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Sycuan Casino Welcomes Padres Legendary Relievers for Meet & Greet EL CAJON — Sycuan Casino are welcoming three Padres legends to its property for public meet and greets as a part of the launch of Wilson Creek’s Diamond Legends Wine. The events are hosted by former Padres infielder, Kurt Bevacqua and part of the launch of Wilson Creek’s Diamond Legends Wine featuring the three San Diego sports icons.. Monday, Oct. 10, Sycuan Casino welcomed National Baseball Hall of Famer and former Padre Pitcher Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage (picture top, right, on left) with American Indian Artist and former Padres outfielder Gene Locklear (top, far right) in the casino’s main lobby. Those participating received a signed poster depicting Locklear’s original wine label artwork for the Launch of Wilson Creek’s Diamond Legends Wine. Continuing the week of baseball icons was Rollie Fingers on Wednesday, Oct. 12. While finishing the week with Padre great Trevor Hoffman, Friday, Oct. 14 from 5:30-6:30 again in the casino’s main lobby. Padres fans and casino goers are encouraged to participate in the free events where the they can receive an autographed limited edition poster of the wine label artwork created by Locklear, who is also be on-site signing posters. For additional information visit

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EL CAJON — Sycuan Casino welcomed National Baseball Hall of Famer and former Padre Pitcher Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage (left) with American Indian Artist and former Padres outfielder Gene Locklear (right) in the Main Casino Lobby for a meet and greet with casino patrons and fans. Those participating received a signed poster depicting Mr. Locklears original wine label artwork for the Launch of Wilson Creek’s Diamond legends Wine that features three San Diego Padres sports Icons including

Rich Gossage, Rollie Fingers and Trevor Hoffman.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Ex-Parte Reform May Be Dead For at Least Two Years


Anderson recognizes Wrongful Conviction Day at 3rd annual event hosted by the California Innocence Project Four exonorees speak out in support of clemency for the remaining eight of “The California 12” By Rebecca Ficke and William Llamas For The East COunty Herald

SAN DIEGO — The California Innocence Project (CIP) hosted their third annual “Wrongful Conviction Day” event this past Tuesday, Oct. 4. The event began at the San Diego Superior Court where the CIP students, staff, supporters, and families of clients all began their walk to California Western School of Law in order to raise public awareness about Wrongful Conviction Day and those who are serving prison time for crimes they did not commit. At California Western School of Law, the presentation began with State Senator Joel Anderson recognizing “Wrongful Conviction Day” with a Senate Resolution. Anderson explained Senate Bill (SB) 1134 which he co-authored with Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). SB 1134 was introduced to establish a fair standard for proving one’s innocence by ensuring that there is a fair and reasonable path to clearing their name if new evidence is later found to support their claim of innocence. This measure was signed by Governor Jerry Brown last month to become law. Anderson stated, “The observation of Wrongful Conviction Day enables the California Innocence Project and countless other innocence organizations around the world to raise awareness about the cases of those who have been convicted of crimes they not commit. I want to take a moment to thank the exonerees who shared their journey for justice and their inspiring strength with us.” Three years ago, the CIP took

Back row, from left: Jacob O’Neill from Sen. Anderson’s Office, Michael Hanline (36 yrs), Bill Richards (23 yrs), Kimberly Long (7 yrs), Alan Gimenez (23 yrs), Senator Joel Anderson. (Front: Name not available at time of press.) to the roads in a 712 mile march from San Diego to Sacramento to free the California 12. The California 12 refers to the 12 wrongfully convicted people that the march was dedicated to. On Tuesday, four exonerees of the California 12, shared insight into their years wrongfully spent in prison and life thereafter. Michael Hanline, who has “the longest wrongful incarceration in California history,” 36 years to be exact, shared an emotional story of how he passed his time through focusing on different hobbies, spending countless hours in the library, and most importantly never giving up hope. Also in attendance were Bill Richards and Alan Gimenez, who were exonerated with help of the CIP after serving 23 years in prison. Giminez spoke about how he found strength in his family and friends during the 23 years he spent in prison after the wrongful conviction for the death of his 49-day-old daughter. Life in

prison was difficult for Giminez who recounted, “I became a target. [Having] to always looks over my shoulder every single day.” He found the best way to cope was to volunteer and now as a free man is getting used to his new lifestyle. He stated “Being able to be free now is challenging at times, but it’s wonderful.” Kimberly Long remarked, “You know there’s ups and downs. There’s more beautiful moments than there is bad moments,” as she reflected on her freedom and reconnecting with her family since her release with the help of the CIP after serving seven years of her 15 to life sentence in prison. She also touched on the happiness that has consumed her life since her release, “Life is fantastic and I’m doing anything and everything I ever wanted to do.” The CIP plans on continuing their work to free the remaining eight of the California 12 that are still currently imprisoned.

dvocates of more openness and transparency from California’s ethically-challenged regulatory agencies are still as stunned and frustrated today as they were in early September, when the year’s most important proposed government reforms died without so much as a state Senate vote. Led by three-term Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto of the San Fernando Valley, advocates of the proposed changes wanted to limit private communications between regulators like members of the Public Utilities and Energy commissions and the people whose key issues they decide. Meetings and emails and phone calls could still have gone on, but summaries of their contents were to be required within three days. Even Gov. Jerry Brown, who vetoed slightly tougher provisions a year ago, signed onto that. But Gatto and others backing the change bills were left stunned when their measures didn’t even get voted on by the Senate after passing the state Assembly months earlier with a massive bipartisan 61-7 majority. It’s unclear who stalled even a committee vote until after the deadline, or why. One candidate, of course, is state Sen. Ben Hueso of San Diego County, chairman of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee. Hueso is widely known as a “business Democrat;” his committee’s inaction here plainly favored the interests of a few big businesses over tens of millions of consumers. “I certainly did feel that that the Public Utilities Commission, the Brown administration, the (utility and consumer) lobbyists – essentially everyone in Sacramento with an interest in the issue – had agreed on this,” said a chagrined Gatto, who will be termed out later this year with more than $2 million remaining in his campaign war chest. “It’s very hard to know who was actively responsible,” Gatto added. “But this didn’t even get a vote, so no one is on the record and there are no fingerprints.” Fingerprints or not, the reforms are dead, certainly for this year and most likely for at least two more years. There actually was a vote on an ex-parte communications ban for the Coastal Commission, and it lost at the last minute in the Assembly. This also shocked transparency advocates because that measure had easily passed the state Senate weeks earlier. The upshot is that there will be no meaningful changes in flawed procedures that led to an ongoing criminal investigation of the PUC itself, its former president Michael Peevey, and their ties to the Southern California Edison Co., plus the August criminal conviction of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. over its behavior after the fatal 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion. Gatto, who originally sought a virtual dismantling of the PUC, scaled that goal back in negotiations with the governor that he and everyone involved believed would guarantee passage of some changes, watered down as they would have been. In the end, there will be virtually no change. Now Gatto contemplates using his remaining campaign funds to back a reform initiative. “I would consider making PUC members into elected officials, to provide more accountability,” he said. “But it remains to be seen if I’ll have the influence to do something like this (after leaving office). For sure, it’s tough. But I’m not the first person to lose on a big reform bill in Sacramento.” In fact, most big changes in California have had to come via initiatives because of the heavy influence business lobbyists can bring to bear on the Legislature at key moments like the end of session crunch in which this year’s planned reforms died. The Coastal Commission is the result of such a legislative freeze, even if it has reform-worthy problems of its own. Gubernatorial vetoes have killed other needed changes. So Gatto would not be the first to go the initiative route. Precisely the same kind of corruption and consumer dissatisfaction with appointed insurance commissioners led to the 1988 Proposition 103, which made that office electoral. But could a reform initiative pass if Gatto and others tried one? That’s highly doubtful considering the track record of big utilities in successfully beating back all proposed measures of the last 50 years aimed at accountability for them and the commissions that set their pricing and energy policies. Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

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. Does caffeine bother you more the older you get?

. Sensitivity to caffeine—the pick-me-up in coffee—tends to increase as you get older. Children metabolize caffeine quicker than adults. About 90 percent of Americans consume caffeine daily. More than half of all American adults consume more than 300 milligrams of caffeine every day, making it America’s most popular drug. Caffeine occurs naturally in many plants, including coffee beans, tea leaves and cocoa nuts. It is therefore found in a wide range of food products. Caffeine is added artificially to many others, including a variety of beverages. The most common sources of caffeine for Americans are coffee, tea, colas, chocolate and some over-the-counter medications.

Here are some useful numbers to help you determine how much caffeine you take in:

• A 6-ounce cup of coffee—100 mg • A 6-ounce cup of tea—70 mg • A 12-ounce can of cola—50 mg • An ounce of chocolate—6 mg • One tablet of Extra Strength Excedrin—65mg • One tablet of Anacin—32 mg • One tablet of Maximum Strength NoDoz—200 mg

For most people, 200 to 300 milligrams a day aren’t harmful. But, if you are sensitive to caffeine or use of certain drugs, you may want to cut down or eliminate caffeine from your diet. Your caffeine consumption is worth discussing with your doctor. Caffeine can cause restlessness, anxiety, irritability, muscle tremors, sleeplessness, headaches, nausea, diarrhea and abnormal heart rhythms. Some medicines and supplements interact negatively with caffeine. These include some antibiotics and bronchodilators. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about whether caffeine might affect the medicines you take. In the practice of medicine, caffeine is useful as a cardiac stimulant and also as a mild diuretic. Caffeine is an addictive drug. It stimulates like amphetamines, cocaine, and heroin. If you feel you have to have caffeine every day, then you are addicted to it. Eliminating caffeine suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches and fatigue. These symptoms usually pass after several days.

Here are some tips if you want to chase the caffeine monkey:

• Read labels carefully for ingredients and keep track of the caffeine you consume. • Gradually reduce the amount of caffeine you take in. This will enable you to acclimate to less caffeine and reduce the effects of withdrawal. • Start drinking decaffeinated coffee, tea and soda. • Brew your tea for less time to cut down on caffeine. Or try herbal teas which are caffeine-free. • Check the caffeine content in over-the-counter medications that you take. If you can, switch to caffeine-free forms of the medications you need.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

National MS Society Invests Over $10.5 Million In New Research To Stop MS he National Multiple Sclerosis Society has committed more than $10.5 million to support an expected 42 new Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research projects. These are part of a comprehensive research strategy aimed at stopping MS, restoring function that has been lost, and ending the disease forever – for every single person with MS. This financial commitment is the latest in the Society’s relentless research efforts and part of a projected investment of $50 million in 2016 alone, to support more than 380 new and ongoing studies around the world. The Society pursues all promising paths to drive research breakthroughs in MS to fuel life-changing treatments and everyday solutions that are crucial for people to

live their best lives. Just a few of the new cuttingedge research projects include: five studies exploring different aspects of how to promote the repair of nerve-insulating myelin to restore function in MS; a study at Ohio State exploring whether increasing physical activity levels can help reverse cognitive problems; a study at Mt. Sinai testing a dietary approach to treating MS; and two policy studies looking at factors driving the escalating costs of MS medications. One new commercial partnership is a London-based project propelling development of treatments to protect the nervous system from MS-related injury. “These new research investments are intended to answer questions that will accelerate breakthroughs that change the world for people with MS,” noted Bruce Bebo, PhD, National MS Society’s Executive Vice President, Research. Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. Worldwide, more than 2.5 million people live with the unpredictable challenges of Multiple Sclerosis, with more than 450,000 in the U.S. alone. Additionally, 200 new cases are diagnosed each week in the United States.. To find the best research with the most promise, the National MS Society relies on more than 130 world-class scientists who volunteer their time to carefully evaluate hundreds of proposals every year. This rigorous evaluation process assures that Society funds fuel research that delivers results in the shortest time possible. Source: National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 29 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at NOTE: Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” As a reminder, we are doing this series that you may come to know the truth about Jesus as the Word of God the Bible conveys it. We are looking at the Apostle John’s account for he gives the most detailed account of Jesus’ final hours before the Crucifixion. As we continue to look at John 17 we see what should really be considered the “Lord’s Prayer”. John 17:14-16 Jesus is speaking to the Father on behalf of His follower of whom I hope you are one, “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” These 3 verses are rich with powerful truth of which few churches today dare talk about. First, Jesus has given His followers the Word of God! I do not believe many are able to grasp the great significance of this, think of it, the very Word of God, the spoken Word of God has been given to man. Oh how the world and even much of the church attempts to minimize; trivialize; negate the Word of God. 2 Peter 1:16-21 “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” In giving to us His Word, He holds us accountable to it. Much of the church treats the Word of God as “suggestions”, “recommendations to a better life” nothing could be further from the truth! The second truth we see is the world’s response to those of whom the Word of God has been given; believe it and follow it, “the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world”. Those who hold to (believe and live by) the Word of God are so much different from the world. We think differently; act differently; talk differently; dress differently; respond differently; have different values and it is because the Word of God has had a radical affect on our minds. Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinks so he is.” If my mind is thinking like the world then I will live like the world, conversely, if my mind is thinking like Christ then I will live like He did. So much of the church today neglects the Word of God in their teaching and preaching therefore the church looks just like the world and has lost it’s influence on the world to its own demise. Finally, Jesus has not taken His followers out of this world (though one day He will) He has kept us in the world. Why? To be salt and light. Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is therefore good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” What effect is your life having on the world today? What place does the Word of God have in your life? Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or

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Your Community Calendar Parkway Plaza’s MallStars Mall-o-Ween Celebration EL CAJON — Monday, Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m. inside Parkway Plaza, located at 415 Parkway Plaza in EL Cajon, between Macy’s and JCPenney Halloweenloving boys and “ghouls” 10 years old and under (All children 10 years old and under) are invited to dress up in their favorite costumes for mall-wide trick-or-treating, Halloween-themed photo ops, games and more. This event is FREE to attend. Tricks, Treats and a Fang-tastic celebration for little ghosts and ghouls at Parkway Plaza’s MallStars Mall-o-Ween! On Monday afternoon, bring the family for a kooky, spooky time with activities like mall-wide trick-or-treating, a Halloween-themed photo op and more. Starting at 4 p.m., children can show off their fun and creative costumes (no full facial masks or toy weapons please) during mall-wide trick-ortreating at participating retailers and a free Halloween-themed photo op with Cherry Hill Photo. Kids can also enjoy free carnival games, crafts and more inside the mall between Macy’s and JCPenney! Before, during or after the event, families can also register their children to join Parkway Plaza’s MallStars Kids Club Program. Once registered, children 10 years old and younger will enjoy fun activities and free entertainment at club meetings inside the mall. Parents may also sign up for a bi-monthly MallStars newsletter and enjoy many discounts and benefits, including members-only contests and prizes, exclusive discounts at Parkway Plaza restaurants and retailers, and a free gift upon registration. Parents can complete the registration online at or in the mall at customer service. From Friday, October 7 through Monday, October 31, kids can also enjoy all things pumpkin at Parkway Plaza’s Pumpkin Station in the west parking lot off of the Interstate 8 and Johnson Avenue. Children of all ages are welcome to explore the pumpkin patch and buy their own pumpkin to carve! They can also climb aboard the El Paso train, jump around in inflatable play centers, and more. The Pumpkin Station is open Monday – Thursday, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. For more information on the MallStars Mall-o-Ween celebration and Pumpkin Station, visit Parkway Plaza’s events page or call (619) 579-9932.

‘Christmas in Alpine’ Home Tour, Dec. 10

ALPINE — The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its Eleventh Annual ‘Christmas in Alpine’ Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10am to 3pm. You will have an opportunity to view five stunning country estates, stroll through Kathy and Mario’s quaint and spectacular Alpine Country Garden and Gifts Shop and visit the Alpine Museums decorated in 1800’s Christmas decor. The Historic Town Hall will be open from 1-4pm, where you can view the Dickens Christmas Village on the Town Hall stage. Ticket holders can also enjoy light refreshments and a surprise gift to say thank you for your support. Tour Tickets are $30 prior to Home Tour and $35 at the door. You can pre purchase tour tickets and raffle tickets at several places, The Postal Annex 2710 Alpine Blvd., Dana’s Boutique 2271 Alpine Blvd., and Alpine Garden and Gifts 2442 Alpine Blvd. If you prefer to mail a check please make it payable to Alpine Woman’s Club and send it to Karin Smith – Home Tour Chairperson, 536 Makenna Lane Alpine CA 91901. Tickets are available for pick up and purchase at the Alpine Woman’s Club 2156 Alpine Blvd. on Saturday Dec 10th starting at 9:30am. There will be a selection of handmade gift items available for purchase to make your holiday shopping a breeze and an opportunity drawing for a $500 cash prize. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 6 for $20. The drawing will be held at the Club House at 3:45pm after the Tour but you do not have to be present to win. Proceeds benefit the Alpine Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund and the maintenance of the Historic Town Hall which was built in 1899. They are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. For further information or questions, please contact Karin at (619) 357-5353 or email her at

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Senator Anderson to Install Alpine Chamber Directors EL CAJON — State Senator Joel Anderson will swear in the board members on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce 2016-2017 Installation Dinner! Open to the public, the event starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Alpine Christian Fellowship (ACF) Church. It’s at 9590 Chocolate Summit Drive in El Cajon, off Interstate 8. Enjoy a homemade Italian dinner served by the family of ACF, a new Chamber member. Find out more about the Chamber and how it helps members and communities as you meet and greet its directors, Ambassadors and staff members. Tickets are $20 per person. To reserve your seat by Oct. 11, call the Chamber at (619) 445-2722, visit — where you can pay online — or e-mail


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magine what it would be like to sample wine straight from the barrel in Spain. How about dining in an ancient wine cave, medieval village, or modernist pintxos bars? Or having a guided visit to a contemporary wine cave, walking through vineyards by the sea, or learning the harvest process? These experiences – and many more – can be yours as part of the Professional Wine & Cuisine Immersion in the Rioja and Basque regions of Spain on May 6-12, 2017. The trip is the first ever in the new Wine Education Abroad division of the SDSU College of Extended Studies professional certificate program in the Business of Wine. “If you ever wanted to explore the wine and food of Spain and have someone take you to places you cannot get to on your own, this trip is for you,” said Deborah Lazear, CSW, a certified Spanish wine educator who will provide 12 hours of instruction during this fascinating excursion. In addition, the tour is led by Spanish guide Ana Gabriela Serra who specializes in providing tailored itineraries in this region. “This trip is very exclusive,” Lazear said. “Our tour guide has created relations with wineries that are not open to the public but will be open to us.” Students will travel by private transportation, enjoy private sommelier-level tours, experience private tours of vineyards and museums, and have private daily wine classes. Their instruction time will count toward one elective or intensive course in the Business of Wine program. “Spain is not New World; it’s Old World,” Lazear said. “Students will get a first-hand experience of how history has molded wine in Spain and influenced the world.” Cost per person is $2,938 (double occupancy) or $3,278 (single occupancy). Airfare is not included. The first trip deposit is due Nov. 14, 2016. There is also a $299 course registration fee due to SDSU. For more information, email or visit SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online.

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Hollywood Casino in Jamul Now Open

After a 20-year effort amid community opposition, the Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego has opened. Located at 14145 Highway 94 at Daisy Drive, the casino features 1,700 slot machines, 43 live table games and multiple dining and entertainment options, including the Tony Gwynn’s Sports Pub. Other dining and entertainment venues include: Final Cut Steak & Seafood, a contemporary American steakhouse; Loft 94, an indoor-outdoor casual restaurant and beer garden with 48 rotating craft beers on tap; Emerald Chinese Cuisine, a dim sum and Cantonese-style restaurant; Tres Taqueria, an eatery featuring tacos and burritos; Pizza Port, pizza restaurant. The facility has an eight-story, below-ground parking for over 1,800 vehicles. The $400 million casino will be the ninth operated by an Indian tribe in San Diego County and provide more than 1,000 jobs, many for members of the tribe. The Jamul Indian Village is one of 13 bands of the Kumeyaay Nation of Southern California. Since planning began in the mid-1990s, the project has faced intense opposition in the Jamul and Dulzura communities, and County Supervisor Diane Jacob was a vocal opponent, citing safety hazards from increased traffic the facility will generate along the two-lane state Route 94. Jacbos said since 2014, about 50 collisions have occurred along Highway 94 near the venue. The casino is expected to add 9,000 vehicle trips to the area each day, a 50 percent jump from current traffic patterns. However, the casino said it will provide more than $90 million in funding for fire and public safety and $23 million for road and transportation improvements near facility. Construction at the four-acre parcel began in 2014. Penn National Gaming (Nasdaq: PENN) is managing the casino on behalf of the Jamul Indian Village. Richard St. Jean is general manager of the casino. Jamul Indian Village and Penn National received final approval from the National Indian Gaming Commis-

sion for Penn National to manage the facility. Officials said the Jamul tribe will proceed with a $460 million refinancing of the project. According to a casino announcement, Penn National will get a fee of 30 percent of net revenue (earnings before taxes) for the management of the facility, as well as a licensing fee of 2 percent of gross revenue for the use of the Hollywood brand and marketing services. Penn National Gaming operates 26 facilities in 16 jurisdictions across the U.S. and Canada.

San Diego Chamber Endorsing Countywide Sales Tax Increase Measure

The San Diego County if Commerce has endorsed Measure A, a November ballot measure that would raise the region’s sales tax by a half-cent to pay for infrastructure projects. The San Diego County Road Repair, Transit, Traffic Relief, Safety and Water Quality Measure would raise an estimated $18 billion over 40 years to improve freeways, fund municipal road repairs and build a trolley line between San Ysidro and Kearny Mesa, among other things. “Measure A fixes our roads, creates capacity and freedom of movement for our residents and goods, and propels the growth of the economy throughout the region,’” said Jerry Sanders, the chamber’s president and CEO. Two-thirds of voters would need to vote “yes”’ in the November election for the proposition to pass. Measure A is sponsored by the San Diego Association of Governments.

Gun owners PAC announces list of endorsed East County candidates

The San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights, has released its list of endorsed candidates in the East County who are vying for seats in local city

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and school board elections in November. SDCGO is endorsing the following: Rob McNelis, mayor, Santee; Dustin Trotter and Mason Herron, Santee City Council; Michael Summers, Lemon Grove City Council, Kristine Alessio, reelection to La Mesa City Council; Jim Miller, Cajon Valley Union School District. “It is crucial that voters elect candidates who will defend the rights of law-abiding citizens, stand strong in support of the Second Amendment and oppose senseless gun control laws,” said Santee resident Michael Schwartz, executive director, SDCGO. “We take seriously these recommended endorsements. We are proud to support local candidates who will uphold the Second Amendment and the rights of gun owners, oppose all attempts to infringe on the rights of the people to keep and bear arms and advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime.”

Lantern Crest in Santee refinances $24 million The Grant Cos., owner of The Point at Lantern Crest, a 102-unit senior housing community in Santee, has obtained $24.9 million in refinancing, according to CBRE Group, which arranged the financing. A 10-year loan was approved through Freddie Mac to refinance an existing construction loan, CBRE said. Located at 800 Lantern Crest Way, the senior community was first completed in 2012, offering assisted living and memory care units. A second phase, completed in 2015, offers independent and assisted living units. The property has onsite amenities including a fitness center, movie theater, game room, salon spa, library and two restaurants. San Diego-based The Grant Cos. was formed in 1989 and has developed more than $500 million in projects, including medical office buildings, apartments, retail centers, industrial and mixed-use developments.

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Sunday, Oct. 9 • Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor’s Center SAN DIEGO — Three East County artists, Shannon O’Dunn, and Adrianna Ko’s Vicky DeLong, are featured in the month long exhibit at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor’s Center. A Mission Trails ‘Art in the Park’ reception was held Sunday, Oct. 9. Shannon O’Dunn (pictured below, center) is the former owner of O’Dunn Fine Art in La Mesa Village and has been involved in Mission Trails Regional Park programs for many years. She is a retired Geology Professor and Dean Emerita at Grossmont College, and has assisted with geology presentations at the Park. Shannon has served on many boards and commissions including, to name just a few, the La Mesa Village Merchants Association, the GrossmontCuyamaca Community College District Bond Oversight Committee, and the Grossmont College Foundation Board. Vicky DeLong (bottom,left), a resident of El Cajon, began working with clay about thirty years ago. While living in Naples, Italy from 1983 through

1987, she had the opportunity of studying at the Instituto della Porcellana e della Ceramica located on the grounds of the Capodimonte Palace. From the Italian masters of the institute, she learned techniques, which included making many types of flowers and leaves in the Capodimonte style, a tradition that dates back to the early 1700’s. All of Vicky’s work is created in a studio at her home and in Studio 16B at the Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park. She is member of Southwestern Artists Association in Spanish Village Art Center; a member of Spanish Village Art Center; San Diego Museum of Art Artist’s Guild; and Clay Artists of San Diego. Adrianna Ko’s 9Bottom, right) interest in photography began in 2001 while traveling through Europe. She has explored many genres of photography including nature, travel, headshots, fashion, and documentary. Currently, she works as a lifestyle family photographer. She lives in Fletcher Hills with her husband and son.

Alpine Fire District Receives $15,8666 Grant from San Diego Regional Fire Foundation ALPINE — The Alpine Fire Protection District(AFPD) is pleased to announce a $15,866 grant from the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation (Fire Foundation) that will be matched by the AFPD to purchase a state of art Zoll “X” Series cardiac monitor/defibrillator. One of the benefits of this piece of equipment is that it displays CPR quality in real-time, allowing our paramedics to make critical adjustments when needed to patient care and treatment. It also monitors ECG, blood pressure, O2 saturation and CO2 levels. It delivers shocks for defibrillation and synchronized cardio version while providing critical patient data to the rescuers. The Fire Foundation will present the grant check to AFPD at the District’s annual Open House on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1364 Tavern Road, Alpine. The check presentation will take place at 10 am. “The Alpine Fire District would like to thank the Fire Foundation for awarding this generous grant to us and for their financial support over the past ten years“, said AFPD Fire Chief Bill Paskle. “This grant will ensure the Paramedics of our District have state of the art modern equipment that will assist them in providing the highest level of care to our residents and patients.” This grant is part of the Fire Foundation’s annual grant program that supports fire departments throughout San Diego County and was made possible by funding provided by the Grossmont Healthcare District. A total of $143,060 is being distributed this month. Including special grants made earlier in the year, the Fire Foundation has awarded more than $280,000 in 2016 and more than $5 million since the Foundation’s formation in 1989 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. For more information, visit The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation’s mission is to improve the system of fire and emergency services in San Diego County. “We accomplish our mission by funding equipment and training for firefighters at individual stations such as the Alpine Fire Protection District, and by providing equipment on a county-wide basis, such as automatic vehicle locators (AVL), automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) and mass casualty kits, primarily for rural fire departments,” said Fire Foundation Chairman Frank Ault. “Currently, the Foundation is raising $200,000 to rebuild the driveway for the Borrego Springs Fire Protection District’s station, which will help to improve response times and to reduce the maintenance costs for their fire engines and ambulances. “

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