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Doners Give Generously For West Fire Benefit Auction ALPINE — People, businesses and organizations have donated amazing items for the West Fire Benefit Dinner & Auction on Saturday, August 18, in Alpine! The West Fire benefit, being presented by the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, the Alpine Community Center and the Alpine View Lodge, will feature casino packages, unusual experiences and other contributions for the live and silent auctions. The donations had reached a value of more than $11,380 by Monday, August 6, with more items still coming in. “The term ‘#AlpineStrong’ has never meant more than the outpouring of this support from the people of Alpine and surrounding communities to help the West Fire survivors,” said Chamber Vice Chair Bob Ring of the Alpine Barons Market. “I continue to be amazed by the support and how Alpine has always pulled together in emergency situations to help any and all.” The benefit starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Blvd. Advance tickets have been selling fast at $40 each for adults and $15 each for children. They will cost $10 more at the door. Meteorologist Shawn Styles, weather and lifestyle reporter for CBS News Channel 8 TV, volunteered to be master of ceremonies and auctioneer. A native of San Diego who grew up in La Mesa and knows the local area as a surfer, Styles was a professional snow ski racer before deciding that his talent, skills and experience with an outdoor life and radio broadcasting would be useful for television. Known for his enthusiasm, he has been on assignment all over the world. Styles’ work has earned him the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society. The July 6 West Fire blazed through 36 homes and 29 other buildings at the east side of Alpine. The flames also damaged 17 other buildings. “Whatever you can give, give,” Linda Cioffi of the Alpine View Lodge encouraged potential donors. “The next time, people may be helping you.” President Louise Phipps of the Alpine Community Center said Chula Vista resident Ruth Jordan of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Alpine generously donated a multinight stay at her Cabo San Lucas villa in Mexico as an auction item. The fun will be for five or six people. “She said she was very, very happy to do it,” Phipps said. “That’s pretty cool and it’s a great villa!” Viejas Casino & Resort, Sycuan Casino and Barona Casino are all donating significant packages. The Alpine Castle is contributing a one-night stay for two in the grand medieval-style home. A “Taste of Alpine” basket of gift cards and certificates from local restaurants will be on the auction block. So will San Diego Padres tickets from Lundy Insurance, tickets to Alpine’s Lions Tigers & Bears rescue sanctuary and a speed boat, zoo and beach gear adventure. Alpine Fire Protection District firefighters have cooked up a hot auction item. “We usually do a spaghetti dinner for about six people,” said fire Capt. Mike Vacio. “We cook everything, we sit down and eat with you, you get a tour of the fire station.” Benefit tickets are available at the Chamber in the Alpine Regional Center, Ste. 208, at 1620 Alpine Blvd.; at the Community Center and at Alpine View Lodge, 973 Arnold Way.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias


Big Utilities Work To Evade Responsibility mmediately after firefighters put out the nearly 9,000 separate blazes that scorched more than 1 million acres of California last fall and winter, homeowners began filing lawsuits against the state’s largest electric utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison Co. Now cities like Ventura and Santa Rosa have joined in. The essence of those suits is that utility equipment played a major role in starting the wildfires, as alleged arcing and sparking flew from transmission lines to brush that hadn’t been cleared adequately. The claims total about $19 billion against the two regional behemoths. That’s one reason stock in both companies has performed poorly over the last few months. But not to worry too much, shareholders. Your companies have a long history of making hay when times are bad, as when PG&E entered what some called a phony bankruptcy during the energy crunch of the early 2000s, emerging much stronger afterward. Right now, both companies are demonstrating precisely the same kind of gall (Yiddish word: chutzpah) they have in other previous tough situations. Just last year, at the very moment PG&E was being assessed a $14 million fine for failing to report discovery of flawed records on its gas pipelines, that company began asking for well over $1 billion in rate increases to pay for repairs to the very same pipeline system. Those were the same kind of pipelines that exploded in San Bruno in 2010, killing eight and causing large damage. The California Public Utilities Commission, favoring utilities over their customers as usual, eventually gave PG&E a boost of more than $100 per year from each average residential customer. The PUC also consistently gives favored treatment to Edison, as when it assessed customers well over half the cost of shuttering the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, closed in large part because of an Edison action. That trend continued this spring, when PUC President Michael Picker told a reporter he attributes the massive fires largely to climate change and not to utility negligence. His remark very likely sets up a future PUC ruling to let utilities recoup much of their wildfire losses through rate increases imposed on consumers – most of whom do not live in wildfireprone areas, but will have to fork over anyhow just to keep their lights on. Such increases would be authorized by a bill now advancing through the Legislature. This is one clear utility goal as the companies work with similar chutzpah both in the courts and Sacramento. As an example, the state Senate’s Insurance Committee has already advanced a bill that might make it easier for homeowners to collect on their insurance policies when utilities cause fires that destroy covered homes. This would lead to less claims against utilities, which want to fob off part of their responsibility onto insurance companies. They are also in court seeking to avoid paying gigantic sums for firestorms allegedly spurred by their crews and equipment. California law now lets homeowners collect from insurance companies when utility equipment causes fire damage, even when the equipment is well maintained. The companies urgently want that changed. One thing is certain: Both in court and in the Legislature, the deep pockets of the big electric companies give them huge advantages over less well funded and staffed consumer lawyers, many of whom won’t get paid unless they win for their clients. And the companies figure to get continued favored treatment by the PUC, which will determine how much they get in future rate increases. Picker’s climate change remark came soon after his agency fined PG&E well over $1.6 billion for actions connected to the San Bruno disaster and its actions before and afterwards. Which means that the commission’s kabuki-like rate-making process will soon resume, again seeing both the commissioners and the utilities act like Japanese dancers breathlessly performing a dramatic dance – with the outcome predetermined. The utilities will once again ask for astronomical sums, and the commission will cut those requests down a little. But the net effect on consumers’ wallets will still be substantial. So it appears that no matter what errors or negligence the utilities may have committed, they’ll still do fine financially, at serious expense to their customers.

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


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How extensive is alcoholism among older people?



Alcoholism is a serious problem among seniors. Here are just a few statistics that tell the story: About 70 percent of hospital admissions for older adults are for illness and accidents related to alcohol. About half of older adults in nursing homes have an alcohol problem. Older adults lose an average of 10 years off their lives because of alcohol abuse. About 80 percent of doctors misdiagnose alcoholism as depression in older women. The highest growing number of alcoholics is among 75-year-old widowers. About 10 percent of patients over age 60 who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are actually suffering from brain damage caused by alcoholism. “Alcohol abuse among older adults is something few want to talk about or deal with,” said Charles Curie, former administrator of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration . “Too often family members are ashamed of the problem and choose not to address it. Health care providers tend not to ask older patients about alcohol abuse if it wasn’t a problem in their lives in earlier years. “Sometimes the symptoms are mistaken for those of dementia, depression, or other problems common to older adults. Unfortunately, too many older persons turn to alcohol as a comfort, following the death of a spouse, a divorce, retirement, or some other major life change, unaware that they are markedly affecting the quality of their lives.”

A few definitions:

Alcoholism is a disease with four symptoms: craving or compulsion to drink, the inability to limit drinking, high alcohol tolerance, and physical dependence. Alcohol abuse does not include strong craving, loss of control or physical dependence. Alcohol abuse is defined as drinking that causes problems in your life such as failing at work, getting arrested for drunk driving, hurting someone physically or emotionally because of drinking. Moderate drinking is defined as consuming up to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women and older people. A standard drink is 12 ounces beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. The American Medical Association offers the following list of physical symptoms to diagnose alcoholism. If an older person shows several symptoms, there is a high probability of alcoholism. • Bruises, abrasions, and scars in locations that might suggest frequent falls, bumping into objects, physical altercations, or other violent behavior. • Cigarette burns on the fingers. • Flushed or florid faces. • Jerky eye movement or loss of central vision. • Damage to nerves causing numbness and tingling. • Hypertension, particularly systolic (the first number). • Gastrointestinal or other bleeding. • Cirrhosis or other evidence of liver impairment, such as swelling in the lower extremities, and other signs of fluid retention. • Psoriasis.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Loss of Specific microRNA Seen to Lessen Disease Severity and Myelin Loss in MS emoving a specific microRNA molecule — miR-150 – eased disease severity, inflammation, and loss of myelin in a mouse model of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), researchers report. Micro RNAs (miRNAs) are tiny RNA molecules that regulate gene expression (or activity), and are involved in various biological functions, including the immune response. One miRNA with a role in immune function is miR-150. This RNA is produced in immature Band T-cells, as well as those of the immune system, and also works to regulate their development. Genetic deletion of this miRNA is known to boost T-cell-dependent antibody responses in mice. Despite considerable data on this molecule, its role in MS is still unknown. Scientists believe that MS is initially mediated by T-cells attacking myelin — the protective layer of nerve fibers — followed by amplified immune response and neurodegeneration. However, immune B-cells are also key players in MS progression through their release of inflammatory molecules known as cytokines, and of autoantibodies. Current evidence indicates that miR-150 levels differ in MS patients. To better assess this molecule’s role in MS, a research team at China’s Central South Uni-

versity used a MS mouse model called experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model with a genetic deletion of miR-150. They found disease severity was lower in EAE mice without miR-150 compared to EAE mice with this molecule, measured through daily evaluation of clinical scores of neurological symptoms in these animals. EAE mice without miR-150 also had lesser evidence of inflammatory cells in the spinal cord 25 days after EAE induction, and of myelin loss (demyelination). Likewise, and again in comparison to diseased mice with miR-150, they had higher levels of a protein called MBP, a major component of myelin. “These results suggest that deletion of miR-150 reduces myelin pathology,” the researchers wrote. They also found that deleting miR-150 eased the activation of microglia and astrocytes in the spinal cord — two cell types implicated in MS. While microglia are the primary immune cells of the central nervous system, astrocytes have various functions, including the formation of the blood-brain barrier and response to injury. Mice lacking this microRNA also were found to have lower levels of T-cell subtypes CD3+, CD4+, and CD8+, and of CD19+ B-cells in the spleen – where miR150 is highly produced – than EAE


mice with miR-150. Studies report that MS patients have higher levels of these immune cells than healthy controls. MiR-150 deletion also reduced mRNA levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1β, IL-6, IL-17, and TNF-α in both spleen and spinal cord. “MiR-150 deletion reduces EAE disease severity and this may be due to inhibition of immune response, cytokine release and attenuate CNS [central nervous system] inflammation and demyelinated lesions,” the scientists wrote. Source: China’s Central South University

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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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 Godbreathed, 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 Luke 9:57-62 we read of 3 brief conversations Jesus had with 3 different men. With each person He said something different, this week we examine the third and final conversation. Luke 9:61-62 “And another also said, Lord, I will follow You, but first allow me to take leave of those in my house. And Jesus said to him, No one, having put his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Like the second man, this man also set conditions to his obedience to the call of Jesus to follow Him, “first allow me.” Do you see it? “Me first”, is always going to be the greatest hindrance to anyone following Jesus. This is why Jesus stresses as He did in Luke 9 the need to deny to and even die to “self”, “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” The area of excuse this man was using was family. Make no mistake about it, family is important, God created and established the family, but family should never be used as an excuse not to obey Jesus. The greatest commandment is to love the Lord God with all our heart; soul; mind; and strength which Jesus expressed in two ways. Luke 14:26 “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Matthew 10:37 “He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” These are not suggestions or recommendations, rather they are commands and demands that Jesus places upon all that would be His disciple (follower of Jesus Christ). Getting back to our text, this is why Jesus said what He did to this man, “No one, having put his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Few if any of you reading this article have ever had anything to do with a plow so I will use another analogy to help understand what Jesus means by using this example of a plow. When you are driving a car, motorcycle, or bike and look back over your shoulder to see what is behind, what automatically happens to your hands? They turn in the direction that you look which causes you to steer in that direction and go off course. This is the cause of many accidents. So is getting your attention off of obeying Jesus, many have turned away from following Jesus as they get their focus on one thing or another. 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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– Francis Parker at El Cajon Valley – Christian at El Capitan; – Poway at Granite Hills – Bishops at Grossmont; – Helix at Cajon (San Bernardino); – Mar Vista at Monte Vista; – Mt. Miguel at Morse; – Mountain Empire at Santana; – Steele Canyon at Carlsbad; – Valhalla at University City; –West Hills at Southwest El Centro

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– El Cajon Valley at Coronado; – Mater Dei Catholic at El Capitan; – Granite Hills at Mt. Carmel; – San Marcos at Grossmont; – University City at Monte Vista; – Chula Vista at Mt. Miguel; – Serra at Santana; – Brawley at Steele Canyon; – West Hills at Valhalla

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– Kearny at El Cajon Valley; – El Capitan at Madison; – De Anza at Grossmont; – Patrick Henry at Monte Vista; – Mt. Miguel at Valhalla; – Santana vs. Christian at Granite Hills; – Santa Fe Springs at West Hills

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here are those who text and those who talk. On the phone, that is. Forget about Instagram where the picture says it all and there’s no need for words. Forget about e-mail where the longwinded go to give forth. No one checks their e-mails every ten minutes. Unless you do? So it’s mostly text or talk when you want to communicate with that friend or lover or family member or relative. Yes, there’s Facebook—but it’s not very direct and everyone and their brother gets in on the message. Oops! I forgot Twitter. For good reason—I haven’t mastered that one yet. I signed up and I don’t mind being limited to 280 characters but I haven’t figured out that hashtag thing so I’ll leave that for another time—maybe you can enlighten me in the next few days. I’ve never been one to chat for hours on the phone. I get restless after a few minutes because I can’t sit still and I can’t see you. I’d rather meet you and have a coffee while we chat person to person. I do use the phone, mostly to make appointments, set a date, complain to the service provider, reschedule, and sometimes— for someone I haven’t seen for weeks and I’m not going to see for more weeks—to catch up on our exciting or boring lives,

as the case may be. So it comes down to text or talk when I have a message to deliver or a question to ask or a greeting to make—like a quick “Love you!” or “I’m here!” If I’m in a hurry and the message is short, texting is the obvious choice. If I want a quick response, texting usually does it better than calling. Calling always goes to voicemail these days and the trouble with that is that your message—if you leave one— most likely won’t be checked ’til tomorrow. What I like about texting is you can talk all you like without being interrupted and then, when your friend replies, you don’t get to interrupt him, either. Equality! Plus there are all those fun emoticons or emojis or whatever they’re calling them now. I love inserting a smiley face or a heart after my succinct message. Softens it up a bit. Kind of frustrating though when I want to insert a birthday cake or a golf club and for the life of me, I can’t find it among the hundreds of emojis on my phone. That always happens when my son has just texted me with five of the cutest, most appropriate emojis that I’ve never seen before. But that’s okay. Talking’s good for real conversations—you know, when you want someone’s opinion or an update on their health or their dating life. They’re almost a necessity if you’re breaking bad news and you’re not within flying distance to do it in person. For this you

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin La Mesa Chamber of Commerce to host mixer at El Cajon Marriott

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Chamber and Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber. Also supporting the event is the San Diego East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC). The event will feature meet-and-greet with elected officials currently holding office, as well as candidates vying for key federal, state and county elected offices, along with beer, wine and appetizers from East County restaurants, wineries and breweries. Cost to attend is $25 per person for members and $30 per person for guests. RSVPs are requested prior to Friday, Aug. 24. Cost is $30 per person at the door without reservations. East County Chamber officials said admission cost is tax deductible because event proceeds will benefit the San Diego East County Foundation, a non-profit organization. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Event sponsors include Republic Services, Cox Communications, AT&T and Waste Management. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Chamber at info@eastcountychamber.org, (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org, or one of the participating Chambers or the ECEDC.

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host a “businessafter-five” mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, 141 Magnolia Ave., El Cajon. The event will include a raffle and prizes, as well as a ribbon cutting at 6:15 p.m. Cost to attend is free for members and $10 for guests. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, along with ice cream sundaes hosted by the Golden Spoon. Wine sponsors include Cali Comfort BBQ, Curbside Eatery & Drinkery, Riviera Supper Club and Valley Farm Market. To RSVP, send an e-mail to rsvp@ lamesachamber.com or call (619) 465-7700, extension #2. The four-story, 120-room hotel, which opened in February, features an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, two outdoor patios with fireplaces and guest laundry. The property offers more than 5,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, called the Pacific Ballroom, as well as 2,500 square feet of outdoor meeting space to accommodate events attended by Parkway Plaza offers shuttle service to between 10 and 600 guests. The property is equipped to host a Jamul Casino variety of special events in the ballroom, the patio or poolside. Parkway Plaza, a regional shopping center at 415 Parkway The hotel at Magnolia and Rea avenues is next to the El Cajon Plaza in El Cajon, has announced a transportation partnership Police station and a parking lot separates it from the East with Jamul Casino. Free transportation is available daily to Jamul County Performing Arts Center. Parking will be available for more Casino via a shuttle with Dick’s Sporting Goods as a pick-up than 100 cars on site, and more spaces are available nearby. site. Departure times are scheduled at 7 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 10:15 Local chambers of commerces to present a.m., 4 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. The 200,000-square-foot provides players with more than 1,700 of the latest, most popular slot `Politics in Paradise’ on Aug. 30 machines, plus all your favorite table games, including roulette, Five local chamber of commerce groups in San Diego’s East pai gow, baccarat, craps and blackjack. Jamul Casino also County region will jointly present “Politics in Paradise” from 5:30 offers seven diverse restaurant options ranging from burgers to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Water Conservation Garden and tacos, to flavors from the Far East and gourmet steakhouse at Cuyamaca College, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon. Chambers supporting the event include the San Diego East cuisine, complete with stunning back country views. Parkway Plaza features more than 170 stores, restaurants and an County Chamber, Lakeside Chamber, Santee Chamber, La Mesa

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Grossmont schools received $12 million in upgrades this summer

The Grossmont Union High School District received $12 million in upgrades to its schools this summer. The construction was funded by the district’s Proposition U and Measure BB bond measures. The work consisted of nearly a dozen projects. The jobs ranged from new construction to modernizations and other upgrades. Projects included: addition of security cameras across the district; construction of new physical education facilities, event centers, student support services facilities, and multi-purpose facilities; numerous modernization projects; painting; and paving and flooring repairs. Additional summer projects included the completion of photovoltaic installations as part of Grossmont’s sweeping solar energy initiative. The solar initiative was just one of the numerous energy conservation and utility management initiatives and is expected to return utility cost savings to the district in excess of $70 million over 25 years. Measure BB is a $128 million general obligation bond approved by East County voters in 2016 to upgrade Grossmont Union High School District schools’ classrooms, labs, facilities, as well as repair aging roofs, plumbing and electrical systems, modernize technology infrastructure, improve student safety and security, replace deteriorated portables, construct new school facilities to accommodate growth and renovate careertraining facilities for instruction in science, technology, engineering, math and skilled trades. Proposition U is a $417 million general obligation bond passed in 2008.


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