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Home of Guiding Hands Names Isaac Blumberg as Chairman of the Board of Directors EL CAJON — Home of Guiding Hands (HGH), with it’s main office located in El Cajon, serving more than 2,500 infants, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities, has named Isaac Blumberg as its Chairman of the Board of Directors. Blumberg was named Board Member of the Year in 2015 and again in 2017 for providing advice, counsel and support using his legal skills. He also serves on the HGH’s Capital Campaign Committee, which raised more than $1,180,000 during the past year. “Isaac is an exceptional member of the Home of Guiding Hands Board of Directors and is always available and willing to face a challenge and advocate for what is right for our most vulnerable citizens,” said Mark Klaus, President and CEO of Home of Guiding Hands. As a criminal defense attorney, Blumberg represents the accused, protecting their liberties and ensuring that they receive due process. During the past 12 years, he has handled thousands of cases, providing aggressive representation for San Diego residents. With a Juris Doctorate degree from Emory University School of Law, a consistently top 25 ranked law school, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami, Blumberg

HGH Chairman of the Board of Directors, Isaac Blumberg. possesses the broad legal knowledge that has assisted his clients in a wide variety of cases. Law firms across California retain the services of Blumberg for his local expertise. Blumberg serves “Of Counsel” to the renowned Kavinoky Law Firm and is the lead attorney on all San Diego County matters on behalf of the firm since 2008. “I am deeply honored and humbled to assume the position of Board Chair for Home of Guiding Hands,” said Blumberg. “Since its inception in 1961, HGH has provided benchmark programming and housing for men, women and children with developmental disabilities. As

the organization celebrates its mission and the people it serves, it has also become engaged in the issue of how the remarkable individuals who become caretakers for the developmentally disabled are classified under California State Law.” HGH has evolved from a 14-acre campus in Lakeside, to 31 four-to-six-person homes and numerous community-based services throughout San Diego County and Imperial Valley. It has become one of the largest providers of supports and services in San Diego and Imperial Counties, serving more than 2,500 infants, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. Home of Guiding Hands (HGH) was created as a result of a small, but dedicated and ambitious group of leaders in East County. Since its inception in 1961, HGH has provided benchmark programming and housing for men, women, and children with developmental disabilities. It is one of the largest providers of supports and services in San Diego County, serving more than 2,500 infants, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities. For additional information, please visit www.guidinghands. org.

Local High Schools Participate in ‘Take Flight’ Program By Ethan Walin Domnick For The East County Herald

SAN DIEGO — Students from San Diego County high schools and colleges experimented with their airborne interests thanks to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (SDCRAA)’s Take Flight program at the San Diego International Airport earlier this year. The Take Flight program began in 2015 to “shape the future of young diverse San Diego global leaders in the aviation industry.” The program has partnered with high schools and colleges across San Diego County to raise awareness about aviationrelated career paths. West Hills High School in Santee will take part in the Take Flight program later this year, where they explore the full breadth career opportunities, including aviation engineering and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focused careers. During Take Flight’s fourhour program, students immerse themselves in the aviation industry through a panel discussion with 10 Authority employees and aviation experts such as Southwest Airlines’

Manager of a Command Center, the SDCRAA’s President/ CEO, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Security Director about their careers and how they got there. The program also includes a post-panel lunch which gives students the opportunity to ask specific questions to panelists, tours of the airport and the airfield while planes are departing and landing. Peggy Cooper, Take Flight’s facilitator and a Senior Communications Specialist for the Vision, Voice & Engagement department of the SDCRAA explained, “It makes my heart proud to have been given the opportunity along with a strong Airport Authority team to create a program for our next generation of aviation leaders. Educating these students to the vast amount of jobs in aviation is a plus and well worth making their experience the best ever.” Cooper received a Senate certificate of recognition on behalf of the Take Flight program from California State Senator Joel Anderson. “Peggy and her team’s passion to empower the youth of our community have made this Take Flight program an incredible

Rescued Kitten Gets Permanent Residence

EL CAJON — A kitten who narrowly escaped death is now safe and sound in his new home, after being adopted by the Waste Management driver who rescued him. In March, East County Waste Management driver Michael Cabrera (above) was ending his shift with his routine safety inspection of his truck, when he noticed a cardboard box stuck in the grate of the truck’s compactor blade. Inside was a tiny kitten, with his umbilical cord still attached. “I don’t know how long he was in my truck and how many times that compactor blade went right by him,” said Cabrera, who rushed the kitten to the El Cajon Animal Shelter which is located adjacent to the Waste Management facility in El Cajon. The kitten was immediately treated by the shelter’s veterinarian and placed in a foster home, where he received 24-hour care. He was given the name William, to include the letters ‘W’ and ‘M’ as a tribute to the Waste Management driver who rescued him. Once William reached a healthy weight, the staff at the El Cajon Animal Shelter and his foster care provider made sure Cabrera was given the first opportunity to adopt him. As of Friday, June 15, William is now thriving in his new home. “He is the king of the castle at our house and is getting lots of toys and attention from me and my wife,” Cabrera said. The El Cajon Animal Shelter cares for stray pets found within the cities of El Cajon and La Mesa. Animals not claimed by their owners are placed up for adoption. Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gasto-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit or

On The Cover Above, from left: SDCRAA’s facilitator for their Take Flight program Peggy Cooper receives Senate Certificate of Recognition from Lori Brown, representative from Senator Joel Anderson’s office. resource for our students,” Anderson shared. If you are interested in having your school participate in the program, contact Cooper at or 619-400-2470.

EL CAJON — Now in it’s 54th year, the Miss El Cajon Pageants were held Saturday, June 16 at the newly opened Courtyard by Marriott in El Cajon. The pageant has included Miss Rancho San Diego for many years and now has expanded to the community of Jamul, thus making Miss El Cajon Pageants the trifecta of East County pageants. Cover: Jay Renard Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Endorsement Trumps Big Money, Gets Cox in Runoff


hings began looking desperate in early May for Antonio Villaraigosa’s campaign to become the next governor of California, as one poll after another showed Republican John Cox overtaking him for the second slot on the November ballot, to run against current Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. One of those surveys put his support as low as 9 percent, which would have classed him as a second-tier candidate, quite a blow to the ego of any former mayor Los Angeles. This was quite a change for Villaraigosa, who in a March interview displayed insouciant confidence that he would win the six-way race for a spot opposite Newsom, who led every public opinion poll in the primary race and easily won the most votes. At that time, Newsom led Villaraigosa in fund-raising by more than $12 million, while Cox had just plunked 3 million of his own dollars into his campaign. Shortly after, Cox’s advertising propelled him to a narrow edge over Villaraigosa. Yet, Villaraigosa was exuberant about his chances, several times repeating that “I am ascendant!” By then, he likely knew that several charter school backers were about to fund an independent expenditure committee backing him to the tune of about $15 million. But then along came Donald Trump. The President may be the single least popular political figure in California, where he spends a little time as possible, but his influence among the 25 percent of the state’s voters who register Republican is enormous. From the moment Trump pronounced Cox the man to “make California great again,” Cox moved well ahead of his lone significant GOP rival, Orange County Assemblyman Travis Allen, who had all along presented himself as a kind of surrogate Trump. At the same time, Newsom began saturating the state with television ads presenting Cox as a virtual Trump clone. Newsom wanted to pick his fall opponent and he has. For Villaraigosa never really had a chance at second place once counting of votes began. Never mind that he and his supporters spent at least twice as much money as Cox, who is now likely to draw much more support from other Republicans. Newsom’s reasoning: If he got Cox as an opponent, he would likely attract November support from virtually everyone who voted in the primary for him, Villaraigosa, state Treasurer John Chiang and former state schools Supt. Delaine Eastin (a total of more than 55 percent of all votes cast). But if Villaraigosa (or any other Democrat) were his fall foe, those votes could splinter unpredictably. For Newsom, the easiest path to the governor’s chair appeared to be getting a Republican opponent. His ads attacked Cox as a Trumpist after the President’s endorsement essentially doomed Allen’s effort. Newsom is well aware that no Republican not named Schwarzenegger has won a California statewide election in almost two decades. The donations to Villaraigosa from big pro-charter school contributors like developer Eli Broad and Netflix founder Reed Hastings were in a way a reward for Villaraigosa’s help getting that movement started while he was state Assembly speaker in the 1990s. Meanwhile, Newsom has long had strong support from the California Teachers Assn., the union which often opposes expansion of charters and the companies that run them. The primary outcome, with a first-place Newsom finish, may take the November election focus away from the run for governor, where Newsom and Cox will differ over almost everything. But the Democrats’ vast voter registration advantage and Trump’s unpopularity with the full electorate removes most doubt about an eventual Newsom win. That could place a bright spotlight on the fall race for the Senate between veteran U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and either fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon, the more extremely liberal former president of the state Senate, or Republican political neophyte James Bradley. Propositions will also deserve major attention, covering subjects from gasoline taxes to the liability of paint makers for damage done by lead in their past products to an attempt to divide California into three states. One thing for sure: A single personality – Donald Trump – ended up trumping big money and dominating a primary election scene where he wasn’t even a candidate.

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QA W . Does caffeine bother you more the older you get?

. Sensitivity to caffeine—the pick-meup in coffee—tends to increase as you get older. Children metabolize caffeine quicker than adults. About 90 percent of Americans consume caffeine daily. More than half of all American adults consume more than 300 milligrams of caffeine every day, making it America’s most popular drug. Caffeine occurs naturally in many plants, including coffee beans, tea leaves and cocoa nuts. It is therefore found in a wide range of food products. Caffeine is added artificially to many others, including a variety of beverages. The most common sources of caffeine for Americans are coffee, tea, colas, chocolate and some over-thecounter medications.

Here are some useful numbers to help you determine how much caffeine you take in: • A 6-ounce cup of coffee—100 mg • A 6-ounce cup of tea—70 mg • A 12-ounce can of cola—50 mg • An ounce of chocolate—6 mg • One tablet of Extra Strength Excedrin—65mg • One tablet of Anacin—32 mg • One tablet of Maximum Strength NoDoz—200 mg For most people, 200 to 300 milligrams a day aren’t harmful. But, if you are sensitive to caffeine or use of certain drugs, you may want to cut down or eliminate caffeine from your diet. Your caffeine consumption is worth discussing with your doctor. Caffeine can cause restlessness, anxiety, irritability, muscle tremors, sleeplessness, headaches, nausea, diarrhea and abnormal heart rhythms. Some medicines and supplements interact negatively with caffeine. These include some antibiotics and bronchodilators. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about whether caffeine might affect the medicines you take. In the practice of medicine, caffeine is useful as a cardiac stimulant and also as a mild diuretic. Caffeine is an addictive drug. It stimulates like amphetamines, cocaine, and heroin. If you feel you have to have caffeine every day, then you are addicted to it. Eliminating caffeine suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches and fatigue. These symptoms usually pass after several days.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

New Mechanism of a Major Risk Gene for MS That Triggers Disease Discovered

hile the D N A sequence remains the same throughout a person’s life, the expression of the encoded genes may change with time and contribute to disease development in genetically predisposed individuals. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have now discovered a new mechanism of a major risk gene for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) that triggers disease through so-called epigenetic regulation. They also found a protective genetic variant that reduces the risk for MS through the same mechanism. The study is published in Nature Communications. Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, affecting people at a relatively young age. Most are between 20 and 40 years old when they get the first symptoms, in the form of, for example numbness in the arms and legs, visual impairment and dizziness, but also fatigue and depression. The symptoms are caused by an inflammation in the brain and the spinal cord that breaks down the myelin sheath protecting the nerves, thus damaging the axons. Currently there is no cure for MS, but the disease activity can often be altered or slowed down through medication. Already over 40 years ago it was discovered that genetic variation in the so-called HLA region is the strongest risk factor for developing disease. HLA encodes molecules that

are involved in the immune system. However, the specific genes and molecular mechanisms behind the emergence of the disease are not fully established. By using molecular analyses and combining several studies (so-called meta-analysis), including around 14,000 patients with MS and a control group of more than 170,000 healthy individuals, researchers at Karolinska Institutet found that people with the major risk variant HLADRB1*15:01 have an increased expression of the HLA-DRB1 gene, thus increasing the risk for the disease. The researchers further discovered a socalled epigenetic regulation of HLA expression as the mechanism mediating this effect. “We show for the first time that epigenetic mechanisms can cause the disease. In addition, we can connect this mechanism to the genetic variant with the strongest risk for developing MS,” says Maja Jagodic, researcher at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet and one of the authors of the article. The researchers also discovered a new HLA gene variant, rs9267649, which reduces the risk of developing MS. This protective variant decreases the HLA-DRB1 gene expression – through the same epigenetic regulation mechanism – thus reducing the risk for MS. The results open new avenues for potential alternative treatments based on specific epigenetic modulation, i.e. to prevent gene expression artificially. This gives hope for people with MS, as well as other autoimmune diseases. “Almost all autoimmune diseases are associated with HLA,” says Lara Kular, coauthor and researcher at the same department. The study was carried out through an international collaboration with researchers in the US, Germany, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland (the deCode company). Financing has been granted through funding from, among others, the Swedish Research Council, Neuro, the Swedish Brain Foundation, the European MS Foundation, Petrus and Augusta Hedlund Foundation, AFA Insurance, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Stockholm County Council, and AstraZeneca. Source: Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series examining the reasons Jesus said what He said. In this series we 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.” 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 14:28-29 Jesus tells His disciples “You have heard how I said to you, I go away and I am coming to you again. If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, I go to the Father, for My Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens you might believe.” Jesus had been telling His disciples for the past 6 months of the events that were about to take place, Matthew 16:21 “From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.” From the beginning of Jesus warning His disciples of what would happened, the disciples did not understand nor accept what Jesus told them. We know this because of how Peter first responded, Matthew 16:22-23 “Then Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him, saying, God be gracious to You, Lord! This shall never be to You. But He turned and said to Peter, Go, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you do not savor the things that are of God, but those that are of men.” The disciples still did not understand the profound significance of the events that were soon to transpire, because earlier in John 14 we read that their hearts were troubled by the prospects that Jesus was about to leave them. Yet God in His infinite wisdom and mercy once again reminds His disciples of His impending death and resurrection so that they may see things correctly and have faith. God does the same with His children today. When we are about to enter into a time of difficulty or while we are in the midst of trial and tribulation He speaks His Word to our hearts through that still small voice of the Holy Spirit. He speaks such words as: Hebrews 13:5 “Not at all will I leave you, not at all will I forsake you, never!” Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Rom 8:28-39 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifies. Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the daylong; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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DEHESA — Sycuan Band of The Kumeyaay Nation Chairman Cody Martinez (third from left) proudly presented a $250,000 check to the Dehesa School District. “Sycuan has always been a good neighbor and has been involved with the Dehesa School District for decades,” said Mark Zacovic, vice president of the Dehesa School Board. “When it comes to California public school funding, something this significant is really, really special.” “We have a very long history with the Dehesa School District as we’ve had five generations of Tribal children attend this school,” said Martinez. We will continue to support their initiatives and we hope that our contribution will go a long way.”

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EL CAJON — 2018 Miss El Cajon Pageant Title Winners: Miss El Cajon: Alexandria De Mars; Teen El Cajon: Katie Crawley; Miss Rancho SD: Eileen McNamara; Teen Rancho: Julianna Jackson; Miss Jamul: Olivia Mercado; Teen Jamul: Emma Moutaw; Best Speech: Kaylyn Rambo; Best Runway: Makaela Cochran; Most Photogenic: Julianna Jackson. The event was held at the new El Cajon Courtyard bu Marriott thanks to the support of our title sponsors El Cajon Ford and Excel Hotel Group. The contestants walked in a runway fashion show provided by Macy’s El Cajon and Parkway Plaza. The crowning ceremony was sponsored by eMed Spa, Valli Home Loans and Jasmine Creek Floral. Bellus Academy and Hair by Stevie provided MUA for the contestants and outgoing queens.

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ou left me—or I left you?— standing in the parking lot of Idyllwild’s Ice Cream and Jerky Shoppe with an empty sugar cone, its double decadent ice cream melting on the dirty black pavement at my feet. Well, things didn’t get better. . . After a long curvy drive back down to Palm Desert and hanging out in my room for a bit, I checked the Saturday evening Mass times at Blessed Sacrament Church, where my husband and I had gone when in Palm Desert years ago. I had driven by the day before, to make sure I knew where it was. It was still there. The grove of date palms across the street had morphed into a gated community of expensive homes, but still—it was a large church on a corner. How hard could it be to find? Too hard. Services were at five and five-thirty. I left early for five o’clock Mass. I could use a little extra praying time, so for the second time in two days I drove down the divided roadway, eyes focused to the right for the church on the corner. No church. Every corner was otherwise occupied. It can’t have moved?!! I drove back to the intersection of Deep Canyon and Highway 111, driving back down Deep Canyon more slowly this time, checking out every corner

to my right. No church. The road was now heading out of civilization toward the freeway. I made a right turn, planning to go round the block and get back to Deep Canyon, but of course there was nowhere to make a right turn. Five o’clock Mass was looking a lot less likely; Fivethirty would have to do. Next thing I knew I was well on my way to the next town, Indian Wells. When I finally made it back to Highway 111, forty minutes into my trek, I had an inspiration—I checked my GPS. Duh! The church would’ve been a cinch to find—if I’d looked at the right side of the divided roadway—or in this case, the left side. With GPS’s help, I made it to the five-thirty Mass on time—almost. After Mass I decided to follow my son’s recommendation, “You gotta go to The Nest. It’s the happening place in Palm Springs.” I’m not into “happening places,” but what th’ heck? Craig said since I was on vacation I should get out of my box.” It’s always good to please your son— right? So I drove over to the happening place. Found it right away, by the way. It was happening alright. So happening that if you didn’t have a reservation, it wasn’t happening. I retreated to my car, drove back to El Paseo, the main drag of Palm Desert, and enjoyed a dinner of crab cakes and spinach at

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The California U.S. 80 Historic Corp., a San Diego-based nonprofit dedicated to preserving the history of Highway 80, is sponsoring a 94-mile all-vehicle ride starting at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 23, at Indian Motorcycle, 345 Magnolia Ave., El Cajon. Dubbed the “Passport Through Time Fun Ride, the scenic route will include historic highways 67, 78, 79 and 80. Stops will include Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, a mine in Julian, Perkins Market in Descanso, Dana’s Boutique in Alpine and Summers Past Farms in Flynn Springs. The ride will end at lunchtime at Por Favor Mexican restaurant, 148 East Main St., El Cajon Cost to ride is $20 per person, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, commemorative coin and opportunity drawing. For information, call the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, (619) 440-6161. Event supporters include the East County Chamber of Commerce, Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, Ramona Chamber of Commerce, Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, Julian Historic Society and San Diego County Tourism, a program of the East County Chamber of Commerce. To RSVP for the motorcycle ride, visit For more information on the California U.S. 80 Historic Corp., visit In 2016, the California U.S. 80 Historic Corp. aligned with the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce to expand the information reach and continue the Historic Highway 80 group’s mission.

San Diego unemployment rate lowest since 2000

The unemployment rate in the San Diego County was 2.9 percent in May, unchanged from a revised 2.9 percent in April 2018, and below the year-ago estimate of 3.7 percent, the

California Employment Development Department (EDD) recently reported. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 3.7 percent for California and 3.6 percent for the nation during the same period. San Diego’s unemployment rate in May 2018 was the lowest since January 2000. The majority of San Diego-area jurisdictions also saw a decrease in unemployment rate from the month prior. The unemployment rate in May 2018 was 3.2 percent in El Cajon and Lemon Grove, 2.8 percent in La Mesa and 2.7 percent in Santee. Solana Beach had the lowest unemployment rate in May at 1.2 percent. National City, at 4 percent unemployment, had the highest. The largest increases in employment came in the leisure and hospitality sector, which added 2,100 jobs. Education and health services saw the only declines of any industry group, shrinking by 300 jobs.

La Mesa health care library to host free meeting on stroke prevention

The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Stroke Prevention and Recognition,” a program about steps to prevent a stroke and recognize the signs of a stroke, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 27. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available. Presenter on June 27 will be Sheila Erickson, director, Acute Care Stroke Department, Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Erickson, a Registered Nurse, BSN, MBA, has worked with Sharp HealthCare since June 1980. She attended Grossmont College’s School of Nursing and has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing science from the University of the Pacific. She has been involved with stroke

a nice French restaurant— without reservation and not much happening going on. The next day was a good day—a quick stint at Starbucks; a little shopping at Albertson’s for travel necessities and a drive to Palm Springs; which by the way, I found with no trouble. I walked in ninety-five degree heat, shopping for souvenirs and stopped for lunch at Consuelo’s, where I enjoyed a cool lunch of taquitos and guacamole, accompanied by a refreshing Pina Colada. On the way back to Palm Desert I stopped at the Palm Springs Desert Museum in Palm Desert where I did some more walking and admired exhibits of man’s effects on the desert landscape. It was a good vacation in spite of things not getting better. I’d do it again sometime. Next week sounds good. ..

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education with Sharp HealthCare since June 2006. The Stroke Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital is recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association with the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said, “Someone in the United States has a stroke about once every 40 seconds, which means that every year more than 795,000 people have a stroke. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. This presentation will teach you about ways to prevent stroke by monitoring your blood pressure and living a healthy lifestyle. You also will learn how to recognize and act quickly if you or a loved one is experiencing a stroke.”

Gov. Brown names El Cajon woman to deputy director position

Stacie Spector of El Cajon, has been appointed deputy director of strategic initiatives and external relations at the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration by Gov. Jerry Brown. Spector has been principal at Spector Strategies since 2000. She was senior adviser for housing solutions for the mayor of San Diego from 2016 to 2017, vice president of strategy and external relations for the Nutrition Science Initiative from 2013 to 2015, chief communications officer at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies from 2011 to 2013 and associate vice chancellor of communications and public affairs at the University of California, San Diego from 2004 to 2009. Spector was deputy campaign manager and director of strategic operations at Al Gore for President in 1999 and deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of communications at the White House from 1997 to 1999. The position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $175,008.

JUNE 21-27, 2018



Alpine Community Planning Group AGENDA

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Notice of Regular Meeting • Preliminary Agenda Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901 Archived Agendas & Minutes – Group Member Email List–Serve *membership in this email list– serve is optional for group members

Travis Lyon – Chairman Jim Easterling Vice Chairman Sharmin Self Secretary Glenda Archer George Barnett Roger Garay Charles Jerney Jim Lundquist Jennifer Martinez Mike Milligan Lou Russo Leslie Perricone Richard Saldano Kippy Thomas Larry Watt

A. Call to Order B. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance C. Roll Call of Members D. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements 1. Approval of Minutes • i. May 24, 2018 2. NOTICE: On February 14, 2018, the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors adopted the Climate Action Plan (CAP), which included achieving 90% renewable energy by 2030. The Board directed staff to prepare a Comparative Analysis (Analysis) of options that would help the County achieve this measure. Such a Renewable Energy Program could include a partnership with the local utility, Community Choice Aggregation, expansion of Direct Access, or a combination of other mechanisms that will be identified and evaluated in the Analysis. The goal of the Analysis is to provide: i. A fair and balanced comparison of the options for a Renewable Energy Program that will achieve 90% renewable electricity in the unincorporated County by 2030; ii. The information necessary for the Board to make a decision on the framework of the Renewable Energy Program, including all associated costs and implementation plans; and iii. Next steps in developing and implementing the County’s Renewable Energy Program. The County has released a Request for Information (RFI) to the contractor community with a draft Scope of Work for the Comparative Analysis. The County welcomes your input on the draft Scope; help us craft the Request for Proposals so that the Comparative Analysis addresses your concerns! All responses are due in writing by July 16, 2018. Please submit your input to If you have questions or require additional clarification, please contact 3. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans. The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only. E. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on any subject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda. F. Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items G. Organized / Special Presentations


The owner of the property located at 1140 Tavern Road, Alpine, CA has applied for a discretionary permit for


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a Site Plan (PDS2018-STP-18-012). The subject property is currently comprised of a gas station convenience store, 4 gas pumps, propane tank re-fill service, and drive-thru coffee kiosk. The proposed project will relocate and rebuild the convenience store, add a drive-thru restaurant, add a sit-down restaurant, and regrade portions of the developed parcel as well as the adjacent undeveloped parcel to provide new parking areas for the proposed uses. As a result of the expansion onto the neighboring parcel a lot merge will be required. This project will provide grading and storm water control measures for the proposed development. The group may make a recommendation to the county regarding the proposed development. Presentation, Discussion & Action. 2. The owner of the property located at 616 Alpine Heights Road, Alpine, CA (APN: 404-340-11-00) has applied for a Tentative Map Time Extension (PDS2017-TM-5262TE). The project was previously approved by the Planning Commission on October 5, 2007. The approved TM authorizes a 15 residential lot subdivision on a 19.93-acre parcel. The proposed lot size would range from 1.0-2.08 net acres in size. Additionally, 2.77 acres will be placed within a biological open space. Access will be provided by a private road connecting to Alpine Heights Road. The project will be served by on-site septic systems and imported water from the Padre Dam Municipal Water District. Fire service will be provided by the Alpine Fire Protection District. Total earthwork is expected to be 40,000 cubic yards of balanced cut and fill. The site is subject to the Semi-Rural Residential (SR-1) Land Use Designation, and Limited Agricultural (A70) zoning regulations. There are no proposed changes to the approved TM design or conditions as part of this TM TE request. The group may make a recommendation to the county regarding the proposed project. Presentation, Discussion & Action. 3. The ACPG Circulation Subcommittee has requested the ACPG notify the San Diego County Traffic Engineer to review this intersection of Alpine Village Drive/Arnold Way with a request to look for ways to increase safe movements of all modes, including, but not limited to: i. the installation of a three-way stop sign-controlled intersection to address the speeding, access, pedestrian and visibility concerns; ii. painting a crosswalk across the driveway entrance to the bus stop; iii. maintaining/improving/clearing the existing substandard sidewalk to meet current standards, provide an ADA accessible sidewalk; iv. request removal of the property owner’s signs and landscaping which are blocking west-east traffic visibility when vehicles depart from the driveway The ACPG will review the Circulation Subcommittee request and may take action. Presentation, Discussion & Action. H. Group Business: 1. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for approval. Discussion & Action I. Consent Calendar J. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board) K. Officer Reports L. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary) M. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas N. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures O. Announcement of Meetings: 1. Alpine Community Planning Group – July 26th, 2018 2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD 3. Planning Commission – July 13th, 20th, & 27th 2018 4. Board of Supervisors – July 10th, 11th, 24th, & 25th 2018

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