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Alpine Rises From The Ashes With Senator Anderson Receives Prestigious Bravo-Zula Award West Fire Benefit Dinner & Auction

ALPINE — An overwhelming response helped Alpine rise from the West Fire ashes Saturday, Aug. 18 at a standing room only benefit for survivors. More than 400 guests attended the West Fire Benefit Dinner & Auction, where over $60,000 was raised by residents, businesses, organizations and others from around the region. The event was in the Alpine Community Center. Everything donated to the live and silent auctions was sold to help those who lost 38 homes in the July 6 fast-moving blaze. Another 15 homes were damaged in the foothills community of about 16,000 residents. “For some of these people they had their houses paid for and they had no fire insurance,” said Chairman Joseph Perricone of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce. “I understand the financial necessity. Those are the people we need to help.” All the proceeds are being channeled through the nonprofit Alpine Community Foundation to help with fire survivors’ needs that aren’t covered by insurance, grants or in some other way. Donations for West Fire survivors are still being accepted at the Chamber office at the Alpine Regional Center, 1620 Alpine Blvd., Suite 208, Alpine, CA 91901, and at On Line Bookkeeping & Tax Service, 2065 Arnold Way, Alpine, CA 91901. Latecomers to the benefit were willing to stand — sometimes shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers — in order to get into the event. “We sold out of tickets and people were still coming,” said Lori Bledsoe, Chamber membership and events director. “We had over 400 people who just wanted to be a part of helping those in need. We tried to seat everyone. It was impossible.” Linda Cioffi of the Alpine View Lodge said a young girl wanted to donate a jar containing $27. The child decided to take the jar around the room for more possible donations. “She got over three grand!” Cioffi exclaimed. “I was real pleased that it was not just Alpine there. There were people from Campo, Descanso, Lake Cuyamaca — all over. This was the back country standing up — neighbor there for neighbor.” As master of ceremonies and auctioneer, meteorologist Shawn Styles of KFMB-TV, Channel 8, was a hit. His easygoing style, banter and ideas drove up the bidding and donations. A dinner prepared by Alpine firefighters was a very popular auction item. After the dinner

SACRAMENTO — The American GI Forum of California, a Congressionally chartered Hispanic veterans and civil rights organization, awarded State Senator Joel Anderson with the Bravo-Zulu award, which is given to a legislator whose efforts and engagement have led to the betterment of the veterans throughout the state. The American GI Forum of California’s State Commander Frederick Romero said, “Senator Anderson’s exceptional leadership on behalf of veterans has led him to earning this great honor. Each year, we only recognize one Senator and one Assemblymember. Our veteran community will miss the Senator’s advocacy for leading the way in carrying our legislation.” Pete Conaty, a United States Army Retired Lieutenant Colonel who is also a veterans advocate, said, “Senator Anderson is a unique legislator. Four years ago, when all hope was lost for a veteran benefits bill (Assembly Bill 13 from 2014) that impacted the 78,000 veterans in California universities and colleges, Senator Anderson amended over 20 different bills to resurrect the bill that would have otherwise died. No other legislator has been as laser-focused as Senator Anderson, and this type of leadership is why Senator Anderson has received so many awards from veterans organizations.” Anderson responded, “I am deeply honored to receive an award from those that have given so much to our country to ensure our liberty.” Anderson has also received the following veteran organizations Legislative of the Year awards: • Veterans of Foreign Wars Carter-Smith Post 5867 Letter of Honor 2009 • American Legion (California) Legislator of the Year 2010 • California Association of County Veterans Service Officers Special Certificate of Appreciation 2010 • American Veterans (California) Legislator of the Year 2012 •California Association of County Veterans Service Officers Special Certificate of Appreciation 2012 • Veterans of Foreign Wars (California) Legislator of the Year 2014-2015 •The American Legion San Diego, District 22 Certificate of Appreciation 2015 • California Association of County Veterans Service Officers Special Certificate of Appreciation 2015 •California State Commanders Veterans Council Legislator of the Year 2015 • Vietnam Veterans of America California State Council Legislator of the Year 2015 • American Legion (California) Legislator of the Year 2016 • Blue Star Families Certificate of Appreciation 2017 • California Council of Chapters Military Officers Association of American Legislator of the Year 2017 • Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Chapter Recognition and Honorary Membership 2018

On The Cover sold, Styles got the local fire heroes to offer a second auction meal. That brought in another $1,100, Cioffi said. Louise Phipps, Alpine Community Board Center president, said the benefit was “successful beyond belief.” “It was a home run for Alpine,” Phipps said. “It shows what kind of a community this is.”

Cioffi was pleased that the partnerships to hold the event has helped people become more involved with Alpine and its opportunities. “We’re finding out the power of community,” she said. Perricone said the benefit shows how generous people can be when others are in need. “It bodes well for Alpine,” he said.

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Your Congress In The News with Congressman Duncan D. Hunter Department of Justice Investigation Politicized, says Congressman Hunter


believe in our American system of justice, I support our system of justice. I cannot say the same, however, for those within our justice system that have a political agenda to harm those with whom they differ. One of the pillars of our country since its founding is that those tasked with enforcing the law would do so in an unbiased manner, allowing evidence to dictate how cases should run, with nothing impeding the rule of law. Unfortunately, this is not the case today. The fact is that there is a culture operating within our Justice Department that is politically motivated. We are seeing this with President Trump; we are seeing this with my case. This is evidenced by the fact that after two years of investigating, the Department of Justice decided to take this action right before my election. For over two years, I have made myself available to cooperate with this investigation in any manner. To date, I have not been asked one time to answer any questions or address any issue. I have not had one opportunity to present my side of anything in this investigation or to counter any allegations against me. All the while, there has

been a constant barrage of misinformation and salacious headlines in our media regarding this matter. I purposely choose to remain silent, not to feed into this witch-hunt and trust the process. I have focused on one thing; doing the job with which I was elected to do. I have worked to represent my constituents, voting on policy issues that I believe would benefit our nation and opposing those that would do us harm. I have helped those having problems with federal agencies and advocating for those who have fallen through the cracks of bureaucracy. This is what I will continue to do, these efforts will not stop, and I am not going anywhere. The actions of the Justice Department speak for themselves. It is a sad state of affairs when those entrusted with upholding the law have no appreciation for following the rule of law. Consider this; overwhelming evidence indicated that Hillary Clinton took direct action to circumvent investigations into her campaign, she was interviewed and no action was taken. After two years of investigation into my campaign, I have never been interviewed and they made a decision to prosecute. Additionally, three prosecutors, two of which are directly involved this case, attended a fundraising event at a private

home in La Jolla in 2015, one of which was the individual who signed the indictment. We know these individuals attended this event from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon during working hours. We are told that this was at the request of Secret Service to officially assist law enforcement with protection, but this explanation is disputed by former U.S. Attorneys familiar with the responsibilities of their office. The obvious question is why would the Secret Service need three prosecutors at a fundraising event? The answer is they are partisan prosecutors. My constituents are not easily misled. I know they can recognize a political agenda when they see it and they can disregard empty rhetoric when they hear it. I fought for our nation against terrorists in the Marine Corps. I fight for my constituents in the halls of Congress. I will fight this in the same manner and with the same level of determination because I believe in what I am fighting for and still have faith that evidence and the rule of law will trump political agendas and bias.

Hunter, R-Alpine, 50th Congressional District, is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is the first Marine combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to be elected to Congress.

.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein had almost $10 million on hand after winning a 44.2 percent plurality of the June primary election vote; Kevin de Leon had far less than $1 million left over after finishing second with just over 12 percent, enough to get a spot in the November runoff election, but insufficient to scare anyone. Feinstein even won fellow Democrat de Leon’s own state Senate district in eastern Los Angeles County by a comfortable 10 percent margin. De Leon’s percentage of the primary vote was somewhat less than the 12.6 percent won by the previously little-known Sacramento area Republican activist Elizabeth Emken in 2012, the last time Feinstein stood for reelection. Feinstein won a 49.3 percent plurality in that primary, and beat Emken that fall by more than a 60-40 percent margin. Emken was a Republican, so very likely took almost all GOP votes in the runoff. But de Leon has positioned himself as far to the left of Feinstein as any Democrat could, and so won’t draw many Republican votes in November. One late-July poll indicated almost half of all Republican voters will leave the U.S. Senate category blank on their ballots. Feinstein has never before run against a fellow Democrat, but two years ago, the moderate Democrat and former Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez of Orange County got 54 percent of Republican runoff votes. All these items give the more moderate Feinstein a huge advantage over de Leon this fall. They help explain why de Leon has trouble raising money from Democratic donors, who would rather put their dollars into congressional districts the party might flip from red to blue, and not make an enemy of the formidable Feinstein, a former mayor of San Francisco. Put it together and it’s clear de Leon may need an act of God to take over the Senate seat Feinstein has held since 1992. The primary vote also indicates it will probably turn out to be irrelevant that de Leon had a near-victory with 54 percent support at the California Democrats’ state party convention last spring, which easily topped Feinstein’s support, and later won an endorsement from the Democrats’ executive committee, which comes with some plugs on campaign slate mailers this fall, plus monetary and volunteer worker support. This happened because the bulk of both party convention delegates and executive board members today are far to the left of both Feinstein and mainstream Democratic voters, as made clear by the primary results. The current makeup of the party organization is the result of a big push by 2016 supporters of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during local party caucuses early in 2017. In fact, exit polls in June showed Feinstein winning about 70 percent of all votes cast in the Senate race by Democrats. And yet, de Leon does not appear fazed by the difficulty of the task before him. “Once people make the connection with me, they say, ‘It’s time for a change, I’m with you,’” he told a reporter after the primary. But in this huge state, with population and geographic size similar to major nations like France and the United Kingdom, it’s difficult to connect directly with enough voters to overcome all Feinstein’s advantages. So de Leon often lapses into the “it’s time for a change” mantra, code words for “Feinstein is too old.” She turned 85 on June 22 and is the oldest member of the Senate. But not even de Leon suggests that makes her ineffective. “To say he has a message is a stretch,” said Feinstein’s longtime campaign consultant, Bill Carrick. “He’s trying to say ‘she’s not progressive and I am,’ but that gets shot down every day by what she’s doing in Congress.” Feinstein is known as the Senate’s leading gun-control advocate, is a strong abortion supporter and on those grounds was among the first Democrats to declare opposition to President Trump’s newest Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. The bottom line today is that Feinstein enjoys a lead of at least 22 points in recent public polling and even with a party endorsement, de Leon does not appear to have either the means or the money to overcome that margin.

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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on this one. I had a bad toothache that sent me to my dentist. He did some x-rays and could find nothing wrong. He asked me about my sinuses and I told him I was fighting an infection. Bingo. Yes, infection in the sinuses located in your cheekbones can cause your upper jaw and teeth to ache, and your cheeks to become tender to the touch. Sinusitis is a nasty malady that can do much more than give you a toothache. Sinusitis, which is infection or inflammation of the sinuses, creates suffering for about 37 million Americans every year. The sinuses are four pairs of cavities: the frontal sinuses over the eyes, maxillary sinuses inside each cheekbone, ethmoid sinuses just behind the bridge of the nose, and sphenoid sinuses behind the ethmoids. Each sinus is connected to the nose. Acute sinusitis lasts for 4 weeks or less. Subacute sinusitis runs 4 to 8 weeks. Chronic sinusitis can continue for years. Recurrent sinusitis includes several acute attacks within a year. Unlike sinusitis, a common cold usually goes away without treatment in about 10 days. So, if you have what feels like a bad cold for longer than 10 days, go to your doctor for a check-up. Most cases of acute sinusitis start with a cold or allergy attack, which inflames the mucous membranes of the sinuses. Swelling traps air and mucus in the sinuses and they cannot drain properly. The trapped mucus creates ideal conditions for bacteria to grow. Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may be less severe than those of acute sinusitis. However, untreated chronic sinusitis can cause damage to the sinuses and cheekbones that sometimes requires surgery to repair. Most people with sinusitis have pain or tenderness. Other symptoms of sinusitis can include fever, weakness, fatigue, nasal congestion, cough and sore throat. If you have acute sinusitis, your doctor may prescribe decongestants, antibiotics and pain relievers. Many cases of acute sinusitis will end without antibiotics. Many health care providers treat chronic sinusitis as though it is an infection, by using antibiotics and decongestants. Others use both antibiotics with steroid nasal sprays. Further research is needed to determine the best treatment. When medical treatment fails, surgery may be the only alternative for treating chronic sinusitis. The most common surgery done today is functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) to enlarge the natural openings and allow drainage. FESS is less invasive than conventional sinus surgery. With the endoscope, the surgeon can look directly into the nose while clearing the narrow channels between the sinuses. This type of surgery can be done under local or general anesthesia. One worthwhile way to help keep your sinuses clear is to use an over-the-counter saltwater nasal wash every day. Most pharmacies carry them. They help remove mucus and bacteria from the nose and sinuses. I use one myself and it has been beneficial.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

New Subtype of Multiple Sclerosis Discovered

leveland Clinic researchers have discovered a new subtype of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), providing a better understanding of the individualized nature of the disease. MS has long been characterized as an inflammatory disease of the brain’s white matter, where myelin is destroyed. The destruction of myelin (called demyelination) was believed to be responsible for nerve cell (neuron) death that leads to irreversible disability in patients with MS. However, in the new findings, a research team led by Bruce Trapp, Ph.D., identified for the first time a subtype of the disease that features neuronal loss but no demyelination of the brain’s white matter. The findings, published in Lancet Neurology, could potentially lead to more personalized diagnosis and treatments. This new subtype of MS, called myelocortical MS (MCMS), was indistinguishable from traditional MS on MRI. The researchers observed that in MCMS, part of the neurons become swollen and look like typical MS lesions indicative of white matter myelin loss on MRI. The disease was only diagnosed in post-mortem tissues. The team’s findings support the concept that neurodegeneration and demyelination can occur independently in MS and

underscore the need for more sensitive MRI imaging techniques for evaluating brain pathology in real time and monitoring treatment response in patients with the disease. “This study opens up a new arena in MS research. It is the first to provide pathological evidence that neuronal degeneration can occur without white matter myelin loss in the brains of patients with the disease,” said Trapp, chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute Department of Neurosciences. “This information highlights the need for combination therapies to stop disability progression in MS.” In the study of brain tissue from 100 MS patients who donated their brains after death, the researchers observed that 12 brains did not have white matter demyelination. They compared microscopic tissue characteristics from the brains and spinal cords of 12 MCMS patients, 12 traditional MS patients and also individuals without neurological disease. Although both MCMS and traditional MS patients had typical MS lesions in the spinal cord and cerebral cortex, only the latter group had MS lesions in the brain white matter. Despite having no typical MS lesions in the white matter, MCMS brains did have reduced neuronal density and cortical thickness, which are hallmarks of brain degeneration also observed in traditional MS. Contrary to previous belief, these observations show that neuronal loss can occur independently of white matter demyelination. “The importance of this research is two-fold. The identification of this new MS subtype highlights the need to develop more sensitive strategies for properly diagnosing and understanding the pathology of MCMS,” said Daniel Ontaneda, M.D., clinical director of the brain donation program at Cleveland Clinic’s Mellen Center for Treatment and Research in MS. “We are hopeful these findings will lead to new tailored treatment strategies for patients living with different forms of MS.” Source: Cleveland Clinic

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.

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series examining the reasons Jesus said what He said. In this series we will examine many statements Jesus made during His time here on earth and then look at the reason for which He made the statement. When Jesus spoke, He spoke the Word of God and the Bible tells us the purpose and function of the Word of God: 2Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work.” Hebrews 4:1213 “For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any twoedged 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 22:25-30 “And he (Jesus) said unto them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But you shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sits at meat, or he that serves? Is not he that sits at meat? But I am among you as he that serves. You are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” The questions must be asked: Who was Jesus speaking to? And, why did He say this to them? Jesus was speaking to His disciples. The reason He said this was in response to one of the many times that the disciples had been arguing among themselves concerning which one of them was the greatest. The longsuffering of Jesus with us utterly amazes me. Here these simple, common, ordinary men who had kept company with the King of Kings; the Lord of Lords; the Creator of the Heavens and Earth; Who just spoke everything into existence; Who flung the stars out into space with His fingertips; Who holds all things together, for the past 3+ years and they are consumed with which one of them is the greatest. The pride of man is astounding, the effect that pride has on the mind is staggering. Look at what God said concerning King Nebuchadnezzar when his heart was lifted up in pride, Daniel 5:20-21 “But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointed over it whomsoever he will.” Jesus again directs the disciple’s minds to the correct way of thinking if they will be His disciples, to think and act in humility. Humility is not a trait commonly found among men in the world today and never has been. Man so wants to exalt himself above others, even above his Creator. It is not until a person, any person, you, me, humbles themselves before the mighty hand of God and learn of Him will you understand what true greatness is. As Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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SANTEE — Sandy Renard is retiring in September after 46 years as a Registered Nurse (RN) in San Diego County. She has been employed at Sharp Memorial for the past 20 years. Her career has included Sharp Grossmont Hospital, and El Cajon Valley Hospital, Sharp Home Health. She has worked in the acute care setting, intensive care, outpatient, home care, and skilled nursing facility. Sandy’s specialty has been a Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse (CWOCN) for 43 years. She became a Certified Nurse Educator over 20 years ago. Over her career, Sandy has assisted with the training of over 200 RN’s around the country to become certified as a WOCN. She has influenced the lives of countless people including those in the East County. Sandy’s career as a Wound/ Ostomy nurse began when the specialty was less than 10 years old and she helped to make the specialty what it is today. The specialty began by improving the lives of people who have had undergone surgical body image changes due


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niversity of San Diego quarterback Anthony Lawrence has been named to the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award Watch List. Lawrence is one of 25 players on the watch list, which is considered the Heisman Trophy of the FCS (formerly Division 1A). The senior out of Grossmont High, is coming off a stellar season in which he was named the Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Year. He earned All-PFL first-team honors after completing 245-of-347 passes for 3,131 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2017. The former Foothiller under coach Tom Karlo is positioned to break multiple career offensive and quarterback program records. The watch list includes at least one player from all 13 FCS conferences as well as 14 players who were nominees or finalists last season. The Payton Award, first presented in 1987, has watched past winners such as Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, John Friesz, Brian Finneran, Jimmy Garoppolo and Cooper Kupp move on to the NFL. The list will have updates during the season. A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will select the winner following the regular season. San Diego was selected to finish first in the Pioneer Football League Preseason Coaches Poll for the eighth consecutive season. The Toreros won their sixth PFL title in the past seven seasons during 2017 and advanced to the FCS Playoffs second round for the second straight year. USD returns a group of players with a healthy mix of experience and talent ready to compete for another conference title. San Diego was selected to finish first with 81 points, followed by Dayton with 72 points. Drake was selected to finish third, followed by Butler and Valparaiso (48-point tie), Jacksonville (47 points), Marist (44), Morehead State (22), Stetson (19) and Davidson (11). For more information, visit


ce cubes bounced onto the table and slid off onto the floor in a flood of water. A couple of the cubes flew off and hit the knee of the guy in the next booth. He jumped, looked around, and then went back to eating like nothing had happened. People were staring at me as the waitress tried to soothe me, “Don’t worry. We’ll clean it up. Let’s move you over here.” “Here” was a booth in the far corner of the restaurant—well out of ice cube reach. I’ve never seen anyone moved from a booth because they spilled a little water. Well, a lot of water. The glass was full. Usually they just sop up the water and ice cubes and let you sit back down where you were. My jeans were drenched, but only on one side and I held my napkin over that part as we walked over to our new spot. I was thirsty but the waitress never offered to refill my empty glass. Wonder why. . . If it hadn’t been for the straw sticking up from that glass I never would have knocked the thing over when I reached across the table to move it to a more out-ofthe-way spot. I was trying to put it somewhere where it wouldn’t get knocked over.

Huh. My hand brushed against the top of the straw and that was it—glass over! My dad stopped using straws in his drinks years ago, after he accidentally brushed his hand against the straw sticking up out of his glass, knocking the glass and all its contents onto the table. This had happened to him enough times to swear him off straws. And it’s always a full glass. Never happens with an empty one. Speaking of straws, remember the days before iPhones and iPads when you’d get bored waiting for your meal at a restaurant and suddenly the straws went into action? With a little help from the humans at the table naturally. Strawcover warfare. We all did it. If you haven’t and you’d like to create a little action other than thumbing on iPhones the next time you dine out at a family restaurant—note I said family restaurant—here’s the deal. You take off the top part of the paper straw cover, blow into that end of the straw and the rest of the cover shoots out across the table. If your aim is good and your target is unsuspecting, you’ve got a hit. Straw-cover warfare has begun. Now you’ve got their attention. Next thing you know, balled-up napkins will start flying across the table and. . . . No. No utensil warfare.

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin application, taxpayers should know their parcel or tax bill number, have their property address, and must state their opinion of the property’s market value on the application. Applications must be received by the Sharp HealthCare has been named to Forbes Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Office no later than inaugural list of America’s Best Employers for 5 p.m. on Nov. 30 or be US Postal Service postmarked Women. Sharp was ranked No. 25 overall in the by midnight of Nov. 30. Applications and forms can nationwide survey. The list of 300 American companies be mailed to: Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, encompasses 16 industries and represents those that Assessment Appeals, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room are creating the best workplaces for women. Forbes, 402, San Diego, CA 92101. An informational video is with data partner Statista, surveyed more than 40,000 available online that explains the assessment appeals employees, including 25,000 women, at companies process and provides helpful tips. across the country. The top 300 companies of those M2 Digital Post of Santee wins three surveyed were named as The Best Employers for Emmys Women 2018. The ranking took into consideration M2 Digital Post Inc., based in Santee, was recently general workplace factors, including diversity, awarded three Emmy awards at the 44th Annual development and working conditions in addition to topics particularly relevant for women, such as parental National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter Emmy award show. The leave, flexibility, pay equity and family support. Forbes awards were in the category of Commercial Campaign and Statista also examined diversity in top executive and Photographer Short Form. The Commercial and board of director roles. Campaign Emmy was awarded to Michael Towe, When to file property tax assessment producer-editor, and Michael Brueggemeyer, director, appeals for their work on the commercial spots produced San Diego County residents and businesses who for the Epic Wings-N-Things chain of restaurants. disagree with their property tax assessments for the The Photographer Short Form Emmy was awarded 2018-2019 year may file an application to appeal to Michael Towe II, director of photography, for his them between July 2 and Nov. 30. Applications and composite of work on numerous projects throughout information booklets are available on the County’s the year. website. Residents may also pick them up and Lyft generated $73 million in local speak with staff at the Clerk of the Board’s office economic impact in the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Passengers of the rideshare company Lyft generated Highway, Room 402, San Diego, CA 92101. To file an

Sharp HealthCare named by Forbes as best employer for women If you can’t respect the silverware, you have to eat at home. Straws and napkins and towers of dairy-substitute-cups are fair game in a family restaurant when no one’s looking and the waitress or meal is taking forever to get to you, but no utensil warfare. And there’s a limit on the straws ’n napkins stuff. Enough is enough. And don’t forget the space limits—not one straw, napkin, dairy creamer or sugar packet is to leave the air space over your booth. That would include ice cubes accidentally dislodged from their place in your glass. Come to think of it, next time you’re being ignored due to heads bowed, engrossed in iPhones and iPads, you might want to kind of accidentally knock over your glass of water. That should get their attention—if the straw cover missed.

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$73 million in additional revenue for San Diego businesses in 2017, according to the company’s report. The report examined 52 metropolitan areas across the U.S., surveying the travel habits of passengers, driver demographics and changes in behavior observed in 2017. Conducted by the Land Econ Group, the study showed that passengers in San Diego saved more than 2.6 million travel hours last year because of Lyft’s services. “Every day, people are accessing new areas of their city in ways they haven’t before, making their daily travels quicker,” said Lyft San Diego market manager Hao Meng. “Based on these survey results, passengers are saving time, spending locally, and reconsidering personal vehicle ownership when using Lyft in their daily lives, which leads to a tremendous long-term impact on our local economies.”

Stratford Arms apartment complex in El Cajon sells for $7.75 million

Stratford Arms, a 35-unit apartment complex, located at 1397 East Washington Ave. in El Cajon, has been purchased for $7.75 million by F & F EL Cajon LP. The seller was the Hillgren Family Trust, a private investor. Kidder Mathews’ multifamily investment brokers, Eric Comer, Jim Neil, and Merrick Matricardi, represented both parties in the transaction. Stratford Arms is a mix of 29 townhomes and six single-story units. All are twobedroom units. “In the last 12 months, there have been 20 multifamily sales of properties with more than five units in the city of El Cajon. At a sale price of $221,428 per unit, Stratford Arms represents the highest price per unit transaction in El Cajon in the last 12 months,” said Comer.


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