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College District Student Trustee Ready For New Lessons

EL CAJON — By his own account, Grossmont College Student Trustee Sebastian Caparelli’s foray into district government was more accidental than planned. An English major, Caparelli wrote an article in The Summit, Grossmont’s student newspaper, which led to improvements in online instruction. That prompted a group of students he worked with on the story to create a campaign poster for his candidacy as student trustee. “The students were so thankful they made the poster as a joke, but it became a reality,” said the Lakeside resident, who was sworn into office as an advisory member of the Governing Board in June. Also sworn in for his second term was Cuyamaca College Student Trustee Evan Esparza. As a political neophyte, Caparelli says he’s still learning the ropes of being a student trustee, but he is excited about the opportunity to provide a student perspective on the board once he gets his bearings. The East County native and graduate of Granite Hills High School trained as an emergency medical technician in ‘90s, progressed as a firefighter, then spent about a decade as a wildland firefighter on “hotshot” crews in a number of states until a training accident ended his career in 2012. It was while bedridden for several months with a debilitating spinal injury that he discovered a knack for writing. “When I was recovering, someone gave me a composition book and I started writing a story and I really liked it,” said Caparelli, who enrolled at Grossmont College in 2014 to develop his writing skills. “I decided to go all in.” With a near-perfect GPA, he joined the community college honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, which led to a scholarship opportunity to transfer to Columbia University’s School of General Studies, a liberal arts college created for nontraditional students.

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Having taught English some years earlier in Beijing, the idea of getting a bachelor’s and teaching abroad in other countries appealed to him so he applied for admission to Columbia and to his amazement, was accepted. “Grossmont College impacted me in a great way, specifically in that it opened a door to Phi Theta Kappa and other hard-working students who became my peer group,” he said. Now with an Ivy League education within his grasp, Caparelli is grateful for the

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Audit Shows Why PUC Reform Plan Not Enough


ess than a week had passed after Gov. Jerry Brown and several state legislators giddily announced their package of reforms for the scandal-ridden California Public Utilities Commission before an official audit revealed why that plan is simply not

Your Senator In The News Senator Joel Anderson Lakeside’s Home-Base Ranch receives recognition Elvira Din

For The East County Herald LAKESIDE — There is a sanctuary in Lakeside for adolescent boys who may be facing emotional challenges to gain access to therapeutic services that are designed for them. This sanctuary is Home Base Ranch. The Director and Program Manager, Gregg Neveu and Dr. Tufia Steidle respectively, opened their doors to the Santee Collaborative and visitors including a representative from California State Senator Joel Anderson’s office last month. Anderson acknowledged the organization’s accomplishment by providing a Senate Certificate of Recognition. Anderson said, “Home Base Ranch provides an invaluable service by providing therapeutic services to children, and fostering a space for adolescents to grow into great citizens.” Home Base Ranch works to help boys between the ages of eleven and seventeen through a combination of restorative methods like mentoring, family therapy, and most unique to their program is equine therapy. Equine assisted therapy utilizes horses to help the children. The children interact with the animals, and according to Home Base Ranch, they learn about themselves as horses mirror moods and show them how their behavior can affect others. Lisa Bridges, a participant of the Home Base Ranch field

From left: Representative from Senator Anderson’s office Elvira Din with Dr. Tufia Steidle and Home Base Ranch Director and Program Manager, Gregg Neveu. trip, remarked that, “It is a very unique way of being able to help a child be able to overcome some challenges that they’re dealing with emotionally, maybe even mentally, in a way that’s not threatening. These people here, they’re invested in the wholeness of a child.” Home Base Ranch is a place where children can grow to become positive influences on the community. Neveu of Home Base Ranch recalled one of his most memorable experiences with a client that started the program as a difficult client, “Through coming

here and being involved in our program and the mentoring, [one of the past clients] started to have some self-awareness and started to figure out how he was causing some of the pain in his life and he started to make some changes… [A]ll of the sudden, grades went up, he was getting along better in school, they didn’t have the disciplinary problems. As we had new kids come in we actually asked him if he would be a mentor to them.” For more information on the programs offered, visit

good enough. The audit by the state’s Department of General Services marked the first time in 20 years that the PUC’s practices had been officially examined, and the commission was found severely wanting. But there have been and likely will be no consequences for anyone involved. Also, no one has explained why 20 years passed between audits, when General Services reviews are supposed to come every three years. Perhaps it was because California’s last three governors – Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis – were all sympathetic to the commission’s steadfast favoritism of the huge companies it regulates over their customers. The audit found the commission did not maintain proper paperwork on contracts and other matters. It said PUC employees most likely misused gasoline credit cards. But the most egregious offense noted came when the commission lawyered up in early 2015, just as federal and state agents began investigating some of its members for possible criminal wrongdoing. Panic and fear ran rampant in the PUC’s San Francisco headquarters at the time, just after authorities searched the La Canada-Flintridge home of the recently-departed former commission President Michael Peevey. That raid founded evidence Peevey and executives of the Southern California Edison Co. secretly agreed to dun customers $3.3 billion, or about 70 percent of the costs to close the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, shuttered because of an Edison blunder. An almost identical agreement soon became official. Commissioners voted to hire an outside criminal law firm to help them through the investigation, awarding a contract that so far has amounted to about $12 million for the law firm SheppardMullin. The General Services audit did not question the commission’s authority to do anything it has done, including awarding that contract. But it said the contract was “not…signed by a party who had been delegated signature authority in writing…” In short, there was never proper legal authority for the firm – which has so far been most visible in helping the commission stonewall requests for documents and other information – to get all that money. There are other questions about the propriety of commissioners under criminal investigation using state money to hire defense attorneys. The only PUC response to those questions was to cite government code section 995.8, which says a public entity can only hire criminal lawyers to defend present or former officials if “The public entity determines that such defense would be in the best interest of the public entity…” The PUC would have to hold hearings to make such a circular determination, but it never even did that. The audit, then, makes it clear the commission lawyered up illegally in two ways, both by failing to hold hearings on whether it should hire SheppardMullin and by letting an unauthorized person sign the contract. Yet there are no consequences. Brown has said nothing about any of this. PUC President Michael Picker, who repeatedly says his agency’s “culture” needs big changes, steadfastly refused to answer questions about the dicey contract. That means the PUC, whose members cannot be fired during their six-year terms, is almost completely unaccountable for its actions. It acts illegally with impunity and no one touches its top officials. That won’t change under the reform package, which includes several positives including provisions calling for a new ethics ombudsman and a deputy director in charge of the safety of natural gas and electricity transmission lines. Those are positive changes, negotiated largely between Brown and Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Los Angeles, whose bill to break up the PUC and divide its tasks among several other state agencies easily passed the Assembly before Brown paid it any heed. But their deal, if passed by the Legislature as expected, leaves commissioners as unaccountable as ever. And that makes the reforms too little and far too late to help consumers very much.

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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. Have this checked immediately by an eye care practitioner. What you describe is a symptom of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older. The macula is at the center of the retina in the back of your eye. The retina transmits light from the eye to the brain. The macula allows us to perform tasks that require central vision such as reading and driving. In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in both eyes. It comes in two forms—wet and dry. Wet AMD occurs when blood vessels behind the retina start to leak and raise the macula. An early symptom of wet AMD is straight lines that appear wavy. Wet AMD is considered to be advanced AMD and is more severe than the dry form. However, dry AMD can turn into wet AMD at any time. Dry AMD occurs when macular cells break down, gradually blurring central vision in the affected eye. Central vision in the affected eye can be lost. Dry AMD generally affects both eyes, but vision can be lost in one eye. The risk of getting AMD increases with age. Other risk factors include smoking, obesity, race (whites are at higher risk), a family history of AMD, and gender (women are at higher risk). AMD is detected through a comprehensive eye exam that includes a visual acuity test, a dilated eye exam, and tonometry. Visual acuity is measured with an eye chart test. In the dilated eye exam, drops are placed in your eyes to enlarge the pupils. Then, a magnifying lens is used to examine your retina. Tonometry measures the pressure inside the eye. You may also be asked to look at an Amsler grid. With one eye, you will stare at a black dot in the center of the grid. You may notice that the straight lines in the pattern appear wavy or are missing. These may be signs of AMD.

Other tests that may be done include:

• Using special dye and camera to look at blood flow in the retina (fluorescein angiogram) •Taking a photo of the inner lining of the eye (fundus photography) •Using light waves to view the retina (optical coherence tomography) Once dry AMD is in the advanced stage, no treatment can prevent vision loss. However, treatment can delay and possibly prevent AMD from progressing to the advanced stage. Some vitamins and minerals may reduce the risk of developing advanced AMD. Wet AMD can be treated with surgery, therapy, and injections into the eye. None of these treatments is a cure for wet AMD. Each treatment may slow the rate of vision decline, but the disease may progress anyway. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT) to improve vision in some patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration. Surgically implanted in one eye, the IMT is a small telescope that replaces the natural lens and provides an image that has been magnified. If you have lost some sight from AMD, don’t be afraid to use your eyes for reading, watching TV, and other routine activities. Normal use of your eyes will not damage your vision further.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Antibody-based drug for Multiple Sclerosis?


nserm Unit U919, directed by Prof. Denis Vivien (“Serine Proteases and Physiopathology of the Neurovascular Unit”) has developed an antibody with potential therapeutic effects against Multiple Sclerosis. The study, directed by Fabian Docagne and published in Brain, paves the way for a new strategy to control the disease. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) that affects more than 450,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million people worldwide. Approximately 200 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each week. It is the most common disabling neurological disease of young adults, most often diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40, but increasingly diagnosed in children and adolescents. In MS, the cells of the immune system, particularly the lymphocytes, bring about the destruction of the myelin sheath that surrounds and protects the extensions (axons) of the neurons. This demyelination, which marks the beginning of axon degeneration, disrupts the transmission

of nerve impulses. Lesions in the form of “plaques” are dispersed over the brain and spinal cord. They cause symptoms that vary greatly from one individual to another. Usually, the disease is characterised by exacerbations, with the appearance of motor, sensory and cognitive disorders, followed by remission a few weeks later. But with the passage of years, these symptoms can progress to irreversible disability. Current treatments reduce the exacerbations and improve the quality of life of patients, but do not control the progression of the disease. In order for the cells of the immune system circulating in the bloodstream to reach the central nervous system, they must penetrate the blood-brain barrier (haematoencephalic barrier) and blood-spinal cord barrier (haematomedullary barrier). During previous work on a mouse model of stroke, the team from Inserm Unit 919 studied a factor involved in opening the blood-brain barrier, the NMDA receptor (N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor, is a glutamate receptor and ion channel protein found in nerve cells). In particular, they observed that blocking the interaction of this receptor with tPA (a member of the

serine protease family) has beneficial effects associated with maintaining the integrity of the barrier. In this study, the researchers developed a strategy for blocking the interaction of tPA with the receptor, in Multiple Sclerosis. In the laboratory, they developed a monoclonal antibody (Glunomab®) directed against the specific site on the NMDA receptor to which tPA binds. In cellular models of the human blood-brain and bloodspinal cord barriers, the use of this antibody prevented opening of the barrier under inflammatory conditions, limiting the entry of lymphocytes. The team then tested the therapeutic effects of the antibody in an experimental mouse model of MS. After intravenous injection of Glunomab, the progression of motor disorders (partial or total paralysis of the limbs), as assessed by a clinical score, was blocked. In these treated mice, this effect was associated with reduced infiltration of lymphocytes into the nervous tissue, and reduced demyelination. By thus preventing myelin destruction by the cells of the immune system, this strategy might represent a promising therapy for the control of Multiple Sclerosis. A patent application has been filed on this work. Source: National Stem Cell Foundation

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. What is recorded for us in John 14-17 are some of the most profound teachings of Jesus found in the Word of God the Bible. This also marks the last few hours of Jesus’ time with His disciples prior to His crucifixion. In John 14:25-31 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, “I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, “I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.” Here we see the final words Jesus had with His disciples in the upper room where they celebrated what has become known as “The Last Supper”. Last time we began to look at the Third Person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit. In our text He is referred to the Helper, other place He is also known as the Comforter; the Spirit of Peace; Eternal Spirit; Spirit of Grace, Truth, Life, Holiness, Adoption, Prophecy, and Glory. These are but a few names attributed to Him which help us understand the Person and work of the Holy Spirit in the world and the life of a believer. In our text we are told that the Father will send Him in the Name of Jesus. The term “Name” denotes the character of the person being referred to. The Holy Spirit will never act outside of or contrary to the character of Jesus. If people only understood this they would not be following the bizarre teachings and behavior of our present false teachers that attribute so many crazy unbiblical things to the Holy Spirit. We are also told in our text some of the ministry the Holy Spirit will have in the life of the follower of Christ, He will teach us all things and bring to remembrance those things that Jesus teaches us through His Word. I find this extremely helpful when I am teaching or witnessing to people because my memory is not all that great. But as I take the time to read; study; and examine the Word of God the Holy Spirit brings to my remembrance the Word of God at the right time and place; I take great comfort in this. One final thing, I am so thankful for what He says in our text and that He delivers, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” The peace that Jesus gives is not dependent or conditioned upon circumstances, good health, people, things, position, or any other thing that many strive after in hopes of finding peace. Peace, the peace that Jesus give is independent of all these it is found only in a close intimate relationship with Jesus. I have been blessed to experience this peace for many years now, God is so good.

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‘Christmas in July’ Wednesday, July 20 • Alpine

ALPINE — Dana’s Boutique in Alpine celebrated their second annual ‘Christmas in July,’ Wednesday, July 20, A fashion show, refreshments, entertainment, and opportunity drawings rounded out the evening during the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce Monthly Networking Mixer. The fun-filled event was also a Re-Grand Opening for Dana’s Boutique, now located in a new expanded boutique at 2271 Alpine Blvd., Suite. E (next to Vintage Emporium). Stop by and check out all the great fashions Dana’s Boutique has to offer. “

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ALPINE — If you didn’t have an opportunity to nominate your hero, favorite leader or community service person for a HELPS award, now is your chance! The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce has extended the nominations deadline for its Heroes, Excellent Leadership & Public Service (HELPS) Awards to noon, Thursday, July 28. Please fill out a 2016 ballot on or print and mail the ballot or bring it to the Chamber at 1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. 208, Alpine, CA 91901. Be sure to make a reservation for the premiere HELPS Awards recognition dinner in order to support your nominees on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Viejas Casino Resort in Alpine. The $60 per person ticket includes dinner. Call (619) 445-2722 to RSVP or for information. The San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and the Alpine Regional Center are this year’s HELPS Awards sponsors. To nominate a hero, briefly describe his or her valor, leadership or service to your organization and the community. The categories for leadership and public service nominations are Beautification, Small Business of the Year; Large Business of the Year; Organization of the Year; Citizen of the Year, Special Recognition and Youth Organization of the Year.

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Thursdays • 6:30-8 p.m. Santee Town Center Community Park East (619) 258-4100 ext. 201 • July 21: Caliber – Variety Dance Music Experience July 28: The Ultimate Stones–Rolling Stones Tribute Aug. 4: Southbound Jonny–San Diego’s Most Wanted Country Band Aug. 11: WINGSTOCK** Aug. 18- Santanaways –Tribute to Carlos Santana



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A Ticket for the Gala Will Include: Hosted Beer and Wine, the Hors D’oeuvres, a Seated Dinner With Dual Entrees, a Live Auction, Dancing to the Live Music of the Mighty Untouchables, and The Opportunity to Mix and Mingle in Black Tie Attire While Enjoying the View of Classic Cars and Modern Aircraft in the Spectacular Hangar of High Performance Aircraft. With any sponsorship or individual ticket purchase, you can choose to donate a ticket to a host a local hero.

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he Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at San Diego State University is accepting course proposals through Aug. 11 from prospective instructors for the spring 2017 semester. OLLI at SDSU offers adults age 50 and better a chance to return to campus and study a fascinating array of topics. There are no tests, grades, or exams – just the thrill of intellectual growth, and the camaraderie of a vibrant learning community. OLLI members tend to be college-educated, highlyengaged learners, who are retired or partially retired from accomplished careers. Instructors who have yet to teach with OLLI are asked to submit proposals for a one-day lecture early in the semester, which begins Feb. 6. Proposals are welcome on any topic. The most-requested topics from OLLI members during the last two semesters were art, film/TV/theater, history, music, and philosophy. Current instructors say they enjoy teaching for OLLI because the students are extremely interested in the subject matter and bring unique life perspectives to class discussions. “I love to learn, and the only reason that I ever hesitated with higher education is because I get too stressed about tests and deadlines,” instructor Susan McBeth said. “OLLI is such a perfect solution for people like me, and so when I see that so many other OLLI students are participating, it is exciting to share those experiences with others who are like-minded.” For more information, call (619) 594-2863 or email osher@mail. 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).

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

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin East County Chamber’s First Friday Breakfast at Steele Canyon Golf Club The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m., Friday, Aug. 5 at Steele Canyon Golf Club, 3199 Stonefield Dr., Jamul. Cox Communications is the breakfast sponsor. The program will feature entertainment from emcee Steve Hamann. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $20 per person for members with RSVP, $25 per person for guests with RSVP and $30 per person at the door without reservations. RSVPs are requested prior to Tuesday, Aug. 2. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at, (619) 440-6161, or visit

Lakeside Chamber will host August mixer at BD Pizzeria The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will host its next third Thursday mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Better Days Pizzeria & Sports Grill, 10109 Maine Ave., Lakeside. The mixer will include networking, food and drinks. Prize drawings also will be held. Cost to attend is $5 for members and $10 for potential members. According to Kathy Kassel, Chamber president/CEO, the mixer is a great opportunity to connect with fellow chamber members and promote your business. For more information and to RSVP, visit www. Better Days features several TV’s to catch your favorite game, a full bar and more than 40 menu options. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.

until 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 2 Joe Crosson Dr., El Cajon. The event will feature cocka.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. tails and hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m., seated dinner and awards at 6 p.m., live auction with emcee Clint August at 7 p.m. and dancing to the live music of The Mighty Untouchables starting at 8 p.m. “Join us for an evening of fun and entertainment and enjoy the summer evening and sunset at Gillespie Field among the beauThe La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is currently tiful aircraft and the finest classic automobiles in San accepting nominations to serve as a member of the Diego County,” said Sandy Schmitt, Santee Chamber board of directors for a two-year term, from Septem- president/CEO. Ticket prices start at $195 per person. ber 2016 to August 2018 Chamber year. Deadline for For more information, visit submittals is 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12. Board members are expected to attend monthly board meetings, support Chamber meetings and gatherings and assist in fundraising efforts. Nomination forms and an information sheet listing expectations of board members are available at www.LaMesaChamParkway Plaza, a regional shopping center at 415 Parkway Plaza in El Cajon, has announced that VicFor more information, contact Mary England, Chamber president and CEO, at (619) 251-7730. Voting toria’s Secret and PINK, a sister company to Victofor the ninth annual election of board members will ria’s Secret, will opened at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 29 follow the announcement of board candidates. Ballots in a 10,600-square-foot space near the food court. The cast by mail must be received by 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. announcement was made by Ken Gray, marketing 16. Ballots also will be accepted until 6:15 p.m. at the director, Parkway Plaza. Victoria’s Secret is known for Chamber’s annual meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22 at its iconic lingerie collections, prestige fragrances, body Hooley’s Irish Pub & Grill at Grossmont Center mall. care and sport lines. PINK, targeting university-aged women, offers a collection of bras, panties, loungewear and beauty products. Both retail outlets are owned by L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB). Parkway Plaza features more than 170 stores, restaurants and an 18-screen Regal movie theater. Stores include Macy’s, Sears, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bath & Body Works, Forever 21, VicThe Santee Chamber of Commerce will present its toria’s Secret, H&M, Charlotte Russe and The Finish inaugural Black Tie Car Show Gala featuring classic Line. Dining opportunities range from Applebee’s and cars and modern aircraft, an awards dinner, live music, On The Border to Mexican Grill & Cantina and Panda dancing, and more from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, Express and Subway. For more information, visit www. at High Performance Aircraft at Gillespie Field, 1960

La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites nominations for board of director seats

Parkway Plaza opens PINK and expanded Victoria’s Secret

Santee Chamber presents Black Tie Car Show Gala

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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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SANTEE — Santee Mobilehome Owner’s Action Committee (SMOAC) hosted their second annual Information and Health Fair at Mission del Magnolia clubhouse in Santee, Saturday, July 23. This year’s fair was held in honor of Margo Elaine BairSymmonds-Lavanway. Bair-Symmonds-Lavanway was a 67-year old native of Spring Valley who became a resident of Mission del Magnolia almost 10 years ago. She was an avid cyclist who was accidentally struck by a car on her bicycle after veering into traffic for unknown reasons in the early afternoon of March 4. She died later at the hospital. There were 35 plus agencies including Sharp Health Care, Santee Fire Fighters, Sheriff ’s Office, MACC Building Project, Elder Care, and the Golden State Manufactured-home Owners League (GSMOL). Hot dogs and cake were offered. Proceeds will go toward school supplies to be handed out at the Santee Library, Sunday, Aug. 7.

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