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Local WWII Hero Greeted By Adoring and Grateful Public


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For The East County Herald SAN DIEGO — Edward Marich, a WWII veteran returned from his Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Oct. 1 to a crowd of hundreds of San Diego residents, waving flags and cheering along to patriotic songs at the airport. Through the Honor Flight program Marich was able to tag alongside other WWII veterans to see their memorial in Washington D.C. These veterans are nearing 100 years old, some 102 years old and Honor Flight works tirelessly to provide free trips so that these service members have the opportunity to visit the monuments dedicated to their service and sacrifice. Marich was very grateful to be on this trip, and was referred to this event by State Senator Joel Anderson’s office. Marich had reached out to Anderson in search of assistance in reaching the California Department of Insurance over an insurance claim. Anderson was able to open a line of communication with the Department in order to have his constituent’s issue resolved. When Anderson found out that Marich was a WWII veteran, he was recommended to the volunteers at the Honor Flight Program. Anderson said, “Making government work for my constituents is my top priority, and I am grateful Ed reached out to me for assistance and ecstatic that his Honor Flight journey was a success. We are grateful for the sacrifices he made to protect our country and I appreciate the dedicated volunteers at Honor flight San Diego for giving these veterans an amazing experience.” The terminal was filled to the brim on a Sunday night at baggage claim with hundreds of San Diego residents waving American flags. John Welter, an organizer of the program, led the crowd through many

Above: WWII veteran, Edward Marich is greeted at Limburg Field by a crowd of cheering and grateful San Diegans upon the local heroes’ arrival home after being honored in Washington, D.C. charismatic microphone announcements counting down the hours until the veterans’ flight arrived. Welter marked the difference in the kind of recognition Veterans receive now compared to several decades ago when he said, “Politics [when I returned from war] deterred Vets… Vets did not get recognized for risking their lives for freedom… I think everyone has a sense of honor through the flag and also by recognizing these vets and the service they did...” Family, friends, and fellow service members gathered in excitement to thank these heroes for their service. Mildred Roberts was one of the first attendees of the night. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization according to the organization website. She shared, “I’m waiting for all the veterans— they’re all spe-

cial heroes. I think it’s highly important; it makes them feel good knowing that we care enough to come out here and welcome them home... They paved the roads for a lot of veterans that come after them.” When they finally arrived at the airport, the terminal was as loud as a football rally. All the fervor could not be put into words. One by one the veterans walked through the sea of people to meet with their loved ones. WWII veterans’ wives stood in their bright clothes waiting for their husbands to give them a welcome back kiss. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, motorcycle clubs, Marines, and Army and Navy service members all stood in two lines creating an open lane for the veterans to stroll down for their welcome back hoorah. As the veterans were brought down the aisle, the people shook their hands, saying, “Thank you for your service.”

RANCHO SAN DIEGO — William G. Meza, known to his family and friends as ‘Willie,’ was born in San Diego on August 21, 1939. Willie was a great man with a heart of gold. He was the most kind-hearted person one had the privilege to meet. God blessed Willie with the gift of laughter and generosity. Making family and friends laugh was his gift he gave to everyone. Willie also loved to sing and dance. His personality was bigger than life, especially when he walked into a room everyone would gravitate towards him to hear a funny joke or to hear him sing a Hank Williams tune. He was artistic and very creative as well. A generous man beyond belief above all. Anyone who has known him knows he would give you the shirt of his back – literally. Willie worked as a longshoreman at San Diego Port District for over 35 years until he retired in 2006. Heaven is celebrating the arrival of a great man and spirit by the name of ‘Willie Meza.’ Sadly, he passed away on October 7, 2017 at the age of 78. Willie will be deeply missed by all. He survived by three daughters: Denise (Brian) Barnes, Melina Minter and Natalie Simpson. He is also survived by eight grandchildren who refer to him as Grampa ‘Willipede’ Brian Barnes, Melissa Barnes, Cameron Barnes, Amanda Minter, Kasey Valencia, Monica Ayan, Michele Andersen and Christian Simpson.

On The Cover LAKESIDE — Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) held their annual Kids Care Fest, Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds. The event event is an opportunity for community members to get together, have fun and receive free, potentially life-saving health screenings from healthcare professionals. Additional free activities included demonstrations and displays from public services, including police and fire officials. Free child fingerprinting services and children’s readings books were also available.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias The Dangerous Constitutional Conventional Measure


he California ballot has seen plenty of dangerous propositions over the years, and yet another one may face voters wherever they cast votes next November. Fortunately, virtually all such questionable proposals have been beaten at the polls or struck down by courts if voters acted irresponsibly. There was the AIDS quarantine measure put forward by crackpot presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche in 1986, which aimed to place everyone with the disease in remote detention camps. Would Ervin “Magic” Johnson be part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and president of the Lakers today if that one had passed? There was the 1994 Proposition 187, which sought to deprive undocumented immigrants of health care, schooling and anything else its sponsors could think of. That one passed handily, endorsed by then-Gov. Pete Wilson, but was swiftly struck down by a federal judge. And so on. Now comes a danger of a different sort, embodied in a seemingly innocuous measure that’s about to begin circulating with hopes of getting a yes-or-no vote just over a year from now. It’s titled “The California Call for a Constitutional Convention,” and it contains some fine ideas, including calls for Constitutional amendments to ensure equal pay for equal work and limit corporate “personhood” to invalidate the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The initiative also calls for California to participate in a constitutional convention to push for creating a peaceful way for states to secede from the Union and/or negotiate treaties with foreign countries, and has a provision demanding that federal funding be distributed to states in proportion to what their taxpayers put into the federal kitty. Most of those aims are laudable, but there’s absolutely nothing to guarantee that any of these ideas would attain reality if this measure passes. Rather, there’s the definite possibility for major alteration to the Bill of Rights, which now protects things like free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association and guarantees there will be no official state religion. How could this happen when the convention call includes very specific subjects to be taken up and none involves the Bill of Rights? Easy. Once you begin a constitutional convention, the delegates can take it where they like. That’s one reason why even though many states have officially called for a convention to enshrine a balanced-budget amendment, that call has never gotten support from three-quarters of the states, as required to get a convention started. There’s also little chance that even if California calls for a convention to take up its plentiful legitimate grievances, it will get the needed support from other states. The sponsors of the new initiative, which goes by the abbreviated term CalConCon, in effect concede this. They maintain on their website ( that any convention call ever issued by a state – even 100 years ago or more – can be included in the total needed now. That’s because just as the Constitution sets no limit on where delegates can take a convention, it also has no expiration date for convention calls, which now number 27. It’s an unfortunate omission by the Founding Fathers, who turn out to be fallible after all. Marcus Ruiz Evans of Fresno, whose 2012 book California’s Next Century called for semi-sovereign status for the state and essentially began the Calexit secession movement that spawned this convention initiative, maintains there would be no “runaway convention.” But the campaign website notes that “the U.S. Constitution makes no mention of rescinding an application (for a convention) or limiting (it) to a single subject…” Still, says Ruiz, many academics have forecast a runaway convention would not happen. But how does anyone know where activists from Texas or Montana might take the meeting? Or whether there would be neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klansmen among the voting delegates? It’s true California several years ago called for a constitutional convention to get rid of the Citizens United decision. Fortunately, in part because of the dangers involved, no such meeting occurred. Is it really worth risking free speech and freedom of religion or the right to bear arms for the unlikely possibility of winning the right to secede peacefully? The only rational conclusion is that sponsors of this measure are being shortsighted, concerned more for their immediate goals than about making sure Americans’ fundamental rights remain untouched.

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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In general, sensitivity to taste gradually decreases with age. But there are some whose taste isn’t affected by getting older. The ability to taste food and beverages means a lot to seniors. Let’s face it; we lose a lot of the pleasures of our youth, but eating well isn’t usually one of them. Taste also has a major impact upon our physical and mental health. Our sense of taste is especially important if we have to stay on a diet. If food loses its appeal, we may eat improperly and put ourselves at risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Loss of taste can lead us to overeat, undereat, or add too much salt or sugar to our food. While taste is important, we recognize flavors largely through our sense of smell. Try holding your nose while eating. Smell and taste are closely linked in the brain. It is common for people who lose their sense of smell to say that food has lost its taste. This is incorrect; the food has lost its aroma, but taste remains. Loss of taste occurs less frequently than loss of smell in older people. When an older person has a problem with taste, it is often temporary and minor. True taste disorders are uncommon. When a problem with taste exists, it is usually caused by medications, disease, or injury. In some cases, loss of taste can accompany or signal a more serious condition, such as diabetes or some degenerative diseases of the central nervous system such as multiple sclerosis. There are several types of taste disorders You can have a persistent bad taste in the mouth. This is called a dysgeusia. Some people have hypogeusia, or the reduced ability to taste. Others can’t detect taste at all, which is called ageusia. People with taste disorders experience a specific ageusia of one or more of the five taste categories: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory. The most common complaint is “phantom taste perception,” which is tasting something that isn’t there. If you think you have a taste disorder, see your doctor. Diagnosis of a taste disorder is important because once the cause is found, your doctor may be able to treat your taste disorder. Many types of taste disorders are reversible, but, if not, counseling and self-help techniques may help you cope. If you cannot regain your sense of taste, there are things you can do to ensure your safety. Take extra care to avoid food that may have spoiled. If you live with other people, ask them to smell and taste food to see if it is fresh. People who live alone should discard food if there is a chance it is spoiled. Ask The Healthy Geezer a question at:

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Allergy Drug Improves Function in Patients with Chronic Injury from MS


e hear a b o u t ‘breakthroughs’ f r e quently in MS, and mostly of course, they are not. On this occasion, despite the drug that researchers were testing being an old drug commonly prescribed for hayfever, they found definite evidence of improved neurological function after taking the drug, and the improvement persisted when the drug was stopped. It seems highly likely, given what the researchers have previously tested, that the drug promoted remyelination, something which no agent has previously been able to do. While I personally don’t like to throw the word ‘breakthrough’ and or especially ‘cure’ around, we hear it quite often. However, I will say this research looks quite promising. These are the first findings I’ve dug into repeatly, in a long time. The research team at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), led by Prof Jonah Chan tested the drug clemastine (trade name Tavist) which has been licensed by the FDA for 40 years now for use in hayfever and allergies and is now a cheap generic. Importantly they tested the drug in people with chronic longstanding MS who had quite a bit of central nervous system damage. To their surprise they used a sensitive test of the speed of transmission of nerves in the

visual pathways and showed that it speeded up substantially, meaning that transmission through the whole central nervous system was likely to be speeded up for those taking this medication. The dose of drug used was 5.36mg twice daily, for a daily dose of 10.72mg, whereas for allergy, the recommended dose is no more than 2.68mg three times daily, for a daily dose of 8.04mg. The only important side effect of large doses is sleepiness, and in this study, participants were more likely to report fatigue, which may reflect that. Clemastine fumarate, was first identified as a candidate treatment for MS in 2013 by UCSF’s Jonah R. Chan, PhD, Debbie and Andy Rachleff Distinguished Professor of Neurology, vice chief of the Division of Neuroinflammation and Glial Biology, and senior author of the new study. First approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1977 for allergies, the drug has been available over the counter in generic form since 1993. The researchers said that the Phase II results, published online on Oct. 10, 2017, in The Lancet, are the first in which a drug has been shown to reliably restore any brain function damaged by a neurological disease in human patients. “To the best of our knowledge this is the first time a therapy has been able to reverse deficits caused by MS. It’s not a cure, but it’s a first step towards restoring brain function to the millions who are affected by this chronic, debilitating disease,” said the trial’s principal investigator, Ari Green, MD, also Debbie and Andy Rachleff Distinguished Professor of Neurology, chief of the Division of Neuroinflammation and Glial Biology, and medical director of the UCSF Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroinflammation Center. Chan and Green are co-directors of the UCSF Small-Molecule Program for Remyelination, and both are members of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. The new results are particularly notable, Chan said, because patients in the trial had suffered from MS symptoms caused by injury to myelin for years. “People thought we were absolutely crazy to launch this trial, because they thought that only in newly diagnosed cases could a drug like this be effective – intuitively, if myelin damage is new, the chance of repair is strong. In the patients in our trial the disease had gone on for years, but we still saw strong evidence of repair.” While much more work needs to be done before this drug could be licensed in MS, the research is really a breakthrough, showing that repairing damaged myelin is now a realistic possibility. Source: University of California, San Fransico

***NOTE: Below 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.

*** NOTE: 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 Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/ Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and 2017 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.


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EVERYDAY LIFE The Promises of God

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled “The Promises of God”. As mentioned in part one of this series, there are but a few promises to all of mankind, the vast majority are to those who have become His children by adoption through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance from sin. Some may think this is not “fair”, that all of God’s promises should be to everyone. Well they are to everyone that will repent of sin and turn to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Think of this way, you are a parent, your children have your protection; love; provision; sacrifice; and will inherit what you have at your departure. Should others who are not your children or even those who hate you and your children be beneficiaries of what you have for your own children? Of course not, that would be absurd! Another of God’s wonderful promises is that of His willingness to lead us in straight paths. Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Jehovah and depart from evil.” Pro 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his way, but Jehovah directs his steps.” Psalm 25:8-9 “Good and upright is Jehovah; therefore He will teach sinners in the way.” The meek He will guide in judgment; and the meek He will teach His way.” Psalm 32:7-10 “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall circle me with songs of deliverance. Selah. I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you, My eye shall be on you. Be not like the horse, or like the mule, who have no understanding, whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, so that they do not come near you. The wicked has many sorrows, but mercy embraces him who trusts in Jehovah.” Isaiah 30:21” And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left.” Isaiah 48:17-1 “So says Jehovah, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, I am Jehovah your God who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way that you should go. Oh that you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea. And your seed would have been like the sand, and the offspring of your bowels like its grain; his name would not have been cut off nor destroyed from before Me.” James 1:5-8 “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and with no reproach, and it shall be given to him. But let him ask in faith, doubting nothing. For he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed. For do not let that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, not dependable in all his ways.” Here we have a sampling of a number of verses from God’s Word the Bible that tell us of God’s willingness and desire to lead us in the way that we should go. Of course there must be the willingness on our part to submit ourselves to Him and His way and then follow. There are some other important elements involved in God setting straight paths before our feet. As Solomon tells us we must trust in God with all of our heart and do not lean on our own understanding; to acknowledge God in all of our ways, then He will direct our paths. With this we cannot be wise in our own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. Our ways and understanding are contrary to God’s. Look at what Isaiah says of God’s ways and thoughts, Isaiah 55:6-9 “Seek Jehovah while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to Jehovah, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways My ways, says Jehovah. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

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


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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan

Aztecs Host Fresno State on Homecoming


he only two teams that have won the West Division title of the Mountain West meet Saturday, Oct. 21 in San Diego when San Diego State, the two-time defending league champs, plays host to Fresno State, the West Division leader, at 7:30 p.m. The Aztecs, who claimed the 2015 and 2016 conference championships, won the West Division those two seasons and claimed a share of the division title in 2014. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, captured the West crown outright in 2013 and earned a share of the division title in 2014, representing the division in the title game. SDSU (2015, 2016) and Fresno State (2013) have won three of the four Mountain West crowns since the two-division format began in 2013. Saturday is the annual Homecoming game for SDSU. The Aztecs have won three straight Homecoming contests by a combined score of 128-24. The last team to defeat SDSU on Homecoming was Fresno State in 2013. This is the most played series in school history with the Aztecs and Fresno State meeting for the 57th time. The Old Oil Can Trophy is presented to the winner of the game. The Aztecs won the most recent two encounters, including a 17-3 decision in Fresno last season. Following Saturday, SDSU  will go 27 days without a home game, playing at Hawai’i, at San José State and enjoying a bye week before returning to SDCCU Stadium for a Nov. 18 home date with Nevada. SDSU saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end in a 31-14 loss to Boise State last Saturday, Oct. 14. The Aztecs were victimized by two non-offensive touchdowns against Boise State (a 53-yard punt return and a 34-yard fumble return). NCAA FBS teams are just 3-14 this season when allowing two non-offensive scores in a game. That includes SDSU’s win over Northern Illinois when the Aztecs benefitted from a 96-yard Juwan Washington kickoff return touchdown and a 83-yard Tariq Thompson interception return touchdown. 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

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin La Mesa auto repair shop raising money for breast cancer vaccine

Summit Transmissions, 7633 El Cajon Blvd. in La Mesa, has announced it is donating 10 percent from its sales on brake work performed in October to Brakes for Breasts (www., a fundraising effort for a vaccine to prevent breast cancer. In addition, Jerry Kubitsky, owner, Summit Transmissions, said he is providing free brake pads, a $109 value, to every customer needing new brakes. Summit Transmissions is among a growing group of independent auto repair shops across the nation raising money this month to support research for the Cleveland Clinic breast cancer vaccine fund. Since 2011, Brakes for Breasts has raised about $500,000. Cleveland Clinic officials have reportedly successfully tested a breast cancer prevention vaccine in lab tests in preparation for the start of phase 1 trials. “Help us create a world where our daughters and granddaughters will never have to worry about the tragedy of facing breast cancer,” said Kubitsky. “Additionally, this research is also spearheading a vaccine for ovarian, prostrate and other cancers.” Summit Transmissions, in business since 1982, is a member of Automotive Service Council of California (ASCCA), which established an emergency fund to help Kubitsky. He has worked at Summit Transmissions since 1986 and acquired the business in 1994. The shop relocated from El Cajon to La Mesa in July 2006. For an appointment, call (619) 463-9400, or visit

the end of the year, will occur in numerous communities, including Bonsall, Boulevard, Crest, Fallbrook, Jamul, Julian, Lakeside, Lincoln Acres, Pine Valley, Ramona and Spring Valley. A list of the roads needing the work will be sent to state officials to qualify for roughly $13 million in funding from the new state gas tax that took effect this year to help rebuild roadways throughout the state. The Road Repair and Accountability Act, Senate Bill 1, was signed into law by the governor in April. The remainder of the funding will come from a variety of County sources. Of the roughly 195 miles of roads needing repair, 115 miles will receive asphalt overlays and 80 miles will receive slurry seal treatments, which will improve traction and safety, officials said. The $42 million project is part of a larger five-year County plan to improve road conditions in the unincorporated areas where the County maintains nearly 2,000 miles of roadways.

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assisted fitness training and wellness programs.” According to Tiffany Piquilloud, Challenge Center’s executive director, a recent study showed Challenge Center clients experience a lower rate of hospital readmissions and functional decline, factors which typically can result in higher Medicare costs associated with loss of independence. In 1987, the Challenge Center was opened in El Cajon by the late Bill Bodry, who passed away at age 72 in June of this year. Bodry became a paraplegic at age 27 after a spinal cord injury. In 1999, the center relocated to Sunset Park in La Mesa, and has remained in operation through funding from GHD, the City of La Mesa and private donations. GHD has supported the Challenge Center with grants since 1998.

El Cajon’s ‘Real Change, Not Spare Change’ discourages panhandling

The City of El Cajon has launched a campaign aimed at discouraging panhandling in the city. Called “Real Change, Not Spare Change,” the campaign is designed to encourage residents The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its to contribute to meaningful programs that assist the homeless, support of the Challenge Center, a nonprofit facility in La Mesa rather than give money to individuals. The message is on signs where people with disabilities receive long-term physical therapy that have been posted around El Cajon, and on posters that will rehabilitation and fitness services. The GHD board recently be distributed to businesses by the East County Chamber of approved a $50,000 grant to support the Challenge Center’s Commerce. City officials maintain that giving money to panhandlers programs to help its physically challenged clients receive services, jeopardizes their safety, fuels any addictions they might have and regardless of their ability to pay. The GHD grant is expected to prevents them from trying to change their lifestyle. The city said provide direct patient services for up to 170 clients, as well as that providing spare change to panhandlers does not help those pay for the purchase and maintenance of specialized equipment. in need. In fact, in many cases, contributing to panhandlers only Supervisors approve spending $42 million “We are proud to support the Challenge Center and its efforts to fuels their addiction or impedes them from seeking help. The maximize independence and improve health and wellness in an city said it contributes around $225,000 annually to homeless for road repair environment of hope and possibility,” said Michael Emerson, GHD programs, and added more funding to rental assistance vouchers, The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has approved 2017 board president. “We’re gratified to assist those Challenge programs that reunite them with their families and other efforts. For spending $42 million for road resurfacing and rehabilitation work Center clients who have been both functionally and financially more information on helping the homeless, visit the East County in 2018 on 195 miles of county roads in unincorporated areas. The devastated with skilled physical therapy rehabilitation, specialized Homeless Task Force’s website at road repair, expected to begin in spring 2018 and be completed by

Grossmont Healthcare District continues support for Challenge Center in La Mesa

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Alpine Community Planning Group AGENDA

P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91901-1419

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Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901 Archived Agendas & Minutes – Group Member Email List–Serve *membership in this email list– serve is optional for group members

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

A. Call to Order B. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance C. Roll Call of Members D. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements 1. Approval of Minutes i. August 24, 2017 ii. September 28, 2017 2. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans. The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only. E. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on any subject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda. F. Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items G. Organized / Special Presentations 1. The ACPG Circulation Subcommittee will present a recommendation to re-stripe Alpine Blvd from the Sheriff’s Substation towards South Grade Road and placement of R7-9a “No Parking – Bike Lane” signs on Alpine Blvd where required. The subcommittee recommends that the County also require a complete repaving of Alpine Blvd. when the current public works projects are complete. Presentation, Discussion & Action. 2. The ACPG Circulation Subcommittee will present a recommendation to request the County review Arnold Way from Tavern Rd. to Alpine Blvd. for the installation of improvements including buffered bike lanes and installation of appropriate “No Parking/Bike Lane” signs. Presentation, Discussion & Action. 3. The ACPG Circulation Subcommittee will present a recommendation for the County to paint the curbs red on Alpine Blvd surrounding the driveways to the shopping centers at 2710 and 2754 Alpine Blvd to restrict parking on Alpine Blvd. that affects visibility exiting the centers. Presentation, Discussion & Action. 4. The ACPG Circulation Subcommittee will present a recommendation for the County to review parking restrictions on West Victoria Drive just South of the I-8 bridge where space is too restricted to park without blocking the sidewalk or street. Presentation, Discussion & Action. 5. The ACPG Circulation Subcommittee will present a recommendation for “Permissive/Protected” left turn arrows at all of Alpine signalized intersections where visibility is not an issue (similar to the City of El Cajon along Magnolia Avenue south of I-8.) Presentation, Discussion & Action. 6. The ACPG Circulation Subcommittee will present a recommendation for the county to conduct speed assessments for 3 segments of Arnold Way: Alpine Blvd West to Harbison Cyn; Harbison Cyn to Foss; and Foss to Tavern. Recommend that County conduct speed limit survey and post speed limits on Arnold Way. Presentation, Discussion & Action. 7. The ACPG Parks and Recreation Subcommittee will provide an update regarding the proposal to renovate the sports/playing fields at Joan MacQueen Middle School. Presentation & Discussion. H. Group Business: 1. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for Group approval. Discussion & Action. I. Consent Calendar J. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board) K. Officer Reports L. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary) M. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas N. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures O. Announcement of Meetings: 1. Alpine Community Planning Group – December 7th, 2017 2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD 3. Planning Commission – November 3rd, 2017 - MEETING CANCELLED 4. Board of Supervisors – November 14th & 15th and December 5th & 6th, 2017 P. Adjournment of Meeting Disclaimer Language: Public Disclosure – We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any County ordinance or other law governing the County’s disclosure of records, the County ordinance or other applicable law will control. Access and Correction of Personal Information – You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable

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