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Coldwell Bank West State Senator Anderson Marches in Grand Opening Celebration • Thursday, June 1 The 20th Annual La Mesa Flag Day Parade

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On The Cover EL CAJON — City of El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells (cover, left) is greeted by Point Mortgage Representative, Maureen Shinn (cover, right) at the grand opening celebration of Coldwell Bank West, Thursday, June 1. Cover: Jennifer Boyd Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias


Is Smaller Better, or Is It Really Bigger?

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igger, California has learned through long experience, isn’t always better. In fact, it can be downright destructive, as when a city outgrows its water or freeway system. The question of whether bigger can actually be better, more responsive and cost-effective arises again this spring, in a pair of proposals that could fundamentally change politics both statewide and in California’s largest county. One of these plans, purveyed in a proposed 2018 initiative now circulating in some areas, would essentially make the Legislature 100 times bigger than it is today, while cutting its pay and reducing the size of Assembly and Senate districts to about 1 percent of their current dimensions. The other would expand county boards of supervisors from five members to seven where population tops 5 million, which today means only Los Angeles County, which would also get an elected chief executive similar to a mayor. This one is aimed to improve government in L.A., sponsors saying it would modernize the state’s most powerful local government, where open county board seats can attract sitting members of Congress who already occupy very secure jobs, as when Democratic former San Pedro Rep. Janice Hahn won a seat on the board last year. The more wide-ranging of these plans comes from John Cox, a San Diego County real estate investor who just now is the only 2018 Republican candidate for governor. As such, he drew 18 percent support in one recent major poll, topping the better-known Democratic likes of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and current state Treasurer John Chiang. He trailed only Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Democratic former mayor of San Francisco, who scored 28 percent. Cox’s current initiative is a rehash of an idea he floated in 2012 which failed to draw enough petition signatures to make the 2014 ballot. It would essentially divide the current 80 Assembly and 40 state Senate districts by 100, creating neighborhood micro-districts of 5,000 and 10,000 persons each. Every district would get a representative – 12,000 in all. Recognizing this might be just a tad unwieldy, Cox would have the 12,000 new legislators elect “working committees” of 80 Assembly members and 40 senators – oddly enough, the exact sizes of today’s two legislative houses. The working committees would perform most tasks of the current Legislature, but the full bodies of 8,000 in the Assembly and 4,000 for the Senate would vote on all non-urgent matters and proposed laws. Lawmakers’ pay would be cut to $1,000 yearly. Cox is convinced this would take most of the big money out of legislative politics, forcing candidates to go door to door in their small districts rather than flooding airwaves and mailboxes with advertising. The actual, working lawmakers on the two active committees would then have just 99 constituents each (other neighborhood legislators) to please and pander to. Don’t expect this one to go very far once voters realize they wouldn’t even be changing the number of people in the Capitol, but would add a whole new layer of government. Meanwhile, the county proposal sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia could create the second most powerful political job in California in the Los Angeles County executive, and two other posts also certain to draw big-name candidates and big-money campaigns. His plan to add two county supervisors to the current five would reduce each Los Angeles County supervisor’s district population to 1.4 million from today’s 2 million. “By increasing representation and creating a professional management position, we will address multiple issues and actively improve local government,” Mendoza said. This one needs a two-thirds vote in both current legislative houses to make the 2020 ballot and become effective in 2022. A similar proposal failed in 2015 after drawing opposition from the then-current Los Angeles County board. The Mendoza plan also raises the question of whether it’s right for voters in the rest of California to decide the structure of politics in Los Angeles, when it won’t affect anyone but Angelenos. Either of these plans would make for major upheaval, something voters historically have not been inclined to approve. But no one can predict the outcome of such a vote in today’s volatile political climate, not when it involves creation of thousands of new political positions for ambitious Californians to occupy.

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


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti Palliative Care or Hospice Care?

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If a very sick patient in a hospital is put on palliative care, does that mean they aren’t going to make it?

. No. Recent evidence indicates that palliative care alongside standard care extends lives. Palliative care is not the same as hospice care. Palliative care is designed to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Hospice is for the end of life. In fact, hospice requires that a patient be certified as being six months from death, and it requires stopping most curative treatments. Palliative medicine is a relatively new, fast-growing interdisciplinary specialty. A team of physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, chaplains, dietitians, pharmacists and rehabilitation specialists work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is for people with serious illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disease, HIV/AIDS, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Palliative care is a good option for someone with a serious illness who needs help managing pain or other symptoms, understanding and coping with a medical condition, and navigating the health care system. The first principle of palliative medicine is to help people feel better. It focuses on symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, stress and depression. It not only brings physical, emotional and spiritual relief, but improves a patient’s ability to tolerate medical treatments. Palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and can be given at the same time as curative treatment. Palliative care also strives to improve communication between patients, their health care providers and family members. It is also designed to coordinate care, especially as patients move from the hospital to home or to another care facility. About 80 percent of major hospitals offer a palliativecare service. Palliative care is almost always covered by health insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid. Because of improvement in health care, most Americans who live beyond age 65 can expect to make it to almost 85. However, those survivors may suffer from pain, medical complications, depression, and disability. This phenomenon has generated a greater need for palliative care. “We need to think about palliative care not as care at the end of life, but as improving a patient’s quality of life,” says R. Sean Morrison, M.D., professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “For the vast majority of patients with chronic illness, both life-prolonging and palliative treatments are necessary and appropriate.”

Living with MS with Dee Dean Multiple Sclerosis Ataxia, and Tremors in MS Sufferers

ultiple Sclerosis ataxia is a condition which causes a lack of coordination in the muscles and limbs it affects. Patients who are affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) ataxia experience problems with the function of their sensory or motor nerves. Problems are also found with the procedure by which the information from the brain is processed by the central nervous system. MS ataxia is usually associated with leg muscles, which manifests itself as an unusual and awkward way of walking, but it can also affect limbs in the upper body, vision and speech. MS Aaxia is a term used to describe a number of abnormal movements that may occur during the execution of voluntary movements. They include, but are not limited to, incoordination, delay in movement, dysmetria (inaccuracy in achieving a target), dysdiadochokinesia (inability to perform movements of constant force and rhythm), and tremor. Ataxia can be the result of damage to the cerebellum (cerebellar ataxia) or the posterior columns of the spinal cord (sensory ataxia) or dysfunction of the vestibular system (vestibular ataxia). There are three different types of MS ataxia, which affect the patient in different ways and

can also require different kinds of treatment. The three different types are cerebellar ataxia, vestibular ataxia and sensory ataxia. The first kind of MS ataxia is called cerebellar ataxia and can affect the whole body. The problems in this kind of Multiple Sclerosis ataxia are caused by lesions on the cerebellum in the brain and can cause symptoms such as an uneven walking gait, jerky eye movements and problems controlling the muscles that are needed when speaking. Vestibular ataxia is another form of Multiple Sclerosis ataxia that is caused by lesions on the brainstem and can spread to the organs in the ear that control balance. Consequently, sufferers of this type of MS ataxia often have problems with their balance and often feel nauseous. Finally, sensory ataxia is caused by problems with the proprioceptive or positional sensing nerves, meaning that patients have no sense of where their limbs are in relation to their body. This form of Multiple Sclerosis ataxia causes patients to be unsteady on their feet. MS Tremor is defined as a rhythmic, involuntary, oscillating movement of a body part. There are two main classifications of tremor – resting tremor and action tremor. Resting tremor is present in a body part that is completely supported against gravity and is not voluntarily activated. Action tremor is produced during body part movement.5 Action tremor may be further subclassified into intention, postural, kinetic, and isometric tremor, of which intention and postural are the two most prevalent forms. Studies report that up to 85 percent of people with MS experience ataxia and/or tremor at some point in time. Ataxia and tremor are often accompanied by other symptoms such as weakness, spasticity, and reduced sensory or visual input. It is not surprising that ataxia is reported to affect function in up to 32 percent of people with MS.

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

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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, there are but a few promises to all of mankind, the vast majority are to those who have become His children by adoption through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance from sin. Some may think this is not “fair”, that all of God’s promises should be to everyone. Well they are to everyone that will repent of sin and turn to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Think of it 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 look at some “unpopular promises”. God has promised suffering and persecution to those that will follow Him. These promises are conveniently ignored by many of the “popular” Bible teachers and preachers of our day. This is due in part to two things, first most people only want the “positive” aspects of following Christ, if they are told the “whole truth” few would want anything to do with Jesus. The second reason these “unpopular promises” are ignored or not mentioned is the desire of the pastor/teacher to be well thought of by those they are teaching; the desire to be “positive” and popular. This would be like a doctor not telling you that you have a serious condition because they want you to think well of them and do not want to be negative. Here are some promises of suffering God makes to those that will follow Him. John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Matthew 10:24-25 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub (prince of the demons), how much more will they call those of his household!” Acts 14:2122 “And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” 2Timothy 3:12 “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” We see throughout church history these promises being fulfilled. In the Book of Acts we see James being murdered by Herod; Peter being arrested and threatened with death; Stephen being stoned to death, Paul being arrested countless times, beaten, imprisoned, and ultimately executed. This has continued to the present. ISIS and numerous other Islamic groups are slaughtering tens of thousands of Christians every year; Communist dictators have been responsible for murdering millions of Christians in the past 80 years; the dictator in North Korea who thinks that he is a god will have any and everyone executed that worships anyone but him. In Egypt, Christians are being crucified, burned alive, beheaded, and many other horrendous acts committed against them. These are not isolated to Egypt, they are common in many countries and will continue to increase as time as we know it comes to an end. With these promises of suffering, God also promises His followers to be present with them in the midst of suffering. The Apostle Paul experienced this and wrote to Timothy to tell him of it, 2Timothy 4:16-18 “At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!”

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


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LA MESA OFFERS ‘SUNDAYS AT SIX’ FREE SUMMER CONCERTS Come out and enjoy the line-up of local bands at La Mesa’s ‘Sundays at Six’ free summer concert series. Bring the family, grab a picnic and have fun listening to great tunes at the beautiful outdoor amphitheater at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden Street, from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Sno-Cal Shaved Ice will also be available. June 11: San Diego Concert Band June 18: Ginger Cowgirl - Country June 25: Fanny and the Atta Boys – Bluegrass, Jazz and Blues July 9: Dim the Lights - Disco

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July 16: Fringe Benefitz – Classic Rock July 23: Sonic Epidemic – Horn Tunes of the 70’s The Sundays at Six Concert Series is sponsored by Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Grossmont Center, the La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation and the City of La Mesa. For more information email:, call 619-667-1300 or visit

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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan


Aztecs End Successful Season San Diego State baseball season has ended that produced 42 victories (tied for the most for the program in the last 15 seasons), a fourth Mountain West Conference tournament title in the last five seasons and advanced to an NCAA Regional for the fourth time in five years. The Aztecs, the four-seed in the region, got a two-run homer from senior Danny Sheehan in the first inning but fell behind and was unable to complete a late-inning rally, losing to ninthranked and region top-seed Long Beach State, 7-4, Sunday. The loss ends San Diego State’s season on the third day of the Long Beach Regional, with a final record of 42-21. Sheehan’s seventh homer of the season, a towering shot that easily cleared the left field fence came on the heels of a Chase Calabuig single to put the Aztecs up 2-0. Remarkably, that was the first extra base hit of the event for the Aztecs, snapping a streak of 26 innings without an extra base hit. “We didn’t get ahead the first couple games and it felt good just to get ahead for once and really jump on them early,” Sheehan said. Long Beach State used a double, a single, and two hit batsmen to draw even in the second inning. The 49ers took the lead for good in the third frame, capitalizing on an uncharacteristic defensive lapse by the Aztecs. SDSU, which entered the contest with the 16th highest fielding percentage in the nation, was victimized by three infield errors in the inning. A throwing error at shortstop, a fielding error at third base and an errant throw at first base on a pickoff attempt did in the Aztecs, who had committed just 50 errors in 62 previous games. “We were our own worst enemy today,” coach Mark Martinez said. “We are one of the best fielding teams in the country and it is uncharacteristic of our infield. They have been solid all year long. We couldn’t overcome some big mistakes and could not respond from that.”

Meanwhile, the San Diego Padres begin a sixgame homestand with a 7:10 p.m. game Friday, June 9 vs. the Kansas City Royals. Following that three-game series, the Cincinnati Reds come to Petco Park for a three-game series June 12-14.

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

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Lakeside Chamber presents ‘Touch-ATruck’ on June 11

as laboratory scientists at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. The show runs through June 30. The photographers The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will present “Touch-A- include Celeste Saxer of Santee, Mary Peddecord of Del Cerro and Cari Gallenson of Carmel Valley. Saxer’s photos were Truck,” a special event featuring a variety of large trucks and shot in Italy. She has worked at the hospital for the past 28 construction vehicles, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 11, at a parcel at 12637 Vigilante Road, Lakeside. The event is years. Peddecord’s photos feature wildlife shot in their native habitats, including Kenya, Tanzania, Antarctica, Alaska and geared towards children and families, Chamber officials said. the Svalbard Islands. She has worked at the hospital for the Touch-a-Truck is a hands-on learning experience for children past 10 years. Gallenson’s photos feature landscapes shot to explore a variety of large trucks, recreation vehicles, farm while traveling or hiking. She has worked at the hospital equipment, emergency vehicles, race cars, off-road vehicles, since 1979. Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care construction rigs, monster trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, golf Library is free. The Summer Art Exhibit is open to the public carts, emergency vehicles, boats, RVs and trailers, busses, classic cars and much more. Children get to touch their favorite during regular library hours, which are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through vehicles, get behind the wheel and meet the professionals Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. For more who build, protect and serve our community. On display will information, phone (619) 825-5010 or visit www.herricklibrary. be more than 50 trucks and vehicles, including fire trucks, org. emergency vehicles, dump trucks, 18-wheel tractor-trailer big rigs, garbage trucks, delivery trucks, utility trucks, farm Spring Valley resident joins National vehicles and all-terrain off-road vehicles. Proceeds will benefit education programs geared towards the trucking, construction Multiple Sclerosis Society The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in San Diego and industrial career paths for young people. Tickets cost $5 has named Spring Valley resident Robert Cota as Walk MS a piece for adults ages 16 and higher and $15 a piece for manager. The announcement was made by Tiffany Lynch, children ages 1 to 15. VIP tickets, costing $30 per person, senior director, National MS Society’s San Diego-based Pacific includes early entry and swag bag for children. Parking is free. South Coast Chapter. Cota, with 18 years of experience both For tickets and information, call (619) 561-1031 or visit www. as a volunteer and staff member with nonprofit organizations, will be involved with the National MS Society’s fundraising La Mesa health library features events, including the Southern California Challenge Walk MS, , including the Southern California Challenge Walk MS, Nov. 3-5, photographs by hospital staff a three-day, 50-mile walk from Oceanside to La Jolla. Event The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, information is available at Multiple a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the Mesa, is now hosting its Spring 2017 art exhibit featuring 37 central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information photographs shot by three amateur photographers who work

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within the brain, and between the brain and body. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Pacific South Coast Chapter serves more than 51,500 people affected by MS living in San Diego, Orange and Imperial counties, as well as the Hawaiian Islands.

East County realtors group comments on spring housing market

The spring home buying season is off to a blooming start, according to a recent report from the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a trade group for local realtors with offices in El Cajon and Chula Vista. “The market is growing and getting stronger, although low inventory continues to be a significant problem,” said Sarah Heck, 2017 PSAR president. Heck noted that San Diego was the 8th “hottest” real estate market during the first quarter with the typical home taking just 38 days to sell, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). California led the United States with six of the top 10 real estate markets. Nationwide a home is typically on the market for 69 days, eight days less than this time last year, said NAR. According to CoreLogic, a California real estate data and analytics information service, the median sales price of a home in San Diego County reached $515,000 in March, its highest point in a decade and a 7.7 percent increase in a year. The median price of a San Diego County home was $492,000 in February, up from $455,000 in February 2016. “High prices are keeping waves of buyers at bay,” said Heck. “However, thanks to uncommonly low interest rates, mortgage payments have remained pretty reasonable even in the face of increasing purchase prices.”

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Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education EL CAJON — Students looking to become an elementary school teacher can earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Cuyamaca College through a new partnership launching this fall with one of the Midwest’s top regional public universities. Under the agreement, Valley City State University (VCSU) in Valley City, N.D., will provide instruction both online and at Cuyamaca College to students who have earned an associate degree at the Rancho San Diego campus. A VCSU counselor will also be stationed at Cuyamaca College to work with students in setting up an educational plan. The new program at Cuyamaca College comes at an opportune time, as the number of elementary school teachers in California, excluding those focusing on special education, is projected to grow by nearly 10 percent in the decade between 2014 and 2024. Elementary school teachers in California earn an annual average salary of $74,270, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, and $72,130 in San Diego County. “Cuyamaca College is among the leaders in our region when it comes to workforce development, and partnering with VCSU will enable us to help fill a void in preparing students for careers as elementary school teachers,” said Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes. “We’re excited for the opportunity to work with a university that has a long history and stellar reputation in educating elementary school teachers across the country.” VCSU was rated the top school among regional public colleges in the Midwest by U.S News & World Report in its 2017 rankings. Its School of Education and Graduate Studies is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Higher Learning Commission and the North Dakota Educational Standards and Practices Board. VCSU has been training teachers since 1890 when it opened its doors as a teacher’s college, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has recognized the university for exemplary practice since 1954. “We at Valley City State University are excited to partner with Cuyamaca College to offer our bachelor’s degree program in elementary education,” said VCSU President Tisa Mason. “I commend President Julianna Barnes for seeking out baccalaureate opportunities for Cuyamaca students, and I know we can provide an outstanding opportunity for those who wish to teach in elementary schools.” Registration is open now for the fall semester. The program to open to anyone with an associate degree, although Cuyamaca College graduates with a degree in elementary education or an associate degree for transfer in elementary education will have a seamless path to admission. Other students will need to have their college transcripts evaluated to determine if they have any gaps in their coursework. Students will pay the same in-state tuition and fee rates charged to North Dakota residents, which is approximately $16,300 for the entire two-year program. Valley City State provides laptops to qualified distance learners as part of the university’s technology fees. Because VCSU is a nationally accredited institution, graduates will be able to teach in California after obtaining a North Dakota teaching license and securing a California teaching credential. The bachelor of science degree in elementary education is the latest baccalaureate program offered at Cuyamaca College. In fall 2016, Cuyamaca College and Point Loma Nazarene University teamed up to offer bachelor degrees in both Child Development and Organizational Management. Students interested in the elementary education program should contact advisor and assistant professor Daisy Figueroa at (562) 822-7606 or

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