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New State of The Art Alpine Library

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Alpine Library Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony ALPINE — The Alpine library is the County of San Diego’s first zero net energy building. Using state of the art technology, it offers the community more services and more hours in a building that is four-times the size of the current facility. The library is open at 9:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday – excluding Holidays – moving from five to six days of service. Closing hours vary. The Alpine library offers a host of services that empower and educate the community, including storytime every day, programs for all ages, and free access to a network of 42 million books, DVD movies and music CDs. Features of the new facility include: Automated book check-out and returns, MakerBot 3D printer, study rooms, resource room for programs and exhibits, Friends of the Library bookstore, early learning Discovery Zone funded in part by First 5 of San Diego, and special areas for tweens, and teens. San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and San Diego County Library Director José A. Aponte attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, Saturday, May 21 on site at 1752 Alpine Blvd. The event included musical performances by several artists, as well as face painting and animal balloons by Free Spirit the Clown and an artist painting Henna Tattoos. “It’s a landmark project that Alpine families will love and it raises the bar for libraries in our region,”said Jacob. “It will not only serve as an important community hub, but by including rooftop solar and many next-gen energy features, it will also be a conservation model for the entire county.” “San Diego County Library is excited and proud to have opened this new sanctuary of self-directed learning, essential services, and meaningful entertainment for the community of Alpine,” added library director José Aponte. For more information about the new Alpine Library and grand opening celebration, contact branch staff at 619.445.4221 or visit our website at www.sdcl.org.

Grossmont Healthcare District Presents Annual Healthcare Hero Awards

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EL CAJON — The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors present their 2016 GHD Healthcare Hero awards Wednesday, Mat 18 at Sycuan Golf Resort. The awards recognize volunteers who help to advance the delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region.

Pictured above, back row, from left: GHD board members Betty Stieringer, Bob Ayres, Randy Lenac. Middle row, from left: GHD board member Gloria Chadwick, Dr. Kevin Ryan, GHD board member Michael Emerson. Front row, from left: Sam Mejia, James Byrnes, Dr. Scott Musicant, Michael Colombo and Shiloh. Photo Courtesy Grossmont Healthcare District

ALPINE — San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and other dignitaries attend the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of Alpine’s new stateof-the-art library, Saturday, May 21. Cover: Kathy Foster for The East County Herald Cover design: Steve Hamann / The East County Herald

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El Cajon City Council Honors Sponsors

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 be edited due to space restrictions. Send all letters, opinions/commentaries to: editor@echerald.com

So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias

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Changing of State’s Congressional Guard Continues he inevitable generational changing of California’s political guard is sure to continue next month, but don’t expect much of a shift in the party makeup of the state’s 53-member House delegation, where Democrats now dominate by a

EL CAJON — It was announced at El Cajon’s City Council meeting, Tuesday, May 24 that El Cajon Animal Center for Education and Service (ACES) and the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation received a grant award to purchase a police service dog and kennel (below). The purchase of this service dog replaced a retiring dog, allowing continued canine to serve the citizens of El Cajon and surrounding agencies. Additionally, the city council recognized all the sponsors of America on Main Street. Premiere Sponsors: • Waste Management • Downtown El Cajon Business Partners • Barona Band of Mission Indians • Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation •Parkway Plaza • Walmart Principal Sponsors: • SDG&E • Kaiser Permanente • Cajon Valley Union School District • Cox Communications • Cottonwood Electric Cart Service • San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce • Friend Sponsors: • Banner Bank • North Island Credit Union • San Diego County Credit Union • Honda & Toyota of El Cajon • Hardcore Fitness • Mountain Health & Community Services

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39-14 margin. Change began to move quickly two years ago when patriarchs in both parties retired, including past chairmen of major committees like Democrat Henry Waxman in coastal Los Angeles County, Republican Buck McKeon of Santa Clarita and Democrat George Miller of Contra Costa County. This year’s departures will include Democrat Lois Capps of Santa Barbara County and Monterey County Democrat Sam Farr. All were in their 70s when they announced they were leaving. There will still be plenty of seniority in the delegation, though, both in age and years of service, which means even more changes are likely two, four and six years from now. A lot of the age and experience now resides in the San Francisco Bay area, home to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, 76, and fellow Democrats Jackie Speier, 66; Anna Eshoo, 73, and Zoe Lofgren, 68. San Jose Democrat Mike Honda, 72, faces his second straight tough reelection battle this year, his political survival very much in doubt. Over in the Central Valley, Fresno’s Democratic veteran Jim Costa, 64, faces off a second time against well-funded Republican farmer Johnny Tacherra, who led Costa on election night two years ago. Costa narrowly survived that year on the strength of late absentee and provisional votes. A strong GOP turnout for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the Fresno area could mean the end of Costa’s 38-year political career. Further south, a succession clash is brewing in Orange County, where former Assemblyman and ex-county Republican Chairman Scott Baugh this spring began raising money for a 2018 campaign to succeed his old “friend,” longtime Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, 68, who promptly issued a statement denying any plans to retire that soon. Of all these seats, the one with the best chance to change parties this year belongs to Capps, who took over for her late husband Walter in 1998. The early favorite here is Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, a Democrat, but nine candidates are running and the race for the two November runoff slots seems wide open. Two other seats being vacated this year belong to Democrats Loretta Sanchez of Orange County and Janice Hahn of San Pedro. Sanchez seeks the retiring Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat, while Hahn wants a slot on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, where her father Kenneth served 40 years. There will be no party change in either district, though; both are solidly Democratic. But there could be a party change in the Sacramento area’s 7th district, now represented by Democrat Ami Bera, an MD and the only Unitarian in Congress. Several Bera votes have angered left-leaning Democrats. If they desert him in November, Republican Sacramento County Sheriff Steve Jones could take this swing district. But the coastal district now represented by Farr looks safely Democratic, with Monterey County Deputy District Attorney Jimmy Panetta a heavy favorite. Panetta, 46, whose father represented the district many years before becoming Bill Clinton’s budget director and chief of staff, then CIA director and defense secretary for President Obama, staked his claim to the seat early and no other Democrat is seriously challenging. The upshot is that California’s congressional delegation will gain some youth this year, but could lose a bit of seniority. This won’t matter much unless Democrats somehow regain control of the House and give Pelosi a second term as Speaker. That looks unlikely, in large part because gerrymandering has made Republican dominance inevitable in much of the South, especially populous Texas. Still, the newcomers – almost all likely to be Democrats – from this year’s election and 2014 will be poised to give California renewed clout if and when Democrats ever regain control of Congress, something that’s improbable at least until 2022, when the next Census creates new political districts all across America.

Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It. The book is now available in soft cover, fourth edition. His opinions are his own. He can be reached at tdelias@aol.com


HEALTH

The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

To Your

Macular Pucker vs. Degeneration Local Students Take a ‘STAAND’ PAGE FIVE • MAY 26-JUNE 1, 2016

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pucker. Is this the same thing as macular degeneration? . First, a bit of biology... The lens in the front of your eye focuses light on the retina in the back of your eye. The lens is like the one in a camera, and the retina is like film. The space between the lens and retina is filled with the vitreous, a clear gel that helps to maintain the shape of the eye. The macula is at the center of the retina in the back of your eye. The retina transmits light from the eye to the brain. The macula allows us to perform tasks that require central vision such as reading and driving. A blurred area in the middle of your vision is a symptom of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older. AMD comes in two forms—wet and dry. Wet AMD occurs when blood vessels behind the retina start to leak and raise the macula. Dry AMD occurs when macular cells breakFull down.Service Salon A macular pucker is scar tissue that has formed on the eye’s macula. Like AMD, a macular pucker can blur central vision. Another symptom of macular pucker is seeing straight lines as wavy or broken. People with a macular pucker might have difficulty seeing fine details and reading small print. They might also have a gray area in the center of vision, or even a blind spot. Vision does not get progressively worse for most people with a macular pucker. Severe vision loss is uncommon. It is not unusual for someone to have puckers and still have normal vision. Usually, macular pucker affects one eye. As we age, the vitreous slowly shrinks and pulls away from the retinal surface. In most cases, there are no serious adverse effects. However, sometimes there is damage to the retina’s surface. As the damage heals, scar tissue is formed. When the scar tissue contracts, it causes the retina to pucker. Sometimes macular pucker is caused by an injury or a medical condition, such as diabetes, that affects the eye. Macular puckers can sometimes form after eye surgery. Macular pucker is also known as epiretinal membrane, preretinal membrane, cellophane maculopathy, retina wrinkle, surface wrinkling retinopathy, premacular fibrosis, and internal limiting membrane disease. In many cases, the symptoms from macular pucker are mild, and don’t require treatment. People usually adjust to mild visual distortion. In rare cases, surgery is required.

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

By Yvonne Kwan

For The East County Herald EL CAJON — California State Senator Joel Anderson recently recognized STAAND (Students Together Against Alcohol ‘N Drugs) interns who organized the Critical Teen Issues Forum. The event was held at the El Cajon Police Department on April 29 to inform youth, parents, and community members about common teen issues and the supportive networks that are available to them. STAAND is a youth-led division of Communities Against Substance Abuse (CASA), an organization that seeks to empower local residents to advocate for safe healthy communities, hosted the event. STAAND organized the Critical Issues Forum to share with residents about prevalent teen issues such as cyber bullying, alcohol abuse, family relationships, and drugs and safety. In recognition of the success of the Critical Teen Issues Forum, Anderson praised, “I appreciate the work of the

STAAND interns to bring awareness of these important issues and the resources available to families in our community. We’re fortunate to have these committed volunteers working to help El Cajon thrive.” STAAND was created to empower youth to learn and apply leadership skills and work collaboratively to become social change agents. When asked about what inspired him to be involved in the forum, intern Shahad Atto shared, “I love volunteering and help-

ing the community and being involved in many events in El Cajon. El Cajon has been my home and community, and I like to do activities and events to help.” Like Atto’s experience, many of these young individuals believe that this forum can empower teens like themselves to take on a positive role in community and to make healthier and safer decisions. If you want more information about to get involved with CASA you can to visit their website at www.CASANeighborhood.org.


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• PUBLIC NOTICE • NOTICE TO BIDDERS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the LAKESIDE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT of San Diego County, California, acting by and through its Governing Board, hereinafter referred to as the DISTRICT, will receive up to, but not later than 2:00 P.M. on the 7th day of June 2016, sealed bids for the award of a contract for: SITE AND BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS AT TIERRA DEL SOL MS AND LAKESIDE FARMS ES Such bids shall be received in the office of the Governing Board of said DISTRICT located at 12335 WOODSIDE AVENUE, LAKESIDE, CALIFORNIA, and shall be opened and publicly read aloud at the above stated time and place. All bids received after the deadline above shall be returned unopened to the prospective bidder. Each bid must conform and be responsive to this invitation, the INFORMATION FOR BIDDERS, the SPECIFICATIONS, the PLANS, if any, and all other documents comprising the pertinent CONTRACT DOCUMENTS, and must be accompanied by the bid security referred to therein. Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS are on file and may be viewed in the office of said Board at the above address. Copies of the documents may also be obtained at Mayer Reprographics and information can be obtained online at www.mayer.com, by selecting “Projects Bidding”, and then selecting the folder for the project. All printing orders require a minimum of 24 hours to complete. Copies to be purchased at bidder’s non-refundable expense. There will be a non-mandatory pre-bid job walk at 9:30 A.M. on the 31st of May, starting at Lakeside Farms Elementary School, 11915 Lakeside Ave., Lakeside, CA 92040. Each bid shall be submitted on the bid form provided in the bid documents. Each bid shall be accompanied by a satisfactory Bid Bond executed by the bidder and surety company, or certified check, or cashier’s check in favor of the Lakeside Union School District, or cash, in an amount equal to ten percent (10%) of the bid. Said Bid Bond shall be given to guarantee that the bidder will execute the contract as specified, within three (3) working days after the notification of the award of the contract to bidder. Payment and Performance bonds shall be required. Pursuant to the provisions of section 22300 of the California Public Contract Code, the successful bidder may substitute securities for any monies withheld by the DISTRICT to ensure performance of the work. Procedures shall be as provided in said section 22300. WAGES: The Director of the Department of Industrial Relations has determined the general prevailing rate of per diem wages in the locality in which this public work is to be performed for each craft, classification, or type of worker needed to execute the contract. Wage rates can be found at on the California Department of Industrial Relations web site at: www.dir.ca.gov/dlsr. It shall be mandatory upon the contractor to whom the contract is awarded and upon any subcontractor under him, to pay not less than said specified rates to all workers employed by them in the execution of the contract. Each bidder shall be a licensed contractor pursuant to the Business and Professions Code, classification B – General Building Contractor. Pursuant to subdivision (e) of Business and Professions Code section 7028.15 “a licensed contractor shall not submit a bid to a public agency unless he or she contractor’s license number appears clearly on the bid, the license expiration date is stated, and the bid contains a statement that the representations are made therein are under penalty of perjury. Any bid not containing this information or a bid containing information which is subsequently proven false, shall be considered nonresponsive and shall be rejected by the public agency.” No contractor or subcontractor may be listed on a bid proposal for a public works project (submitted on or after March 1, 2015) unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Labor Code section 1725.5 [with limited exceptions from this requirement for bid purposes only under Labor Code section 1771.1(a)]. No contractor or subcontractor may be awarded a contract for public work on a public works project (awarded on or after April 1, 2015) unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Labor Code section 1725.5. This project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations. No bidder may withdraw his bid for a period of THIRTY (30) days after the date set for the opening of bids. Notice to Bidders Regarding Fingerprinting: Education Code section 45125.1 requires all entities having certain contracts with school districts to certify that employees of contractors who may have contact with pupils have not been convicted of serious or violent felonies as defined by statute. Prior to certification, contractors must have their employees fingerprinted and receive clearance from the California Department of Justice (DOJ). Todd Owens, Maintenance, Transportation and Operations Supervisor Lakeside Union School District Lakeside, CA BID NO. 2016-206

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Wisdom for

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” As a reminder, we are doing this series that you may come to know the truth about Jesus as the Word of God the Bible conveys it. We are looking at the Apostle John’s account for he gives the most detailed account of Jesus’ final hours with His disciples. In John 12:27-36 we read of Jesus once again foretelling His soon coming crucifixion, “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.” Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” This He said, signifying by what death He would die. The people answered Him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, “The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?” Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.” There are many important truths within our text but we have time and space to look at only a few. First, Jesus reveals that His soul was deeply troubled for He knew what it was that He was about to submit Himself to. Yes, the horrible pain and suffering that was about to be inflicted upon Him by men was beyond description but that would pale in comparison to what the Father would put upon Him for yours and mine sake. For as He hung upon the Cross of Calvary and the whole earth became dark for 3 hours, the Father would pour out upon His Son the wrath and indignation for our sin. Unfathomable! It will take all eternity to even begin to understand what it was that the Son of God did for us. Second, within these words, Jesus tells us that it was for this purpose to which He came to this hour. Jesus was born to suffer and die for the sins of mankind. Can you grasp such a thing? I cannot! Before He came into the world as a baby in a manger in Bethlehem, Jesus ruled and reigned in Heaven, yet before the foundations of the earth it was determined to save mankind from our sin by offering Himself a sacrifice for our sins. Of Christ we are told in Philippians 2:7-8, “but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Then in 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” Finally we note from our text what the Father responded with to Jesus’ statement, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” God the Father is glorified in our lives in the same way, when we obey implicitly. Obedience is such a difficult thing for stubborn, rebellious man but it is only through obedience that we can have intimate fellowship with our Maker after we have repented of sin and placed our faith in Christ.

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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Santee Builds KaBOOM! Playground Saturday, May 21 • Santee

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Attention Local Schools, Non-Profits and Charitable Organizations! Stoney’s Kids Legacy is accepting grant requests from NOW until July 31 • Organizations must be in East County and directly benefit the kids in our area • Stoney’s Kids does NOT fund administration costs • School Books

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Grab a Blanket and Watch a Movie Under the Stars…The Movies in the Park Series is back, and it’s coming to Lakeside! LAKESIDE — Join us for a night of entertainment, games, food and fun for the entire family. As part of San Diego’s Movies in the Park series, the Lakeside Community Center will be hosting two movies at the Lindo Lake Baseball fields featuring “The Good Dinosaur” on Friday, June 10 and “The Incredibles” on Friday, Aug. 26. These box office hits will be shown on a high-definition, inflatable mega screen. In addition to the movie, attendees will enjoy face painting, a bounce house arts and crafts and activities for all ages, starting at 6:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available to purchase, so come hungry! Admission and parking are free. The movie starts at dusk. For more information about Movies in the Park, contact the Lakeside Community Center at (619) 443-9176 or visit the center’s office at 9841 Vine Street Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. For more information about County Parks and ongoing recreational programming, visit www.sdparks.org.


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DSU’s College of Extended Studies is offering its first two summer session classes during June in its career-enhancing Professional Certificate in Marketing program – which is designed for those in a junior marketing position, businesses owners managing their own marketing, and those aspiring to a new career. “Content Marketing Strategy” will be held 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, June 6 to July 11 (there is no class on July 4.) Students will learn what separates valuable content from noise, and how to develop content that connects with customers. The course will also cover the various forms of content marketing, developing a content strategy, evaluating content, planning, automation, and distribution. Instructor Jonathan Forstot is acting marketing director for Fender Musical Instruments Corp., as well as a member of the SDX executive board. Registration is $319 for SDX members and $329 for the general public ($349 after May 26). The second class, “Defining and Positioning a Brand,” will be held 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, June 9 to 30. In this fast-paced course, students learn how to identify and understand their target market(s), and create and position a brand identity. They’ll also be taught how to differentiate their company from the competition, position a brand in the marketplace by creating a cohesiveness of internal efforts and focus, and how consumer perceptions are formed from brand execution, advertising, and marketing communications. Instructor Lisa Girolamo started Connect::Digital two years ago to bring omni-channel media and marketing to the mid-size market. Registration is $299 for SDX members and $309 for the general public ($329 after May 30). SDSU’s College of Extended Studies and SDX joined forces to offer this up-to-the-minute program, taught by instructors who lead the way in the local marketing community. Students learn skills and multiplatform strategies they can apply immediately. For a schedule of classes and more information, visit neverstoplearning.net/marketing, send an e-mail to marketingcert@ mail.sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-2099. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

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 Healthcare Heroes

A vascular surgeon, a chiropractor, an attorney, a beagle and her master, and a pirate who fights for those suffering from childhood cancer are among local volunteers who have been recognized with a 2016 Healthcare Hero award from the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). Now in its tenth year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program that honors volunteers who help advance the delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region. “The purpose of these Healthcare Hero awards is to recognize volunteers whose unsung work in health care might not otherwise be recognized,” said Grossmont Healthcare District 2016 board president Bob Ayres. “This year’s group of honorees demonstrated extraordinary and inspirational care and selfless dedication that has played a critical role towards a healthier East County community.” This year’s honorees included: Dr. Scott Musicant, Vascular Associates of San Diego; Dr. Kevin Ryan, chiropractor; James Byrnes, San Diego Freedom Ranch; Michael Colombo and his dog Shiloh, Sharp Grossmont Hospital Pet Therapy Program; Sam Mejia, Sons of Charity. Musicant, a practicing vascular surgeon with Vascular Associates of San Diego, donates his time and expertise to serve the underserved in San Diego County as a physician volunteer for Project Access San Diego (PASD). PASD is the flagship volunteer physician program of Champions for Health, a nonprofit organization previously called the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation. Since 2009, Musicant has helped about 20 uninsured or underinsured East County residents who cannot afford specialty surgeries. These patients were suffering from various vascular- and arterial-related diseases, including varicose veins and thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms. Patients were treated at

Musicant’s office on Center Drive in La Mesa or an area surgery center. Ryan, a chiropractor since 1983, has volunteered as a team doctor for high school and college sports teams in the East County for nearly 30 years. During many fall seasons, he has been a familiar face on the sidelines for more than 250 football games at Grossmont College and another 200 football games at Grossmont, Valhalla and Santana high schools. He also volunteered over a 10-year span as team doctor at San Diego Christian College (SDCC), caring for soccer, basketball, softball, baseball and cross country athletes. He currently teaches genetics, biochemistry and microbiology at SDCC. He also volunteers his chiropractic skills to several San Diego State University (SDSU) sports teams. Byrnes, an attorney in private practice since 1991, has served for the past 29 years on the board of directors of the San Diego Freedom Ranch, an alcohol and drug residential treatment facility in Campo. Since 1972, Freedom Ranch’s 120-day recovery program has helped thousands of men live sober lives. Since joining the board in 1987, James has served twice as chairman for a total of seven years. More than 8,000 men have graduated from the program during his time of leadership. Byrnes has a personal reason for his decades of support to San Diego Freedom Ranch. He is a recovering alcoholic who spent five months there in 1984. Colombo, a retired commercial construction superintendent, and his beagle named Shiloh have visited patients throughout the hospital campus, including the Emergency and Critical Care Center, David and Donna Long Center for Cancer Treatment and the Rehabilitation Center, as well as private rooms. They also have made trips to the Sharp HospiceCare LakeView home in La Mesa. Since January 2014, the duo have logged more than 375 hours of volunteer service. Mejia is founder of a nonprofit that provides financial

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assistance, resources and encouragement to children and their families suffering from life-threatening pediatric cancer. Founded in January 2014, Sons of Charity has provided emergency grants to cover a variety of expenses ranging from daily living or household needs, such as food or gasoline, to travel expenses during lengthy hospital stays and alternative treatments not covered by insurance. About a dozen families have been helped in the past two years. Dressed as a pirate and resembling the lead actor in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, Mejia regularly visits Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego to bring a smile to the faces of children and family members going through a rough time.

Minimum wage increases worry Chamber members

San Diego County business owners are less optimistic about prospects ahead because of the looming minimum wage increase, fueling doubts about future hiring, according to a recent survey of chamber of commerce members commissioned by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. The chamber survey’s Business Outlook Index dropped from 26.9 points in March -- its highest point since June 2015 -- to 19.4 points in April. In addition, 33 percent of survey respondents said a minimum wage hike was the most negative state regulation they face. Chamber of Commerce members from the Lakeside, Santee, Alpine Mountain Empire and San Diego East County chambers were among the randomly selected 232 business owners polled. Other respondents were members of chambers in Escondido, Vista, National City and San Diego. Competitive Edge Research & Communication conducted the countywide survey. “It’s clear from this survey that a rising minimum wage presents across-the-board hurdles to county businesses and there is concern that some of these businesses may leave the state,” said Jerry Sanders, CEO, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.


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Keller Williams El Cajon RED Day at Mission Trails Regional Park

SANTEE — Keller Williams Realty El Cajon, participated in Keller Williams Realty Annual RED Day, Thursday May 12. RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) is an initiative dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty’s year round commitment to improving our local communities. This year, Keller Williams El Cajon was brush clearing at Mission Trails Santee at their BMX Loop Trail. There were about 60 associates volunteering for RED Day. Jay Renard /The East County Herald See more photos at www.echerald.com

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La Mesa Chamber of Commerce 8th Annual Taste of La Mesa

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