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LA MESA — Bob and Laura Duggan (pictured above), haven’t forgotten their roots. “Both of us come from modest means and neither of us had much growing up in Brooklyn,” said Laura. “I had medical issues when I was a kid, and other people paid for my medical costs. You don’t forget things like that. Now that we’re in a position to help others, we’re not going to hesitate in paying it forward.” Their most recent gift to the community: A $20,000 matching grant ensuring that the 4th Annual Summer Conservatory at Grossmont College is fully funded in 2017. Open to high school and college students alike, the Summer Conservatory Program enables student performers and technicians to learn what it’s like to work in a professional theatre through daytime and evening classes that teach specialized skills. High school students earn college credit, and the course culminates with several performances at a packed Stagehouse Theatre. “When you give to Grossmont College, you know you’re going to impact a lot of lives,” said Bob Duggan. “The Theatre Department alone produces so many wonderful opportunities for so many students from so many backgrounds. It’s really an honor to be in the position to support them, and we’re hoping our donation will encourage others to give.” The contribution is the latest in a long string of philanthropic efforts, most of which were done anonymously and behind the scenes. In 2015, the couple contributed a $15,000 matching grant to the Summer Conservatory. They’ve also funded scholarships for Grossmont College students and have given generously to the Polinsky Children’s Center, the Peter Pan Junior

Theater, Promises2Kids, Classics4Kids, the Vista Hill Foundation and San Diego Las Hermanas, among others. Getting the Duggans to talk about their generosity, however, is about as easy as getting tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway. “We don’t do it for the notoriety or the recognition,” said Bob, who had to be convinced to be interviewed. “Everything we do is aimed at encouraging others to contribute. If we can tell an organization that we’ll provide matching funds, then we’ve helped involve others in a worthy cause, and nothing can be more valuable or rewarding.” The Duggans are especially fond of donating to the theater and have been involved with youth theater since their youngest son, Aaron, was cast in a Peter Pan Junior Theater production of Oliver! The Duggans’ daughter-in-law, Beth Duggan, is the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department Chair. “The Duggans have been giving to youth theater for as long as I’ve known them, and I’ve known them for 35 years,” said La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis, who was cast in the role of Mr. Bumble in that production of Oliver! and who now is the director of the Peter Pan Junior Theater and the C. Hook Theater, an after-school program for high school students. “Their latest contribution to the Summer Conservatory offers a bridge to college for students who possibly were not considering continuing their education after high school but who now have an opportunity to be on a college campus and work with professionals in the theater and theater tech,” Arapostathis said. “It underscores their commitment to the community.” High school sweethearts, the Duggans never imagined in their younger days that they

would be in a position to make a difference in the lives of so many others. Shortly after earning his diploma, Bob Duggan enlisted in the Navy, where he was stationed at North Island and flew as an aerial photographer for the service. Laura was a secretary on Wall Street. They married in 1966 and will celebrate their 50th anniversary Oct. 22. When he left the Navy after four years, Bob Duggan decided to stay in San Diego. “I couldn’t afford to go back to New York if I tried,” he said. With Laura working at a temporary services agency, Bob began a long and successful career buying and selling real estate. He started off with North Park homes that could be purchased for $12,000 and virtually no money down, then moved up to duplexes, fourplexes and apartments. Laura handled the property portfolio and apartment management. In 1977, Bob founded MarcAaron Corp., named after his two sons. He also served on the La Mesa Planning Commission from 1994-2009, is a past board member for the Polinsky Children’s Center and Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, and was also Finance Chairman for Prop D, a La Mesa bond measure for new fire and police stations. He then served as co-chair of its oversight committee responsible for $27.9 million in bond proceeds. The couple has lived in their home overlooking downtown La Mesa for more than 40 years and have been donating to various causes since before then. “Bob and Laura Duggan’s generosity and selflessness have benefitted so many people, and Grossmont College and our students are so grateful for their latest gift on behalf of our theatre arts program,” said Grossmont College President Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh.

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The East County Herald strongly believes in the freedom of speech and the rights of all sides of an issue to be heard. The letters and guest opinions/commentaries published herein present differing points of view, not necessarily reflecting those of the publisher, The Herald or it’s advertisers. Note: Letters and opinion/commentary pieces may be edited due to space restrictions. Send all letters, opinions/commentaries to:

So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Who Will Pay For Utility’s Crimes?


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he U.S. Supreme Court in its famous Citizens United decision tells us corporations are just like people. But we saw the opposite in the multiple convictions of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. the other day for obstruction of justice and breaking safety laws in the 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight persons and destroyed many homes. No, the PG&E case says, corporations are not like people. When juries convict real people of felonies, they do jail time, serve probation and/or pay fines that hurt. They often have trouble getting jobs for the rest of their lives and carry serious stigma wherever they go. None of that will happen to PG&E, where no one appears likely to pay much of a price for the company’s wrongdoing before and after the big blast. The big utility cannot do jail time; it’s impossible. No one has put it on probation, even if a few small communities are opting out of its services to join the state’s budding publicly-owned Community Choice Aggregation power suppliers. And PG&E was fined just $6 million dollars for its offenses, a bare pittance for a company that was in June awarded more than $600 million in rate increases for safety work on its gas pipelines. The most important thing here is that not a single person was convicted. No one will pay any significant price for the tragic havoc PG&E wreaked. Even so, PG&E now wants its convictions overturned. Why this company needs $600 million yearly in extra pipeline safety money is anyone’s guess. After all, PG&E and other California gas utilities have collected billions of dollars from their customers over the last 65 years for pipeline maintenance, even if no one ever tracked how they spent it. What’s more, when the state Public Utilities Commission fined PG&E $1.6 billion last year for violating state and federal gas pipeline safety standards, more than 53 percent of the money – $850 million – was earmarked for pipeline repairs and improvements. That meant PG&E’s big fine, cited by federal authorities as one reason for the paltry amount assessed as a criminal penalty this summer, was less than half as big as billed. It is surely no fine when a company is forced to make updates it was paid to perform over the previous six decades. But the really big question in the PG&E case was clear from the day charges were filed: Why did no persons face charges? Plenty of individuals were involved, and the federal Justice Department surely knew it. One example: His own testimony in the months-long PG&E trial showed that the company’s former vice president of gas maintenance and construction may have been at the very least incompetent. One example he admitted to: He signed a letter instrumental in PG&E being charged with obstructing the federal investigation of San Bruno by trying to conceal some flawed company policies. The executive said he didn’t write or edit the letter and signed it without understanding its technical language. He said that he often did that with documents he was asked to approve. “I would read what I could and what I could understand,” he testified. “Most of it was technical information. It didn’t do much good for me to read it. I pretty much had to trust what the team had gotten me.” No one explained why this man was not charged with criminal negligence for signing such letters and documents without bothering to get them deciphered. Other testimony saw PG&E engineers say cutbacks in spending on safety were “the fault” of the company’s top brass. But no executive, active or retired, has been charged. No one paid any significant price for what probably amounted to multiple manslaughters, at a minimum. By contrast, when a low-level employee of a baseball team this season played inappropriate music during the introduction of a pitcher previously implicated in a domestic violence case, that employee was summarily fired. Yet, no one was harmed by the music. Meanwhile, PG&E suffers no reduction in employability after its crimes. Its service area is not reduced. Its rates are rising. Its executives still are paid well into six and seven figures. So no, corporations are not like people. At least not when they commit major crimes. Not in real life.

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

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Is it dangerous to take a beta-blocker for high blood pressure?


There was one study that found that beta-blockers may increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke if you are using them to treat high blood pressure alone. If you are taking a beta blocker, discuss it with your doctor. Warning: Don’t stop taking the drug on your own. Beta blockers, also known as beta-adrenergic blocking agents, are medications that reduce your blood pressure by blocking the effects of the hormone epinephrine, also known as adrenaline. When you take beta blockers, the heart beats more slowly and with less force; this reduces blood pressure. Beta blockers also help blood vessels open up to improve blood flow. Doctors prescribe beta blockers to prevent, treat or improve symptoms in a variety of other conditions, such as irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), heart failure, chest pain (angina), heart attacks, glaucoma, migraines, generalized anxiety disorder, hyperthyroidism and tremors. The following are the brand names for common beta-blockers: Sectral, Tenormin, Kerlone, Zebeta, Cartrol, Tandate, Lopressor, Toprol XL, Corgard, Levatol, Visken, Inderal, Betapace, and Blocadren.


. How should I go about choosing a surgeon?

. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) recommends that you look for a surgeon who is board certified and a fellow of the college. Specialty boards certify physicians who meet published standards. For physicians to become board certified in a surgical specialty, they must complete the required years of residency training in that specialty, and then pass a comprehensive examination. The specialty boards issue certificates that are valid for six to ten years. To retain certification, physicians must become recertified and must show continuing education in their specialty. Fellows of the ACS are board-certified surgeons whose education, training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have been found to be consistent with the college’s standards. The letters “FACS” after a surgeon’s name stands for Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. If you want to know about a surgeon, you can phone your state or county medical association for help. Or you can just ask a prospective surgeon to provide credentials. Often, you can find the information you need hanging in frames on a surgeon’s office walls.


. What questions should I ask before undergoing an operation? . Here is a list of significant questions you can ask you doctor before the surgery:

• Why do I need the operation? • Do I need it now, or can it wait? • What happens if I don’t have the operation? • What are the benefits of having the operation? • How long will the benefits last? • What are the risks of having the operation? • Are there alternatives to surgery? • How will the surgery affect my quality of life? • Where can I get a second opinion? • What experience do you have performing this surgery? • Where will the operation be done? • Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital? • Is it possible to have same-day surgery as an out-patient? • What kind of anesthesia will I need? • What are the side effects and risks of having anesthesia? • How long will it take me to recover? • Will I be in pain? How long will the pain last? • When will I be able to go home after the surgery? • What will the recovery be like? • Can you draw a diagram and explain how you do the surgery? • Can you please mark the part of my body you will operate on? • Is there anything else I should know about this surgery?

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Living with MS with Dee Dean Treating Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms Before Diagnosis?


tarting medication for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in people who show the beginning signs of the disease is associated with prolonging the time before the disease is definitively diagnosed, according to a long-term study published in the August 10, nline issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. I’m going start off with stating I do not support this method of treatment. However, I am not a neurologist nor a scientist. Just sharing my opinion. The study involved people who had a first episode that was suggestive of MS, such as numbness, vision problems or problems with balance, and an MRI that showed signs of possible MS. Up to 85 percent of people in this situation, which is called clinically isolated syndrome, will in time be diagnosed with MS. “Not much research has been done on how starting treatment this early affects the long-term course of the disease,” said study author Ludwig Kappos, MD, of University Hospital Basel in Basel, Switzerland, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. “Our study adds to the evidence supporting treatment at the earliest sign of the disease and indicates that early treatment has a long-lasting effect on disease activity.” The study started with 468 people randomly assigned to receive either early treatment with interferon beta-1b or a placebo. After participants were

diagnosed with MS or after two years, the participants on the placebo could switch to interferon beta-1b or another drug. After 11 years, researchers reevaluated the 278 people who were still participating in the study, which included 167 people in the early group and 111 people in the delayed group. Those who received the early treatment were 33 percent less likely to be diagnosed with MS than those who received the delayed treatment. Again, it would seem to me that this is putting the cart before the horse. How can they conclude that 33 percent of the participants were less likely to be diagnosed with MS with early treatment if they were never diagnosed with it in the first place? It’s not as if everyone needs to take medication if they have MS-like symptoms. Several other things mimic MS. Seems very premature to put anyone on drugs of any kind without a diagnosis. People in the early group also had more time before their first relapse of the disease than people in the delayed group, with 1,888 days compared to 931 days. The early group also had a lower overall yearly relapse rate of 0.21 compared to 0.26 for the delayed group, which is 19 percent lower. There was no difference between the two groups in the tests that measure overall disability or in MRI scans measuring the amount of 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 Massa-

chusetts General Hospital in Boston and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, who wrote an accompanying editorial. Limitations of the study include that participants and researchers learned after the fifth-year tests which participants received the drug and which received the placebo and that after the placebocontrol phase of the study, all of the participants received treatment, so there was no untreated control group after that point. Not too sound cynical, perhaps I am, but this entire study seems as if it could be funded by big pharma as a way to get more people on their meds to increase their revenues. I maintain that it is absurd to medicate anyone for anything without a diagnosis and I would go further to say, get a second and third opinion even after that diagnosis. Would anyone take chemo just in case they’ll have cancer? All seems like nonsense to me. Again, just my opinion.

Source: American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

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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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 16:16-33, Jesus continues His discourse with His disciples, “A little while, and you shall not see me: and again, a little while, and you shall see me, because I go to the Father. Then said some of his disciples among themselves, ‘What is this that he is saying to us, a little while, and you shall not see me: and again, a little while, and you shall see me: and, because I go to the Father?’ They said therefore, ‘What is this that he says, a little while? We cannot tell what he is saying.’ Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, ‘Do you enquire among yourselves of that I said, a little while, and you shall not see me: and again, a little while, and you shall see me? Verily, verily, I say unto you, that you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail has sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And you now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man takes from you. And in that day you shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever you shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you. Hitherto have you asked nothing in My name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full. These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time comes, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father. At that day you shall ask in My name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loves you, because ye have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. His disciples said unto him, Lo, now you speak plainly, and speak no proverb. Now are we sure that You know all things, and need not that any man should ask you: by this we believe that You came forth from God. Jesus answered them, ‘Do you now believe? Behold, the hour comes, yes, is now come, that you shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave Me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” These words mark the end of Jesus’ discourse with His disciples, they will walk across the Kidron Valley to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus will be turned over to the guards to be tried and ultimately crucified. His final words to the disciples are words of comfort and hope. He will see them again after He rises from the grave; He will give them peace even though they will experience tribulation in the world and one day He will receive them to glory. What wonderful promises to every follower of Jesus Christ. Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or

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Opera On Track at Santee Trolley Station Saturday, Sept. 3 • Santee Jay Renard/The East County Herald See more photos at

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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.

Alpine Library Monarchs and Milkweed ALPINE — Children of all ages are welcome to come to the Alpine Library for Funtastic Friday, Sept. 16 at 3:30 pm. This will be a fun and informative hands on demonstration about how to grow milkweed and attract monarch butterflies to your garden. You will also learn about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and why it is so important to grow milkweed. As an added bonus every participant will go home with a free kit which includes milkweed seeds, Ranger Rick’s Wildlife notebook and many other items. Local resident Carlette Anderson will be the instructor and is the Director of Alpine’s Community Wildlife Habitat Program. For further information please email

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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Free Family Summer Concerts

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Dinner & a Concert

Fridays • 6-8 p.m. El Cajon Prescott Promenade (619) 334-3000 • Sept. 9: Soul Persuaders (Funk/Soul) Sept. 16: Siren’s Crush (Modern Pop/Dance) Sept. 23: Fortunate Son (CCR Tribute Band) Sept. 30: The Petty Breakers (Tom Petty Tribute) October 7: TBD



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SDSU BEATwith Steve Dolan

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce Invites You To

Meet The Candidates Forum 2016 The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the date has been finalized for our “Meet The Candidates” forum. Calendar this event now and make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to meet the candidates that wish to serve you. This FREE public forum is a great opportunity to meet the candidates in our local, “up close and personal” venue. Join us as candidates share their platforms, views, and goals during this General Municipal Election cycle. Moderator: Bill Hammett, Chamber Board Member and Local Business Owner

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Alpine Chamber presented HELPS awards

The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce recently presented its 2016 HELPS awards. HELPS stands for Heroes, Excellent Leadership and Public Service. Recipients of Hero awards included: Virginia and Dr. Ron Christman, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians; Bill Ridenour, Veterans Wall of Honor, Sophia Christiansen, a teenager who helps other young people battling leukemia; Julie Salmon, Descanso information service; Carlette Anderson, CPR expert and author; Greg Fox Jr., who used CPR to save a life; Chris Rubio, Arms Wide Open; Larry Clark, manager, Alpine Ayres Lodge, for his help with developmentally disabled people; Nica Knight, Mount Laguna community supporter; Team Parker 4 Life, helping children with cancer. Other award winners included: Alpine Library Friends Association, Alpine Sun Newsmaker of the Year; Bobbi Brink, Lions, Tigers & Bears, and Sam Diego, humanitarians of the year awards; Barons Market, large business of the year; Postal Annex of Alpine and Pine House Café & Tavern, small businesses of the year; Dan Foster, citizen of the year; Kiwanis Club of Alpine, community organization of the year; Boy Scout Troop #105, youth organization of the year; Alpine Woman’s Club, beautification award; Darryl Bush, Keller Williams Realty, Chamber ambassador of the year; Tom and Judy Myers, Alpine Historical Society, community organization recognition award. Recipients of President’s Awards included Diana Saenger, author, and Chris Wiley, Alpine Primary Residential Mortgage. Alpine community activist and educator Al Haven was recognized with a lifetime achievement award. Special recognition awards recipients included Alpine Beer Company, Bree Rowand, Kimberly Bowley, Sue Roff, Back Country Land Trust of San Diego County, Melanie Schlumpberger, Emily Moberly and the Alpine Union and Mountain Empire Unified school districts.

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early 80 percent of states (39 of 50) saw their construction employment numbers increase from July 2015 to July 2016, according to the latest report from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “Depending on market segment and geography, many firms report they are having a hard time finding enough workers to keep pace with demand,” Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer for the AGC, said in a news release. Helping meet this increasing demand are SDSU College of Extended Studies online certificate programs in Civil Sitework, Construction Estimating, Construction Practices, Construction Project Management, and Construction Supervision. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the industry, these programs help you write your own ticket for a successful career in construction. The next session of online courses begin Sept. 12; the last day to register is Sept. 19. All programs are authorized by SDSU’s College of Engineering for professional development credit. “Just two years ago I was a college student working as an entry-level intern, and now I’m in a management role as an assistant superintendent building new home communities,” said program graduate Mark Gonzalez of Pardee Homes San Diego. “Taking courses through SDSU’s Extended Studies program is one of the best educational investments I’ve made.” Each course meets online for 10 weeks. Students should budget five to seven hours per week for each class. “I work up to 60 hours per week, so it’s very convenient for me to take these courses online at home,” said former student Pete Spangler. “I don’t have to leave my children or my family and I’m not rushing to campus to try to make a class. I was able to connect with people across the country. They had some really good insight and I learned a lot of valuable information from them.” Financial aid may be available to students through programs like the federal Workforce Investment Act and MyCAA for military spouses. For an online demo, go to For additional information visit, call (619) 594-3297, or email construction-­ 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.

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from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, at the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors’ (PSAR) East County Service Center, 1150 Broadway, El Cajon. Anderson serves as vice chair of the California Senate’s Public Safety Committee. The program is presented by two trade groups for San Diego area-realtors, PSAR and the North San Diego County Association of Realtors (NSDCAR), in partnership with the Housing Opportunities Collaborative, a HUDapproved nonprofit that provides virtual counseling services for homeowners, along with foreclosure mitigation and avoidance services. Speakers will include representatives from the California Bureau of Real Estate, Federal Bureau of Investigations and San Diego County District Attorney, as well as a legal claims education officer from the title insurance industry who trains title agents on how to spot and resolve potential issues in a transaction before settlement. Cost to attend is $10 for PSAR and NSDCAR members and $20 for non-members. Luncheon service begins at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call PSAR at The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce (619) 579-0333, or visit will host its next “Hot Topics” networking breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Janet’s Montana Café, 2506 Alpine Blvd., Guest speaker Regina Lauridsen with the U.S. Internal Review Service will The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in San discuss identity theft and protecting clients’ data, as Diego will be the beneficiary of proceeds from the well as free webinars and e-newsletters from the IRS for “Wave Goodbye to MS, Paddle for a Cure III,” a funsmall business owners. The public is invited to attend. draiser from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $20 per person, Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza Park, 5099 Newport Ave., which includes opportunity drawing tickets. Prizes will San Diego, at the corner of Abbott Street and Newinclude admission to future chamber events, including port Avenue, just south of the lifeguard station. The a “Hot Topics” breakfast and a “Red Hot and Moving to fundraiser is expected to feature hundreds of people the Top” event for a business organization. For more on surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, canoes, kayaks information and to RSVP, call (619) 445-2722 or visit or inflatables following a 1.25-mile course around the Ocean Beach Pier starting at 11 a.m. Donation to par-

Media recognition awards were presented to Alpine Sun, Alpine Neighbors Magazine, Alpine Community Network, East County Californian, East County Magazine, The San Diego Herald, LLC, The East County Herald, East County Gazette, Radio station 107.9 and the San Diego Union-Tribune’s East County edition. Sponsors included Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, San Diego Gas & Electric Co., Keller Williams Realty, California Bank & Trust, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Postal Annex of Alpine, Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc., Alpine Regional Center, Baron’s Market, All Service Property Management, Virginia Fellows CPA, Alpine Artistic Florist, Subway, Steph’s Donut Hole, Greek Village Grill, Manana’s Mexican Restaurant, Souplantation, Al Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant, Franco’s Flapjack Breakfast House, Carl’s Jr., Alpine Sushi and the Tractor Supply Co. Awards were presented on Aug. 27 at Viejas Casino & Resort.

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