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Congressman Hunter Meets With His Excellency Bishop Emanuel Shaleta EL CAJON — Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (pictured right, far right) had the honor to lunch with His Excellency Bishop Emanuel Shaleta (pictured right, left) for the first time, and revisit Fr. Michael Bazzi, Fr. Ankido Sipo, Fr. Simon Esshaki and Samer Salem, Thursday, Sept. 21 at St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in El Cajon. The primary focus of their luncheon was the treatment of religious minorities and the future of Iraq, as well as local issues.

From left: Fran Faith celebrates 104 years young while being recognized by Rami Noeil, representing Senator Joel Anderson’s office.

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For The East County Herald LA MESA — Monday, Sept. 18 was more than just another day for Frances “Fran” Faith, a resident at the Grossmont Gardens senior retirement community. It was the date that she turned 104 years old. Such event did not go unnoticed by Faith’s relatives and the community’s administrators. Laurie Aylward, the Healthy Lifestyles Director, managed to orchestrate a wonderful celebration to appreciate Faith for all her contributions to her community and to celebrate her positive character. The celebration was enjoyed by a number of Faith’s grandsons, who took the time away from their busy daily lives in El Paso, TX and traveled all the way to California, in order to share that special moment with their beloved grandmother. During the celebration, Faith expressed her gratitude for the Grossmont Gardens senior retirement community and emphasized the gracious treatment that she receives while staying there. In addition to the presence of those that she loves the most, Faith was delighted to receive a Senate certificate of recognition provided by State Senator Joel Anderson for the exemplary life that she managed to lead. Anderson shared, “I want to wish Fran a very happy 104th birthday and would like to thank her for sharing so much joy and wisdom with our community.” Faith has enjoyed a remarkable and eventful life that was marked by tragedy at some instances. Faith moved to California in the 1930s after spending her early days in Enid, Oklahoma. Playing in a small band that was featured on the local radio station was one of her favorite and most interesting memories. Faith lost her son to the Korean War and managed to move forward while still carrying the scars of that affliction in her heart. At the end of the event and after being asked to squeeze all her life experience into one piece of advice, Faith explained that it is all about determination. She said, “Hang in there and if you want to do it, do it and you will do it.”

On The Cover SAN DIEGO — Keynote speaker, Jenny Amaraneni, Co-founder and CEO of SOLO Eyewear and El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells were among the approximately 400 people attending The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual Women In Leadership Luncheon (WILL), Friday, Sept. 22, at The Town & Country Resort. WILL honors exemplinary and dynamic women who excel in their fields and make an impact on their community.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Californians in Congress Must Back Hurricane Aid

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t doesn’t seem that way now, with one hurricane after another battering the East and Gulf coasts, shutting down oil refineries, flooding downtowns and residential neighborhoods alike and inflicting hundreds of billions of dollars worth of damages. But California remains the most disaster-prone state in America. That’s why it behooves Californians in Congress to get behind every hurricane aid package they can this fall. Their own districts may be next. It’s not a matter of if California will be struck by another major earthquake, but when. It’s not a matter of if wildfires will consume homes and businesses; they do it every year and 2017 is no exception. California also could see massive floods if some flawed dams here fail during the next season of heavy rain. The costs of Hurricane Irma have not yet been totted up, but Harvey’s toll is pretty well known: at least $180 billion in damage, and likely a final tally about twice that. Insurance companies will cover at lot of this, but despite what we often hear, Texans are not so different from Californians: We often vote differently, but we share a tendency to be under-insured for catastrophe. So while nowhere near half of Californians living in known earthquake fault zones have quake insurance because they feel prices and deductibles are too high, it’s the much the same with Texans living in flood plains in and around cities like Houston, Port Arthur and Beaumont: well over half lack flood insurance. This means the federal government must step in. President Trump, knowing how basic Texas and Florida are to his political fortunes, has pushed hard for bigly (as he might put it) aid to hurricane victims. No Californian voted against the initial Harvey aid package approved by Congress, but Irma aid remains an unknown. Any Californian who votes against even part of it would be a shortsighted fool, the way Texas Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn have been revealed as hypocrites for opposing aid after the devastating East Coast Hurricane Sandy in 2013. No sooner did Cruz, for one, demand big-dollar help for Texas after Harvey than fellow Republican Chris Christie, the embattled governor of New Jersey, lambasted him for pushing double standards because of his vote against post-Sandy aid. Cruz called that bill a “Christmas tree” of unrelated boondoggles, but the Congressional Research Office found virtually all its money went to genuine reconstruction or prevention projects. It’s also true that only one Texas Republican in the House voted for Sandy aid. So there is some doubt their GOP friends from areas hit by Sandy will be very generous with Texans in upcoming rounds of disaster funding. Now fast forward to the next big California quake. It’s highly possible whoever is President then will be far less sympathetic to distraught Californians than former President Bill Clinton was in 1994, after the last major urban temblor struck California. Clinton produced more than $10 billion in federal aid, setting up many offices for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to dispense checks for reconstruction and prevention of future damage via retrofits securing homes to their foundations. More than 100,000 homeowners got checks for $10,000 or more. If – rather, when – the truly Big One of about 8.0 on the Richter Scale strikes along the San Andreas Fault, damages will dwarf what any hurricane can do. Maybe that’s why none of the eight California Republicans in the House who voted no on helping Sandy’s victims opposed post-Harvey assistance. (All Democrats voting were on the yes side both times.) Those eight include several from quake-prone areas, like Duncan Hunter of Alpine, Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa, Ed Royce of Fullerton, Paul Cook of Yucca Valley and Darrell Issa of Vista. Others, like Tom McClintock of Elk Grove and Jeff Denham of Turlock are already targets for other reasons and need no more trouble. The bottom line: Any Californians opposing aid to hurricane victims might also be casting a virtual vote against relief that will be desperately needed in California’s future. Why would any of those folks want to be so short-sighted, no matter how tight-fisted they are on other federal spending? Then again, some of them have done it before.

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 tdelias@aol.com


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heart attack and stroke by reducing the formation of blood clots in your arteries and veins. There are two main categories of blood thinners: antiplatelets and anticoagulants. Antiplatelets prevent blood cells called platelets from forming a clot. Anticoagulants affect your body chemistry and lengthen the time it takes to form a blood clot. When a person is wounded, platelets release thromboxane, a chemical that signals other platelets to work together to heal the damage. Without thromboxane, the platelets won’t collect and no clot will form. Antiplatelet agents, including aspirin and clopidogrel (Plavix), work by inhibiting the production of thromboxane. Aspirin is highly recommended for preventing a first stroke, but it and other antiplatelets also have an important role in preventing recurrent strokes. A stroke, which is also called a “brain attack,” is caused by a blood problem in the brain. An “ischemic stroke” is caused by too little blood in the brain. An “hemorrhagic stroke” is caused by too much blood. About 80 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes; they occur when blood clots or other particles block arteries to your brain. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in your brain leaks or ruptures. For long-term prevention, antiplatelet therapy is recommended primarily for people who have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA or “mini” stroke) or acute ischemic stroke. Despite the potential benefits, antiplatelet therapy is not for everyone. People with a history of liver or kidney disease, gastrointestinal disease or peptic ulcers, high blood pressure, bleeding disorders or asthma may not be able to take aspirin or may require special dosage adjustments. Anticoagulants target clotting factors, proteins made in the liver. These are crucial to the blood-clotting process. These proteins can’t be created in the liver without Vitamin K – a common vitamin found in cabbage, cauliflower, spinach and other leafy green vegetables. Anticoagulants, such as warfarin (Coumadin) and heparin, slow clot formation by competing with Vitamin K. Anticoagulants are considered more aggressive drugs than antiplatelets. They are recommended primarily for people with a high risk of stroke and people with atrial fibrillation. More than two million Americans have atrial fibrillation (AF), a rhythmic disorder of the heart where the atria (the heart’s pumping chambers) quiver instead of beat. As a result, not all of the blood is pumped out of the heart, allowing pools to collect in the heart chamber, where clots may form. Does a combination of antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapies work better than either of them alone? Researchers have found that a combination of low-dose warfarin and low-dose aspirin is no more effective than aspirin by itself. Furthermore, in the study group, major internal bleeding occurred nearly twice as often in the combination-therapy patients compared with the aspirinonly patients.

Ask The Healthy Geezer a question at: fred@healthygeezer.com

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

MS Gene Therapy Shows Good Results in Mice, Human Trials Remain Distant

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ultiple Sclerosis can be inhibited or reversed in mouse models using a novel gene therapy technique to suppress the immune response that induces the disease, University of Florida Health researchers have found. By combining the transfer of a brain-protein gene with a drug used in organ transplant recipients, the researchers essentially cured mice of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), resulting in near-complete remission of disease. Their findings, which the researchers said have significant potential for treating MS and other autoimmune disorders, are published Sept. 21 in the journal Molecular Therapy. MS affects more than 2.5 million people worldwide and is the most common neurological disease in young adults. This incurable disorder starts when the the myelin sheath surrounding nerve fibers is damaged, making them misfire and leading to problems with muscle weakness, vision, speech and muscle coordination to name a few. The researchers used a harmless virus, known as an adeno-associated virus or AAV, to deliver a gene coding one of the common immune targets, a myelin sheath protein called myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein or MOG, into the livers of the mouse models. The protein leads to the production of so-called regulatory T cells, which suppress the rogue immune system cells responsible for attacking the protective layer of nerve cells that defines MS. The effectiveness of this approach is based on targeting the gene therapy to the liver, which promotes immune toler-

ance. “Using a clinically tested gene therapy platform, we are able to induce very specific regulatory T cells that target the self-reactive cells responsible for causing Multiple Sclerosis,” said Brad E. Hoffman, Ph.D., an associate professor in the departments of pediatrics and neuroscience at the University of Florida College of Medicine. The gene therapy-induced protein, MOG, was found to be effective in preventing and reversing Multiple Sclerosis on its own and the results have been validated through multiple independent experiments. Overall, the therapy was tested in groups of five to 10 mice and the results were reproduced multiple times. Hoffman said he was also encouraged by the treatment’s longevity. After seven months, the mouse models that were treated with gene therapy showed no signs of disease, compared with a control group that had neurological problems after 14 days. When the gene therapy was combined with immunotherapy using rapamycin – a drug used to coat heart stents and prevent organ transplant rejection – its effectiveness was further improved, the researchers found. The drug was chosen because it allows helpful regulatory T-cells to proliferate while blocking undesirable effector T-cells, Hoffman said. Among the two groups that were given rapamycin and the gene therapy, 71 percent and 80 percent went into near-complete remission after having hind-limb paralysis or near quadriplegia, respectively. That, Hoffman said, shows how powerful and effective the combination can be at stopping rapidly progressing paralysis.

ddean@echerald.com While researchers have established that gene therapy stimulates regulatory T cells in the liver, Hoffman said little else is known about the detailed mechanics of how that process works. Before the therapy can be tested in humans during a clinical trial, further research involving other preclinical models will be needed, Hoffman said. Nonetheless, Hoffman said he is extremely optimistic that his gene immunotherapy could someday be an effective treatment in humans suffering from MS and other autoimmune diseases. “If our gene immunotherapy can provide long-term disease remission, patients will have long-term improvement with a higher quality of life and that is a very promising outcome,” he said. The research was funded by grants from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the National Institutes of Health and the Children’s Miracle Network. Source: University of Florida

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 ddean@echerald.com. 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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Wisdom for

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 Freedom. John 8:31-47 “Then Jesus said to the Jews who believed on Him, If you continue in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered Him, We are Abraham’s seed and were never in bondage to anyone. How do you say, You will be made free? Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever practices sin is the slave of sin. And the slave does not abide in the house forever, but the Son abides forever. Therefore if the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. I know that you are Abraham’s seed, but you seek to kill Me because My Word has no place in you. I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you, then, do what you have seen with your father. They answered and said to Him, Abraham is our father. Jesus answered them, If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth which I have heard beside God; this Abraham did not do. You do the deeds of your father. Then they said to Him, We are not born of fornication; we have one father, even God. Jesus said to them, If God were your father, you would love Me, for I went forth and came from God; for I did not come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not know My speech? Because you cannot hear My Word. You are of the Devil as father, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and did not abide in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own, for he is a liar and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s Words. Therefore you do not hear them because you are not of God.” It is interesting the varying ideas people have of Freedom. Many think that to drink alcohol; do drugs; have uninhibited sex; to do whatever one pleases is real freedom. They fail to realize that what they envision as freedom turns into a horrible form of bondage, they become enslaved to that which they thought was freedom. The Jews in our text thought they were free merely because of their parentage, they were of Abraham and therefore they had never been in bondage. Jesus corrects them by saying that “Whoever practices sin is the slave of sin.” You see, the people of Jesus’ day were under the same self imposed delusion of the people our day, true freedom is not sinning at will, rather to be free from the penalty and the power of sin in order to serve the One who died to set you free. And as Jesus points out, this freedom comes by way of His Word, “If you continue in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Knowing and obeying the Word of God is what brings true Freedom.

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


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

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 www.sycuan.com or at the Live & Up Close box office located at Sycuan Casino.

Upcoming Concerts at Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close

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 www.LionsTigersAndBears.org or call (619) 659-8078.


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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan

Aztecs to Host Two of Nation’s 17 Most Successful Football Programs

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ndefeated Aztecs Host Northern Illinois Two of the nation’s 17 most successful football programs this decade meet Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in San Diego when San Diego State (4-0 this season and 67-30 this decade (.691, 17th)) and Northern Illinois (2-1 this season and 72-27 this decade (.727, 13th)) collide. The game also features two teams from Autonomy 5 Conferences that have had success against Power 5 Conferences. As a whole, the Group of 5 owns a 15-71 record against the power leagues this season. However, the Aztecs are 2-0 (wins vs. No. 19/19 Stanford and at Arizona State) this year, while the Huskies are 1-1 (with a win at Nebraska). SDSU, which is nationally ranked for the second consecutive week (19 in the AP  and 21 in the coaches poll), will play its first home game as a nationally ranked team since Nov. 7, 1995, when the facility was known as Jack Murphy Stadium. The Aztecs are ranked in the AP Top 25 for a 20th week in the Division I era. Six of those top 25 appearances have occurred since Sept. 18, 2016. At No. 19 in the latest AP Poll, this is the highest the Aztecs have been ranked while playing host to a game since SDSU was No. 13 on Nov. 3, 1975. SDSU improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1981 and just the second time in 42 seasons by handing Air Force a 28-24 defeat last Saturday, Sept. 23. The Falcons entered the game 18-1 over their last 19 home contests. The Aztecs have won six straight games (sixthlongest active streak in FBS), and are 12-2 in their last 14 games and 25-3 in their last 28 contests. SDSU, the only G5 school to defeat two Power 5 conference teams this season, is one of 24 undefeated FBS teams this year. The Aztecs are looking for their first 5-0 start to a season since 1975. That is the only time in the last 57 years they have started 5-0. For more information, visit goaztecs.com. Dolan hosts a one-hour sports talk radio show Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on East County’s “The Mountain – 107.9 FM.” The show may also be heard on the Internet at www.themountainfm.com

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin San Diego East County Chamber names 2017 WILL award recipients

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce recently honored eight women with 2017 Women in Leadership Luncheon (WILL) awards. Now in its 15th year, 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, Chamber officials said. The awards event was held Friday, Sept. 22 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in Mission Valley. The East County Herald was among the event sponsors. Honorees included: Michelle Bergquist, co-founder and CEO, Connected Women of Influence; Marla Black, president/ CEO, Junior Achievement of San Diego County; Kristine Costa, public sector account executive, Waste Management, Inc.; Martha King, co-founder, King Schools; Wendy McKinney, chief development officer, American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties; Bonnie Rush, president, Breast Imaging Specialists; Barbara Ryan, vice president of government affairs, Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego; Van Tran, nursing supervisor, Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Bergquist co-founded Connected Women of Influence in June 2008. Connected Women of Influence is a private, forprofit, invitation-only membership professional association for women who lead people, projects, teams and companies in business-to-busienss sectors. Black joined Junior Achievement (JA) of San Diego County in September 2015 after a 35-year career in banking, financial services and sales management. Costa has worked in the solid waste and recycling industry since 1999 and oversees municipal relations for Waste Management in East County. She is a

board member with the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, Santee Chamber of Commerce and Boys & Girls Clubs of East County. King co-founded King Schools, offering aviation instructional video and online courses, with her husband John King in 1975. With a folksy, humor-rich approach in their training videos, Martha is considered one of the most recognized experts in flight instruction. King Schools is credited with making aviation knowledge more accessible to pilots worldwide. McKinney joined the local American Red Cross chapter in May 2015. She works with external partners, corporations, individual donors, volunteers and others to raise funds that advance the organization’s mission, including disaster preparedness support, emergency relief efforts and services to members of the Armed Forces and their families. Rush founded Breast Imaging Specialists in 1998 after several years of working directly with patients using mammography for early detection. She consults in the implementation of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) to advance quality in mammography. She is the author of “MQSA Made Easy,” a manual for mammography professionals. Rush also was honored by the Chamber for her contributions in healthcare with the Michele Tarbet Healthcare Award, named in honor of the former CEO of Sharp Grossmont Hospital who passed away in July 2014. Ryan, with six grown children and 17 grandchildren, has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital - San Diego (RCH) since 1990. She is responsible for the management and coordination of the hospital’s activities and relationships with political, government and legislative bodies. She has been a public official since 1979, when she was first elected to the Santee School District board of education. She is currently

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serving her 10th term. Tran has been a registered nurse for 13 years with extensive training in emergency and trauma nursing. She has volunteered on medical missions with the International Red Cross, United Nations, U.S. Navy and various nonprofits for the past 10 years. She has traveled to Haiti and Nepal after earthquakes in both nations. These experiences has led to her founding Venture to Heal Medical Missions, a nonprofit that organizes medical professionals and laypersons to medical missions in third-world countries. In addition to the East County Herald, this year’s WILL event sponsors included Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air, Barona Resort & Casino, Jasmine Creek Florist, Kaiser Permanente, Postal Annex Plus, San Diego Gas & Electric, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Sycuan Casino and Waste Management, Inc.

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Legendary comedian Rich Little will headline the 20th annual “Comedy Night Gala,” a fundraiser benefiting the Challenge Center’s Scholarship Fund, on Friday, Oct. 6, at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa in Mission Bay, 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego.Little, a master impressionist, has held the title “best impressionist in the world” for decades. The event’s presenting sponsor is EDCO Disposal. Scholarships from Comedy Night will help clients with qualifying low incomes access physical therapy and fitness programs at an affordable cost after insurances run out. The gala begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktail hour and silent auction; the gourmet dinner and live auction begin at 7 p.m.; the program and headliner performance begins at 7:45 p.m. Tickets begin at $225 per person. To reserve seats, call (619) 667-8644 or send an e-mail to comedynightgala@challengecenter.org.


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Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science of the Netherlands Monday, Sept. 25• El Cajon EL CAJON — The Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science of the Netherlands visited the Cajon Valley Union School District,Monday, Sept. 25. This is one of many site visits from top educational partners across the globe. The visit from the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science of the Netherlands was the first time Cajon Valley District Office hosted this type of an event. “What a great opportunity to welcome the Ministry of Education of the Netherlands to Cajon Valley Union School District on behalf of San Diego and the United States. Working together on bridging the gap between education and the world of work will benefit children in both countries,” said David Miyashiro, Ed.D, Superintendent of Cajon Valley Union School District. The Cajon Valley Union School District offered a tight agenda of visits and presentations. Site visits will included Bostonia Language Academy and Naranca Elementary School. Presentations included: • Improve an Obsolete System or Reinvent for the Modern World—A Brief History and Outlook Ahead for CVUSD/USA, • The World of Work: Bridging the Gap Between Education and the Workforce Shawn Smith of the National Council on Digital Convergence and dignitaries from the Netherlands also presented. “Educators are joining together internationally to exchange practical ways to get students ready for a future that is hard to predict. We are happy to support Cajon Valley Union School district as they host dignitaries for the Netherlands to learn about our World of Work initiative,” stated Steve Regur, CEO Educators Cooperative

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