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El Cajon Elks Lodge Honors Cuyamaca College Veterans

LA MESA — Experience the Connect La Mesa 2015 Block Party! Get connected with friends, family, destinations, and all things La Mesa when you join the rest of your community this Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the La Mesa Farmer’s Market Parking Lot behind City Hall. This is a fun packed event focusing on healthy activity, our urban environment, energy efficiency, and connecting you with essential destinations, services, and opportunities to Live Well in La Mesa. You will experience activities for the entire family with food trucks, displays, workshops, games, and prizes located throughout the venue. Kids bring your bikes (don’t forget your helmet) and test your riding skills at the bike rodeo. You can also take a Tree Trail Tour, learn what a “parklet” is all about, experience boot camp, yoga, and cycle track demonstrations, play a giant Scrabble game, and learn more about La Mesa’s Urban Trails Action Plan. SDG&E will be on hand in the City’s Climate Action Plan booth with helpful energy saving tips. While visiting the booth, take this opportunity to complete the Climate Action Plan survey and get a ticket for a free lunch sponsored by SDG&E (while supplies last). Lots of freebies, information, and resources will be available to event participants. Student art awards will be presented at the event. In case of rain the event will be relocated to the Police Department Community Room across from the Farmer’s Market lot. For more information or call 619-667-1319.

Cuyamaca College veterans and members of the El Cajon Elks Lodge pose during a barbecue held at Cuyamaca College Wednesday, Nov. 4

EL CAJON — About 30 military veterans, now students at Cuyamaca College, enjoyed a barbecue and received school supplies at a Veterans Week commemoration hosted on campus Wednesday, Nov. 4 by the El Cajon Elks Lodge. The event, which also included a raffle for prizes including T-shirts, gift certificates from merchants and a pair of tickets to a Chargers’ football game, marked the second year that Elks Lodge 1812 joined the college in honoring student veterans. Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes said the event is a reminder of the college’s commitment to the academic success of its more than 700 student veterans. “We are thankful for your service and this is but one way to show you how important it is to us to put into action our commitment to you,” she said. Barnes noted that the college also provides student services for veterans and a Veterans Resource Center, which

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provides a central entry point for veterans as they transition from the military into the college community. Barnes, who previously served as vice president for student services at Cuyamaca, was instrumental in establishing the college’s veterans resource center. Scott Thayer, vice president of student services said student veterans can be assured that meeting their educational needs will continue to be a high priority at the college. For the second year in a row, Cuyamaca College was ranked among the nation’s “best of the best” veteranfriendly schools by U.S. Veterans Magazine. “When you come through these doors, staff and faculty will provide the support to help you reach your goals,” Thayer said. Among those serving the food Wednesday was Cuyamaca College Professor Emeritus Anthony Zambelli, a longtime member of the Elks and 2014 president of the El Cajon lodge. Veterans and children are

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among the major beneficiaries of the Elks’ largesse, Zambelli said. The barbecue and school supplies the veterans received Wednesday were funded by a $2,000 grant from the Elks National Foundation. The El Cajon lodge has a milliondollar trust to fund vocational scholarships and he encouraged the veterans to apply. “Take advantage of the money because we want to honor you,” Zambelli said. “All lodges really believe in veterans.” Chris Reaves, an Air Force veteran taking classes in the college’s Water/Wastewater Technology program, said veterans appreciate community support. “Great food, nice prices – it’s always good,” he said. With nearly 1,500 veterans enrolled at Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges, veteran services are prominent at both campuses. The colleges have Veteran Affairs or Veteran Services offices serving as a liaison between college and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for, among other things, certification for VA educational benefits. Resource centers offer a collaborative delivery of student services such as those tailored for students with disabilities and those needing counseling or access to assistive technologies. The colleges also have a longstanding practice of giving military personnel and veterans top priority in registering for classes. For more information about veterans services, go to www. or

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PUC Reform Vetoes Send Wrong Message


Herald Guest Commentary with Scott Raab A Veterans Day Message ‘Supporting Our Troops and Their Mission in the War on Terror’


Dear Friends,

eterans day is a special day that amazes me every year. There is nothing in my life that I am more proud of than putting on the uniform and enlisting in the United States Navy. I served as an Intelligence Analyst during my enlistment and had the pleasure to work for and with some of the most incredible people I have ever met. Now years later as a disabled combat veteran working through Move America Forward, it is my honor to help support the people still wearing the uniform. I am extremely humbled and dismayed by the overwhelming generosity and kindness that I see every day from MAF supporters. I knew at a very young age that I would serve my country and it was no surprise to my close circle of family and friends when I left home to pursue that end. Most families have their traditions, and in mine each generation has answered the call to serve. Of course it was a very difficult for my mother to see her

only son leave after the events of 9/11. It is one of the only times I can ever remember seeing her cry. The hardest part for me and many others was never being able to tell my family where I was or when I would return. One of the hardest conversations I have ever had was when I told her I was extending my enlistment for an additional year from a satellite phone overseas. For many months I was only able to tell her I was safe and doing my duty and would be home soon. These are the hard times every military family goes through. My fondest memory I have is the day I came back home. It’s hard to describe that moment, that feeling; it’s incredible. That’s the reason all of us at Move America Forward work so hard to make sure we reach every single Marine, Soldier, Airmen and Sailor possible because that day when they come home takes so long for families to get to. Every generation of my family has served in uniform for as long back as we can trace. My grandfather, a World War II veteran, is my role model and still the one person I want to impress. He once said “There is no higher honor than supporting your country, to protect the freedoms and liberty that it represents. No matter if you serve or support those that do.”

I am reminded of those words especially on Veterans Day and whenever I have the honor to talk with someone serving or who has served, their family or one of you that takes the time to think of them by sending a care package with your message of unwavering support. You might have noticed in the care packages that we added a dedication option for our care packages. I encourage you to use it this year, honor their service by paying it forward and sending a care package in their honor. This Veterans Day, like all others, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so kind and generous to those who have served and for never forgetting all the sacrifice that they make serving our great nation.

Scott Raab is the Outreach Director for Move America Forward and a U.S. Navy OEF/OIF Vet

here’s something crazy when the most powerful agency in California government spends an entire year mired in scandal caused in large part by inadequate controls over the activities of its key people – and not a single reform emerges. That’s the net result of Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a package of bills that unanimously passed the Legislature this fall aiming to fix aspects of the state Public Utilities Commission, even though the bills themselves had some flaws. The upshot is that Brown has yet to utter a negative word about the overtly crooked activities of former PUC President Michael Peevey and others at the commission, even complimenting Peevey on “getting things done” at the time he departed the commission in disgrace. The PUC is the most powerful of state agencies because it controls what consumers pay for electricity and natural gas provided by private companies like Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas and San Diego Gas & Electric. The agency also makes some key decision on water and telephones. Unlike all other state commissioners, PUC members serve six-year terms and cannot be fired even by the governor who appoints them. No one would seriously claim the bills Brown vetoed were perfect. For example, they did not include the most important reform that should have emerged from the scandals: making PUC decisions reviewable in Superior Court, and not only in appeals courts or the state Supreme Court, as they are today. But some changes these bills contained could have been valuable, including creation of an independent inspector general assigned to make sure commission actions and processes are fair and legal. There is now virtually no oversight. So-called “ex-parte communications” – telephone calls, emails and other contacts between commissioners and staff and executives of the utility companies they regulate would have had to be reported on the PUC’s website. The problem with this was that there would have been no way to make sure all private contacts were reported. Kevin Liao, a top aide to Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood in Los Angeles County, author of most of the package and soon to assume the powerful office of Assembly speaker, reported that the possibility of suing the PUC over its decisions in Superior Court was removed from Rendon’s bills in the an Assembly committee despite his protests. The weakened reform package nevertheless was too strong for Brown, who said in veto messages that “I support the intent of these bills…” Just not enough to outlaw repetitions of the contacts between PUC members and utility executives which resulted in favored treatment for PG&E in its attempt to fight off punishment for the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that killed eight persons. Emails show similar contacts between Peevey and Edison executives produced the outline of a settlement that now stands to cost consumers $3.3 billion, or about three-fourths what it will cost to retire the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which failed because of decisions made by other Edison executives whose own emails show they knew those decisions could ruin the plant. The amounts involved in those cases were similar to the billions of consumer dollars routinely dunned by the PUC. Example: One current PG&E proposal before the PUC calls for a $2.7 billion rate hike over three years. Rendon said his aim was to create more transparency in the PUC’s business. But Brown has seen to it that won’t happen for at least a year, if then. He even killed provisions forcing commissioners to write their decisions in “understandable” language. Clearly, the culture of the PUC needs serious change, but even the few changes in the vetoed bills were too much for Brown. The fact is that Peevey, a former Southern California Edison president, had a conflict of interest from the moment ex-Gov. Gray Davis appointed him in 2002. Brown might also have one: His sister, former California state Treasurer Kathleen Brown, serves on the board of Sempra Energy, owner of both Southern California Gas and San Diego Gas & Electric. All of which means the ground rules of the dance long conducted by the PUC and the large private utility companies it regulates have not changed even a little because of the current scandal. The only remaining question is how long Brown will continue to suborn the blatant corruption of this powerful, but often rogue, agency. Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It. The book is now available in soft cover, fourth edition. His opinions are his own. He can be reached at


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From the Geezer’s Mailbag Q. How successful are heart transplants? A. The survival rates for heart transplants have improved steadily since the first successful human heart transplants were done in the late 1960s. Almost nine out of 10 patients survive the first year following a heart transplant. After five years, the survival rate drops to about seven in 10. After 10 years, the rate drops again to about 5 in 10. After 20 years, about 1.5 in 10 are still ticking. Approximately 2,300 heart transplants are now performed each year in more than 150 heart-transplant centers in the United States There is no widely accepted age cut-off. However, most transplant surgery isn’t performed on people older than 70 because the procedure doesn’t have a high success rate for patients in that age group. The majority (52 percent) of candidates are between the ages of 50 and 64. Q. What is leukemia? It sounds complicated. A. Leukemia means “white blood” in Greek. If you get leukemia, your bone marrow—the soft material inside bones—makes abnormal white blood cells that block production of normal white blood cells, which you need to battle infections. Leukemia cells also interfere with the red blood cells that distribute oxygen throughout your body, and platelets, which help your blood to clot. Leukemia symptoms include: fevers or chills, night sweats, frequent infections, weakness or fatigue, shortness of breath, headache, bleeding, bruising easily, bone pain, swelling or discomfort in the abdomen (from an enlarged spleen), swollen lymph nodes, especially in the neck or armpit, weight loss, and tiny red marks on the skin, The two basic types of leukemia are acute and chronic. Acute leukemia develops quickly. Chronic leukemia develops slowly and usually occurs during or after middle age. Leukemia is also categorized by the type of white blood cell that is affected.

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Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Most people diagnosed with this form of the disease are over age 55. CLL almost never attacks children. Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), which primarily affects adults. Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), which is the most common type of leukemia in young children. It can also affects adults. Acute myeloid leukemia (AML), which occurs in both adults and children. Q. What is the difference between a “D.O.” and an “M.D.”? A. D.O. stands for doctor of osteopathic medicine. M.D. is the abbreviation for doctor of medicine. MDs are also called doctors of allopathic medicine. Here are a couple of brief dictionary definitions: os•te•op•a•thy n. A system of medicine based on the theory that disturbances in the musculoskeletal system affect other bodily parts, causing many disorders. al•lop•a•thy n. A method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects different from those caused by the disease itself. Osteopathic medicine is a safe, established practice. Like MDs, DOs must pass a state medical board examination to obtain a license to practice. There are about 15 MDs for every DO in the United States. Both DOs and MDs are fully qualified to prescribe medication and perform surgery. Like a medical doctor, an osteopathic physician completes four years of medical school and can choose to practice in any medical specialty. However, osteopaths receive an additional 300 to 500 hours in the study of manual medicine and the body’s musculoskeletal system.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

The Innate Immune System Modulates the Severity of Multiple Sclerosis


Cellular Stress Signals Sent by Macrophages Amplify Neuroinflammation, Provide Novel Drug Targets for MS Therapy

ultiple Sclerosis, a debilitating neurological disease, is triggered by selfreactive T cells that successfully infiltrate the brain and spinal cord where they launch an aggressive autoimmune attack against myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds and insulates nerve fibers. Over time, the resulting bouts of inflammation permanently damage the myelin sheath and the nerve fibers it protects, disrupting nerve signals traveling to and from the brain. But the molecular cues that enable autoimmune T cells, which are usually kept at bay by the blood-brain barrier, to slip into the central nervous system had remained unclear. In their latest study, published in the Nov. 2, advance online issue of Nature Immunology, researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology report that these disease-causing autoimmune T cells are lured into the nervous system by monocytes and macrophages, a subset of immune cells better known as the immune system’s cleanup crew. “Our results show that macrophages and monocytes actively participate in the initiation and progression of Multiple Sclerosis, which has long been considered a primarily T cell driven disease,” says the study’s senior author Catherine Hedrick, Ph. D., a professor in the Division of Inflammation Biology. “They exacerbate the severity of the disease by sending out chemical signals that boost inflammation and attract autoimmune T cells to the central nervous system.” By revealing the molecular mechanisms that control neuroinflammation, these findings add a new layer of complexity to our understanding of multiple sclerosis and support the growing appreciation of the significance of the crosstalk between the peripheral immune system and the brain. They also open up new avenues for potential Multiple Sclerosis

(MS) therapies via manipulating the levels of immune regulators that contribute to inflammation in the central nervous system. “Multiple Sclerosis affects millions of people worldwide,” says the study’s lead author, Iftach Shaked, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of LJI professor Klaus Ley, Ph.D. “But what’s really puzzling is that we all have autoimmune T cells that recognize myelin basic protein but normally they do not infiltrate the central nervous system and cause disease. “ Stress can worsen symptoms of inflammatory diseases such as MS but the molecular mechanisms linking cellular stress signaling and neuroinflammation had remained unclear. A chance hallway encounter between Shaked and co-first author Richard Hanna, Ph.D., an immunologist in Hedrick’s laboratory, sparked a collaboration that provided a starting point to track the elusive link. Hanna studies a protein known as Nr4a1, which responds to both inflammatory and stress signals and the researchers hypothesized that it may be a key factor in the prevention of autoimmunity affecting the central nervous system. To address the importance of Nr4a1 in brain autoimmunity, the researchers induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a model of MS, in mice with and without Nr4a1. In the absence of Nr4a1, auto-reactive T cells infiltrated the central nervous system much earlier and in greater numbers exacerbating the progression and severity of the disease when compared to the control group. When Shaked and Hanna dug deeper, they discovered that Nr4a1 represses the production of norepinephrine, a major mediator of the body’s response to physiological and psychological stressors. Without Nr4a1 to put a damper on production, monocytes and macrophages increase secretion of norepinephrine, which in turn leads to the activation of macrophages, thereby

amplifying neuroinflammation and causing a massive influx of T cells into the central nervous system. “Myeloid cells including macrophages have receptors for stress signaling molecules, which allows them to respond to cues from the sympathetic nervous system,” explains Hanna. “But is seems they not only listen to the nervous system but that they can also send their own signals.” Nr4a1 regulates the production of norepinephrine by limiting the amount of tyrosine hydroxylase, the enzyme that controls a bottleneck in the biosynthesis of norepinephrine. When Nr4a1 is missing, tyrosine hydroxylase is highly expressed in monocytes and macrophages leading to more severe disease. Conversely, deletion of tyrosine hydroxylase in myeloid cells protects mice from the disease. A small pilot study indicated that the same communications channels might be used to send messages between the brain and the peripheral immune system in patients with MS. “Monocytes and macrophages have a way to amplify inflammation in the central nervous system,” says Shaked, “which really shows that myeloid cells play an unexpected and important role in diseases of the brain.” Source: La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 28 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at NOTE: Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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Local Resident receives Assistance From Senator’s Office Paulina Recabarren

For The East County Herald SANTEE — California State Senator Joel Anderson serves approximately one million constituents and one of them recently shared his story about reaching out to his state Senator for help resolving an issue that was taking longer than expected. Leroy H. Fouts is an insurance agent from Santee who had contacted the California Department of Insurance (DOI) regarding the issue of a license renewal and the duplicate payments he made. He requested to receive a refund for the first time he paid. Fouts’ license renewal was never properly processed and was overlooked by the department. This was the beginning of Fouts’ five month long battle for restitution. Deciding to no longer stand on the sidelines, Fouts contacted Anderson’s office. Within only 24 hours of his request, he was contacted by Anderson’s Constituent Affairs Specialist with a resolution informing him that his claim was being processed and that he was expected to receive his refund within four weeks. After the four weeks had gone by and still no check in sight, Fouts contacted Anderson’s office again worrying that the DOI may have

Lee Fouts (above) refers to Senator Anderson’s Constituents Affairs Specialist Lori Brown as “Magic Person Lori.”

once again de-prioritized the issue at hand. Anderson’s office then contacted the DOI for the second time and was able to finally get the check into Fouts hands. Fouts was thrilled with the efficiency and effectiveness that Anderson’s office had displayed and sent a thank you email to the Constituent Affairs Specialist referring to her as “Magic Person Lori.” Anderson urged his constituents to contact his office with their issues involving

state agencies, “My job is to make government work for my constituents and I am happy our office was able to resolve Lee’s issue. Our office is always a call or email away for any constituent who needs our help.” Fouts is just one of thousands of Anderson’s constituents who have received assistance from Constituent Affairs Specialist Lori Brown, and everyone is encouraged to call Anderson’s office at 619-596-3136 to receive help with state issues.

Alpine Design Review Board Final Agenda Monday, November 17, 2015 • 7:00 pm Alpine Community Center 1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901 (619) 445-7330

Note: Action may be taken on any of the following items: I.

Call to Order - Roll Call: Peggy Easterling, Kippy Thomas, Henk Tysma, Carol Morrison, Curt Dean.


Approval of Minutes - Correspondence


Public Comment - At this time any member of the public may address the board for up to three minutes on any topic pertaining to DESIGN REVIEW in Alpine over which this Board has jurisdiction, and that does not appear on this Agenda. There can be NO BOARD DISCUSSION OR VOTE on any issue(s) so presented until such time as proper public notice is given prior to such a discussion or vote. Those wishing to address the Board on any agenda item may do so at the time that agenda item is being heard. Each presentation will be limited to three minutes.


Review – LG Equipment – 3220 Alpine Boulevard. Site plan review. Applicant Richard Saldano (Discussion and Vote).


Next Meeting – December 7, 2015, 7:00 pm Alpine Community Center.



Chairman – Curt Dean, 619.704.1700, ext. 102

Wisdom for

EVERYDAY with PastorLIFE Drew


A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah PART XXXII

reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible. This week, we will continue looking at the events that occurred one day in the life of Jesus. Mark 9:33-50 “Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, “What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?” But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.” Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side. For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward. “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-- where ‘Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ “And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-- where ‘Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ “And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire—where ‘Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ “For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.” As we continue to examine this text from last week, the second area of importance that needs our attention is a by-product of striving to be first: thinking that my way is the right and only way things should be done. John expresses this in his statement it Jesus, “Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” Did you catch it? That person is doing your work but they are not one of ‘us’! they are not following ‘us’. This is the beginning of denominationalism. What a sad state of the church today and in ages past. One denomination conducts itself a certain way and because another denomination or church even within that denomination might do the same thing a little different the first separates itself from the other claiming to have a monopoly on God and to be the ‘only true church’. This certainly goes against both what Jesus taught at this moment (“ But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side.) and what He would pray in John 17:15-21 “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. “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.” All the division and strife within the church today; the insistence on having it ‘my way’; and the unwillingness to work together must grieve the heart of God. The ‘in fighting’ is a ploy of the enemy and makes the church so ineffective.

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

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Cuyamaca Community College

Welcomes New President

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EL CAJON–-Julianna M. Barnes, former vice president of student services at San Diego Mesa College, was introduced as president of Cuyamaca College, Wednesday, Nov.4 at the Cuyamaca College Student Center. Barnes was selected following a nationwide search, and was one of three finalists invited to participate in public forums at the Rancho San Diego campus. She emerged as the top choice for president following interviews with district leaders and the Governing Board. “The people at Cuyamaca College have a unique combination of heart and innovation,” Barnes said. “The faculty and staff at Cuyamaca are student-centered, and they love what they do. I’m looking forward to building on the partnerships that Cuyamaca College already has with the community, industry and other educators.” Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, said Barnes’ passion and leadership skills stood out in her qualifications to lead the Rancho San Diego College, which has about 9,000 students. This will be a homecoming of sorts for Barnes, who served as vice president of student services at Cuyamaca College before taking the job at San Diego Mesa College in February 2013. “I’m delighted to have Dr. Barnes back in our district,” Miles said. “She has amazing enthusiasm for helping students succeed and for collaborating with faculty and staff to ensure that students get the best education possible. In addition to her competence and creativity, she has the perfect blend of head and heart!”



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28th Annual Steak-Out

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Take a Taylor Factory Tour and Benefit the East County Toy and Food Drive

EL CAJON -- Visitors to the Taylor Guitars Factory Tour can help make a difference for nearly 10,000 families in East County San Diego this holiday season. Now through December 16, tour visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or an unwrapped toy. For each item donated, tour guests will receive a raffle ticket and be entered for a chance to win one of many prizes, up to the grand prize, a GS Mini guitar. The donations will benefit the Stoney and Rob’s 40th Annual East County Toy and Food Drive, which serves the communities in East San Diego County. The Taylor Guitars Factory Tour runs Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. (excluding holidays) and takes guests through the steps of guitar construction. From wood selection to final assembly, guests will experience each process as a guitar evolves from raw wood into a finished instrument. The tour lasts approximately one hour and 15 minutes and departs from the main building at 1980 Gillespie Way in El Cajon. All donated items will benefit the Stoney and Rob’s 40th Annual East County Toy and Food Drive. For a complete list of rules and regulations, please visit the Taylor Guitars Visitor Center located at 1980 Gillespie Way El Cajon, California 92020.

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Pancake Breakfast

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Your YourCommunity CommunityCalendar Calendar Connect La Mesa 2015 Block Party

LA MESA — Experience the Connect La Mesa 2015 Block Party! Get connected with friends, family, destinations, and all things La Mesa when you join the rest of your community this Saturday, November 14 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the La Mesa Farmer’s Market Parking Lot behind City Hall. This is a fun packed event focusing on healthy activity, our urban environment, energy efficiency, and connecting you with essential destinations, You will experience activities for the entire family with food trucks, displays, workshops, games, and prizes located throughout the venue. Kids bring your bikes (don’t forget your helmet) and test your riding skills at the bike rodeo. You can also take a Tree Trail Tour, learn what a “parklet” is all about, experience boot camp, yoga, and cycle track demonstrations, play a giant Scrabble game, and learn more about La Mesa’s Urban Trails Action Plan. SDG&E will be on hand in the City’s Climate Action Plan booth with helpful energy saving tips. While visiting the booth, take this opportunity to complete the Climate Action Plan survey and get a ticket for a free lunch sponsored by SDG&E (while supplies last). Lots of freebies, information, and resources will be available to event participants. Student art awards will be presented at the event. In case of rain the event will be relocated to the Police Department Community Room across from the Farmer’s Market lot. Questions? Go to or call 619-667-1319.

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Holiday Legislative Open House! EL CAJON — State Senator Joel Anderson cordially invites you and your family to attend this year’s Holiday Legislative Open House! Please join us to receive a 2015 legislative update and have the chance to submit your ideas on how we can improve our state’s government.

Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2015 Time: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Location: Toyota of El Cajon, 965 Arnele Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020 To ensure there is enough food and refreshments for all to enjoy, please RSVP by calling our office at (619) 596-3136 or by visiting our website at

Christmas in Alpine” Home Tour ALPINE — The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its Eleventh Annual “Christmas in Alpine” Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. You will have an opportunity to stroll through five stunning country estates and visit Alpine’s Garden and Gifts Shop. After the tour The Historic Town Hall will be open from 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. for ticket holders to enjoy light refreshments, to pick up a surprise gift and view Andrew Poindexter’s incredible Nut Cracker collection. Tour Tickets are $30 prior to Home Tour date and $35 at the door. You can pre purchase tickets at the Postal Annex 2710 Alpine Blvd. or mail a check to the AWC, P. O. Box 231, Alpine, CA 91903 Tickets are available for pick up and purchase at the Alpine Woman’s Club 2156 Alpine Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 12 starting at 9:30am. There will be an opportunity drawing for a $500 cash prize the day of the event plus other prizes. Raffle tickets are $5 each or six for $20. The drawing will be held at the Club House at 3:45 p.m. 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 corporation 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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Santee Making Spirits Bright SANTEE — Roving carolers, a live band and snow sledding for children are among highlights featured at the City of Santee and Waste Management Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, Nov. 20. Held at Santee Trolley Square, the annual celebration of the holiday season offers three hours of family oriented fun from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. “This event really reinforces Santee’s reputation for small-town hospitality and community spirit,” said Bree Humphrey, the city’s special events supervisor. “It’s truly a joyful and nostalgic event that will get you in the right mood for the holidays,” she said. “It’s a chance for the community to join hands, celebrate our unity and take pictures of our children having fun.” The main attraction is the ceremonial lighting of a 20-foot artificial tree. Anticipation builds as the announcer counts down “three, two, one,” and waves a wand. At that instant, the tree’s lights flash on and candle-shaped fireworks go off in the background, prompting the crowd to roar in delight. At the same time, decorative lights at the city’s entry monuments also are turned on. The event offers many low-cost or free activities. There will be booths to browse and samples from local eateries. Craft stations will be set up where children can decorate a cookie and make personalized elf hats or decorate their own ceramic tile, courtesy of Home Depot. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available for $2 per person, except for children 3 years or younger, who may ride for free on a lap of an adult. Children will be able to confide their wish lists to Santa. Professional photos with the jolly guy will be available for $12. Santa has a new sleigh that will be available for family photos. Information about the event is available by calling the Santee Special Events Hotline at (619) 258-4100 x201.



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Letting the air out

threw off the covers, leapt out of bed, brushed my teeth and threw my clothes on; skipped the shower and exercises. A glance at the digital clock on my Bose radio—I could make it! It was Sunday so Christy was home to help Paul if he needed it. As I rushed to the door, I told them I was going out for breakfast and I’d be back by nine-thirty, in time for Christy to get Rocco, her little Shih Tzu, to Petco for his ten o’clock grooming appointment. The morning air was fresh with the aroma of rosemary; my beloved Mazda6 was damp with dew from the night before. I swiped the windshield clear and backed out of the driveway. If I got there early enough, my niece Kathy would still be there. Otherwise I’d eat solo, with my Kindle for company. I turned my Mazda out onto the street and was halfway to the corner when BEEEEP!!!—I jumped out of my seat! The beep seemed to come from the dash so I looked for anything unusual there. No-o-o. Yes. The pale orange U-shaped icon grinned at me. I knew that face all too well: low tire pressure.

So much for breakfast with Kathy. I turned around and pulled back into the driveway. The tires looked pretty much the same as usual so I poked each one a couple of times. Maybe the right front? Christy came outside and looked at the tires, too. Since they looked fairly normal, she said it must be a slow leak; I should just go to the gas station on the corner, fill it up with air and go on to breakfast. At the station I pressed the numbers for the code to activate the air pump. I stuck


When I got home, with grimy gas station hands, the front tire was totally flat. I washed my hnads and texted my two sons. “Got a flat tire. Can either of you help?” They replied instantly: “I thought you had Triple A, Mom.” Thanks, Bryan. Thanks, Craig. What I didn’t tell them is that I was too embarrassed to call Triple A. I’d called them four times in the last three months. The Triple A guy was tactful; he never mentioned my recent frequent flyer use of their services, but then, as I handed him my membership card, “13 YEAR MEMBER” stamped on the card in gold letters caught my eye. Not bad. In thirteen years, I’d only used my card five times.

“I pressed the lever and held it,

seemed like forever, but the tire wasn’t getting any fatter.“ the hose connector onto the valve stem of the right front tire and checked the pressure gauge when it popped out of its sleeve. Definitely low pressure. I pressed the lever and held it, seemed like forever, but the tire wasn’t getting any fatter. I let go and pressed again. This time the air whooshed out. I kept pressing and un-pressing but nothing changed. Same thing happened on the other front tire, which also showed low pressure. Was I putting air in—or letting it out? I gave up.

Buska is an author, columnist and long-time resident of East County. Send e-mail to Sheila at and visit her website

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in San Diego has announced that Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) has agreed to serve as title sponsor of the 29th annual MS Dinner Auction to be held on Saturday evening, Nov. 21, 2015, at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, 4000 Coronado Bay Road, in Coronado. The annual MS Dinner Auction, a black-tie event regularly attended by more than 600 people who bid on more than 700 silent and live auction packages, is considered one of San Diego’s largest annual charity auctions. The event typically raises $450,000 for multiple sclerosis research and programs for people with MS, a chronic, unpredictable and disabling disease of the central nervous system with no known cause, cure or prevention. The 2015 French-inspired event theme is “La Fete de la Cure.” The annual MS Dinner Auction is traditionally held on the Saturday before the week of Thanksgiving as a jump-start to holiday shopping. Tickets begin at $175 per person, and packages with overnight stays are available. For more information, including a list of auction items, or to purchase your tickets, visit, or contact Heather Dean Pressnall at, or (760) 760-4488417.

La Mesa Chamber collecting for seniors The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is collecting canned goods for holiday gift baskets to be delivered to 22 seniors who were selected by the La Mesa Police Department’s Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol. Mary England, La Mesa Chamber CEO, said requested items include canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruits,

SDSU Offers Innovative Master of Arts Program

ccording to – an online publication covering education technology on college and university campuses – the burden is now on universities to advance the culture of innovation, to foster environments that accelerate learning and creativity, and to create the conditions for innovation to happen at all levels. SDSU is meeting all of these challenges by offering a Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and a Specialization in PreK-12 program, which is fully online and offered in cooperation with SDSU’s Department of Educational Leadership and the San Diego County Office of Education. The WASC-accredited program is designed for school administrators and teachers who aspire to a leadership role in educational technology within their school or district. Michelle Snyder, a mother of three, said the program is a perfect fit for her. Not only is she able to take her classes online from home, she can also apply what she learns to her current position as an English teacher at an accredited Vista Unified School District high school that offers online and blended learning. “I’m learning the same way my students learn,” she said. “It really has changed the way I teach. The class is a good balance

of technology, pedagogy, and leadership.” Alex Gonzalez, technology coordinator at a San Diego charter school, already had two degrees from a local computer training college and a master’s degree in educational technology from Michigan State University. He said SDSU’s 15-month program gives him insight into how administrators facilitate education. “It’s a good experience to pull back the curtain and see why things are the way they are,” he said. “A lot of people want to change education; you have to look at the changing landscape of education first. “There’s a big shift in how students are learning. They don’t just open books, they’re navigating online. There’s a big need for administrators who have their ear to the ground and are taking a look at strategies.” Ulises Cisneros, second-grade Spanish-immersion teacher at a Lakeside elementary school, noted how fellow students in the inaugural program that began in September 2014 refer to themselves as “trailblazers.” “It’s been an amazing experience getting to start from the beginning,” he said. “We see how things work and don’t work. We get to collaborate with our instructors on how to make the program better.” For more information, visit, email or call (619) 594-2566.

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packets of crackers and pasta, macaroni and cheese, slipper socks for women and men, gift cards from WalMart and Target in any denomination, pens and pads of paper or any other items that will put a smile on their face and make their holiday special. Items are requested before Friday, Dec. 11, and can be delivered to the La Mesa Chamber office, 8080 La Mesa Blvd, Suite 212, or contact Mary England at (619)251-7730 to coordinate pick up. Gift baskets are scheduled for delivery on Friday, Dec.18, along with a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

Tiger cub is named after TV’s Larry Himmel A tiger cub now living in Alpine has been named Himmel in honor of TV personality Larry Himmel, who passed away in 2014. The skinny, two-month-old male cub was found wandering the streets of Hemet, Calif., and was taken to a shelter operated by San Jacinto County. Later, California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials sent the cub to Lions, Tigers & Bears, a federally and state licensed big cat and exotic animal rescue sanctuary that occupies 94 acres in Japatul Valley. Himmel the tiger cub arrived in Alpine weighing 27 pounds and has been steadily gaining weight with a diet of raw chicken, meat and supplements, according to Bobbie Brink, founder and director of Lions, Tigers & Bears. “We’re not sure of its exact subspecies at this point,” said Brink. She said the cub could grow to be 500 pounds and live 20 years. Larry Himmel, who worked for CBS News 8/KFMB-TV starting in 1979, passed away Nov. 5, 2014, from pancreatic cancer. Lions, Tigers & Bears is open to visitors by appointment only between Wednesday and Saturday. Its website is The sanctuary can be reached at (619) 659-8078.

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El Cajon radio exec promoted at BCA Broadcast Companies of the Americas (BCA) has promoted El Cajon resident Mike Shepard to vice president of programming and operations. He joined BCA in May 2011 as programming and operations manager. Prior to BCA, Shepard spent 15 years in San Diego as director of programming and operations for KSONFM, KBZT-FM and KIFM-FM. He also worked with various media research companies, including serving as a vice president for Moyes Research Associates of Colorado Springs, Col., Pinnacle Media Worldwide of Fallbrook, Calif. and P-1 Research of Vancouver, Wash., as well as his own Shepard Media Research. BCA operates XPRS 105.7-FM Max-FM, XPRS 1090-AM The Mighty 1090 and XEPE-AM 1700 ESPN 1700.

Fresh & Easy closing stores The Fresh & Easy grocery store chain has announced plans to close all its stores, including eight stores in San Diego County and one store in the San Carlos area, 8788 Navajo Road, San Diego. The company operates 97 stores in California, Nevada and Arizona, including 54 in Southern California. In a company statement, Fresh & Easy said it has begun “the process for an organized wind down of the business,” while a search for a buyer for all or part of the company continues. Merchandise is expected to be liquidated over the next few weeks. State-mandated layoff notices have been sent to about 3,000 employees. Fresh & Easy opened its first stores in 2007. The chain was British supermarket giant Tesco’s first venture in the U.S. The Yucaipa Cos., based in El Segundo, Calif., bought the chain out of bankruptcy in 2013 from Tesco. In March of this year, the company closed about 50 stores in California, Nevada and Arizona.

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Donate A New Stuffed Animal For Rady Children’s Hospital

Donations of stuffed animals now being accepted by area police departments! The San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive is a unique and compassionate program, which was established by Coronado Police Department’s Officer Brian Hardy. Twentyfive years ago, Officer Brian Hardy delivered a handful of teddy bears to now Rady Children’s Hospital. The Teddy Bear Drive has grown into an annual event involving local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, Sycuan and other sponsors. Each year, law enforcement agencies around San Diego County seek donations of teddy bears and other stuffed animals through community events. At the end of the year, all the teddy bears and stuffed animals are delivered to Rady Children’s Hospital by these local law enforcement agencies, where officers will distribute the stuffed animals to the children throughout the hospital. Now, until December 4, 2015, there will be a donation box in the Police Department lobby for donations. So, when you are out and about shopping for family & friends, please grab and extra small, medium or large (New) teddy bear or stuffed animal and donate it to the Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. In El Cajon, drop off a new stuffed animal in the lobby of the El Cajon Police Station, located at 100 Civic Center Way, during business hours, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., alternate Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. One teddy bear or stuffed animal can make a difference in a child’s eyes and can enhance the healing process.


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The 5-Peak Challenge is set across the park’s five major summits at the 7,220-acre Mission Trails Regional Park. Hikers who participate will traverse a total of 11.5 miles of hiking trails with more than 6,000 feet in total elevation change. The challenge was designed by park rangers to be done in parts over several weekends, rather than all in one day, making it accessible to first-time and veteran hikers alike. The first 100 hikers to complete the challenge will be entered into a drawing to win eight different outdoor-themed prizes, including a brand new tent and hiking backpacks. The event was jointly hosted by San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, San Diego City Councilmember Scott Sherman and La Mesa City Councilmember Kristine Alessio, and took place at the Kwaay Paay summit trailhead. During the event, Supervisor Jacob, Councilmember Sherman and Councilmember Alessio welcomed and honored a group who has previously completed four of the five peaks as they finish the final leg of the 5-Peak Challenge.



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