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California State Senator Joel Anderson Receives Honors

Stoney’s Kids Legacy Awards $4,000 to Clover Flat Elementary School

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For The East County Herald SAN DIEGO — On Thursday, Oct. 5, the California Innocence Project hosted their annual fundraising event, the XONR8 California Innocence Project Award Gala, where East County’s California State Senator Joel Anderson was in attendance to accept an award. The California Innocence Project, founded at the California Western School of Law, is dedicated to freeing the innocent, training law students, and changing laws and policies in the state of California. The XONR8 Gala is an annual fundraising event aimed to honor those in the community who support the work of freeing the innocent while also raising funds and awareness. Anderson was recognized as a 2017 XONR8 Award winner for his legislative efforts to support wrongfully convicted citizens after their release. Anderson was honored by the California Innocence Project for being a true advocate and champion of justice for those wrongfully incarcerated throughout his time in the California Legislature. The award was presented to Anderson by Kimberly Long, a recent exoneree of the California Innocence Project. Long was forced to spend 11 years in prison for a crime she did not commit, before the California Innocence Project helped prove her innocence through concrete forensic evidence and got her conviction reversed. Anderson stated, “It is a privilege to be able to work with this inspiring organization in their pursuit of justice and it is my hope that SB 336 will help ensure that more innocent people have access to the services they need to get their lives back.” This year, Long’s and similar stories and struggles upon release inspired Anderson to author Senate Bill 336, guaranteeing transitional services for

BOULEVARD — Stoney’s Kids Legacy chair, Bonnie Stone (above, left) presents a grant of $4,000 to create an indoor PE room at Clover Flat Elementary School (CFES). CFES is a TK-5th grade school serving students from Boulevard and Jacumba. The weather in Boulevard can be very harsh with icy cold winds, rain, and even snow during the winter. Being able to have an indoor PE room with workout and yoga equipment will give students a space for movement even on the harshest weather days. The staff and students are very excited about this project and look forward to its completion. CFES is is extremely grateful to the Stoney’s Kids Legacy Board for making this dream into a reality.

La Mesa Chamber Announces New Board of Directors Elected Oct. 19 at Hooleys Public House

From left: Kimberly Long, a recent exonoree of the California Innocence Project awards California State Senator Joel Anderson with the 2117 XONR8 Award. innocent people after their convictions are reversed. Long explained the importance of transitional services by saying, “Upon my release from prison, for a crime I did not commit, I was left with nothing. If it wasn’t for the support of my family and Senator Anderson, I would be struggling to stay afloat. SB 336 will help innocent people like me, get back on their feet and avoid being victimized again.” Before SB 336, individuals exonerated by the courts through a writ of habeas corpus that resulted in charges dismissed or being released pending a retrial

or appeal didn’t have access to the same transitional services traditional inmates get when they finish serving their sentences. This legislation, which was signed by Governor Jerry Brown to become law, closes this loophole to ensure that wrongfully convicted individuals are eligible for those transitional services by the California Department of Corrections upon being released. These critical transitional services include identification cards, housing assistance, job training, and mental health services for the six months after release from custody.

LA MESA — The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce welcomed new board members at their annual meeting held at Hooleys Public House, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive in Grossmont Center, Thursday, Oct. 19. Newly elected board members are: Steve Browne, Courtesy TV – Sales & Service; Jim Butcher, AAA Imaging; Sandy Eggleton, Block Advisors; Cynthia Reyna, USE Credit Union and Marcia Tolin, Coldwell Banker West – La Mesa. They join current board members: Laurel Cruz, Productivity Plus Office Support; Maggie Eggers, EDCO; Eleanor Mohammed, Eleanor Yvonne Mohammed State Farm Office; Mike Murphy, AMR; Kyle Nyswonger, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World and Mary England, La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO. The evening was fun-filled and lively as they snacked on crowd-pleasing selections from the menu: Corned Beef Mac & Cheese, Guinness Brats & Champ, Dublin Skins, Boneless Chicken Wings and Donegal Salad. This delicious menu was complimented by wines sponsored by: Cali Comfort BBQ, The Riviera Super Club and Valley Farm Market. Miss La Mesa, Heather Bardin and Miss Teen La Mesa, Alexis Smith joined the party and assisted with the raffle drawings. There were many lucky winners during the evening, with the main prize won by Linda Johnson – congratulations Linda! The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and it’s Board of Directors thank Craig MacDonald, owner of Hooleys Public House and Katherine Buckles, the General Manager for making this evening so special, as well Chef Joaquin and thier special staff member Eric who took excellent care of all the guests.

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Hollywood Casino Offers ‘Taste of Hollywood’ JAMUL — Hollywood Casino held a ‘Taste of Hollywood,’ Saturday, Oct. 14, The evening invited their VIP players to try an array of different foods from all seven of the casino’s restaurants. The general public could also attend the tasty event for a minimal cost.

LAKESIDE — Former Assemblyman Brian Jones (left, cover) and Bob Lloyd (right cover) of Lloyd’s Collision & Paint Center were among the hundreds of guests who attended the East County Boys & Girls Club annual fundraiser, 2017 Auction Stampede, Friday, Oct. 20 at Barona Creek Golf Club Events Center.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Will Next Governor End State Corruption?


Your Congress In The News with Congressman Duncan D. Hunter Reps. Hunter and Hastings Introduce the ‘Expanding America’s Workforce Act’ WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-California) and Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Florida) today introduced the Expanding America’s Workforce Act of 2017. Speaking on the bipartisan legislation, Congressman Hunter, a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, said, “Millions of Americans are seeking to gain the skills needed for wellpaying careers. We need to modernize the Higher Education Act to meet the specific needs of these students. It is an essential step to rebuilding America’s Middle Class and providing a new era of opportunity for these students.” Congressman Hastings emphasized the proposal’s importance in serving the diversity of today’s student population. “A quality education is critical to the realization of the American Dream. We are blessed to live in a country that has historically worked to ensure that every child has access to a free, public education. However, postsecondary education in some instances is still in need of improvement. I believe that we should be working across the aisle in Congress to support bipartisan measures, which will help to create greater access for students seeking a postsecondary degree to have more opportunities in the job market.” Since last November, leaders engaged in postsecondary career education from across the nation

worked to develop a series of recommendations connecting the Higher Education Act to jobs. In doing so, they emphasized that today the Higher Education Act serves as our nation’s primary source of support for careers requiring some level of postsecondary education. The proposal includes four key items:

Short-term Workforce Pell Grants:

A key element of the legislation is to provide a pathway for students to engage in shortterm programs of 8 to 12 weeks by creating a new “Short-Term Workforce Pell Grant.” Many adults who obtained undergraduate degrees over 10 years ago may need new training to reenter the workforce in today’s technology-based workplace, where there are many jobs to be attained. Under the proposal, if students are financially eligible for such awards, a previous degree would not prevent eligibility. In addition, individuals who have not completed high school can receive a Short-Term Workforce Pell Grant to attend an eligible program to prepare them to enter the workforce.

Connecting Apprenticeships to Academic Degrees:

The act calls upon the Secretaries of Education and Labor to develop comprehensive articulation agreements that enable students to achieve academic credit for apprenticeship programs as the first step in their career ladder.

Enhancing Transfer of Credit:

Recognizing the continuing problems of student credit transfer, this proposal makes an important first step by mandating that identical academic programs of the same level, if approved by the same accreditor shall be automatically transferable between institutions unless schools request an additional assessment to prove competency. The Secretary is required to monitor such implementation and provide a report on the acceptance/rejection of credit transfers and the specific reasons stated by the school rejecting such transfers.

Competency-Based Education:

Students, like veterans returning to school, may be eligible to enroll in Competency-Based Education programs approved by an institution’s accreditor, with now-enshrined eligibility for Title IV assistance. Steve Gunderson, the president and CEO of Career Education Colleges & Universities commended Congressman Hunter and Congressman Hastings for their leadership in introducing this legislation. “We had over 70 of our nation’s best career education experts help identify the key elements necessary to make the Higher Education Act a relevant tool to create job skills leading to real jobs, real wages and a real place in America’s Middle Class. This proposal is an important first step in our nation addressing the need for 46.5 million new skilled workers by 2024.”

he well-documented corruption in various wings of California state government shows few signs of abating soon: Even though Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest questionable appointees to the state’s powerful Public Utilities Commission have been held up, no one has yet been penalized for several fix-is-in decisions there that are costing consumers billions of dollars. Energy Commission members who handed out many millions of dollars in hydrogen highway grants to cronies with conflicts of interest weren’t punished; they were reappointed. Nothing happened to University of California President Janet Napolitano and her aides who accumulated a $175 million slush fund while students were assessed about that same amount in tuition increases. And so on. Ask any of the three candidates now leading the polls in the run for governor about all this and you get encomiums to Brown and blanket vows to end corruption, but nothing specific and no sign that any of them understands the extent of sleaziness in state agencies. Said Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a former San Francisco mayor who has led the polls since the run to replace Brown began, “I will not be known for being timid about this or anything else. Gov. Brown says reform is overrated; I say it’s underrated.” Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, running second, noted that “As mayor, my very first executive direction was that city commissioners could not raise money for me or for city council members. Historically, it’s been the opposite. “I believe transparency in government is critical, especially in a time when people don’t trust the government, any government.” Noting that members of the state PUC cannot be fired during their six-year terms, even by the governor who appointed them, Villaraigosa added that “We should look at the ability of the governor to fire PUC members. I had zero tolerance for corruption on any city commission and that’s how I would be in state government, too.” And state Treasurer John Chiang, a former state controller best known for withholding pay from state legislators when they were late approving a budget, said, “The governor needs to set the high ground on matters of government integrity. We need to hold people accountable. When I’m governor and we find instances of corruption, people will get due process, but they will be responsible for what they and their agencies do.” Chiang, however, noted that a mere accusation of corruption doesn’t mean it occurred. He had some recent experience in this area, when the Sacramento Bee in August reported that a panel he chairs called the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee gave credits and funding to affordable housing builders who contributed to his campaign fund. That committee also includes state Controller Betty Yee and the state finance director, appointed by Brown. “That was untrue and utterly irresponsible (by the Bee),” Chiang declared. “It was sloppy journalism. Every credit approved during my two-and-a-half years on the committee has been based on a mathematical formula, with professional staff scoring this based on amenities and other features (of the planned housing). The three-members followed staff recommendations in every single case. No one deviated from the formula. I’ve worked hard to keep things completely fair.” But none of these candidates spoke specifically about any of the known cases of corruption in state government, nor did any of them commit to trying to ferret out more. If they can’t or won’t be specific about making fixes while they’re mere candidates, it’s anyone’s guess how they might behave if and when they take office. What’s clear is that the current corruption takes many forms, but does not often see state employees directly line their pockets. Yet, there are plenty of revolving-door examples, where regulators later go to work for the companies they’ve helped. There are also instances of cronies influencing state officials, as when former Gov. Gray Davis, a onetime Brown chief of staff, lobbied Brown to grant hydraulic fracking permits to his client, the Occidental Petroleum Corp., and those permits were granted after officials who originally sought to deny them were fired. So here’s one question each candidate for governor should be asked when debates begin before next June’s primary election: Exactly what will you do to change the climate of corruption that’s persisted for many years under several governors?

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


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From The Geezer’s Mailbag


. What is the value of for menopause?

taking hormones


To help control menopause symptoms, there is Hormone Therapy (HT) or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). The most comprehensive evidence about taking hormones after menopause comes from the Women’s Health Initiative Hormone Program sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute. The WHI Hormone Program involved two studies—the use of estrogen plus progestin (a synthetic progesterone), and the use of estrogen alone. Women who have undergone a hysterectomy are generally given estrogen alone. Women who have not undergone this surgery are given estrogen plus progestin, which have a lower risk of causing cancer of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. The estrogen/progestin study was stopped in 2002, when investigators reported that the overall risks outweighed the benefits. The estrogen-alone study was stopped in 2004, when the researchers concluded that estrogen alone increased the risk of stroke and blood clots. I have read comments from doctors who say that HRT may be okay for some women. The best course is to get a personal assessment from your own physician.

QA .

Any advice about how to stay healthy during a trip abroad?

. Here are a few tips:

• First, see your doctor and your dentist to make sure you are starting the voyage in good condition.

You may need vaccinations. • Guard against infection by washing your hands often, especially after you’ve been on a plane, train or bus. • If you are in a country where traveler’s diarrhea is common, avoid street vendors, uncooked food, unpasteurized dairy products, tap water and ice. • To battle jet lag, drink a lot of water on your flight. • Get up and walk on a plane or train to protect yourself against blood clots forming in your legs. • If you suffer from motion sickness, make sure your eyes are seeing the same motion that your body senses. For example, on a rocking boat, go up on deck and watch the horizon. Don’t sit in a windowless room below deck where your body feels movement, but your eyes don’t see it. That difference is what makes you seasick.


. What exactly happens during LASIK eye surgery.


LASIK, which stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, improves vision by reshaping the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye. Using a laser, an eye surgeon can free patients of eyeglasses and contact lenses. During the eye exam prior to LASIK, the surgeon charts your eye to determine which areas of your cornea need to be altered. The surgery is then done with a laser programmed to remove the right amount of tissue in each location on the cornea. During the surgery, you lie on your back in a reclining chair in an exam room. The surgery usually takes less than a half-hour. Often, LASIK is done on both eyes in the same sitting. In most cases, your vision won’t be better at first. Vision improves over several months.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean A Little Myelin Goes a Long Way to Restore Nervous System Function


In long-lived animals, renewed but thin myelin sheaths are enough to restore the impaired nervous system and can do so for years after the onset of disease, scientists have discovered. In the central nervous system of humans and all other mammals, a vital insulating sheath composed of lipids and proteins around nerve fibers helps speed the electrical signals or nerve impulses that direct our bodies to walk, talk, breathe, swallow or perform any routine physical act. But diseases of the nervous system, including Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in people, degrade this essential insulation known as myelin, disrupting the flow of information between the brain and the body, impairing movement, dimming vision and blunting the ability to function normally. And while scientists have long studied myelin and understand its role in disease when it degrades, they have puzzled over how myelin repairs itself naturally and whether the thinned sheaths that are a hallmark of the healing nervous system are adequate for restoring the brain’s circuitry over the long haul. Last week (Oct. 23), in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison reports that in long-lived animals, renewed but thin myelin sheaths are enough to restore the impaired nervous system and can do so for years after the onset of disease. The team’s findings rein-

force the idea that thin myelin sheaths are a valid, persistent marker of remyelination, a hypothesis challenged by other recent research. “As the only biomarker of myelin repair available this would leave us without any means of identifying or quantifying myelin repair,” explains Ian Duncan, an expert on demyelinating diseases at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and the senior author of the new study. Duncan and his team looked at a unique genetic disorder that naturally afflicts Weimaraners, a breed of dog that as 12- to 14-day-old pups develop a severe tremor and loss of coordination. The condition is known to occur as the development of the myelin sheath in parts of the dog’s central nervous system is delayed. The symptoms gradually diminish and in most cases disappear altogether by 3-4 months of age. “This is a very widespread mutation in the breed,” says Duncan, noting that myelin repair mimicking what is seen in remyelination is known to occur in these dogs as the rejuvenated nerve fibers have a thinned myelin sheath. The new Wisconsin study was made possible as 13 years ago two Weimaraner pups, littermates, were seen as patients at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Duncan was able to maintain contact with the owners after the dogs were adopted and retrieve samples of spinal tissue after the dogs lived out their lives. As they aged, the dogs exhibited few signs of tremor and were deemed ‘neurologically normal’ up to 13 years of age.

The purpose of the study, says Duncan, was to confirm that thin myelin sheaths persisted and supported normal neurologic function. To expand on the results, Duncan also looked at a condition in cats, another long-lived species that has been shown to fully recover nervous system function after demyelination. In particular, Duncan’s team was interested in remyelination of the optic nerves. That element of the study, looking at remyelination two years after the onset of the condition, Duncan notes, is an example of “true demyelination and remyelination. We found that nearly every optic nerve fiber was remyelinated with a thin myelin sheath, which is important for understanding human disease because in multiple sclerosis, the optic nerve is often the first to be demyelinated.” The new findings confirm that the gold standard for evaluating remyelination is the long-term persistence of thin myelin sheaths, which support nerve fiber function and survival, Duncan notes. The results are important for diseases like MS as it means that new therapies designed to promote myelin repair can be safely evaluated and quantified based on the presence of thin myelin sheaths.

Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison 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 give His children wisdom. Wisdom is using knowledge in the correct way. Many people have knowledge but they use that knowledge in foolish and sometimes hurtful ways. The following verses attest to God’s willingness to give us wisdom. Proverbs 2:6-7 “For Jehovah gives wisdom; out of His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He lays up sound wisdom for the righteous; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.” 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.” Psalm 119:97-100 “Oh how I love Your Law! It is my meditation all the day. Through Your Commandments You make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers; for Your testimonies are my prayer. I understand more than the old men, because I keep Your Commandments.” Luke 21:1415 “Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand what you shall answer. For I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.” Ephesians 1:17-18 “This I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what is the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” As with all the Promises of God that we have looked at so far, these too are conditional. The first condition is that of being one of His children, He lays up wisdom for the righteous (a person becomes righteous by repenting of their sin and placing their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation and forgiveness of sin). Along with this is the need to walk (live) uprightly (right in the eyes of the Lord). Another condition set forth in James in that we must ask for wisdom in faith, we must believe God will give us wisdom just as He said He would when we ask Him. The Psalmist tells us that wisdom comes through and by the Word of God and our obedience to it. The wisdom of man is foolishness to God and He is willing to give us this wisdom through His Word. In Luke’s Gospel we are told that faith is also important, that we need not worry what we will answer for God will give us what to say at the right time and place. Finally, in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, he tells them that he is praying that God will give them wisdom. This serves as a wonderful example to us to pray for God to give wisdom to those in our families, friends, fellow believers and even government officials (they need it desperately).

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ALPINE — State Senator Joel Anderson installed the directors of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce for another year during an Oct. 17 celebration in Alpine. With spectacular views from the balcony at Bert Fuller Post 9578 at 844 Tavern Road, the board’s installation dinner signaled a red-white-and– blue start for 2017-2018. Chamber Chairman Joseph Perricone of The Canvas Makers; Vice Chairman Bob Ring, Barons Market; Director of Finance Jan Morse, On Line Bookkeeping & Tax Service; Director of Proceedings Colleen McDade, McDade Realty Group, and directors Darryl Bush, Keller Williams Realty; Rose Signore, Postal Annex of Alpine; Richard Edwords, Kamps Propane, and Raymond Cuero, Viejas Enterprises, have had a busy year with new and traditional activities. “I really appreciate all your efforts,” said Anderson as he swore the board members into office. Anderson, who terms out next year as a Senator, noted that Chambers play a key role in helping legislators understand “all the hurdles they have to overcome.”

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32nd Annual Gala to Transport Guests to the Disco Era Gala for Sharp Grossmont Hospital brings together physicians, civic leaders and community members to support cancer center On Saturday, November 4, 2017, the community will come together for “Staying Alive—Disco Nights,” Grossmont Hospital Foundation’s 32nd annual gala to support the David and Donna Long Center for Cancer Treatment at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Built in 1991, proceeds from the gala will go toward remodeling the cancer center to accommodate new technology and patient privacy. The project will take much of its aesthetic cues from the recently remodeled Linear Accelerator project in the radiation oncology department, which is located in the cancer center. The gala will take place at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina beginning at 6 p.m. with cocktails, raffles and silent auction. Guests will then make their way to the ballroom for a full-course meal, live auction and testimonial. The evening will conclude with live entertainment and music from one of the finest disco bands in Southern California, “Polyester Express.” The Title Sponsor for the evening is The Virginia Napierskie Family and the two presenting sponsors are the Grossmont Healthcare District and Sharp Grossmont Hospital Medical Staff.

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“Staying Alive—Disco Nights” Gala Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017 • Time: 6 p.m. Where: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, 92101 Tickets: $300/person; includes full-course dinner, dancing, and silent and live auction For tickets or to become an event sponsor, please call Bill Navrides at 619-740-4316 or visit



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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan

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nthony Lawrence out of Grossmont High has been named the Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week following his performance in the University of San Diego’s 63-10 win at Jacksonville on Saturday, Oct. 21. Lawrence threw a career-high six touchdowns in leading USD to its 17th consecutive PFL victory. He needed only three quarters to toss his six scores on 18-of-24 passing for 268 yards. Lawrence found three wide receivers for his touchdowns, tossing two each to Nate Loya (24, 32), Ross Dwelley (11, 1) and Justin Priest (20, 28). It was the fifth six TD outing by a FCS quarterback this season and the second by a PFL signal caller in 2017. Lawrence’s 251.3 pass efficiency rating was the ninth best in the FCS this season. In leading the Toreros to a 5-2 overall mark and perfect 4-0 PFL start, Lawrence has completed 133-of-204 passes for 1,677 yards and 19 touchdowns. Among FCS players he ranks in the top-25 in four categories -- #8 in pass efficiency rating (164.0), #10 in passing touchdowns (19), #12 in points responsible for per game (17.1) and # 25 in passing yards per game (239.6). Lawrence also received recognition by some other organizations – CFPA FCS National Performer of Week 8; College Sports Madness PFL Offensive Player of the Week; Honorable Mention for STATS FCS National Player of the Week; and is a nominee for FCS Football Hero of the Week. The Toreros head back to Florida this week to take on the Stetson Hatters on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 10 am. Ben Higgins fills in for Jack Cronin for the call on ESPN 1700 AM. Lawrence’s old high school team at Grossmont will attempt to beat Helix for the first time since 1991 when it hosts the Highlanders Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. El Capitan will have its Homecoming game vs. West Hills the same night at 7 o’clock. 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 Challenge Walk MS is 3-day, 50-Mile Journey

It’s called the journey of a lifetime. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Pacific South Coast Chapter in San Diego will host its 16th annual Southern California Challenge Walk MS, a three-day, 50-mile walk, Nov. 3-5. About 220 people are expected to walk the route along San Diego’s coastline, from Oceanside to La Jolla. National MS Society officials said the fundraising goal of $700,000 in donations will benefit MS research and programs and services for people affected by MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. Walkers will include people living with MS, as well as friends and family members of people who have MS. The fundraiser will begin on Friday morning, Nov. 3, at Guajome Regional Park in Oceanside, on Friday morning, Nov. 3, and will end around noontime on Sunday, Nov. 5 at Kellogg Park, 8300 Camino del Oro, La Jolla, at La Jolla Shores in La Jolla. The route is roughly 20 miles the first two days, and 10 miles the third day. The route is fully supported with medical staff and rest stops with snacks and beverages. If a walker is unable to complete a portion of the route, Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles provide transportation assistance all three days. Walkers must be at least 10 years old to walk. The minimum donation required to walk is $2,500 per person, which includes overnight hotel accommodations, meals and entertainment. Lunches are included along the route. Breakfast and dinner meals are provided at the host hotel. The fundraising minimum for walkers between ages 10 to 17 is $1,500. The donation minimum for first-time walkers also is $2,000 for adults and $1,000 for ages 10-17. An additional registration fee is $75 per walker. Event information is

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She began painting in earnest following her retirement from education. Over the years, she has studied with long time La Mesa teacher Takashi Igitchi, known for Sumi-e paintings that use ink and watercolor, and noted artist and teacher Lucy Wang, who has a studio in Balboa Park’s Spanish Village. Ruth and husband Ed spend their leisure time enjoying the activities, including socialization, lectures and exercise Construction underway at Villea at Lake classes, held at the College Avenue Senior Center. Admission Murray apartments in La Mesa to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Fall San Diego-based commercial real estate investment firm Sentre has begun construction of Villea at Lake Murray, a new Art Exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours, which are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to rental apartment community. Located at 5565 Lake Murray Blvd., Villea will feature 27 townhomes, each averaging more 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. For more information, phone (619) 825than 1,000 square feet. Villea is slated to open its doors to 5010 or visit residents in fall 2018. Each new home will feature attached garages, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, Here’s how are consumers spending their hardwood flooring, central heat and air and in-unit washers and dryers. Onsite amenities will include a clubhouse and money lifestyle center, fitness center, spa, BBQ station, secured San Diego County residents spent their money on homes, parking and community-wide wireless Internet. The company remodeling projects, new and used automobiles, higher said rental rates are expected to start near $2,500 per month education, surviving life events and other big-ticket items, for a 2-bed, 2.5 bath unit with attached two-car garage. according to a recent report by the California Credit Union League (CCUL). The report said consumers take on first La Mesa health library features watercolor mortgages to purchase or refinance homes, plus they turn home equity into cash for remodeling or other large art exhibit The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, purchases. In a three-month span earlier this year, CCUL said first mortgages hit a collective $6.3 billion in San Diego a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La while home equity lines of credit and second mortgages Mesa, is now presenting its Fall Art Exhibit showcasing 20 watercolor paintings by Ruth Benjamin, a San Carlos resident. reached $775 million. Also in a three-month period this year, auto loans for used cars totaled $2.2 billion and new cars The exhibit, ending Dec. 30, features paintings of birds, $1.8 billion. Total deposits for credit union members in San animals and landscapes, as well as paintings that express Diego reached $14.8 billion. CCUL said there are 958,000 Benjamin’s psyche and imagination, revealing her views on the complexities of modern life. The 80-year-old Benjamin is credit union members who belong to 17 credit unions headquartered across the county. a retired teacher of children and adults with special needs. available at The national sponsor of Challenge Walk MS is Carrot-Top Industries, Inc. Local sponsors include Biogen, Sanofi Genzyme, UltraStar Cinemas, Albertsons and Veg Fresh Farms, a supplier of fresh produce to consumers, foodservice operators and retailers.


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Join the La Mesa Chamber and Help Make Good Things Happen! Be at Grossmont Center on Saturday, October 28 By Mary England

For The East County Herald

LA MESA — The La Mesa Chamber believes that being a good community leader includes assisting those in need, as well as being a part of community events within our area. We have an activity that we believe will make good things happen! For the past month, the Chamber has partnered with Grossmont Center, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World and Barnes & Noble to collect new books for children of military personnel that live in La Mesa military housing. The event is called “Stuff the Jeep.” Everyone who buys a book to donate is given a raffle ticket for FREE prizes. On Saturday, October 28 winners will be drawn every hour at Barnes & Noble between 12 noon – 4 p.m. Also on that day between 12 noon – 4 p.m. Barnes & Noble is hosting lots of FREE children’s activities: special story time, local author signing, miscellaneous crafts and the children may see a Pirate or two while in Barnes & Noble, adding to this Halloween season! Raffles prizes are donated from Grossmont Center stores, Barnes & Noble, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World and the La Mesa Chamber. At 4 p.m. the books that have been collected will be rolled out to the Jeep and “stuffed” in that bright orange and black Jeep. That activity is being held right in front of the Guest Services booth in Grossmont Center. You can’t be miss that bright orange and black Jeep (keeping with the Halloween theme) in the center of the mall. Come on out and make an afternoon of it! Visit Grossmont Center on October 28th, - have your children participate in the FREE special story time, local author signing and craft activities at Barnes & Noble, see the Jeep activities at 4 p.m. and then stick around for the FREE concert performed by Jackstraws Landing Party from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Food Court. What better way to spend your Saturday during the Halloween season than with the La Mesa Chamber and all of our sponsors at Grossmont Center?


Assemblyman Randy Voepel Tours 71st Assembly District Jay Renard

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SANTEE — California Assemblyman Randy Voepel held the first of a series of listening tours for the 71st Assembly District, Wednesday October 18. Voepel updated attendees on Sacramento Politics and asked for input from the audience. The Listening Tour provides an opportunity to hear directly from Voepel’s constituents about the issues that matter most to them. Sacramento faces a number of challenges in the coming year. That makes the feedback from Voepel’s constituents more important than ever. Voepel will be traveling across the 71st District and talking with those he represents about the challenges California faces.




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