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Meet La Mesa’s New City Manager LA MESA — Long-time City of La Mesa employee, City Manager Dave Witt has announced his retirement to be effective Aug. 5. Witt has served in several positions with La Mesa, starting as the Assistant Planning Director in 1985. Many of his years with La Mesa were involved with planning and redevelopment activities. Prior to his last position as City Manager, Witt served several years as the Assistant City Manager and Community Development Director. “On behalf of the entire city we thank and congratulate Dave Witt for his years of service. Mr. Witt has always represented the City of La Mesa with integrity and character. Through his leadership and vision numerous projects were completed that improved and modernized our streets and neighborhoods, while still maintaining the charm that has come to define La Mesa. Dave Witt will be succeeded but never replaced,” said Mayor Mark Arapostathis, Dr. “A”. Some of the successful projects Witt recalls as significant contributions to the city’s development in this capacity were the public/ private partnerships that helped with the transformation of the Fletcher Parkway Corridor. Witt was also instrumental in implementing several major park projects and revitalization of the City’s Civic Center facilities. One of the more recent projects that he was glad to see completed as a long-time goal was the first phase of the Downtown Village Streetscape Improvements. Witt stated that he “has enjoyed the professional responsibility given to me by the city council in taking the lead on numerous challenging projects that have helped the

community develop and grow in a lasting and positive way.” Witt noted that he is leaving the organization with a very professional and committed staff, as well as a solid fiscal foundation. In retiring, he stated that, “I truly appreciate all the opportunities La Mesa has given to me to grow professionally as an urban planner and city manager. To develop the plans that reflect community goals and then to find the resources needed to see the projects getting built as imagined has been tremendously rewarding.” Yvonne Garrett has been appointed by the La Mesa City Council as the new City Manager. “The city council is very pleased with their choice to name Yvonne Garrett as La Mesa’s City Manager. Garrett is the most qualified person in the region. As Assistant City Manager and Director of Community Services she acquired a unique skill set that will be beneficial in her service to our city. We all congratulate Yvonne Garrett,” said Mayor Mark Arapostathis, Dr. “A”. Garrett has been the Assistant City Manager/Director of Community Services for the City of La Mesa since 2010. In addition, she has been the Director of the La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation, a private non-profit organization that raises funds for park improvements and facilitates recreational education and cultural programs in La Mesa. She has worked for the city for 16 years. Prior to working for the City of La Mesa she was the Executive Director of the Alpine Community Center for 13 years. As Assistant City Manager, Garrett, handled special projects for the city including developing a Health and Wellness Ele-

La Mesa City Manager, Yvonne Garret ment for the General Plan, and completion of the Parks Master Plan. Garrett also oversaw the La Mesa Community Center complex including the Adult Enrichment Center, municipal pool, and recreational classes. In her tenure with La Mesa, Garrett completed several major capital projects including the award winning PARKS Project, the La Mesa Teen Center and has been instrumental in promoting walkability in the City of La Mesa. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and English from Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Ashford University, Clinton Iowa. Garrett said of the appointment, “I would like to thank the city council for their confidence in me and I am excited to continue working for a wonderful community, La Mesa is truly everyone’s image of their own hometown.”

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imon Wesselink 70, passed away Monday, June 27 in Descanso, with his family by his side. Simon was born in Holland on March 23, 1946 and moved to the United States in 1956. He served four years in the U.S Army, serving in Vietnam. Simon and his wife Barbara, who he met on a blind date, were married in 1972. They lived on a farm of 160 acres with over 100 dairy goats and many other animals in Minnesota. On the farm he began his own custom cabinet-making business with a wood working shop on the property. He was extremely family oriented which helped drive his passion for his skilled custom woodwork to facilitate his ability to keep his growing family quite literally close at his side with playpens, high chairs and hand made wooden toys such as blocks with drilled holes and pegs in the shop. Throughout their life, along with their own children, they brought in over 40 foster children to their home and carried on opening their home when they moved to Descanso in 1985. Although it may not have usually been Simon’s idea to help this person, go to this event, throw that huge gathering or party, one thing was for certain – his giant giving heart to always say yes to Barb when she came to him with the ideas. When discovering the beauty of the back country mountains in East County San Diego, it was instantly apparent to Simon this was where they were going to stay. Simon owned Dutchman Cabinets for 45 years where his fine craftsmanship with cabinetry made the pieces he built last a lifetime. Another of Simon’s passions was riding motorcycles with the family any chance he could. It was truly a family affair. Turth be told, anything motorcycle related held his interest whether it was a magazine, a TV program or a race, if it was related to motorcycles, you can bet Simon was into it. He Loved coffee as well as anything chocolate. He loved chocolate so much that at Christmas time, he would ask Barb to hide the fudge she made from her grandma’s handed down recipe every year because he ate so much he would make himself sick. Among his great talents, Simon had a green thumb. He took a great deal of time making his yard look vibrant and flourishing with fantastic varieties of flowers and foliage. Barb would get asked many times who her landscaper was and she would laugh and say she knew a great one with a great price and for her it was free. The family would like to make sure everyone knows it is his wife’s passion to continue helping others learn how to bring natural solutions of healing and help into their lives. Simon is survived by his wife Barbara, sons Derek and Hans, daughters Heidi Hall, Heather Wesseslink and Brigitte Oviado. Grandchildren Brittni, Kyle, Sydney and Madeline. Brothers Roelf and Hank Styve and sisters Alida Wesselink and Joann Lipe.

‘We will always carry your memory in our hearts.’ A Celebration of Life will be held at the Descanso Town Hall, Saturday, August 20 at a time TBD. In lieu of flowers a gofundme page has been set up to help the family titled ‘Simon Wesselink’s Cancer Journey.’

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias

Reforms a Help, But Still Not Much PUC Accountability


he fanfare was loud when Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators announced agreement on a package of Public Utilities Commission reforms the other day. You could almost hear Brown saying “This will clear up any clouds in my legacy.” Sorry, Governor, it won’t. For while the proposed PUC changes do make some improvements, they leave the powerful commission’s main problem unsolved: The five commissioners still are not accountable to anyone as they set natural gas and electricity rates and supervise pipeline and power transmission safety. Nothing in this package assures that commissioners won’t continue favoring big privately-owned companies like Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas and San Diego Gas & Electric over their customers, as the PUC consistently has done for the last 40 years or more. Nothing to make sure commissioners who act corruptly can be ousted once their wrongdoing is proven. Nothing to prevent situations like one that arose in late June, when Commissioner Mike Florio recused himself from a major PG&E rate decision because he previously admitted helping that company “shop” for a favorable judge in another case. What use is a commissioner who can’t participate in many of his agency’s most important cases? But positives abound in the reform package, too. For example, lawyers and consumer advocates who present useful information in PUC cases would now be able to get intervenor fees even if they don’t go along with eventual settlements in those cases. Previously, only groups that helped devise settlements could get such fees, which can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. This rule has often made lapdogs out of outfits that are supposed to help keep utility rates down. It can’t hurt to prohibit utility executives from joining the commission until at least two years after they’ve left companies they once ran. This rule might have excluded the disgraced Michael Peevey, a former SoCal Edison president now under criminal investigation for his conduct during eight years as PUC president. It’s a good idea for the PUC to open offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento, in addition to its San Francisco headquarters. The current sole location in San Francisco can leave PUC staffers unfamiliar with safety and other problems elsewhere in California. And it can’t hurt to subject commissioners to possible prosecution by the state attorney general if they don’t quickly reveal the content of private contacts with persons involved in their cases, often known as ex parte communications. These are all parts of the reform package, but nothing would change the five commissioners’ quasi-judicial standing, which sees even the governor who appoints them unable to sack them for any reason until their six-year terms expire. The changes also leave PUC decisions open to challenge only in appeals courts. “If decisions could be challenged in trial courts, PUC rate cases might never end,” said Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto, from the San Fernando Valley portion of Los Angeles. He’s right that court cases can drag on, but allowing challenges only in appeals courts prevents introduction of new evidence, when most PUC observers agree that evidence gathered in rate cases historically has favored utilities over consumers. One solution might be to allow trial court appeals of large cases, perhaps setting the floor at $1 billion. This could allow meaningful challenges of the most important cases. “We do have some accountability in this package,” said Gatto, who has been crusading for PUC reform. “We bring in the attorney general when there’s secrecy in ex parte communications. We create a new ethics ombudsman, who is supposed to act completely independently like inspector generals in some federal agencies. We also set up a new deputy director of the agency for safety. That person would be assigned to make sure money consumers pay for things like pipeline safety is actually spent for that.” Previously, there was no one to track such spending, and much of what consumers paid for safety and maintenance via their monthly bills over the last 60 years went for other things. The bottom line: There’s plenty positive in this package and it ought to pass the Legislature handily, with Brown committed to sign it. But there’s still a need to impose more accountability, or the PUC’s long run as a rogue agency may not end soon. Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at


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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is very common. Depending upon how you define ED, there are 15 million to 30 million men who have it. ED ranges from complete impotence to unsatisfactory performance. But it doesn’t have to be a part of getting older. As you age, you may need more stimulation and more time, but older men should still be able to get an erection and enjoy sex. The incidence of ED increases with age. Between 15 and 25 percent of 65-year-old men experience this problem. In older men, ED usually has a physical cause, such as a drug side effect, disease or injury. Anything that damages the nerves or impairs blood flow in the penis can cause ED. The following are some leading causes of erectile dysfunction: diabetes, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), prostate surgery, hormone imbalance, alcohol and drug abuse. And, of course, there are your emotions. It should be no surprise that, if you’re having a relationship problem with your sex partner, you can suffer from ED. Here are some other psychological influences: anxiety over a previous failure, everyday stress, depression, and feeling unattractive to your partner. If you’re suffering from ED, you should see your doctor for a discussion and physical exam. Monitoring erections that occur during sleep can help the diagnosis. Healthy men have involuntary erections during sleep. If nocturnal erections do not occur, then ED is likely to have a physical rather than psychological cause. Tests of nocturnal erections are not completely reliable, however. The cause of the ED will determine the treatment. Some ED medicines are injected into the penis. Other medicines are taken orally. In addition to medicines, there are vacuum- pump devices and surgery. Millions of men have benefited from three drugs that treat ED. These three, which are advertised endlessly, are Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. All of them increase blood flow to the penis, which produces an erection. Viagra, Levitra and Cialis improve the response to sexual stimulation, but they do not trigger an automatic erection as injections do. Oral testosterone can reduce ED in some men with low levels of natural testosterone, but it is often ineffective and may cause liver damage. Nitroglycerin, a muscle relaxant, can sometimes enhance erection when rubbed on the penis. Research on drugs for treating ED is expanding rapidly. If you have ED, you should ask your doctor about the latest advances.

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Common antihistamine may partially reverse damage to visual system in MS


common antihistamine used to treat symptoms of allergies and the common cold, called clemastine fumarate, partially reversed damage to the visual system in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in a preliminary study released in April that was presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada. The study involved people with MS and optic neuropathy, which is damage to the nerve that sends information from the eye to the brain. In people with MS, the immune system destroys myelin, the protective coating around the nerves, which then leads to damage along the nerves, slowing signals to and from the brain. Optic nerve damage is a common consequence of the disease. “This study is exciting because it is the first to demonstrate possible repair of that protective coating in people with chronic demyelination from MS,” said study author Ari Green, MD, of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at UC San Francisco, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. “This was done using a drug that was identified at UCSF only two-and-ahalf years ago as an agent with the potential to help with brain repair.” The five-month study

involved 50 people with an average age of 40 who had MS for an average of five years and had mild disability. They all had evidence of a stable chronic optic neuropathy, meaning that they were not recovering from a recent optic neuritis. Participants performed vision tests at the start and end of the study. For one test, called a visual evoked potential, the time for transmission of signal from the retina to the visual cortex was recorded. To be included in the study, participants had to have a delay in transmission time beyond 118 milliseconds in at least one eye and had to have evidence that they had an adequate number of nerve fibers to reinsulate. An improvement in the delay in transmission is considered a biomarker of myelin repair. For the first three months of the study, people were given either the antihistamine clemastine fumarate or a placebo. For the second two months, those initially given the drug received the placebo and vice versa. During the study, delays were reduced by an average of slightly less than two milliseconds in each eye per patient among those who received the antihistamine. “While the improvement in vision appears modest, this study is promising because it is the first time a drug has been shown to possibly reverse the damage done by MS,” said Green. “Findings are prelimi-

nary, but this study provides a framework for future MS repair studies and will hopefully herald discoveries that will enhance the brain’s innate capacity for repair.” Study participants did report a modest increase in fatigue while taking the drug. Green cautioned that more research with larger numbers of people is needed before doctors can recommend clemastine fumarate for people with MS, and that newer medications capable of even more powerful effects are in development, including efforts intended to improve the targeting and reduce side effects from these drugs.

Source: Multiple Sclerosis Center at UC San Francisco, American Academy of Neurology.

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 29 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at NOTE: Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” As a reminder, we are doing this series that you may come to know the truth about Jesus as the Word of God the Bible conveys it. We are looking at the Apostle John’s account for he gives the most detailed account of Jesus’ final hours before the Crucifixion. In John 13:36-38 we read of John’s predicted account of Peter’s denial, Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward.” Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.” Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.” The other Gospel writers give more detail concerning this exchange between Jesus and Peter. Luke gives this account, And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.” Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.” Mark tells us that the other disciples chimed in with Peter arguing with the Lord that they would ever deny Him. The disciples were so sure of themselves; imagine arguing with the Lord, thinking that you know better than the Creator of the Heavens and Earth! We do it all the time, we think we know better than Him in most every area of life and that is why we are in the mess we are today, our unwillingness to submit ourselves to the Creator of the Universe. This is nothing more than pride, we are full of it. The Word of God, the Bible makes it clear what God thinks of our pride, He hates it, “There are 7 things that God hates” Solomon tells us in Proverbs, topping the list, PRIDE. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. God will never use the man or woman in the way that He would like as long as they are full of themselves. In Luke’s account of this exchange between Jesus and Peter, Jesus tells Peter that Satan has desired to sift Peter like wheat. The purpose of sifting wheat is to remove the chaff that is distasteful and useless. Jesus prayed for Peter, not that Satan would not be able to sift him rather that Peter’s faith would not fail. God would allow Satan to sift Peter for the chaff in Peter’s life was his pride which manifested itself through self confidence; self assurance; esteeming himself above his fellow disciples; his boasting; etc. In our culture today these have become admirable qualities but to God they stink to high heaven. It was not until Peter was sifted, also known as broken, that he was in a position (humbled before God) that God could and would use him. Dear ones, do you know that God has not changed and never will? That which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination to God. Man esteems pride, just look at the sports world; entertainment industry, government; business world; et al, it is so full of pride and it is disgusting to God and always will be. James tells us this, “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.”

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hile immune therapy has proven effective in treating certain types of cancer, tumors of the pancreas remain among the most difficult to treat and, so far, are impervious to immune-based therapies. Now, a new study in mice has shown that immunotherapy against pancreatic cancer can be effective when given in conjunction with drugs that break up the fibrous tissue in these tumors. Based on the study’s findings, doctors at Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital are conducting a phase 1 clinical trial in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer that will test the safety of this drug combination when given along with standard chemotherapy. “Pancreatic tumors are notoriously unresponsive to both conventional chemotherapy and newer forms of immunotherapeutics,” said senior author David G. DeNardo, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine. “We suspect that the fibrous environment of the tumor that is typical of pancreatic cancer may be responsible for the poor response to immune therapies that have been effective in other types of cancer.” Unlike other cancer types, pancreatic tumors are characterized by a large amount of what DeNardo describes as scar tissue. This extra connective tissue and the cells that deposit it provide a protective environment for cancer cells, stopping the immune system from attacking the tumor cells and limiting the cancer’s exposure to chemotherapy delivered through the bloodstream. DeNardo and his colleagues investigated whether some of this protection might be lost if they could disrupt the proteins that help fibrous tissue adhere to itself and surrounding cells. “Proteins called focal adhesion kinases are known to be involved in the formation of fibrous tissue in many diseases, not just cancer,” DeNardo said. “So we hypothesized that blocking this pathway might diminish fibrosis and immunosuppression in pancreatic cancer.” Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) inhibitors have been developed in other areas of cancer research, but DeNardo and his colleagues, are the first to test them against pancreatic cancer in conjunction with immunotherapy. In the mouse study, an investigational FAK inhibitor was given in combination with a clinically approved immune therapy that activates the body’s T cells and makes tumor cells more vulnerable to attack. Mice with a model of pancreatic cancer survived no longer than two months when given either a FAK inhibitor or immune therapy alone. Adding FAK inhibitors to standard chemotherapy improved tumor response over chemotherapy alone. But the three-drug combination — FAK inhibitors, immune therapy and chemotherapy — showed the best outcomes in laboratory studies, more than tripling survival times in some mice. Some were still alive without evidence of progressing disease at six months and beyond. Source: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

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SDSU Offers Marketing Communications Course


DSU’s College of Extended Studies is offering the final summer course in its career-enhancing Professional Certificate in Marketing program – designed for those in a junior marketing position, businesses owners managing their own marketing, and those aspiring to a new career. “Marketing Communications” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, July 21 to August 11. Students will be introduced to communications strategies which establish a consistent brand voice within the elements of marketing, with an emphasis on public relations. Instructor Yadira Galindo is a communications manager at UC San Diego Health. Registration is $309 for the general public ($329 after July 11). SDSU’s College of Extended Studies and SDX (formerly the San Diego Ad Club) joined forces to offer this up-to-theminute program, taught by instructors who lead the way in the local marketing community. Students learn skills and multiplatform strategies they can apply immediately. For a schedule of classes and more information, visit, send an e-mail to marketingcert@, or call (619) 594-2099. 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).

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Santee Chamber members are more confident, survey said

San Diego County business owners expressed a moderately positive outlook in a recent survey of chamber of commerce members. The survey’s results pushed higher a “business outlook index” (BOI) to 21.3 points in May, compared to 19.4 points in April. The recent survey of 201 business people included members from the Lakeside, Santee, Alpine Mountain Empire and San Diego East County chambers, as well as chamber members from Escondido, Vista, National City and San Diego. An outlier to the BOI was responses from Santee where firms’ confidence spiked. “For members of the Santee Chamber of Commerce, the BOI has moved from a lackluster 12 in the previous quarter to a robust 40 this month,” the report stated. The top challenge facing businesses, as measured by the percentage of survey respondents who mentioned it, was the minimum wage increase, pollsters said. In addition to the 9 percent of businesspeople who noted mandated wage increases as a challenge, another 14 percent mentioned government regulations in general, changes in the political environment, taxes and the Affordable Care Act as difficulties. Competitive Edge Research & Communication conducted the countywide survey between May 16 and May 31.

Noah Homes reports $163,000 raised at Summerfest fundraiser

Noah Homes, a residential community in Spring Valley for adults with developmental disabilities, reports that $163,000 was raised at its recent Summerfest fundraiser. More than 500 people attended the event held June 25 at Noah Homes. The event featured music by Ron’s Garage, a BBQ by the Nice Guys, beer tastings by JNS Brewing and Jamul Brewing, lawn games, and an auction. Top sponsors included the Arc San Diego, City

National Bank, Hollywood Casino, Howland Built, John Brooks Insurance Brokerage, Mary M. O’Connor Pediatric Dentistry, SDG&E, Whispering Winds, Gene and Rosanne Luth, Gerry Mohr, the Mulvaney Family, Maureen and Gary Sage, and Dan and Barbie Spinazzola. Founded in 1983, Noah Homes Inc., a public benefit non-profit corporation, provides its residents who have development disabilities with a variety of programs, including a community garden and orchard, community integration through day programs, work sites and volunteer activities. Noah Homes currently operates eight homes with a total of 70 residents and is working to build two of the first memory care homes in the nation specifically for adults with developmental disabilities through a $6.7 million capital campaign.

Deering Banjo receives grant to speed global plans

Deering Banjo Co. of Spring Valley, the largest banjo manufacturing company in the U.S., will be one of 15 San Diego companies to participate in comprehensive program to accelerate their international expansion plans. As part of the MetroConnect program, the Deering company was recently selected to receive a $10,000 JPMorgan Chase grant to assist with their international efforts. The announcement was made by the World Trade Center (WTC) San Diego. MetroConnect funds can be used for a variety for global services including travel (to and from target markets), participation in trade shows, establishment of a foreign subsidiary, foreign language translation of marketing materials and more. Support services that will be available to the companies include: a dedicated trade and investment manager at WTC San Diego to support company participants in deploying overseas strategies during the grant period; access to workshops that address export compliance, financing and fundraising and global mar-

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keting; reduced airfare on the Japan Airlines direct flight from San Diego to Tokyo; free access to SYSTRAN software for website translation and customer service needs. The 14 other program participants include Aurora Spine, AVACEN Medical, Calbiotech, ElliptiGO Inc., GroundMetrics, Hyperikon, INOVA Drone, MANTA Instruments Inc., Ocean Aero, Ocean Reef, Rough Draft Brewing Co., Solatube Worldwide Sales, Vault RMS and Whova.

The Water Conservation Garden names new executive director

The Water Conservation Garden, a six-acre conservation demonstration garden in El Cajon, has selected Elyssa Robertson as the organization’s new executive director. Robertson succeeds John Bolthouse, who left in December 2015. Robertson had been serving as interim executive director. Robertson has an extensive background in environmental and civil engineering. As president and founder of REC Consultants, an environmental and civil engineering firm she formed and led with her husband since 1992, Robertson has championed numerous development projects that incorporated open space, conservation of resources and sustainability. Robertson has served on the boards of the East County YMCA and East County Posse, and has been involved with the Rancho San Diego Farmers Market, Supervisor Dianne Jacob Trails Committee and the Friends of the Rancho San Diego Library Committee. She has also volunteered on habitat restoration projects at local schools, educating students about local native plants and animals. She had been serving on The Garden’s board of directors since January 2013. She resigned from the board to serve as interim executive director. Bolthouse, former director of the La Jolla Historical Society, led the Garden since February 2012. He succeeded Marty Eberhardt, who retired. Bolthouse, with more than 20 years experience working with nonprofits, was recently named executive director of the Friends of Balboa Park.

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Summer Conservatory Returns to Grossmont College with the Production of “80 Days! - A New Musical” Based on the novel “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne

EL CAJON — High school and college actors, actresses, costume designers and stagehands are preparing to team up once more for the 2016 version of Grossmont College’s Summer Conservatory program, which culminates with a musical adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, “Around the World in Eighty Days.” “This really is the most incredible of programs,” said Theatre Arts Department Chair Beth Duggan. The 3rd Annual Summer Conservatory Program enables student performers and technicians to learn what it’s like to work in a professional theatre through daytime or evening classes that teach specialized skills. High school students can earn college credit, and the course culminates with 10 performances in the Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre. • 7:30 p.m., July 28, 29, 30 and Aug. 4, 5 • 2 p.m., July 29, 30 and Aug. 4, 5, 6 Ticket pricing: General $15/Military and Veterans $12/ Students $10 This year’s family-friendly production, entitled “80 Days! A New Musical,” is an adaptation of the Jules Verne classic and melds music with comedy. The screenplay was written by Theatre Arts instructor Jeannette Thomas and is directed by Theatre Arts instructor Brian Rickel. “This is giving me an opportunity to learn from college students as well as professors who work in the industry,” said Aimee-Marie Holland while taking a break from serving as a stage manager for a production of Cinderella – A New Pop Musical last year. Tickets for the 2016 Summer Conservatory – which is funded entirely by donations from the community – are on sale now. Tickets are available at the Stagehouse Theatre Box Office 619.644.7234, via www. or one hour prior to each performance. For further information about the 2016 Summer Conservatory or “80 Days! – A New Musical,” call 619.644.7234 or visit www.grossmont. edu/theatrearts.

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