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San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce 2018 Leadership Graduation

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EL CAJON — Twenty-five graduates received their diplomas from the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, Friday, June 8. The graduate’s completed the chamber’s Leadership Program. The mission of the Leadership East County Program is to utilize the unique perspective, experience and talent of its participants to identify, mentor and prepare the East County leaders of tomorrow with these goals: • Identify and motivate current and emerging leaders committed to the betterment of East County. • Acquaint participants with East County’s assets, needs and challenges. • Provide a forum to promote, provoke, discuss, and resolve challenges with experienced community leaders. • Encourage and promote active community involvement, whether it be strong business leaders, through public service, non-profit organizations, or volunteerism – persons who make a difference in the community. • Increase personal awareness and confidence. The 2018 commencement was held in the lucious gardens of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center and catered by On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina.

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Shining Stars Breaking Chains By Matthew Watkins

For The East County Herald El CAJON — The Shining Stars Breaking Chains organization and its founder, Olivia Navarro recentley hosted an awards luncheon ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Community Center congratulating the leaders of the community who avidly work to eradicate human trafficking and sexual exploitation of young people. Amongst the awardees were: Johnathan King-Cretot, Eddie Ilko, The R.I.S.E Court of San Diego County, Yusef Miller, Tiara Miller, and Andrew Hofstetter. Each Awardee works diligently to bring an end to sex trafficking and continues to inspire others to aid in their cause. Jane Schowalter of Triblal Gaming Protection network commented, “We started talking about issues that were affecting everybody and one of the issues were human trafficking. After that, we partnered with the District Attorney’s office to address the issue and I am thrilled to be a part of this because there is such a need for it.” Sex trafficking is San Diego’s second largest underground economy after drug trafficking. These honorees fight tirelessly and passionately with their organizations to not only end sex traf-

On The Cover From left: Chef Rob Jenkins and his wife Dorothy receive honors from Matthew Watkins, representative from Senator Joel Anderson’s office. ficking, but also educated people on how to spot it and intervene. Trish Martinez, one of the organizers for Shinning Stars states, “Our future goals are to better address the communities of diversity about young girls and really being inclusive with the boys that are trafficked but also to remember the possibility of the victims in foster care, the homeless, and to provide emergency shelters for victims.” The awardees received Senate

certificates of recognition from State Senator Joel Anderson. “Olivia and her team at Shining Stars Breaking Chains are doing incredible work on a difficult problem facing our community, and I am humbled and moved by the dedication, compassion, and selflessness of the honorees she has recognized this year,” Anderson later shared. More information about the organization can be found at shiningstarsbreakingchains.org.

ALPINE — Miss Alpine Pageants celebrated their 50th Anniversary and crowning, Sunday, June 10. Miss Mountain Empire was also held with the half century old Miss Alpine pageant. Vanessa Bram, near right, was crowned Miss Alpine 2018 by Miss Alpine 2017 Autumn Brown,far right, while Courtney Ford was crowned Miss Mountain Empire. Congratulations to all the delegates. Cover: Kathy Foster Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald

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Politics and

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The East County Herald strongly believes in the freedom of speech and the rights of all sides of an issue to be heard. The letters and guest opinions/commentaries published herein present differing points of view, not necessarily reflecting those of the publisher, The Herald or it’s advertisers. Note: Letters and opinion/commentary pieces may

So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Two-Year Wait Chance at Real Proposition 13 Change

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o law is more important to lifestyles in California than Proposition 13, the landmark 1978 law that limits property taxes to 1 percent of their 1975 values or 1 percent of their latest sale prices, with only very small annual increases. Now homeowners, renters and business owners alike can rest assured it will be at least two more years before there’s any meaningful change in the 40-year-old law, which passed with a 63 percent majority. Proposition 13 is the reason senior citizens who have held onto their homes for decades can stay put if they like, not worrying about taxes escalating right along with their property values. It’s one thing – maybe the only thing – keeping rents from rising to completely unaffordable levels. And it’s the main element keeping California taxes from topping the national rankings. Because of those wide financial implications, Proposition 13 may be a key to many elements of life in California. But there have always been two fundamental inequities built into this law: One is the fact that property taxes remain almost stable as long as an owner holds onto a home or piece of commercial property, changing only when that property is sold. This means newer buyers pay far higher taxes for nearly identical assets. The second is the requirement that residential and commercial properties be taxed at the same rates. Advocates of more funding for public schools and other local services have long contended this second rule means Proposition 13 keeps businesses from paying their proper share of those costs, even though business property tax revenue has risen at a similar pace to what’s levied on residences. The idea of a “split roll” taxing commercial property more than living quarters arose within less than two years of Proposition 13’s passage. But the idea never went anywhere much and there has been no vote on it outside obscure legislative committees. But a split roll initiative is circulating right now, with sponsors in the School and Communities First Coalition including the California League of Women Voters. But that group has reportedly cut the fee it pays petition circulators for valid voter signatures from $3 to $2, probably assuring they won’t gather the needed 585,407 names until after the deadline for reaching this November’s general election ballot. So a vote on this key Proposition 13 change won’t happen until November 2020, in an election expected to draw very heavy turnouts at least in part because today’s presumption is that President Trump will be up for reelection. A large vote, expected to be predominantly Democratic in California, would up the prospects for passage of a measure that’s perceived in many quarters as anti-business. Few doubt it would raise somewhere between $6 billion and $10 billion in new property taxes for schools and local governments at a time when many face struggles with pension-driven deficits or their prospect. But there will still be some Proposition 13 action this year. California realtors have placed a measure on the November ballot allowing over-55 citizens to move anywhere in the state and keep their current tax level if they buy a new home for the same or a lower price than what they’re selling. There’s also a formula keeping property taxes down for them if they buy something more expensive. Seniors can already do most of this within some counties, but not all. But this would be a fairly minor change for Proposition 13, while a split-roll would be major surgery. The split-roll attempt is spurred at least in part by a 2015 survey of 104,000 likely voters which found 75 percent in favor of withdrawing Proposition 13 protections from non-residential property. Business groups led by the state’s Chamber of Commerce and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. (named for the co-author of Proposition 13) will surely fight strongly against that change. As Joel Fox, former Jarvis association chief, wrote recently, “The business community will know the wolf is coming and will act accordingly.” Together with Trump’s presence on the ballot, that could make 2020 the most exciting election year California has seen in decades. Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at tdelias@aol.com


HEALTH

The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

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There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is acted upon by the normal bacteria in your intestines. Insoluble fiber is not digested by the body and promotes regularity and softens stools. Wheat bran, whole grain products and vegetables are good sources of insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber appears to reduce your body’s absorption of cholesterol from the intestines. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber that reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad” cholesterol that can increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes. This type of fiber is also found in such foods as kidney beans, brussels sprouts, apples, pears, barley and prunes. he American Dietetic Association recommends a healthy diet include 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day, including both soluble and insoluble fiber. (Soluble fiber should make up 5 to 10 grams of your fiber intake.) However, Americans only consume about half that amount.

There are other foods that work against cholesterol

Soy protein, found in such products as tofu, soy nuts, soy milk and soy burgers, can help lower blood levels of LDL cholesterol, particularly when it’s substituted for animal protein. Ingesting 25 to 50 grams of soy protein a day lowers LDL cholesterol by 4 percent to 8 percent. That’s a lot of soy. People with the highest cholesterol levels seem to benefit the most from soy protein. • Women with breast cancer or who are at high risk of breast cancer should consult with their doctors before eating a soy, because it is not clear how these plant estrogens might affect them. Studies have shown that walnuts can significantly reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. Rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, walnuts may also help keep blood vessels more healthy and elastic. When walnuts represent 20 percent of the calories in a cholesterol-lowering diet, they reduce LDL cholesterol by 12 percent. Almonds appear to have a similar effect. All nuts are high in calories, so use them as replacements for high-calorie foods with high levels of saturated fats. Omega-3 fatty acids in fish are noted for lowering triglycerides, another form of fat in your blood. They also benefit the heart in other ways. The highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids are in mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon. Other good sources of omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseed, walnuts, canola oil and soybean oil. Some foods are fortified with plant substances called sterols or stanols, which are similar in structure to cholesterol; this helps them block the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines. Margarines and orange juice that have been fortified with plant sterols can help reduce LDL cholesterol by more than 10 percent. The American Heart Association recommends that foods containing plant sterols should be reserved for adults requiring lower total and LDL cholesterol levels because they are at high risk of--or have had--a heart attack. You may want to try eating more soluble fiber, soy protein, walnuts and fatty fish. The next step would be the addition of foods fortified with plant sterols. Eating a combination of these cholesterol-lowering foods increases the benefit. Of course, if you’re a geezer and you plan to make a change in your habits that could affect your health, it is recommended that you consult your doctor first.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Treatment Safe With Sustained Benefits reatment with umbilical cord stem cells was found to be safe and leads to sustained improvements in disability and brain lesions of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients, according to a clinical trial. Although current treatments for MS are able to reduce the frequency of flare-ups and slow disease progression, they are not able to repair the damage to nerve cells or the myelin sheath, the protective layer around nerve fibers. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are adult stem cells found in multiple tissues, such as umbilical cord, bone marrow, and fat. These cells are able to mature into bone, cartilage, muscle, and adipose tissue cells. MSCs may inhibit immunemediated alterations. In particular, MSCs derived from the umbilical cord have a high ability to grow and multiply, increase the production of growth factors, and possess superior therapeutic activity, compared with other MSCs. Diverse clinical studies have shown that MSCs can safely treat certain immune and inflammatory conditions, including MS. The research team had previously demonstrated that MSCs can also improve cognitive and motor function. Recent results with placenta or umbilical cord MSCs showed few mild or moderate adverse events, as well improvements in patients’ level of disability. Researchers at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama have now

completed a one-year Phase 1/2 clinical study (NCT02034188) to test the effectiveness and safety of umbilical cord MSCs for the treatment of MS. The trial included 20 MS patients with a mean age of 41 years, 60 percent of whom were women. Fifteen participants had relapsing-remitting MS, four had primary progressive MS, and one had secondary progressive MS. Patients’ disease duration was a mean of 7.7 years. Participants received seven intravenous infusions of 20×106 umbilical cord MSCs over seven days. The treatment’s effectiveness was evaluated at the start, at one month, and at one year after treatment. Assessments included evaluating brain lesions with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and disability based on the Kurtzke Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS), as well as validated MS tests for neurological function, hand function, mobility, and quality of life. Patients did not report any serious adverse events. Most mild adverse events possibly related to treatment were headaches, which are common after MSC infusions, and fatigue, which is common in MS patients, the authors observed. Improvements were most evident at one month after treatment, namely in the level of disability, nondominant hand function, and average walk time, as well as bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction. Patients also reported improved quality of life. MRI scans at one year after treatment revealed inactive lesions in 15 of 18 evaluated patients. One patient showed

ddean@echerald.com almost complete elimination of lesions in the brain, which “is a particularly encouraging finding,” the researchers wrote. At the one year point, improvements in disability levels were also still present, and could translate into improved ability to walk and work without assistance. “The potential durable benefit of UCMSC [umbilical cord MSC] at 1 month, and sustained in some measures to 1 year, is in stark contrast to current MS drug therapies, which are required to be taken daily or weekly,” the researchers wrote. The safety of the treatment is another advantage over available MS therapies, the team said. They concluded that “treatment with UCMSC intravenous infusions for subjects with MS is safe, and potential therapeutic benefits should be further investigated.” Source: Stem Cell Institute, Panama

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reetings precious people, this week we begin a new 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 15:20, Jesus admonishes His disciples to “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they have kept My saying, they will also keep yours.’” The questions we must ask are: why did He have to remind them? And what did He mean by what He said about persecution? First, let us consider the reason for which Jesus began with “Remember”. Whenever God the term ‘remember’ the implication is that we are capable of forgetting what it is that He is reminding us of (and we often do forget). This admonishment by God to His people to ‘remember’ is used numerous times through out the Bible and for good reason, because we are ever prone to forget the very Words that God has spoken to us. In this instance, what is it that Jesus is calling His disciples to remember? “The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they have kept My saying, they will also keep yours.” Two things in particular, first is that persecution is on the agenda of their future for being a follower of Christ. Jesus had promised this many times to His disciples and it is a promise that has been true through the ages. John 16:33 “I have spoken these things to you so that you might have peace in Me. In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” 2Timothy 3:10-13 “But you have fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, love, patience, persecutions, afflictions, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra. What persecutions I endured! But the Lord delivered me out of all. Yea, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil men and seducers will go forward to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” Secondly, when we suffer persecution as followers of Christ, it identifies us with Him, because they persecuted Him, as followers of Christ, they (the world) will persecute those that follow Him. As ambassadors of Jesus Christ, we represent Him and His interests and the world and all that it stands for is diametrically opposed to God and His righteousness. I know it is not reasonable and defies logic but this is the condition of the unregenerate heart of man. Jesus said in John 3:18-20 “He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”

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


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Miss Alpine Pageants Sunday, June 10 • Alpine Kathy Foster/The East County Herald See more at www.echerald.com

ALPINE — Vanessa Bram was crowned the 50th Miss Alpine, Sunday, June 10. The evening marked 50 years of service, scholarship and sisterhood. Bram was also chosen Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic. Filling out the Miss Alpine court,Teen Miss Alpine Autumn Maas, Junior Teen Amanda Mclauchlan, Pre Teen Ensley Whillock and Junior Miss Serenity Kennel. Miss Mountain Empire royalty crowned were Miss Courtney Ford, Teen Maddie Teager, Pre Teen Peyton Slinkard and Junior Miss Cadence Ditomaso.


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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan SMILE-BREAKS with Sheila Buska Granite HIlls Mentor Named Who’s crazy now?

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rior to the San Diego Padres most recent home game, James Davis of Granite Hills High School was named 2018 Padres High School Coach of the Year. Davis helped orchestrate a fine year for the Eagles as they made the CIF playoffs. The award was created through the San Diego Padres Coach of the Week program and was presented by FOX Sports San Diego. Davis will receive a $5,000 donation to help the Eagles baseball team. There were nine other candidates that were featured on Inside San Diego Sports in a build-up to this prestigious award. Each baseball and softball coach received $1,000 to help support and improve their respective program.

The candidates included: Keith Johnson – Mt. Carmel High School Jeff Dufek – San Marcos High School Scott Hernandez – Gompers Preparatory Academy Brianna Simoneau – Liberty Charter High School Clifton Thomas – El Cajon Valley High School Jim Westlund – Chula Vista High School Javier Ramos – Imperial High School Jim Bennet – Poway High School Jay Petterson, Lincoln High School

Gosen retires from USD Ted Gosen, associate director of athletics for athletic communications, has retired after 37 years at the University of San Diego. He oversaw all public relations activities, publications, athletic website and information services for the athletic department, in addition to hosting the media at USD events. In 1981, Gosen received his Master of Science degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla. A 1979 graduate of San Jose State University, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in business administration.

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ou think you’re crazy? You should see me! I’m standing beside my bed at ten o’clock at night— Oh, sorry. I was going to tell you more about my desert stay. Well, I’ll do that next week but this week I have to tell you about how crazy I am. ’Case you didn’t know. So I’m standing at the side of my bed, facing the closet on the other side of said bed, where those decorative pillows we’re obligated by all fashion sense to pile up over our standard sleepon-them pillows are lying in wait in case someone wanders into our bedroom during the day. Hasn’t happened since last Christmas, but you never know. It would be kind of embarrassing if someone wandered in and your queen-size bed had only two standard white pillows on it, but they’d be oh-so-impressed if they saw the delightful assortment of plush pillows in just the right shapes and sizes and colors that you’ve heaped at the head of your bed. For no particular reason, I might add. You don’t sleep on them. So it only follows that in order to sleep, every night you have to remove all of those pillows—except the two standard ones. And that’s what I do—pile on the pillows

in the morning and take them off at night, just like you. But I don’t know anyone else who makes a game—sort of like basketball—of taking the extra pillows off. Not that I’ve asked. . . There’s a nice comfy chair between my bed and the closet and that’s the “basket.” It has a pillow, too—but just a small one. Back at my bedside I remove the pillows, one by one. First one to go is the pink one shaped almost like a hot dog. I pick it up, place it in proper position in my hands, lean slightly forward—and toss it over the bed to the chair. Gently, because it tends to bounce off the chair if I throw it too hard. I don’t get points unless it settles and stays on the chair. Next comes the pillow in the sham—the one matching the bedspread. This one needs a slightly stronger toss to get it to the chair because it’s lighter than the pink hot dog. If I’m lucky it lands somewhere near or on the pink one and stays there. I hold my breath, willing it to stay put. Last and trickiest is the second sham pillow. It has to land on top of the other three and not bounce off them. This requires skill: proper positioning of the pillow with just the right exertion in the throw. The little pillow on the chair makes it extra tough because it takes up needed space and the chair is now

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin El Cajon opens new animal shelter

building retail center, has been sold for $7.8 million to Fletcher Hills Properties LLC, according to a press release The City of El Cajon has opened a new $10 million, from San Diego-based commercial real estate investment 14,291-square-foot El Cajon Animal Shelter. The single story, contemporary facility is providing veterinary and pet adoption firm SENTRE, which advised the seller, Peckham Properties Inc. The seller was represented in this transaction by Phil services to residents in El Cajon and La Mesa. Located at Voorhees, Kirk Brummer, Sean Heitzler, Reg Kobzi and 1373 N. Marshall Ave., within walking distance of the former Megan Wood of CBRE. The buyer was represented by Alfred shelter, the facility includes administrative offices, housing Atallah of Atallah Group. The Fletcher Hills Center’s parcel for animals, veterinary services for sick and injured animals, encompasses 2.86 acres and has a 98 percent occupancy grooming, play and interaction areas, pet adoption services and a pet exercise area. The new facility is double the size of rate with 21 tenants, including a 99 Cent Only Store, Baskin the previous 50-year-old shelter, built in 1957, and is designed Robbins and Coldwell Banker. The three retail buildings total 36,750 square feet. The center, built in 1959, is located at to enable future expansion. The facility was paid for by sales 2320-2396 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon. A convenient and tax revenue under Proposition O, which El Cajon voters approved in 2004. It is considered the city’s first collaborative accessible 192-stall parking lot sits adjacent to a high traffic area, with 571 linear feet of frontage along the major eastdesign-build project. Colorado-based Animal Arts and San west commuter route Fletcher Parkway. In 2014, SENTRE Diego-based Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects worked said it invested approximately $1.8 million into the property alongside C.W. Driver Companies to design the project. to improve the asset, including a complete renovation of “The collaborative design process, where owner, architect its office suites. “SENTRE is pleased to have successfully and builder work closely together from concept to completion, repositioned the The Shops at Fletcher Hills Center which was very successful on this project despite the unique resulted in an improved and stabilized rent roll and 98 requirements and challenges that come along with a modern percent occupancy prior to advising in the sale of the asset,” animal care facility with strict budget control,” David Keltner, project manager for the city of El Cajon, said in a statement. “We said Doug Arthur, president/CEO, SENTRE. enjoyed collaborating with the city of El Cajon to develop a much- Otay Water District adopts $132 million anticipated, multi-purpose animal care facility that will serve budget the region for generations to come,” said Richard Freeark, chief The Otay Water District, which serves portions of East operating officer at C.W. Driver Companies in a statement. “Our County, recently approved a $132.2 million budget for fiscal expertise in building state-of-the-art civic facilities allowed us to year 2019, which includes $108 million in operating funds construct a center that will enhance the health, safety and welland $24.2 million within the capital improvement program. being of animals in El Cajon and La Mesa.” The budget reflects the district’s ongoing efforts to minimize Fletcher Hills retail center sold for $7.8 million rate increases, proactively maintain the public water and The Shops at Fletcher Hills Center in El Cajon, a threesewer system and provide timely water and sewer system

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crowded with pillows—not receptive to more ridiculous pillows piling up on it. I lean forward, give a hopeful toss—I’m two for two so far and I’d cross my fingers but they’re occupied—and watch as the third pillow lands, teeters precariously atop the first sham pillow, which is astride the pink hot dog, and either miraculously stays, or more likely, topples off the second pillow to the floor, bringing the other pillows with it. When I go three for three I holler, “Yay!” and look around for my admiring crowd, of which there is none. Two for three brings a disappointed, “Shoot!” and one for three makes me glad I’m all alone with no one to witness my shabby pillow tossing skills. So who’s crazy now? Although. . . you might like to try it some night. It’s kind’a fun.

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Pardee Homes fined for runoff into creek near Santee

Pardee Homes, a residential home building company, has been fined $291,286 by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (SDWB) for numerous instances of uncontrolled sediment runoff at the 204-acre Castlerock Weston residential development site near Santee next to Santee Lakes. “Pardee Homes, a significant developer with a long history of building homes in California, knows better and appeared to ignore both common sense and prudent sediment management practices by conducting significant grading during the 2016-2017 rainy season, resulting in catastrophic erosion and sediment run-off,” said Laurie Walsh, the San Diego Water Board’s storm water program manager. “This was in direct contradiction to a Storm Water Pollution Management Plan they had on file for this project.”


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