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Long Time Golden Sneaker Sponsor, Stoney’s Kids Legacy Recognized From Left: SKL Board Member Chuck Hansen, SKL Board Chair Bonnie Stone and SKL Board Member Eric Lund receive recognition from the El Cajon Recreation Department for their vast contributions as a Golden Sneaker Sponsor to their REC Campaign. EL CAJON — The REC Campaign was established in 1997 with the purpose of raising funds for youth scholarships and the purchase of recreation program equipment. Stoney’s Kids Legacy (SKL) has been a longtime Golden Sneaker Sponsor, which is the highest level of sponsorship. Last year alone, the Recreation Dept. was able to provide over 400 youth scholarships to youth in East County through REC Campaign funding. SKL’s generous support was instrumental in providing these great opportunities. The Recreation Dept. thanks Stoney’s Kids Legacy for their generous support.

Senator Anderson, ‘...An Outspoken Champion for Freedom and Human Rights...’ Yuliya Ryabchikova

For The East County Herald EL CAJON — Three San Diego Falun Dafa practitioners including Sophia Fang (pictured right, near left), Deanne Adamson (second from right), and Joe Knox (right), came to California State Senator Joel Anderson’s office, Wednesday, Sept. 27, to present an appreciation plaque to the senator (second from left). The plaque reads, “Our sincere appreciation to Senator Joel Anderson for being an outspoken champion for freedom and human rights; and for your courage and righteousness in supporting Falun Dafa, which stands for Truthfulness-CompassionForbearance.” Falun Dafa teaches practices that strengthens the physical and mental health through meditation. Due to fear of losing ideological control of Falun Dafa practitioners, the Communist government banned the practice in 1999 and Falun Dafa practitioners have since been subjects of persecution. Compelling evidence exists that Falun Dafa prisoners of conscience have been the source of the dramatic increase of organs available for transplantation in China. Anderson introduced Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 10 at a legislative session, and the resolution drew attention to the gross human rights abuses of Falun Dafa practitioners by the Chinese government. The resolution “condemns any government-sanctioned persecution of Falun Gong practi-

tioners in the People’s Republic of China or elsewhere.” It also, “urges the President and the Congress of the United States to condemn any government sanctioned persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in the People’s Republic of China or elsewhere.” Though SJR 10 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously, the resolution was shelved after the Chinese government sent a letter to the Senate Leadership who then refused to allow it to come to the Senate floor for a vote. The Chinese government publicly denies its persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners, and once the Chinese government pressured State Senators to vote against the resolution, Anderson faced unexpected challenges to move the resolution. Falun Dafa practitioners who have been previously imprisoned in China for practicing Falun Dafa shared the horrific experiences they have endured during their time in prison at a recent rally in San

Diego. Charles [last name withheld for protection] stated, “I experienced a lot of tortures, even faced death, because they wanted to force me to give up this faith and I refused… They used a handcuff, hung me up, my feet only could touch the ground just a little bit until I passed out… No sleeping, no moving, no eating…” Anderson attended similar gatherings in Sacramento and San Francisco to raise awareness of the unfair treatment the resolution received after the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco sent a letter to all Senators urging them to vote against Anderson’s resolution. Anderson displayed his gratefulness when he shared, “Together, we worked very hard on SJR 10 in order to give voice to the voiceless. Falun Gong practitioners bravely attended rallies throughout the state to share their personal experiences, and I’m honored to lock arms with them. Our fight for human rights is not finished.”

Locals Honored With Civic Leadership Award

From left: El Cajon residents, Judy and Bill Garrett receive Civic leadership award. EL CAJON — A new award honoring individuals who have made notable contributions to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and the East County community was presented last night to El Cajon residents Bill and Judy Garrett. The recognition, named the Bill and Judy Garrett Civic Leadership Award, was presented to the Garretts to honor their leadership on district boards and their financial support of Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students. “The Garretts have given tremendously of their time and their money, but most importantly their wisdom and leadership, to the college district,” said Chancellor Cindy L. Miles. “The contributions that Bill and Judy have made change lives every day around this college district.” Bill Garrett has served on the district’s Governing Board since 2004, when he was appointed to fill a vacant seat. He has been reelected three times and has served as board president for 10 years. “Bill has helped the board and district focus on what’s most important – and that’s student success and service to our community,” Miles said. “This district is the best it’s ever been, in large part because of Bill’s leadership.” Garrett first became involved with the college district in 1996, when he moved to El Cajon for a job as city manager. He served on the Cuyamaca College Foundation for eight years, including five years as president. He also served on the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which oversaw bond construction spending, until he was appointed to the Governing Board. Bill Garrett’s wife, Judy, has also played an active role in the college district. Beginning in 2007, she served on both the Cuyamaca College and Grossmont College foundations. When the two foundations merged in 2011, she served for three years as president of the newly-formed Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges. Rob Nolan of the East County Schools Federal Credit Union, now chair of the foundation’s board of directors, praised Judy Garrett’s professionalism and skill as foundation president. “She has a much broader view of things,” Nolan said. “She has a way of working you down the road to where we should be. She provides information so all the sudden we realize what we should do, which was her path from the very beginning.” In addition to their service to the district, the Garretts also funded two scholarships, one at each college, honoring Judy’s father, Reynold Stone, a community college instructor. The scholarships were created during a campaign by the Bernard Osher Foundation to provide matching dollars to donated monies so that the scholarships could continue in perpetuity. Each year, a student at Grossmont Col-

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On The Cover EL CAJON — The German American Society kicked off their double weekend of the El Cajon Oktoberfest 2017, Friday, Sept. 29. The celebration picks up again, Friday, Oct. 6 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 8. The event offers authentic German food, such as bratwurst, ox-onthe-spit, potato salad, potato pancakes, sauerkraut, red cabbage, pretzels, and a variety of German pastries, as well as a selection of German beers and beverages to enjoy with friends and family. Dance or sing along to some wonderful Oom-pah music by the band, the Guggenbach-Buam, from Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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– Tom Petty

The East County Herald strongly believes in the freedom of speech and the rights of all sides of an issue to be heard. The letters and guest opinions/commentaries published herein present differing points of view, not necessarily reflecting those of the publisher, The Herald or it’s advertisers. Note: Letters and opinion/commentary pieces may be edited due to space restrictions. Send all letters, opinions/commentaries to: editor@echerald.com

So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Double Standard Prevails in California Government

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ew California administrations have been plagued with as much corruption as Gov. Jerry Brown’s current governing cadre, with well-documented, possibly illegal manipulations by several major agencies run by his appointees. That’s why Brown’s double standards were so plainly exposed the other day when he blasted the lone state agency where Republicans have a significant voice, the tax collecting Board of Equalization. Brown lambasted “inappropriate actions by the board” that render it unable to perform many of its duties. That board’s elected membership, representing four large districts covering the entire state, is half Republican, half Democratic. Democratic state Controller Betty Yee, elected statewide, holds the decisive vote, but the GOP members – former legislators George Runner of Lancaster and Dianne Harkey of Dana Point – have plenty to say about the board’s operations. The board is under fire these days after an audit by the Browncontrolled state Department of Finance found members regularly assigned employees to help board members with public events that could promote them in their districts. Even tax auditors were sometimes used at self-serving events for things like crowd control or “parking lot duty.” Brown came down hard on the board. He suspended its ability to approve new contracts, hires and promotions, giving these functions to another state department. And he sought action from the Legislature to correct other “serious problems.” That stands in stark contrast to the governor’s mild approach after the highly irregular activities of perhaps the two most powerful state agencies – the Public Utilities and Energy commissions – were exposed while those bodies are controlled by Brown appointees. For example, he did nothing when the Energy Commission in 2014 awarded of tens of millions of dollars in grants to build hydrogen refueling stations for the new generation of H2-powered cars to a brand new company headed by a onetime academic who only months earlier drew the map for where those stations would go and instructed Energy Commission employees on how to award grants. Instead of firing the commission chairman who furthered this obvious, cronyist conflict of interest, Brown reappointed him to a new term. It was much the same at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). When it emerged that the former commission president met secretly with utility executives and privately decided the outcome of multibillion-dollar cases, Brown complimented that man on “getting things done” and allowed him to serve out his term without criticism. While media exposed many cases of the PUC favoring the companies it regulates over their customers, Brown spokesman Evan Westrup insists that he acted, when he actually did nothing beyond signing a thus-far insignificant, watered-down package of “reform” bills last fall. These changed almost nothing about the commission’s operation. Brown was mute even when the PUC spent more than $10 million retaining a criminal defense team to help conceal or downplay its alleged illegal actions. He made no move to truncate any of its authority or that of the Energy Commission. The sums of money involved in questionable actions by these two commissions dwarf anything the Board of Equalization (BoE) spent wrongfully. Irregular-seeming PUC decisions have cost consumers multiple billions of dollars in recent years, while grants seeming to involve several forms of favoritism by the Energy Commission amount to many tens of millions. The most commonly cited alleged misdeed by the BoE cost less than $200,000, paltry by comparison. One big difference between the BoE and the other agencies here, besides the magnitude of their alleged actions, is that Brown appointed no one on the BoE, but did name every member of the other panels. It’s not just Brown who favors the Democrat-dominated agencies over the only one with significant GOP membership. When PUC presidents appear before legislative committees, hearings usually become love-fests, no matter how egregious recent PUC decisions have been. But when legislators hauled BoE members and staffers in for hearings this spring, they wound up proposing changes to reduce the ability of board members to use agency staff for anything but official duties. The responses of Brown and major lawmakers to all this demonstrate clearly the double-standard operating in California government – appointed Democrats can get away with almost anything so long as they also promote policies favored by party mates who put them in their current, powerful jobs.

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


HEALTH

The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti From The Geezer’s Mailbag...

QA

. What bacteria causes athlete’s foot? . Athlete’s foot is not caused by

bacteria. It is caused by tinea, a fungus that also can give you jock itch and ringworm. You can catch it from another person, from animals or wet surfaces such as the floors of public showers. Athlete’s foot symptoms include dry skin, itching, burning, scaling, inflammation, and blisters. If blisters break, tissue becomes exposed and this can be painful. Athlete’s foot usually shows up between the toes, especially the last two toes. Tinea thrives on feet because they are usually in shoes, which are perfect for fungus—they are warm, dark and humid. The fungus can spread on the feet. It can also travel to other parts of the body if you scratch your feet and then touch elsewhere. For a mild case of athlete’s foot, your doctor may recommend an over-the-counter or prescription preparation. There are antifungal sprays, powders, creams and lotions. If you have a severe case of athlete’s foot, your doctor may prescribe an oral medication.

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. In what parts of

the country are you most likely to get Lyme disease?

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The federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified the Northeast, the upper Midwest and the West Coast as the places you’re most likely to get Lyme disease. Lyme disease is caused by bacteria spread by bites primarily from deer ticks, which are brown and often no bigger than a pin head. The disease was named for a Connecticut town where it was first recognized in 1975. Lyme disease can cause fever, headaches, fatigue, joint pain, sore muscles, stiff neck and a skin rash that usually begins where the tick dug in. The rash may start out as a small red spot that can get bigger. A ring within the spot can fade and create a “bull’s eye.” Some people with Lyme disease get many red spots. If you don’t treat Lyme disease, it can spread to the heart, joints and the nervous system. Patients with late Lyme disease can suffer permanent damage. If Lyme disease spreads to the heart, the person may feel an irregular or slow heartbeat. The disease is rarely fatal. Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics. In most cases of early Lyme disease, two to four weeks of oral antibiotics kill the bacteria. If the disease has progressed, your doctor may recommend an intravenous antibiotic for two to four weeks. This IV treatment is usually effective, although it may take some time to recover.

QA

. What causes bipolar disorder? .

It’s not known what causes bipolar disorder, but a variety of biochemical, genetic and environmental factors seem to be involved in causing and

triggering bipolar episodes. Bipolar disorder—also called manic-depressive illness— causes extreme mood swings. When people with bipolar disorder are happy and energetic, they are in the mania phase of the illness. When they are sad and listless, they are in the depression phase. The shifts from mania to depression and back again can occur quickly. The deep mood swings of bipolar disorder may last for weeks or months. Often, there are periods of normal mood in between. Sometimes, severe episodes of mania or depression include symptoms of psychosis such as hallucinations. Some people with bipolar disorder become suicidal. Some studies indicate that people with bipolar disorder have physical changes in their brains. And researchers are trying to find genes that may be involved in the condition.

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

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Living with MS with Dee Dean The Multiple Sclerosis Hug: A Hug No One Wants

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he Multiple Sclerosis (MS) hug is a collection of symptoms caused by spasms in the intercostal muscles. These muscles are located between your ribs. They hold your ribs in place and help you move with flexibility and ease. The MS hug gets its nickname from the way the pain wraps itself around your body like a hug or a girdle. These involuntary muscle spasms are also called girdling or MS girdling. It’s important to note that girdling, however, is not unique to MS. You might also experience symptoms consistent with the MS hug if you have other inflammatory conditions, such as transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord. Costochondritis, the inflammation of the cartilage that connects your ribs, can also trigger MS hug. Symptoms can last from a few seconds to hours at a time.

MS Hug: What It Feels Like

Some people report no pain but instead feel pressure around their waist, torso, or neck. Some experience a very tight cinching that can make it difficult to breathe. Others experience a band of tingling or burning in the same area. Sharp, stabbing pain or dull, widespread aching can also be symptoms of MS hug. You may experience the following sensations during an MS hug: • Squeezing • Crushing • Crawling feelings under the skin • Hot or cold burning • Pins and needles As with other symptoms, MS hug is unpredictable and each person experiences it differently. Report any new pain symptoms to your doctor.

MS Hug Triggers

Heat, stress, and fatigue — all

situations in which your body may not be running at 100 percent efficiency — are common triggers for MS symptoms, including MS hug. An increase in symptoms does not necessarily mean your disease has progressed. You may need: • More rest • To cool off • To treat a fever that’s increasing your body temperature • To find ways to de-stress Part of managing pain is knowing what causes pain. Talk with your doctor about any triggers you have noticed.

Drug Therapy for MS Hug

Although MS hug is the result of a muscle spasm, the pain you feel is neurologic in nature. In other words, it’s nerve pain, which can be difficult to resolve. Over-thecounter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen are unlikely to bring relief. Many of the drugs used to treat nerve pain were originally approved for other conditions. The exact way they work against nerve pain is not clear. According to the National MS Society, the drug classes approved to treat the nerve pain of MS hug are: • Antispasticity medicines (Diazepam) • Anticonvulsant medicines (Gabapentin) • Antidepressant medicines (Amitriptyline) Your doctor may also prescribe a medication like duloxetine hydrochloride or pregabalin. These are approved to treat neuropathic pain in diabetes and are used “off-label” in MS.

Lifestyle Adjustments

You can try lifestyle adjustments and home remedies combined with medical treatment to stay comfortable during an MS hug episode. Some people with MS feel better when they

ddean@echerald.com wear lightweight, loose clothing. During an episode, try applying pressure to the area with the flat of your hand or wrapping your body with an elastic bandage. This may help your nervous system translate the feelings of pain or burning into pain-free pressure, which may make you feel better. Relaxation techniques like deep breathing and meditation can sometimes ease discomfort during an episode. Some MS patients find warm compresses or a warm bath to help with MS hug symptoms. Heat makes the symptoms worse in other patients. Keep track of coping strategies that work for you.

Managing MS Hug

Coping with unpredictable symptoms that impact your everyday life can be scary and intimidating. The UK MS Society reports that almost one-third of patients with MS will have some pain at various times. Although MS hug is not a life-threatening symptom, it can be uncomfortable and can limit your mobility and independence. Learning to cope with MS hug may be a process of trial and error. Talk to your doctor about any new pain symptoms and keep track of the coping strategies that work for you. Speak to your team of medical professionals if the MS hug makes you feel discouraged or blue. Support groups can play a role in helping people with MS cope with their symptoms and live as healthy a life as possible. Source: NMSS–US, NMMS– UK

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 God will meet all of our needs. In Luke 12:22-34 we read, “And He (Jesus) said to His disciples, Therefore I say to you, Be not anxious as to your life, what you shall eat; nor for the body, what you shall put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap, having neither storehouse nor barn, and God feeds them. How much more are you better than the birds? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his stature? If then you are not able to do even the least, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow; they do not toil, they do not spin. And yet I say to you that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass (which today is in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven) how much more will He clothe you, O little-faiths? And do not seek what you shall eat, nor what you shall drink, and stop being in anxiety. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you have need of these things. But rather seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms. Make for yourselves purses which do not become old, an unfailing treasure in Heaven, where no thief comes nor moth corrupts. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Because the Lord has promised to take care of all of our needs, we do not need to worry or be anxious about anything. Jesus gives the example of two things, birds and flowers. You never see them worrying about what they will wear or where their next meal will come from and it is because the Lord takes care of their needs. And then with emphasis the Lord proclaims, of how much greater value are you to the Lord than these two things? We are made in God’s image and are His prize creation! How much more will He take care of us! Trusting in God and His promise frees me up from that which can not only occupy much of my thinking; energies; time; and can actually rob me of the joy that is mine in Christ (worry) so that now I can seek Him first and His righteousness and live for that which He created and saved me for, His glory. The condition of course of my experiencing this promise is trusting in Him and His Word. God is not a man that He should lie, there is no variance of shadow or turning with Him, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Apostle Paul learned this and while in prison he wrote the following to the Philippians, 4:11-19 “Not that I speak according to need, for I have learned to be content in whatever state I am. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound. In everything and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…. But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

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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SUNDAY, 10/15 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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Alpine Inn Steakhouse

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Grand Opening Celebration Saturday, Sept. 30 • Alpine

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ALPINE — The landmark Alpine Inn Steakhouse is officially open again. New owner Antonio Salazar celebrated a grand opening and ribbon cutting, Saturday Sept. 30 at the family business at 2225 Alpine Blvd after a soft opening in late February. His family, friends, customers, pageant royalty and the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce helped him. It was a welcome back party for the long-time community gathering place, which closed five years ago. “We’re not going to change anything from the old times,” Salazar said during the celebration. “This place does not belong to us. It belongs to the Alpine community. We opened this for the people of Alpine.” After the ribbon cutting outside the restaurant – complete with encouraging horn honking from drivers, certificates of recognition from area elected representatives and the Chamber were presented inside at the impressive fireplace. “This restaurant is probably the nicest and most unique restaurant I’ve ever seen in this area,” said Matt Bagdasar of State Senator Joel Anderson’s office, adding that the Alpine Inn earns special recognition for its customer service.

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Padres Release 2018 Schedule he San Diego Padres released their schedule for the 2018 regular season, which features interleague visits to San Diego by the Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. The team will open the season at home with a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers beginning on Opening Day, Thursday, March 29 at 1:10 p.m. After a rare Sunday off-day on Easter, the club will host the Colorado Rockies for a four-game set before opening their 2018 road schedule. Interleague play will bring American League West opponents to San Diego, as the Athletics (June 19-20), Angels (August 13-15), Mariners (August 28-29) and Rangers (September 14-16) all will make the trip to America’s Finest City. This will mark the second appearance at Petco Park for the Angels, and the fourth for the Athletics and Rangers. For interleague road contests, the Padres will visit Houston (April 6-8), Texas (June 25-27), Oakland (July 3-4) and Seattle (September 11-12). The club’s visit to Houston’s Minute Maid Park will be its first since 2012. Home weekends for the Padres in 2018 are highlighted by one series against the Giants and one series against the Cubs, the first time in four years the club will play host to Chicago for a weekend series. The Mets, Cardinals, Reds, Pirates, Phillies and Rangers also pay weekend visits to Petco Park. The Padres will host the St. Louis Cardinals at Petco Park on Mother’s Day (May 13) and the Miami Marlins on Memorial Day (May 28). The Padres will wrap up the 2018 road regular season with a six-game road trip to Los Angeles (September 21-23) and San Francisco (September 24-26). The club will return home for the final homestand of the regular season, a three-game series featuring Arizona (September 28-30). San Diego will play 28 of the final 39 regular season games against National League West rivals. Start times for 2018 home games will mostly remain the same. The majority of weekday games will begin at 7:10 p.m., with the exception of a handful of 12:40 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. getaway day starts. Friday home games will continue with a 7:10 p.m. start time. The majority of Saturday games will begin at 5:40 p.m., though some will start at 7:10 p.m. due to Major League Baseball broadcasting restrictions. Sunday home games will return to a 1:10 p.m. start time in 2018. Four home start times will be announced at a later date. Fans who wish to receive notifications regarding updates to the 2018 schedule may sign up for Padres email or text notifications at www.padres.com/newsletters. To secure tickets immediately, 2018 Season Ticket Memberships are on sale now. Completely customize your Membership by calling 619.795.5555 or visit www.padres.com/compadres for more information.

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 East County Chamber’s October breakfast at Steel Canyon Golf Club

three-acre site adjacent to Briercrest Park and the Grossmont Healthcare District headquarters. The senior living project is the result of a public-private partnership between the The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host city and Westmont Living Inc., a developer and operator of its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. on senior living communities in California and Oregon. Westmont Friday, Oct. 6, at the Steele Canyon Golf Club, 3199 Stonefield will construct and operate the facility under the terms of a Dr., Jamul. Table-top sponsors for the breakfast will include 55-year ground lease with the city. The city said Westmont will Dominion Financial, El Cajon Valley Lions Club and San Diego make annual ground rent payments to the City in exchange County Apartment Association. Cost to attend the Chamber for rights to develop the senior living facility. breakfast is $25 per person for members, $30 per person Call it SDCCU Stadium until end of 2018 for prospective members with RSVP and $35 per person for Qualcomm Stadium has been renamed SDCCU Stadium walk-ups without RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, with San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) bidding contact the Chamber at info@eastcountychamber.org, (619) $500,000 for the naming rights through the end of 2018. 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org. The San Diego City Council recently approved the agreement New senior community planned at between the City of San Diego and Fox Sports College Properties. The city contracted with Fox Sports College Briercrest Park in La Mesa Properties to find an interested party for the naming rights, A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for Briercrest of La Mesa, a 137-unit residential care community and will receive $125,000 of the half-million payment while municipal coffers will net $375,000 from the deal. SDCCU, for the elderly at 9000 Murray Dr., La Mesa. Advanced San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution, was leasing is expected to begin in mid-to-late 2018 and the one of four bidders. The three others were: Gemini Sports senior community is slated to open in early 2019. Briercrest Group, a Phoenix company that handles sponsorships and of La Mesa will feature a wide range of amenities and naming rights; Mitek, a San Diego-based mobile technology activities designed to promote well-being and a positive, active lifestyle. It will also offer residents an array of activities firm; Traction Video, a San Diego video production firm. The SDCCU Holiday Bowl, slated for Dec. 28, 2017, is one to stimulate, challenge, enlighten and enjoy, such as arts and crafts, a library, a theater and cultural activities. Fitness of many major events planned for SDCCU Stadium. Since 1997, the stadium has been named Qualcomm Stadium until will be a priority with a fitness center and a range of fitness the naming rights partnership expired earlier this year. The activities available for residents. Residents also will have facility was first named San Diego Stadium when it opened in an opportunity to continue learning and keeping their mind active and sharp by taking advantage of stimulating courses 1967, until it was officially renamed San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium in 1981 in honor of the late San Diego sportswriter and activities offered at Briercrest at La Mesa. A variety of who was instrumental in bringing the Chargers football team meal choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be offered to San Diego. in the restaurant. The location of Briercrest of La Mesa is a

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Grossmont Healthcare District supporting high school health careers program

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has awarded a $202,500 grant to the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) in support of the GHD Health Career Pathways Initiative. The grant will provide curriculum materials, support, and instruction for approximately 2,500 high school students interested in pursuing healthcare careers during the 2017-2018 school year. The goals of the Health Career Pathway Initiative are to better prepare students interested in health and medical postsecondary programs, increase awareness of healthcare career opportunities, and provide real-world relevant experiences in healthcare. Students at eight GUHSD schools, including El Cajon Valley, El Capitan, Granite Hills, Monte Vista, Mount Miguel, Santana, West Hills and Valhalla, will be enrolled this current school year in science classes offering special instruction relating to healthcare careers, including medical biology, medical chemistry and medical anatomy and physiology. These students also will have internship opportunities available at local hospitals and medical facilities, GUHSD officials said. Launched in 2002 at West Hills High School and supported by GHD since its beginning, the program has drawn participation from more than 20,000 students, according to Heather Peterson, Health Career Pathways coordinator. She said past participants are now working as doctors, emergency room nurses, gene therapy researchers, physical therapists, veterinarians and biology and chemistry teachers. Peterson said that the GHD grant also will help lay the groundwork for expanding the program over the next few years to other GUHSD schools and East County high schools.


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lege and another student at Cuyamaca College receives one of the Garretts’ scholarships. They have also supported the theater and music programs at the colleges, and other initiatives such as an emergency scholarship for students who face a financial crisis. The Garretts have also been enthusiastic backers of the Higher Edge Promise scholarship, which will provide a free year at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges for Grossmont Union High School graduates beginning with the class of 2019. In addition to their service and philanthropic efforts, the Garretts have also built connections with promising Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students. Zack Gianino, Grossmont College’s student representative on the Governing Board from 2013-2015, recalled the relationship he developed with Garrett. “He cared about not just my concerns, but the concerns of the students I represented,” Gianino said. “I felt open and free to speak my mind to him.” The award was presented to the Garretts at an event Thursday night honoring the major donors to the district foundation. It is planned to become a regular award honoring others who have given exemplary service to the district and community. “The contributions that Bill and Judy have made are changing lives every day at the college district,” Miles said. “We are blessed and truly grateful for their dedication to our college students.”

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