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LAKESIDE — At the Lakeside Fire Protection District’s regular Governing Board Meeting, new Lakeside Fire (LKS) Chief Don Butz received his badge in a ceremony during the meeting, held Tuesday, Oct. 25. Chief Butz wife, Gina did the honors of pinning his new badge, as their daughter, Victoria proudly witnessed (pictured below). Chief Butz is the eighth fire chief to serve since the department formed in 1963. Congratulations Chief Butz. We’re in good hands.

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SANTEE — Lisa Ginel, a licensed esthetician and owner of Lisa’s Beauty Loft held a grand opening celebration with the Santee Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday, Oct. 18. With 25 years of experience in the beauty industry, Ginel offers a multitude of services, including Custom Facial Services, Hand Treatments, and Foot Massages, to name a few. Ginel received Certificates of Recognition from Congressman Duncan Hunter, Senator Joel Anderson, Santee City Council, and the Santee Chamber of Commerce followed by a ribbon cutting and celebration. Need to relax, rejuvenate and refresh? Visit Lisa’s Beauty Loft, located at 10769 Woodside Avenue, Suite 202 in Santee. You’ll be glad you did.

On The Cover EL CAJON — Little Ethan Renard patiently awaits the arrival of the Great Pumpkin at Pumpkin Station, located in Parkway Plaza in El Cajon. For more Halloween fun, see El Cajon’s Hauntfest on P15. Cover: Michelle Renard / The East County Herald Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias What a Trump Win Could Mean For California


Your Senator In The News Senator Joel Anderson East County Education Alliance Recognized Jennifer Webber

For The East County Herald The tough decision of what to do after high school just became easier thanks to the East County Education Alliance. East County high school students and their parents all gathered together earlier this month at Cuyamaca College for the East County Education Alliance’s 13th annual “Got Plans? Career & College Fair.” The event took place at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego. The fair provided opportunities for students to access workshops regarding higher education and potential career opportunities. Some of the opportunities provided to the students at the fair were admissions representatives from public and private universities, community colleges, vocational schools, and the military. California State Senator Joel Anderson provided a Senate Certificate of Recognition to the East County Education Alliance to thank them for putting on this fair. Anderson commented, “It’s inspiring to see such bright young minds eager to learn about the opportunities that are available to them. I am excited to see what life has in store for these students. East County Education Alliance and the representatives from the schools and organizations who participated in this year’s fair have opened many doors for our youth.”

Above, from left: Hannah Caole, Lamees Sharif, and Jennifer Webber representing Anderson’s Office at the fair Mary Nishikawa, the Assistant Director of College and Career Readiness for the Grossmont Union High School District, expressed the success of the College and Career fair, stating, “I’ve actually had quite a few students that have come back and told me that they have found a college here that they didn’t know about […] and that’s where they ended up going.” The fair was able to capture the interests of many young

students looking towards a bright future. Hannah Hodge, a student who attended the fair, is looking into the military academies for her postsecondary education. Hodge described her experience at the fair positively, expressing her excitement to see the opportunities provided by the military at the fair. For more information about the East County Education Alliance, visit: http://www.eastcountyeducationalliance.org/

year ago, as the presidential campaign swung into high gear, no one in either major political party – except Donald Trump – took seriously the possibility he might win the Republican nomination for president. Turns out Trump was right; everyone else was wrong. It didn’t matter how much he lied: The fact checking service Politifact finds there’s significant untruth in 84 percent of what Trump says publicly, but he’s expanded his likely voting base from about 30 percent of Republicans during the early primary season to at least 40 percent overall. (Hillary Clinton’s falsehood rating: 63 percent.) That’s a huge achievement, demonstrating his adherents don’t much care what he says. They figure after years of watching his television reality show, they know him and what he means, even when he’s lewd. Meanwhile, some recent polls show Democrat Hillary Clinton winning New York by a 20 percent vote margin and California by at least 17 percent. Sure, she consistently has had a small overall edge over Trump in national polling, but with so much of her support coming from just two states, she could win the popular vote but lose in the Electoral College if Trump wins battleground states like Ohio and Florida by thin margins, still getting all their electoral votes. So despite revelations of past vulgarity and misogyny, victory for Trump is possible, even if oddsmakers give Clinton better than a 70 percent chance of winning. If Trump wins, there could be enormous effects on California, with its tough environmental laws and its giving citizens more rights than the federal government does, in everything from marijuana use to assisted suicide in limited circumstances. Federal law almost always trumps (no pun intended) state laws, and it’s likely a Trump win would leave Republican majorities in both houses of Congress. So there could be plenty of actions to reverse the agenda pushed here for the last 12 years by Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown. They’ve insisted on tougher pollution standards for cars than the federal ones. Brown this year won an extension of the state cap-and-trade program aimed to cut down greenhouse gas production and reduce dangers of climate change. But Congress and a President Trump could pass laws with completely different standards and negate what California has done. If Trump wins, the bullet train project that’s been the apple of both Brown’s and Schwarzenegger’s eyes could abruptly stop. Yes, there would still be funding from voter-approved state bonds, but no more from the federal government. And if Trump and congressional Republicans outlaw cap-and-trade programs, another bullet train funding source would dry up quickly. Viaducts already underway or built in Fresno and Madera counties could become monumental bridges to nowhere. While Brown in the interest of fighting climate change resists letting coal trains traverse California to ship supplies from ports at Oakland and elsewhere, a Trump-controlled Energy Department would likely demand the use of California ports for coal and shale oil exports to places like China and the Philippines. If Trump imposed heavy new tariffs on Chinese goods, prices for furniture, toys and many other categories would rise precipitously in California – unless there’s a sudden revival of domestic makers for these items. And if Trump really does build a long, high wall along the Mexican border (regardless of who pays for it), the flow of undocumented immigrants will slow. That would raise prices for everything from hotels and car washes, roofing and strawberries, just some of the industries employing many of the undocumented. There are signs that illegal immigrants, who often anticipate political events that may affect them, realize Trump could win. One indicator: Undocumented immigration increased considerably in late summer, with a near-record 10,000 Central Americans – most traveling as families – caught at the border in August, for a total of more than 68,000 in the first 11 months of federal fiscal 2016. Altogether, 370,000 undocumented migrants were apprehended in those same 11 months, surpassing the total for 2015 with a month to go. When big numbers of the undocumented try to crowd in, it usually means they anticipate changes in immigration policy – and only one candidate promises that. All of which means a Trump presidency would have huge consequences for California, even if the state votes heavily against him.

Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at tdelias@aol.com


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti


To Your

Congestive Heart Failure .

What exactly is congestive heart failure?

. If you have congestive heart failure (CHF) your heart can’t pump enough blood. This condition develops over time. It is the number one reason people over age 65 go into the hospital. Heart failure is most common in older people, and is more common in African-Americans. Men have a higher rate of heart failure than women. But, because women usually live longer, the condition affects more women in their 70s and 80s. In normal hearts, veins bring oxygen-poor blood from the body to the right side of the heart. It is then pumped through the pulmonary artery to the lungs where it picks up oxygen. From there, the blood returns to the left side of the heart. Then it is pumped through a large artery called the aorta that distributes blood throughout the body. Heart failure is caused by other diseases or conditions that damage the heart muscle. It is often caused by coronary artery disease, including heart attacks. Diabetes and high blood pressure also contribute to heart failure. Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in men and women. It happens when the arteries that supply blood to the heart become hardened and narrowed. People who have had a heart attack are at high risk to develop heart failure. There are a number of things that you can do to reduce risk of coronary artery disease and heart failure. For starters, you should keep the following levels down: body weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, sugar, alcohol and salt. Exercise regularly. And, if you smoke, quit. The most common symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling, which usually occurs in the ankles, feet and legs.Swelling is caused by fluid buildup in the body and can lead to weight gain, frequent urination and a cough. Because the symptoms are common for other conditions, your doctor will determine if you have heart failure by doing a detailed medical history, an examination, and several tests. Tests that are given to determine heart failure include an electrocardiogram (EKG), a chest X-ray, and a blood test for BNP, a hormone that increases in heart failure. Tests that can identify the cause of heart failure include: an echocardiogram that uses sound waves; a Holter monitor, which is a small box that is worn for 24 hours to provide a continuous recording of heart rhythm during normal activity; an exercise stress test that reads your EKG and blood pressure before, during, or after exercise to see how your heart responds, and a coronary angiography, which is an X-ray of the heart’s blood vessels There is no cure for heart failure, but it can be controlled. People with CHF are usually put on a low-salt diet to prevent fluid build-up. Their doctors may also tell them to lose weight, quit smoking, and reduce alcohol intake. Medications that are used include: diuretics, “water pills” to reduce fluid; ACE inhibitors to lower blood pressure and reduce heart stress; beta-blockers to slow your heart rate and lower blood pressure; Digoxin to help the heart beat stronger, and anticoagulants (such as warfarin) that help prevent blood clots. People with severe heart failure may also be given a mechanical heart pump. A heart transplant is an option when all other treatments fail to control symptoms.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

‘Rare’ Immune Molecule, Actually Quite Common, May Be Part Of The Problem in MS esearchers have discovered that a type of immune molecule — called “spliced epitopes,” once believed to be very rare — in fact makes up a large part of the molecules labeling cells as belonging to the body, and those that are invaders. The finding may well change our understanding of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune diseases. The study, “A large fraction of HLA class I ligands are proteasome-generated spliced peptides,” may explain both the great flexibility of the immune system and its inclination to err. This new view of the immune system may forward research not only into MS, but also in other immune-related areas, including cancer.

When cells of the immune system scan their surroundings for invading microbes, they are not able to “see” an entire bacterium or virus.

Instead, they recognize protein fragments. As certain immune cells encounter the first microbes during an infection, they ingest them and break down their proteins into pieces. These pieces, called antigens, are then brought to the surface of the cells to flag that an infection is ongoing. In this way, an immune cell does not have to encounter a live microbe to be alerted to its presence. All cells in the body carry the same kind of flags on their surface. Immune cells recognize these labels as safe, and leave them alone. Earlier studies found that some of these protein pieces consisted of two parts fused together. While working to map cancer mutations, researchers at Imperial College London, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health, took a new approach to map the surface of cells. To their surprise, they discovered that fused proteins — which researchers refer to as spliced epitopes — made up nearly one-third of such fragments on human cells. “While we were aware of the existence of these combined epitopes, we always considered them to be rather rare,” Dr. Michele Mishto at the Berlin Institute, the study’s senior author, said in a press release. “However, our results suggest that they are very frequent and are a key element in the


immune response. Finding out their exact function and mode of operation may change our understanding of the immune system.” “High numbers of spliced epitopes provide the immune system with additional options when identifying and fighting pathogens,” said Dr. Juliane Liepe, the study’s first author and a researcher at Imperial College. “However, there is also a risk of more errors occurring, such as when the epitopes produced from pathogens are identical to some of the body’s own epitopes.” The research team believes that such errors may contribute to the development of MS and other autoimmune conditions. Source: Medical Journal, Science

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

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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. In John 17:20-26 we have the conclusion of what should be known as “the Lord’s prayer”. “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” Jesus makes it known that His prayer was for those that were His at the time of His life on earth as well as those that would believe in Him through the ages. I am ever so grateful that the Lord prays for me. In Hebrews 7:25 we read of Jesus Christ, “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Let us look at what specifically it is that Jesus prays for His followers of our day. That His followers would be one, even as He and the Father are one. Through the unity of the body of Christ (the Church) the world would realize that the Father had sent Him. The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 2:1-2 “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Next Jesus prays that His followers would be with Him and share in His glory. This is astounding to think that the God of all Creation would desire for His creation to be with Him in His glory, especially when we realize just how prone we are to wander from Him; be rebellious; stubborn; stiff necked; and hard hearted. Once again I refer to the Apostle Paul in writing to the Ephesians 2:4-7 “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Finally, Jesus prays that the love that the Father has for the Son would be in those that follow Jesus. Love is the most distinguishing mark of those that follow Jesus. It is the new commandment that Jesus gave to His disciples in John 13 and would distinguish them as followers of Christ. John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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

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ALPINE — From left: Senator Joel Anderson administers the oath of office to Joe Perricone, Chairman of Board; Frank Sturniolo, Vice Chair; Jan Morse, Director; Colleen McDade, Director of Proceedings and Rose Signore, Director.

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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 karinshouse64@yahoo.com

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County College District Contributes $1 Billion to Region’s Economy EL CAJON ­— A just-released analysis shows the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District annually generates more than $1 billion in increased economic activity in San Diego County, providing jobs to thousands and touching the lives of many as its impact ripples throughout the region. The comprehensive report, based on data from 2014-15, was conducted by Idaho-based Economic Modeling Specialists Inc. The study analyzed spending by the college district on operations and payroll, the monetary benefits of a college education, and the savings to taxpayers through lower social service costs as the result of well-trained and employed alumni. The study shows that the district’s operations, such as its almost 2,000 employees, purchases and other expenses, have a $151.7 million impact on the San Diego County economy. The district’s economic footprint grows exponentially through more than $54 million in student spending, and an economic impact of more than $836 million from the thousands of alumni who benefitted from their education at Grossmont or Cuyamaca colleges and are continuing to work in the area. It also factored in the so-called “multiplier effect,” which refers to the generation of jobs that occurs when employees, students and alumni spend their paychecks on food, housing, and leisure. The report also noted the benefits of the college district to the state and local government in increased tax revenues and public sector savings, such as a decrease in costs for healthcare, crime and unemployment. “The study affirms what we have always known – the college district is a valuable

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Learn How to Teach English Abroad Through SDSU resource, benefitting students, local businesses, and taxpayers, and contributing strongly to an improved quality of life,” said Chancellor Cindy L. Miles. “Students benefit from increased earning power and quality of life. Local merchants and businesses benefit from the district’s crucial role as a major economic driver that contributes increased consumer spending. Local employers depend on the college district as a steady source of well-trained workers capable of meeting the demands of today’s workplace.” The study found that the average graduate earning an associate degree from Grossmont or Cuyamaca College will receive about $492,000 higher earnings in their lifetime than someone with only a high school education. For every dollar students invest in their education, they receive $3.50 in higher future earnings. The return on their investment in their education is 14.5 percent, far better than the typical 7.2 percent return in the stock market over 10 years. Taxpayers also benefit at a nearly 3-to-1 rate when students have a better education that enables them to get a better-paying job and pay more taxes. The study found that

or every dollar that taxpayers contribute to the college district, they get a return of $2.90 in added state revenue and social savings. The report also points to the benefit of a community college education to society as a whole, with the creation of a more prosperous economy and improved lifestyles that translate into a host of savings, including lower healthcare costs, and reduced welfare and unemployment. For every dollar invested by society, the return is $11.90, the study found. “This analysis shows the tremendous benefit to students and the contributions our colleges make to the region and the state,” said Governing Board President Bill Garrett. “The economic footprint of our district is substantial, in terms of the dollars spent and invested in the region, and the impact on local businesses and taxpayers. Clearly, this study shows that dollars invested in this college district are an investment in the future of East County and the surrounding region.” For the college district’s full report and highlights, go to www.gcccd.edu/about-us-area/ economic-impact-report.html


an Diego State University will offer two sessions during spring for a program through its American Language Institute that prepares novice instructors to successfully live and teach English overseas. The TESL/TEFL Certificate program will take place weekdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Jan. 23-Feb. 17 and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., Jan. 31-April 20. This 130-hour program combines a solid teaching foundation with hands-on practical classroom experience. Students will benefit from specialized sessions in language acquisition theory, understanding the English-language learner, classroom atmosphere and management, lesson planning, grammar for teachers, and more. “The TESL/TEFL program at ALI exceeded my expectations,” said program graduate Barbara Van Dyken. “The instructors were knowledgeable and easy to follow. The opportunities for teaching and interacting with the ESL students were plentiful. I thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience.” Added program graduate Zachary York: “During the time I spent at SDSU’s American Language Institute, I discovered the intersection of my passions and education. I embarked on my journey not knowing where I would land; sights set on using my skill set to better the world. ALI has given me the keys to the kingdom and the ability to unlock the potential of my abilities. I have found what I am to do; what makes my heart sing.” More than 500 graduates have been employed in 40-plus countries with the help of this ALI program that offers worldwide job placement assistance. Cost of the program is $2,775. For more information, visit ali.sdsu.edu/teslteflcertificate or email jgreeno@mail.sdsu.edu. This is an SDSU Research Foundation program through the ALI, a division of SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. 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. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and universityquality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 Dolan hosts a one-hour sports talk radio show Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on East County’s “The Mountain – 107.9 FM.” The show may also be heard on the Internet at www.themountainfm.com

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from medical professionals, including dermatologists and pharmacists and others, along with free kids fingerprinting and free flu shots (while supplies last). Additional free activities will include rock climbing, inflatable obstacle course and pony rides (100 pound limit for riders), along with demonstrations and displays from law enforcement, including police and fire officials. Also available will be free children’s readings books (while supplies last). For more information, phone (619) 825‑5050 or visit www.KidsCareFest.org. Healthcare partners supporting 2016 Kids Care Fest include Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, Borrego Community Health Foundation, University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Eye Mobile for Children, La Maestra Community Health Centers, Family Health Centers of San Diego and the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency.

The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce has selected its 2016-2017 board of directors officers, announced Mary Rynearson, Chamber president/CEO. Joseph Perricone, The Canvas Makers, will serve as chairman of the board, and Frank Sturniolo, REACH Air Medical Care, is the board’s new vice chairman. Jan Morse, On Line Bookkkeeping & Tax Service, will serve as director of finance. Colleen McDade, All Service Property Management, will serve as director of proceedings, a position formerly held by Perricone. Ben Everhart, Comfort Keepers, is immediate past chair. Directors include: Bob Ring, Barons Market; Darryl Bush, Keller Williams Realty; Raymond “Bear” Cuero, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians; Richard Edwords, Kamps Propane; Rose Signore, Postal Annex of Alpine. Retiring from the board were long-time members Al Haven, KnewSpace, and VirWhat’s in store for the housing market in 2017? To no ginia Fellows, Virginia Fellows, CPA. one’s surprise, a shortage of homes for sale and affordability concerns are expected to keep the housing market pretty much the same next year, according to the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), The San Diego County Herald, publisher of the East a 2,500-member trade group for San Diego-area realCounty Herald, has been named a media partner of the tors with offices in El Cajon and Chula Vista. “Our local housing market will be influenced by the 2016 Kids Care Fest, featuring free health care screenings, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Lake- same factors impacting up and down the state, namely side Rodeo Grounds,12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside. tight housing supplies and low housing affordability,” Kids Care Fest is presented by the Grossmont Health- said Anthony Andaya, 2016 PSAR president. “The care District (GHD), a public agency that supports housing market crystal ball says high prices, invenhealth-related community programs and services in tory and affordability will keep the market subdued. But, our PSAR members are optimistic and opportuSan Diego’s East County. Now in its 15th year, Kids Care Fest is an opportu- nistic. I’m expecting tremendous success for all of us.” PSAR said mortgage interest rates are forecast to nity for children to receive free, potentially life-saving, health care screenings, including hearing, vision and rise next year, but not by much. The average rate for dental screenings, from healthcare professionals. Also a 30-year fixed mortgage is expected to be about 4.0 available at the event will be free medical information percent in 2017, compared to this year’s near-record

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low of 3.6 percent. Meanwhile, home prices are projected to be virtually unchanged this year and next. The median house price -- the point at which half the homes sell for more and half go for less -- is projected to rise 4.3 percent to $525,600 in 2017. That’s the smallest percentage gain in six years.

Noah Homes to host ribbon cutting for Alzheimer’s home

Noah Homes, a residential community in Spring Valley for adults with developmental disabilities, will cut the ribbon on its first memory care homes in California, two of the first in the nation, specifically for people with developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, Autism, cerebral palsy and others. The ribbon cutting will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at Noah Homes, 12526 Campo Road, Spring Valley. Scheduled to attend the event include: Mary Ball, president/CEO, Alzheimer’s San Diego; Dianne Jacob, San Diego County Supervisor; Dr. Michael Rafii, director, Adult Down Syndrome Clinic and Assistant Professor of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego; Molly Nocon, CEO, Noah Homes; Alexis Parker, executive director, HomeAid San Diego; Scott and Russ Murfey, principals, Mufey Construction; Jace Prewett, VP of construction, Brookfield Residential Southern California. San Diego continues to lead the country in innovation, opening two of the first memory care homes for the more than 280,000 people with developmental disabilities in California. Almost all people with Down syndrome will develop Alzheimer’s if they live into their 60s. As UC San Diego continues to advance research on Alzheimer’s, Noah Homes and community partners are advancing quality of care for those affected. These homes will open in early 2017 and become home to 20 people with developmental disabilities who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another related dementia.

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ast week, I had the distinct pleasure of convening the fourth annual Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Community Advisory Council. Once again, our college district was privileged to welcome leaders and representatives of business, education, government, finance, healthcare and other institutions to share ideas on ways we can better meet the educational and workforce training needs of the East County region. We are fortunate to have so many caring and wise people in our midst, and I want to thank each of them for taking the time out of their busy day to hear about our progress over the past year and to provide us with their insights, which I’ve always found innovative and useful. Last year, the Council gave us ideas for communicating and fundraising for the Higher Edge Promise Scholarship, which will offer a free year at Grossmont or Cuyamaca colleges to Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) graduates beginning with the class of 2019. The scholarship is a product of the East County Education Alliance, our partnership with the high school district to help students seamlessly transition from high school to college or a career, and we are undertaking a major fundraising campaign to establish a permanent endowment so these scholarships can be offered to all future East County high school graduates. We followed up on a Council recommendation from last year that we should begin fundraising by asking our own employees to contribute. So we launched an employee payroll deduction campaign at both the college and high school districts, and we now have more than $240,000 pledged over the next four years. This can serve as a strong base for seeking larger gifts to build the endowment. Last year, council members suggested that students and parents need to hear about the Higher Edge Promise Scholarship beginning with ninth-graders. So we sent letters home to all 9th graders to let them (and their parents) know they will receive this scholarship if they follow the Higher Edge plan throughout high school. We also sent our college counselors to all 12 GUHSD high schools to talk to 9th graders, and our staff attended Back-to-School nights to expand awareness of the scholarship. At this year’s Council meeting, we targeted our questions to address workforce training needs. We also wanted to hear how our colleges have made a difference in people’s lives. We received a multitude of heartfelt responses: graduates who attended our campuses, veterans and others who look to us as they make career transitions or seek to hire graduates. “All three of our children attended Cuyamaca College,” one participant said. “Now we have two sons who are fire captains and a daughter who is a kindergarten teacher.” Another replied, “The programs and degrees have helped me get the career I absolutely loved.” We polled attendees about what they thought are the growing workforce areas for East County. Advanced manufacturing, tourism marketing, skilled labor, hospitality, autonomous technology, clean energy technology, horticulture, healthcare and craft beer are some of the answers we heard. On the question of specific skills training the colleges should offer, the responses included a high number of soft skills such as communicating, time management, organizational awareness, customer service, conflict resolution, attitude and ethics, and teamwork. Also mentioned were business management, business and marketing skills, and business office skills. We shared a listing of some of the many partners that our colleges work with from the Chambers of Commerce to our East County Economic Development Council to schools, hospitals, social service organizations, and city and county governments. When we posed the question of other partnerships we might leverage to meet East County’s workforce needs, several people responded that we should seek out more local businesses, including small enterprises that may not be connected with chambers of commerce. As we continue to strive to offer a world-class education, we face the challenge of upgrading and adding facilities. Last week’s forum provided an opportunity to discuss Measure X, the district’s facilities bond measure on the Nov. 8 ballot. With the passage of Measure X, the district plans to create a Workforce Opportunities Resource Center, an innovative hub to provide the workforce training demanded by East County businesses. We will also be constructing and renovating aging facilities at both campuses as called for in the district’s Facilities Master Plan. Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges serve more than 30,000 credit students each year, plus another 19,000 taking classes through East Region Adult Education, a partnership of our colleges and the Grossmont Union High School District Adult School. These annual gatherings of business and community leaders have always proven to be a wonderful opportunity to share information and collect ideas. As East County’s community college district, we value the advice and support of our community!




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