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Awe-Inspiring Animal Kingdom

Cuyamaca College Ford ASSET Grads Navigating New Roads

By Justin Virzi

For The East County Herald ALPINE — The Children’s Nature Retreat is a non-profit organization founded in 2015 with the mission to teach children about the ethical treatment of animals while providing the opportunity for them to enjoy the natural environment in Alpine. They allows children the opportunity to enjoy interactive presentations and learn about the retreat’s animal residents, many of who have been rescued from harsh conditions or obtained from owners who can no longer take care of them. Agnès Barrelet, Founder and Executive Director of the Children’s Nature Retreat, has a passion for helping underserved children, and her heart was always for rescuing animals. She shared how she firmly believed in her mission when she thought, “I can actually help them! I can buy bigger land. I can give more space to those animals and then I can have those kids who need to learn about those animals come here and then it’s like I have the best of both worlds in one place.” Barrelet bought 20 acres in Alpine in 2015. The Children’s Animal Retreat now throws events such as a fundraising gala in order to raise money to bring children for free visits. Currently, the organization’s goal is to provide free field trips to children from low-income families or to children with chronic diseases, cancer, or other disabilities in San Diego County; they have already succeeded with several trips. Groups come from all over such as the Kylie Rowand Foundation, who help children with cancer, and Kid’s in Motion with the YMCA. For their efforts, State Senator Joel Anderson provided Children’s Nature Retreat and its staff certificates of recognition for their incredible cause. Anderson remarked, “Agnès and her team are an amazing example of selfless individuals who dedicate their lives to educating our youth and to giving back to our community. Their efforts are a great contribution to Alpine and beyond.” For more information, visit their website at www.childrensnatureretreat.com.

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EL CAJON — Last week’s commencement of the first Ford ASSET graduates at Cuyamaca College since 2013 was a double cause for celebration. The 16 students were the first to graduate since the program was brought back from a two-year hiatus and a new class is set to begin in the fall with online innovations designed to draw students from beyond San Diego County. Cuyamaca College’s automotive technology program, which enrolls an average of 300 students each semester, is highly regarded because of its industry-recognized certifications. In addition to strong support from Ford Motor Co. for the ASSET (Automotive Student Service Education Training) program, which provides vehicles, tools and a partnership with Cuyamaca College dating back to 1986, the automotive technology program also enjoys industry backing from General Motors for the GM ASEP (Automotive Service Educational Program). Unlike most training programs, ASSET and ASEP students are employed in the industry at sponsoring Ford, Lincoln and GM auto dealerships while they’re learning the skills. According to Ford Motor Co., 99 percent of ASSET graduates get hired at their sponsoring dealerships. By the time graduation rolls around, nearly all the trainees are already employed fulltime. When the fall semester starts Aug. 21, students in the traditional Ford ASSET program will continue a two-year regimen of alternating classroom instruction with on-the-job dealership training. However, thanks to a $55,000 investment in AV equipment for web conferencing, live-streamed and recorded lectures

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On The Cover EL CAJON — Sycuan Casino hosted a Sharknado 5: Global Swarming Party at GameDay Sports Bar & Grill, Thursday, July 20. Sharknado cast members and celebrities Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Scotty Mullen and Director Anthony Ferrante participated in a panel discussion and spoke about the latest Sharknado movie and all of the great things to come in the series.

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ingle-payer health insurance that would cover every Californian has stalled, at least for now. Because Democratic Speaker Anthony Rendon shelved state Assembly consideration of the Senate-passed insurance outline at least until next year, a popular vote on the well-publicized, often criticized single-payer health insurance plan is probably at least three years away, and probably more. Chances are the idea won’t reach voters before June 2020, if then. The many Californians who wanted this quickly as a potential defense against whatever changes President Trump and the Republican-dominated Congress might bring to ex-President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act will just have to wait. It’s the third time in the last 12 years this idea has been stymied in California despite getting considerable legislative support. Twice former Democratic state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, now a Los Angeles county supervisor, got a single-payer plan through the Legislature in this century’s first decade, only to see it vetoed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her idea – like this year’s plan – was to use existing health insurance premiums as the main funding source. Coverage of the previously uninsured would be paid with the approximately 15 percent of premiums now going to insurance executives and corporate profits. As before, this year saw a lot of lip service to single payer, sponsored now by Democratic state Sen. Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, also a candidate for state insurance commissioner. Single payer is sometimes called “Medicare for all” because, like federal Medicare insurance covering all those over 65 who want it, the latest plan would have a central clearing house for claims. Payroll taxes would help fund it, also like Medicare. As was Schwarzenegger, current Gov. Jerry Brown has been skeptical, mostly because of costs. But if this proposal gets no action until after next year’s election, now very likely, Brown’s views will no longer matter much. Current gubernatorial possibilities like Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa or state Treasurer John Chiang might be more favorable, if elected. Meanwhile, cost estimates vary from about $340 billion to $400 billion yearly, while California and its citizens now spend about $395 billion on medical care. Lara insists his plan could cut many billions from that figure, even though individuals would see a new payroll tax and businesses would pay a new levy. Taxpayers, he said, would save money via a halt to all premiums, deductibles, co-pays, doctor and hospital bills to the uninsured – including undocumented immigrants – and an end to employer payments for health plans. In the end, had the Assembly and then Brown approved the Senate-passed outline this year, voters would likely have decided the issue as early next June. This won’t happen now, in large part because all details of what Lara wanted were never certain, giving Rendon and others cold feet. But single-payer has the possibility of ending up a lot like the system Canada now has, one that some Canadians swear by and others swear at. That country experiences vast differences by location in the speed and competence of medical care. Californians have previously voted just once on single payer, defeating the idea in 1994. But times are different now. Millions here gained insurance under Obamacare. Who knows how they might vote if Congress and Trump take away much of their coverage? As with the 1994 California ballot proposal, Lara’s measure could have eliminated companies like Blue Cross, Blue Shield and HealthNet. So far, surveys say the vast majority in this state wants health care for all. But a similar majority also wants no new taxes. The problem is that the twain probably cannot meet. What’s more, opponents already argue the quality of health care would decline under single payer, even though it has not under Medicare. Reality, though, might not matter if enough advertising money were spent to push the idea of lower medical quality. If it ever reaches them, this just might be the most idealistic plan ever put before California voters. It would also be one of the easiest for opponents to attack. And there would be plenty of well-funded opponents, starting with insurance companies desperate to preserve one of their largest markets. The bottom line: If you lose all or part of your health coverage because of Republican-led changes, California won’t soon bail you out.

Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at tdelias@aol.com


HEALTH

The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti From The Geezer’s Mailbag

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. How successful are heart transplants? .

The survival rates for heart transplants have improved steadily since the first successful human heart transplants were done in the late 1960s. Almost nine out of 10 patients survive the first year following a heart transplant. After five years, the survival rate drops to about seven in 10. After 10 years, the rate drops again to about five in 10. After 20 years, about 1.5 in 10 are still ticking. Approximately 2,300 heart transplants are now performed each year in more than 150 heart-transplant centers in the United States There is no widely accepted age cut-off. However, most transplant surgery isn’t performed on people older than 70 because the procedure doesn’t have a high success rate for patients in that age group. The majority (52 percent) of candidates are between the ages of 50 and 64.

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. Leukemia means “white blood” in Greek. If you get leukemia, your bone marrow—the soft material inside bones—makes abnormal white blood cells that block production of normal white blood cells, which you need to battle infections. Leukemia cells also interfere with the red blood cells that distribute oxygen throughout your body, and platelets, which help your blood to clot. Leukemia symptoms include: fevers or chills, night sweats, frequent infections, weakness or fatigue, shortness of breath, headache, bleeding, bruising easily, bone pain, swelling or discomfort in the abdomen (from an enlarged spleen), swollen lymph nodes, especially in the neck or armpit, weight loss, and tiny red marks on the skin, The two basic types of leukemia are acute and chronic. Acute leukemia develops quickly. Chronic leukemia develops slowly and usually occurs during or after middle age. Leukemia is also categorized by the type of white blood cell that is affected.

There are four common types of leukemia:

• Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Most people diagnosed with this form of the disease are over age 55. CLL almost never attacks children. • Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), which primarily affects adults. • Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), which is the most common type of leukemia in young children. It can also affects adults. • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML), which occurs in both adults and children.

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. DO stands for doctor of osteopathic medicine. MD is the abbreviation for doctor of medicine. MDs are also called doctors of allopathic medi-

Here are a couple of brief dictionary definitions:

– os•te•op•a•thy n. A system of medicine based on the theory that disturbances in the musculoskeletal system affect other bodily parts, causing many disorders. – al•lop•a•thy n. A method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects different from those caused by the disease itself. Osteopathic medicine is a safe, established practice. Like MDs, DOs must pass a state medical board examination to obtain a license to practice. There are about 15 MDs for every DO in the United States. Both DOs and MDs are fully qualified to prescribe medication and perform surgery. Like a medical doctor, an osteopathic physician completes four years of medical school and can choose to practice in any medical specialty. However, osteopaths receive an additional 300 to 500 hours in the study of manual medicine and the body’s musculoskeletal system.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Countering the Effects of MS With Diet

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new study of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients examines how a strict diet may ease the symptoms of the disease. MS, a potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system, affects over 450,000 people in the U.S., and is two to three times more common among women. Current treatments may have severe side effects, and there is no cure. A cutting-edge, but low-tech attempt to slow the symptoms involves the diet and the microbiome – bacteria that live mostly in our digestive tract, unique to us as a fingerprint. Research now underway at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital is studying how food might be used as medicine to combat the disease, reports Dr. Tara Narula. Once a month this pioneering group of MS patients meets to get tips from a nutritionist and share their temptations. “I was craving a hamburger something terrible the other night,” said one patient. “They had lobster crepes, and there was just no way I was gonna pass that off !” laughed another. Neurologist Ilana Katz Sand is leading one of the first clinical trials to study the link between what we eat, gut bacteria, and MS symptoms.

“The gut is actually kind of a natural place to look,” Dr. Katz Sand said. “And that’s because the immune system, about 70 percent of it, lives inside the gut, and has far-reaching implications throughout the rest of the body.” In MS, inflammation occurs when immune cells attack the brain and spinal cord. This study is testing whether a dietary intervention can reprogram the immune system to slow down the assault on itself. Kerane Providence, and the other patients enrolled in the trial, are following a strict Mediterranean-style diet – no processed food, dairy or meat, but lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Dr. Katz Sand chose that type of diet because those foods are believed to be anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective. Symptoms, like fatigue, difficulty walking, vision problems and cognitive changes, can be severe and disabling, and can take a heavy toll on patients. “I was really fearful because I have a family, I have my children, I have my husband,” said Providence. “I felt as if my life would just be over.” With the help of medication, Providence is still able to work nights as an oncology nurse – four years after her diagnosis. For her, sticking to the diet is a small sacrifice for better health. “No chocolate chip

ddean@echerald.com cookies, no dairy, no vanilla ice cream that I love so much,” she said. “But if I can participate in a diet that can change my life, give me longevity, give me a piece of how I was before, I don’t mind.” This is a small study of about 30. It will be six months before researchers know if the diet has any measurable impact on MS symptoms, though some in the group already report more energy. Researchers are also looking at quality of life, blood pressure, cholesterol and weight loss.

Source: Mount Sinai Hospital, NY

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 30 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. 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 2017 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.


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EVERYDAY LIFE The Promises of God

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled “The Promises of God”. As mentioned in part one of this series, there are but a few promises to all of mankind, the vast majority are to those who have become His children by adoption through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance from sin. Some may think this is not “fair”, that all of God’s promises should be to everyone. Well they are to everyone that will repent of sin and turn to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Think of this way, you are a parent, your children have your protection; love; provision; sacrifice; and will inherit what you have at your departure. Should others who are not your children or even those who hate you and your children be beneficiaries of what you have for your own children? Of course not, that would be absurd! Last week, we looked at the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, now let us look at another promise of God, the Return of Jesus Christ. Jesus spoke often and clearly of His return; He gave signs that would accompany His return; He gave warnings to us to be ready and watching for His return. One of these instances was in Caesarea Philipi as Jesus was talking with His disciples, Matthew 16:21-23 “From that time Jesus began to show to 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 the third day.” To this Peter objected because it did not fit Peter’s plan for Jesus or himself. “Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” To which Jesus recognized it for what it was and who inspired it said: “But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” Another time was when Jesus was about to be betrayed by Judas to the religious leaders to be crucified, John 14:1-6 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” The Apostle Paul tells us in 1Thesalonians 4:13-18 “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” And finally the Apostle Peter tells us, 2Peter 3:9-12 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?”

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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‘Summer Fun – Bikinis Optional’ La Mesa Woman’s Club members invite the community to beat the summer heat at our “Summer Fun – Bikinis Optional”, beach themed event, at our clubhouse on Monday, July 31, 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. Join us for lunch. Play cards. Bring your friends, or come and make new friends. Donate a new pair of socks to our “Sock-It-ToMe” socks for the homeless community service project. Socks will be donated to the East County Crisis House. Help us fund our projects. Learn about our community service, our history, our Federation friendships and check out our clubhouse for your future events. Cost is $30.00. Reservations are required by Tuesday, July 26. Questions: please contact event chair, Sandi Phoenix, sphoenix@cox.net, 619-588-1923, or reservation chair, Margie Hartman, marjoree10s@ cox.net, 619-440-2449.

Summer Concert Series Date: 8/3/2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Admission is FREE Location: Town Center Community Park East 550 Park Center Drive Santee, California 92071

Alpine Woman’s Club August Lucheon

“Coast to Cactus” Speaker at Alpine Historical Society Potluck Meeting on Sunday, August 20 The quarterly potluck meeting of the Alpine Historical Society will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 at the Alpine Woman’s Club, 2156 Alpine Blvd. The speaker, Rochelle Lynn Gaudette, will discuss new the exhibit titled Coast to Cactus in Southern California and the accompanying book Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors. If you have ever been curious about the geology, ecology and biodiversity of San Diego County this is a great opportunity to learn from an expert. Coast to Cactus in Southern California is a new permanent exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum that invites visitors to discover what it means to be a biodiversity hotspot: the story of why one region is home to so very many species, why these species are so critically threatened at this moment in history, and why it matters. Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors is both a 250 hiking and field guide, a new bible for really getting to know and appreciate the county’s biodiversity while exploring firsthand. There are 525 species of plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates that are described in detail, which helps the visitor understand the region’s diverse ecosystems and why it is one of the world’s biodiversity hot-spots. It’s not just another hiking book. Please plan to bring a dish for the potluck at 1 p.m. or come only for the speaker at 1:45 pm. Please make your reservations by calling Tom Myers at (619)885-8063 or info@alpinehistory.org. Admission is FREE but donations appreciated.


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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan Padres to Appear on National Television

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he San Diego Padres conclude a nine-game homestand with contests against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins lasting through next Wednesday, including a national telecast by FS1 on:

• Friday, July 28 @ 7:10 p.m.

Country pop singer-songwriter sensation Jessie James Decker will perform a pregame concert presented by Budweiser at Park at the Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. Decker will also throw the Ceremonial First Pitch prior to Friday’s game. Fans in attendance will enjoy country-themed in game entertainment throughout the night.

• San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – Saturday, July 29 @ 5:40 p.m.

As part of Baseball Night in San Diego, all fans in attendance will receive a Padres Baseball Hat presented by National University. Fans are encouraged to stick around after Saturday’s game for a special Postgame Fireworks Show presented by T-Mobile with a country theme.

• San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – Sunday, July 30 @ 1:40 p.m.

Sunday will serve as a Military Salute: POW/MIA Recognition Day. Robert Vogler, 96-year-old survivor of the Bataan Death March who spent over 1,200 days in Japanese prison camps during WWII, will throw the Ceremonial First Pitch. Prisoners of War will be honored during the homeplate ceremony.

• Tuesday, Aug. 1. San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Taco Tuesday presented by Cholula Hot Sauce takes place every Tuesday home game and features Petco Park’s favorite local tacos at a special price. For $2.50, fans can choose from a variety of taco options at Carnitas’ Snack Shack, Wonderland Ocean Pub, Lucha Libre, Miguel’s, Seaside Market, Rimel’s and Brigantine.

• San Diego Padres vs. Minnesota Twins – Wednesday, August 2 @ 12:40 p.m.

Festivities will feature Way Back Wednesday presented by Budweiser with the Padres wearing their home white, blue and orange pinstripe uniforms worn by the club from 1991 to 2001. Ingame music, graphics and other entertainment features will add to the Way Back Wednesday theme.

Dolan hosts a one-hour sports talk radio show Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on East County’s “The Mountain – 107.9 FM.” The show may also be heard on the Internet at www.themountainfm.com

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Lakeside Chamber installs Board of Directors, awards Citizen of the Year

including the La Mesa Chamber, Lakeside Chamber, Santee Chamber and Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber, have been invited The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce installed its 2017-2018 to attend a “Dusty Boots and Member Appreciation” businessboard of directors at its recent awards dinner. Bonnie LaChappa, after-hours mixer from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 3, Lantern Barona Band of Mission Indians.installed as chairman. Additional Crest, a senior living community at 400 Lantern Crest Way, executive board members installed for the 2017-2018 term include: Santee. The mixer will be hosted by Lantern Crest in partnership Lisa Grote, Be Carb Compliant, as first vice chair; Lisa Anderson, with the four chambers. The mixer will feature refreshments of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, as second vice chair; Kelly Baker, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages and hors d’oeuvres, along Barona Resort and Casino, as vice chair of finance. with tours of Lantern Crest’s new construction projects. The Additional board members for 2017-2018 include: Ben Clevenger, “Membership Appreciation” portion of the event will include Eastbound Bar & Grill; Robert Lloyd, Lloyds Collision and Paint Center; opportunity tickets for gift baskets filled with items donated by Angela Andrews, True Lawn Care, Inc.; Kate Cunningham, El Capitan East County businesses. Admission is free to members with RSVP Stadium Association; Nina Drammissi, Lakeside Middle School; Venus and $10 for nonmembers. To RSVP, chambers members can send Rodvold, Hello Friday Boutique; Tisha Allen; Tallen Photography.; Mike an e-mail to their respective chamber. For more information, call McGrath, McGrath Consulting; David Lizarraga, Tractor Supply Co. the Alpine Mountain Chamber at (619) 445-2722, or visit www. During the awards night, the Chamber named Janis Shackelford AlpineChamber.com; La Mesa Chamber at (619) 465-7700, or visit as recipient of the 2017 Harry J. Spence Lakeside Citizen of www.LaMesaChamber.com; Lakeside chamber at (619) 561-1031, the Year award. Shackelford has been involved in a number of or visit www.LakesideChamber.org; Santee Chamber at (619) 449community organizations, including the Lakeside Historical Society, 6572, or visit www.SanteeChamber.com. For directions, phone Lakeside Planning Group, Lindo Lake Park Committee, River Park Lantern Crest at (619) 258-8886. Conservancy, and Downtown Historical District. Also honored were: Santee Chamber presents Black Tie Car Edna Kouns, age 103, Rick Smith Award for volunteer service to the community and Chamber; Oldcastle Precast, Chamber sponsor Show Gala on Sept. 16 The Santee Chamber of Commerce will present its second of the year; Dennis DiVita, Chamber ambassador of the year; Lisa annual Black Tie Car Show Gala featuring classic cars, modern Anderson, Chamber board member of the year; R.D.O. Equipment aircraft, awards, dinner, live music, dancing, and more from 6 to 11 Rental, Chamber volunteer of the year; Boy Scout Troop 45 and p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, at High Performance Aircraft at Gillespie Manzanita 4-H, Chamber community leadership award; Milt Cyphert, Field, 1960 Joe Crosson Dr., El Cajon. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres Lakeside Planning Group, elected official of the year. The event was start at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, awards and live auction starting held July 13 at Barona Resort and Casino’s Golf Events Center. at 7 p.m. and dancing to the live music of The Mighty Untouchables Four East County chambers invited to starting at 9 p.m. The theme is Roaring ‘20s and prohibition. “Join mixer hosted by Lantern Crest in Santee us for an evening of fun and entertainment and enjoy the summer Members of four East County-area chamber of commerces, evening and sunset at Gillespie Field among the beautiful aircraft

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and the finest classic automobiles in San Diego County,” said Mike Clinkenbeard, Santee Chamber 2017 board chairman. Ticket prices start at $195 per person. For sponsorship and RSVP information, call (619) 449-6572 or visit www.SanteeGala.com.

Circulate San Diego names La Mesa City Council member as interim executive director

Circulate San Diego, an organization that advises on transportation policy and planning, has named Colin Parent as interim executive director, following the departure of executive director Jim Stone to join the Elementary Institute of Science. Parent also serves on the La Mesa City Council. Under Stone’s leadership, the organization said it assisted the City of San Diego with a Vision Zero strategy to end traffic fatalities and succeeded in efforts with the Metropolitan Transportation system to adopt stored value for the Compass Card. It also said advocacy efforts have helped spur affordable development near transit centers and developed a Regional Walk Scorecard that rates cities on walkability.

Helix Water District recognized for transparent governance

The Helix Water District has received a Transparency Certificate from the Special District Leadership Foundation in recognition of the water district’s efforts to provide transparent and accessible government. The Special District Leadership Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation, and other recognition programs. “This award is a testament to our day to day commitment to open government,” said Carlos Lugo, Helix Water District general manager. “The entire district staff contributes, and they empower our customers with information.”


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EL CAJON — Sycuan Casino welcomes Andrew Kerzmann as the new Vice President of Hotel Operations. In his role, he will be overseeing the business strategies, objectives and daily activities for all Hotel Operations departments including, Pool & Spa, Hotel Sales and Convention Services. Kerzmann comes to Sycuan with over 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining Sycuan, he was the Executive Director of Hotel Operations at The Mirage Las Vegas Resort & Casino. At The Mirage, he managed daily operations and worked closely with all areas in the Hotel Division to provide support and guidance in alignment with property and company strategic objectives. His other previous positions include Front Office Director at The Mirage, Assistant Hotel Manager and Hotel Manager at New York - New York Hotel & Casino and Front Office Manager and acting Guest Relations Manager at The Signature at MGM Grand. His wide scope of valuable hotel knowledge, well-rounded operations experience and leadership skills has made him a recognized leader in the hospitality industry. “Andrew is a very valuable addition to the Sycuan team,” said John Dinius, general manager at Sycuan Casino. “He brings extensive industry knowledge and expertise and will play a pivotal role in our hotel and resort expansion.” “It is an honor and I am incredibly excited to join the team at Sycuan to help introduce an amazing new resort to the community,” said Andrew Kerzmann, vice president of hotel operations at Sycuan Casino. “Together, we will create memorable experiences for our guests with a variety of new entertainment offerings to enjoy; while specializing in providing the most fun and friendly service.” Sycuan Casino began as a humble Bingo Palace in 1983. Now more than 33 years later, it has become a community landmark. Undergoing a massive renovation in 2012, Sycuan features 2,000 exciting reel and video slot machines, more than 40 gaming tables, including poker and bingo and a variety of restaurants. Non-smokers will also enjoy over 800 slots and table games in the comfort of San Diego’s first and largest fully-enclosed non-smoking room, complete with a separate entrance and Paipa’s Buffet. The GameDay Sports Bar & Grill has 39 wide-screen TVs, including five 90-inch TVs, bar-top slot machines, a stadium-sized menu with over 30 beers on tap, a Party Pit complete with three blackjack tables, an extensive collection of sports memorabilia and a high-energy atmosphere.

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and curriculum changes to protect the program’s integrity, distance learning will also be offered, said instructor and coordinator Brad McCombs. “This is really exciting for Cuyamaca College to be Ford ASSET’s first pilot program in distance learning in the country,” McCombs said. The online students will spend their two years fulltime at Ford dealerships in their area with daily training classes on the Web. The online training covers areas including electronics, climate-control systems, brakes, steering and suspension, and hybrid vehicle components and operation. All students must complete a record book showing completion of the training modules and proving their ability to perform specific tasks. The books, which also serve as resume portfolios, are audited and signed by dealership personnel and the college instructor. All ASSET students are also required to complete general education courses, making the program one of the college’s most demanding, second only to engineering in the total number of units needed for an associate degree. The GE classes are also offered online and distance leaners will get their degrees from Cuyamaca College. Campus visits are needed for mid-term and final exams. The college’s Ford ASSET program, the only one in the county and one of only three

statewide, is recognized as one of the best training programs in the world, McCombs said. Its two-year timetable is intensive with no summers off. But the payoff is immeasurable: an associate of science degree transferable to California state universities, Ford Motor Co. certifications, and a near-guaranteed job upon graduation. All but one of the 16 students in this year’s graduating class have full-time jobs as entrylevel dealership technicians making between $21 and $35 an hour, McCombs said. The odd student out has a job waiting once a driver’s license hold is cleared by the DMV, he added. Ford representatives at the commencement ceremony said that with the increasing complexity of today’s vehicles, the students can bet their education is far from over. “‘Learning for the Future’ is your college’s motto and it is perfectly100 percent aligned with the Ford ASSET program,” said keynote speaker Roger Henry, the parts and service director for Ford’s Southern California region. “New technologies are emerging constantly with the hybrids and the development of autonomous vehicles. The world is changing rapidly. Your education is not complete. Your education and learning is just starting.” Classes such as the Ford ASSET and GM ASEP programs are critical to the indus-

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try as the primary source of trained technicians, industry representatives say. Because of the technology of new vehicles, a growing number of employers require workers to have postsecondary training, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, which describes the job outlook as “very good” for automotive technicians. The graduates took their turns addressing the nearly capacity audience inside the college’s Performing Arts Theater, speaking confidently of their abilities nurtured with patience and caring by their instructor. Ignacio Castaneda-Garcia, class vice president, spoke glowingly of the close-knit relationship students have developed over the years and McComb’s devotion to students. “There are a lot of good teachers here, but Brad doesn’t just care if you show up to class, he cares that you learn,” he said. “He is someone who is willing to take the time to help us grow.” For an application and more information about enrolling in the Ford ASSET program, go to www.cuyamaca.edu/people/ brad-mccombs/ Registration is underway for classes at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges for the fall semester beginning Aug. 21. Information on admissions and registering for classes is available at www.gcccd.edu/ now

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