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Local Student Promoted to Honorary Colonel Border Wall Construction Project Starts in San Diego Sector of San Diego County School Safety Patrol Senator Anderson Recognizes Rancho San Diego Elementary School Student

By Karrin Snyder

For The East County Herald RANCHO SAN DIEGO — Ten-year-old Ashlyn Castro (above, center) has shown nothing but dedication when it comes to her work in the San Diego Safety Patrol Program. She gets up early in the morning so she can be at school at 7:20 to start her day and help her fellow classmates and peers that attend Rancho San Diego Elementary School

Castro has shown great responsibility through her time with this program and was recently promoted to the honorary position of Colonel of San Diego County School Safety Patrol. California State Senator Joel Anderson (above, far right) recognized Castro in front of 39 other State Senators earlier this month by presenting her a Senate resolution on the Senate floor of the State Capitol. Anderson told his colleagues, “Ashlyn is a role model for her fellow students due to her dedi-

cation and her leadership. She inspires those inside and outside her school by demonstrating her strong work ethic and can-do spirit on a daily basis.” Castro shared her honor with her family and advisors when she shared, “I want to thank my mom, dad, and teachers for putting this together. I’d like to thank my teachers for putting in some work and helping us.” When she’s not in charge of school safety, she is actively involved with soccer and dancing.

Small Area Community Gets Business Boost BOULEVARD — A mother’s dream and a daughter’s determination have created a new business in Boulevard. With the help of family, friends and the small back country community, Burgio Feed & Supply located at 39605 Old Highway 80, south of Interstate 8’s Exit 65,held its grand opening on Saturday, June 2. “We are brand new owners,” Audra Burgio said. “It’s family owned. Mama said ‘I’ve always dreamed of this.’ So this was her dream. Two months later, here we are. God was with us every step of the way.” Family, friends, neighbors and Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce staff helped celebrate the ribbon cutting. Burgio’s mom, Shirley Hall, was all smiles. Free hot dogs, a tractor and tools display and drawings helped make the hometown event memorable. Gently petting “Frizzies” and “Silkies” chicks was very popular.

SAN DIEGO — The third U.S. border-wall construction project started Friday, June 1, in San Diego just east of Border Field State Park. The construction project will replace approximately 14 miles of eight -to-10 foot high scrap metal wall with an 18-to-30 foot bollard-style wall topped off with an anticlimbing plate. The project begins approximately onehalf mile from the Pacific Ocean coastline and extends eastward to the base of Otay Mountain in East County San Diego. The $147 million contract for this project was awarded to SLSCO, a Texas-based construction corporation. The San Diego Sector wall construction is one of Border Patrol’s top priority projects. Wall in this area was built in the 1990s out of recycled scraps of metal and old landing mat steel plates left over from the Vietnam era. These eight- to-10 feet high wall was intended to aid in re-establishing the border and aided in preventing both pedestrian and vehicle crossings. Although the existing wall was proven effective, the cross border threat has increased and the several decades old corrugated steel landing mat is in need of replacement with a higher performing design. “Under this President’s leadership, we have a renewed commitment to secure our border, said Ronald Vitiello, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Acting Deputy Commissioner. The new primary wall-project represents an important milestone in our work to secure the international border. Not only does it significantly upgrade our existing infrastructure in San Diego, it also marks the third concurrent wall project in the U.S. and reflects CBP’s unwavering commitment to secure our borders and protect our Nation.” The other two border wall projects currently in progress include two miles of primary wall in Calexico, Calif., and 20 miles of new border wall in Santa Teresa, N.M. The U.S. Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector (SDC) continues to experience a high number of arrests resulting from illegal entries and drug smuggling. In fiscal year 2017, SDC, which covers a mere 60 miles of land border with Mexico, apprehended 26,086 illegal aliens and seized 10,985 pounds of marijuana, 2,903 pounds of cocaine, 4,123 pounds of methamphetamine, and 5,707 ounces of heroin. During that same fiscal year, there were also 83 assaults against SDC Border Patrol agents. Leadership within SDC will collaborate with local and state authorities to address any issues that may occur during the border-wall construction period. As in the past, the Border Patrol will continue to work diligently with supporting agencies to ensure its presence minimally disturbs the surrounding environment and habitat. The overall project should have minimal impact to the public and their daily activities. “The construction of this new substantial wall will improve overall border security, the safety and effectiveness of Border Patrol agents, the safety of the public, and will enhance the atmosphere for business and commerce in the area” said Rodney Scott, Chief Patrol Agent for the San Diego Sector. To prevent the illicit smuggling of people, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.

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In addition to chickens, Burgio Feed & Supply offers turkeys and a full line of Star Milling’s Ace High feeds with everything for livestock, dogs and cats. Dog grooming is available. Crafts, fancy jeans and unusual gift and decorating items are also for sale at the store.

“You would not believe the local artisans that are tucked away out here,” Audra Burgio said. Almost every Saturday there will be an event, she said. Burgio’s is scheduling the first Saturday of each month for educational classes and the second Saturdays for a veterinarian.

EL CAJON — St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) held their inaugural ‘Our Secret Garden Party,’ Saturday, June 2. Guests explored the evening’s enchantments of SMSC’s gardens while enjoying beer and wine tasting, live music, catered food stations, auctions, boutique shopping and so much more. SMSC CEO Debra Emerson (pictured, center), invites guests to explore the many enchanting features the gardens offer.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Get Set For Major Election System Changes


f you voted Tuesday, June 5 in a neighborhood garage or the clubhouse of a park or a school auditorium, you may want to remember the experience well. It might not be repeated often after this primary election and November’s general election. Already, Californians in five counties (Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento and San Mateo) are pioneering the new experience that will almost certainly come to voters in most other counties two years from now. The new election system features “vote centers” rather than precincts and a big expansion of mail balloting. The aim is to expand turnout by making things far easier for voters. It’s the complete opposite of the vote-suppression efforts Republicans push in many other states where mail balloting has been made more difficult and identification is often required before voters so much as touch a ballot. After low turnout disappointed California officials in 2014 (25 percent of registered voters) and in the off-year elections of 2013 and 2015, they began casting about for changes. The new system will deliver mail-in ballots to every registered voter about 28 days before each actual Election Day, aiming to end any need for voting in a single place on just one day. Each county will also have several large vote centers, where anyone registered to vote in that county can cast a ballot regardless of home address. Computers will ensure each voter at the centers gets exactly the same local ballot he or she would have seen in the former polling places. It will also be possible to turn in mail ballots at vote centers, just as it’s possible now in most counties to turn them in at precinct polling places. The same safeguards as ever will be taken to ensure that voters don’t cast multiple ballots. Each mail-in vote will have the signature on its envelope checked against registration forms. Every voter will have to provide a valid address to get a ballot in vote centers just like in the old polling places. And yet, losing candidates and those who expect to lose will surely find fodder in this new system for crying “rigged election.” Just as before, there is nothing to prevent voters or groups they’re affiliated with from holding ballot-marking parties where they might receive instructions or guidance in how to vote. But they’d presumably be at such gatherings under their own volition. The hope behind the new system is that putting ballots in the hands of every registered voter will up the turnout substantially. “We’ve got to…implement a new voting method,” Democratic state Sen. Ben Allen of Santa Monica said while sponsoring the new system in the Legislature last year. “Our current system has failed, as our voter turnout rates continued to decline toward record lows.” If that meant the tradition of the secret ballot had to go, then the legislators who passed it and the men who signed it and are putting it into action (Gov. Jerry Brown and Secretary of State Alex Padilla) essentially said “so be it.” Of course, the secret ballot went the way of the dodo bird long ago when mail ballots became available to anyone who asked for them, starting in the late 1970s. Since then, ballot-marking parties have been commonplace, but they’ve never led to charges of fraud or coerced voting for particular candidates or propositions. Still, such outcries may arise now. The guinea pig voters in the five counties using the system this time will determine whether it leads to the greater flexibility and higher turnouts expected by the folks who pushed for change. But only time will tell whether all this actually spurs more people to vote. For sure, no one knows whether the almost inevitable charges of fraud and vote-fixing will have any merit. Also for sure, participation had gotten so low in recent years that a small minority of eligible voters often has made key decisions for everyone else. And whatever happens, bet on computers, tablets and smartphones as the next frontier in this brave new world of voting.

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


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. How common is back pain? . Back pain affects about eight

out of 10 people. Back pain becomes more common with age. Back pain is more common among people who are not physically fit. Weak back and abdominal muscles may not properly support the spine. If you’re sedentary most of the time and then exert yourself on rare occasions, you are more likely to injure your back than someone who exercises daily. If you’re carrying a big belly, you put added stress on the muscles in your low back and are a candidate for agony. Your job can be a major influence on back health. If your work requires heavy lifting or sitting all day, you risk hurting your back. Many sanitationmen and writers suffer from back troubles. Mechanical problems can cause back pain. Perhaps the most common mechanical cause of back pain is disc degeneration. The cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spine break down with age. If there is stress on these compromised discs, they press against spinal nerves and you may experience what feels like a toothache in a buttock. At almost any age, an injury can force these discs to bulge or rupture causing the same kind of pain.


. Do you have any tips for avoiding back pain?

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Skin Tone, Race May Be Associated With Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis study has shown that children with a c q u i r e d demyelinating syndromes (ADSs) who report a lighter skin tone and a nonwhite race are more likely to receive a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), though this effect is likely due to factors other than UV absorption. This research was presented at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, held May 30-June 2, in Nashville, Tennessee. Research took place at multiple sites in Canada from 2004 to 2017. Between 2010 and 2017, the study researchers assessed skin tone by studying an area

of the upper inner arm that did not receive significant sun exposure. The MS and monophasic ADS groups were compared using quantified melanin measurements via the DSM II Colorimeter; self-reported skin tones of fair, medium, olive, or dark; a self-reported race; and skin tone, which was self-reported using 10 numerical panels of color. The study researchers used Fisher’s exact tests, x2 tests, and Kruskal-Wallis or Wilcoxon tests to compare between groups. The study researchers included 107 children in this study, 42 of whom had MS and 65 of whom had monophasic ADS. The study researchers con-


A program of regular lowimpact exercises such as walking, swimming, or riding a bike—mobile or stationary— will be beneficial. Yoga can also help stretch and strengthen muscles and improve posture. Ask your doctor for a list of exercises appropriate for your age and physical condition. Here are some quick pointers to prevent back problems: • Don’t slouch when standing or sitting. When standing, keep your weight balanced on your feet. Curvature of the spine puts stress on back muscles. • Sit in chairs or car seats with good lumbar support. Switch sitting positions often and periodically walk around or gently stretch muscles to relieve tension. • Don’t bend over without supporting your back. For example, don’t lean over a low sink without bracing yourself with your hand. Also, don’t reach and lift an object out of a car trunk; first slide the object to the edge of the trunk. • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes. • Sleep on your side to reduce any curve in your spine. Always sleep on a firm surface. • Don’t try to lift objects too heavy for you. Lift with your legs keeping your back straight. Keep the object close to your body. Do not twist when lifting. • Try to control your weight, especially weight around the waistline that taxes lower back muscles.


. Are there some non-surgical treatments for

chronic back pain? • Hot or cold packs can be soothing. • Medications are used to treat chronic back pain. These include over-the-counter painrelievers such as ibuprofen an acetaminophen; prescription narcotics; topical analgesics such as Ben Gay; muscle relaxants and certain antidepressants. • Traction, which employs pulleys and weights to stretch the back, pulls the vertebrae apart to allow a bulging disc to slip back into place. * Injections into nerves, spinal joints or specific areas of pain. * Spinal manipulation refers to procedures in which professionals use their hands to treat the spine or surrounding tissues. * Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) involves wearing a small box over the painful area that directs mild electrical impulses to nerves there. * Acupuncture, which involves the insertion of thin needles at precise locations, is used to relieve pain. * In acupressure, no needles are used. Instead, a therapist applies pressure to points with hands, elbows, or even feet.

Ask The Healthy Geezer a question at: cluded that “[in] this environment [latitudinal zone (43°-51°)], children with ADS are more likely to be diagnosed with MS if they report a non-white race and lighter skin tone. However, melanin content did not distinguish groups, suggesting that factors other than UV absorption, such as genetic risk determinants, dermal synthesis of vitamin D, diet, and other factors are likely contributing to the difference in outcome.” Source: 32nd Annual Meeting of the Consortium of MS Centers

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 Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/ Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and 2017 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series 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 twoedged 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 15:11 we read Jesus telling us why He had said what He said “I have spoken these things to you so that My joy might remain in you and your joy might be full.” Here we see the reason for which He said what He had said, “that My joy might remain in you and your joy might be full.” The question we must ask and answer is: “what” did He say? Once again the context gives us the answer. John 15:1-10 “I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away. And every one that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bring forth more fruit. Now you are clean through the Word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered. And they gather and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done to you. In this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, so you shall be My disciples. As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you; continue in My love. If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love, even as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” There are three major points to these verses and they are all tied together, they are: abiding in Christ, bearing much fruit, and obedience to Christ. Jesus uses the analogy of a branch and a vine. A vine by itself can do nothing, in fact the moment it is separated from the vine it dies, but as long as it is connected to the vine it receives all the nourishment that is needed to bear fruit. As long as we remain ‘connected’ to Jesus which occurs through submission and obedience to Him and His Word, we receive all that we need to bear fruit. For the follower of Jesus Christ, bearing fruit is a major part for which we exist for it is what brings glory to God and is proof that we are His disciples. “In this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, so you shall be My disciples.” It would be good for you right now beloved to examine yourself, better yet, ask the Lord to examine your life and show you what if any fruit is being borne in your life; what are you living for?

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an Diego State’s 2018 football opener on Friday, Aug. 31 at Stanford will be played at 6 p.m. PT on FS1. Eleven of the Aztecs’ 12 games will now be on television. SDSU has six games with start times, while five others slated for ESPN Networks (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3) are expected to be announced 12 days from the scheduled date. San Diego State’s home opener against Sacramento State on Sept. 8 should be announced in the coming weeks. The Aztecs defeated the then No. 19 Cardinal, 20-17, last year and have won three consecutive games against Pac-12 programs. Stanford was 9-5 last year, including a 7-2 mark in the Pac-12 North and a spot in the Pac-12 championship game. SDSU finished 2017 with a 10-3 record, its school-record third consecutive season with at least 10 victories. San Diego State is one of just seven schools in the nation to win at least 10 games in three consecutive seasons (also Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin). The Aztecs are scheduled to return seven starters on offense and seven on defense, along with their kicker and punter.

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did not step into that sheets-all-overthe-floor room at the hotel in Palm Desert. I stood outside, wondering what to do next because I sure didn’t want to lug my luggage back down those stairs to the lobby. Hopefully I eyed the housekeeping cart to my left. Minutes late a housekeeper with kind eyes appeared. Kind eyes aside, no, they weren’t going to clean the room—not for a couple of hours. She called the desk clerk, who offered me a room down the hall. Wa-a-a-y down the hall. Closer to the elevator—you know, the one that wasn’t working and wasn’t due to be fixed until whoknows-when. But I liked this room. Right at the top of the stairs, overlooking the pool, with a nice little balcony to catch the breezes in this ninety degree weather. So I said I’d wait. Could I leave my suitcase in the room? No. You can’t put anything in there until you’re checked in. Wha-a-a-t? I have to carry it all the way down to my car and then lug it up again when the room’s ready? Yes. Thanks be to the housekeeper with the kind eyes. The kind mouth below them voiced the words I wanted to hear: she can leave it here, on top of the safe in the closet. I thanked her profusely as the desk clerk took my key card, explaining they can’t give you

a key card if your room isn’t clean. I’m on shaky ground here. They have my suitcase, my key card and my money and I have nothing. Add to that, the desk clerk arranging all this would be off when I got back. No worry, she says, I’ll leave a note for the next shift that this is your room. Yeah. That’s reassuring. It turned out alright. My suitcase was still there, my new key card worked fine and the room was all dressed up in clean linens appropriately decking out the beds. Meanwhile I had discovered Louise’s Pantry down the road, with the best chicken salad and chicken noodle soup ever. After checking in—for real—I sat by the pool, enjoying the ninety-five degree breezes and wishing I hadn’t forgotten to bring my bathing suit, until time for dinner. A note here: due to the dangers of imbibing too many calories, I often replace dinner with dessert. Tonight dessert won. A warning: if you’re going out for dessert, do not believe every website menu that showcases desserts. Lucky me. I found a place that served desserts just a block away. I walked to John’s Restaurant, salivating over all the desserts they might offer and congratulating myself for walking in the heat. Burning the calories. Unlucky me. Bread pudding. A whole wall full of menu choices; one dessert. I

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Hollywood Casino renamed Jamul Casino

The former Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego has officially been renamed Jamul Casino and will be managed by the Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation (JIVDC). The casino was previously managed by Penn National Gaming Inc. JIVDC is a wholly owned entity of Jamul Indian Village, which is one of 13 federally recognized tribes that are part of the Kumeyaay Nation. Along with the new name, the casino will have a new look as well as a new president and general manager. Mary Cheeks, a 30-year old veteran of the casino industry, has joined the casino. She has experience in gaming markets in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, according to a press release. The casino supports about 1,000 permanent jobs in the region, JIVDC said. The Tribe said it uses revenue and resources from the casino to fund educational opportunities, healthcare and housing initiatives for its members. The $460 million-casino opened in October 2016.

Home of Guiding Hands’ annual gala is `Superhero Soiree’

Home of Guiding Hands (HGH), a non-profit organization that provides services, training and advocacy to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families, will host the SuperHero Soiree,” its 44th annual fundraising gala, from 5:30 to 11 p.m., Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the US Grant Hotel. Proceeds will benefit programs and services HGH provides to more than 2,500 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties. This year’s fundraiser, with Rachel Wood as planning committee chair, will feature a cocktail reception, a three-course meal with wine pairings, unique experiences included in a silent and

live auction, dancing, gaming and live music from The Mighty Untouchables. Guests will also have the chance to interact with HGH clients. Rich and Lynda Kerr, HGH supporters of the HGH Pro-Am Golf Class for the past 18 years, are this year’s honorees. “Rich and Lynda simply believe in giving back,” said Mark Klaus, president/CEO, Home of Guiding Hands. “We are grateful for their altruistic sense of giving, their loyalty and their shared belief in our mission to improve the lives of those we serve. Many things are possible because of people like Rich and Lynda.” Event sponsors include Avista Technologies, Dave and Charlene Walker, Barona Resort & Casino, Quick Dry Flood Service, Torrey Pines Bank, Lynne Doyle and the Verbeck Foundation. Tickets begin at $250 per person and $2,500 for a table of 10. For more information, visit, or contact Jessica Brandon at (619) 932-2854 or

Sycuan Casino hire new sales and reservations execs

Sycuan Casino has named Justin Hulet as the director of revenue management and reservations and Kristin O’Rourke as the associate director of sales. Hulet comes to Sycuan with over 10 years of hotel operations and revenue management experience. Prior to joining Sycuan, he was the corporate director of revenue management at MGM Resorts International Las Vegas. Hulet began his revenue management career at the Palms Casino Las Vegas, where he oversaw revenue management strategy and the implementation of a centralized call center, room remodel and various systems. This led to his position at MGM Resorts International where he would oversee several other premier Las Vegas hotel and casinos such as the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Delano Las Vegas, Mirage Hotel & Casino,

ate it. It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t delicious, either. But it filled that spot until something better would come along. Which it did—the next day in Idyllwild. Loved Idyllwild! I roamed the streets after filling my sweet tooth with a home-made cherry Danish at The Town Baker. Thinking I should eat some real food, I also had an egg ’n cheese croissant. Later in the day I strolled past Idyllwild Ice Cream & Jerky. Ice cream? U-turn! Inside I spied Double Decadence Chocolate Fudge in the case, murmuring softly to me. I ordered a single scoop on a sugar cone and minutes later I stepped outside to wallow in double decadence. I took a lick. Two licks before the decadence toppled off its cone onto the dirty black pavement. There’s more. See you next week!

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Luxor Hotel & Casino and Excalibur Hotel & Casino. O’Rourke brings over 10 years of sales and hospitality industry experience to the Sycuan team. Most recently, she was the corporate task force sales manager at Evolution Hospitality. O’Rourke’s previous roles include the national sales manager at Omni Hotels, sales manager at Kimpton Hotels & Resorts and sales manager at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. At Sycuan Casino, O’Rourke will be assisting the director of sales to prepare for the opening of the new hotel by creating and implementing new sales focused procedures.

Grossmont high schools saving $70 million in utility costs

The Grossmont Union High School District’s (GUHSD) recent construction, modernization and energy-management projects over the past four years will save the district more than $70 million in utility costs over the next 25 years, GUHSD officials said. The projects have been financed by school construction bonds, including Proposition U and Measure BB, which have funded the installation of high-performance cooling towers, new turf fields and the demolition of outdated structures to make way for energyefficient buildings. The ramped-up efforts at the district’s 12 high schools and one adult education facility have enabled the district to cut its annual electricity and utility costs by nearly $2 million, according to the district. “Utility costs are generally the second-largest budget item after employee salaries,” said Tim Glover, GUHSD superintendent. “By reducing the energy use of our buildings, employing innovative technologies to help us be better stewards of our natural resources, and improving how we as employees can help conserve energy, we can effectively improve those bottom-line costs.”


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