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Local Named One of Top Five San Diego’s Teacher of The Year SAN DIEGO — East County was well represented at the 26th annual ‘Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers’ ceremony held Saturday, Sept. 10 at the historic Balboa Theater. This live event spotlighted 43 of San Diego’s top teachers all having the chance to win the San Diego Teacher of the Year honor. This year the East County was represented by eight teachers: Elizabeth Batchman- Rancho Elementary, Brooke Crocker– Santana High School, Mykie Evans–San Altos Elementary, Dr. Mark Jeffers–Mount Miguel High School, Kimberly Messina–Lakeview Middle School, Cindy Schulze–Pride Academy, Nina Tubbs–Vista Grande Elementary and Traci Valade–Alpine Elementary. The live broadcast also included East County performing artists from Lakeside Middle School’s (LMS) award winning Show Choir and Dance departments and ending with a masterful solo by Cassidy Drabble from LMS. At the end of the night, the big winner representing East County was Brooke Crocker (pictured above, top), from Santana High School, Grossmont Union High School District. Among the other 2016-17 San Diego County Teachers of the Year are: • Jenny Anderson, Casita Center for Technology, Science, and Math (Vista Unified School District) • Stuart Douglas, Granger Junior High School (Sweetwater Union High School District) • Megan Gross, Del Norte High School (Poway Unified School District) • Amy Schwenke, Fallbrook Street School (Fallbrook Union Elementary School District) A total of 43 teachers were nominated for the 2016-17 County Teacher of the Year honor from among the 26,000 public school teachers in the region, and the field was narrowed to 10 finalists. The finalists were selected based on student achievement, professional development and community involvement, teaching philosophy, knowledge of current issues in education, promotion and development of the teaching profession, accountability, and ability to serve as ambassadors of education. The five teachers of the year will represent San Diego County in the California Teacher of the Year program. The state winners will be announced later this year. Since 1974, 161 teachers have been named San Diego County Teacher of the Year. Of those, 19 were named California Teacher of the Year and three went on to be named National Teacher of the Year. East County’s Brooke Crocker teaches AP U.S. history, U.S. history, and honors

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tures to a true understanding of the heart,” said Crocker. Students are drawn to Crocker, who also coaches Academic League. Assistant Principal Jennifer Hudson says Crocker inspires a love of learning: “These students crave being around her.” The County Teacher of the Year honor also includes five finalists, among them was Easy County’s own Dr. Mark Jeffers from Mount Miguel High School in the Grossmont Union High School District.

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he scene looked a bit peculiar as former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, a Republican, enthusiastically endorsed Democrat Loretta Sanchez for the U.S. Senate seat about to be vacated by the retiring Barbara Boxer. “She is tough and not afraid to take a stand on important issues,” intoned Riordan, with Sanchez beaming nearby. Riordan, often given credit for his city’s quick recovery from the race riots of 1992, had not endorsed a Democrat in years, but has nowhere else to go this fall. That’s because Sanchez faces state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, another Democrat, this November in California’s first oneparty race for a statewide office in the modern era. None of the 11 Republicans in the June primary election even came close to making the runoff. Sanchez’ opportunity for an upset became even more clear at mid-summer, when polls began showing she had made a bit of progress since that primary, while Harris may actually have lost a little ground. The California Field Poll, for example, found Harris with 39 percent support to 24 percent for Sanchez. Harris actually pulled 40 percent of the June vote to about 19 percent for Sanchez. So Harris hasn’t been dazzling many voters since topping the primary election. It’s unclear just where the new Sanchez support came from. But the way things are going seems quite reminiscent of what happened in the primary, where Harris began with about 27 percent support when she declared her candidacy, while Sanchez never drew much more than 14 percent in any survey. But about 40 percent of the electorate was undecided until the final days before the primary, just as about 35 percent are similarly perplexed, undecided, uninterested or turned off today. One poll showed 28 percent of voters don’t plan to cast any ballot in this race. Many in the uncertain column are probably Republicans who would have to hold their nose to vote for either candidate. But in Harris, they’d get a senator with no foreign policy experience and a strong gun-control stance. Sanchez, meanwhile, is a longtime House Foreign Affairs Committee member with a firmly pro-Israel record and a far iffier record on gun-control than Harris. She does not stint, however, in supporting key Democratic stances like easing college student debt, expanding Pell Grants to students and abortion rights. Given the choice (and it’s the only senatorial one they’ll have this fall), many Republicans might prefer Sanchez to Harris. Some might prefer not to vote for either as a kind of protest, but the 17 statewide ballot propositions covering things from taxes to marijuana and pornography could make it difficult for them to resist casting ballots. Once they start with that, who knows what else they might do? For Sanchez, the current task is unprecedented. Normally, a candidate can win by breaking a few voters away from their usual home party, as a first step. The second, often easier, need is to get them to move from undecided into the candidate’s column. Republicans already are cut loose from their party in this contest, so Sanchez really has only half the task others usually face. She’s been able to do it with some, like syndicated talk show host Hugh Hewitt. The conservative Hewitt was not expected to back her even though he invited her onto his program. But once he listened to her for an hour or so, Hewitt tweeted his surprise endorsement of Sanchez to more than 100,000 followers. Which means Sanchez can attract some Republicans. If she’s able to draw a good share of the 27 percent of California voters who are registered to the GOP, there’s a possibility she could be elected by an unprecedented coalition of Latino Democrats and conservative Republicans. Yes, Democrat Dianne Feinstein has survived well over three terms in the Senate with a combination of liberal Democratic and moderate Republican support. No one knows for sure whether Sanchez can achieve something similar, even as Harris gets most of the conventional liberal Democratic vote. But Sanchez has pulled upsets before, most notably ousting the well-entrenched conservative Republican Rep. Robert Dornan from his Orange County-based House seat in 1996. So while Harris enters the fall with what looks like a substantial lead, movement among Republican voters could change things.

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The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti Should We Take Supplements?

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

OCREVUS (Ocrelizumab), a Potential Treatment for Primary Progressive and Relapsing MS

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. It’s very important to talk with your doctor before you take any vitamin and mineral pills, especially if you take prescription medicines, have any health problems or are elderly. Taking too much of a vitamin or mineral can cause problems with some medical tests or interfere with drugs you’re taking. Vitamins and minerals are “micronutrients” your body needs in small but steady amounts. Your body can’t make most micronutrients, so you must get them elsewhere. Vitamins are natural substances found in plants and animals. There are two types of vitamins: water-soluble and fatsoluble. Water-soluble vitamins are easily absorbed by your body. Unlike fat-soluble vitamins, they don’t have to be absorbed using bile acids (fluids used to digest fats). Your body doesn’t store large amounts of water-soluble vitamins. The watersoluble vitamins you don’t need are removed by your kidneys and come out in your urine Your body has to use bile acids to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Once these vitamins are absorbed, your body stores them in body fat. When you need them, your body takes them out of storage to be used. Here are some water-soluble vitamins: Vitamin C, biotin and the seven B vitamins — thiamin (B-1), riboflavin (B-2), niacin (B-3), pantothenic acid (B-5), pyridoxine (B-6), folic acid (B-9) and cobalamin (B-12). Here are some fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, E or K. Minerals come from the earth or from water. Plants and animals absorb them to get nutrients. The “major minerals” are calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfur and chloride. They are considered major minerals because adults need them in large amounts. The “trace minerals” are chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc. Your body needs them in smaller amounts. It would be hard to “overdose” on vitamins or minerals that you get from the foods you eat. But if you take supplements, you can easily take too much. This is even more of a risk if you take fat-soluble vitamins. Whole foods are your best sources of vitamins and minerals. They offer three main benefits over supplements; 1. They contain a variety of the micronutrients your body needs. An orange, for example, provides vitamin C but also beta carotene, calcium and other nutrients. A vitamin C supplement lacks these other micronutrients. 2. They provide dietary fiber, which is important for digestion and can help prevent certain diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Adequate fiber intake can also help prevent constipation. 3. They contain other substances such as antioxidants which slow down the natural process that leads to cell and tissue damage. If you depend on supplements rather than eating a variety of whole foods, you miss the potential benefits of these substances. For some people, including those on restrictive diets, multivitamin-mineral supplements can provide vitamins and minerals that their diets often don’t. Older people and pregnant women have altered nutrient needs and may also benefit from a supplement.

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C R E V U S (generic name Ocrelizumab) is a humanized monoclonal antibody under clinical investigation and development by the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche as a potential treatment for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The therapy is targeted against mature B-lymphocytes with CD20 markers on their surface, giving the drug an immunosuppressive function that might reduce the rates of immune system attacks on its own myelinated neurons, the main pathogenesis in the disease. OCREVUS is not yet an approved therapy, but it has shown promise in treating both relapsing forms of MS and primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis, a disease form with no approved treatments to date.

How Ocrelizumab Works

Ocrelizumab, an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, targets mature B-cells. Almost 95 percent of the B-cell population has these antigenic epitopes after maturation and does not shed them, which is what makes it a potent marker for therapeutic purposes. It is believed that these CD20-positive B-cells target axons and myelin sheaths of healthy neurons, initiating a cascading series of immune reactions that lead to MS and disability in patients. Preclinical studies have shown that ocrelizumab binds to specific B-cells with CD20 markers but not to stem cells and plasma cells, preserving vital immune functions within the host.

Ocrelizumab’s Clinical Trials for MS

Roche recently announced favorable results from a pivotal Phase III trial called ORATORIO, a randomized, double-blind, global and multicenter study evaluating the efficacy and safety of ocrelizumab in 732 patients with primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS). The drug was administered intravenously, as two infusions of 300 mg given two weeks apart every six months. At the end of the study period, it was seen that ocrelizumab had met the study’s primary outcome, significantly reducing clinical disease progression in PPMS patients sustained for at least 12 weeks by 24 percent (compared to placebo), as measured by the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS). In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designated ocrelizumab a Breakthrough Therapy as a possible PPMS treatment, a decision meant to expedite its development and review. Data from two related Phase III studies, OPERA I and II, testing the efficacy of the drug in 1,656 patients with relapsing forms of MS, found that ocrelizumab was superior to interferon beta-1a, a well-established MS therapy, reducing the annualized relapse rate (the primary endpoint of both studies) by nearly 50 percent over a two-year controlled treatment period. Ocrelizumab was administered intravenously at 600 mg every six months; interferon beta-1a was given by subcutaneous injection at 44 mcg three times per week. Roche says OCREVUS is the first investigational medicine to show such positive results in patients with both primary progressive and relapsing forms of MS. The company submitted data from all three studies to regulatory authorities in mid2016, potentially paving the way for FDA approval, marketing, and commercialization of ocrelizumab in the treatment of relapsing MS and PPMS. “With no approved treatment options, primary progressive MS remains a challenge for physicians and people with MS,” said Xavier Montalban, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Neuroimmunology at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Research Institute and Cemcat, Barcelona, Spain. “Ocrevus significantly impacted three key disability measurements, which further highlight its clinical significance in people with primary progressive MS,” Montalban added. On June 28, Roche announced that the company’s Biologics License Application for OCREVUS for the treatment of relapsing Multiple Sclerosis and PPMS had been accepted for FDA review, and that the therapy was given Priority Review Designation, which will accelerate the review process. A targeted action date for the therapy is set for Dec. 28. PPMS has no approved treatment yet so this data could bolster Roche’s case that it has a blockbuster on its hands. Ocrevus sales could reach about $3.8 billion by 2022. The company will present more detailed data this week at the 32nd Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis in London, England. Source: Roche

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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BREAKING NEWS Doctor Makes Hearing Aids Affordable for Everyone

Digital Hearing Aid Costs 90%

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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.”

It’s Nearly Invisible “I knew when I developed a new line of hearing aids that one of the most important requirements would be for the device to be hard for others to see,” said Dr. Cherukuri. “One of the biggest objections people have to wearing a hearing aid is that they are embarrassed. Our design helps people get past this concern.” Digital Hearing Aid Outperforms Competitors The new medical grade hearing aid is called MDHearingAid® AIR. It is sleek, lightweight, and full of the same advanced digital technology found in higher-priced devices, but at a small fraction of the price. “I couldn’t understand why everything in the digital world kept coming down in price, like computers, TVs, and DVD players, but not digital hearing aids,” Cherukuri said. Once the doctor started to realize his dream and was able to produce a device that costs 90% less, the industry was turned upside down.


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ALPINE — Alpine Urgent Medicine/California Mobile Physicians and Country Wine & Spirits doubled the fun by holding open houses at the same time on Saturday, Sept. 10 in Alpine. The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce helped celebrate their grand openings with ribbon cuttings at the Ayres Lodge Center, 1730 Alpine Blvd. The free event with food, children’s activities, a clown, music and opportunity drawings drew visitors as well as local residents. Drawing proceeds will go to the Kiwanis Club of Alpine. U.S. Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, a Chamber member; San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob; State Senator Joel Anderson and State Assembly Member Brian Jones provided certificates of recognition for both businesses. Dr. Mary Gessner-Peterson and husband Brian Peterson, a physician’s assistant, started Alpine Urgent Medicine/California Mobile Physicians on July 1. Their comprehensive medicine includes primary care, sameday sick care without appointments, vaccines, house calls, hospice service, in-home diagnostics, home health nursing and therapy. Mike Kachi (Below, second from right), took over the former Frontier Liquor Store in April. He remodeled the space, reopened the deli and renamed the store. Country Wine & Spirits offers Boar’s Head meat in its sandwiches and a large selection of liquor, craft beer, wine — even a beer cave.

So How Does He Do It? Since 90% of people with hearing loss have similar needs, MDHearingAids were designed to meet those needs with user-adjustable features, avoiding the need for expensive customized hearing aids. This also makes it so easy for people to try the product, because no prescription is needed, even though it’s an FDA-Registered Medical-Grade digital hearing aid. With their 45 Risk-Free Trial, you can try it at home and if you’re not completely satisfied, just return it. It’s that simple. They even provide Free Shipping and Free Batteries.

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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

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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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El Cajon Prescott Promenade (619) 334-3000 • 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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Homeowners and Businesses Could See Lower Insurance Rates ALPINE — The Alpine Fire Protection District (AFPD) recently improved its rating from a national insurance risk company, which may result in lower insurance coverage rates residents and business owners in the District. The District was recently notified by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) that after a recent re-evaluation of the AFPD a rating of 2/2Y went into effect Sept. 1. ISO looks at three components of a community to evaluate it for the fire rating; the fire alarm and communication system, the fire agency and the water supply system. The data from those three areas results in a rating from 1-10 with a class I rating representing exemplary public protection and a class 10 rating not meeting ISO’s minimum requirements. ISO attempts to re-evaluate fire agencies about every three-five years. Alpine was last rated by ISO in 2012 and at that time a split rating of 3/8B was given. Prior to the 2012 rating the District earned a 4/9 rating in 1998. The first number of the rating is properties within five road miles of a recognized fire station and within 1000’ of a fire hydrant. The second number is for those properties within 5 road miles of a recognized fire station but beyond 1000’ of a fire hydrant. Properties more than five road miles from a recognized fire station receive a rating of 10. “We are very proud to have achieved this,” Alpine Fire Chief Bill Paskle said. “This rating tells us that we have made good strategic decisions for the District the last few years and we are providing

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a quality service to the community and improving that service all the time. Residents and businesses of the District

should check with their insurance companies to see if the new ISO rating can save money on their property insurance.”

mployment of nutritionists and dietitians is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, the report concludes that individuals who have earned certificates or advanced degrees in a specialty area may enjoy better job prospects. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies offers two fully-online certificate programs designed for personal trainers, group fitness instructors, registered dieticians (RD) and dietetic technician-registered (DTR) professionals seeking CEUs, as well as health enthusiasts wanting to learn more about nutrition and healthy eating. The programs provide an in-depth examination of advanced sports nutrition, vitamin/protein supplementation, functional food implementation, antioxidants, and meal-plan analysis for optimal performance. “I have had many students over the years send me emails that it’s changed their lives, and the way they eat and practice their lifestyle,” said instructor Melissa Halas-Liang, who has taught in the program for nearly 15 years. “That’s why I’m still teaching. I teach because I love it.” Students can choose from two certificate programs: Nutrition for Optimal Health and Wellness; or Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports. The first program consists of three online courses; the second includes the same three online courses plus Introduction to Sports Nutrition and Performance. “I always say you get what you give,” Halas-Liang added. “The more students put into their class discussion questions and reading my feedback with additional education links, the more they get out of it. But the goal is to finish within eight weeks and work at a pace that works with your lifestyle and schedule.” For additional information visit nutrition, call (619) 594-3297, or email healthcare.ces@mail. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online.

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Dionne Thomas is keynote speaker at 2016 WILL awards Fitness instructor, dancer and choreographer Dionne Thomas will be the keynote speaker at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s 14th annual Women In Leadership Luncheon (WILL) to be held Friday, Sept. 16 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in Mission Valley. Thomas is a licensed Zumba instructor and spoke at a 2015 TedX Temecula event. She is known for her ability to help people connect to their authentic self expression, according to press materials. Thomas encourages us to awaken our inner dancer and allow ourselves to move courageously unguarded through the world.” “It is my passion to help people release their fears, self-doubt or whatever is holding them back from living the life of their dreams,” said Thomas, according to her website. “I believe that dancing is one of the ways we set ourselves free to return to that child-like inner confidence so we can become all we want to be.” The annual WILL event honors women for their outstanding leadership, exemplary character and integrity in the community, as well as their efforts to empower women to succeed and prosper in life and business, according to Leah McIvor, 2016 event chair. San Diego County Herald LLC, publisher of The East County Herald newspaper, is an event sponsor. Other sponsors include Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Barona Resort & Casino and Hollywood Casino in Jamul. For ticket sales and sponsorship information, contact the Chamber offices at (619) 440-6161 or send an e-mail to Rosemary Reed,

La Mesa Chamber now accepting items for holiday senior baskets

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce has begun accepting items to include in holiday gift baskets for La Mesa senior citizens. According to Mary England, Chamber president/CEO, items needed include canned soups, canned vegetables, canned fruit, boxes of crackers, pasta and macaroni and cheese, slipper socks for women, men’s socks, bars of soaps, toothpaste, tissues, hand soaps, bottles of hand sanitizer and pens and pads of paper. Gift cards in any denomination from Walmart, Target or a grocery store also are welcomed. “If you have another item you believe will put a smile on their faces, by all means drop them off,” England said. “We want to make this again a memorable holiday for our home bound seniors.” Items can be delivered to the La Mesa Chamber office, 8080 La Mesa Blvd., Suite 212, La Mesa, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, or contact England at (619) 251-7730. England said 24 gift baskets are planned for seniors who have been selected by the La Mesa Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol. The gift baskets and a hot dinner will be delivered toward the end of the year, she said.

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The San Diego Association of Governments is launching a survey that will query one in five area households about transportation habits. The study of around 200,000 households is designed to help transportation planners better understand how, when and why residents travel in the region, according to SANDAG. The results will be used to help develop

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infrastructure projects and programs to better meet regional transportation needs. Participants will be randomly selected, most via a smartphone app but some online or by phone. They’ll be asked questions about when and where they travel; whether they drive alone, carpool, vanpool, walk, bike, or use public transit; and the costs of their transportation choices taking into account things like parking and transit fares. Participants whose households complete the study will receive either a $10 or $20 gift card per adult, depending on the method they use to complete the survey. Residents will be invited to participate on a rolling basis, through late October. All of the data is anticipated to be collected by November, according to SANDAG, which last conducted a major transportation survey 10 years ago.

La Mesa health care library meeting about Vitamin D

The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free program on “The ABCs of Vitamin D” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available. Speaking at the Herrick Library will be Kathy Quinn, library director. She will discuss the role of Vitamin D in our bodies. She also will discuss the pros and cons of how our bodies receive Vitamin D, including diet, supplements and through our skin. “Vitamin D is a popular topic in the news,” said Quinn. “It helps your body absorb calcium, one of the main building blocks of bone. It also has a role in nerve, muscle and immune systems.”

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Alpine Community Planning Group AGENDA

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Notice of Regular Meeting • Preliminary Agenda Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901 Archived Agendas & Minutes –

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A. Call to Order B. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance C. Roll Call of Members D. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements 1. Approval of Minutes: i. July 28, 2016 Meeting Minutes 2. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans. The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only. 3. Notice regarding public input on Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan - On April 10, 2013 (3), the Board of Supervisors directed the Chief Administrative Officer to research and develop options for a comprehensive renewable energy plan (CREP), prepare a work plan including time and cost estimates and return to the Board within 120 days. On September 25, 2013 (1), The Board received a presentation on a proposed work plan and directed staff to initiate Phase One, excluding 3b and 3c(see Board Letter attachment below), and return to the Board within 14 months of executing all required consultant service contracts. The Board also directed staff to form a Renewable Energy Technical Advisory Committee and create a “pipelining provision” to exempt existing discretionary renewable energy projects from any future policy changes or new requirements that may result from the CREP. For more information on this project visit the CREP Project website: 4. Notice regarding public input on County of San Diego Climate Action Plan Public Workshops - In September 2016, Planning and Development Services will host two public workshops to update our stakeholders on the County’s climate planning efforts, to inform attendees on the input provided during the stakeholder meetings and visioning sessions, and to solicit feedback on potential greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction strategies/measures. The workshops have been scheduled on the following dates: • Monday, September 26, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (County Operations Center Chambers - 5520 Overland Ave., San Diego, CA 92123): Regional Partners Public Workshop for public agencies, business organizations, environmental groups, community groups and other interested parties to contribute to the critical issues and enablers associated with potential GHG reduction strategies/measures. • Tuesday, September 27, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (County Operations Center Chambers - 5520 Overland Ave., San Diego, CA 92123): Communitywide Public Workshop/Open House Forum for the public-at-large to learn more about the County’s climate action planning process, to engage in face-to-face communication with specialists, and to provide input on potential GHG reduction strategies/ measures prior to the environmental review process. The public input and feedback provided will be synthesized and used to guide the recommendations in the development of the CAP. The public will have an opportunity to engage in the environmental review process by participating in an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Meeting in late 2016. For more information regarding the County’s CAP, please visit the project website at: advance/climateactionplan.html E. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on any subject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda. F. Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items G. Organized / Special Presentations 1. The owner of a 2.4-acre parcel located at 2146 Lilac Lane, Alpine, CA has applied for a discretionary administrative permit for a secondary dwelling unit (PDS2016-AD-16-021). The group will make a recommendation to county staff regarding the proposed project. Presentation, Discussion, & Action. 2. On March 16, 2016 the Board of Supervisors directed staff to return to the Board with several options to amend the Zoning Ordinance section pertaining to Medical Marijuana Collective Facilities (MMCF). Based on Board’s direction staff is proposing seven different options for the Board’s consideration which include: • Require separation buffer from Residential Use rather than Residential Zone • Increase sensitive land use buffer from 1000 feet to ¼ mile • Increase sensitive land use buffer from 1000 feet to ½ mile •Increase sensitive land use buffer from 1000 feet to 1 mile • Require a 1000 foot separation buffer from incorporated cities • Requirement for a Major Use Permit to be obtained prior to siting a MMCF • Limit the number of Medical Marijuana Collective Facilities per supervisorial district. The term “sensitive land use buffer” refers to various land uses that may be affected by the siting of a MMCF. The amortization provision contained in the ordinance has also been amended and includes further clarification. The attached revised draft ordinances are in “strikeout/underline” format. These documents are also available on the PDS website at sdc/pds/Public_Review_Non-CEQA.html For additional information, please contact Joseph Farace at (858) 694-3690 or by e-mail at To view the existing documents associated with Medical Marijuana Collective Facility, go to Group to review the proposals and make a recommendation to county staff. Presentation, Discussion, & Action. 3. Forest Conservation Initiative (FCI) Lands General Plan Amendment (GPA) - Background: This GPA was considered by the County Planning Commission on October 18/November 15, 2013 and by the Board of Supervisors on June 25, 2014. The Board of Supervisors directed staff to prepare final environmental documents necessary to approve the GPA according to the land use designations endorsed by the Board in June 2014. In addition, the Board directed staff to prepare a scope of work for an infrastructure study in eastern Alpine. For this meeting, County Planning & Development staff will present the items below. a. Recommended land use map designations for Alpine, including areas not endorsed by the BOS in 2014. b. Recommended zoning changes for properties in Alpine. c. Proposed Alpine Community Plan Update and infrastructure study. d. Next steps (GPA and Community Plan Update). Presentation, Discussion & Action. H. Group Business: 1. Appointment of Subcommittee Chairs. Discussion, & Action. 2. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for approval. Discussion, & Action I. Consent Calendar J. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board) K. Officer Reports L. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary) M. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas N. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures O. Announcement of Meetings: 1. Alpine Community Planning Group – October 27th, 2016 2. 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