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News Briefs El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club to Install New Officers

EL CAJON — The El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club will install it’s new 2015/2016 officers at an installation party, Saturday, June 20 at Ray Ridlon’s home in Jamul. The new officers will be installed by Past District Governor Len Blottin and will officially take office July 1. The new officers are: •President: Ray Ridlon • 1st VP: Van Wilsey • 2nd VP: Felina Balistreri • 3rd VP: David Huntamer • Secretary: Paul Walters • Treasurer: Paul Tremblay • Membership: Paul Walters, Mercy Walters co-chairs • Bulletin Editors: Mike Wasyliw, PP Bruce Boorman • Tail Twisters: Bob Acker, PP Bob Moreau • Lion Tamers:, Ron Black, Chris Bramwell • Greeters: PP Ron Paris, Sharie Hoops • Directors (one year): Carter Short, Jeff Winters • Directors (two years): Justin Stewart, Joe Corsi, Dick Nasif, Keith Bailes, Catharine Bailes • Webmaster: Warren McKenna • Public Relations: PP Dick Rogers • Immediate Past President: Mercy Walters • Past President and PR Chairman Dick Rogers 619-925-9058

Front row, from left: Hart, Betty Stieringer, Gloria Chadwick, Najafi. Second row: Dutcher, Randy Lenac, Veronica Cannon, Bob Ayres, Anjelika Cannon, Michael Emerson, Alongi. GHD board members include Stieringer, Chadwick, Lenac, Ayres and Emerson. JAMUL — The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently honored six volunteers with a 2015 Healthcare Hero award at the Steele Canyon Golf Club in Jamul. Now in its ninth 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. Honorees this year included: Dr. Andrew Alongi, retired physician, member of the La Mesa Lions Club and volunteer with International Catholic Families at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in El Cajon; Anjelika Cannon and Veronika Cannon of El Cajon, junior volunteers, Sharp Grossmont Hospital; Michael Dutcher, volunteer, Noah Homes; Richard Hart, volunteer, Grossmont Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary; Dr. David J. Najafi, a practicing vitroretinal surgeon and volunteer with the San Diego County Medical Foundation’s Project Access San Diego (PASD).

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Deployed Sailor Returns Receiving a Surprise SANTEE — Dan and Deby Mulgrew were the winners of the 1971 Camaro Z28 that was raffled at the 2015 Santee Street Fair. Deby had purchased $25 raffle ticket eight months prior ago. The Camaro was supposed to be raffled at the 2014 Santee Car Show. There weren’t enough tickets sold, so the raffle was deferred to the 2015 Santee Street Fair so more tickets could be sold. Mulgrew figured since the car show was over, the Camaro was gone. eight months later, he received a phone call from local radio talk show host Clint August stating that he had won the Camaro. After the initial shock of winning the car and being convinced that he wasn’t being pranked, Mulgrew decided to surprise his son-in-law who was deployed by giving the car to him. The son-in-law, a sailor on the Carl Vincent, was returning from a 10 month deployment about a week after Mulgrew won the car. It was then he decided to give the car to his son-in-law as a thank you for his service. Watch the touching video as Mulgrew hands the keys to the beautiful Z28 to his son-in-law on

FLYNN SPRINGS — Summers Past Farms held their annual Fairy Festival Saturday, June 6. Hundreds of fairy dressed participants came to celebrate the beautiful day at the Farm. Young and old look forward to this fun day every year! Cover photo: Kathy Foster for The East County Herald Cover design: Steve Hamann / The East County Herald

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Pension Changing Measure Inevitable Next Year


Your Senator In The News Senator Joel Anderson Shelter of Hope Comes to East County By Tiffany Espensen

For The East County Herald EL CAJON — Less than two minutes can be all it takes for a house fire to leave a family with nothing but the clothing on their backs. When disaster strikes, a family needs shelter, food, first aid, and many other forms of support to get their lives back in order. In order to bring awareness to the services they offer, especially in times of disaster, the Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties brought the Shelter of Hope (“Help Open People’s Eyes”) to different parts of San Diego County last week. Bill Earley, CEO of the Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties, spent every day of last week living in a mock emergency shelter to demonstrate what families go through during a disaster. When the Red Cross made a stop in El Cajon at Parkway Plaza last Wednesday, Earley said, “We had a great day bringing our Shelter of Hope to East County.” He continued, “It was a busy and fun-filled day. We had community members visiting the shelter, learning more about the Red Cross, giving blood at the Red Cross Blood Mobile and learning HandsOnly CPR from our instructors.” California State Senator Joel Anderson was thrilled to hear about Shelter of Hope’s visit to East County and provided Senate certificates of recognition to the Red Cross and their volunteers who also spent the day installing smoke alarms in vulnerable parts of the neighborhood. Anderson praised

From left: Legislative intern to Senator Joel Anderson Tiffany Espensen, Red Cross CEO of San Diego & Imperial Counties Bill Earley and Constituent Special Assistant Lori Brown. Earley and his team’s commitment to the mission of American Red Cross when he said, “It is impressive how Bill and his team are always finding creative ways to educate the community about disaster preparedness. The Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties provides an invaluable service, and I am grateful they brought the Shelter of Hope to El Cajon.” After a beautiful day full of activities, Earley and his team left with great excitement and new friends of the American Red Cross. Earley expressed

his gratitude to the partners who made the day a success, “Shelter of Hope is all about raising awareness about the services we provide each and every day, and we’re happy to have been able to do just that in East County. We’d like to thank Parkway Plaza, Heartland Fire-Rescue, Senator Joel Anderson’s office and our dedicated volunteers for making it happen!” To learn more about The Shelter of Hope and other vital services the Red Cross provides, go to san-diego or call 858-309-1200.

t was inevitable once the number of signatures needed to put a constitutional amendment initiative on the statewide ballot dropped by 300,000 following last fall’s election: A measure to change the pension system governing many California public employees will be voted on in November of next year. Equally unsurprising are the identities of its two major sponsors: former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and ex-City Councilman Carl DeMaio of San Diego, who has failed in runs for mayor and for the congressional seat now held by Democrat Scott Peters. The exact content of the initiative is not yet certain, although both politicos say they may have their measure ready as early as next month for review and titling by state Attorney General Kamala Harris, who likely will share the ballot with the initiative as she runs for the U.S. Senate. Given what Reed and DeMaio have done via local ballot propositions in their own cities, it’s a virtual certainly their measure will contain something forcing public employees at the state and local levels to increase their contributions to pension funding. It will also most likely give local governments the power to renegotiate with unions the pension benefits paid for future work, while leaving all vested benefits in place. And it might set up 401(k)-style accounts for some future public employees, rather than fixed benefits paid through CalPERS, the California Public Employee Retirement System. When Reed tried to put a measure much like that on last fall’s ballot, he ran afoul of the attorney general, who must write an objective summary and title for every initiative before petition circulators begin seeking signatures. Harris’ summary said the 2014 Reed measure would “eliminate constitutional protections” for some workers, including teachers, nurses and law officers. Reed strongly objected to this description, but it was upheld in court and the effort went nowhere. Now, with the petition signature threshold for proposed state constitutional amendments down from 807,000 to 504,000 because of last fall’s low voter turnout, Reed and DeMaio are working to craft something Harris-proof. “Some of the San Diego and San Jose policies will be included,” Dan Pellessier, president of a group calling itself California Pension Reform, working with Reed and DeMaio, told a reporter. “But we have to make it hard for Harris to make this look like a dirt sandwich, as she did before.” That’s a challenge, because no matter how they try to sugar-coat it, Reed and DeMaio will be trying to take money from public employees either at the front end, via increased contributions, or at the back end, via reduced payouts or a change away from fixed benefits for new employees. Something, however, has to be done. For even after the reforms pushed through by Gov. Jerry Brown early in this decade, many of the state’s 130 public pension systems are unhealthy, underfunded. In 2013, then state Controller, now Treasurer, John Chiang reported 17 plans were underfunded by at least 40 percent, 45 per underfunded by 20 to 40 percent and 22 more had shortages of 20 percent or less. Altogether, the state’s unfunded pension liability had risen to $198 billion from $6.3 billion in 2003. “Rising salary and pension costs for state and local government workers have outpaced the…new tax revenues generated by (the 2012) Proposition 30,” DeMaio claimed in an essay. One result is that CalPERS will soon begin raising assessments of cities and counties to help meet their pension obligations, administered by that agency in most cases. “It is clear that politicians in Sacramento are not serious about reforming unsustainable pension benefits,” DeMaio said. He complains that public employee pensions far outpace those in the private sector, where fixed-benefit plans are mostly a thing of the past, enjoyed by many of the currently retired, but a mere fantasy for most of today’s workers. The challenge for DeMaio and Reed lies in crafting a plan that doesn’t renege on promises and contracts previously agreed to, while still saving money. That’s a very tall order.

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


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

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Living with MS with Dee Dean


I don’t walk so well anymore and I’m considering getting one of those scooters that I see seniors driving. What do you know about them?


They have become increasingly popular since they were invented in 1968. As more baby boomers hit the market for mobility assistive equipment, we will see more scooters. There are about 1.7 million in the United States using wheelchairs or scooters. About 90 percent of these people have manual wheelchairs. There are155,000 using electrically powered wheelchairs, and 142,000 riding scooters. Motorized scooters serve the same function as motorized wheelchairs, but the scooters are easier to maneuver and are more versatile. And because they now have sleek designs and are marketed primarily as a product to facilitate movement, rather than to assist the disabled, they appeal to a broader spectrum of the public. I shopped online for scooters. They seem to range from about $500 to about $4,500. If your doctor submits a written order stating that you have a medical need for a scooter, Medicare will help cover the costs under the following conditions: • You have a health problem that causes difficulty moving around in your home. • You’re unable to do activities of daily living even with the help of a cane, crutch, or walker. • You can’t operate a manual wheelchair. • You’re able to safely operate, and get on and off the scooter, or have someone with you who is always available to help you use the device safely. • You must be able to use it in your home. Medicare won’t cover a scooter if it will be used mainly for leisure activities, or if it’s only needed to move around outside your home. A mobility scooter usually has a swivel seat over three or four wheels, a flat area for your feet and handlebars to steer it. Mobility scooters are usually battery powered. The scooters come in models with front-wheel drive or rearwheel drive. The front-wheel-drive scooters are usually smaller and are used indoors. They usually hold up to 250 pounds. The rear-wheel-drive scooters are used both indoors and outdoors with a typical maximum capacity of 350 pounds. There are heavy duty rear-drive scooters that can carry up to 500 pounds.

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Scooters have a few advantages over wheelchairs

• Swiveling the seat of an electric scooter is generally easier than moving the foot supports on most conventional wheelchairs. • A major selling point of mobility scooters is that they do not look like wheelchairs, which evoke negative feels in some people. • Mobility scooters are usually more affordable than powered wheelchairs.

Disadvantages when compared to powered wheelchairs

• You need to be upright and have upper-body strength to operate a scooter. • Scooters also have fewer options for body support, such as head or leg rests. They are rarely designed for ease of patient transfer from seat to bed. • Scooters are longer, which limits their turning radius and ability to use some lifts or wheelchair-designed access technologies such as kneeling bus lifts. • Some mobility scooters have low ground clearance which can make it difficult to navigate certain obstacles, such as traveling in cities without proper curb cuts.

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Multiple Sclerosis Patient Lifespan, Comorbidities Studied in New Research


esearchers at the University of Manitoba in Canada recently conducted a study that explored the differences in lifespan and comorbidities in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) compared to healthy individuals. The study was recently published in the journal Neurology and is entitled “Effect of comorbidity on mortality in Multiple Sclerosis.” MS is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that results from the attack to the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and optical nerves) by the body’s own immune system, causing inflammation and damage to the myelin layer that covers and protects neurons. Myelin loss leads to impairment in signal transmission along nerve fibers, affecting motor function and causing irreversible neurological disability and paralysis. In the study, researchers analyzed 5,797 MS patients and a matched cohort of 28,807 healthy individuals of the same sex, same age and from the same region, to compare mortality rates and causes of death. The asso-

ciation between comorbidity status and mortality was also assessed. The team found that MS patients lived a median of 76 years while healthy individuals lived a median of 83 years. In total, 44 percent of the patients died from the disease and associated complications, followed by circulatory system disorders, cancer and respiratory disease. Researchers analyzed whether participants had other medical conditions, like diabetes, chronic lung disease, ischemic heart disease, anxiety and depression, and found that overall, the presence of other cormobidities had no impact on the lifespan of MS patients any more than it did in healthy individuals without the disease. However MS patients with other conditions, such as diabetes, had a shorter life span than those without. “Treating other conditions better may be a way of improving survival,” noted the study’s lead author Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie in a news release. The team concluded that MS patients have double the risk of premature death when compared to individu- als without the disease, with patients younger than 59 years exhibiting a three times higher risk. Within the MS population, comorbidities were found to be associated to an increased mortality risk. “Despite studies that show MS survival may be improving over time, the more than 2.5 million people affected worldwide by this disabling disease still face a risk of dying earlier, specifically those who are diagnosed younger,” concluded Dr. Marrie. Source: University of Manitoba in Canada

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Wisdom for

EVERYDAY with PastorLIFE Drew


A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah PART X

reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible. This week, we will turn our attention to an event that was repeated many times during Jesus’ 3+ years of ministry. Mark 3:7-12 “But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how many things He was doing, came to Him. So He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the multitude, lest they should crush Him. For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to touch Him. And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.” But He sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.” Word spread far and fast about the wonderful things Jesus was doing; everywhere He went great crowds gathered, some wanting to hear His words, others seeking to be touched by Him. The above cited Scripture represents one of many such occasions. There are 4 events from our text I want to draw to your attention. First, Jesus told His disciples as they went down to the Sea of Galilee to ready a boat. This was not for the purpose of escaping the crowds rather for the opportunity to reach more of the crowd. How you may ask? Jesus created nature therefore He knew all the laws that govern nature. As the crowds of people pressed in on Him fewer and fewer people would be able hear Him, so He used the natural acoustics of nature. Have you ever been to a lake or the bay here in San Diego? I was just at San Diego Bay yesterday waiting to pick up some of my family from the airport. As I sat on a bench facing the bay I could hear the conversations very clearly of those that were coming in from the ocean on boats; even those across the bay on land as if they were sitting right next to me. Luke records one of these instances in Luke 5:1-3 “So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.” The next thing I want you to see from our text is that “He healed many”. It does not tell us that He healed everyone but many. Through out the Gospels we see that Jesus had such great compassion on people (He still does today). His method of healing people varied, with some He merely spoke the word and they were healed; with others He physically touched them; and with some He would have them do what may seem strange to us but He had His reasons. Dear ones, Jesus still heals today, He does it His way and in His time. The third thing to take note of is how whenever those that had unclean spirits (possessed by demons) came in contact with Jesus, “they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.” There was one group that without fail always recognized who Jesus was: the demons. Demons are fallen angels that once, long ago, were in the presence of Jesus but then a third of them followed Satan in his rebellion against God and was cast out of Heaven. Much of the evil that we are experiencing today can and should be attributed to demonic forces at work. I am not saying that we can blame everything on the Devil and his workers but as man rejects the only true and Living God, man opens himself up to demonic influences. Finally, Jesus “sternly warned them (the demons) that they should not make Him known.” Jesus would not have any evil force attest to who He is as this would give some validation to them. Dear ones, we are living in an extremely evil day, the only hope you have is Jesus Christ, surrender your life to Him without condition or exception.

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 Chamber of Commerce

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Fishing Derby Saturday, June 6 • Lindo Lake

Rob Riingen/The East County Herald See more photos at LAKESIDE — The 12th annual Lakeside Optimist Fishing Derby & Family Fun Day was held on June 6 at Lindo Park. The Lakeside Optimist Club stocked the lake with over 1000 lbs of catfish. The popular event featured free fishing rod & bait, hotogs, face painting, prizes and more. The Lakeside Optimist Club has been serving the youth of Lakeside since 1949.

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Your YourCommunity CommunityCalendar Calendar The El Cajon Valley Host Lions Clubs Annual Gunsmoke Casino Night EL CAJON —The El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club will combine their fund raising efforts again this year with the Winchester Widows who will help them present their 5th annual Casino Night on Saturday, June 13 at 6 pm in the El Cajon Community Center 195 Douglas, El Cajon. Please come and join us for A night of Gambling and Carousing in an Old West Saloon complete with “Live Western Music”, complimentary food and drink plus The Winchester Widows to help keep you Cow Pokes under control. “Gunsmoke V” as it’s know locally, will feature all the different gaming tables you enjoy plus a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing. The final chip winners will have a choice of prizes in a Chinese Raffle including a Go Pro camera, Beach Cruiser Bike, Catalina weekend trip, Cannon Camera and a Microsoft Surface Tablet. Entry tickets are $50 each. Sponsorships are available starting at $100 for Bronze which includes one ticket then to Silver for $250 and two tickets. The next step up is to Gold for $500 and four tickets and finally Platinum for $1000 and six tickets. They also need Silent Auction gifts or gift certificates. Included in the ticket price are $200 in gambling chips, free heavy hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer or wine. Proceeds will be used by the Lions Club to fund their Student eye glass program that provides free eye tests to needy students in the East County and free glasses if they need them. The Widows support Challenge Ranch, which is a 10 acre ranch in Dehesa Valley that provides opportunities for under-privileged children through horse back riding. Contact Chairman and President Ray Ridlon at 619-997-4739 for more information.

Walking Shield, Inc. 5th Annual Golf Tournament

Barona Creek Golf Club in Lakeside, CA

Monday, June 22, 2015 10 a.m. Shotgun Start Walking Shield, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Serving American Indian Families Since 1986 Proceeds to benefit American Indian Scholarships and other educational services For further information and registration materials please contact: Phone: (949) 639-0472 Email: Submit Your Community Event

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UP AGAINST ITBuska with S.



FLs, light bulbs and more! Watt’s up? I’m trying to buy a lamp and the specs say it has a 13 watt CFL bulb and I don’t know how light a 13 watt CFL bulb is and I need to read with this lamp on my nightstand and nowhere in the specs does it say how many watts – regular watts – a 13 watt CFL bulb gives off and I’m doing this online so I can’t ask the nearest salesperson who probably wouldn’t know anyhow so I’ve no choice but to leave the site and go Google CFLs and watts and see what comes up. I had my disaster with CFLs last month when I decided to replace the standard bulbs in the ceiling fan with brighter, more efficient bulbs and ended up with CFLs that the package said had the equivalent of 100 watts on a standard bulb. I replaced the first of the four bulbs, turned on the light and wow! The CFL bulb shone bright refrigerator white light so strong it nearly blinded me. I had three more bulbs. Could I live with that much light? They cost enough; the least I could do was try, so I unscrewed another of the standard bulbs and screwed in another 100 watt equivalent CFL. Turned on the switch. Strange… Only one CFL bulb came on. The first one came on, but not the second one. Maybe the second one was defective. I took it out, set it on the granite countertop and went to get another CFL

out of its package. Crash! The bulb rolled over off the countertop and landed on the tile floor. Seven bucks. That’s the first thought I had. After I swept up all the pieces I could find, I put a standard bulb back in the socket to make sure that socket was still working. It wasn’t. Working. And now the first CFL wasn’t coming on either. Looks like I singlehandedly ruined an entire ceiling fan light. I scooted the stepstool over, stepped up and put back the two standard bulbs. Turned on the switch – Lights came on! All four of them. So anyway, about this 13 watt CFL bulb… Turns out 13 watts on a CFL equals 60 watts on a standard bulb. I ordered two of the lamps and they arrived and are sitting happily on my nightstands, giving off enough light for me to read by, for as long as I like. According to the cost comparison chart on the EarthEasy website, if I read for 50,000 hours, replacing standard bulbs with CFLs five times, I’ll save about $260 on electricity and the cost of the bulbs - for which I would’ve had to buy 42 bulbs if I bought the old kind. Thought you’d want to know that. Nothing’s simple. The chart had no standard bulbs - that I could see - and an unexpected intruder. What I got was a three-way chart showing LEDs, CFLs, and Incandes-


cents. Turns out the Incandescents are the old light bulbs, with a fancy name. And LEDs, well Just when I’m learning my CFLs, they bring up a newbie. Now I have to learn about LEDs and their wattages. No hurry – right now they’re too expensive to compete with CFLs. According to the report, CFLs are only temporary for energy-efficient lighting until LEDs get cheaper. The LEDs use ten watts, instead of twelve, to get 60 standard watts and you only need one bulb to get 50,000 hours of use – not five CFLs, not forty-two regular old light bulbs. I hope this information has been useful to you. I don’t normally do educational columns, but when I learned all this about light bulbs I thought it would be good to shed some light on watts and bulbs for you. It might come in handy next time you have to change a light bulb – especially the part about not setting a light bulb on a granite countertop.

Buska is an author, columnist and long-time resident of East County. Send e-mail to Sheila at and visit her website

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host a “Business After Hours” mixer from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, at RCP Block and Brick, 8240 Broadway, Lemon Grove. Admission is free for Chamber members with advance RSVP. Admission is $10 per person for non-members and Chamber members without RSVP. RSVPs are requested by Monday, June 15. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at, (619) 440-6161, or visit

Santee Chamber plans Summer Kickoff party

Lakeside Chamber will host June mixer at bakery and salon

Investment Act, MyCAA, and veterans’ benefits for these programs, which are authorized by SDSU’s College of Engineering. “I now have more confidence in sizing up my projects and working with other construction professionals,” said program graduate Greg Bussey. “Most of my colleagues have field time but aren’t sure how to get promoted to senior positions. The SDSU program would help them tremendously.” For an online demo, go to Cons t r u c t i o n C l a s s e s. c o m / d e m o course. For additional information, visit construction, email or call (619) 5943297. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

Steve 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

on Thursday, June 18 at Tasty Treats Bakery and Get Doll’d Up Salon, 9664 Wintergardens Blvd., Lakeside. Refreshments will include samples from the bakery, which opened in March of this year. The bakery specializes in custom desserts, including pies and cakes. The salon offers personal care services, including color cuts, perms, waxing, lash-brow tinting, manicures and pedicures. Cost to attend the mixer is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. According to Kathy Kassel, Chamber executive director, the mixer is a great opportunity to connect with fellow chamber members and promote your business. For more information and to RSVP, visit

La Mesa Chamber will host breakfast with La Mesa Mayor

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis for a breakfast meeting starting at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, at the Marie Callender’s restaurant, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego. Breakfast sponsor is Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World. The public is invited to attend. Cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for guests with advanced reservations, or $25 at the door. Breakfast will include eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fresh fruit and juice. Prize drawings also will be held. Sponsors for the attendance drawing include Business 2 Business Connection San Diego, La Mesa Courier and Opus Bank. Reservations may be made via the website: or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700, ext. #2. Arapostathis will discuss the latest issues facing La Mesans, including future plans for Grossmont Center, The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will present La Mesa Village street scape renovation and Boys and its next third Thursday mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the Girls Clubs of East County’s new Brady Family The Santee Chamber of Commerce will host its 2015 Summer Kickoff Party from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 18, at Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Dr., Santee. Admission is free. Look for the pop-up tents at the park. Chamber officials said Mission Realty Group will provide burgers and hot dogs, along with games and prizes. The season’s first summer concert, sponsored by the City of Santee, will be held the same evening at the park. Scheduled to perform is the band “The Cat-illacs.” For more information, call the Chamber office at (619) 449-6572, or visit

SDSU Construction Programs Help Nail Down Careers

he Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the construction industry’s need for workers will grow twice as fast as the average for all businesses and will face a workforce shortage of 1.6 million workers by 2022. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies is helping individuals meet this need and build their construction careers by offering five online certificate programs. The newest certificate in project management joins existing online construction certificate programs in civil sitework, construction estimating, construction practices, and construction supervision. These programs are all designed to provide practical onthe-job skills that can be implemented immediately. Courses begin Monday, June 22; the last day to register is Monday, June 29. “I work full-time up to 60 hours per week, so it’s very convenient for me to take these courses at home, online,” said student Pete Spangler. Program graduate Wendy Fitzgerald added, “The knowledge gained was extremely practical and directly construction-related, and has helped me advance in my field. Every instructor was knowledgeable and knew the industry very well. This is an excellent program and my favorite online platform of most courses taken at other universities.” The College of Extended Studies is a state-approved provider for the federal Workforce

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Clubhouse to be built near the La Mesa Middle School campus. Other topics will include changes on the City Council resulting from the recent election. “Dr. A,” as he is called, served for eight years as a city councilman before his election as mayor in November 2014. He unseated Art Madrid who had been La Mesa’s mayor for nearly a quarter of a century. A graduate of Helix High School, co-creator of the La Mesa Arts Academy and director of the Peter Pan Junior Theater, Arapostathis has taught in the public schools for the past 24 years and is a past recipient of the Teacher of the Year award. Dr. A has championed many programs in La Mesa, including Safe Routes to School, a program that encourages students to walk and ride bicycles to school, and the Neighborhood Watch and emergency preparedness programs, designed to promote safer streets and communities and help residents get prepared for emergencies.

Realtors to hear latest on first-time buyer programs The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 2,000-member trade group for San Diego-area realtors, will host “Tips for Realtors Serving First-time Home Buyers” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 16 at the PSAR East County Service Center, 1150 Broadway, El Cajon. The program will provide realtors with the latest info on down payment assistance, property and appraisal requirements, transaction timelines, pitfalls to avoid and programs from the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) for low-and-moderate income families. Speaking will be Sharyl Silvia, outreach representative, CalHFA. Cost to attend is free for PSAR members, $20 per person for non members. For more information, call PSAR at (619) 579-0333 or visit

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SANTEE — Toyota of El Cajon joined forces with the Padres Volunteer Team to help the San Diego River Park Foundation remove trash and debris from the San Diego River Watershed in the Forester Creek area of Santee. The cleanup event targeted 20 sites along the river’s watershed, with the goal of collecting 3,605 lbs. of trash over the course of three hours. Representatives, employees and volunteers from Toyota of El Cajon, the Padres Volunteer Team and the San Diego River Park Foundation all pitched in on the cleanup.

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