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ALPINE — Newly Crowned, Miss Kumeyaay Nation 20162017 Tristin Pena (above). Miss Kumeyaay Nation 2015-2016 Autumn Brown with Viejas Tribal elder, Virginia Christman.(above, right). Below: Local area and visiting queens strike a pose at Viejas’ Annual Traditional Gathering & Peon Tournament, Saturday, Aug. 20 on the Viejas Reservation.

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On The Cover VIEJAS INDIAN RESERVATION, ALPINE — The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians held their Annual Traditional Gathering & Peon Tournament, Saturday, Aug. 20. Miss Kumeyaay Nation 20162017, Tristin Pena (Cover) was crowned as the Tribe thanked outgoing Miss Kumeyaay Nation 20152016, Autumn Brown (pictured above with Tribal elder, Virginia Christman. Cover: Kathy Foster for The East County Herald Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Vaccination Law Takes Effect But Under Challenge


s schools begin opening around California, the state’s new vaccinate-or-stay-out-of-school policy ought to be taking effect at last, more than 18 months after the December 2014 measles outbreak at Disneyland that propelled it. Under the new law, all students entering kindergarten this fall must have had two measles shots, a mumps and rubella (MMP) vaccination, their final doses of polio vaccine and a diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) injection. Parents who don’t want to provide these for their kids can home school their children, but unvaccinated kids who may be carrying any of those once-dreaded diseases are no longer welcome in kindergarten. That’s because unless 94 to 96 percent of children in any group of 100 are vaccinated, there can be no guarantee against disease outbreaks. The most recent California example of what non-vaccination can bring came in Nevada County last March, when many students at the Yuba River Charter School were kept out of classes more than a week after an unvaccinated child was diagnosed with measles. Health officials said the child was infectious while attending school. Classes were shut down because only about 43 percent of kindergarten pupils entering the school in fall 2015 had up-to-date vaccinations and an epidemic could have resulted. Many of the other 57 percent in those classrooms were exempted because of a “personal belief ” provision written into previous state law, allowing parents to claim vaccinations ran counter to their religious beliefs. The new law, known as SB 277, allows exemptions only for children medically unable to receive vaccines, with parents required to produce a doctor’s note before getting that exemption. Unvaccinated students admitted to kindergarten in previous years will continue in school, however. When they reach 7th grade, their parents will have to provide written evidence of vaccination. But foes of vaccination, who have long insisted vaccines backfire and lead both to adverse reactions and more disease, are not giving up their fight against the law. Their first move was trying to qualify a referendum for this fall’s ballot aiming to overturn SB 277. They got far too few signatures to qualify it for a vote. So they’ve turned to a Superior Court judge in San Diego County, seeking an injunction to suspend the law until higher courts can rule on its constitutionality. That move has also not yet succeeded. But an initiative proposed for the November 2018 ballot aiming to overturn SB 277 remains alive, with a Sept. 26 deadline for gathering signatures. Amid all this, there are no credible denials of research showing that no more than 86 percent of those at Disneyland had been vaccinated before the day many were exposed to measles. The actual rate may have been as low as 50 percent, according to the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Because the scientifically accepted vaccination level for so-called “herd immunity” is at least 94 percent, there was ample opportunity for infection and 145 cases were recorded among those at the theme park and others who came in contact with them later. “This is what happens when parents opt out of vaccinations, as roughly half the cases occurred in children who were not vaccinated but were eligible to receive the shots,” wrote Lila Abassi, MD, director of medicine for the American Council on Science and Health. Because some who have been vaccinated can still contract measles when exposure is strong and direct, as they did at Disneyland, most physicians consider “herd immunity” vital to disease prevention. Said Democratic state Sen. Richard Pan, SB 277 author and the Legislature’s only practicing pediatrician, “It is unfortunate there are still people who perpetuate misinformation about the safety and efficacy of vaccines and minimize the dangers of vaccine-preventable diseases that disabled and killed millions annually before vaccines were available.” The safety of vaccines has been proven in myriad studies, and their efficacy is clear from the small incidence of diseases like rubella and polio since vaccines for them were deployed. But that doesn’t quiet nay-sayers any more than photos from space deflated flat-earth advocates who still hold occasional conventions. What’s important is that parents understand that regardless of their personal preferences, they don’t have the right to expose the children of others to potentially deadly ailments.

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


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

To Your

Donating Blood, I Want My Own


. Is it possible to donate your own blood to yourself ?


Yes you can. This is called “autologous” blood donation. It’s done in the weeks before non-emergency surgery. The blood is stored until the operation. Autologous donation is most often employed in surgery on bones, blood vessels, the urinary tract, and the heart, when the likelihood of transfusion is high. This form of blood donation is good for the patient, but it’s beneficial to society, too. People over the age of 69 require half of all whole blood and red blood cells transfused, according to the National Blood Data Resource Center (NBDRC). Giving blood to yourself cuts down on the demand for blood. Typically, each donated unit of blood, referred to as whole blood, is separated into multiple components, such as red blood cells, plasma, platelets, and antihemophilic factor, for transfusion to individuals with different needs. With an aging population and advances in medical treatments requiring blood transfusions, the demand for blood is increasing. On any given day, more than 40,000 units of red blood cells are needed. Volunteers donate almost all the blood transfused in the United States. Using current screening and donation procedures, a growing number of blood banks have found blood donation by seniors to be safe and practical; if you’re a geezer, you probably can help the cause. To be eligible to donate blood, a person must be in good health. In general, donors must weigh at least 110 pounds. Most blood banks have no upper age limit. Donors are screened for AIDS, hepatitis, other diseases, and other possible problems. Adult males have about 12 pints of blood in their circulation and adult females have about nine pints. The donor’s body replenishes the fluid lost from donation in about 24 hours. The red blood cells that are lost are generally replaced in a few weeks. Whole blood can be donated once every eight weeks.

What is the most common blood type? The approximate distribution of blood types in the US population is below. Distribution may be different for specific racial and ethnic groups. O Rh-positive --- 39 percent O Rh-negative --- 9 percent A Rh-positive --- 31 percent A Rh-negative --- 6 percent B Rh-positive --- 9 percent B Rh-negative --- 2 percent AB Rh-positive --- 3 percent AB Rh-negative --- 1 percent In an emergency, anyone can receive type O red blood cells, and type AB individuals can receive red blood cells of any ABO type. Therefore, people with type O blood are known as “universal donors,” and those with type AB blood are known as “universal recipients.”

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Defining Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis May Advance Research


esearchers from Colorado State University propose a new model of fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis (MS), designed to overcome the lack of a unified definition of fatigue that can be objectively tested using experimental approaches. With this model, the authors behind the article, “Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis: Misconceptions and Future Research Directions,” published in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, believe that research into the mechanisms of fatigue can be advanced, as well as treatments that might better address this symptom and possibly conquer it. Fatigue affects up to 92 percent of people with MS and is often perceived as one of the disease’s most burdensome symptoms. But researchers know little about why and how it arises, and none of the current MS therapies treat it in a satisfying way. The authors of this “perspective article” believe that the lack of effective research is caused by an inadequate definition of fatigue, and propose the following model and definition: “Fatigue is

the decrease in physical and/or mental performance that results from changes in central, psychological, and/or peripheral factors.” Although everyone intuitively knows what fatigue is, the lack of rigid descriptions make it difficult for scientists studying it. Most people associate fatigue with lack of sleep or being overworked, in MS patients it can be extremely debilitating and for no obvious reason. One study exploring a particular drug’s effects might describe fatigue in one way and relate those effects to the description given, while other studies use different descriptions and measures of outcomes — making it impossible to compare results across studies. “When compared to advances made in other domains of disease status and disability in [people with] MS, fatigue continues to lag behind. The lack of progress is largely due to the varying subjectivity in the definition and assessment of fatigue between research groups,” the authors said. “Our proposed theoretical model provides specific areas of objective fatigue assessment that can be applied in research and intervention settings.” The new definition differs from how fatigue is commonly viewed in that it assumes that it cannot be tied to a particular bodily process, but rather is always influenced by many ‘factors.’ Central factors may be differences in brain neurotransmitters, inflammatory molecules, or brain metabolism; peripheral factors include muscle changes, such as the ability to contract or generate enough energy. Psychological factors can also impact fatigue, like perceived effort, a subjective sense of worsening performance over time, motivation, and cognitive impairment, the authors state. The definition also takes into account that fatigue is likely dependent on the surrounding conditions, such as the environment and the task being performed. A definition of fatigue on which researchers agree, however, is only the first necessary step toward a real understanding of the problem, the researchers said. Better experimental set-ups are also needed, as current measurements often miss the target. Questionnaires, often used to measure fatigue, are not specific enough and often include measures of tiredness and other MS symptoms that are not always linked to fatigue. These questionnaires are also entirely subjective. Objective measures of fatigue can be obtained by measuring performance before, during, and after a task. Such measurements could assess what researchers call performance fatigability, which can be measured separately for movement and cognitive performance. If such tests take into account factors such as depression, anxiety, and reduced cognitive processing speed, all known to impact results on such tests, investigators will get closer to the core of the problem itself. Such measurements, the authors pointed out, need to make use of multiple tools, including various forms of brain scans and neuropsychological tests. These researchers, however, acknowledge that this proposed model is purely theoretical, and conclude that future research needs to provide proof that it is a valid way of studying fatigue. Source: Colorado State University, Frontiers in Neurology,

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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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A Day in the Life of Jesus The Messiah



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 15:26-16:11 we read of Jesus warning and comforting His disciples, “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever kills you will think that he does God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” First, let us consider the warning that Jesus gives to His disciples. Please understand this important truth, this warning (promise) of coming persecution to the person who chooses to follow Jesus was not only to His disciples of Jesus’ day but to all throughout the ages. History proves this out, look at our present day, thousands of Christian are martyred each year. The Apostle Paul said this, 2 Timothy 3:12 “Yes, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” With this promise of coming persecution, Jesus gives a word of great comfort, He promises the Comforter, the Holy Spirit to be with us at all times. Jesus was about to depart from them and return to Heaven. As He was restricted because of being in a human body, as the disciples went all over the known world preaching the Gospel, Jesus would not have been able to be with them, but through the Holy Spirit, He would be able to go with all of them anywhere they may go. We also see a part of the work of the Holy Spirit in the world today, He is to convict (convince) the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. No man is able to see how great of a sinner he is without the enlightening of the Holy Spirit, for every man thinks more highly of himself than he ought. It is the Holy Spirit that reveals the righteousness of God and the unrighteousness of man, and it is the Holy Spirit that convinces man that there is a day of judgment in which all will have to stand before a Holy God and give account of ever idle word, thought, deed, and inaction. None will escape this day of reckoning without the advocate (Jesus Christ) to intervene for Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of them. Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or


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Young Actors’ Theatre performs

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Aug. 11-28 •Spring Valley

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Free & family-friendly!

Cinderella Join San Diego Opera’s young artists for Opera on Track,


Opera on Track Program Schedule Saturday, September 3, 11:00am

Saturday, September 17, 12:00pm

Santee Trolley Square Amphitheatre

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(Blue Line)

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Saturday, September 17, 2:00pm

Saturday, September 10, 11:00am

E Street Trolley Station, Chula Vista

full-length opera Cinderella, opening October 22 at the San

Market Creek Plaza Amphitheatre

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(Euclid Avenue Station, Orange Line)

Saturday, October 8, 1:30pm

featuring a 30-minute version of Rossini’s opera Cinderella at trolley stops and venues within close walking distance

Diego Civic Theatre.

404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, 92114

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Saturday, September 10, 2:00pm

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Barrio Logan, Glashaus Art Studio

200 W. Island, San Diego, 92101

(Barrio Logan Station, Blue Line)

Sunday, October 9, 1:00pm

1815 Main Street, San Diego, 92113 Saturday, September 17, 10:00am

BUILDING OPERA AUDIENCES Funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation

Old Town Trolley Station (tunnel) (Green Line)

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MTS is the 2016–17 season Preferred Mode of Transportation Opera on Track is funded by OPERA America’s Building Opera Audiences grant program, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

Children’s Museum Park—Museum Day

(Fenton Parkway Station, Green Line) 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego, 92108

Arts Partner: Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theatre • 619.533.7000



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Barons Market, ‘Red Hot & Moving to the TOP’ Saturday, Aug. 20 •Alpine

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WILD WEST CASINO NIGHT V LAKESIDE — The Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society presents their Wild West Casino Night 5 on September 10, at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, Lakeside, from 6-10 pm. This event benefits local horse rescue organizations. Ticket price is $20/person & includes $200 in play chips. Beer or wine glasses are $20 each and come with 4 free drink tickets. Raffles, silent auction, door prizes, roulette, black jack, craps & poker tables, as well as a Cornhole Tournament. Food will be available for purchase by Descanso Junction Restaurant & Catering. For more information, photos & tickets, please visit casinonight.html or or call 619-3220009 or 619-754-5555. You can also get tickets at Double S Feed in El Cajon or at the door.

LMV Living History

EAST COUNTY — Lore of the Laguna’s returns as the Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association presents its 29th Annual LIVING HISTORY after a twoyear hiatus. The past comes alive in this re-enactment of life in the Laguna Mountains, starting in the early 1900s and going back in time. Visit with Native Americans, rugged cowboys and turn-of-the-(last) century mountain men. Meet the first Laguna Forest Ranger, and relive the summer encampment of a 1908 pioneer family from Imperial Valley. How did they survive back then without any modern devices or conveniences and most of all, cell phones or social media? It was a slower pace, but lives were just as eventful and full of adventure as they are now. Come, see history come alive! Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at the Red-Tailed Roost Volunteer Headquarters near Mount Laguna in the Cleveland National Forest. Just 45 miles east of San Diego on I-8, then 8 ½ miles N on Sunrise Highway (on left, past mile marker 22.5). Hourly presentations beginning 9:30 am – 3:30 pm., Saturday and 10 am - 2 pm, Sunday. Free admission. Don’t miss the fun! For more information, visit the LMVA website at or call the Laguna Visitor Center at (619) 473-8547 or the Alpine Ranger Office at (619) 445-6235.

10th Annual Spring Valley Library FIESTA

La Mesa Oktoberfest 2016 Join us for the 43rd Annual La Mesa Oktoberfest! LA MESA — This is the largest Oktoberfest Celebration West of the Mississippi with over 100,000 attendees. This free event is spread out over nearly six city blocks in the La Mesa Village and features hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, outfits, games and of course beer. This year, to enhance your Oktoberfest experience on many levels, the City of La Mesa has teamed up with veteran event producers EventWerks. They produce a variety of events including several Oktoberfests each year, (Dana Point and Lake Arrowhead). We look forward to having you join us in 2016, and YES, some vendor spaces still available.

SPRING VALLEY — Enjoy free entertainment, refreshments, and activities at the 10th annual Spring Valley Library Fiesta, a celebration of Latino Heritage Month. This year’s Fiesta is being held on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Spring Valley Library, located at 836 Kempton St. The Fiesta offers events and activities for people of all ages, including performances by Danza Azteca Calpulli Mexihca of San Diego and Mariachi Del Pacifico. Attendees can also tour a Low Rider Car display, watch Ballet Folklorico performances and children can participate in crafts and face painting. Community information booths will offer a variety of informational handouts and other resources. The library will have free opportunity drawings throughout the event. Parking is limited, so plan accordingly. “The Spring Valley Fiesta is a wonderful opportunity for community members to gather in celebration of Latino Heritage Month and enjoy expressions of culture through music, dance and art.” said Branch Librarian Charlotte King-Mills. The Spring Valley Library wishes to thank the community for its support and extend a special thanks to its partners: the Friends of the Spring Valley Library, San Diego County Parks and Rec, Platt College, Heaven’s Windows, Spring Valley Youth & Family Coalition, Care 1st and the San Diego County Latino Association.


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Downtown El Cajon Business Partners

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Fridays • 6-8 p.m. El Cajon Prescott Promenade (619) 334-3000 •

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Dinner & a Concert

Aug. 26: Back to the Garden (Classic Music – with Special Guest) Sept. 2: Heroes (Contemporary/Dance) Sept. 9: Soul Persuaders (Funk/Soul) Sept. 16: Siren’s Crush (Modern Pop/

Summer Concerts in The Park

Aug. 25: James Kruk & the Big Boss Men – Elvis Tribute



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SDSU BEATwith Steve Dolan

Alpine Radio Station Helping Louisana Flood Victims ALPINE — Chris Torrick, owner of Alpine radio station Mountain Country 107.9 FM, is doing all he can to help the flood victims of Louisiana. Mountain Country 107.9 FM collected donations last week. This week, Torrick and his wife, Pamela, actually drove the donations all the way to Baton Rouge, La. While there, they will help people with such chores as literally digging their homes out of the mud. “When you’re able to show up, you know, hand them a toothbrush, something that they need, (they say) ‘I haven’t seen a toothbrush,’” Torrick told television station CW6 San Diego. The small non-profit radio station, Mountain Country 107.9 FM, is trying to make a difference. “We don’t have a ton of commercials on the radio. We don’t cover a huge area; we’re Alpine and Lakeside,” Torrick adds. Chris and his station headed out to help Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The current plan was to fill a truck full of much needed items for people in Louisiana shelters. “Canned food items, gift cards, so when they do get to retail, they can pick up things like diaper wipes, and things like that. These are all basics that we take for granted, but when you don’t have a store open in 5 to 10 miles, they’re hard to come by,” Torrick said. He’s making a difference by this little radio station with a big heart. “The smiles; it’s priceless,” Torrick said. Mountain Country 107.9 FM is operated by East County Broadcasting Inc. It is a nonprofit community radio station and designated as a 501 (c) (3) by the I.R.S. For more information, call (619) 445-1079 or email 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 Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber Hosts HELPS Awards

The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce will present its HELPS awards at a dinner on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Viejas Casino & Resort’s Grand Oak Ballroom, 5000 Willows Road, Alpine. Doors open at 5 p.m. HELPS stands for Heroes, Excellent Leadership and Public Service. Awards will be presented in such categories as Heroes, Beautification, Small Business of the Year; Large Business of the Year, Organization of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Special Recognition and Youth Organization of the Year. The first 200 guests will receive gifts. Event emcee is Carolyn Fisher, an arm wrestling world champion. A silent auction will be held. Auction items include dinner certificates, admission tickets to the USS Midway Museum and a Comic-Con goodies “swag bag” containing comic books, posters, pens and autographed items. Tickets also will be sold for opportunity drawings for gift baskets. Center pieces will be sold to help local students travel to Washington, D.C. Valet parking is free. Event sponsors include Viejas Casino & Resort, Viejas Enterprises, Alpine Regional Center, San Diego Gas & Electric Co., St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Postal Annex of Alpine, Barons Market, California Bank & Trust, Joe Garzanelli of Keller Williams Realty and Primary Residential Mortgage Inc. Cost to attend is $60 per person. Sponsorships are available. For ticket and sponsorship information, call the Chamber office, (619) 445-2722, or visit

nity Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa. Cox Communications is the breakfast sponsor. The program will feature a salute to local law enforcement officers. Expected attendees will include La Mesa Police Chief Walt Vasquez and El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis. Cox Communications is the breakfast sponsor. Please join us to thank the men and women who protect and serve our families and communities. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $20 per person for members with RSVP, $25 per person for guests with RSVP and $30 per person at the door without reservations. RSVPs are requested prior to Tuesday, Aug. 30. For more information and to RSVP, contact Melissa Long at, (619) 440-6161, or visit

East County realtor trade group shares services with North County group

The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), with offices in El Cajon and Chula Vista, has signed a shared services agreement with the North San Diego County Association of Realtors (NSDCAR). The agreement gives access to services, resources and discounts offered by either association to both PSAR and NSDCAR members. Shared services will include Sandicor Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and service center support with retail discounts on store items and lockbox equipment and services. Also included will be educational training, advocacy and other resources. The shared services agreement is an expansion of a relationship between the two Associations that The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce has been in effect since 2013, when arbitration and will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting mediation services became available through a at 7:15 a.m., Friday, Sept. 2 at the La Mesa Commu- joint program.

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PSAR officials said the goal of the agreement is to provide advocacy for homeowners and top-notch countywide service to members, as well as to help maintain the industry’s long-standing commitment to realtors and the clients they serve. Anthony Andaya, 2016 PSAR President, said, “This is an immediate benefit to members of both Associations. It means more value, easier access to great service, and more coverage for all our members all at the same low cost. In addition, many REALTORS® are now practicing business countywide. So, this agreement will help to ensure they get what they need when they need it, especially when they are out in the field.”

Viejas, Barona Get New Gaming Deals With State

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed gaming compacts between the state and the Barona Band of Mission Indians and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians. Terms of the new compacts, including provisions regarding licensing, compliance enforcement and mitigation of off-reservation impacts, are consistent with recent compacts, the governor’s office said. The compacts also provide incentives for revenue sharing with and mutual support of local jurisdictions for fire, emergency medical services, law enforcement, public transit, infrastructure improvements, education and other services that in part serve the needs of the community. They also include terms to stimulate investments that provide a mutual benefit to the tribe and the local community. The investments may include renewable energy, recycling or water conservation projects, non-gaming-related economic development and health care facilities.

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