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Local Youth Give Back To Their Community

EAST COUNTY — Two local boys Cameron Barnes of El Cajon, 16 and friend Braden Sampson, 16, of Alpine, juniors at Granite Hills High School are both members of two local volunteer organizations. One is ‘Hands on San Diego’ and ‘Padre Volunteers of San Diego.’ Barnes and Sampson began volunteering last year, when they helped feed the homeless at St. Vincent De Paul’s during the holiday season in downtown San Diego. The opportunity to give back remains a goal of both boys today. This month the boys volunteered for ‘Pedal For A Cause’ through Padres Volunteer program which helps many charities throughout San Diego. Last week Saturday, Nov. 12 they volunteered in Alpine at the refueling station at the Children’s Nature Reserve for the hundreds of cyclist participating in Pedal for a Cause to raise funds to fight cancer. Barnes helped in repairing bicycle chains for the riders during the 100-mile course. Both Sampson and Barnes handed out cold bottled water as well as sliced oranges to keep the riders hydrated in the heat. The following week, Saturday, Nov. 19, the dynamic duo of Barnes and Sampson volunteered to help during the Silent Auction portion of the annual Multiple Sclerosis Gala held at Lowes Coronado Bay Resort. The boys are committed to

East County High School Football Team Wins 2016 CIF San Diego Section Football Championship for Division VI

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EAST COUNTY — Foothills Christian High School Knights broke Calvin Christian Crusaders’ 16-game winning streak to win the championship game 44-38 Friday, Nov. 18 at Mission Bay High School.

Fron left: Cameron Barnes, 16 and Braden Sampson, also 16, donate their time to worthy causes. help these and other noble causes that aid those whose lives are greatly affected by disease or homelessness. May their efforts and dedi-

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On The Cover SANTEE — Senator Joel Anderson (far right) pictured with Warren Savage, was the featured guest speaker at the Santee Chamber of Commerce’s Morning Mixer held at Mimi’s Cafe, Tuesday, Nov. 15. Cover: Ronn Hall/Jay Renard The East County Herald Cover design: Dee Dean / The East County Herald

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias An Incomplete State Corruption Probe


ven in the midst of the heated presidential campaign, two news stories about alleged corruption in California government managed to draw significant headlines and public attention. One came when the state auditor issued a call for significant changes in procedures at the Public Utilities Commission, which sets rates for almost all electricity and natural gas used in California, routinely deciding billion-dollar issues. Changes similar to what the auditor recommended passed the state Assembly with a massive majority, but died without a state Senate vote on the last day of the year’s legislative session. The other item saw the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission announce it will investigate charges of improper donations to the California Democratic Party brought by the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which raised the question of links between those donations and significant actions by Gov. Jerry Brown that affected oil and energy companies which made the contributions. But the FPPC said it won’t investigate Brown. This was no surprise, considering Brown appoints the powerful commission chair. But leaving Brown out of this investigation is a bit like eating a hot-dog bun without the sausage. It quite possibly omits the meat of the matter, not to mention vital questions. Auditor Elaine Howell, lacking power to do more than issue reports, meanwhile, took 64 pages to say the PUC “has not effectively guarded against the appearance of improper influence in its public decision-making.” The report noted that former PUC President Michael Peevey “engaged in private discussions that were not disclosed in a timely manner,” casting legal and ethical doubts on key commission decisions. Peevey met with officials of both the Southern California Edison Co. and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. around the times of the shutdown of Edison’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) and the multi-fatal 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno. In both cases, meetings, emails and phone calls went unreported to the public. One case resulted in a token fine to PG&E, the other in forcing Edison’s customers to pay the bulk of the costs of the SONGS closure, caused by an Edison blunder. The PUC last spring reopened that Edison decision, but has yet to make a new ruling. In both cases, Brown did not discipline the commissioners he appointed, and the Legislature’s inaction as it ended its session allows for continued secret contacts like those central to those cases. The FPPC’s investigation comes after Consumer Watchdog documented large Democratic Party contributions from Occidental Petroleum Corp. and Chevron Corp. Oxy’s donation came just after Brown fired two oil and gas regulators the company felt were slow to approve its desired fracking projects. Chevron’s arrived on the very day tough regulations were dropped from the 2013 Senate Bill 4, which was intended to restrict fracking operations where agricultural and drinking water aquifers might be threatened. Oxy also gave $250,000 to Brown’s 2012 campaign for the Proposition 30 tax increases and another $100,000 to one of the governor’s pet charities, the Oakland Military Institute. These donations and others Consumer Watchdog reported smacked of old-fashioned pay-to-play politics. To investigate the state Democratic Party for accepting the money begs the question of who solicited those donations. There also is no announced investigation of how the military school donation came about. Similar donations in the late 1990s from insurance companies regulated by former Republican Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush led to his being hounded from office in the midst of his term amid charges the donations were actually payoffs. Considering the timing of Oxy’s donation, not investigating Brown’s possible link to it amounts to a clear-cut double standard. One likely outcome of all this appears to be that there will be no immediate changes at the PUC. The appearance – and perhaps reality – of undue influence by utilities over the agency that regulates them continues. Brown, meanwhile, will likely coast through two more years until the end of his fourth and final term as governor. The question remaining is whether his legacy will be the green-and-clean one he so clearly desires or whether he’ll be remembered instead for the alleged corruption among some of his appointees.

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


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti


Motion Sickness . What causes motion sickness?


. Many people—including me—suffer nausea when traveling by boat, car or airplane. It also happens on rides in amusement parks and playgrounds. The symptoms of motion sickness are caused by conflicting messages arriving at the central nervous system. Different parts of your body let your brain know where you are and what you’re doing. The inner ears let you know if you’re turning, or moving forwardbackward, side-to-side, and up-and-down. The eyes also monitor the directions of motion and where the body is in space, such as upside down. Skin pressure receptors tell you what part of the body is touching the ground. The muscle and joint sensory receptors tell what parts of the body are moving. If all the signals tell the same story, there are no problems. However, suppose you’re below deck in a heaving sea. Your body is getting information that the boat is moving violently. But your eyes see the unmoving walls of your cabin. If you are susceptible to motion sickness, this below-deck scenario is almost guaranteed to make you look for a porthole to get rid of your last meal. How about the example of reading in the car? Well, your body is picking up all kinds of cues that you’re in motion, but your eyes see only the unmoving pages of your book.

Here are some tips to avoid motion sickness: Always ride where your eyes will see the same motion that your body senses. For example, sit in the front seat of the car and look out the windshield to distant scenery; don’t stare at the rapidly passing telephone poles outside the passenger window. I prefer driving so I am forced to look straight ahead. If you’re on a boat, go up on deck and watch the horizon. Request a cabin in the forward or middle of the ship, or on the upper deck. On an airplane, sit by the window and look outside. Also, choose a seat over the wings where there is the least motion. Direct the air vent at your face. On a train, take a seat near the front and next to a window. Face forward. Minimize head movement. Avoid strong odors and spicy or greasy foods immediately before and during your travel. Don’t overeat. Don’t smoke or sit near smokers. Before your travel begins, take motion sickness medicine recommended by your physician. There are over-the-counter drugs. There is also prescription medicine in an adhesive patch or in oral form. There are other treatments for motion sickness that may benefit some people, but they have not been proven to be consistently effective. High levels of ginger have helped some. There’s an acupuncture point of the wrist that provides relief of nausea during pregnancy and after chemotherapy, but there is contradictory evidence about its effectiveness in treating motion sickness.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean Eight Less Common Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis


ultiple Sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease where the myelin, the protecting coating on nerve fibers in the brain and/ or spinal cord of the central nervous system are damaged. Common symptoms of MS include fatigue; numbness and tingling of the face, body, arms and legs; muscle spasms; walking difficulties; bladder problems; bowel problems; vision problems; and cognitive changes. But there are some less common symptoms of MS that you should know about. Here’s a list of eight lesserknown potential MS signs

• Speech Problems

Speech problems might happen in approximately 25 to 40 percent of MS patients. Problems with speech may show during a later stage of the disease course, and during periods when patients experience an extreme level of fatigue. Stuttering is also a speech issue that can occasionally occur.

• Swallowing Problems

Difficulty swallowing, called

dysphagia, is a serious result of nerve damage. It can occur if there is nerve damage to any part of the brain that controls swallowing or if there is damage to the connections between the brain and the spinal cord.

• Tremors

Tremor, or shaking uncontrollably, may happen in several parts of the body. This is a result of damaged areas along the complex of nerve pathways that are responsible for coordinating movement.

• Seizures

Seizures are the result of abnormal electrical discharges in an injured area of the brain. They are estimated to occur in two to five percent of people with MS.

• Breathing Problems

Trouble breathing may occur in people with damage to the autonomic (automatic) nervous system, which is responsible for our breathing without us even thinking about it. Weakness can occur in the ventilatory muscles of the chest or abdomen.

• Itching

Itching, also called pruritus, is not the kind of itching people without MS feel. MS patients describe the itching as “pins and needles,” burning, stabbing, or tearing pains.

• Headache

Headaches are not a common symptom of Multiple Sclerosis, but some reports suggest that people with MS may experience an increased incidence of certain types of headache, such as migraine.

• Hearing Loss

About six percent of patients with from Multiple Sclerosis complain of impaired hearing. Hearing loss can occur, but it is rare.

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 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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A Day in the Life of Jesus The Messiah



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 being led away from the Garden of Gethsemane to be tried by the religious leaders of His day. Matthew 26:57-68 “And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end. Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, and said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? What is it which these witness against thee? But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus said unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?” There is much for us to consider from this account. First, there has been much said about Peter following Jesus from afar, but at least he was following Him. Peter often gets a bad rap from many, but he was a person just like the rest of us that was ever prone to falter and fail. He was also the one who said to Jesus, “If that is you Lord, bid me to walk on the water to you.” Peter was also the one who identified Jesus as the Messiah. Second, the trial of Jesus was a sham, it showed the true intentions of the religious leader who wanted to shut up Jesus because He had exposed their corruption and threatened their livelihood of taking advantage of the people for their own gain. They could not find two witnesses to testify against Jesus which was required by Jewish Law, so they had to bribe 2 malefactors to falsely accuse Jesus. Third, to their question of who he is, Jesus clearly testifies to them of Who He is, “Jesus said unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Jesus had many times in the past made clear who He is by His words and actions, but they refused to believe to their own destruction. Finally, the reaction of the religious leaders was predictable, they expressed outrage and contempt for Jesus. It is interesting this same reaction is given by many today that refuse to believe that Jesus is the Who He says He is. You can talk about all kinds of things regarding religion, various idealologies; angels; miracles; spiritual things, but the moment you bring up Jesus and what the Bible says, people have a tendency to get upset. Isn’t that peculiar!

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

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Ready, Set, Glow at Alpine Parade of Lights and Snow Festival ALPINE — Enjoy a lighted holiday parade and real snow for free sledding on Friday evening, Dec. 2, in Alpine. The 21st Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights starts at 6:30 p.m. on Alpine Boulevard at West Victoria Drive. Awards will be presented this year for best holiday theme, best lighted and best overall group entries. The free Snow Festival with sledding, Santa Claus, entertainment and vendors begins at 7 p.m. at the Alpine Creek Town Center, 1347 Tavern Road. Bring a camera. Vendor booths are $15 for nonprofit organizations, $40 for businesses. There is no duplication of services, products or food. Best lighted booth wins an award. Presented by the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, call the Chamber at (619) 445-2722 for details or to register.

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rom running his workshop to delivering toys around the world, the holiday season is a busy time for Santa. To keep himself going, Saint Nick relies on some essential gadgets to stay connected, organized and entertained throughout the holidays. This year, make your own holidays a little less hectic or someone else’s holiday a little more merry. With the help of U.S. Cellular, you can give some of Santa’s favorite gadgets. Drones: To keep an eye on who’s been naughty or nice, Santa depends on his Parrot Mini-Drone Rolling Spider. The Spider flies smoothly in all directions with its sophisticated stabilizing autopilot system, and a free app with touch controls makes it easy to pilot. Thanks to the “swipe” control feature, you can execute rapid, agile aerobatics, including 90 degree and 180 degree turns, as well as forward, backward and sideways flips. An embedded vertical mini-camera lets you take snapshots from the unique vantage point. Mobile devices: Santa’s Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 help him stay connected, organized and entertained. With the iPhone’s new and advanced camera system, you’ll be able to capture memories all season long, and immersive stereo speakers will have you rockin’ around the Christmas tree – all with the strongest battery life ever in an iPhone. If admiring holiday

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Orchard Supply Hardward LA MESA — Join The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Orchard Supply Hardware to Our Community, Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5:306:30 p.m. the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them for an evening of celebration and a ribbon cutting, as we welcome Orchard Supply Hardware to our community and the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce. The “official” ribbon cutting and chainsaw board cutting is scheduled for 6 p.m. that evening, so be there at that time to be in the photo to commemorate this special evening for our member. Orchard Supply Hardware is located at 8780 Navajo Road, San Diego. Shane Holly, the Store Manager and his entire team are making preparations to show you why Orchard Supply Hardware is the best place to purchase all the items that make your house a home. Orchard Supply Hardware believes in neighbors helping neighbors. That’s why Club Orchard was created. The team at Orchard Supply Hardware are highly skilled and will make sure that you get all the help you need to make your home project a success. “What an excellent remodeled storefront for our business community and a premium location for our region to shop,” stated Mary England, President & CEO of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce “This is our first time in San Diego and thanks to the warm welcome we’ve received, we already feel like we’re part of the community,” said Shane Holly. “We’re excited to open our doors officially on November 29th and further celebrate at our Grand Opening Saturday, December 10th. We look forward to helping the community with all of their hardware and home project needs,” added Mr. Holly. The welcome begins on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m., with the “official” ribbon cutting and chainsaw board cutting scheduled for 6 p.m. Following the ceremony, there will be a store tour followed by a reception with light refreshments. Make plans to stop by and see why Orchard Supply Hardware will become your favorite place to visit and purchase all of those items that will turn your house into a home.

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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

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ill 2017 be your year to break through to publication? Get one step closer to becoming a published writer by attending the 33rd annual SDSU Writers’ Conference, Jan. 20-22, 2017, at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. Each year, more than 300 attendees from all over the world pursue their literary dreams and get direct feedback on their writing in 1:1 appointments with editors and agents. The three-day SDSU conference was among the first to pioneer these 1:1 appointments, giving writers unprecedented access to top-tier publishing professionals — many of whom interact with unpublished authors only through conferences. Award-winning, best-selling, and thrilling keynote speakers: • R.L. Stine – One of the best-selling children’s authors in history • J.A. Jance – Top 10 New York Times best-selling author • Jonathan Maberry – Best-selling author and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winner • Sherrilyn Kenyon – International and New York Times #1 bestselling author of fantasy, horror, and more New features this year include: 1 pm starting time on Friday opening with keynote speaker Maberry, and a hosted dinner. There will also be more than 40 concurrent workshops – the most ever – facilitated by top publishing professionals. Networking opportunities include dinner and genre-specific tables with fellow writers and faculty, a Saturday evening reception, and countless moments to mix with other writers, editors, and agents from throughout the United States. For complete information, visit, email, or call (619) 594-2099. The conference has a long history of launching careers, including those of Richard Lister and Monique Domovitch. Lister co-authored, The View From the O-Line: Football According to NFL Offensive Linemen and an Uncommon Coach, with former NFL coach Howard Mudd. Domovitch, author of The Chef Landry Mystery Series, first wrote, Getting Skinny, a novel that was picked up by an agent at the conference, based solely on its first page. “I can honestly say that if it hadn’t been for that conference, chances are I would still be unpublished,” she noted. “My advice to aspiring writers? Write one hell of a good first line.” Early-bird registration for the SDSU Writers’ Conference is $449 thru Jan. 3. Registration is $499 from Jan. 4-17 and $549 at the door, if space allows. Advance reading appointments are $50 each and must be scheduled by Jan. 3, also the deadline for submitting the first 10 pages of a manuscript. Consultations (a face-to-face Q&A opportunity to discuss a project’s marketability) are available for $50 each through Jan. 17, and $50 at the door, only if space allows. Attendees may purchase additional consultations at the conference, if they are still available. The conference takes place 1-9 pm Friday, Jan. 20; 8:30 am-7 pm Saturday, Jan. 21; and 9 am-12 pm Sunday, Jan. 22. On-site registration begins at 11 am on Friday, with the first breakout session at 2:15 pm.

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Santee Chamber presents Taste of Santee

an appearance by Santa and lighting ceremony for the community Christmas tree. Admission is free. Exhibit areas can be reserved for $75 for Chamber members and $125 for non-members. Food vendors can reserve space for $150. According to Kathy Kassel, Chamber executive director, Christmas on Maine Avenue is a holiday tradition for many families. This year’s sponsors include Barona Resort & Casino, San Diego Gas & Electric, Hilliker’s Ranch Fresh Eggs, Alpine Rock & Block, Daily Disposal Services, Lakeside Equipment, State Farm Insurance, Rise City Church, 7 San Diego Church and Montessori East County Preschool, Bob’s Crane, Williams & Sons Masonry, Lakeside Veterinary Hospital, EC Constructors, Inc., Easy Open Doors, Lloyd’s Collision, Cyphertech Mechanical, National Security Works, True Lawn Care, AT&T, Enniss Inc. and Payton’s Hardware. For more information, visit

SANTEE — The Santee Chamber of Commerce will present its 29th annual Taste of Santee from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at Toyota Certified Center showroom, 8871 Fanita Dr., Santee. The public is invited to attend. Cost to attend is $10 per person. Event sponsors include Union Bank and Toyota Certified Center. There is no cost to participate as a food provider. More a dozen providers are expected to participate. About 150 people are expected to attend. For more information, visit www.SanteeChamber. com. Besides enjoying samples of foods from local restaurants, attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item for the Santee Santas Foundation, a local non-profit that benefits needy families living within the Santee School District who are in need of assistance. Santee Santas is expecting to help about 300 families in the community this year. The all-volunteer organization includes school district employees, city staff, firefighters, local business leaders and service organization members. A portion of the $10 admission fee from the Taste event will provide a Santeeopoly board game that Santee ALPINE — The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Santas will give to families as a Christmas gift. Commerce will host its next “Hot Topics” networking breakfast meeting starting at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd. Guest speaker will be State Sen. Joel Anderson who will discuss proposed legislation and LAKESIDE — The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce an update on Sacramento activity. Also speaking will is planning its 18th annual “Spirit of Christmas on be Richard Davila, County Sherriff ’s Dept. Retired Maine Avenue” from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP), on the need for more community celebration will be held on Maine Avenue RSVP volunteers. The public is invited to attend. Cost between Laurel Drive and Parkside Street. Featuring a to attend the Chamber breakfast is $20 per person, hometown atmosphere with the sights and sounds of which includes opportunity drawing tickets. Prizes Christmas, the event will include performances by local will include admission to future chamber events, school children, craft booths, activities for children, including a “Hot Topics” breakfast and a “Red Hot and

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Moving to the Top” promotional event for businesses and organizations. For more information and to RSVP, call (619) 445-2722 or visit Anderson’s 38th Senate district in the California Legislature includes Alpine, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, Poway, Escondido, San Marcos, Lakeside, Valley Center, Rancho Santa Fe, Julian, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, Bonsall, Borrego Springs and Fallbrook. He was first elected to the State Assembly in 2006 and to the State Senate in 2010.

Lakeside realtor named Realtor of the Year

LAKESIDE — Lakeside resident Ron Boland has been named 2016 East County Realtor of the Year by the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 2,500member trade group for San Diego-area realtors. Boland, a real estate sales agent since 2005, has served on the PSAR board of directors since 2012. He also has served the past four years on the PSAR Budget and Finance Committee and the past two years on the PSAR Tech Committee. Two years ago, he singlehandedly installed a flag pole for an American flag at PSAR’s East County Service Center, 1150 Broadway, El Cajon. Since 2009, he has worked with Parkway Real Estate, an El Cajon real estate sales and property management firm. A native of Winona, Minn., Boland, 78, has lived in California since 1982. Prior to real estate, he spent 20 years selling frames to artist supply shops in Utah, Arizona and California. Ron has resided with wife Carolyn in Lakeside’s Eucalyptus Hills community since April 1984. They have been married since January 1968. Founded in 1928, PSAR offers San Diego County REALTORS® access to the Sandicor MLS, along with educational training, advocacy and other services and resources. For information on PSAR, visit

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U.S. Small Business Administration Celebrates Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26

Estimated 95 million consumers shopped, dined small in 2015 U.S. Small Business Admistration (SBA) will once again celebrate Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. Occurring between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a national initiative that gives shoppers an opportunity to buy from the local merchants who are creating jobs, boosting the economy, and supporting communities across the country. “Small businesses have advantages over their big box competition including better customer support, unique merchandise, and innovative services not found at national chain stores,” said SBA Region IX Director Donna Davis. “The money consumers spend with local merchants stays right in the community. That’s important because small businesses generate two of every three net new jobs, and half of working Americans either own or work for one” Consumer spending on Small Business Saturday is a boost to local communities. An estimated 95 million consumers went out to shop at small businesses last year, and Small Business Saturday has become a holiday tradition for some shoppers. Consumers can visit to find a participating business near them, and share their support of local merchants on social media with #SmallBizSat The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. www.sba. gov

Lakeside Chamber of Commerce’s 18th Annual Spirit of Christmas on Maine Ave Saturday, December 3rd 2016 FREE to ATTEND! Santa and his elves are hard at work getting ready for Christmas… And the elves of the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce work to create an annual event that will attract and delight people of all ages. There will be an atmosphere of an old-fashion hometown Christmas. The event features all the sights and sounds of Christmas; • Local School performances • Santa Claus – Photos with Santa • Food and Drink • Kid Activities • Jumpy Jumps, Rides • Booths - Crafters • Lighting the Community Christmas Tree Join us for some Holiday Fun!


Black Friday is Here, Santa’s on His Way; Time to Check Receipts

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

SAN DIEGO COUNTY — Black Friday is coming. Santa is readying the reindeer. That means the “shop ‘til you drop” holiday season is back! It also means it’s time to remember to double-check your receipts when you hit the stores so you don’t get overcharged by faulty cashregister price scanners. It can definitely happen. Every year, County inspectors from the Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures inspect thousands of local businesses, checking price-scanning devices, scales that charge items by weight, and the other equipment that set prices, to make sure they are charging customers accurately. Last year, one out of every six businesses inspected had over-

charging errors. So check all your receipts, because even small overcharges can add up in “shop ‘till you drop” season.

Here are some other tips to help you shop smartly and safely:

Protect Against Overcharging:

• Always verify receipts and immediately notify store management of any price discrepancies. • Stores are required to display the price of an item (as you are buying it) before the transaction is complete. Watch the display screen as your items are scanned. • Take sales advertisements with you when shopping to verify prices. • Know that stores cannot legally charge more than their lowest advertised, posted or quoted price.

Shop Smart:

• Plan ahead. Start watching for store sale fliers, flea markets, garage sales, clearance sales, etc. • Make a list of what you need. • Comparison shop with at least five different sources for the best values. • Don’t buy everything at once. Establish a spending plan and timetable to buy what you need over several weeks or months to take full advantage of future sales and true bargains. Call Agriculture, Weights and Measures at 1-888-TRUE SCAN (1-888-878-3722) or email to to report overcharges you can’t resolve with store. For more information, go to Agriculture, Weights and Measure’s Consumer Protection webpage and check out this video about the scanner inspection program.

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