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‘Stoney’s Neighborhood Park’ EL CAJON — It’s official. The El Cajon City Council’s adopted a resolution naming the park at 201 E. Douglas Avenue, ‘Stoney’s Neighborhood Park,’ after East County businessman and humanitarian, B,W, Stoney Stone who passed earlier in the year on Apr. 20. The historical event took place at the City Council’s regular scheduled meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 15. The park itself is the Kaboom playground built earlier this year and funded in part by Stoney’s Kids Legacy. Stone’s daughter, Bonnie Stone Davis (pictured far right) was present when the resolution was adopted.

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El Cajon Scout Earns Eagle Rank EL CAJON— ­ A ceremony for new Eagle Scout Alexander Bryan Mast (pictured right and below left) of Boy Scout Troop 320 was held at the First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon on Saturday, Nov. 5, Family and friends, El Cajon City Councilman Bob McClellan and a representative from State Senator Joel Anderson’s office joined Scouts at the Court of Honor celebration at 500 Farragut Circle. A reception followed. The First Presbyterian Church has sponsored three Scout 320 units. Mast, 18, is the son of Will and Mila Mast of El Cajon. The new Eagle Scout’s sister, Scout Venture Crew 320 member Linnea Mast, and brother, Cub Scout 320 member Larry Mast participated in the honor court. A flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., family gifts and Certificates of Recognition from the El Cajon City Council, San Diego County Supervisors, State Senator Joel Anderson and U.S. Congressman Duncan D. Hunter were some of the many honors bestowed upon Mast. Among many Eagle requirements, a Boy Scout must complete an approved leadership project as a service to the community. With the help of others, Mast built a pergola for people to rest in the shade at the Circle Community Garden near the church.

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liff unexpectedly p a s s e d away while on vacation, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. He was born to Clifford and Twila Diamond, July 24, 1954 and grew up in Scottsdale proudly graduating from Scottsdale High School. He was the oldest of three boys. Professionally, Cliff started his career in law enforcement in 1973 with the Scottsdale Police Department, retiring in 2001 as a Deputy Chief. Afterwards, Cliff went on to become the Chief of Police at Lakeland, Florida and El Cajon, California with a brief stint in between as a Senior Police Management Consultant with the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington, D.C. In 2008, after 35 years in law enforcement Cliff retired from active duty. However, even in his retirement, Cliff maintained a very successful career as a consultant in police business practices. Personally, regardless of the community he lived in, Cliff was always engaged and active in various community organizations. He was a dedicated member of the El Cajon Elks Lodge #1812. Whenever they had the time, Cliff and his wife Leslie loved to travel. They went on numerous cruises and roamed throughout the States in their RV with their beloved beagles, Daisy and Nelson. Cliff was one of the most gentle and kindest of souls that God has ever blessed us with. He had the innate ability to touch lives in a positive way. No matter what, he always made time for you. Cliff was a great friend who was loved by many and will be certainly missed by all. Cliff is survived by the love of his life, his wife Leslie; brothers Allen (Diane) and David (Bonnie); nieces and nephews Scott (Krista), Steffenie (Drew), Laura, Catharine (Henry), Chad (Monica) and Christina; his Uncle Don (Mary); and numerous cousins, great-nieces and nephews. An Elks Memorial to celebrate Cliff ’s life will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the El Cajon Elks Lodge, 1400 East Washington Avenue in El Cajon. This event is open to the public. Immediately following the Memorial will be refreshments and a silent auction of Cliff ’s collection of Tommy Bahama and Nat Nast silk shirts. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project charity for disabled children. Other suggested donations can be made to benefit the Horse Mounted Unit of the El Cajon Police Department.

On The Cover EL CAJON — East County remembers a pillar of their community, Friday, Nov.18 at the Elks Lodge in El Cajon as they celebrate the life of their dear friend, Cliff Diamond. Cover: Leslie Diamond for The East County Herald Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald

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The East County Herald strongly believes in the freedom of speech and the rights of all sides of an issue to be heard. The letters and guest opinions/commentaries published herein present differing points of view, not necessarily reflecting those of the publisher, The Herald or it’s advertisers. Note: Letters and opinion/commentary pieces may be edited due to space restrictions. Send all letters, opinions/commentaries to: editor@echerald.com

So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Why The Polls Were So Widly Variant, Inaccurate

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El Cajon Elks Lodge Honors Cuyamaca College Veterans EL CAJON — About 25 student veterans at Cuyamaca College were treated to a barbecue and a drawstring bag filled with school supplies at a Veterans Week commemoration on the grand lawn Thursday hosted by the El Cajon Elks Lodge. The event, which also included a raffle for gift cards from Barnes & Noble and a pair of tickets to a Chargers’ football game, marked the third year that Elks Lodge 1812 joined the college in honoring student veterans. Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes thanked the veterans for their service and sacrifice, calling them “extraordinary people doing extraordinary things.” With about 1,000 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 veter-

ans top priority in registering for classes. Barnes said the college will soon be expanding its Veterans Resource Center to reaffirm its commitment to student veterans. “We will forge ahead and we will continue to strengthen our institutional commitment to you,” she said. Alberto Sanderson, a Marine Corps veteran who served a tour of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom before his discharge in 2006, said the Veterans Resource Center provides a respite from the stresses of the day and helps smooth the transition from the military into the college community. Nicole Sabatino, who was discharged from the Navy in 2014 after six years of service,

said she appreciates Cuyamaca College’s commitment to student veterans. A business major, she is working toward a transfer to the University of San Diego. Cuyamaca College Professor Emeritus Anthony Zambelli, a longtime member of the Elks and 2014 president of the El Cajon lodge, said the barbecue was funded by a $2,000 grant from the Elks National Foundation. “We believe in our motto that as long as there are veterans, the Elks will never forget them,” Don Sauter, the president of the El Cajon lodge, said in welcoming remarks to the crowd. “We raise more money for veterans and kids than any other service organization around.”

t just may be that life has caught up with political polling. Just as they have shaken up industries and activities from newspapers to taxicabs, from telephones to shopping, some relatively new technologies are making old reliable survey research techniques and tactics obsolete or inaccurate. That was never more evident than in this fall’s presidential polling, which overall consistently predicted a huge Electoral College victory for Democrat Hillary Clinton, along with a slim victory in the popular vote. The result was barely half correct. Here’s what pollsters used to do: The first task was to formulate a stratified random sample. This meant dividing the population into major categories, or strata, like Democrats, Republicans, males, females, various income levels, with racial, age, ethnic and religious factors also tossed in. Then, within each stratum, there would be random sampling, usually by telephone. Most folks who got those phone calls from the likes of Gallup or the Field Institute were happy to take a few minutes to answer questions. Much of that has changed. For one thing, only about half of households in California and the rest of America now have land telephone lines, the rest using exclusively cell phones or opting out entirely. Even where land lines exist, increased use of caller ID service makes it more difficult than before to get phone calls answered. Meanwhile, mobile phone users are far less likely to pick up a call from any number unknown to them, in some cases because their phone plans carry limited minutes they don’t want to waste on strange numbers. So just calling people is no longer simple. One report this fall indicated polling firms were having to make 300 calls to Hispanic males in order to get a single response. This may be an exaggeration, but it’s emblematic of a new reality. One question that arises: Since political polling is often a loss leader, with companies like Gallup, Field and Ipsos using those surveys to enhance their reputations, how much will they be willing to spend on getting that one elusive Hispanic male needed to round out some surveys? It plainly costs more to make 300 phone calls than the average of 1.5 the same study showed was needed to get a response from a 60-year-old white female. Enter the Internet. Some firms are now joining the Palo Altobased Survey Monkey in using computer polling. That kind of polling has always had a reputation for unreliability, mainly because polling a population with access to computers is not the same as polling the general public. Computer users generally are wealthier than people who are not. Plus, it’s difficult to divide users into age groups, when they can lie about that just as people frequently do in their computer dating profiles. NBC News this fall partnered with the Wall Street Journal in one poll and with Survey Monkey in another. The results were sometimes startlingly different. In some ways, outfits that do no commercial polling might be considered more reliable. That’s one reason it behooves political junkies who follow websites like RealClearPolitics, which provides daily updates on the polls during election seasons, to compare the accuracy of results from varying kinds of polling outfits. Polls done by colleges have the same problems as those done by commercial outfits, but their labor costs might be less. Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University, for whom polling replaces football as a name-recognition devise, uses a reported 160 student interviewers, aside from its 10 fulltime staffers. That many pollers can make a lot of phone calls. Then there are questions of weight, which worked out better than anyone expected this fall for the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. This survey tried to measure intensity of support for candidates this year and was usually higher on Republican Donald Trump than any other survey, in part because his supporters were more enthusiastic than others. The bottom line is that if polls were less accurate than usual this year, it may have been because they have not yet fully adjusted to the new world of smartphones, social media and more. Or a lot of people lied to the pollsters. Which is just one reason why actual voting is so important.

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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.Several recent studies show osteoarthritis symptoms can be relieved with acupuncture. One Scandinavian study reported that 25 percent of patients canceled their plans for knee surgery after acupuncture. About 15 million Americans have tried this needle therapy. The World Health Organization recommends it for more than 40 conditions as diverse as asthma and nausea from chemotherapy. The Food and Drug Administration regulates acupuncture needles. So, no, I don’t think you’re nuts. By the 3rd century B.C., the Chinese had documented a medical system that is based on qi (pronounced “chee”), a concept of vital energy that is believed to flow throughout the body. Qi is said to regulate a person’s physical, spiritual, emotional and mental balance. Advocates of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), say qi is affected by yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). When the flow of qi is disrupted and yin and yang are unbalanced, the condition leads to pain and disease, according to TCM. Treatments that are integral to this ancient system are herbal and nutritional therapy, restorative physical exercises, meditation, acupuncture and remedial massage. To correct the flow of qi, acupuncture uses superfine metal needles inserted into the skin at more than 2,000 “acupoints” along pathways known as “meridians.” It is believed that there are 12 main meridians and 8 secondary meridians. The points can also be stimulated with heated herbs, magnets, mild electrical current, manual pressure, low-frequency lasers, or even bee stings. Most acupuncture patients feel little or no pain as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment. Relatively few complications from acupuncture have been reported to the FDA. However, inadequate sterilization of needles and improper administration have led to complications. When done improperly, acupuncture can cause serious problems such as infections and punctured organs. Western scientists don’t know how acupuncture works. However, studies show that stimulating acupoints causes multiple biologic responses. For example, this stimulation can prompt the release of the body’s natural pain-killing endorphins. If you are interested in acupuncture, ask your doctor about it. Healthcare practitioners can be a resource for referrals to acupuncturists. More medical doctors, including neurologists, anesthesiologists, and specialists in physical medicine, are becoming trained in acupuncture. About 10,000 acupuncturists practice in the United States. Most are state-regulated. More than 4,000 doctors have completed a recognized acupuncture training program. Look for an acupuncture practitioner who is licensed and credentialed. And, check with your insurer before you start treatment to see whether acupuncture will be covered for your condition.

Ask The Healthy Geezer a question at: fred@healthygeezer.com

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Breakthrough Drug Discovery Could Let Scientists Repair Nerve Damage

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drug already in use to treat chronic diseases like Multiple Sclerosis has been discovered to also effectively restore nerve function.

New Benefits

A new study led by the University of Rochester Medical Center suggests that a currently available drug may have properties that allow it to be used for the treatment of traumatic nerve injuries sustained in car accidents, sports

injuries, or in combat. The study looks at 4-aminopyridine (4AP), a drug currently used for Multiple Sclerosis. It has been studied for 30 years for use in treatment of chronic diseases, but also shows signs that it may also be used for acute nerve injury and that its benefits

remain even after the treatment has stopped. The researchers found that the drug helps in the repair of myelin. It is the fatty substance that coats nerve fibers and speeds along electrical communication between neurons. Traumatic nerve injuries remove or damage the myelin, attributing to the nerve damage. When 4AP is taken daily, they found that myelin damage is repaired and nerve function returns. They demonstrated this in mice. One dose to a mouse that suffered a nerve crush-

ing injury had better motor function within the hour. This shows that 4AP could even be used immediately after an incident.

Easier Routes

The potential use for combat soldiers has attracted the military to the study. To that end,

ddean@echerald.com the Department of Defense granted $1 million to continue the research for three years. Since theses benefits come from an already established drug, there is greater cause for excitment. It already has a safety record, so it is likely to have a faster time sailing through the authorities. Trial proposals have already been approved by the FDA, and we may start seeing participant recruitment soon. “As 4AP has been well-studied in chronic injuries, and is approved for treating Multiple Sclerosis, the new benefits we discovered can be explored rapidly and much more cheaply than is needed for developing an entirely new drug,” says study author Mark Noble, Ph.D.

Source: University of Rochester

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


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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” As a reminder, we are doing this series that you may come to know the truth about Jesus as the Word of God the Bible conveys it. We are looking to the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and drawing from them to get an accurate look at the chronological view of Jesus. Last time we saw Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane praying with His disciples, as His prayer ended the betrayal of Judas takes place. All 4 Gospels give the account of this event and we will draw from each of them to get the entire picture of what happened. “And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. And while he yet spoke, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Who do you seek? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. Then asked he them again, ‘Whom seek ye?’ And they said, ‘Jesus of Nazareth’. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. And, behold, then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Do you think that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? And he touched his ear, and healed him. In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled. Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, and led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.” Much could be said concerning these events but time and space do not permit. There are a few things of significance that I want to point out from our text. First, Jesus knew what was about to happen to Him and He did not hide Himself or seek to flee, rather He went to where He knew His betrayer (Judas) would easily find Him. Jesus had told His disciples on an earlier occasion what would happen to Him, Matthew 16:21 “From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.” Finally, of how Jesus always takes care of His followers, He stood up for the disciples and Peter felt he needed to return the favor by trying to cut off the head of one of the servants. Jesus also did this to fulfill that which had been prophesied of Him years before. There were over 300 prophesies given in the Old Testament concerning the First Coming of Christ and He fulfilled them all.

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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A Veterans Day Salute Friday, Nov. 11 • Alpine Community Center, Alpine Rob Riingen and Kathy Foster/The East County Herald

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Business After Hours Mixer Toyota of El Cajon 965 Arnele Ave. El Cajon, CA 92020

Thursday, Nov. 17 – 5:30 pm – 7:00pm

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2016 Waddle and Trot 5K and Kids Fun Run SANTEE — Get your Thanksgiving off to a fun and healthy start while helping two great local charities. The 5th Annual Waddle and Trot 5K and Kid’s Fun Run will be held on Thursday, Nov. 24 at 8:00 am in Santee, CA. Our fast and flat, certified 5K course winds through beautiful Santee Lakes and is ideal for all fitness levels. All race proceeds benefit Santee Santas and Santee Food Bank and race participants will receive a T-shirt and finisher’s medal. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers by age categories. Also, be sure to come early and check out our Race Expo and Silent Auction. The is a fun event for the entire family.

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‘Christmas in Alpine’ Home Tour, Dec. 10

ALPINE — The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its Eleventh Annual ‘Christmas in Alpine’ Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10am to 3pm. You will have an opportunity to view five stunning country estates, stroll through Kathy and Mario’s quaint and spectacular Alpine Country Garden and Gifts Shop and visit the Alpine Museums decorated in 1800’s Christmas decor. The Historic Town Hall will be open from 1-4pm, where you can view the Dickens Christmas Village on the Town Hall stage. Ticket holders can also enjoy light refreshments and a surprise gift to say thank you for your support. Tour Tickets are $30 prior to Home Tour and $35 at the door. You can pre purchase tour tickets and raffle tickets at several places, The Postal Annex 2710 Alpine Blvd., Dana’s Boutique 2271 Alpine Blvd., and Alpine Garden and Gifts 2442 Alpine Blvd. If you prefer to mail a check please make it payable to Alpine Woman’s Club and send it to Karin Smith – Home Tour Chairperson, 536 Makenna Lane Alpine CA 91901. Tickets are available for pick up and purchase at the Alpine Woman’s Club 2156 Alpine Blvd. on Saturday Dec 10th starting at 9:30am. There will be a selection of handmade gift items available for purchase to make your holiday shopping a breeze and an opportunity drawing for a $500 cash prize. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 6 for $20. The drawing will be held at the Club House at 3:45pm after the Tour but you do not have to be present to win. Proceeds benefit the Alpine Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund and the maintenance of the Historic Town Hall which was built in 1899. They are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. For further information or questions, please contact Karin at (619) 357-5353 or email her at karinshouse64@yahoo.com

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rientation for international students at SDSU is very difficult. Not only are the students dealing with a new campus and an unfamiliar curriculum; At the same time, they’re adjusting to life in a foreign country. Kotaro Nakamura remembers his own excitement and trepidation from the time—nearly 40 years ago—when he arrived from Japan to enroll in San Diego State University’s American Language Institute. When he recounts those feelings at the ALI orientation each year, he tells the students that coming to SDSU changed his life. Rather than return to Japan after his ALI coursework was completed, Nakamura remained in San Diego, earned a master’s degree in art and design from SDSU and was co-founded an architectural design firm. Today, he is director of the greatly expanded School of Art and Design. Nakamura came to SDSU before the Internet was widely used. He discovered the campus through a Tokyo travel agency brochure, and was attracted by its environmental design program. Language was a barrier from the start. Nakamura barely spoke English, though he had studied the language through middle school, high school and university. “Japanese foreign language education is based on reading and writing, not speaking,” he said. “When I first came to the United States, I hung around Japanese students and spoke Japanese because I was scared. My English became much better after I met my girlfriend.” Katherine, an English major at SDSU, eventually became his wife of 36 years. After their relationship turned serious, Nakamura abandoned plans to return to Japan and instead became an instructor at SDSU and partner in Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, an architectural design firm in San Diego and Ventura. The firm specializes in building public works and promoting resilient design. It led the renovation and expansion of San Diego’s Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park and the construction of several classroom buildings at San Diego City Community. “My teaching and practice feed off each other,” Nakamura said. “What I teach in the classroom is directly influenced by what I see in my practice. If I were just teaching, I wouldn’t learn what is going on in the design industry.” Nakamura remembers his student days at ALI, when classes were held in a two-story apartment building at the edge of campus. Current ALI students learn English in the Gateway Center, the hub of SDSU’s College of Extended Studies.

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin

Chamber members are more confident, survey said

San Diego County business owners expressed a moderately positive outlook in a recent survey of chamber of commerce members. The survey’s results pushed higher a “business outlook index” (BOI) to 16.8 in October, compared to 15.6 points in September. As recently as March, the index peaked at 27. Business owners were asked whether, in the upcoming three months, they expect more or less revenue, an increase or decrease in the number of employees or the hours they work, and an improvement or worsening of business conditions. The survey found increasing confidence among those in the manufacturing section, with drops among respondents in hospitality, transportation, and home and garden. The recent survey of about 200 chamber members included members from the Lakeside, Santee, Alpine Mountain Empire and San Diego East County chambers, as well as chamber members from Escondido, Vista, National City and San Diego.

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(Nasdaq: PENN), managers of the casino on behalf of the Jamul Indian Village, received $274 million cash as a result of the transaction. Jamul Indian Village’s new credit facilities include a $5 million revolving line of credit. All credit facilities are due in 2022. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP of Phoenix provided legal counsel for Jamul Indian Village and Stuyvesant Square Advisors Inc. acted as financial adviser. Goldman Sachs Banks USA and Fifth Third Bank acted as joint lead arrangers and joint book runners. Penn National receives a fee of 30 percent of net revenue (earnings before taxes) for the management of the facility, as well as a licensing fee of 2 percent of gross revenue for the use of the Hollywood brand and marketing services. Penn National Gaming operates 26 facilities in 16 jurisdictions across the U.S. and Canada. The Jamul Indian Village is one of 13 bands of the Kumeyaay Nation of Southern California.

Thunderbird Products in El Cajon goes solar

Hollywood Casino in Jamul completes refinancing

Thunderbird Products of El Cajon has announced it has completed a 74.43-kilowatt-AC photovoltaic installation at its El Cajon manufacturing facility. The system from Sullivan Solar Power consists of 252 Jamul Indian Village, operators of the Hollywood SunPower 327-watt solar panels expected to produce Casino in Jamul, has announced it has completed a $460 more than 135,000 kilowatt-hours per year, enough to million refinancing of the casino, which opened Oct. 10. Proceeds from the refinancing will be used to refinance casino development debt, retire tribal debt and gain working capital, a statement said. The federal securities The San Diego Blood Bank will host Chargers Drive filing also said that Penn National will provide up to 38, presented by San Diego County Credit Union, on an additional $15 million of loan commitments to fund Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Town and certain roadway improvement costs. The casino, located Country Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Mission at 14145 Highway 94 at Daisy Drive, features 1,700 slot Valley. In addition to an all-day blood drive, attendees machines, 43 live table games and multiple dining can meet Chargers players, enjoy entertainment and entertainment options. Penn National Gaming and take advantage of free bone marrow registry

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testing. Activities also include a “Wellness Zone” with interactive exhibits, musical entertainment, complimentary food sampling and a performance by the Charger Girls. New this year will be a booth with the National Institutes of Health “All of Us,” a program aimed at developing more effective ways to prolong health and treat disease. Considered one of the largest and longest-running single-day blood drives in the nation, the Chargers blood drive has collected more than 72,000 pints of blood over the past 37 years. This year’s collection goal is 900 pints. To make an appointment or for more information, visit www. sandiegobloodbank.org, or call (619) 296-6393.

Annual economic impact of San Diego’s advertising industry is $71 billion

The advertising industry in San Diego County accounts for $71.5 billion in annual economic impact, or about 16.9 percent of total economic output in the region, according to a just-released study commissioned by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), a national advertising trade organization. AAF membership consists of more than 200 local advertising clubs, including San Diego’s SDX, formerly the San Diego Ad Club. The study’s results, announced by SDX, also revealed that one dollar spent on advertising generates $22 in economic output, and every one million dollars of ad spending resulting in sales of products and services supports 81 local jobs. In addition, about 15.5 percent of all local jobs are related in some way to local advertising expenditures. Conducted by research firm IHS Global Insight, SDX said the economic impact figure was measured against four categories, including direct economic impact, suppliers economic impact, inter-industry economic impact and induced consumer spending. The geographic area used for the study was defined by San Diego’s five Congressional districts.


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