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Fast Moving ‘West Fire’ Erupts in Alpine ALPINE — The charred burn area of an Alpine-area wildfire that gutted three dozen homes and 29 other structures last week was fully contained Tuesday, July 10, as the county Board of Supervisors voted to extend a declaration of emergency in the aftermath of the 504-acre blaze. The disastrous blaze, dubbed the West Fire, erupted amid a searing heat wave of temperatures up to 109 degrees in the area, late Friday morning on the south side of Interstate 8 near Willows Road in Cleveland National Forest and quickly spread to nearby residential neighborhoods. We had structures on fire within the first about eight minutes of the fire burning,” local Cal Fire Capt. Tony Mecham told the supervisors. At the height of the blaze, 90 percent of San Diego County Fire Authority and local Cal Fire crews were deployed to fight the flames, which also damaged 18 homes and two accessory buildings at the time. A shelter set up by the American Red Cross served 91 people displaced by the fire. Additionally, the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds hosted 10 horses, three goats and three alpacas displaced by the blaze. Late Tuesday afternoon, July 10, Cal Fire announced that the smoldering burn area of the blaze had been fully surrounded. Though the fire has been extinguished, crews will remain at the site through the upcoming weekend to watch for and douse any flare-ups that might occur, Mecham said. County officials have set up an assistance center at the Alpine Library to help those affected by the fire navigate their recovery and rebuilding processes. Photos: Fox 5 San Diego, KUSI, CalFire– Kevin Pack, Lakeside Fire District, USFS Dist. Office– Andrew Hayes, The East County Herald–Dee Dean and Steve Hamann, Loving Life Alpine–Lydia West and Margo McNamara, Alpine Fire Protection District, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 465, San DIego County Wild Fires, ABC 10-San Diego

The West Fire burned up against the back yard of the USFS Descanso Ranger District office at 3348 Alpine Blvd. and was also very active across the street.

An inmate crew appeared to have a close call on the West Fire on Interstate 8 at Alpine, Friday, July 6.

On The Cover ALPINE — The West Fire broke out in Alpine in the late morning of Friday, July 6 and rapidly grew from 10 acres to over 500 acres. California Firefighters, California Highway Patrol, First Responders, Sheriff’s Department, CalFire, Air tankers, helicopters and even the Navy appeared on the scene almost immediately. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Arson has not been ruled out.


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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 Do Democrats Really Want To Fix Prop 13 Problems?


Your CountywithRecorder News Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr.

f it’s ever to be fixed, only a ballot proposition can repair the largest and most obvious inequity caused by Proposition 13, the landmark 1978 tax-cutting initiative that causes next-door neighbors in identical homes to pay vastly different sums for property taxes. But the other big problem area of the tax-cutting measure originally sponsored by the late political gadflies Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann could be solved by a simple vote of the Legislature. That inequity is a loophole allowing some commercial and industrial properties to escape the tax increases that normally come when a building or lot changes hands. Sadly, this loophole will remain in place at least another year, after legislative Democrats in late spring killed a Republican bill to close it. The essence of the loophole: As with homes and other residential properties, business property is taxed at 1 percent of the latest sales price. But an exception was written into the Prop. 13 rules by legislators a year after Jarvis-Gann passed handily. This one allows the tax bill to remain static after sale unless at least one new owner has more than a one-half interest in the property. Perhaps the most egregious case of this loophole costing taxpayers money came when former basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson and a group of big-money partners bought the Los Angeles Dodgers from parking lot magnate Frank McCourt and his now ex-wife Jamie. As part of the $2 billion deal, McCourt retained a half-interest in the sprawling parking lots surrounding Dodger Stadium, even though the new owners control parking prices and get all the revenue. That essentially made Johnson & Co. the real owners, but kept the tax bill on the lots (with a book value of $300 million at the time of sale) from more than quadrupling. This has let the new owners save about $2 million yearly starting in 2012. Theoretically, the same sort of arrangement could have been worked out for the far more valuable Dodger Stadium itself, but that would have led to reams of negative publicity the Dodgers didn’t want. Other well-publicized examples of the loophole saving big bucks for wealthy new owners came when a Central Valley vineyard changed hands and when a landmark Santa Monica hotel was sold to a new group, later becoming part of the ultra-luxurious Fairmont group. Almost yearly during this decade, some state legislators have tried to get rid of this egregious injustice. Back when former Democratic state Sen. Martha Escutia of East Los Angeles first proposed closing the loophole, the state’s non-partisan legislative analyst estimated a change could produce between $3 billion and $8 billion in additional property tax revenue. The latest effort, carried by state Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates, a Republican from Laguna Niguel, failed on a 3-2 vote of the Senate’s Governance and Finance Committee, with two ostensibly liberal Los Angeles County Democrats – Ed Hernandez and Robert Herzberg – abstaining. Both votes for the Prop. 13 reform came from Orange County Republicans, John Moorlach and Janet Nguyen, while Democrats Jim Beall of San Jose, Richard Lara of East Los Angeles and Mike McGuire of Ukiah all voted no. The vote was odd because it’s usually Democrats striving to bring more fairness to Prop. 13, while Republicans fight to keep it static. But over time, the conservative GOP establishment has come to see closing the 50-per-cent-ownership loophole as simple fairness. Some Republicans saw the Democratic no votes as a political ploy aimed at keeping things unfair in order to make passage of a “split roll” initiative in 2020 easier. That proposal would see business properties taxed at a higher rate than homes, even if no sale is involved. Said Jon Coupal, head of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn., which usually fights to maintain Prop. 13’s rules, “Killing this bill shows that progressive tax and spend interests don’t want to fix how Prop. 13 is interpreted, but they’d rather…advocate for a larger split roll tax increase. They would rather play politics.” The bottom line is that the vote likely means this problem won’t be fixed for at least two more years, as there will be no reason for a change in Democratic tactics next year. Which means this obvious inequity will remain a part of California life and local governments will keep losing out on significant funds they could use for schools and many other causes.

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


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

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.The immune system doesn’t function as efficiently in older adults as it does in younger people. The body’s fever response to infection is not always automatic in elderly people. More than 20 percent of adults over age 65 who have serious bacterial infections do not have fevers. This brings us to germs, which are defined as microbes that cause disease. Infectious diseases caused by microbes are the leading cause of death. Microbes are microscopic organisms that are everywhere. Some microbes cause disease. Others are essential for health. Most microbes belong to one of four major groups: bacteria, viruses, fungi, or protozoa. Bacteria are made up of only one cell. Less than 1 percent of them cause diseases in humans. Harmless bacteria live in human intestines, where they help to digest food. Foods such as yogurt and cheese, are made using bacteria. Some bacteria produce dangerous poisons. Botulism, a severe form of food poisoning, is caused by toxins from bacteria. However, several vaccines are made from bacterial toxins. Viruses are among the smallest microbes. They consist of one or more molecules that contain the virus’s genes surrounded by a protein coat. Most viruses cause disease. They invade normal cells then multiply. There are millions of types of fungi. The most familiar ones are mushrooms, yeast, mold, and mildew. Some live in the human body, usually without causing illness. In fact, only about half of all types of fungi cause disease in humans. Penicillin and other antibiotics, which kill harmful bacteria in our bodies, are made from fungi. Protozoa are a group of microscopic one-celled animals. In humans, protozoa usually cause disease. Some protozoa, like plankton, are food for marine animals. Malaria is caused by a protozoan parasite. You can get infected by germs from other people in many different ways, including transmission through the air from coughing or sneezing, direct contact such as kissing or sexual intercourse, and touching infectious material on a doorknob, telephone, automated teller machine or a diaper. A variety of germs come from household pets. Dog and cat saliva can contain any of more than 100 different germs that can make you sick. Mosquitoes may be the most common insect carriers of disease. Mosquitoes can transmit malaria. Fleas that pick up bacteria from rodents can then transmit plague to humans. The tiny deer tick can infect humans with Lyme disease. We become immune to germs naturally and artificially. Before birth, we received natural immunity from our mothers. Once we are exposed to a germ, we develop natural immunity to it from special cells in our immune systems. Artificial immunity can come from vaccines. Most infections caused by microbes fall into three major groups: acute infections, chronic infections and latent infections. The common cold is an acute infection. Hepatitis C, which affects the liver, is a chronic viral infection. Chickenpox is an example of a latent infection that can emerge many years later and causes a disease called “shingles.” Handwashing is a simple and effective way to stop the transmission of germs. Health care experts recommend scrubbing your hands vigorously for at least 15 seconds with soap and water. It is especially important to wash your hands before touching food, after coughing or sneezing, after changing a diaper, and after using the toilet.

Ask The Healthy Geezer a question at: fred@healthygeezer.com

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Study Finds Vitamin D No Defense Against Multiple Sclerosis ew research from South Australian scientists has shown that vitamin D (also commonly known as the sunshine vitamin) is unlikely to protect individuals from Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or other brain-related disorders. The findings, released Tuesday, July 10, in the science journal Nutritional Neuroscience reported that researchers had failed to find solid clinical evidence for vitamin D as a protective neurological agent. “Our work counters an emerging belief held in some quarters suggesting that higher levels of vitamin D can impact positively on brain health,” says lead author Krystal Iacopetta, PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide. Based on a systematic review of over 70 pre-clinical and clinical studies, Iacopetta investigated the role of vitamin D across a wide range of neurodegenerative diseases. “Past studies had found that patients with a neurodegenerative disease tended to have lower levels of vitamin D compared to healthy members of the population,” she says. “This led to the hypothesis that increasing vitamin D levels, either through more UV and sun exposure or by taking vitamin D supplements, could potentially have a positive impact. A widely held community belief is that these supplements could reduce the risk of developing brainrelated disorders or limit their progression.” “The results of our in-depth review and an analysis of all

the scientific literature however, indicates that this is not the case and that there is no convincing evidence supporting vitamin D as a protective agent for the brain,” she says. Iacopetta believes that the idea of vitamin D as a neuro-related protector has gained traction based on observational studies as opposed to evaluation of all the clinical evidence. “Our analysis of methodologies, sample sizes, and effects on treatment and control groups shows that the link between vitamin D and brain disorders is likely to be associative – as opposed to a directly causal relationship,” she explains. “We could not establish a clear role for a neuroprotective benefit from vitamin D for any of the diseases we investigated.” Mark Hutchinson, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) and Professor at the University of Adelaide worked with Iacopetta on the research and findings. “This outcome is important and is based on an extremely comprehensive review and analysis of current data and relevant scientific publications,” Professor Hutchinson says. “We’ve broken a commonly held belief that vitamin D resulting from sun exposure is good for your brain.” Interestingly, Professor Hutchinson notes that there may be evidence that UV light (sun exposure) could impact the brain beneficially, in ways other than that related to levels of vitamin D. “There are some early studies that suggest that UV exposure could have a positive impact on some neurological disorders such

ddean@echerald.com as Multiple Sclerosis,” he says. “We have presented critical evidence that UV light may impact molecular processes in the brain in a manner that has absolutely nothing to do with vitamin D.” “We need to complete far more research in this area to fully understand what’s happening,” says Professor Hutchinson. “It may be that sensible and safe sun exposure is good for the brain and that there are new and exciting factors at play that we have yet to identify and measure.” “Unfortunately however, it appears as if vitamin D, although essential for healthy living, is not going to be the miracle ‘sunshine tablet’ solution for brain-disorders that some were actively hoping for.” Source: University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP).

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 31 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 ddean@echerald.com. 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 2017 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.


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The Reason Jesus Said What He Said


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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 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 two-edged 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 16:4 we read another occasion in which Jesus reminds His disciples of what He had told them in the past, “But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.” 3 questions arise here from what Jesus stated, first, what had Jesus told His disciples? Second, what time is He speaking of that shall come that they will need to remember what was said? Third, why didn’t Jesus tell them these things at the beginning? The verses that follow answers the first question of ‘what Jesus had told His disciples in this instance, John 16:5-15 “But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asks me, Where are you going? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you.” Jesus was telling them of the Holy Spirit that would come at His departure. Second, the time He was referring to that they would have to remember these things would be at His departure, His return to Heaven. Jesus in taking on the form of a man limited Himself to be only at one place at a time but the Holy Spirit would have no such restrictions. He would take up His abode in every believer anywhere in the world at any time to continue the work that Jesus had begun. Third, the reason Jesus had not spoken much of the Holy Spirit up to this time was because He had been with them but now that He was about to depart it was necessary for them to know that He would not leave them as orphans but would be in them, never to leave them and empower them to do all that He had commanded them.

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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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan SMILE-BREAKS with Sheila Buska Padres Host Cubs Prior to Hey! That’s my armrest! All-Star Break


efore the Major League Baseball All-Star break, the San Diego Padres host the Chicago Cubs for three games.

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rmrests. Who owns them? They’re valuable territory when you’re out for an evening of pleasure at the theater or the ballpark, or settling in for a five-hour flight to the East Coast. A skinny little armrest can upset the peace just when you’ve mastered the parking, the wait line, the security check, the carryon luggage in the overhead bin. Or scrunched your way past a dozen people, repeating “Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me,” to get to your seat, asking yourself, “Why in heck did I get seats in the middle?” As you know, armrests are portioned out one-half to a person. You get half of the armrest on your left and half of the armrest on your right. Sharing half an armrest is difficult—since your arms are mostly whole. It’s even more difficult if the armrest is already one hundred percent occupied. Once a person’s laid claim to an armrest, good luck. Odds are they’re not going to give half of it up, but hopefully you can claim the one on your other side, or at least share it with the person sitting there. If there’s no one there, you can rest your arm comfortably on the whole thing. Best hold onto it when the seat is taken. One wrong move and the armrest will be lost. When the stranger beside me plops down and spread-

eagles across both armrests without even a “‘scuse me, ma’am” or a “howdy”— or more likely, greets me cheerfully as he invades my space—I lie in wait for the moment I can reclaim my half of the armrest. The secret is to stay alert. Sooner or later this armrest poacher will get restless and move his arm for a minute—that’s when you make your move. Ahhh. Feels so good to come un-scrunched. He still has his other armrest and having found relief for your left arm, you graciously surrender your half of the armrest to your right to the nice gentleman sitting there. Fair’s fair. Getting an aisle seat solves half the problem. You get one whole armrest all to yourself. If you’re desperate for two whole armrests, you’ll have to buy the seat on the other side. The last time we had tickets for an aisle seat there were four of us. Armrest-wise we worked it out: the person sitting on the aisle got the armrest to his right and the rest of us agreed to each take the armrest to our right. We only had to deal with one armrestless arm. What got me going about armrests was the other day at the Y. I was settled comfortably out by the pool in an Adirondack-style chair with really wide armrests. The chair was so wide I didn’t even need the armrests. This lady walked up and moved

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The East County Herald has been named “Community Relations Media Sponsor” for the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s 5th annual Summer Bash Business Expo, from 5 -8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa. The event will feature food sampling and more than 45 display tables featuring La Mesa Chamber members, according to Mary England, Chamber president/CEO. Raffles and door prizes hosted by vendors and participants are planned. Admission is $10 per person in advance or $20 per person at the door. Exhibit booth space is still available. Food and beverage providers at press time include BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Blue Lagoon Coffee, Brew Coffee Spot, Cali Comfort BBQ, Curbside Eatery & Drinkery, Dream Dinners, Golden Spoon, Los Pinos Taco Shop, Luna Grill, Marie Callender’s, Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano, Pick Up Stix, Riviera Supper Club, Samuel Adams, Sycuan Casino, The Hills Local Pub and Valley Farm Market. Additional sponsors as of press time include: Mission Federal Credit Union, San Diego Gas & Electric, San Diego County Credit Union, Community Spectrum, Sandra Small Photography, Kostedt Design & Marketing, AAA Imaging and Royal Florist Design. For more information on sponsorship opportunities and an exhibitor application, contact England at (619) 251-7730, or maryengland@lamesachamber.com. To RSVP, send an e-mail to rsvp@lamesachamber.com or call (619) 465-7700.

Former El Cajon police HQ will become Fletcher Marketplace

Plans have been announced for Fletcher Marketplace, the name of the redevelopment for the former El Cajon police

station property at 100 Fletcher Parkway. Brixton Capital of Solana Beach has purchased the 4.1-acre site for $4.2 million. The company is planning a mixed-use project of about 16,000 square feet of retail space and a 60,000-square-foot hotel. Brixton said it will sell 1.4 acres of the site to Excel Hotel Group, which will build the hotel, while Brixton will develop the retail portion. Excel is planning a Hampton Inn by Hilton. Brixton said it has pre-leased the retail space to In-N-Out, Blaze Pizza, California Fish Grill, Urbane Café and Mattress Firm. According to Bob Emri, chief investment officer at Brixton Capital, “This is an excellent opportunity to completely transform a high-profile corner in El Cajon. We have worked closely with the city the past two years to make this the best site possible and are excited to begin development.” Marc Brutten, chairman and founder of Brixton Capital, said in a statement, “Retailing is undergoing massive changes, yet there are still exciting opportunities to create environments where customers’ daily needs are met for dining, entertainment and travel accommodations.”

Isaac Blumberg named board chair at Home of Guiding Hands

El Cajon-based Home of Guiding Hands (HGH), serving more than 2,500 infants, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities, has named Isaac Blumberg as chairman of the board of directors. Blumberg, named board member of the year in 2015 and 2017, also has served on HGH’s Capital Campaign Committee, which has raised more than $1.18 million over the past year. 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


the chair beside me to get it into the shade. I was surprised when she shoved her chair right up against my chair, armrest to armrest. Didn’t say a word. No “Hi! It sure is hot today!” Just plopped her huge leather purse down on the concrete and sat herself down. Okay. I can live with that. I don’t know what makes us feel possessive of something we don’t need, but when I saw, out of the corner of my eye, her elbow resting nonchalantly on my armrest, I was— Being a lady, I won’t say what I was, but—what was she doing on my armrest? She had her own. So that’s what got me into this whole armrest thing. I figured you’ve probably had a few experiences like that. Oh well, in the grand scheme of things, it’s only an armrest.

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face a challenge and advocate for what is right for our most vulnerable citizens,” said Mark Klaus, president/CEO, HGH. “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.”

San Diego County’s taxable property assessed at record $544 Billion

The value of all taxable property in San Diego County rose to $543.6 billion in 2018, an increase of 6.11 percent or $31.3 billion, over the 2017 roll, according to county assessorrecorder-clerk Ernie Dronenburg. The net assessed value after the deduction of property tax exemptions for homeowners, disabled veterans and charitable organizations is $521.8 billion. Based on Proposition 13’s statutory 1 percent tax rate, this will produce approximately $5.21 billion in tax revenue to fund schools, law enforcement, parks and other public services. “This is the fourth consecutive year the assessment roll has increased in excess of five percent, thanks to the continued growth of the housing market and the economy as a whole,” Dronenburg said. “In addition to the strong real estate market, the assessed business property value increased by five percent, to just over $18.2 billion, setting a new record for San Diego County. While housing affordability is a challenge in San Diego County, 83 percent of property and homeowners will only see a two percent increase in their assessed value due to the protections offered by Proposition 13.”


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For The East County Herald SACRAMENTO — Over 1,000 high school students arrived at the steps of the Capitol as part of the American Legion California Boys State Conference. Max Hageman, Alpine resident and current intern at Senator Joel Anderson’s El Cajon district office, was one of those honored to be a selected representative of his community. This Capitol visit was just one of many opportunities “for selected high school students who’ve shown leadership ... and good qualifications for the future of America” according to Hageman. For a week, Hageman and other juniors convened in Sacramento to learn about all levels of politics in California: city, county and state. “People can give speeches, and then they create ordinances, bills and judicial reviews of laws,” Hageman explained. Beyond the program itself, he bonded with other delegates over shared


ideals and interests. Hageman had already been very involved in his community. Not only is he part of the Associated Student Body and baseball team at Valhalla High School, he is also a School Board Member in his district and interns for Anderson. Hageman believes that his own energetic diligence in these activities, combined with the force of other youth, “pushes everybody to be better for themselves.” During Hageman’s visit, Anderson provided a Senate certificate of recognition to him. “Hearing what my interns have gone on to do beyond our internship program always gives me great hope that the younger generation have all the resources, motivation and vigor to improve the world. I have confidence that they will achieve great things,” Anderson said. Indeed, Hageman aspires to serve his country. He wants to be part of the United States Air Force and “hopefully one day, [be] a part of politics,”


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