and Title Sponsor of the event.

Lakeside Union School District’s Director of Educational Technology and Communications Laura Spencer receives the Cox Business Exemplary Award. Spencer provided her organization with a sustainable digital learning environment complete with infrastructure upgrades and an enterprise-wide replacement cycle.

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LA MESA — The City of La Mesa is being honored with a 2017 Playful City USA designation for the 10th time from KaBOOM! a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing all kids with opportunities for balanced and active play. Playful City USA honors cities and towns across the country for putting the needs of families first so kids can learn, grow and develop important life skills. These communities are transforming ordinary places into playful spaces and using play as a solution to the challenges facing their residents. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.5 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. “We are thrilled to recognize La Mesa for putting kids first,” said KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal. “The well-being of our communities starts with the well-being of our kids, and play is critical for them to thrive. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that all kids get the childhood they deserve filled with play.” Find out more about La Mesa’s parks and public play spaces by visiting cityoflamesa.com/parks. Learn how you can help renovate La Mesa park playgrounds or participate in programs in the parks at lamesaparks.org. To see a list of all 258 communities named 2017 Playful City USA honorees, or for more information on the Playful City USA program, visit playfulcityusa.org.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Big Utility Again Fails Customers in New San Onofre Debacle

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ny California consumers who still believed this state’s big privately-owned utility companies are either willing or able to protect the interests of their many millions of customers must surely be disabused of that notion today. Yes, companies like Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Gas, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison are talking a good customer service game lately, repeatedly advertising efforts to make pipelines and other features of their vast systems safer, while also selling energy for less than in some earlier times. But the outcome of an arbitration case that Edison touted for years as a huge coming benefit for customers demonstrates that talk is cheap. Edison long cited the case as a coming bonanza for its ratepayers, noting it had demanded $7.6 billion from Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as a penalty for furnishing flawed steam generators that wrecked the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, finally shut down in 2012. Customers were ticketed to get half Edison’s winnings under terms of a so-called “settlement” reached between the company, the state Public Utilities Commission and two purported consumer groups in 2014, an agreement that saw consumers assessed 70 percent of San Onofre’s $4.7 billion in closure costs. Oops. The decision by an arbitration panel of private judges from the International Chamber of Commerce arrived this spring: Instead of $7.6 billion, Edison will only get $125 million, or about 3.3 percent of what it has hyped for years. Customers will get half that amount, a net benefit of about $3.61 each to the 17.3 million persons in the service areas of Edison and SDG&E (a part-owner of San Onofre). This end result was partly the result of the fact that then-Edison vice president Dwight Nunn in a 2004 letter warned Mitsubishi that “…there is the potential that design flaws could be inadvertently introduced into the steam generator design that will lead to unacceptable consequences.” Edison later dispatched some of its own engineers to work with Mitsubishi’s, but no design changes followed and the generators were eventually installed. Nunn’s prediction came true a few years later. By awarding Edison only a tiny fraction of the money it demanded, the arbitration panel essentially held the utility at least partially responsible for the outcome. And yet, Edison managed in a series of secret meetings highlighted by a session involving some of its officials and the disgraced former PUC President Michael Peevey in a hotel in Warsaw, Poland, to get a deal where it would pay far less than half San Onofre’s closing costs, sticking its customers with 70 percent of the bill. This was so blatantly unfair that the PUC in a first-ever move last year reopened its proceedings on that deal, which was agreed to by supposed consumer groups Toward Utility Rate Normalization (TURN) and the state Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA). TURN subsists to a large extent on so-called “intervenor fees” awarded by the PUC when it decides rate cases and other matters where TURN participates, while the ORA is actually part of the PUC bureaucracy. So a settlement by the PUC with these outfits amounts to little more than a settlement with itself. Similar irony came when the PUC fined Edison more than $16 million last year for not reporting its secret meetings with PUC officials. Of course, because PUC officials were in those meetings, they were no secret to the commission, but only to customers the commission is supposed to protect. The arbitration result essentially vindicated independent consumer advocates like San Diego’s Charles Langley, head of an outfit called Public Watchdog. “It’s smoke and mirrors,” Langley said in 2015 about Edison’s claim of a big upcoming arbitration benefit. “They’ll never see that money.” Now it’s official. Neither Edison nor customers will see much of that money. The logical conclusion: If an international arbitration panel has in effect held Edison largely responsible for San Onofre’s failure, why shouldn’t the PUC do the same? With the entire San Onofre matter still unresolved after the case was reopened, the PUC now has an opportunity to at last demonstrate some independence from the utilities it regulates. Sadly, though, no one who knows the commission’s longtime patterns has reason to expect a new decision that’s any more than a token improvement.

Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at tdelias@aol.com


HEALTH

The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

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Your Aging Skin . My skin has all kinds of small thingies on it like my father used to have. My doctor checks them out and says they are all harmless. But, what exactly are they?

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. As we age, most of us start sprouting an array of unwanted growths. Let’s go over the common ones: • LIVER SPOTS: The official name for liver or age spots is “lentigines” from the Latin for “lentil.” These are flat, brown with rounded edges and are larger than freckles. They are not dangerous. • KERATOSES—Seborrheic keratoses are brown or black raised spots, or wart-like growths that appear to be stuck to the skin. They are harmless. Actinic keratoses are thick, warty, rough, reddish growths. They may be a precursor to skin cancer. • CHERRY ANGIOMAS—These are small, bright-red raised bumps created by dilated blood vessels. They occur in more than 85 percent of seniors, usually on the trunk. These are also not dangerous. • TELANGIECTASIA—These are dilated facial blood vessels. • SKIN TAGS—These are bits of skin that project outward. They may be smooth or irregular, flesh colored or more deeply pigmented. They can either be raised above the surrounding skin or have a stalk so that the tag hangs from the skin. They are benign.

Now we get into the cancers of the skin • SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMAS—These are in the outer layers of the skin. They are closely associated with aging. These are capable of spreading to other organs. They are small, firm, reddened nodules or flat growths. They may also be cone-shaped. Their surfaces may be scaly or crusted. • BASAL CELL CARCINOMAS—These are the most common of the skin cancers. They develop in the basal layer below the surface of the skin. Basal cell carcinomas seldom spread to other parts of the body. They usually appear as small, shiny bumps or pinpoint, red bleeding areas on the head, face, nose, neck or chest. • MELANOMAS—The melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Melanomas can spread to other organs and can be fatal. They usually appear as dark brown or black mole-like growths with irregular borders and variable colors. They usually arise in a preexisting mole or other pigmented lesion. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. About half of all Americans who live to 65 will have skin cancer. Although anyone can get skin cancer, the risk is greatest for people who have fair skin. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. All skin cancers can be cured if they are treated before they spread. The most common warning sign of skin cancer is a change on the skin, especially a new growth or a sore that doesn’t heal. Check your skin often. Look for changes in the size, shape, color, or feel of birthmarks, moles, and spots. And don’t be reluctant to go to a doctor whenever you see anything on your skin that you suspect might be a problem. Dermatologists recommend that, if you are a fairskinned senior, you should get a full-body skin exam once a year. This kind of check-up isn’t a bad idea for any senior.

Ask The Healthy Geezer a question at: fred@healthygeezer.com

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Researchers Grow Brain Immune Cells in a Dish, Offers Clues into MS and More

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cientists from the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute have developed a robust, efficient method for deriving microglia, the immune cells of the brain, from human stem cells. Microglia are increasingly implicated in neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis, among many others. However, research into the role of human microglia in these disorders has long been hampered by the inability to obtain them from the human nervous system. This new protocol now enables scientists around the world to generate this critical cell type from individual patients and improve our understanding of the role of microglia neurological malfunction. “NYSCF’s mission is to bring cures to patients faster,” said Susan L. Solomon, CEO and co- founder of NYSCF. “One way we work towards this goal

is by developing methods and models that lift the entire field of stem cell research. This new protocol is the perfect example of the type of method that will enable researchers around the world to accelerate their work.” Published in Stem Cell Reports, this microglia protocol is optimized for use in high-throughput experiments, such as drug screening and toxicity testing among other large-scale research applications, and has the benefit of allowing such experiments to be carried out on multiple patient samples. The scientists determined that the protocol is robust and reproducible, generating microglia from sixteen induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell lines, stem cells that are created from individual patients. Microglia from humans have long been a desired research model, but are difficult to obtain for laboratory experiments. The NYSCF protocol provides a new source of human microglia cells, which can be generated from disease patient samples and will

ddean@echerald.com complement studies in mouse models to better understand the role of microglia in health and disease. Microglia generated by the NYSCF protocol will thus provide a critical tool to investigate microglia dysfunction in central nervous system disorders and advance complex disease modeling in a dish.

Source: New York Stem Cell Foundation

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 ddean@echerald.com. 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.

Fight For a CURE! Anything Else is NOT ENOUGH!

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Wisdom for

EVERYDAY LIFE The Promises of God

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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, t h e r e 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 Promises to help in overcoming temptation; God has promised victory over temptations, 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” He does not promise us that we will not be tempted, we will, but as a child of God who has the Holy Spirit abiding within us, we can overcome temptation even if it means that we flee from it like Joseph did as Potiphars wife tried to seduce him. God promises the devil will flee if we submit and draw near to God, James 4:7-10, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” Please make note of the part that we have in this, first, I need to submit myself to God, His power and authority then and only then am I able to do the next part, resist the devil. If I try to resist the devil in my own power and strength then I am doomed to failure. Next I am to draw near to God, not live my life at a “safe” distance from God. With this I need to cleanse my hands and my heart from sin and not be double minded, not live in habitual sin rather seeks to live a life pleasing to God. Finally, my heart should grieve over sin (especially my own), and humble myself before the Lord. If I really know myself and God, humbling myself should not be difficult at all. Jesus promises to help us through our temptations, Hebrews 2:18, “For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.” We also read a few chapters later, Hebrews 4:14-16 “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” With this promise the condition of receiving God’s help in time of temptation is that I must realize that God is both willing and able to help me when I am being tempted and that I am weak. This of course is very humbling for most as we like to think more highly of ourselves than we should. Pride has been the fall of many and it began with Satan for pride was the cause of his demise. If we would but humble ourselves before the Mighty Hand of God we will receive His help in our time of need.

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


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National CPR and AED Awareness Week Learn CPR in the Park FREE Event • Open to the Public Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa Street, La Mesa, CA 91942 Sharp HealthCare Cardiac Training Center invites the community to come and celebrate National CPR and AED Awareness Week with us. Sharp HealthCare will be providing free CPR lessons, and handing out learning materials. Everyone is welcome to come out to Briercrest Park to learn more about CPR and AED (automated external defibrillators). National CPR and AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, spotlights how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED. During this week each year, CPR/AED classes and demonstrations are conducted, events are hosted and educational information is distributed on the importance of being trained in CPR and AED use. To learn more: 619-740-4226

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Ninth Annual Taste of La Mesa Monday, June 12 General Admission: 6–8 p.m. • VIP Tasting: 5–8 p.m. La Mesa Community Center • 4975 Memorial Drive • La Mesa $40 General Admission • $60 VIP Tickets (VIP Includes an Extra Hour of Tasting & Preferred Parking) EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Those that purchase their Taste of La Mesa tickets now through May 26 will be entered into a raffle to win one of (2) $100 VISA gift cards we will be giving away! So join us this year at the 9th Annual Taste of La Mesa, get your ticket NOW and be entered into our VISA gift card raffle! Wednesday, June 5 will be the LAST day to purchase tickets at the preevent pricing. After this date all ticket prices increase $20 • $60 for General Admission and $80 for VIP. At-Door Cost: VIP Admission: $80 each • (Does NOT include VIP Parking) General Admission: $60 each • ONLY CASH AND CREDIT CARD ACCEPTED AT-DOOR Beverages: Pricing does NOT include beverages. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased for $5 per glass. We will also offer bottled water and soda for $1.

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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan

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resno State used four home runs to help score eight times as it defeated San Diego State, 11-2, Saturday afternoon in the regular-season baseball finale at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The results, coupled with New Mexico’s win over Nevada, allowed UNM to finish first in the final Mountain West standings and earn hosting duties for this week’s conference tournament in Albuquerque. Aztec senior starting pitcher Cody Thompson sailed through the opening two frames as he recorded four strikeouts along the way. The third inning, however, was a different story as he surrendered a single and walk before Jake Arruda took him deep over the left field fence to give the visitors a 3-0 lead. One inning later, walks would against come back to haunt him as he issued a pair before Austin Guibor hit a two-run single through the left side. Jake Stone then deposited a ball over the right field fence, a two-run homer that gave Fresno State a 7-1 lead. After FSU had scored its three runs in the third, SDSU responded with its first run in the bottom of that frame on an RBI single by Tyler Adkison. Its other run came in the seventh, when Chase Calabuig’s grounder to second scored Andrew Brown, who had singled to start the inning and advanced to third on a hit by Alan Trejo. Adkison finished the afternoon with three hits and an RBI for the Aztecs. Trejo, Brown and Dean Nevarez collected two hits apiece for SDSU. San Diego State was to face Fresno State in the opening game of the four-team Mountain West tournament on Thursday, May 25, at UNM’s Santa Ana Star Field. The winner of the Mountain West Conference tournament earns an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA brackets will be announced on Memorial Day. Meanwhile, the Padres are on the road through the weekend. They return home on Monday, May 29 to face the world champion Chicago Cubs in a 1:40 p.m. contest at Petco Park.

Dolan hosts a one-hour sports talk radio show Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on East County’s “The Mountain – 107.9 FM.” The show may also be heard on the Internet at www.themountainfm.com

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Grossmont Healthcare District recognizes 2017 Healthcare Heroes

A camp counselor, a woman who drives seniors to doctor appointments, an 83-year-old retired psychologist, a new U.S. citizen from Iraq and a 17-year-old high school student were among local volunteers recently recognized with a 2017 Healthcare Heroes award from the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). Now in its 11th year, GHD’s Healthcare Heroes awards program honors unsung volunteers of all ages and walks of life who help advance the delivery of quality healthcare in San Diego’s East Region community. “We are proud to give a voice to the stories of these volunteers whose unsung work in healthcare might not otherwise be celebrated,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. “The extraordinary care and selfless dedication of these volunteers is an inspiration for all of us to contribute to a healthier East County community.” Honorees included: Adam Beardsley, a volunteer with the Burn Institute, has spent part of his summer vacation for the past 10 years at a camp in Ramona as a counselor at Camp Beyond the Scars, a week-long camp for burn-injured children ages 8 to 17; Lora Daines of La Mesa is a volunteer with ElderHelp of San Diego’s Care Coordination program, which offers seniors support through check-in calls and escorted transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, houses of worship, and rehabilitation and independence services; Jim Bull of Alpine is a volunteer with Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s “11th Hour” program, which provides compassionate companionship to dying patients so that no one dies alone; Mohammed Tuama of El Cajon is the founder of Newcomers Support & Development, a nonprofit that helps newly arriving Middle Eastern refugees learn about and navigate American systems involving healthcare, transportation, education and civic

engagement; Dylan Mayorga, 17, a senior at Granite Hills High School, has logged more than 615 hours of volunteer service at the hospital since joining the hospital’s Junior Volunteer program in October 2015. Awards were presented at a luncheon on Wednesday, May 17, at the Steele Canyon Golf Club in Jamul.

Santee Chamber presents Santee Street Fair on May 27

The Santee Chamber of Commerce will present its 9th annual Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, during Memorial Day weekend, at Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway, adjacent to Santee Trolley Square. With 30,000 people expected to attend the Santee Street Fair is considered one of East County’s largest one-day events. The Street Fair, with free admission, will feature 300 food and vendor booths, carnival rides, two stages with live music and entertainment, along with a craft beer festival, crafters and artists. The Sheriff’s Department will attend with a Search and Rescue unit and vehicle on display. Performers on the Chamber Stage will include Champion Gymnastics & Cheer, Off Broadway Live, The Contingencies, Staump Music School, Expressions Dance & Movement Center, Breez’n and The Tens. There will be community acts throughout the day on the Heroes Stage. The craft beer festival will feature samples from many regional and local brewers, including BNS Brewing & Distilling Co., Burning Beard Brewing, Creative Creature Brewing, Finest Made, Groundswell Brewing Co., Guinness, Mike Hess Brewing Co., Oggi’s Santee, Pacific Island Beer Co., Sierra Nevada, Copper Collar Distillery, Prestige Beverage Group and Cannabis Energy Drink. Food vendors include California Best Kettle, DoggosGus, Finest City Kettlecorn and Sweet Treats, Half a Haole, Hunter Steakhouse, Kona-Ice of San Diego, Ledesmas Foods, Miister Potato, Rita’s Italian Ice, The Coffee Corner, The Cookie Lady,

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The Sweet Stop, The Thai Burger Company, Tortillas De Lola and Viola’s Desserts. Event sponsors include Barona Resort and Casino, Lloyd’s Collision & Paint Center, Walmart, Westgate Resorts, New Cars Inc., Whissel Realty, Viejas Enterprises, Cannabis Energy Drink USA, Excell Security, Inc. and Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. An online-only special for the beer garden gets you ten 4-ounce tasters and lunch for just $20 per person. For more information and to purchase preevent wristbands for admission to the beer garden, visit www. SanteeStreetFair.com, or call (619) 449-6572.

East County Chamber’s June breakfast at Black Angus in El Cajon

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, June 2, at the Black Angus restaurant, 1000 Graves Ave., El Cajon. Black Angus is the breakfast sponsor. Table top sponsors include Le Caramel and Point Loma Credit Union (PLCU). Le Caramel operates at factory boutique at 1181 Pioneer Way, El Cajon. The business is owned and operated by Christen and Vincent Kugener. They learned the how to make caramel from Daniel Palix, one of the top caramel makers in France, while the couple lived in the country in 2008. PLCU has assets of over $453 million and serves 37,000 members with six branches throughout San Diego County. It offers special youth accounts, as well as a complete line of loans, insured savings, business services and 24-hour electronic and mobile access services. Anyone who lives or works in San Diego or Riverside counties may join. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $25 per person for members, $30 per person for prospective members with RSVP and $35 per person for walk-ups without RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Chamber at info@eastcountychamber.org, (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org.


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Alpine Community Planning Group AGENDA

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

Notice of Regular Meeting • Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901 Archived Agendas & Minutes – http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/gpupdate/comm/alpine.html ••• REVISED: Group Member Email List–Serve *membership in this email list– serve is optional for group members acpg-members@googlegroups.com

Travis Lyon Chairman travislyonacpg@gmail.com Jim Easterling Vice Chairman alpjim@cox.net Leslie Perricone Secretary leslieperriconeacpg@gmail.com Glenda Archer archeracpg@gmail.com George Barnett bigG88882@cox.net Roger Garay rogertax@ix.netcom.com Charles Jerney cajerney@protonmail.com Jim Lundquist jimlundquist@gmail.com Jennifer Martinez jmartinez.acpg@gmail.com Mike Milligan starva16@yahoo.com Lou Russo louis.russo.acpg@gmail.com Richard Saldano rsaldano@contelproject.com Kippy Thomas kippyt@hydroscape.com Larry Watt larrywattacpg@gmail.com

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D. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements 1. Approval of Minutes i March 23, 2017 Regular Meeting Minutes ii 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. ••• 3. The owner of a vacant lot on Via Palo Verde Lago, cross street Via Dieguenos (APN 520-171-09-00) has applied for an Discretionary Permit for the purpose of agricultural clearing (PDS2017-AD-17-014). The owner states its long term intent is to grow a number of fruit trees as well as table grapes, and build an agricultural storage/workshop to house equipment at the rear of the property. The vast majority of the trees and vines will be planted on the hillside of the lot. They plan to remove a minimal amount of natural vegetation that create a fire hazard. 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. Consent Calendar J. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board) K. Officer Reports L. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary) M. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas N. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures O. Announcement of Meetings: 1. Alpine Community Planning Group – June 22nd, 2017 2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD 3. Planning Commission – June 9th, 2017 4. Board of Supervisors – June 20th, 21st, & 28th 2017 P. Adjournment of Meeting Disclaimer Language: Public Disclosure – We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any County ordinance or other law governing the County’s disclosure of records, the County ordinance or other applicable law will control. Access and Correction of Personal Information – You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.


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A Naturalization Ceremony for new United States citizens was held during America on Main Street’s festivities, as the event celebrates El Cajon’s diverse ethnic and historical groups.


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