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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joseph L. Miller for The East County Herald PACIFIC OCEAN — Legalman 3rd Class Justin Taylor, from Lakeside, (above center) receives the ‘Sailor of the Day’ award from Capt. Greg Huffman, (above, right), USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) commanding officer, and Command Master Chief Benjamin Rushing,(above, left), Saturday, Nov. 11. John C. Stennis is underway conducting routine training as it continues preparing for its next scheduled deployment.

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La Mesa Chamber Assists Homebound Seniors This Holiday Season

LA MESA — The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce reminds you to join them during these next four weeks and assist 24 homebound La Mesa seniors. Each year the Chamber has assisted homebound seniors and this year we shall be helping 24 seniors – 20 women and four men. The Chamber is gathering items to place in gift baskets that will be delivered to them, along with a full course hot turkey meal, making their holiday a bit brighter. “We encourage you to look through your pantry and donate items (please check the expiration dates on those items to make sure that have not expired) or purchase these suggested non-perishable items to place in their gift baskets: canned soups, canned vegetables, canned fruits, packets of crackers, packets of pasta, macaroni and cheese, bars of soap, hand sanitizer, tubes of tooth paste, tooth brushes, packets of tissues, bottles of hand soaps, breakfast cereals, beans, rice, oatmeal, pens and pads of paper, 20 pairs pf women’s slipper socks, four pairs of men’ socks, gift cards in any denomination from grocery stores or any other type of store that they may use,” said Chamber CEO and President Mary England. If you have other items you believe will put a smile on their faces, by all means drop them off ! The Chamber wants to make this a memorable holiday for our homebound seniors again this year. Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the Chamber has extended the deadline for receiving the items to Thursday, Dec. 7. This will still allow time to wrap all of the items, prepare all of the gift baskets and purchase the items needed. The Chamber plans to make this holiday special for these wonderful members of their community. Items may be delivered to the La Mesa Chamber office: 8080 La Mesa Blvd., Suite 212, La Mesa, CA. If you need to coordinate an item pick up contact: Mary England, cell 619-251-7730.

Alpine Holiday Lighting Contest Under Way ALPINE — Alpine is looking brighter as Christmas and the year-end holidays approach. It’s the third year of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce Yuletide lighting program to attract visitors to the area and everything it offers. The Chamber’s holiday lighting contest area is Alpine Boulevard, Tavern Road and Arnold Way. Chris Wiley of Primary Residential Mortgage Inc, 2124 Arnold Way, started decorating his building early as part of the effort to bring in new business and tourists. “We’re lighting up from Nov. 1 through January 6, the time requested,” Wiley said about Primary Mortgage. “We’re trying to create Christmas Tree Lane in Alpine.” Lighting needs to be completed before Tuesday, Nov. 28. The judging will be done that evening. The winner will be announced on Friday, Dec. 1, during the Chamber’s 22nd Annual Alpine Village Parade of Lights & Snow Festival. The parade, open free to any entry with lights, starts at 6:30 p.m. on Alpine Boulevard at West Victoria Drive. The march ends near the Alpine Creek Town Center, 1347 Tavern Road, where the free Snow Festival with snow, free sledding, vendors and entertainment will be from 7-9 p.m. Call the Chamber at (619) 445-2722 or visit www.alpinechamber.com for details.

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LAKESIDE — The Lakeside Polo Club presented the 3rd Annual Hering Cup, located at the Hering Ranch in Lakeside, Sunday Nov. 12. Finals for the Championship took place at 3 p.m. Special guests included the Rancho Santa Fe Fox Hunting Club. Silent Auction and Raffles held benifitted the Youth Polo Association. Cover: Torrie Ann Needham/The East County See more on P9 Herald; Cover design: Dee Dean / and at www.echerald.com The East County Herald


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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Partisan Schisms the Result of The One-Party Rule

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Rep. Susan Davis Secures $2.8 Billion for Military Widows and Major Policy Reforms in Defense Bill WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Susan Davis, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, successfully fought to extend survivor benefits for 63,000 military widows in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act that passed the House today. These widows will receive approximately $2.8 billion in benefits over the next ten years. The benefit for widows of servicemembers who died on active duty, called the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA), was set to expire next spring. In the culmination of a two-year struggle, Davis helped extend the benefit indefinitely for these widows through amendments to the NDAA and strong advocacy with other members of the House Armed Services Committee. “This is an example of bipartisan work on behalf of those who sacrificed an immeasurable amount for our country,” said Davis. “I thank the Chairman for working with me to honor our commitment to the sacrifice made by these widows.” Davis also secured $41 million, an increase from $25 million last year, to be used for the recruitment, integration, retention, training, and treatment of women in the Afghan National Security Forces; and the recruitment, training, and contracting of female security forces. “Empowering the young women of Afghanistan is essential for the security of Afghanistan and essential for America’s security,” said Davis. “Having traveled to Afghanistan for over 10 years and meeting with Afghan women, I have always been inspired by their resilience and determination to rebuild their country and ensure peace

for the Afghan people.”

Other policy provisions Davis included in the NDAA:

Equal Justice for our Military. The Davis amendment directed the DOD to examine cases where servicemembers have less access to Supreme Court review than civilians operating in the civilian court system. This study is an important early step to eliminating restrictions to our servicemembers’ ability to access our Supreme Court. Davis has introduced the Equal Justice for our Military Act to grant personnel access to the Supreme Court. Military Family Leave Act. Those who serve our country give so much, and their spouses and families are no exception to the sacrifice. Davis seeks to minimize that burden. Davis added an amendment so servicemembers will have more flexibility when it comes to their frequent moves when it concerns their spouses’ job or education, their children’s education, and exceptional and chronically sick family members. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Report. As Co-Chair of the House Explosive Ordance Disposal Caucus, Davis increased the occasions and depth of briefings required by Congress regarding the Explosive Ordnance Disposal programs in the DOD. These briefings will continue to help develop EOD talent management, career opportunities and funding, among other things. It will ensure we are best managing and utilizing this critical capability within the armed forces. GI Bill Benefit Transparency. There is a substantial benefit that the Post 9-11 GI Bill pro-

vides servicemembers to further their or their dependent’s education. Due to the length of service requirements to earn the benefit or transfer the benefit to a dependent, many servicemembers have experienced difficulty understanding how much of the benefit they have earned. In this year’s bill the DOD will find ways to better educate servicemembers on their earned GI Bill benefits before they leave the service. Cyber training and talent management. Davis directed the Secretary of Defense to examine how to further develop cyber protection teams that can leverage the best attributes, authorities, and capabilities of both civilian and military cyber practitioners. In addition, the DOD will seek to help cyber forces evaluate and quickly integrate new technologies such as autonomy, machine learning, and big data analytics. Minesweeper Capabilities Protections. Davis protected a critical capability in the U.S. Navy. Her amendment will preserve mine countermeasure ships and helicopters until there are adequate replacement mine countermeasures capabilities that are available in sufficient quantity and capacity to meet the combatant commander. Congresswoman Davis represents the 53rd Congressional District, which includes central San Diego, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley and parts of El Cajon and Chula Vista. Davis is a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, serving as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development. She is also a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee.

ome of the 25 surviving Republicans in the state Assembly – a politically endangered species in today’s California – rebelled against their minority leader this summer because he went along with Democrats in authorizing a continuation of the state’s cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gases and fight climate change. Those Assembly members were not alone: Earlier in the year, the board of directors of the state GOP voted 13-7 to ask Redlands Assemblyman Chad Mayes to resign as the party leader in the Legislature’s lower house. His offense: Mayes wanted his party to reach out to nonRepublicans now that GOP voter registration has fallen to third place in half a dozen legislative districts, behind Democrats and independents. This represents a full-fledged party schism, with the Republican right wing led by former gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly and other hard-liners insisting on full-out support of President Trump and ideological purity on social issues like gun control and abortion. The Democratic Party also has a divide. Democrats dominate voter registration as no political party ever has in California and hold every statewide elected office from governor to insurance commissioner. While many Republicans feel some of their representatives are insufficiently conservative, a lot of Democrats believe their party is too wishy-washy, too deeply in bed with large corporate contributors and not as “progressive” as they would like. So during party caucuses last winter, the left-wing – led by devotees of Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders – turned out in big numbers and sent hundreds of grass roots members as delegates to the springtime state party convention where the Democrats’ longtime Los Angeles County chief Eric Bauman was narrowly elected to succeed San Francisco’s John Burton as state chair. Richmond-based party organizer Kimberly Ellis lost that race by 57 votes out of almost 3,000 and immediately challenged the result. Party committees later affirmed Bauman’s election, but Ellis vowed a court challenge, claiming party committees were biased. There’s also Democratic Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon of Paramount in Los Angeles County, who in early summer essentially killed a Senate-passed bill setting up a single-payer health care system for the state. His move so angered some liberals for whom that is a pet cause that they quickly made him the target of a recall effort. And five Democratic Assembly members were targeted by full-page ads in local newspapers for being undecided for awhile on a bill to create a statewide immigration sanctuary policy. All this is in many ways the result of the Democrats’ stranglehold on state government and voter preferences. Among Democrats, there’s little sense of peril in challenging party leaders. Their voter registration numbers are so much larger than Republicans’ and their success among independents is so much greater than the GOP’s that they have no worries about party splits somehow producing Republican victories. In fact, the most dramatic races now shaping up for governor and other statewide offices pit Democrats against one another. For example, no Republican has yet indicated interest in opposing Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s reelection or in getting into a race to replace her if she retires at 84. But other Democrats are in. Nor do Republicans act as if they have much prospect, or even hope, to improve their position here during the Trump presidency. So Ronald Reagan’s “11th Commandment” – “Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican” – is all but forgotten. The essence of many Republicans’ approach: If you’re going to lose anyhow, you might as well be pure. So far, few Democrats show signs of worry about their split, a leftover from last year’s bitter primary battle between Sanders and Hillary Clinton. But some Republicans, including Mayes, want to improve their party’s position. “We can remain in denial and continue to lose elections, influence and relevance,” he wrote in a recent essay. “Or we can…articulate our principles in a way that resonates with a changing California.” The party’s nominal top-ranking officeholder, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, added that Republicans “must focus first and foremost on fixing California” and “regain (its) role as the party of freedom.” None of these party schisms would exist if state Democrats were not so dominant. But one-party rule creates movements toward ideological purity in both parties, and no one can be sure where that might lead.

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


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. Although genetics is very important

in Parkinson’s disease (PD), environmental exposures also increase a person’s risk of developing the disease. Scientists have known for some time that farm workers who used pesticides, or people who lived or worked near fields where they could inhale drifting pesticides, have an increased risk of PD. PD was first described in 1817 by Dr. James Parkinson, a British physician. It affects 1 in 100 people over the age of 60. It can also affect younger people. The average age of onset is 60. Research suggests that PD affects at least 500,000 people in the United States. PD is a complex disorder of the central nervous system. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the United States, after Alzheimer’s. The defining symptoms of PD include tremor, slowness of movement, rigidity, and impaired balance and coordination. As these symptoms become more pronounced, patients may have difficulty walking, talking, or completing simple tasks. They also may experience depression, difficulty sleeping and other problems. The progression of symptoms in PD may take 20 years or more. In some people, however, the disease progresses much more quickly. In the early 1960s, scientists determined that the loss of brain cells was causing PD. The cells that were depleted produced dopamine, a chemical that helps control muscle activity. Today, PD is treated with drugs and surgery. There are two commonly used surgical treatments for PD: pallidotomy and deep brain stimulation. Because these procedures are invasive, they are usually reserved for severely afflicted Parkinson’s patients who do not get adequate relief from medications. Surgeons discovered that, by removing or destroying parts of the brain that were “misfiring,” some of the symptoms of PD could be alleviated. One of these operations is pallidotomy. Scientists have found that they can mimic the effects of pallidotomy by deep brain stimulation (DBS). With DBS, an electrode is implanted in the brain in a way that calms the abnormal neuronal firing. DBS is now the primary surgical intervention for PD. A wide variety of complementary and supportive therapies may be used for PD. Among these therapies are standard rehabilitation techniques, which can help with problems such as gait and voice disorders, tremors and rigidity, and cognitive decline. Exercise may help people improve their mobility. While Parkinson’s is a complex disease, research has progressed a great deal in recent years. Halting the progression of PD, restoring lost function, and even preventing the disease are now considered realistic goals.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Early Studies Show Myelin-Producing Cells Regenerated Using Stem Cells

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scientific collaboration between stem cell researchers of the Heinrich-Heine-University led by Prof. Küry (Dept. of Neurology) and by Prof. Adjaye (Institute for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine) with support from British and Chilean colleagues resulted in a new publication on the prospective use of stem cells to generate cell replacement in diseases such as Multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a chronic neuro-degenerative disease of the central nervous system (CNS) of still largely unknown aetiology and is characterized by a loss of a particular glia cell type – the oligodendrocytes. These cells are highly specialized and provide electrical insulation to neuronal connections, thereby speeding up signal propagation in our brain and spinal cord. In simpler terms – oligodendrocytes are special cells that produce CNS myelin. If these oligodendrocytes are damaged or destroyed, the axons – the signalling projection of our neurons – become uncovered, vulnerable and

functionally impaired. It is therefore of considerable interest to repair such “lesions” and to support the diseased CNS in generating new oligodendrocytes. The good news are that within our brain and spinal cord immature cell types exist which eventually can be activated, redistributed and which bear the potential to become oligodendrocytes, among them the adult neural stem cells. The bad news are that this repair process is far from being efficient and that it in many cases fails to provide regeneration and functional recovery to patients with MS. Such limitations unfortunately also account for neural stem cells. Janusz Jadasz – the first author of the study published in the renowned journal GLIA – revealed together with his colleagues that the interaction and communication of two different stem cell types, mesenchymal stem cells originating from bone, the other being the adult neural stem cells (NSC), can strongly promote oligodendrogenesis. They were able to grow NSC (NSCs, immature cells of the nervous system) in laboratory cultures and prod them to develop into oligoden-

ddean@echerald.com drocytes. The team looked at different sub processes, investigated a number of different molecular markers and was mainly interested in demonstrating conservation across species – man and rat. Importantly they could clearly demonstrate that the identified instructive mechanism is valid for the generation of human oligodendrocytes which makes their observations interesting regarding clinical translation. Source: Heinrich-Heine-University

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 ddean@echerald.com. 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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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 Jesus taking His children home to Heaven one day. John 14:1-4 “Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, so that where I am, you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thessalonians 4:13-18 “But I would not have you ignorant, brothers, concerning those who are asleep, that you be not grieved, even as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will also bring with Him all those who have fallen asleep through Jesus. For we say this to you by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall not go before those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. And so we shall ever be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” 2Thessalonians 2:1-2 “Now we beseech you, my brothers, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you should not be soon shaken in mind or troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word or letter, as through us, as if the Day of Christ is at hand.” 2Corinthians 5:6-8 “Then being always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body, we are away from home from the Lord; for we walk by faith, not by sight; then we are confident and we are pleased rather to go away from home out of the body, and to come home to the Lord.” Revelations 3:21 “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame and have sat down with My Father in His throne.” What a blessed hope all those who put their trust in Jesus Christ have! Heaven is not just a destination it is a motivation for living a life that is pleasing to the Lord. 1John 3:1-3 “Behold what manner of love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God. Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be. But we know that when He shall be revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope on him purifies himself, even as that One is pure.” We see this anticipation of Heaven and how it affected the lives of those mentioned in Hebrews 11:13-16 “These all died by way of faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off. And they were persuaded of them and embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they who say such things declare plainly that they seek a fatherland. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from which they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they stretch forth to a better fatherland, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”

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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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 www.sharp.com. 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 www.sharp.com 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 www.sharp.com 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@ lamesachamber.com, call 619-465- 7700 ext. 2 or visit www.lamesachamber.com

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Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close Upcoming Concerts at Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close • 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 www.sycuan.com 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 www.alpinechamber.com.


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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan

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nthony Lawrence out of Grossmont High paced the University of San Diego to a school-record 706 offensive yards in a 63-7 Pioneer Football League title clinching win at Davidson on Saturday, Nov. 11. With his performance he has been named this week’s PFL Offensive Player of the Week, his third honor this season. Lawrence completed 24-of-28 passes for 403 yards and three touchdowns in less than three full quarters as he left after USD took a 49-7 lead. Lawrence averaged 16.8 yards per completion, including a touchdown tosses of 15, 8 and 25 yards to three different receivers. Two of his receivers – Justin Priest and Michael Bandy – finished with 100-yard receiving outings while Ross Dwelley finished with 99 yards receiving after catching a 58-yard pass. It is Lawrence’s first 400-yard passing performance this season and ranks as the fourth-best in the PFL this season by passing yardage. Lawrence ranks first in the PFL in both passing efficiency (175.7 rating) and passing yards per game (267.7). For the season he has completed 203-of-295 passes (68.8%) for 2,677 yards and 28 touchdowns with just one interception. The Toreros (8-2 record, 7-0 PFL) close out their regular-season schedule Saturday, Nov. 18 when they host Marist College at 2 pm. On Sunday morning, the Toreros will find out who their first round FCS Playoff opponent will be with games scheduled for Nov. 25.

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FOX Sports San Diego announced the addition of five games to its 2017-18 men’s basketball lineup which includes San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. The regional sports network’s coverage of local San Diego hoops tips-off at 7:30 pm on Friday, Nov. 17, with SDSU hosting McNeese State. All games on FOX Sports San Diego will also air on Prime Ticket in the Los Angeles and Orange County markets. The Thursday, Nov. 30 matchup between San Diego State and San Diego will air live on FOX Sports West, All games televised on the regional sports networks will also be streamed live via FOX Sports GO. FOX Sports GO is currently available for iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Fire tablets and Fire phones, Roku players and Roku TV, select Windows devices, and online at FOXSportsGO.com. Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store.

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

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Holiday toy and gift card collection underway in Lakeside

Native American gaming approaching $100 billion impact

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$800 billion, the highest since 2009 as the Great Recession began. The company analyzed a sample of more than a million anonymous LendingTree users in the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas to create a “maxed-out score” of Fire & Ice, a heating and air conditioning company in The American Gaming Association (AGA) reports the between 0 and 100 for each metropolitan area. San Diego Lakeside, has begun collecting unwrapped new toys and economic impact of Native American casinos across the had a near-maximum score of 98, followed by Los Angeles gift cards as part of the Lakeside community’s annual U.S. is approaching $100 billion. The AGA said that tribal Christian Helps Center Toy Drive. Donations can be gaming supports as many as 635,000 jobs generating over at 93 and San Antonio at 92. delivered until Dec. 13 to the Fire & Ice offices, 12318 $33 billion in employee wages. Additionally, tribal casinos Parkside St., Lakeside. Donors can receive discounts on generate nearly $16 billion in taxes and direct payments Backlash fears from construction repair and installation services, the company said. to federal, state and local governments. San Diego County companies bidding on border wall For more information, visit www.fireandicehvac.com. currently has 11 Native American gaming operations, the On behalf of the U.S. construction industry, the Associated highest concentration in the nation. Casinos in the East General Contractors of America is asking the federal House of Magnets hosts parking lot sale County include Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, Viejas Casino government for federal protections, including stopping cities in Alpine, Barona Valley Ranch Casino in Lakeside, Golden and states from penalizing companies that participate in on Nov. 17 Acorn Casino in Campo, La Posta Casino in Boulevard construction of the proposed border wall. Over concerns Hollywood Casino San Diego in Jamul. of political backlash and threats of reprisals, the trade House of Magnets, 1912 John Towers Ave., El Cajon, organization, which represents more than 26,000 firms, will host a parking lot sale offering discounts on gift Report: San Diego leads nation in maxed- also wants assurances that local authorities will provide wrapping paper and note cards from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., reasonable protection for workers and equipment on job Friday, Nov. 17. The public is invited to attend. out credit cards sites, as well as contractor reimbursement for security Mike Atkinson, Internet marketing manager, said, “We A new study by the online loan company LendingTree costs or damage from vandalism. Berkeley, Oakland and need to make room in our warehouse and want to sell identifies San Diego as the “maxed out” metropolitan area samples of note cards and gift wrap to our neighbors at for credit card debit, with an average of $6,629 per person. Richmond in California already have passed resolutions to stop doing business with firms involved in building the huge discounts.” The study found San Diego residents have used almost a wall. Similar measures also have been proposed in eight Atkinson said credit cards will be accepted, but cash third of their available credit, and 18 percent have at least states and 10 other municipalities including New York is preferred. Founded in 1995, House of Magnets, with one card maxed-out. While San Diego ranked first, Los City, according to the trade organization. “Failure by the a staff of 80 employees, offers magnetic attractions, Angeles was close behind. “With the holidays around the including calendars and signs, as well as specialty items, corner, the lure of minimum payments can let debt linger for government to take action against such measures will embolden states and municipalities to discriminate against name badges, business cards, notepads, cards from much longer than necessary, with interest accruing along private companies that perform all sorts of controversial Note Card Café and wrapping paper from Bella Gift Wrap the way,” said Brian Karimzad, vice president of research work for government, not just border-wall work,” wrote Co. at LendingTree. He advised moving debt to a lower rate Michael Kennedy, the group’s general counsel, in a letter to For more information, visit www.houseofmagnets.com, card or using a personal loan to pay it off. Lending Tree or call (619) 258-4081. said credit card balances nationwide have grown to almost U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.


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Christmas in Alpine Home Tour, Dec. 16 ALPINE — The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its 12th Annual “Christmas in Alpine” Home Tour on Saturday, December 16th 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 and the beautifully decorated Alpine Community Church. The Historic Town Hall will be open from 1pm till 4pm. Andrew Piondexter will display his incredible Nutcracker collection. He originally started his collection about 5 years ago for one of his teachers. He added to his collection and now has almost 300 Nutcrackers. They range in size from 2 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 alpinewomansclub.org 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 16th 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 karinshouse64@yahoo.com

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Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Annual Veteran’s Dinner Wednesday, Nov. 8 • Alpine

VIEJAS TRIBAL RESERVATION — The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and several local veteran representatives filled the Oak Ballroom at Viejas Resort along with local veterans representatives to honor their warriors of the past and present, Wednesday, Nov. 8. The program featured the presentation of the flags by the Viejas Fire Departments Pathfinders Color Guard and was hosted by Miss Alpine, Autumn Brown. The crowd was moved by an inspired speech by actor and USMC Saginaw Grant (The Lone Ranger, Curb Your Enthusiasm) of The Sac and Fox Tribe. California Assemblyman Randy Voepel (R-71st District), Veteran of the Vietnam War, brought the crowd to applause with tales of combat and pride before awarding the Viejas Veterans with California State Resolutions recognizing their individual accomplishments in the military. Other recognition came from California Senator Joel Anderson (R-38th District), Senator Ben Hueso (D-40th District), and County Supervisor Dianne Jacob (2nd District). The night culminated with the mustering of the Viejas Veterans who were present including Chris Welch, Adrian M. Brown, Thomas Rumbley, Curtis Mosley, Johnny Shaw, Anthony Pico, and Thomas Hyde. As the traditional Native American Veterans Honor songs were sang (by Kiowa/ Comanche brothers Walter and Darren Ahhaity) the flags of the United States, California, and The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians were retired.

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