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Viejas Fire Department and Alpine American Legion Commemorate 9/11

Eight East County Teachers Nominated in ‘A Salute to Teachers’ SAN DIEGO — Forty-four local teachers recognized by their districts as teachers of the year are now nominees for San Diego County Teacher of the Year, eight are from East County. Five will be named the 2017-2018 San Diego County Teachers of the Year at the 27th annual “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers,” airing live at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 on YurView (Cox Channel 4 and 1004 in high definition). The glamorous Academy Awards-style show, brought to you by San Diego County Credit Union, will be televised live from the Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego. “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers” recognizes the county’s 22,000 public school teachers, and features musical and dance performances leading up to the announcement of the five County Teachers of the Year, who will represent the region while vying for California Teacher of the Year honors.

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ALPINE — The Viejas Fire Department and The Alpine American Legion Post 258 commemorated the brave men and women of the September 11, 2001 attacks by flying a large flag affixed to Viejas Engine T-25’s massive ladder. The beautiful sight was coordinated by Viejas Tribal Council Member Adrian M. Brown, Viejas Fire Chief Bob Pfohl, Post 258 Commander Lee Slinkard and the concerted efforts of their respective organizations. Naturally, the event was followed by a hearty barbecue dinner hosted by the Post.

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• As a 3rd-grade teacher at Alpine Elementary, Lynette Ellis uses “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” to help students build confidence, and collaborates with them to determine criteria for Daily Learning Targets, which helps them take ownership of their learning. Ellis also employs leadership notebooks where students use bar graphs to track performance and progress. She believes community integration is important, walking her students to the library every three weeks and developing a pen-pal partnership with the local senior care home. She has been teaching for 21 years. • Rebecca Chui-Valle identifies with her Lexington Elementary first-grade students because they think, speak, write, and read in two languages. A child of immigrant parents, Chui-Valle was taught that school would lead to success; education was a family goal. In her classroom, each student has a morning routine and responsibilities, and the emotional and physical needs of each child are addressed before the teaching begins. Involving families is important for Chui-Valle and she uses ClassDojo, a communication app, to share each student’s day with parents. • Growing up in New Jersey, Daemein Patterson dreamed of fast cars and motorcycles, and developed a passion for music and writing. A mediocre high school student, Patterson excelled at Southwestern College and went on to complete an undergraduate and master’s degree, making him the first in his family to earn a four-year degree. In his 11th year of teaching, Patterson is devoted to helping his Grossmont High English students understand purpose by making connections between the classroom and the real world. • Kathryn Ducharme struggled with abandonment, insecurity and identity issues after her parents separated. She learned her father was gay, then had to cope with his HIV diagnosis and subse-

On The Cover EL CAJON — Steve Hamann (left) and Michael Emerson (right) attend SDECCC’s First Friday Breakfast, Friday, Sept. 8 at the Ronald Reagan Community Center. The sold out breakfast was hosted by Crisis House. Cover: Jay Renard/The East County Herald Cover design: Dee Dean / See more on P8 The East County Herald and at


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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Speeding CSU Graduations Must Not Dumb Down Degrees


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on’t get hooked: I encourage seniors and caregivers to sign up now for a special forum I’m hosting Nov. 1 on how to fend off financial scammers and other crooks. The free, two-hour gathering will start at 9 a.m. at Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Rd., La Mesa. Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood and other experts will offer tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of the “grandmother scam,” “IRS scam” and other common ruses targeting older residents.

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To register call 844-899-1597 or go to dontgethooked . Barks and recreation: The Board of Supervisors recently approved an updated park development plan that includes $13 million in general fund money, along with other funds, for park improvements in many East County communities, including Campo, Descanso, Jamul and Julian. Also in the works – new dog parks in Lakeside, Rancho San Diego and Spring Valley. Be careful out there: The most hazardous time of the year is here. Are you prepared for the fall wildfire season? Among the things you can do: Maintain 100 feet of defensible space around your home; create a disaster plan and emer-

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San Diego County District 2 Supervisior, Dianne Jacob gency supplies kit; sign up for the Alert San Diego emergency notification system; and download the SD Emergency app on your cell phone. For more on all these, and for additional help, go to . The county has significantly ramped up fire and emergency services since the deadly firestorms of 2003, investing more than $400 million on improvements that include new rural fire stations and aerial resources. For more District 2 news, go to or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email Have a great East County day!

he 23-campus California State University system knows it must somehow speed up graduation beyond today’s pace, which sees just 19 percent of entering freshmen graduate within four years. The low rate is at least partly because more than a third of frosh need some remedial work. Increased college graduation is especially crucial in three major regions: the Los Angeles area, the Central Valley and the Inland Empire of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, where need for educated workers is growing steadily as industries become more technically complex. A study from the non-profit Public Policy Institute of California the other day found the state will need 1.1 million more college educated workers by 2030 (beyond its current pace of producing graduates) to keep up with economic demand. That’s one big reason the Cal State system this summer floated the idea of turning its current crop of remedial math and English classes into for-credit classes rather than leaving them as non-credit courses that don’t contribute to anyone’s graduation. The problem with giving academic credit for remedial classes that essentially provide students with knowledge or skills they should have picked up in high school is that it threatens to dumb down degrees from Cal State campuses from the North Coast to San Diego. Top officials in the Cal State system’s Long Beach headquarters know this and want to nip in the bud any suspicion about inferior diplomas. “We will only do this if we can do it without dumbing down the degree,” said Mike Uhlenkamp, senior spokesman for Cal State. “The most important thing we do is make sure students get a high quality education so employers know just what they’re getting when they take our people on.” That’s where things get dicey. How can Cal State combine standard freshman coursework with remedial lessons in the same kind of classwork, the stated goal of the putative new forcredit policy? “We have to do it,” Uhlenkamp said. “Classes won’t be the same as today’s when we’re trying to do catch-up and coursework all in the same breath.” Cal State would like to get this going, at least on a pilot basis, by next fall, which means students starting classes right about now won’t notice much change. But it’s a conundrum the nation’s largest university system hasn’t quite figured out. “We’re consulting faculty, campus administrations, the community colleges and everyone else we can think of with an interest in this,” Uhlenkamp added. “We’re still evaluating the best way to do it.” Still, it may not be possible to turn a cow into a racehorse just by calling it something different or painting it a different color. And yet, there’s little doubt the present system has made many students feel one-down. Some feel discriminated against because the non-credit remedial classes they’ve been required to take doom them to spending a year or more longer getting to graduation than many of their onetime high school classmates. So the Cal State bosses will consider criteria other than routine placement tests to determine who must get remedial work. “In the past, we’ve relied on that,” said Uhlenkamp. “But some people are just poor test takers even if they know a subject.” The remedy will be a more holistic approach, using high school grades and scores on the SAT and ACT tests (taken by most college-bound high schoolers) in addition to placement tests as factors indicating whether students are ready for college when they arrive. And it’s not just Cal State that faces the remediation problem. So do the state’s community colleges, where many students who ordinarily would require catch-up classes now are being mainstreamed, some doing well. The bottom line: For the community colleges, Cal State and most of California, it’s a must to graduate students faster, but the trick will be to do this in a way that doesn’t decrease the quality and value of diplomas they get in the final act of their undergraduate years.

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


September is ‘California Heroes Month’

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Living with MS with Dee Dean Gut Microbes May Influence Multiple Sclerosis Progression


here are many everyday heroes all around us – teachers, firefighters, soldiers, volunteers working to improve our communities, and even the young man or woman who helped their fellow citizen carry their

groceries. Daisy Tate, Executive Director of the Veterans Supplemental Support Network (VSSN), wanted to make sure these heroes were given the recognition that they deserve. She spearheaded an effort to get local and state governments to recognize September as “Heroes Month” to honor local everyday heroes from all walks of life for their selfless actions in the service of others. In 2013, Daisy asked her State Senator Joel Anderson to write a Senate resolution officially declaring September as “California Heroes Month.” Anderson introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 97 in 2014, and it received unanimous support in the legislature. September since then has officially been declared “California Heroes Month.” After the resolution’s passage, Anderson said “It’s important we recognize every local hero for their community efforts. These heroes and their good deeds inspire and encourage others to step up to help their neighbors in need. California Heroes Month is a magnificent opportunity to recognize the importance of selflessly giving and recognizing those local unsung heroes within each community. These heroes and their good deeds inspire and encourage others to step up to help their neighbors in need.” If there is someone you would like to nominate to be recognized this California Heroes Month, Senator Anderson’s office encourages you to fill out the nomination at (case sensitive). Nominations are due by Sept. 30. If you have any questions, contact Jennifer Webber at 619-596-3136 or


esearchers at UC San Francisco have identified specific gut microbes associated with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in human patients, showing that these microbes take part in regulating immune responses in mouse models of the disease. The new findings — published during the week of Sept. 11, in the Online Early Edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)—suggest that gut microbes may play a role in the neurodegeneration that characterizes MS. The authors hope the finding will help scientists understand the origins of MS and potentially lead to treatments, such as dietary changes or drugs based on microbial byproducts, which could improve the course of the disease. MS is an neurodegenerative disorder that affects more than 2.5 million people worldwide with progressive loss of vision, weakness and tremors, and problems with coordination and balance. In severe cases, paralysis may result. MS is caused when the insulation, known as myelin, that wraps around nerve cells is damaged. “The field has been very successful in identifying genes associated with susceptibility to MS, but I’ve never been satisfied with the amount of risk that we’ll be able to explain with just genetics,” said Sergio Baranzini, PhD, a professor of neurology at UCSF and the senior author on the new study. “Even identical twins, who share the same genetic inheritance, only share an MS diagnosis about 35 percent of the time. It’s clear the genome is important, but environmental factors must also play a major role.” Many suspected environmental contributors to MS, such as history of smoking, diet, and environmental exposures, are very hard to pin down and associate with a biological impact on patients, Baranzini said. But a growing number of studies demonstrating that gut microbes can directly influence the function of the human immune system suggested a new possibility to Baranzini: Since “the intestine is actually the most intimate connection between the outside world and the immune system,” he explained, the human gut microbiome could play a role in the onset or progression of MS.

In the new study, postdoctoral researcher Egle Cekanaviciute, PhD, and collaborators analyzed the gut microbiome of 71 MS patients as well as 71 healthy control subjects, and identified specific species of bacteria that were either more or less common in people with MS than in the general population. Then they turned to the much more difficult task of investigating how these differences in gut bacteria might influence the attack on myelin in MS. “A lot of microbiome studies say, ‘These bacteria are increased in patients with a disease, and those bacteria are reduced.’ And then they stop,” Cekanaviciute said. “We wanted to know more: should we care about the ones that are increased because they are harmful or the ones that are decreased because perhaps they are helpful? What do these microbes actually do that could have an impact on people’s health?” First, the team explored whether components of these bacteria could alter the behavior of human immune cells to make them either pro- or anti-inflammatory. In laboratory dishes, the researchers exposed human immune cells to bacterial extracts, and found that two species that were more common in people with MS — Akkermansia muciniphila and Acinetobacter calcoaceticus—triggered the cells to become pro-inflammatory, while another found at lower than usual levels in MS patients — Parabacteroides distasonis—triggered immune-regulatory responses. To see how these bacteria might affect the immune system as a whole, the researchers then introduced each of these three species into mice that otherwise lacked a microbiome and found that the bacteria had a similar effect: A. muciniphila and A. calcoaceticus triggered inflammatory immune responses, while P. distasonis tamped down inflammation. But these experiments only examined the impact of one bacterial species at a time — the question remained how the complex microbial ecosystems of MS patients might impact neurodegeneration. To answer this question, the team performed fecal transplants on mice with an experimentally induced form of MS. The researchers found that replacing the microbiomes of these mice with the microbiomes of MS patients caused the animals to lose key immune-regulatory cells and to develop more serious neuro- degeneration, suggesting that the microbiome alone could contribute to the progression of MS. A second study published in the same issue of PNAS—led by researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Germany and coauthored by Cekanaviciute and Baranzini—also found that microbiome transplants from MS patients could exacerbate symptoms in mice with a genetic model of the disease. “Two different groups, using two separate cohorts of patients and controls, and two distinct mouse models of the disease, saw very similar results,” Cekanaviciute said. “This is very promising evidence that we’re on the right track.” The new findings suggest that the microbiome may play a key role in the origins of MS. “To be clear, we don’t think the microbiome is the only trigger of MS,” Cekanaviciute said. “But it looks like these microbes could be making the disease progression worse or better— pushing someone with genetic predisposition across the threshold into disease or keeping them safe.” The authors hope that future research will shine light on exactly how these bacterial populations influence the development and progression of MS. Baranzini said he hopes the field will be able to use these findings to develop novel therapies for patients with MS. “The microbiome is very malleable,” he said. “You could relatively easily change it in an adult who has MS or is susceptible – something you cannot do with their genetics. This is not a magical approach, but it is hopeful.” Source: University of California, San Fransisco

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 30 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 2017 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.


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EVERYDAY LIFE The Promises of God

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled “The Promises of God”. As mentioned in part one of this series, there are but a few promises to all of mankind, the vast majority are to those who have become His children by adoption through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance from sin. Some may think this is not “fair”, that all of God’s promises should be to everyone. Well they are to everyone that will repent of sin and turn to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Think of this way, you are a parent, your children have your protection; love; provision; sacrifice; and will inherit what you have at your departure. Should others who are not your children or even those who hate you and your children be beneficiaries of what you have for your own children? Of course not, that would be absurd! Another of God’s wonderful promises is that of Hope and a Future. It should be understood that Hope and a future is only as good as the one who offers hope and a future. If your hope and future is dependent upon anyone or thing other than God it is an empty hope and future and certain to bring disappointment. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the purposes which I am purposing for you, says Jehovah; purposes of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Context is very important to understanding the significance to this promise. As a reminder, the term “text” refers to the verse or verses that we are focusing upon, in this case it is Jer. 29:11. Context refers to the verses that surround the text (the verses before and after). Let me give you the backround on our text. A small group of Hebrews had been forcibly removed from Jerusalem to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon. As they were being held captive there, the false prophets back in Jerusalem were sending messages to them telling them that their captivity would not be much longer; God would have them released to return home any day now. God was telling them a different story, through the prophet Jeremiah God told them that they would be there for 70 years so they might as well settle down, have a family, build a home, etc.. This of course went against the message of the false prophets as well as what they wanted for they wanted to return home to their homeland. What they failed to understand was that what appeared as God’s unkindness, indifference, and cold heartedness to their “wants” was really His love and concern for them. Because the next time Babylon would attack Jerusalem, thousands of Jews would be slaughtered and the remaining ones would be scattered to the four corners of the world. In God there was hope and a desired end, they just could not see it because of their present circumstances. Another instance of this is found in Psalm 66:10-12 “For You have proved us, O God; You have tested us, as silver is refined. You have brought us into the net; You have laid affliction on our loins. You have allowed men to ride at our head; we have gone through fire and through water, but You have brought us out to plenty.” Here the writer of this Psalm tells of how they had gone through a very difficult time while in the midst of it, no doubt all hope seemed to be lost and it appeared that God had forsaken them and was not interested in them anymore. But this was not the case, the writer testifies that through this difficult time, God brought them to a time of plenty. Listen carefully dear ones, God is ALWAYS faithful; He always has our good and a desired end for our lives. We have a very limited view of what is good and best for us. There are countless examples of this in the Word of God the Bible. One in particular is in Deuteronomy 8:2-3 “And you shall remember all the way which Jehovah your God led you these forty years in the wilderness in order to humble you, to prove you, to know what is in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. And He humbled you and allowed you to hunger, and then He fed you with manna, which you did not know, neither did your fathers know it, so that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of Jehovah man shall live.” Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or

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Lions, Tigers & Bears Needs Your Help! A Plea From Founder / Director, Bobbi Brink

Alpine Woman’s Club Meeting Alpine Woman’s Club Monthly Luncheon is Tuesday, Sept. 19 at Noon. The Club is open to all East County Women and is located in the Alpine Town Hall, 2156 Alpine Blvd. After lunch they will play a game called, Who am I? Members will bring in a picture of themselves, from years past, and they will try and guess the name of the person in the picture. There will be prizes and surprises. The club’s Mission is to provide opportunities for women to meet and socialize, to maintain the Historic Alpine Town Hall and to hold fundraiser’s for their scholarship fund. So far, they have given away $126,000 in scholarships to local, college bound seniors. They have three major fundraisers each year. Attic Treasurers in February, The Victorian Tea in April and the Christmas Home Tour in December. If you are interested in learning more about the club then please make a reservation to attend their monthly meeting/ luncheon. Please contact Karin Smith karinshouse64@yahoo. com or 619-357-5353. Information about events and programs can also be found on their website at or their Facebook page.

For Lions Tigers & Bears, summer days are much the same as every other day of the year – habitats are cleaned daily, ponds are cleaned and filled with fresh, cool water four times each week, animals are fed and cared for, and veterinary checkups continue as scheduled. This summer we had some additional veterinary needs with Albert the grizzly bear needing a root canal and a tooth extraction, and two of our big cats, Zulu the lion and Tabu the tiger, requiring sonograms and other medical procedures to get to the bottom of their lethargy and decreased appetites. Thanks to your generous support, we are able to immediately address the medical needs of all of our animals. Will you please step up again to help care for all of the animals at Lions Tigers & Bears? We can’t do it without you. We rely on your contributions to provide for the 65 lions, tigers, bears, bobcats, cougars, leopards and other rescued animals who have a lifetime home at Lions Tigers & Bears. Thank you for being part of Lions Tigers & Bears’ family of supporters….and for being such an important friend to the beautiful, exotic animals in our care. Your generosity makes it all possible! Gratefully, Bobbi Brink Lions Tigers & Bears (LTB) is a federally and state licensed non-profit 501(c) (3) rescue facility dedicated to providing a safe haven to abused and abandoned exotic animals while inspiring an educational forum to end the exotic animal trade. LTB is a NO KILL, NO BREED and NO SELL facility that allows the animals in its care the opportunity to live out their lives with dignity in a caring and safe environment. LTB is one of few sanctuaries in the United States with the highest level of accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and the American Sanctuary Association. For more information or to make a donation to help care for the animals at LTB, please visit or call (619) 659-8078.



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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan

Aztecs Host NationallyRanked Stanford


an Diego State returns home to play host to No. 19 Stanford at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Tickets are still available for the game against the Cardinal, but fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early for better seat location. The Aztec Ticket Office, located at San Diego Stadium Window E, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. On Saturday, the ticket office will open at 2:30 p.m. Individual tickets may also be purchased online at or over the phone at (619) 283-7378. SDSU swept the Mountain West weekly awards after a 30-20 victory at Arizona State on Sept. 9. Senior Rashaad Penny (Norwalk) became the first player in MW history to win two of the three awards in a single week, capturing both the offensive and special teams award, while junior Noble Hall (Las Vegas) picked up the MW Defensive Player-of-theWeek award. Penny rushed 18 times for a career-high 216 yards (12.0 avg.) and a touchdown, while adding four catches for 38 yards and a touchdown, as well as a 99-yard kick return for a score. Penny, who was named the Walter Camp FBS Offensive Player of the Week, became the first player in FBS this season with at least one rushing touchdown, one receiving touchdown and one kick return score in the same game. His 353 all-purpose yards (216 rushing, 99 kick return and 38 receiving) are the most in a FBS game this season (second is 272), and is third most in SDSU single-game history. Hall, meanwhile, picked up his first career defensive honor, the first by an Aztec since Malik Smith won the weekly award on Nov. 30, 2015, the first by a SDSU defensive lineman since Jerome Long on Sept. 13, 2011 and just the third San Diego State defensive lineman to win the award in the MW era (since 1999). Hall set career highs in every category against the Sun Devils, registering five tackles (four solo), 1.5 sacks for 13 yards, 2.5 tackles for loss for 20 yards and two forced fumbles. For more information, visit

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Chick-fil-A in Santee and La Mesa will help Texas hurricane victims The two Chick-fil-A restaurants in the East County, in Santee and La Mesa, will host a fundraiser night on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to support recovery efforts for Houston’s victims of Hurricane Harvey. Officials said both stores will donate 15 percent of all sales between 5 and 8 p.m. to a Chickfil-A fund earmarked for Houston residents. Both owneroperators of the two Chick-fil-A restaurants have friends and family members living in Houston who were impacted by the hurricane. Santee’s Kyle Steck has in-laws living in Houston. Rick Preciado in La Mesa worked for various oil and gas, building materials and chemical companies in Texas before joining Chick-fil-A and moving to San Diego to open the La Mesa restaurant earlier this year. The Santee Chick-fil-A is at 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee. The Grossmont Chick-fil-A is at 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa.

next with a special emphasis on children, seniors, Latino and low-to-moderate income populations, according to Susan Day, Burn Institute executive director. Among the Burn Institute programs earmarked for the GHD funds: Camp Beyond the Scars, a week-long summer camp that assists children ages 8 to 17 in coping with the devastating psychological and physical effects of their fire or burn injuries; Living With Wildfire, a program providing information to homeowners about wildfires; and free smoke alarm detectors for seniors who own their homes. Other Burn Institute programs and activities benefitting from GHD support include peer support services, supplemental counseling, emergency assistance and fire and burn prevention education.

Santee Chamber’s Black Tie Car Show Gala will honor mayor

The Santee Chamber of Commerce will present its second annual Black Tie Car Show Gala featuring classic cars, modern aircraft, awards, dinner, live music, dancing, Grossmont Healthcare District continues and more from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, at High Performance Aircraft at Gillespie Field, 1960 Joe Crosson support for Burn Institute Dr., El Cajon. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres start at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, awards and live auction starting The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing at 7 p.m. and dancing to the live music of The Mighty its support of the Burn Institute, a non-profit health agency Untouchables starting at 9 p.m. The theme is Roaring ‘20s dedicated to supporting burn survivors and reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego County. The and prohibition. The event also will include recognition to Santee Mayor John Minto and a lifetime achievement GHD board recently approved a $34,000 grant to support award to Don Parent, who recently retired from San Diego the Burn Institute’s burn prevention education program for Gas & Electric. The Santee Food Bank will benefit from elementary school students, as well as support services for burn survivors. The funds will support programs and services Gala proceeds. Established in 1983, the Santee Food Bank provides assistance to about 500 Santee residents for more than 15,000 East Region residents over the year

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Walgreens building in Santee purchased for $11.1 million The Walgreens building, 9305 Mission Gorge Road in Santee, has been sold for $11.1 million as part of a 1031 exchange, according to industry reports. The buyer was Lyn-Jo Santee LLC, a unit of privately-held, New York-based Jo-Lyn Management, which reportedly borrowed $6.1 million loan from Cantor Commercial Real Estate to acquire the property. The seller was CPI Santee LLC I, II and III, a unit of Columbia Property Investors of Hackensack, N.J. The other part of the 1031 Exchange was a 93-unit apartment building in the Bronx valued at $20 million.

Supervisors earmark $34 million for road repair The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has approved a plan to borrow up to $34 million from the General Fund over the next five fiscal years to improve about 2,000 miles of county-maintained roads. The plan is aimed at raising the county’s pavement condition index (PCI) from 60 to 70. Developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the index rates roads from 0 to 100 based on a visual survey of pavement distress, including cracks, rutting and potholes. The money would be repaid using road-maintenance funding from the state’s Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017.

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quent failing immune system until he died of AIDS. Ducharme fell in love with teaching after completing 30 required volunteer hours in a classroom near campus. She’s been a middle school science teacher at Carlton Hills in Santee for 20 years, the Santee School District Science Fair coordinator, a lead teacher of Math and Science Technology (MAST) academies, the yearbook adviser, and was a part of bringing the first robotics competition to San Diego through BotBall. • A visitor smells the wood as soon as she walks in to Kathy Worley’s West Hills High classroom. Her students apply what they’ve learned in other classes to sketch, measure, calculate distances, and express themselves through their wood-working projects. Worley dreamed of being a doctor, and only turned to woodshop after a summer school mix-up landed her there instead of in a swim class. After years of teaching, Worley went to the Ricks Institute in Liberia. She came back with a new attitude and a new skill – building guitars. She encourages students to pursue career and technical education, and has partnerships with Taylor Guitars, Ace Parking, and the East County Chamber of Commerce. She is a curriculum writer, Breitbard Hall of Champions Coaching Legends inductee, and a California Coaches Association Athletic Director of the Year. • Camden Flores is a 20-year teaching veteran who feels at home in her classroom, but knows how difficult creating a welcoming environment can be, especially for students in high-poverty communities like hers. She can relate to her students; she lived with an abusive stepfather and her family struggled financially. Flores uses her experiences to create connections and is passionate about helping disadvantaged families navigate the education system. She works with youth who are in foster care, has established a mentoring program, and is working on an after-school program that teaches self-esteem through training for a 5K race. • Suzy Bass recalls being on lockdown in her Lindo Park Elementary classroom and using the opportunity as a teachable moment for what went wrong for the people involved in the incident. She is a Lakeside native and makes a conscious effort to give back to her community, including starting a recycling program at her school nine years ago and establishing partnerships with EDCO, Urban Corps, and I Love a Clean San Diego. Her roots run deep in the community; she has been the student council adviser as well as president of the PTA for the past 19 years. • Danielle Adams grew up three blocks from San Miguel Elementary, and now teaches 5th grade at the school she attended as a child. She started at the school as a long-term substitute teacher and focused on making connections so her students could thrive. Adams reviews grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and context playing “Jeopardy” in class. She is the student council adviser, safety patrol coordinator, and Girls on the Run head coach, and she uses her involvement in each of those activities to build community for students. ‘Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers’ is open to all ages. Tickets are $15.50, plus fees. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more and for those who mention title sponsor San Diego County Credit Union. Enter SDCCU in the offer code box for online orders. Tickets can be purchased online at http://; by calling the Balboa Theatre at 570-1100 (all San Diego area codes); at the Advance Sales Windows at Third Avenue and B Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and at the theater box office, 868 Fourth Ave., which is open only on performance days. For 27 years, Cox Communications has produced and televised “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers” to honor San Diego County’s public school teachers for their commitment to teaching, learning, and their students. Dennis Morgigno and Kyra Phillips will return as co-hosts. Morgigno is an award-winning veteran San Diego broadcast journalist. Phillips, a San Diego native, is an award-winning correspondent for the CNN investigative and documentary units, and a graduate of Helix High School in La Mesa. Student performances during the show will include show choirs from Lakeside Middle and Carlsbad High schools, and San Diego Christian Youth Theater’s cast of “The Lion King.” The 44 nominees for Teacher of the Year were selected by their respective school districts. Of those, five will be named County Teacher of the Year. The top five teachers are selected based on student achievement, professional development and community involvement, teaching philosophy and personal style, knowledge of educational issues and trends, promotion and development of the teaching profession, accountability, and ability to serve as ambassadors of education. Additional show sponsors include The Super Dentists, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Procopio, and University of Phoenix.




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