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Jones Kicks Off Political Season With a Run at California State Senate EL CAJON — Former Assemblyman 0f the 71st District and Santee City Council member Brian Jones (R–Santee) kicks off the political season last week with a private fundraiser held at the home of Marcel and Lyndy Becker of El Cajon. Jones, 49, previously announced his running for State Senate, 38th District and has hit the ground running, Thursday, Nov. 2. The 38th District seat is currently occupied by Sanator Joel Anderson who will be termed out in 2018. As a graduate of Santana High School, Jones has served two terms as a State Assemblyman, 71st District. He termed out in 2016. Since that time he was appointed Santee City Councilman earlier this year filling the seat vacated by new Santee Mayor John Minto. Jones is no stranger to the Santee City Council as he has served eight years on the council prior to him winning State Assemblyman. Well known and versed in San Diego’s East County, Jones stated, “These are exciting times in California and I want to be a part of the changes that are on the horizon.” The casual fundraiser hosted by Marcel and Lyndy Becker, Clint and Rhonda Morgan, and Ed and Donna Morgan was an up-close and personal oppotunity to spend learning about Jones and his plans as your State Senator for the 38th District. Locally, Jones is already accrued many endorsements for his run, including, but not limited to: • Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates • Senator Joel Anderson • Senator Jeff Stone • Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle • Assemblyman Randy Voepel • San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar • San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts • County Assessor/Recorder/ Clerk Ernie Dronenburg

Above from left: Marcel and Lyndy Becker with California State Senator Candidate Brian Jones. Below from left: Travis Morgan with Donna and Ed Morgan.

Jay Renard/The East County Herald • San Diego County TreasurerTax Collector Dan McAllister • El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells • Santee Mayor John Minto • La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis • Poway Mayor Steve Vaus • San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond • Escondido Mayor Sam Abed • Santee Councilmember Ronn Hall • Santee Councilmember Rob McNelis • El Cajon Councilmember Gary Kendrick • El Cajon Councilmember Steve Goble

• La Mesa Councilmember Bill Baber • La Mesa Councilmember Kristine Alessio • La Mesa Councilmember Guy McWhirter • Lemon Grove Councilmember Jerry Jones, just to name a few. To view the current endorsement list visit: http:// endorsements). The East County Herald, a community publication and partner in East County for 19 years is proud to announce their endorsement of Jones for State Senate, District 38 in 2018.

Chamber ‘Stuff the Jeep’ Event Hits a Home Run For Military Families

LA MESA — The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce partnered with Barnes & Noble at Grossmont Center, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World and Grossmont Center, to encourage folks to purchase books and donate them to our holiday military project for families that live in La Mesa military housing. These books were officially “stuffed” in a Jeep that was loaned by local car dealer, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World on Saturday, Oct 28. A celebration of this unique project was held at 4 p.m. with raffle items given away to spectators that joined in this special activity. The donors of the raffle items were: Barnes & Noble, Grossmont Center and the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce. This local military family holiday project allows the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce to gather new toys, books, diapers and other items for military families that are living in the two military housing locations in La Mesa. Many of them have family members deployed during the holidays and this project allows the Chamber and partners to make the holiday season a little brighter for these special families in our community. The Chamber thanks all who participated and are proud to announce that to date, 656 books have been donated through this special gift-giving event. The La Mesa Chamber would like to recognize Barnes & Noble Manager, Teresa McClatchy who made an exceptional effort to make sure that her staff shared the goal of the project and encouraged support from their customers. We also want to thank Kyle Nyswonger, General Manager of Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World and his entire team, who loaned us the Jeep and transported and stored the boxes of books for us. This project would not have happened without the support of the management team of Grossmont Center who allowed us to park the Jeep in the center of the mall, found partners to donate books to the project, found raffle prize donors, and created advertisements that helped promote our event through various media sources. We want to add our special thank you to Trevor Moore, who engaged his team to assist us in the physical set up for the day and served as our emcee during our celebration. Together we made this project a true community “home run.”

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On The Cover VIEJAS INDIAN RESERVATION — Viejas Graduate and daughter of Tribal Member Greybuck Espinoza received a softball scholarship to the University of Washington. SilentRain Sweetgrass Espinoza ‘Sy’ (on the cover flanked by her parents) signed the Scholarship papers at a celebration ceremony held at Viejas Hotel’s Willow Meeting Room Tuesday, Nov. 7. Cover: Jay Renard/The East County Herald See more on P8 Cover design: Dee Dean / and at The East County Herald


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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias One Year Out – Big Election Year on Tap For Dems, Not GOP


ity the poor California Republican Party. While its national brethren control both houses of Congress and the White House and might as well control the U.S. Supreme Court, chances are no California Republican will even make next November’s ballot in either of the top-of-ticket races whose outcome will be known about one year from today. It’s quite the opposite for California Democrats, who exert even more control here than Republicans do in Washington, D.C. While it looks like the next year will be dreary for the state GOP, trying desperately to hold onto the meager 14 California congressional seats it now holds, multiple Democrats lead all polls and fundraising in the race to become California’s next governor – perhaps the second most powerful job in America. So far, only Democrats are among major prospects to oppose longtime California Democratic grandee Dianne Feinstein for the Senate seat she’s long held in what promises to become a classic intraparty spat. Even in down-the-ticket races, it’s similar. Example: It now looks like the November runoff for attorney general will match the appointed incumbent Xavier Becerra and current state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who did not flinch or drop out when Gov. Jerry Brown last year named veteran Congressman Becerra to replace new Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris. No significant Republican candidate has yet risen for any statewide office except governor, where Orange County Assemblyman Travis Allen and Republican businessman John Cox both hope ballot initiative fights can propel them to the ballot. Allen seeks to ride a tide he believes will lead to repeal of the state’s new environmentally-motivated gasoline tax increase, while Cox is again pushing a measure that would expand the Legislature a thousandfold. No one knows yet if either putative proposition will draw the fervent support these men hope for, but others have ridden initiatives into office, an example being ex-Gov. Pete Wilson, who attached himself to the 1994 Proposition 187, which aimed to take almost all privileges away from undocumented immigrants, including emergency room service and public schooling. Most of its provisions were later tossed out by federal courts, but the vast majority of the 65 percent of Californians who backed 187 also voted for Wilson as he beat former state Treasurer Kathleen Brown, sister of the current governor. Because both Allen and Cox have polled in the vicinity of 8 percent in every major survey, if Republicans want a spot on the gubernatorial runoff ballot, they will likely need to convince one or the other to bow out. Things could get even tougher for them if Chad Mayes, the former leader of GOP members of the state Assembly, makes good on a hint he will also run. In the land of political egos, though, it can be difficult to get determined candidates to quit a race merely out of party loyalty. Meanwhile, both leading Democrats in the race, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and ex-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, poll at least as much as Cox and Allen together. In the land of Top Two primaries, that almost guarantees an all-Democrat race even if one Republican drops out. Over on the Senate side, only Democrats so far have mounted anything like credible early campaigns against Feinstein. There is as yet no public polling on this race, but no Republican figure with name recognition akin to what Kevin de Leon acquired during three years leading the state Senate has entered the race. Meanwhile, Democratic billionaire Tom Steyer, mulling a Senate run, can write himself a check for however much he wants or needs. It’s true that largely self-funded candidates aside from muscleman movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger have not had much luck seeking California office. The defeated include former Northwest Airlines chief Al (Checkbook) Checchi, financier William Simon, Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman and shipping heir William Matson Roth. Unlike them, Steyer, with the large mailing list of his NextGen environmental organization readily at hand, would have no trouble raising significant money from others. Put it all together, and it looks like many California Republicans will be mostly occupied in the next year staving off congressional challenges fueled by massive California hostility toward President Trump and anyone backing his agenda. This should keep the races for top offices largely in the hands of Democrats, who could have major intra-party warfare.

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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. What can I do to avoid lead exposure?

. Lead exposure can cause anemia, make you irritable, affect your memory and ability to concentrate, and it can increase blood pressure, particularly in older people. Lead can also lead to digestive problems and cataracts. Exposure to high lead levels can be fatal. The following are some significant sources of lead exposure: tap water, lead-based paint that was used before it was banned from housing in 1978, soil, household dust, lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery.

Here are some steps you can take to prevent exposure to lead: • Clean up paint chips immediately. • Clean floors, window frames, window sills, and other surfaces weekly. • Wash hands often. • Clean or remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil. • Repair damaged painted surfaces • Plant grass to cover soil with high lead levels. • To remove lead hazards permanently, you must hire a certified lead-abatement contractor. Contact the National Lead Information Center (NLIC) to locate certified contractors in your area. You can email NLIC on this website:


. What’s the best way to treat a nosebleed?

.Resist every instinct in your body to tilt your head back or to lie down. You have to keep your head higher than your heart to cut down on bleeding. And, if you lean back, you can swallow blood, which can produce vomiting and diarrhea. The best technique is to sit down and lean slightly forward so the blood will drain out of your nose. Then, using your thumb and index finger, squeeze the soft portion of your nose together. Hold your nose until the bleeding stops. Don’t let go for at least five minutes. Repeat as necessary. You can also place an ice pack across the bridge of your nose. Self-treatment can stop almost all nosebleeds. If bleeding persists, get immediate medical attention.


. I’m thinking of getting a tattoo. How could it affect my health?

.Complications from tattoos

are relatively uncommon. However, there are risks that include: blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis, tetanus, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS; granulomas, which are bumps that can form around tattoo; keloids, which are scars that grow beyond normal boundaries; local bacterial infections, and allergic reactions. Also, tattoos can create a misdiagnosis with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) because there is metal in many tattoo pigments. Magnets attract metals. So, tattoo pigments may interfere with the quality of the image from an MRI. In some rare cases, people experience swelling or burning in the tattoo when they have an MRI. If you decide to get a tattoo, make sure the establishment is licensed and reputable.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Researchers Discover Blood-Clotting Protein That Prevents Remylination


icture a bare wire, without its regular plastic coating. It’s exposed to the elements and risks being degraded. And, without insulation, it may not conduct electricity as well as a coated wire. Now, imagine this wire is inside your brain. That’s what happens in many diseases of the nervous system, such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), spinal cord injuries, stroke, neonatal brain injuries, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Much like that bare wire, the nerve fibers in the brain lose their protective coating, called myelin, and become extremely vulnerable. This leaves the nerve cells exposed to their environment and reduces their ability to transmit signals quickly, resulting in impaired cognition, sensation, and movement. In disease, the brain seems to activate mechanisms to repair myelin, but cannot complete the process. For years, scientists have been trying to understand why these repair mechanisms are halted, as overcoming this obstacle holds great potential for treating disabling neurological diseases. Katerina Akassoglou, PhD, and her research team at the Gladstone Institutes uncovered a promising new therapeutic strategy. Surprisingly, it’s associated with a protein in the blood. They found that when fibrinogen (a blood-clotting protein) leaks into the central nervous system, it stops brain cells from producing myelin and, as a result, prevents repair.

The Culprit Is a Protein in the Blood

The cells needed to repair

myelin already exist in the central nervous system. They are adult stem cells that travel to sites of damage, where they mature into myelin-producing cells. However, in many neurological diseases, this process is blocked. This is why the brain is unable to repair damaged myelin. In an effort to understand why the brain can’t repair itself, scientists have focused on understanding what happens inside the cell. Akassoglou took a different approach. “We thought it might be important to look instead at the toxic environment outside the cell, where blood proteins accumulate” said Akassoglou, senior investigator at Gladstone, professor of neurology at UC San Francisco (UCSF), and senior author of a study published by the scientific journal Neuron. “We realized that targeting the blood protein fibrinogen could open up the possibility for new types of therapies to promote brain repair.” Akassoglou has spent much of her career studying the role of the blood-brain barrier and fibrinogen in neurological diseases. She previously showed that when blood leaks into the brain, fibrinogen causes inflammation by acting in brain immune cells, which can lead to brain damage. In the new study, Akassoglou and her team uncovered another, yet unexpected effect of blood leaking into the brain. “We found that fibrinogen stops adult stem cells from transforming into the mature cells that produce myelin,” explained first author of the study Mark Petersen, MD, a visiting scientist in Akassoglou’s laboratory and an assistant adjunct professor of pediatrics at UCSF. “This blockade could

be harmful for regeneration in the brain.”

New Target Could Help Treat Multiple Sclerosis and Other Diseases

The regeneration of myelin in the brain is critical for diseases like MS, stroke, neonatal brain injury, and Alzheimer’s disease. Now, the scientific community might get closer to making that happen. “Repairing myelin by eliminating the toxic effects of vascular damage in the brain is a new frontier in disease therapeutics,” said Lennart Mucke, MD, director of the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease and professor of neurology at UCSF. “This study could change the way we think about how to repair the brain.” Researchers can now look for new ways to target fibrinogen as a way to restore regenerative functions in the central nervous system. This could lead to novel therapies to help patients with MS and many other diseases associated with myelin. Source: Gladstone Institutes

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 30 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at 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 willingness and ability to carry and deliver us. Psalm 72:12-14 “For He shall deliver the needy when he cries; and the poor with no helper. He shall have pity on the poor and needy and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence; and their blood shall be precious in His sight.” Psalm 41:1-3 “To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. Blessed is he who acts wisely toward the poor; Jehovah will deliver him in time of trouble. Jehovah will watch over him and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed on the earth; and You will not deliver him to the soul of his enemies. Jehovah will hold him up on the bed of sickness; You will change all his bed in his illness.” Psalm 37:23-24 “The steps of a good man are ordered by Jehovah; and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be cast down; for Jehovah upholds his hand.” Isaiah 46:3-4 “Listen to me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, who are borne by Me from the belly, who are lifted from the womb; even to old age I am He; and to gray hairs I will bear you. I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” Jeremiah 20:13 “Sing to Jehovah, praise Jehovah; for He has delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.” And of course we dare not neglect to mention those 3 young Hebrews in Daniel 3:13-25 “Then Nebuchadnezzar in anger and wrath commanded them to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar spoke and said to them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? Do you not serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? …. But if you do not worship, in that moment you shall be thrown into the middle of a burning fiery furnace. And who is that god who shall deliver you out of my hand? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to return a word to you on this matter. If it is so that our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, then He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods nor worship the golden image which you have set up. Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with wrath, and the form of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He spoke and commanded that they should heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. And he commanded mighty men in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to throw them into the burning fiery furnace. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was amazed. And he rose up in haste and spoke and said to his advisers, Did we not throw three men bound into the middle of the fire? They answered and said to the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Behold! I see four men loose, walking in the middle of the fire, and there is no harm among them. And the form of the fourth is like a son of the gods. Then Nebuchadnezzar came near the door of the burning fiery furnace. He answered and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come forth and come here. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth from the middle of the fire.”

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

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Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians’ Sy Espinoza

Softball Scholarship Signing Ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 7 • Viejas Indian Reservation

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DECEMBER 2017 PROGRAMS The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital offers free or low-cost educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit our web site at COPING WITH GRIEF DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON Those who have lost a loved one will gain new insights and identify strategies for coping with the holiday season from Randye Golden-Grant, LCSW, Sharp HospiceCare Bereavement Counselor. This free program is Thursday, Dec. 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Grossmont Health Care District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Reservation required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at YEAR-END TAX AND ESTATE PLANNING Uncertainty and change…time and the world do not stand still. To succeed in a changing environment requires anticipation and planning. Learn about proposed legislative changes by Congress and how Wills, Trusts, and Charitable Planning can provide benefits to you and your family. Presented by Norman W. Timmins, J.D., Major Gift & Estate Planning Director, for Grossmont Hospital Foundation on Monday, Dec. 11, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Grossmont Health Care District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Registration required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING Have your blood pressure checked by a registered nurse. No appointment necessary. Open to the public. For information, call 619-740-4214. • Grossmont Center Food Court, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa, Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. • William C. Herrick Community Health Library, 9001 Wakarusa, La Mesa. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 9:30 to 11 a.m. • La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center, 8450 La Mesa Blvd., Friday, Friday, Dec. 15, 9:30 to 11 a.m. • College Avenue Senior Center, 6299 Capri Dr., San Diego. Tuesday, Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

La Mesa Chamber Kicks Off Holiday Giving LA MESA — Tuesday, Dec. 5 will be the last mixer of this year and we plan to CELEBRATE! What better way to celebrate the strength of our community than to get together and collect new, unwrapped toys for the military families that live in military housing in La Mesa! Get ready to enjoy great food prepared by the staff of BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, sip various beverages and wine sponsored by The Riviera Supper Club, Cali Comfort BBQ, The Regal Bar, and Valley Farm Market. We want to see you at this party and be a part of this GREAT TOY AND GIFT HAND OFF! Date: Tuesday, December 5 Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Location: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse • Grossmont Center Event Cost: • Chamber Members FREE if you bring an unwrapped toy (receive 2 drink tickets) • Non-Member Guests $10 and an unwrapped toy (receive 2 drink tickets) • All guests at Door fee: $20 and an unwrapped toy (receive 2 drink tickets) RSVP so we know you are attending and prepare accordingly: rsvp@, call 619-465- 7700 ext. 2 or visit

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Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close Upcoming Concerts at Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close • Martin Nievera, Saturday Nov. 11 at 6 & 8 p.m., Tickets: $49-$59 • Champions of Magic, Thursday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m., Tickets: $49-$59 • Paperback Writer: The Beatles Experience, Nov. 24 & 25, Tickets: $19-29 • San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Presents ‘Jingle’, Saturday, Dec. 2, Tickets: $29-$39 • Tony Orlando, Dec, 17 and 18 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Tickets: $49-$59 • Blue Oyster Cult, Thursday Jan. 25 at 8 p.m., Tickets: $49-$59 The Oak Ridge Boys, Saturday Feb. 3, Tickets: $59-$69 Human Nature, Thursday March 22 at 8 p.m., Tickets: $49-$59 Concert tickets can be purchased online at or at the Live & Up Close box office located at Sycuan Casino.

Welcome to Alpine Christmas Parade, Snow Festival Save the evening of Friday, Dec. 1, for the 22nd Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival in Alpine! The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce presents the glowing parade, which starts at 6:30 p.m. on Alpine Boulevard at West Victoria Drive. The short march ends at the Alpine Creek Town Center, 1347 Tavern Road, where the free Snow Festival has real snow for sledding from 7-9 p.m. The Chamber supplies free sleds. The festival also has more than 25 vendors, entertainment and Santa Claus. Alpine Creek Town Center, Brixton Capital, Viejas Enterprises, San Diego Gas & Electric, United Rentals, EDCO Disposal Services, Bullseye Feed, Village Carpets/Flooring America and East County Transitional Living Center are this year’s sponsors. In addition, the Chamber is holding another holiday lighting contest for businesses and buildings on Alpine Boulevard, Tavern Road and Arnold Way. The judging will be on Tuesday evening, Nov. 28! For more information, call the Chamber at (619) 445-2722 or visit



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Helix Ranked Second For County Playoffs


elix has been ranked No. 2 and Grossmont No. 8 in the Open Division, which features the top teams in the San Diego Section CIF football playoffs.

Following is the postseason schedule: OPEN DIVISION Quarterfinals—Nov. 17

(8) Grossmont (7-3) at (1) Mission Hills (10-0), 7 p.m. (5) Torrey Pines (6-4) at (4) La Costa Canyon (7-3), 7 p.m. (6) St. Augustine (7-3) at (3) San Marcos (8-2), 7 p.m. (7) Madison (8-2) at (2) Helix (9-1), 7 p.m.

Semifinals—Nov. 24 Final—Dec. 2, 7 p.m., Southwestern College DIVISION I First Round—Nov. 9

(11) Mt. Carmel (3-7) at (6) Cathedral Catholic (4-6), 7 p.m. (10) Valhalla (2-8) at (7) Rancho Bernardo (5-5), 7 p.m.

First Round—Nov. 10

(1) El Camino (5-5) bye (9) Poway (3-7) at (8) Olympian (5-5), 7 p.m. (12) Bonita Vista (0-10) at (5) Oceanside (4-6), 7 p.m. (4) Point Loma (6-4) bye (3) Carlsbad (5-5) bye (2) Eastlake (8-2) bye

Quarterfinals—Nov. 17 Semifinals—Nov. 24 Final—Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Southwestern College DIVISION II First Round—Nov. 10

(1) Ramona (10-0) bye (9) Westview (6-4) vs. (8) Christian (8-2) at El Cajon Valley, 7 p.m. (12) Vista (3-7) at (5) Lincoln (8-2), 7 p.m.

(4) Otay Ranch (7-3) bye (3) Valley Center (9-1) bye (11) West Hills (6-4) at (6) Granite Hills (8-2), 7 p.m. (10) Mira Mesa (5-5) at (7) Steele Canyon (6-4), 7 p.m. (2) Bishop’s (9-0) bye

Quarterfinals—Nov. 17 Semifinals—Nov. 24 Final—Dec. 2, 3:30 p.m., Southwestern College DIVISION III First Round—Nov. 10

(1) El Centro Southwest (10-0) bye (9) Mount Miguel (4-6) at (8) Escondido (4-6), 7 p.m. (12) Patrick Henry (3-7) at (5) Imperial (4-6), 7 p.m. (4) Hilltop (6-4) bye (3) San Pasqual (6-4) bye (11) Santana (4-6) at (6) Rancho Buena Vista (5-5), 7 p.m. (10) Mar Vista (5-5) at (7) La Jolla (5-5), 7 p.m. (2) Santa Fe Christian (6-4) bye

Quarterfinals—Nov. 17 Semifinals—Nov. 24 Final—Dec. 2, noon, Southwestern College DIVISION IV First Round—Nov. 10

(1) University City (9-1) bye (9) El Cajon Valley (2-8) at (8) Serra (5-5), 7 p.m. (12) Coronado (3-7) at (5) Chula Vista (6-4), 7 p.m. (4) Monte Vista (5-5) bye (3) Central (9-1) bye (11) Calexico (2-8) at (6) Kearny (8-2), 7 p.m. (10) Clairemont (5-5) at (7) La Jolla Country Day (4-5), 7 p.m. (2) San Diego (10-0) bye

Quarterfinals—Nov. 17 Semifinals—Nov. 24 Final—Dec. 1, 3:30 p.m., Southwestern College SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE PREP FOOTBALL POLL FINAL REGULAR SEASON

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Parkway Plaza announces Christmas Holiday Events

Parkway Plaza, a regional shopping center at 415 Parkway Plaza in El Cajon, will host several Christmas holiday events starting with Santa’s arrival at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17. According to Ken Gray, marketing director, Parkway Plaza, photos with children sitting on Santa’s lap will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Nov. 18 to Dec. 18 and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 19 to Dec. 23, as well as from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24 in the Food Court. A special “Breakfast with Santa” event will be held from 9 to 10:45 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 at O’s American Kitchen; cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children (all ticket sales will benefit Scarlet’s Kids Foundation). The mall will be open for Black Friday specials on from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, and from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24. Carolers will perform from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 24. From Dec. 1 to 24, guests can donate a new, unwrapped gift to the Salvation Army Giving Tree located in the Walmart Court. Parkway Plaza features more than 170 stores, restaurants and an 18-screen Regal movie theater. Stores include Macy’s, Sears, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bath & Body Works, Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, H&M, Charlotte Russe and The Finish Line. Dining opportunities include Applebee’s, On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, Panda Express and Subway. For more event information, visit

Local Realtors Predict Housing Market in 2018

A recent housing market report from the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR) predicts housing demand will remain strong in 2018, although a shortage of available homes for sale and affordability constraints will continue to

be a challenge next year. Sarah Heck, 2017 PSAR president, said, “Tight inventory may become the new ‘norm’ in the upcoming year, which means we could continue to see fierce competition driving up prices, leading to lower affordability and weaker sales growth.” According to the California Association of Realtors (CAR), the California median home price is forecast to increase 4.2 percent to $561,000 in 2018, following a projected 7.2 percent increase in 2017 to $538,500. CAR also said the average for 30-year, fixed mortgage interest rates will increase slightly to 4.3 percent in 2018, up from 4.0 percent in 2017 and 3.6 percent in 2016, but will still remain low by historical standards. With offices in El Cajon and Chula Vista, PSAR is a 2,500-member real estate trade group for San Diego-area realtors.


First-place votes in parenthesis Points awarded on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis Rank;Team;Record;Points;Last Week 1. Mission Hills (24) ;10-0; 276;1 2. Helix (4);9-1;256;2 3. Ramona; 10-0; 218; 3 4. La Costa Canyon ;7-3*;163;7 5. San Marcos;8-2; 144 ;4 6. Bishop’s ; 9-0; 140; 6 7. St. Augustine ;7-3; 99; 9 8. Madison ; 8-2; 89; 8 9. Torrey Pines; 6-4; 82;5 10. Lincoln ; 8-2; 20;NR Others receiving votes:Valley Center (9-1, 18 points), Eastlake (8-2, 12 points), Southwest-El Centro (10-0, 10 points), San Diego (10-0, 4 points), Otay Ranch (7-3, 2 points), Point Loma (6-4, 2 points), Grossmont (7-3, 1 point). * Includes 1 forfeit loss Voters: 28 sportswriters, sportscasters and officials - John Maffei (Union-Tribune), Terry Monahan, Don Norcross, Tom Saxe, Rick Hoff, Jim Lindgren (freelance writers), Paul Rudy, Brandon Stone, Rick Willis (KUSI-TV), Adam Paul (, Ramon Scott (, Bodie DeSilva (, Ted Mendenhall, Taylor Quellman (The Mighty 1090), Steve Brand (Hall of Champions), Troy Hirsch (Fox 5), Rick Smith (Partletonsports. com), Jerry Schniepp, John Labeta, Carlton Hoggard (CIF San Diego Section), Raymond Brown (sdfootball. net), Montell Allen (MBASports-SDFNL Magazine), Bob Petinak (1360 Radio), John Kentera (Prep Talent Evaluator), Steve Dolan (East County Herald), Jim Arnaiz, Mike Dolan, John Carroll (CIF Football Tournament Directors).

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for children (ages 4 to 12) and seniors (ages 62 and older). Tickets are available at Event organizers said Chinese artisans are currently in San Diego to design and hand-sew the intricate lantern displays that can reach heights of 20 feet. The art of designing and illuminating lanterns by hand is a rich Chinese custom dating back 2,000 years. San Diego has not hosted a large-scale holiday lights attraction since 2013 when the Holiday of Lights attraction at the Del Mar fairgrounds closed after nearly two decades.

Five Days Living in a Crane to Collect Toys For Kids in The Hospital

Starting Friday, Nov. 10, A.J. Machado, host of “AJ Mornings” heard weekday mornings (6-10 a.m.) on KyXy 96.5-FM, will spend five days living in a crane hoisted 30 feet above Global Winter Wonderland Opens at the ground for his annual “AJ Kids Crane” holiday toy drive benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital. It will be Machado’s SDCCU Stadium 16th year for the promotion that has collected toys and cash Global Winter Wonderland, an international celebration donations exceeding $1 million in value, according to KyXy featuring the largest display of traditional, hand-crafted Chinese lanterns outside of China, will be open to the public producer Hula Ramos, who works with Machado and helped Nov. 19 to Jan. 7 at SDCCU Stadium. The international event organize the first toy drive in 2001. This year’s goal is 100,000 will feature Cirque du Soleil-level acrobatics, 35 carnival rides, toys. Through the end of Wednesday, Nov. 15, Machado will holiday-themed activities, games, and international food and be located in the IKEA store parking lot, 2149 Fenton Parkway, in Mission Valley. Listeners are invited to drop by and donate shopping. A true “Circus of Lights,” the event will showcase toys that will be distributed to hospital patients in 2018. For more than 50 life-size structures, many of which are being each toy and monetary donation, attendees will be eligible newly designed and constructed for San Diego. In addition to win prizes. The station said special events are planned on to the Chinese lanterns, food, rides and live entertainment, each of the five days, including: free spa treatments on Friday visitors can explore their creative side at an interactive craft night (11/10); yoga class, inflatables and carnival games on center, designing their own ornaments, decorating lanterns Saturday (11/11); comic books display on Sunday (11/12); and participating in a variety of interactive games. Children free taste samples from 15 restaurants on Monday (11/13); can also take photos with mascot Penny the Penguin and write letters to Santa Claus when visiting Toyland, Candyland free tacos on Tuesday (11/14); luau on Wednesday (11/15). For more details, visit and the North Pole. Admission is $22 for adults and $19


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Christmas in Alpine Home Tour, Dec. 16 The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its Twelfth Annual “Christmas in Alpine” Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10am to 3pm. You will have an opportunity to view five stunning country estates and stroll through Kathy and Mario’s quaint and spectacular Alpine Country Garden and Gifts Shop. The Historic Town Hall will be open from 1-4pm. Andrew Piondexter will display his incredible Nutcracker collection. He originally started his collection about five years ago for one of his teachers. He added to his collection and now has almost 300 Nutcrackers. They range in size from two inches to five feet tall. Ticket holders will 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 on line at or at The Postal Annex 2710 Alpine Blvd., Dana’s Boutique 2271 Alpine Blvd., or Alpine Garden and Gifts 2442 Alpine Blvd. If you prefer to mail a check please make it payable to Alpine Woman’s Club and mail to Karin Smith - Home Tour Chairperson, P.O. Box 231 Alpine CA 91901. Tickets are available for pick up and purchase at the Alpine Woman’s Club 2156 Alpine Blvd. on Saturday, Dec 16 starting at 9:30am. There will be 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 Scholarship, Preservation and Education Foundation. So far the club has given away $126,000 in scholarships to local graduating seniors who are college bound. They are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. For further information or questions, please contact Karin at (619) 357-5353 or email her at




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