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‘Safety Saturday’ Saturday, Sept. 16 • Parkway Plaza

ALPINE — Saturday, Sept. 16, Back Country Land Trust staff and volunteers cleared over 1,200 pounds of trash from three properties on Alpine Creek as part of the statewide Coastal Cleanup Day. A team of 10, covered 600 feet of stream between Alpine Blvd. and Marshall Way, filled an apartment-sized dumpster with trash, and stacked a large pile of non-native brush to be chipped by the Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council. Another successful creek cleanup for Alpine, and a half-ton less trash flowing down to our coast and reservoirs. Thanks to all of the volunteers, property owners, and business partners for their support: ACE Hardware, Bullseye Feed, Chris Wiley, Fred Higgenbotham, Ancient Oaks Apartments, Waste Management, and I Love A Clean San Diego.

EL CAJON — The ‘Safety Saturday’ event was help at Parkway Plaza Saturday, Sept. 16, near Macy’s. Parkway Plaza and Kaiser Permanente gave away over 300 bicycle and multi-purpose helmets. AMR Paramedics fitted the helmets on the children, Heartland Fire was there with disaster preparedness information and the El Cajon Police department was there with home safety information. It was a great day in safety!

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Monica Zech, The East County Herald

EL CAJON — Kristine Pelley Costa was among the over 250 party-goers who attended the Santee Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Black Tie Gala, Saturday, Sept. 16. The event was held at High Performance Aircraft at Gillespie Field. Don Parent, recently retired from San Diego Gas and Electric as Public Affairs Manager for East County, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to non-profit and business communities.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Affordable Housing: Needed, But In What Form?


Your Senatorwith In Action Senator Joel Anderson

Beyond The Caution Tape Recognized by Senator Anderson From left: Senator Anderson’s Communications Assistant Michael Botello, Bobbie and Joe Davis of BCTC, Anderson’s Legislative Intern Maryana Khames and BCTC’s Janet Carpenter.

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For The East County Herald SAN DIEGO — Beyond The Caution Tape (BTCT) is a program that was established by the County Medical Examiner’s Joe Davis in order to educate DUI offenders and house arrestees about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse through real life cases. State Senator Joel Anderson provided Senate certificates of recognition to the BTCT program and its volunteers— Davis, his wife Bobbie, and Janet Carpenter. The program takes place every other Thursday night at the Medical Examiner’s Office, which is where Davis works as the Medical Examiner Chaplain. During the presentation, Davis took the time to recognize that he is not there to judge anyone in the room but to educate and

talk to the audience, not talk at them. Davis took the time to establish a safe environment to put the audience members at ease. Davis explained that most people in the room have never heard the truth, which is that they have value and potential. Throughout the presentation, he repeated that single statement which demonstrated his goal. He gazed at the audience at various instances and expressed, “You have tremendous value and tremendous potential.” He continued by expressing to the audience, “Make a mistake, learn from it. That’s all.” He recognized that in many cases using damaging substances comes from going through bad situations or simply being peer pressured. Davis challenged the audience to reflect on their closest friends and whether or not

they are positive influences. The program director demonstrated that while under the influence individuals can’t control their behavior. He mentioned Paul Dornberg who, under the influence of drugs, had put many lives in danger in his San Diego community. During the presentation, a video of Dornberg was shown in which he shared while getting arrested, “I’m a totally good person but I just do bad things [while under the influence].” Anderson recognized Davis and his team for their outstanding accomplishments by adding, “Joe and his team are great examples of those who are dedicated to keeping San Diego safe. I am honored to recognize them for their hard work educating our community about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.”

veryone in California is at least peripherally aware of the state’s ever-worsening housing crisis: It’s hard to miss when prices have jumped by as much as 75 percent over the last five years in large parts of metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and their suburbs, especially on the San Francisco Peninsula, where $3 million three-bedrooms are not unheard-of. One response has been a state mandate for ever-increasing numbers of affordable units in most cities and many unincorporated areas. It’s common in many places for new apartment and condominium structures to contain as up to 35 percent affordable units, available to families who qualify under various income standards based on whatever the federal poverty standard is at the moment. One problem is that having to build so many affordable units into their new projects forces developers to raise the price of market-rate housing. Another is that affordable units sometimes lack commonplace amenities like air conditioning. And when those units are built near light rail lines like the expanding Metro system in and around Los Angeles, required numbers of parking spaces are sometimes cut. The presumption – often false – is that residents of those buildings will not need to drive as much as others because public transit is readily available. None of this has yet alleviated the housing crunch, which at this year’s annual mid-winter counts found record numbers of homeless persons in some locales. Now the housing crisis has become a lawmaking priority, with Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders proclaiming a “shared commitment” to making a problem-solving deal. The devil, as always, will be in the details, and it’s anyone’s guess whether a compromise can be reached before the state Senate and Assembly go home in mid-September. Among major proposals so far are a bill to levy a fee of between $75 and $225 on all real estate sales, which could raise about $225 million a year for affordable housing. Passing this would take a two-thirds vote of both legislative houses, which won’t happen as easily on this as it did on Brown’s pet issue of extending cap-and-trade tactics to fight climate changes. Another is a $4 billion-dollar general obligation bond to provide even more money. That one would need popular-vote approval next year, but might face tough sledding because it would raise the state’s debt and its annual interest payments for decades to come. Seeming more likely to pass is a third measure forcing cities and counties to streamline their building permit and other approval processes for new construction that includes affordable housing. This one could have positive effects on thousands of homeless persons, while damaging the lifestyles of millions of other Californians affected by ugly architecture, increased traffic and more crowding in their neighborhoods. In a statement, Ray Pearl, executive director of the California Housing Consortium, lauded all these potential laws, saying “California cannot afford to let the housing crisis go on, for the sake of families, seniors and hard-working individuals.” He’s right about that. But even if money for solving this longstanding problem arrives via either new taxes or a bond, there will still have to be a solution to the ongoing problems created by the fact that new housing creates a need for new transport to accommodate its occupants. So far, many cities are approving new housing without demanding more or wider roads, transit systems that cover entire metropolitan areas or additional parks and other amenities that might keep the new housing from damaging the lifestyles of residents already present. Many of them neither need nor qualify for affordable units, nor even want them around. With two-thirds votes or popular majorities forming needed elements of most solutions offered so far, legislators will have to come up with better measures than they have yet devised. Otherwise they may find these barriers far harder to surmount than they believe now, while they’re bask in the glowing aftermath of the cap-and-trade vote.

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


More Calcium Needed as We Age . I’m a 73-year-old woman. How much calcium do I need?

. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, women who are older than 50 should be consuming 1,200 milligrams of calcium a day. Older women need plenty of calcium to prevent osteoporosis. Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. Osteoporosis leads to an increase risk of bone fractures typically in the wrist, hip, and spine. One in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis. Women have less bone tissue and lose bone faster than men because of changes from menopause. Small, thinboned women are at greater risk. Caucasian and Asian women are at highest risk. Age is a major risk factor because bones become thinner and weaker as you age. Heredity can also increase fracture risk. There is more calcium in your body than any other mineral. About 99 percent of the calcium is in our bones and teeth. However, each day, we lose calcium through our skin, nails, hair, sweat, urine and feces. Our bodies cannot produce new calcium. When we don’t get enough calcium for our body’s needs, it is taken from our bones. In addition to building bones and keeping them healthy, calcium helps our blood clot, nerves send messages and muscles contract. To get enough calcium, eat dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese. Broccoli, spinach and other green leafy vegetables are also a good sources of calcium. Then there are foods that have calcium added to them. These fortified foods include include bread, soy-based drinks, cereals, tofu, orange juice and bottle water.

Here is a brief list of foods with average serving sizes and milligrams of calcium:

• Skimmed milk / 200 ml / 244mg • Low-fat yogurt / 150 g / 210mg • Cheddar cheese / 40 g / 296mg • Broccoli / 85 g / 34mg • Red kidney beans / 105 g / 75mg • Almonds / 26 g / 62mg • Cheesecake / 120 g / 94mg • Ice cream / 75 g / 75mg • Salmon / 100 g / 91mg • Pasta / 230 g / 85mg • White bread / 30 g / 53mg • Apricots / 160 g / 117mg • Orange / 160 g / 75mg • Tofu / 100 g / 510mg • Pizza / 410 g / 873mg You can take calcium supplements, too, but you should try to get the recommended daily amount of calcium you need from food first. Take supplements only if you come up short on calcium from your usual diet. Calcium supplements are available in a variety of forms, including tablets, capsules, chews, liquids and powders. Don’t take any kind of supplements without consulting a physician. Seniors take lots of medicines and supplements can interfere with them. To determine how much calcium is in a food, check the nutrition facts panel on the label for the daily value (DV) of calcium. This amount is based on 1,000 mg of calcium per day. For example, 30 percent of DV of calcium equals 300 mg.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean Scientists Discover Genetic Markers for Severe Form of MS


cientists have uncovered two related cytokines and associated genetic markers that may explain why some people develop progressive Multiple Sclerosis, or MS. The study, led by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, and Yale University, point the way toward developing the first-ever treatment to prevent progressive forms of the disease. The research was published Tuesday, Sept. 19 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers identified a cytokine, called macrophage migration inhibitory factor, or MIF, along with its homolog protein D-dopachrome tautomerase, or D-DT, that are associated with progressive MS. Cytokines are a type of protein that are important in signaling between cells in the body. These particular cytokines can worsen the disease by increasing inflammation within the central nervous system. Researchers also identified two genetic markers that enhance expression of MIF, and D-DT, that occurred more frequently in MS patients with progressive disease, particularly in men. These findings suggest that a simple genetic test could be used to identify MS patients at risk of developing the more severe form of the disease. Even better, researchers are already developing a medication to stop the disease in its tracks. “If you start a therapy before the disease has progressed very far, you may be able to slow it or stop it,” said co-senior author Arthur Vandenbark, Ph.D., a professor of neurology and molecular microbiology and immunology in the OHSU School of Medicine and a senior research career scientist at the VA Portland Medical Center. “We now have a target for slowing or preventing the transition from relapsingremitting to progressive MS, a stage of MS which is much more severe.” Scientists made the discovery through the observation of 117 participants with MS along

with DNA analysis of plasma samples. In addition, researchers determined in laboratory studies that a therapeutic medication previously developed to successfully treat MS-like disease progression in rodents could block functional activities of both MIF and D-DT. The genetic markers for high MIF expression are especially prevalent among men, who disproportionately suffer from the more severe progressive form of MS. “This is the first real glimmer of insight into why men are more likely to develop severe progressive MS than women, even though women are three times more likely to get MS,” said co-author Dennis Bourdette, M.D., professor and chair of neurology in the OHSU School of Medicine. Researchers say the finding may open the door to the use of precision medicine for preventing and treating the progressive form of Multiple Sclerosis. Although there are 14 FDA-approved therapies for the remitting-relapsing form of MS, there is only one modestly effective treatment for progressive MS. “This is really the first study that identifies genes and cytokines that appear to influence the development of progressive MS,” Vandenbark said. The new paper is the result of several years of collaboration between researchers at OHSU and Yale involving immunologists, biochemists, neurologists and geneticists. “The value of this discovery to patients is that there are now approved therapies, as well as new ones in development in the Oregon and Yale labs, that target the MIF pathway and could be directed toward progressive MS,” said co-senior author Richard Bucala, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, pathology and epidemiology and public health at Yale University. MS is a chronic condition that affects an estimated 2.3 million people worldwide. In MS, the sheath covering nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord becomes damaged, slowing or blocking electrical signals from the brain reaching the eyes, muscles and other parts of the body. In the interest of ensuring the integrity of their research and as part of their commitment to public transparency, OHSU and the VA Portland Health Care System actively regulate, track and manage relationships that their researchers may hold with outside entities. In regards to this research project, Arthur Vandenbark has significant interests in Artielle ImmunoTherapeutics, Inc., a company that may have a commercial interest in the results of this research and technology. Review details of OHSU’s conflict of interest program to find out more about how they manage these business relationships. The University of California, San Francisco MS Tissue Bank contributed samples to the study. The work was supported by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society grant RG3794-B-6; the Rocky Mountain MS Center Tissue Bank; Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Research and Development; Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development merit review grant BX000226; NIH grants R01NS080890, AR049610, and AR050498; and the Alliance for Lupus Research grant 24735.

Note: The above does not represent the views of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States government. Source: Qregon Health & Science University, Yale

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 the promise of Eternal Life. Without doubt the verse that is best known among Christians and non Christians is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever would believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Also the Apostle Paul letter to the Romans says: Romans 10:8-11 “But what does it say? “The Word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart”; that is, the Word of Faith which we proclaim; Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Everyone believing on Him shall not be put to shame.” And the Apostle John writes, 1John 5:13-21 “I have written these things to you who believe on the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have everlasting life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him. If anyone sees his brother sin a sin not to death, he shall ask, and He shall give him life for those that do not sin to death. There is a sin to death, I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not to death. We know that everyone who has been born of God does not continue to sin, but the one born of God guards himself, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and all the world lies in evil. And we know that the Son of God has come, and He has given us an understanding so that we may know Him who is true. And we are in Him that is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and the everlasting life. Little children, guard yourselves from idols. Amen.” Many religions and some denominations say no one can be sure of Eternal life, that it is presumptuous to think that anyone can know for certain that when they die that they will go to Heaven. Some even say that if a person leaves their denomination or does not belong to their particular denomination Hell is a certainty. Others say that you must perform certain rites and rituals, pay certain amounts of money and donate time and effort for the hope of Heaven. What a terrible way to live, to go through life without the certainty of having my sins forgiven and that the work Jesus accomplished upon the cross was sufficient. One of the last things Jesus uttered while on the Cross was “It is finished.” What He came to earth to do (pay for the sins of mankind) had been accomplished. He paid the price that we could never pay so we could live the life He had intended for us from the beginning.

Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or


3rd Annual KAABOO Del Mar

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Fri-Sun, Sept. 15-17 • Del Mar DEL MAR — Many East County fans flocked to Del Mar this past weekend as KAABOO Del Mar succesfully celebrated it’s third year with a musical line up including crowd favorites Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. KAABOO appeals to a more adult crowd and is designed around comfort and a quality arts and entertainment experience. Continuing its tradition of exciting all the senses, KAABOO featured Music, Art, Food, Comedy and Indulgences. Many different artists displayed their works of fine, modern and street art while in the same hall PALATE featured tasty small plates from local San Diego restaurants along with craft beer, wine, and spirits from around the country, making a great space to enjoy food and art together. Art Director of KAABOO Del Mar, Amandalynn, a San Francisco street artist and muralist, presented large scale works and installations of her unique art featuring women and nature in fantasy settings. Amandalynn’s murals have decorated the festival and music stages since the start and are becoming iconic of the KAABOO style. KAABOO Del Mar 2018 is already scheduled for Sept. 14-16. Three day passes are offered now at an earlybird price and a three or six month payment plan is available. Visit

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Venue located in The Park at Viejas Casino & Resort Viejas Casino & Resort ∙ 5000 Willows Road ∙ Alpine, CA 91901 ∙ 619.445.5400 Guests must be at least 21 years of age to enter the Casino. Guests must be at least 21 years of age with valid ID to attend Concerts in the Park. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to drink alcoholic beverages. Guests under 21 years of age are permitted in The Buffet only, but must be accompanied by an adult. This is an outdoor event; all performances will be held rain or shine. Families are welcome at the Viejas Outlets and the Viejas Hotel. Please play responsibly. For help with problem gambling, call 800.426.2537


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Annual Car Show & Chili Cook-Off Saturday, Sept. 16 • Alpine Community Center Park Torrie Ann Needham/The East County Herald See more at

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El Cajon Main Street Flag ‘1,000,000 Punches From The Heart’ Program Recognized by City Council Any Body Can (ABC)Youth Foundation

Friday, Sept. 15 • El Cajon Fire Station 6

EL CAJON — At the Sept. 12 El Cajon City Council meeting, The El Cajon Main Street Flag Program was honored for 15 years of service. The program began Sept. 2, 2002, after the events of 9/11 the year prior. Thanks to all of the organizations who make it possible and most of all to Boy Scout Troop 362 that faithfully put the flags up and take them down eight times each year – 120 times so far.

Photos courtesy Jennifer Rushall for The East County Herald

Above left: Billy Moore, son of the late boxing great Archie Moore. Students took to punching bags from 10 a.m. until noon Friday, Sept. 15. The community was invited to punch it out Saturday, Sept. 16, at the El Cajon Fire Station 6. The plan is for El Cajon residents to “punch out racism, gang violence and mistrust of police,” Moore said.

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Carlos Mencia and ‘Tidings of Jazz and Joy’ to Perform at Sycuan Casino EL CAJON — Get ready to laugh until your stomach hurts! American comedian and actor Carlos Mencia will be taking the stage at Sycuan Casino’s Live & Up Close theatre on Sunday, Oct. 8. Mencia is best known for his stand-up comedy and as the host of Comedy Central’s show Mind of Mencia. Experience the holiday concert ‘Tidings of Jazz & Joy’ with Keiko Matsui & Euge Groove, featuring Lindsey Webster & Adam Hawley on Wednesday, December 6. The jazz show features Keiko Matsui, a transcendent pianist and composer, Euge Groove, a sensational smooth jazz saxophonist, Lindsey Webster, a soul and R&B vocalist and Adam Hawley, a rising star guitarist. Tickets for ‘Tidings of Jazz & Joy’ will go on sale on Friday, Sept. 22 and Carlos Mencia tickets are on sale now. Stay tuned for additional concert series announcements. Concert tickets can be purchased online at or at the Live & Up Close box office located at Sycuan Casino.

Upcoming Concerts at Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close

Beatriz Adriana Con Mariachi, Friday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m., Tickets: $29-$39 Ready for the World, Friday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m., Tickets: $49-$59 Priscilla Presley, Sunday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m., Tickets: $59-$69 Dokken, Thursday Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.,Tickets: $39-$49 Carlos Mencia, Sunday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m., Tickets: $69-$79

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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Lucha Libre (Pro Wrestling) Takes Over at Sycuan Casino

Left and above: A very enthusiastic crowd attended the lucha libre matches at the Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close Theatre on Friday, Sept. 15. The card featured wrestling superstar Rey Mysterio Jr. along with the likes of John Morrison, Bryan Cage, Snowflake, The Panda, and Ring Girl Samantha.

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Jenny Amaraneni is keynote speaker at 2017 WILL awards

Diego social services agency, offers nearly 30 programs and services to older adults, people with disabilities and their family members. More information about AIS will be available at “AIS Community Programs and Resources,” a free program at the Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available. Speaking at the program will be Hazel Quinones, outreach and education, AIS. Topics will include the focus of AIS to keep people safely in their homes, promote healthy and vital living and publicize positive contributions made by older adults and persons with disabilities. Also to be discussed will be components of Live Well San Diego and its vision of “Health, Safety and Thriving.” According to Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, “You are sure to learn about something that will help you or someone you know.”

Entrepreneur Jenny Amaraneni will be the keynote speaker at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s 15th annual Women In Leadership Luncheon (WILL) to be held Friday, Sept. 22 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in Mission Valley. Amaraneni is the co-founder and CEO of SOLO Eyewear, a company that creates ecologicaly friendly sunglasses made from recycled materials. 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. Award recipients will be honored in various fields, including arts-media-culture, business, education-academia, hospitality, government-defense, healthcare and the non-profit sector. San Diego County Herald LLC, publisher of The East County Herald newspaper, is an event sponsor. Other sponsors include Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air, Barona Resort & Casino, Jasmine Creek Florist, Kaiser Permanente, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Sycuan Casino, Waste Management Inc., Grossmont Healthcare District continues Foothills Christian Church, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, Grossmont Healthcare District, Oak Tree Escrows support for ElderHelp of San Diego The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its and Toward Maximum Independence. Event emcee will be Lee support of ElderHelp of San Diego, a nonprofit health agency that Ann Kim, founder of the Pacific Arts Movement. For ticket sales, offers social services to more than 7,000 seniors annually. The contact the Chamber offices at (619) 440-6161 or send an GHD board recently approved a $45,000 grant for ElderHelp’s e-mail to Rosemary Reed, Care Coordination, a program that delivers a variety of care Free meeting on Aging and Independence management services, including health advocacy, escorted transportation to medical appointments, home safety inspections Services and repairs. “We are grateful and proud to partner with Among the 3.3 million San Diego County residents, 13.4 ElderHelp,” said Michael Emerson, 2017 GHD board president. percent are over age 65, and that number is expected to “We applaud their programs and services that help San Diego steadily increase. To serve this growing population segment, seniors remain independently with dignity in their own homes.” Aging and Independence Services (AIS), a County of San

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Since 1973, ElderHelp has been providing San Diego seniors with personalized services and information that help them remain living in their homes and delay or avert nursing home placement. ElderHelp’s array of programs include case management, homecare assistance and social support services through its Care Coordination program, along with live-in matching services through its HomeShare program. ElderHelp also provides tax assistance, legal help and benefits counseling. GHD has supported ElderHelp for the past 20 years with community grants exceeding $900,000, ElderHelp officials said.

The East County Herald columnist honored by San Diego Press Club

Rick Griffin, business correspondant for the East County Herald, published by The San Diego County Herald, LLC, has been selected for a lifetime achievement award in the fields of public relations and journalism from the San Diego Press Club. Griffin, a former newspaper reporter who has worked in PR since 1981, is the recipient of the 2017 Andy Mace Award for Outstanding Contributions in Public Relations. He writes the Herald’s weekly ‘East County Biz’ column that provides Herald readers with consumer and business news. Griffin, a San Diego native who operates his own company, Rick Griffin Marketing Communications, is among 33 people in the PR profession in San Diego County who have received the career achievement award since the Press Club’s founding in 1973. The award is presented annually to a PR practitioner who, according to the Press Club, has exemplified fairness and integrity, as well as effectiveness in disseminating the truth to concerned publics over the course of their career. Griffin will receive the award at the Press Club’s 44th annual Excellence in Journalism writing awards program Oct. 24 at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation at Market Creek, 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901 Archived Agendas & Minutes – Group Member Email List–Serve *membership in this email list– serve is optional for group members

Travis Lyon – Chairman Jim Easterling Vice Chairman Sharmin Self Secretary Glenda Archer George Barnett Roger Garay Charles Jerney Jim Lundquist Jennifer Martinez Mike Milligan Lou Russo Leslie Perricone Richard Saldano Kippy Thomas Larry Watt

A. 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 August 24, 2017 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 subregional plans. The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only. 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. An application for a Tentative Map Time Extension (PDS2017-TM-5475TE) has been filed for the Rancho Nuevo subdivision, TM 547RPL, previously approved by the Planning Commission July 20, 2012. The 60.14-acre project consists of 16 lots ranging in size from 2.0 to 8.5 net acres. The project site is located at Via Tesoro inside Rancho Palo Verde. The project would be served by on-site septic and imported water from Padre Dam Municipal Water District. The site is subject to the General Plan Regional Category Semi-Rural, Land Use Designation – SR2, 1 dwelling unit /2acres. Zoning for the site is A70, (APN 520-060-08, 520-160-02). The group will consider a recommendation to county on the Tentative Map Time Extension application. Presentation, Discussion & Action. 2. The ACPG Circulation Subcommittee will present a proposal to the ACPG regarding a recommendation for a roundabout at the intersection Harbison Canyon Road and Arnold Way. Presentation, Discussion & Action. 3. The ACPG Parks and Recreation Subcommittee will provide an update regarding the proposal to renovate the sports/playing fields at Joan MacQueen Middle School. Presentation, Discussion & Action. H. Group Business: 1. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for Group 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 26th, 2017 2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD 3. Planning Commission – October 6th, 2017 4. Board of Supervisors – October 10th & 11th, 24th & 25th 2017 P. Adjournment of Meeting Disclaimer Language: Public Disclosure – We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any County ordinance or other law governing the County’s disclosure of records, the County ordinance or other applicable law will control. Access and Correction of Personal Information – You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.



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