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Senator Anderson Acknowledges Local Volunteers EL CAJON — On Saturday, Sept. 26, volunteers gathered as they will be framing new homes on Foundation Lane in El Cajon, a community that Habitat for Humanity broke ground on in June, during its Home Builders Blitz. The volunteers will also build four playhouses for needy children through SDHFH’s program that provides halfday volunteer opportunities for corporate groups at their own sites. SDHFH partners with other nonprofits such as the San Diego Military Family Collaborative and the Ronald McDonald House to provide playhouses that create makebelieve pretend worlds for children who never dreamed they would have such a space of their own. California State Senator Joel Anderson (pictured right) was on site and awarded Encore Capital representive with a certificate of recognition. Encore Capital’s corporate philanthropy is helping to build homes like the one the Consuegra Family will move into, allowing them to move out of the house where their nine year old son sleeps in the hallway. That is what motivates Encore employees to volunteer. “We’re so excited. This house is a dream come true. It’s a foundation for my family, said Pavel Consuegra, a new Habitat homeowner in El Cajon. “Our lives are going to be changed forever.”

Work Progresses on Proposition V Projects at Two East County Colleges EL CAJON — Energy conservation measures, parking lot and roadway repairs, and prep work for new facilities are among the projects completed or underway at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges that are being funded by the Proposition V construction bond. The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board was recently updated on the status of the $398 million construction bond approved by East County voters in fall 2012. The measure’s passage paved the way for the district to continue the work started with Prop. R – the $207 million facilities bond passed in 2002 that resulted in the construction or renovation of 13 major facilities at the colleges. The groundwork is being laid for the first major projects to be built with Prop. V funds. At Grossmont College, design work is underway on an $82.7 million Arts and Communication Complex, with construction set to begin in February 2017. The facility will replace aging classrooms and include a new 350seat theater and concert hall. An architect has been selected to begin the design process for the Science Math and Career Tech Complex, a $51.2 million project scheduled to start construction in September 2017. At Cuyamaca College, a new $11.5 million facility is planned to be built in 2018 for the college’s renowned Ornamental Horticulture Department. The space where the department is currently located will be razed to make way for a $34 million two-story Student Services building near the core of the Rancho San Diego campus. That project is currently in the design phase and is scheduled for construction in 2019. Also slated at Cuyamaca College are the track and field surfacing, the Exercise Science Building renovation, interim improvements to the existing One-Stop Student Services Complex, and reconfiguration to Building L.

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EL CAJON — Grossmont College awarded $2.62 million grant to improve Hispanic and low-income student success EL CAJON – Grossmont College has been awarded a five-year $2.62 million federal grant that will fund a proposed program aimed at helping Hispanic and low-income students succeed in their classes and progress toward graduation. The Title V grant from the U.S. Department of Education was awarded Thursday to the East County college, where about 31 percent of its 18,000 students identify as Hispanic. “I am delighted that our college received this highly competitive and prestigious grant,” said Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, Ed.D. “It is truly demonstrative of our college’s commitment to our students’ success.” The grant funds will be used to create a program called Vía Rápida, which will assist the college with: • Latino student, family and community outreach • Outreach to students in all low-income families who have not historically had access to college • Strengthening placement and assessment preparation • Accelerated options in developmental English and math • Connections to the college community • Professional development for faculty and staff. “This program will be a resource for our college’s integrated approach to student success,” Abu-Ghazaleh said. “Winning this grant also supports the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s goal to expand college-going culture in San Diego’s East County.” Title V grants are administered through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education, as part of its Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program (DHSI). The DHSI Program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students. These grants also enable HSIs to expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability.

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Big Utility’s Ever-shrinking Fine For Fatal Explosion


ome were mystified when, moments after the California Public Utilities Commission assessed the state’s largest utility company a record $1.6 billion fine for violating state and federal natural gas pipeline standards before the 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced it would not appeal the decision. Even now, about six months later, PG&E still has not said why it simply accepted the largest penalty ever assessed against an American utility company. But a relatively unpublicized vote last month in the state Senate gives a new hint about why. So does PG&E’s latest filing with the utilities commission, best known as the PUC, which sets rates for all privately-owned utilities in California. The Senate vote effectively ended a legislative effort to prevent PG&E from using most of the fine as a tax deduction, despite the fact that the company has been found negligent by federal agencies in the deadly 2010 San Bruno gas line explosion. There is some consumer comfort in the fact that PG&E will pay something, while Southern California Edison Co. and the San Diego Gas & Electric Co. will not be penalized at all for actions leading to the failure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, for which the PUC has assessed Edison and SDG&E customers more than $3 billion. Then again, nobody died at San Onofre, while San Bruno saw eight fatalities. Allowing PG&E to write off $1.3 billion of the fine as a business expense will allow the company to recoup about $115 million, according to some calculations. That’s a bit like a motorist being able to take the bulk of a speeding fine as a tax deduction. Anyone who tried this would trigger red flags at the Internal Revenue Service. The write-off means PG&E will actually pay just over 40 percent of its fine to customers and the state. Yes, $400 million will be refunded to customers. Another $300 million will go to the state’s general fund and $50 million to pay for a variety of PUC safety activities. But the deduction gives the big utility part of those amounts back. The Senate’s inaction also lets PG&E deduct the bulk of the $850 million of this “fine” that will be used to repair and improve its gas transmission system. Of course, it makes no sense for any of the fine to go for this, since the utility has collected payments monthly from all customers for pipeline maintenance and safety for more than six decades. Because the PUC never tracked how that money was used until after San Bruno, no one knows what PG&E actually spent on maintenance and how much it just kept. The PUC has never explained why it’s allowing the company to use fine money this way. The Senate actually voted by a wide margin not to let PG&E get away with at least some of this. The vote was 25-14 to disallow the tax deduction. But a two-thirds majority of 27 votes was needed, and all 14 Republicans voting went in PG&E’s favor, so the big utility won out. The no-deduction bill’s sponsor, Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo, called the vote a demonstration “of political influence by a major utility which spends a lot of money…on campaigns and lobbying.” Almost simultaneously came PG&E’s latest filing with the utilities commission, an application for a $2.7 billion rate increase over three years. If the decades-old dance pattern of the PUC and the utility ensues, PG&E will end up getting about $2 billion, and the PUC will brag about saving consumers $700 million – when the company hasn’t shown it deserves any new profit at all. Worse, any big rate increase would essentially pay PG&E back in less than a year for the approximately $640 million in San Bruno fines it will actually pay. The net result will be that PG&E comes out ahead, just as Edison and SDG&E figure to come out ahead in their questionable San Onofre settlement with the PUC, one the commission so far shows no sign of rescinding despite the questionable legality of how it was reached. All of which would demonstrate there’s been no real change at the PUC, despite talk from the commission’s new president, Michael Picker, who has said he means to make his agency more consumer-oriented and transparent. Stay tuned.

Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It. The book is now available in soft cover, fourth edition. His opinions are his own. He can be reached at tdelias@aol.com


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To Your

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

. If a very sick patient in a hospital is put on

palliative care, does that mean they aren’t going to make it?

. No. Recent evidence indicates that palliative care alongside standard care extends lives.

Palliative care is not the same as hospice care. Palliative care is designed to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Hospice is for the end of life. In fact, hospice requires that a patient be certified as being six months from death, and it requires stopping most curative treatments. Palliative medicine is a relatively new, fast-growing interdisciplinary specialty. A team of physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, chaplains, dietitians, pharmacists and rehabilitation specialists work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is for people with serious illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disease, HIV/AIDS, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Full Service Salon Palliative care is a good option for someone with a serious illness who needs help managing pain or other symptoms, understanding and coping with a medical condition, and navigating the health care system. The first principle of palliative medicine is to help people feel better. It focuses on symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, stress and depression. It not only brings physical, emotional and spiritual relief, but improves a patient’s ability to tolerate medical treatments. Palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and can be given at the same time as curative treatment. Palliative care also strives to improve communication between patients, their health care providers and family members. It is also designed to coordinate care, especially as patients move from the hospital to home or to another care facility. About 80 percent of major hospitals offer a palliativecare service. Palliative care is almost always covered by health insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid. Because of improvement in health care, most Americans who live beyond age 65 can expect to make it to almost 85. However, those survivors may suffer from pain, medical complications, depression, and disability. This phenomenon has generated a greater need for palliative care. “We need to think about palliative care not as care at the end of life, but as improving a patient’s quality of life,” says R. Sean Morrison, M.D., professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “For the vast majority of patients with chronic illness, both life-prolonging and palliative treatments are necessary and appropriate.” Ask The Healthy Geezer a question at: fred@healthygeezer.com

Could Genentech’s Ocrelizumab Become the First Effective Primary Progressive MS Therapy?


enentech has announced the experimental monoclonal antibody ocrelizumab significantly reduced relapse rates after two years compared to the established MS treatment, Rebif® (interferon beta-1a, EMD Serono and Pfizer) in two phase III studies. Ocrelizumab is administered by intravenous infusion every six months. The studies, known as OPERA I and OPERA II, included a total of 1,656 people with relapsing MS (people with relapsingremitting MS and those with secondary-progressive MS who were experiencing relapses). Data analysis is ongoing and the company expects to provide a full report at an upcoming medical meeting. The release stated that the company plans to submit these data to the FDA and European drug regulators for marketing approval in 2016. Ocrelizumab binds to a molecule (CD20) on the surface of immune cells called B cells, and depletes them from the circulation. B cells have several functions including making antibodies, and they may play a role in the immune attacks on brain and spinal cord tissues in MS. Ocrelizumab is a “humanized” version of rituximab, a therapy for cancers and other disorders that has previously shown benefit in people with relapsingremitting MS. In each study, participants were randomly assigned to receive ocrelizumab (IV infusions every six months) or Rebif (44 micrograms injected under the skin three times weekly) for 96 weeks. Participants in the ocrelizumab group received an inactive placebo version of Rebif, and those in the Rebif group received an inactive placebo version of ocrelizumab. In each study, the primary outcome being measured was the effect on relapse rate. Secondary outcomes included time to onset of sustained disability progression (an increase in the EDSS disability scale that is sustained for at least 12 weeks), change in disease activity on MRI scans, change in brain tissue volume, and safety and tolerability. According to their press release, treatment with ocrelizumab significantly reduced the relapse rate at the two year point compared with Rebif. Ocrelizumab also significantly reduced

the progression of disability and disease activity on MRI scans. The most common “adverse events,” or side effects, were mild-to-moderate infusionrelated reactions. The press release notes that the incidence of serious effects was similar in both treatment groups, but does not note what these events were. “We look forward to seeing the detailed safety and effectiveness results from these large clinical trials of ocrelizumab,” says Bruce Bebo, PhD, Executive Vice President, Research at the National MS Society. “Having additional treatment options is important for people with MS, since the currently available therapies don’t work for everyone.” Progressive forms of MS are estimated to affect at least 40 percent of all MS patients and are characterized by a gradual, steady progression of disability, leading to impaired vision and walking, pain, fatigue, incontinence and cognitive changes. Patients usually have a poor response to treatment and there is little or no recovery. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Association, progressive forms of the disease include Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS), which is diagnosed in 10 percent of all MS cases and is characterized by a steady progression of the disease from the time of diagnosis, and Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS), where patients initially experience a relapsing-remitting MS phase (RRMS) of neurological dysfunction that later evolves in approximately half of the cases into a secondary progressive disease. Further research includes the ORATORIO (NCT01194570) study, a multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, Phase III clinical trial developed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ocrelizumab (administered intravenously as two 300 mg infusions two weeks apart) in 732 patients with PPMS. Researchers now report that the ORATORIO study has met its primary endpoint, as ocrelizumab treatment was found to significantly reduce the patients’ clinical disability progression in comparison to a placebo. In the trial, clinical disability progression was defined as an increase in the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) sustained for a period of at least 12 weeks. In terms of safety, the occur-

ddean@echerald.com rence of adverse events in the patient group given ocrelizumab was similar to the one in the placebo group. The most common adverse events reported were mild-to-moderate reactions related to the infusion. “People with the primary progressive form of MS typically experience symptoms that continuously worsen after the onset of their disease, and there are no approved treatments for this debilitating condition,” said the chief medical officer and head of Global Product Development, Dr. Sandra Horning in a press release. “Ocrelizumab is the first investigational medicine to show a clinically meaningful and statistically significant effect on the progression of disease in primary progressive MS.” The results of an ongoing trial in people with PPMS are expected to be announced later in 2015. Multiple Sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.5 million people worldwide. Source: Genentech press release, National MS Society, Global Product, Development

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 28 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 Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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The ‘Magic of Music’ Captures The American Dream Nicholas Ratekin

For The East County Herald Too often we think of the “American Dream” as something that eludes us or is a thing of the past but when you take a tour of the Deering Banjo Company in Spring Valley, it becomes quite clear that our country can still pride itself as a nation where your dreams can become reality. Greg Deering was a young boy who had a passion for music that was ignited by his favorite band, the Kingston Trio. For this reason Deering not only pursued his passion for playing the banjo but eventually built the single largest banjo manufacturing company in the United States. It all started with a little shop over in Lemon Grove called the “American Dream” in 1970. Greg Deering, a San Diego State College student at the time, worked in the holein-the-wall shop hand making banjos with only his sweat, determination and hard work. Eventually he and his wife Janet started their own business and their banjos were being sold at retailers such as Taylor’s guitars, Sailing Banjo Works, as well as many other national and international brands. Deering adamantly proclaims that the sinew of his success can be explained by pursuing his goal for every single product the company makes when he said, “we make the magic of music”. He further explained that “even when we are rolling a piece of wood, every guy is keeping in mind what we are doing is making magic”. It is with this mindset that the Deering Banjo Company went from a small shop to a bustling factory producing 180 banjos a week with 49 employees. It seems quite apparent that Deering was able to funnel his childhood passion for learning and appreciating banjo music into a tangible mission statement to remind both himself and his employees of his American Dream. Representatives of California State Senator Joel Anderson received an opportunity to tour the facility recently to learn about the company’s mission and operation. Anderson was thrilled to learn about the success of the company that is headquartered in his district, and provided Senate certificates of recognition to Greg and Janet Deering and the Deering Banjo Company for their legacy of banjo manufacturing in pursuit of the “magic of music”. Anderson remarked on the Deering Banjo Company, “I am proud to represent a company that is grounded in the pursuit of the American Dream as well as fully committed to providing this opportunity to all of its employees. It is business leaders like Greg Deering

From left: Representative from Senator Joel Anderson’s Office Dennis Douglass recognizes Greg and Janet Deering.

Greg Deering inspects new materials.

that bring hope and inspiration to California’s business environment.” Deering poured his heart and soul into ensuring that he could pursue his American Dream. Whether it was honing his craftsman skills

as a child to developing his own machinery to perfect the manufacturing process of his banjos, both are testaments to not only Deering’s commitment to pursuing his goals, but also his vision to capture the magic of music.

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EVERYDAY with PastorLIFE Drew


A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah PART XXVI

reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible. This week we will look at the second of two extraordinary events that occurred one day in the life of Jesus. Mark 9:14-29 “And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?” Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever he seizes him, he throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast him out, but they could not.” He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief !” When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast him out?” So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” The above event occurred as Jesus, Peter, James, and John came down off the mountain where Jesus had experienced the transformation. For Jesus and the 3 disciples it was a “mountain top” experience, no pun intended. And as often happens with any great experience with the Lord, one has to return to the place in life where there is often great pain, suffering, and sorrow. While up on the mountain, a father had brought his son who was demon possessed resulting in great suffering for both father and son. The father asked the disciples to cast the demon out of his son but they were unable. This is interesting because some time prior to this the Lord had entrusted and empowered the disciples to do this very thing, Matthew 10:1 “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” So what was the problem with the disciples? From the response Jesus gave, it would appear there were 2 major issues for the disciples: lack of faith coupled with prayer and fasting. Now faith (lack of) was an ongoing issue for the disciples, Jesus would rebuke and reprove them on a number of occasions for their lack of faith. Matt 8:26 “But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.”; Matt 14:31 “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”; Matt 16:8 “But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread?” The other issue was prayer with fasting. Now it may seem strange that Jesus would address the need for them to pray and fast, what were they to do when the father approached them? Tell the father “wait a few hours while we go and pray and fast about this.” No! that would be absurd, it was that they should have been doing this before so they would be ready for when something like this happened.

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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Wednesday, September 23 Mission San Diego Indian Cemetery Rob Riingen/The East County Herald See more photos at www.echerald.com SAN DIEGO — A candle light vigil was held on September 23 at Mission San Diego Indian Cemetery. The purpose of the vigil was to Pray for Native American ancestors and for the healing of the people.



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Field of Dreams Friday, September 25 • Alpine

Rob Riingen/The East County Herald See more photos at www.echerald.com ALPINE — Alpine Elementary School (AES) held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the completion of their new turf field. During the ceremony, they thanked everyone who made it happen including: Principal Denise Goulart, Superintendent Bruce Cochran, AUSD Board of Directors, Snipes Dye and Associates, Alpine AYSO, Johnston Tractor Inc, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, Kiwanis through the endowment of Donna Lockhart, community members, parents and students. They also recognized Diane Jacobs, who performed the ribbon cutting, for being a champion for the children of Alpine and their community by sponsoring the field. Finally, AES thanked Paul Dyke and Out-Back Turf Company for their substantial donations of materials and many hours of labor. The Dyke family recently suffered the loss of one of their own, a brother and son, Gage. In honor of him, the PTA dedicated the field in his name. The field has been named “Gage Paul Dyke Memorial Field”

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aul is doing fine. He’s not walking with a walker yet, but he’s working on it. If you followed the Paul’s World series here that ended in May, you know Paul, my son, was born with cerebral palsy and a mild form of autism, once referred to as Asperger’s; that he loves to socialize; and that he had surgery on three severely compressed cervical discs in January to repair the damage to his mobility they caused. These days Paul is focused on his fun approach to life. Paul, his sister Christy, his granddad and I were at Mimi’s Café one evening recently when Christy noticed Paul. wasn’t paying attention to the conversation. “Where are your ears, Paul?” she asked. “They’re holding up my glasses,” he replied, quick as a wink. He asked to talk to Cindy, his favorite Mimi’s waitress. “She’s feisty!” When she came, somehow she got him going—she hit his funny spot. Driving home, Christy and I had no chance at conversation with Paul remembering funny things he and Cindy had talked about and breaking into laughter every few minutes, giggling so hard he couldn’t tell us why he was

laughing. So that’s how Paul is. Happy and laughing most of the time, a bit bored because he has to rely on me to get him out of the house. Some days we go to Denny’s for breakfast; some days we cruise around town in the Mazda while he sings his favorite Mary Poppins song,”Supercalifragilistic;” and most every day I take him to Starbucks on the corner to see his friends and read his book about cerebral palsy and have his decaf iced skinny vanilla latte—one Starbucks drink that’s allowed by his

he gets the best effort from Paul that anyone could. Paul is definite about what he can do and isn’t ready to do, so persuading him to do more is tough for anyone. A new development: Paul can feel his muscles “waking up.” He’s beginning to move his feet and legs without outside encouragement. He really wishes he were walking by now, but he’s excited about these new feelings. He re-sets his goal a little further out and continues to say God tells him he’ll walk “in due time.” Christmas is the new target date. Meanwhile he has a birthday party to get ready for— pizza, cake, live music and lots and lots of friends and family. Paul’s world is a good one.

“He really wishes he were walking by now, but he’s excited about these new feelings.” MediFast diet. He’s lost 27 pounds so far. “I’m going to get rid of this,” he says, patting his belly. Paul can get in and out of the car now. He can control his bodily functions enough to be left on his own at Starbucks, within a few minutes of home, but he can’t get himself in and out of his wheelchair and he can’t push his wheelchair because of strained shoulder muscles. I’m still the “go-to” gal when he wants or needs to go somewhere. Physical therapy at Rehab United in La Mesa is good. Ben Harwood knows Paul well, so

Buska is an author, columnist and long-time resident of East County. Send e-mail to Sheila at 4smbrks@gmail.com and visit her website www.smile-breaks.com

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Anita Norton, formerly of Sycuan Casino, has joined the San Diego Opera as director of corporate development. She will be responsible for corporate fundraising. She previously served as Sycuan’s director of community development during her 10 years with Sycuan Casino. Prior to Sycuan, she served as public relations manager for Neiman Marcus in San Diego. “I have had the privilege of being involved with San Diego Opera in various capacities for the past 15 years on the corporate funding side,” said Norton. “As a board member I was able to see San Diego Opera from the inside out, and I am proud to have been a part of the Opera’s revival. But my greatest experience with San Diego Opera thus far has been on stage as a supernumerary in `Aida.’ Through this opportunity I was better able to appreciate the magnitude of energy, work, and talent it takes to produce an opera. I am thrilled with this new opportunity and am hoping my longtime, diverse relationship with San Diego Opera will bring a different perspective to potential corporate donors that will enhance their overall experience as a sponsor.” A native San Diegan, Norton has been active in community service with a number of organizations, including East County Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Clubs of East County, American Red Cross, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera and San Diego Center for Children. She attended San Diego State University and studied public relations and political science.

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an Diego has risen to No. 4 in the nation as a destination for meetings and trade shows, in an annual list compiled by Cvent, a technology firm used worldwide by meeting planners for booking conventions. To prepare students for occupations in this booming industry – which is projected to have a 33.2% increase between now and 2022 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies offers a Professional Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning program. Now in its 25th year, the popular and ever-evolving program offers students – whether they’re new to the industry or seasoned professionals – the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills, and prepare for the MPI and ISES exams. Graduate Leah Sheffield, now the program manager at a national-brand destination management company, credits her SDSU instructors for helping her obtain such a prestigious occupation. “They know the local industry inside-out,” she said. “That helped me to understand that San Diego is one of the largest hubs in the world for both the private and corporate event sectors.” Students must complete 10 courses (seven core and three electives) within two years to

earn a certificate. The program can be completed in as little as six months. The demand for event planners continues to increase in San Diego, due to its year-round schedule of conventions, trade shows, and conferences; along with events being staged by local businesses, restaurants, and hotels. According to the San Diego Tourism Authority, more than 527,000 people attended conventions and trade shows at the San Diego Convention Center in 2014, bringing in approximately $593 million in direct spending by convention delegates. SDSU program graduate Johnny Nguyen, director of events, Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego, said: “I really like that all the professors are still working in the event industry. This means they have actual experience and great real-life examples of great events and events that went wrong.” For more information, visit neverstoplearning.net/meeting, email cesmep@sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-1138. 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. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

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The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, recently awarded a $168,000 grant to the Grossmont Union High School District for its Health Career Pathways Initiative, a program that will serve more than 2,000 students at seven GUHSD schools pursue careers in healthcare during the 2015-2016 school year. The schools include El Cajon Valley, Mount Miguel, Granite Hills, Santana, West Hills, Valhalla and Chaparral. The GHD grant will help pay for specialty prepared curriculum materials for biology and chemistry classes, including medically-oriented laboratory experiments and medical case studies, as well as field trips to medical facilities, summer internships, lesson preparation time for teachers and salary for a program coordinator. The grant also will help support the Health-Careers Exploration Summer Institute (HESI), a program featuring career exploration activities, including summertime community service learning projects and an internship program at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. Founded in 2002, GUHSD’s Health Career Pathways Initiative promotes development of a future qualified healthcare workforce by strengthening students’ performance in science classes and offering opportunities and experiences that prepares students for a variety of health careers.

Mother Goose Parade announces new day and time El Cajon city officials have announced the 69th

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annual Mother Goose Parade will be held on a new day and time. The 2015 parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. For decades the parade has been held on Sunday. The theme of this year’s parade is “Super Heroes.” Parade officials are expecting more than 100 entries, including floats, marching bands, clowns, equestrians, local dignitaries and Santa Claus. Also planned to appear will be child actors from TV shows and movies. The parade route will begin on East Main Street at Ballantyne Avenue and travel westbound towards Johnson Avenue. Then, the parade will turn right onto Johnson Avenue and travel northbound, ending at the I-8 overpass, south of Parkway Plaza mall. At the northeast corner of Parkway Plaza, near Macy’s, parade officials are planning Mother Goose Village featuring rides and attractions. For more information, visit www.MGElCajon.com.

Hampton Inn planned for former El Cajon police site The City of El Cajon has approved plans for Hampton Inn, part of the Hilton Hotel chain, to build a hotel at 100 Fletcher Parkway, the site of the former El Cajon Police Department that closed in 2011. The 80-room hotel with a restaurant and retail opportunities is expected to open next year. Construction costs are estimated at $4.1 million. The Fletcher Parkway site, across the street from the Parkway Plaza shopping mall and next to Interstate 8 and near state Route 67, is planned to serve travelers visiting local families and business customers who land in Gillespie Field, which is less than two miles away.

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COOPER P. STEVENS and LESLEY J. STEVENS, husband and wife, PETITIONERS, and ELIZABETH EILEEN HIRTER, mother; JOHN DOE, father; JAMES LEE BERRY and JEANETTE SUSAN BERRY, grandparents, RESPONDENTS. TO: JOHN DOE, Respondent, father. There has been filed with the Clerk of the above court, a Petition for Relinquishment of the above named child and praying that the parent/child relationship between the father (alleged father) and the above-named child be terminated. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear ON THE 2OTH DAY OF OCTOBER, 2015 AT 9 A.M. at the KITSAP COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, 614 DIVISION STREET, ROOM #206, PORT ORCHARD, WA and defend the above-entitled action in the above entitled court, and serve a copy of your answer upon the petitioner at the address below stated; if you fail to do so, judgment may be rendered against you according to the request of the Petition for Termination of Parent-Child Relationship which has been filed with the Clerk of said Court. The child was born: FEBRUARY 13, 2003, in the City OF BREMERTON, COUNTY OF KITSAP, State of WASHINGTON. The name of the child’s mother is Elizabeth Eileen Hirter.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT ASSIGNED FILE NO. 2015-023784 (A) DE LA LUNA (B) FOURTH AND ONE APPAREL located at 7526 TUSCANY LN, SAN DIEGO, CA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, 92126. Mailing address: SAME. This business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL. The registrant commenced the transaction of business on: N/A. This business is hereby registered by the following: (A) CLARISSE KHRISELLE RAMOS DE LOS SANTOS of 7526 TUSCANY LN, SAN DIEGO, CA, 92126 Signed by CLARISSE KHRISELLE RAMOS DE LOS SANTOS. This statement was filed with ERNEST J. DRONENBURG, JR, the Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on SEPT. 11, 2015. SAN DIEGO COUNTY HERALD, PUBLISH: OCTOBER 1, 8, 15 AND 22, 2015.

YOUR FAILURE TO APPEAR AT THIS HEARING MAY RESULT IN A DEFAULT ORDER PERMANENTLY TERMINATING ALL OF YOUR RIGHTS TO THE ABOVE-NAMED CHILD. Any non-consenting parent has a right to be represented by an attorney, and if you are indigent and request an attorney, an attorney will be appointed for you. You are further notified that your failure to file a claim of paternity within twenty (25) days of the first publication of this summons and notice is grounds to terminate your parent/child relationship with respect to the child, and such relief will be requested at the court hearing stated above. One method of filing your response and serving a copy on the petitioner is to send them by certified mail with return receipt requested. DATED this 14th day of September, 2015. DAVID W. PETERSON Kkitsap County Superior Court Clerk FILE RESPONSE WITH: Clerk of the Court Kitsap County Superior Court 614 Division Street, Room 206 Port Orchard, Washington 983664683 SERVE A COPY OF YOUR RESPONSE ON PETITIONER’S ATTORNEY (name and address): JOHN C. ANDREWS, Attorney for Petitioners BISHOP, CUNNINGHAM & ANDREWS, INC., (P.S.) 3330 KITSAP WAY BREMERTON, WA 98312 SAN DIEGO COUNTY HERALD, PUBLISH: SEPTEMBER 17, 24, OCTOBER 1 AND 8, 2015.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT ASSIGNED FILE NO. 2015-023303 (A) THE ALCHEMIST LIFE COACH located at 6262 BEADNELL WAY #1P, SAN DIEGO, CA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, 92117. Mailing address: SAME. This business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL. The registrant commenced the transaction of business on: 07/06/2015. This business is hereby registered by the following: (A) HENRY ROBERT NOTHAFT of 6262 BEADNELL WAY APT. 1P, SAN DIEGO, CA, 92117 Signed by HENRY ROBERT NOTHAFT. This statement was filed with ERNEST J. DRONENBURG, JR, the Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on SEPT. 04, 2015. SAN DIEGO COUNTY HERALD, PUBLISH: OCTOBER 1, 8, 15 AND 22, 2015.

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