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El Cajon Man Makes 50th Gallon Blood Donation Tuesday, Aug. 16 • El Cajon EL CAJON — El Cajon resident David Whitcomb donated his 50th gallon of blood today at the San Diego Blood Bank’s East County Donor Center, located at 776 Arnele Avenue in El Cajon. Whitcomb (pictured right) has been donating for 38 years and donates platelets, which are the blood cells that help control bleeding. Patients undergoing bone marrow transplants, surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation treatments or organ transplants often need platelets to survive. Whitcomb says he donates because “it’s the right thing to do.” SDBB is dedicated to community health by providing a reliable supply of blood to patients in need. Our vision is to further ensure the health of our community by simultaneously delivering related health and wellness education and services and extending into research. Founded in 1950 with the support of the San Diego County Medical Society, SDBB is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves hospitals in San Diego, Orange, Imperial and Los Angeles counties with blood transfusion products and reference laboratory services. SDBB currently operates six local donor centers and 10 bloodmobiles. SDBB’s Cell Therapy Program

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Pious-Talking Pols May Kill Ex Parte Reform


A Special Herald Interview

with Nikki Symington

Tommy Pico... The Brooklyn-based poet on growing up on the Rez, dropping out of medical school, and the power of quitting things.


ommy Pico is Brooklyn-based poet hailing from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay Nation. His poetry has been published in Guernica, Blunderbuss Magazine, [PANK], Powder Keg, and Glittermob among others, he’s read at launch parties for No Dear, The Atlas Review, and Adult Magazine, and he published the first poetry chapbook release as an app, absentMINDR. From writing poems on the back of bookmarks on the Rez and hiding from aggressors in the library at high school to dropping out of medical school and finding a home away from home for himself in the Brooklyn poetry community, Tommy has never done things the “usual way”. His love-hate relationship with formal education has taken him down a few different paths including explorations in alternative learning environments. One thing that has remained constant is his lifelong love affair with poetry, which is clear in his already immense body of work, his passion for zine-making, and his latest incarnation as a workshop facilitator. For the future, he hopes to use his skills to start a mentoring program for young American Indian artists. One hot August afternoon, Tommy Pico stopped by my apartment on his way home from his shared writing studio to drink iced tea and talk about our

mutual affinity for dropping out of school.

What were your early experiences of education?

I grew up on the Rez. There was an early education Indian school that was run by some tribal members. Now you can get your GED on the Rez, but at the time they just had preschool and an afterschool program where they’d help with your homework. After that I attended public school off the reservation and a summer bible camp that was run by students from The University of Long Island. I guess my earliest experience as a dropout was quitting Catholic studies. My relationship with the Catholic church was weird because the area around the reservation had been missionized by the Spanish in the 1800s, they were an occupying force. It never really made sense to me that we were reading the Bible as though this was something that was real or true, because something existed before the Spanish came, I always knew we had a more ancient religion, so I could never put my faith in the Bible.

So your main education happened off the reservation, in the public school system, what was it like to leave the world where you grew up and join the mainstream academic system?

First off, we had to take a

bus, which we shared with the kids from the border areas near the reservation. Border areas around reservations tend to be the most racist and hostile towards American Indians. So we had to take the bus with a bunch of neo-Nazi and KKK members’ kids who would wear sweatshirts that said “White Revolution is the Solution” and backpacks with the Confederate Flag on them. This was at middle school and high school. Prior to that, it didn’t really feel like racism between kids existed yet. Man, once kids got into high school and started reading those manifestos they turned really fucking hostile. One day I was taking my backpack off and it hit one of the biggest neo-Nazi guys in the face. I thought he was going to beat my ass, but all my cousins came to my defense and a humongous brawl started. All those kids got kicked out of school, but my cousins got kicked out of school too, so after that I didn’t have any friends or defenders. Whenever people called me “faggot” they’d get their asses beat by my cousins, but after my cousins left I was confronted with a very dangerous homophobia. It was horrible, people wanted to kick my ass every day. There were some hallways on campus I could not walk down. The most benign bullying was people making kissy faces at me, the worst was throwing milk cartons or quarters at my head.

trong evidence shows several arms of California government are in urgent need of major ethical fixes, beginning with the Public Utilities Commission, the Energy Commission and the Coastal Commission, to name just three powerful agencies. But even the smallest and most obvious reforms are consistently met with vetos, legislative detours and other obfuscation despite the pious rhetoric of powerful politicians from Gov. Jerry Brown down to backbenchers in the Legislature. The pattern began last year, when Brown vetoed a batch of proposed changes for the PUC, including creating an inspector general for the almost untouchable agency that oversees electric and natural gas safety and prices. Brown nixed a ban on private contacts between PUC commissioners and executives of the big utility companies they regulate, while often acting like rubber stamps. These are known as “ex parte communications.” The drive for a ban on ex parte’s for the PUC followed revelations of a secret deal between a former PUC president (now under criminal investigation) and officials of the Southern California Edison Co. that stuck consumers with the bulk of costs for shutting down the San Onofre Nuclear Power Station. There were also private contacts between PUC commissioners and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on both rates and the consequences of the fatal 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion. This year, legislators proposed a similar ban on ex parte communications by the Coastal Commission, which rules on virtually all development along the state’s scenic coastline. This came after several commissioners admitted having secret meetings, emails and phone calls with developers on whose projects they were to vote. For months, passage of a ban seemed assured; it easily cleared the state Senate. If passed, the bill by Democratic state Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara would prohibit ex parte communications between commissioners and anyone else with a financial stake in agency business. This would be a nice start, many consumers believe, with similar bans also needed for many other state boards and commissions. So far, not one such ban has been accepted by Brown, whose signature is needed to make legislation into law. Now the Coastal Commission ex parte ban has now run afoul of an analysis by the state Natural Resources Agency that found the commission would need six new employees at a yearly cost of about $150,000 each. That department – under Brown’s direct authority – also backed the contention by some commissioners that ex parte communications help greatly in their work. Two facts are relevant here: One is that the expense ($900,000) for six new employees who would presumably police their bosses is a fraction of the building cost for just one typical new coastal home. It’s a pittance for keeping commissioners honest and fair. The other fact is that wealthy coastal developers can hire lobbyists and other spokesman whose fees are usually beyond the means of conservationists. That’s why most Coastal Commission ex parte communications are one-sided renditions of property owner interests. Nevertheless, allegedly because of its financial impact, Jackson’s bill has been sidetracked into the state Assembly’s suspense file, which usually delays votes on proposed laws by about a year. If this bill isn’t resurrected by Thursday evening, it can’t be reintroduced until next year. Democratic Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon of Lawndale, sponsor of last year’s vetoed PUC reforms, refused to say whether he will try to break it loose. Meanwhile, there’s no prospect for an ex parte communications ban for any other agency. A package of PUC changes agreed to by Brown and key legislators would require commissioners to reveal quickly the contents of any such contacts. But there are no significant penalties for anyone who doesn’t comply. There’s no effort to impose even that much on the Energy Commission or other panels. All of which means it will likely be business as usual in California government for at least another year, despite rhetoric from Rendon and other legislators who have advocated ex parte and other reforms to prevent regulators from favoring the very interests they’re supposed to rein in. Coming almost two years after revelations of the extent and consequences of PUC ex parte communications, this raises major questions about politicians who talk a good game on this but may not really mean it.

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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. I’m considering having a hip replaced. What are the odds that this operation will work?


. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Sur-

geons says joint replacement surgery is successful in more than 9 out of 10 people. And replacement of a hip or knee lasts at least 20 years in about 80 percent of those who have

the surgery. In the procedure, an arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint called a “prosthesis.” Artificial joints are medical devices, which must be cleared or approved by the FDA before they can be marketed in the United States The goal of surgery is to relieve the pain in the joint caused by the damage done to cartilage, the tissue that serves as a protective cushion and allows smooth, low-friction movement of the joint. Total joint replacement is considered if other treatment options will not bring relief. In an arthritic knee, the damaged ends of the bones and cartilage are replaced with metal and plastic surfaces that are shaped to restore knee function. In an arthritic hip, the damaged ball and socket of this joint are replaced by a metal ball and plastic socket. Several metals are usually used, including stainless steel, alloys of cobalt and chrome, and titanium. The plastic material is durable and wear-resistant polyethylene. The two most common joints requiring this form of surgery are the knee and hip, which are weight-bearing. But replacements can also be performed on other joints, including the ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow and fingers.

After total hip or knee replacement you will often stand and begin walking the day after surgery. Initially, you will walk with a walker, crutches or a cane. Most patients have some temporary pain in the replaced joint because the surrounding muscles are weak from inactivity and the tissues are healing, but it will end in a few weeks or months. Exercise is an important part of the recovery process. After your surgery, you may be permitted to play golf, walk and dance. However, more strenuous sports, such as tennis or running, may be discouraged. There can be complications from joint-replacement surgery. These include infection, blood clots, loosening of the prosthesis, dislocation of the joint, excessive wear, prosthetic breakage and nerve injury. There are remedies for all of these complications, but sometimes the correction will take more surgery. Surgeons are refining techniques and developing new ones such as minimal-incision surgery. In this type of surgery, smaller incisions are used. Minimal incisions reduce trauma, pain and hospital stays. Not all patients are candidates for minimal-incision surgery. There is a surgical alternative to total hip replacement. It’s called hip resurfacing. The primary difference in hip resurfacing is that the surgeon doesn’t remove the ball at the top of the thigh bone. Instead, the damaged ball is reshaped, and then a metal cap is anchored over it. Hip resurfacing, unlike hip replacement, preserves enough bone to permit a total replacement if it is necessary later. Resurfacing is not recommended for patients with osteoporosis, a disease that makes bones porous and vulnerable to fractures. Some healthcare experts advise getting a replacement hip joint, not a resurfacing, if you are older than 65.

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long-term study underscores the potential benefits, especially in terms of relapses, of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients beginning treatment as soon as possible after symptoms appear — even before the disease is definitely diagnosed. “The 11-year long-term follow-up study from the randomized BENEFIT CIS trial” was published in the journal Neurology. Researchers in Switzerland recruited 468 patients with very early signs of MS, such as difficulties with vision or balance, stiffness or muscle spasms, fatigue, pain, poor memory, and suggestive brain lesions seen on an MRI scan. Typically 85 percent of the people with these symptoms, called clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), will eventually be diagnosed with MS. “Not much research has been done on how starting treatment this early affects the long-term course of the disease,” study author Ludwig Kappos, MD, of University Hospital Basel in Basel, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, said in a news release. “Our study adds to the evidence supporting treatment at the earliest sign of the disease and indi-

cates that early treatment has a long-lasting effect on disease activity.” Patients were randomly divided into two groups. One group received regular doses of interferon beta-1b, a standard treatment for MS, while the other group received a placebo. Those in the placebo group who were soon afterward diagnosed with MS — or two years after the study’s start — were allowed switch to either interferon beta-1b or another drug. Over the following 11 years, the researchers assessed patient progression, including whether they had fully developed MS. Eleven years after the initial randomization, all patients were asked to complete a comprehensive reassessment. A total of 167 patients received early treatment with interferon beta-1b, and 111 received a placebo in the delayed treatment group. Results revealed that patients in the early treatment arm were 33 percent less likely to be clinically diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, compared with patients in the delayed treatment group. Those given early treatment also had a longer time to first relapse compared with those in the delayed treatment group (1,888 days compared to 931 days). Early therapy also had a 19 percent lower annualized relapse rate compared to the delayed

group (0.21 versus 0.26). No differences between the two groups, however, were seen in tests that evaluated overall disability or in MRI scans measuring the damage caused by the disease. “Overall, early treatment appears to have a benefit on relapses, especially early in the disease, but limited effects on other outcome measures, including outcomes reported by patients,” said Brian C. Healy, PhD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, who wrote an accompanying editorial. Source: Neuurology

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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Board-certified Ear, Nose, and Throat physician Dr. S. Cherukuri, a graduate of the prestigious University of Michigan School of Medicine, built a very successful practice helping patients with hearing problems. “I was often frustrated by the fact that many of my patients could benefit from the use of a hearing aid, but unfortunately couldn’t afford one. I then made it my mission to change this, making quality digital hearing aids affordable for anyone who needs one.”

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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 c o m e 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 15:18-25 “If the world hates you, one knows that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, “A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, “They hated Me without a cause.” As we have seen over the past few weeks, what it means to Abide in Christ and the proofs thereof, in our current text, Jesus continues to describe and define for us what it means to Abide in Christ. An unpopular proof is that of being hated by the world. The modern church despises this truth and has all but rejected it as it attempts to be friends with the world; to be liked, loved, and accepted by the world. May I ask you a question? Why is it that the world could not get along with the Holiest man that ever lived (Jesus) and it can get along with you and me? Is there no righteousness in our lives that reflects upon the corruption in the world? Do we love the praise and acceptance of man more than that of God? Are we so consumed with that the world thinks well of us that we compromise the life that Christ has called us to live? Read what God’s Word says about being friends with the world, James 4:4 “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” Luke 6:26 “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” John 12:42-43 “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” In the church’s desire to be acceptable to the world it has compromised the Gospel and in essence has become ashamed of the Gospel adulterating it’s message while losing it’s savor. Luke 14:34-35 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” This lack of “saltiness” describes the condition of much of the Church today. The Gospel of Jesus Christ was not popular in His day nor has it ever been. Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or

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SAN DIEGO — The 13th Annual Council for Youth Empowerment (CYE) Miss California Scholarship Pageant was held Sunday, Aug. 14, with 75 young women, ages 6-22, participating. The pageant awards over $10,000 in cash scholarships. Newly crowned 2017 titleholders are: • Ryan McDonald, Miss California, an El Cajon resident, receiving a $5,000 scholarship • Ashley Songer, Teen Miss California, a Poway area resident, receiving a $2,000 scholarship • Julianna Jackson, Jr. Teen Miss California, a El Cajon resident, receiving a $500 scholarship • Sydney Sanchez, Pre-Teen Miss California, a San Marcos resident, receiving a $300 scholarship • Ensley Willock, Junior Miss California, an Alpine resident. Congratulations to all the delegates.




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re you in a junior marketing position seeking advancement? A business owner managing your marketing and social media? Aspiring to break into a marketing career or seeking to network with industry professionals? The fall semester of San Diego State University’s Professional Certificate in Marketing program begins Tuesday, Sept. 6. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies and SDX – San Diego’s premier media, marketing and technology organization for brands, agencies, publishers and startups – joined forces to offer this upto-the-minute program. Students will learn skills and multi-platform strategies they can apply immediately from San Diego-based instructors who are recognized thought leaders and innovators. Classes start Sept. 6 with the four-week Developing the Creative Brief curriculum. “This certificate program had an excellent variety of courses that benefit my current position, as well as my long-term career,” said program graduate Brittany Palmer, a digital marketing specialist. “If you’re interested in the digital marketing or digital media space, I highly recommend this program because the classes are very informative, relevant, and applicable to your career.” “Not only was the information educational, but getting to know the other professionals in my class was almost just as beneficial,” added Lauren Holt, communications coordinator, Interfaith Community Services. “I found the class to be a great networking opportunity.” Students may take individual courses needed to bring skills to the forefront, or complete the entire program to earn a Professional Certificate in Marketing. To earn the certificate, you must successfully complete six core courses and two electives within two years. Classes range from $329 to $369 with early registration discounts available until 10 days before the first day of class. For more information and to enroll, visit marketing, email, or call (619) 594-2099. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU). 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 Hollywood Casino Sponsors 2016 WILL Awards

Hollywood Casino in Jamul has been named the presenting sponsor of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s 14th annual Women In Leadership Luncheon (WILL). The annual WILL event honors women for their outstanding leadership, exemplary character and integrity in the community, as well as their efforts to empower women to succeed and prosper in life and business, according to Leah McIvor, 2016 event chair. McIvor also is serving as 2016 chair of thee board of directors chair of the 600-member San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. Winners of a 2016 WILL award will be held at a luncheon to be held Friday, Sept. 16 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in Mission Valley. Additionally, San Diego County Herald LLC, publisher of The East County Herald newspaper, has been named a major sponsor. Other 2016 major sponsors include Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Barona Resort & Casino. Former TV anchor Lee Ann Kim will serve as event emcee. The keynote speaker at the luncheon will be Dionne Thomas, choreographer and fitness instructor. For ticket sales and sponsorship information, contact the Chamber offices at (619) 440-6161 or send an e-mail to Rosemary Reed, Last year, WILL award winners included: Mara Fortin, Nothing Bundt Cakes; Carey Guthrie, Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors; Molly Nocon, Noah Homes; Erica Pinto, Jamul Indian Village; Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine; Elizabeth Smith Chavez, Smith Chavez Law; Wendy Urushima-Conn, Asian Business Association; Shelly Zimmerman, San Diego Police Department.

can now graduate with a four-year degree in child development, organizational management and computer information technology under a new agreement with Point Loma Nazarene University. The agreement expands a partnership that began last year to offer baccalaureates in nursing to Grossmont College students. Recently, 16 nursing students from Grossmont recently graduated from PLNU with bachelor’s degrees in nursing. “PLNU is excited to partner with Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges to provide increased opportunities and access to a baccalaureate degree in San Diego’s East County,” said Dave Phillips, dean of the university’s College of Extended Learning. “Through this expanded partnership we are able to meet students where they are, both geographically and academically, and better support regional workforce needs.” The child development and organizational management degrees will be offered at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, the school’s first baccalaureate programs. Tuition, including all fees, including books and parking for the entire program, will total about $17,000 for students starting during the 2016-17 academic year. Financial aid is available.

Royale Energy of El Cajon lost half-million in 2Q

El Cajon-based oil and gas producer Royale Energy Inc. (OTCQB:ROYL) recently reported a net loss of nearly a half-million dollars in the second quarter of the year. The $475,397 loss in the second quarter, however, is a 49 percent improvement over the $927,649 loss the company reported a year ago. Royale said it had reduced general and administrative expenses through layoffs, proceeds from the sale of the comStudents at Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges pany’s office and a disputed accounts payable settle-

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ment. Meanwhile, the company also reported it had raised $2.5 million from investors. The recent news comes on the heels of Royale’s announcement in July that it intends to join with Santa Barbara-based Matrix Oil Corp. in a $41.5 million deal involving stock and assumption of debt. “We are extremely pleased with our progress toward strengthening and repositioning our company,” said Jonathan Gregory, Royale’s CEO. “By completing the $2.5 million capital raise, we now have ample liquidity to continue our 2016 drilling campaign and cover merger-related due diligence and expenses.”

San Diego has largest population of millennials

San Diego has the largest population of millennials among 10 major metropolitan areas nationwide, according to a recent report. The Business and Tax Climate Dashboard found that nearly 29 percent of the San Diego area’s population was aged 18 to 31, higher than the next four cities of Austin, Boston, Los Angeles and Denver. Add in members of Generation Y, roughly aged 32-36, and San Diego’s percentage was 40.7 percent, again tops among the 10 cities studied. San Diego also led the group with veterans making up 7.3 percent of the labor force, with Seattle, Raleigh, Portland and Austin coming next. “With large millennial and veteran populations in our workforce, we see that we have new talent to build on as well as a highly trained contingent of workers, but we also need to do more to raise the number of women and minorities in our workforce,” said Helen Robbins-Meyer, chief administrative officer for the county of San Diego. “Having this data as a point of reference is important to building an effective job creation strategy for the region.”

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A. Call to Order B. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance C. Roll Call of Members D. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements 1. Approval of Minutes: i July 28, 2016 Meeting Minutes 2. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans. The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only. E. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on any subject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda. F. Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items G. Organized / Special Presentations 1. The owner o f a 2.4-acre parcel located at 2146 Lilac Lane, Alpine, CA has applied for a discretionary administrative permit for a secondary dwelling unit (PDS2016-AD-16-021). The group will make a recommendation to county staff regarding the proposed project. Presentation, Discussion, & Action. 2. On March 16, 2016 the Board of Supervisors directed staff to return to the Board with several options to amend the Zoning Ordinance section pertaining to Medical Marijuana Collective Facilities (MMCF). Based on Board’s direction staff is proposing seven different options for the Board’s consideration which include: -Require separation buffer from Residential Use rather than Residential Zone -Increase sensitive land use buffer from 1000 feet to ¼ mile -Increase sensitive land use buffer from 1000 feet to ½ mile -Increase sensitive land use buffer from 1000 feet to 1 mile -Require a 1000 foot separation buffer from incorporated cities -Requirement for a Major Use Permit to be obtained prior to siting a MMCF -Limit the number of Medical Marijuana Collective Facilities per supervisorial district. The term “sensitive land use buffer” refers to various land uses that may be affected by the siting of a MMCF. The amortization provision contained in the ordinance has also been amended and includes further clarification. The attached revised draft ordinances are in “strikeout/underline” format. These documents are also available on the PDS website at Written (or email) comments on the proposed draft ordinance must be received no later than Friday, September 9, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (a 30 day public review period). For additional information, please contact Joseph Farace at (858) 694-3690 or by e-mail at To view the existing documents associated with Medical Marijuana Collective Facility, go to Group to review the proposals and make a recommendation to county staff. Presentation, Discussion, & Action. H. Group Business: 1. Appointment of Subcommittee Chairs. Discussion, & Action. 2. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for approval. Discussion, & Action I. Consent Calendar J. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board) K. Officer Reports L. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary) M. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas N. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures O. Announcement of Meetings: 1. Alpine Community Planning Group – September 22nd, 2016 2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD 3. Planning Commission – September 9th, 2016 4. Board of Supervisors – September 13th & 14th P. Adjournment of Meeting Disclaimer Language: Public Disclosure – We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any County ordinance or other law governing the County’s disclosure of records, the County ordinance or other applicable law will control. Access and Correction of Personal Information – You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.



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