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Local Scouts Participate in Flag Revitalization

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From left: Two Scouts, Senior Patrol Leader, Kyle Jackson and Patrol Leader, Alex Horn did this in preparation of the pledge. EL CAJON — Thirteen U.S. Flags had been vandalized on Veterans Day. In order to be able to post them in full again on Thanksgiving, the Main Street Flag Program Committee along with Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 362 put together a work party, they decided to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Prior to reciting the pledge two Scouts in a ‘Norman Rockwell’ moment raised two flags and prepared to recite the pledge.

On The Cover ALPINE — Viejas Casino & Resort is looking a lot like Christmas with its magnificient Christmas Trees and Holiday decorations throughout the Resort and Outlet Center. To add to the magic of the season visit the popular ice skating rink now open at the Outlet Center.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Next Election: Get Ready For A New Voting System


f you voted this fall in a neighborhood garage or the clubhouse of a park or a school auditorium, remember the experience well. It may not be repeated anytime soon. If you saw American flags flying at your precinct polling place, that sight may also disappear. A whole new election system is about to begin in California, complete with “vote centers” and a big expansion of early balloting. The new system will start phasing in 2018 in 14 counties and should be operative by 2020 everywhere in the state. One thing for sure, losing candidates and those who expect to lose will have new fodder for the “rigged election” cry taken up so vocally this fall by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. With more mail-in ballots involved than ever before, same-day voter registration and personnel in place to provide language assistance, charges of fraud will be common at least while the new system is being broken in. The hope behind the new system, pushed hard by Democratic Secretary of State Alex Padilla and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, is to increase voter turnout drastically. After low-turnout disappointed officials in 2014 and the offyear-elections of 2013 and 2015, they began casting about for changes. The new system will deliver mail-in ballots to every registered voter in the 28 days before the actual Election Day, aiming to end any need to vote in a single place on just one day. “We’ve got to…implement a new voting model,” said Democratic state Sen. Ben Allen of Santa Monica, who sponsored the new system in the Legislature. “Our current system has failed, as our voter turnout rates continued to decline toward record lows.” Turnout in both the 2014 primary (25 per cent of registered voters) and that year’s November general election (42 per cent) was at record lows, making Padilla and the Legislature a bit desperate to push numbers up. So instead of voters needing to sign up to receive mail-in ballots for every election, from now they will go to everyone automatically. Never mind the tradition of the secret ballot; everyone from labor unions to employers to neighborhood groups is now free to hold ballot-marking parties before Election Day. This has actually been true since mail-in voting became common in the late 1970s, and there have never been charges it led to mass fraud or coerced voting for particular candidates or causes. But such outcries may arise now. The guinea pigs for the new system will be voters in Calaveras, Inyo, Madera, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sierra, Sutter and Tuolumne counties, with in-person voting at centers spotted around each county weeks before Election Day. Voters will also be able to drop off ballots at those centers, rather than mailing them in. Counties pushed for this, partly as a cost-cutting measure. The fewer polling places, the lower the cost of an election. But counties moving to the new system will all have to adopt detailed plans through a system involving public hearings and input. Community groups, advocates for the disabled and other individuals will all be able to express preferences for vote center locations. But expect them to be placed in public buildings where there’s either no rent or low rent. The politicians behind this system claim it will provide far greater flexibility than longstanding precinct polling places. “It’s time to modernize the voting process,” said Democratic state Sen. Robert Hertzberg of Los Angeles, a co-sponsor. “We need to provide the same convenience and flexibility (people) have in other areas of their lives. You can stream a movie or deposit a check with your phone any time, but without this (change), people still have to arrange their busy schedules to get to a polling place on a single day and that has hurt turnout.” Only time will tell whether all this actually spurs more people to vote. And no one knows whether the inevitable charges of fraud or vote-fixing will have any merit. But the people behind the change are certainly correct about one thing: Turnout had become far too low in recent years, often allowing a small minority of eligible voters to choose the people who make key decisions for everyone.

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

Other Options For Pain Relievers .


My doctor said I need to reduce my reliance on pain relievers to manage my osteoarthritis pain because of the risk of side effects. Is there another option?


. As we age, many of us develop chronic health ailments, such as osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis. In fact, 27 million Americans suffer every day from the discomfort and stiffness caused by OA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You get osteoarthritis when cartilage—the cushioning tissue within the joints—wears down. This produces stiffness and pain. The disease affects both men and women. By age 65, more than 50 percent of us have osteoarthritis in at least one joint. You can get osteoarthritis in any joint, but it usually strikes those that support weight. Common signs of osteoarthritis include joint pain, swelling, and tenderness. However, only a third of people whose x-rays show osteoarthritis report any symptoms. Treatments for osteoarthritis include exercise, joint care, dieting, medicines and surgery. For pain relief, doctors usually start with acetaminophen, the medicine in Tylenol, because the side effects are minimal if taken according to instructions. If acetaminophen does not relieve pain, then non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen and naproxen may be used. Opiods (narcotics) are prescribed, too.

An alternative to drugs is a “medical food.”

The term medical food, as defined in the Orphan Drug Act is “a food which is formulated to be consumed or administered enterally (through digestion) under the supervision of a physician and which is intended for the specific dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements, based on recognized scientific principles, are established by medical evaluation.” Medical foods are not required to undergo premarket review or approval by FDA. They are exempted from the labeling requirements for health claims and nutrient content claims under the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990. Manufacturers of medical foods must comply with all applicable FDA requirements for foods. The labeling of medical foods must contain: a statement of identity; an accurate statement of the net quantity of contents; the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor; a complete list of ingredients. Prescription medical foods can be a safer option for managing the underlying cause of a disease such as OA. Like pharmaceuticals, medical foods require physician supervision. However, unlike synthetic prescription drugs, they use highly-purified, concentrated natural ingredients found in foods such as green tea, dark chocolate, fruits and vegetables. Long-term use of NSAIDs and opioids can have dangerous side effects; especially, for those who also suffer from kidney, stomach or heart conditions. Prescription opioid use – and resulting deaths – have quadrupled over the last 20 years. Opioids carry additional risks for older adults such as heart problems, addiction, falls and other accidents caused by extreme drowsiness. Your doctor can work with you to create a personalized plan for managing OA that may include positive lifestyle changes, such as proper diet, exercise, and rest; and a prescription medical food. Limbrel (, for example, is a prescription medical food available and indicated for the long-term dietary management of chronic joint discomfort caused by OA. Physicians use prescription medical foods to treat a variety of conditions in dermatology, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, pain management, podiatry, rheumatology, and vascular health. Some of the other medical foods are Axona for Alzheimer’s disease, Banatrol Plus for diarrhea, Deplin for depression, Fosteum for osteoporosis, Metanx for diabetic neuropathy, and Theramine for myalgia. Talk with your doctor for more information about prescription medical foods and to find out if they are right for you. Ask The Healthy Geezer a question at:

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Living with MS with Dee Dean NIH Grant to Support Research into Role of Copper in Demyelination


he National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $45,000 grant to a team of investigators, led by Tia Walker, PhD, at Indiana University Northwest, to support a research project into the role of copper in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The award is a first for IU Northwest, and will allow the team to hire undergraduate researchers and train them over the next three years in the advanced biomedical techniques required for the development and evaluation of new drugs. “The ability to make contributions to the collective knowledge that ultimately moves science forward is happening here at IU Northwest,” said Nelson De Leon, chair of the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy at the university, in a news release. “This is an exciting opportunity for our campus, and our students, to contribute to important discoveries about MS.” Myelin is a protective coating on neurons that is progressively lost in patients with MS, due to abnormal immune system attacks that destroy the myelin sheath. As myelin degenerates, neuronal function is destabilized and cell death

ultimately results, contributing to disease progression and disability in MS patients. In particular, Walker’s team wants to study how deficient levels of copper cause damage to this protective coating. One way to study myelin degeneration is to feed a toxin called cuprizone to mice, which promotes the development of MS. Cuprizone binds to copper, and researchers think that very action is toxic, causing copper levels to fall which, possibly, leads to myelin loss. “One idea for what is causing the degeneration of the myelin sheath is that cuprizone is binding to copper in the brain and causing the malfunction,” Walker said. “The question before us is, ‘what is the mechanism of this molecule? How is it actually inducing demyelination in mice?’ We know it does, but we don’t know how.” To further explore copper’s role in MS, the team created a molecule that mimics the activity of proteins containing copper in humans. As researchers have limited access to the mechanisms mediating early MS in people, the use of the synthetic molecule in mice may provide a way of studying copper’s contribution to this disease. When bound to copper, the new molecule stimulates copper proteins in the body. “If we understand how cupr- izone induces the MS model, it means we can possibly understand what is actually happening in humans as to the degenerative process in MS,” Walker said. “Is copper being pulled out of proteins, creating a deficiency? Or is there is something else that we are not seeing that is causing the MS response?” Although many research projects are focused on regenerating myelin, Walker believes that understanding the causes and mechanisms that contribute to its degeneration may contribute to the development of future therapies.

Source: Indiana University Northwest

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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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 how Jesus was tried and convicted of false charges by two corrupt witnesses. While this “kangaroo court” was being held another event was taking place just outside of the house where this trial was taking place, Peter’s predicted denial of Jesus. Matthew 26:69-75 Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.” But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.” And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.” But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!” And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.” Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.” The Gospel writer Luke add that at the third denial the eyes of Jesus and Peter met, Luke 22:61 “And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” Jesus had made it very clear to Peter that this would happen, yet Peter, thinking that he knew better than Jesus, vehemently denied this would ever happen. How little we know ourselves, we think we know ourselves but we really do not. This just proves what the Word of God tells us about the condition of our heart in Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?” Something of great importance happened at this denying of Jesus apart from the fulfillment of prophecy, Peter became a broken man. Every man or woman that Jesus will use as He desires, must be one that is broken. Our fallen sinful nature is pictured so well for us in the life of Peter. Peter was a man’s man; self confident; proud; bold; impetuous; courageous. These were all characteristics of the “flesh”, and as the Word of God makes clear, in this flesh dwells no good thing. The world esteems and admires these characteristics but they are ones that the Lord cannot and will not use for His glory. Let us consider what it is that the Lord desires and requires. Psalm 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart-These, O God, You will not despise. Isaiah 57:15 “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Isaiah 66:1-2 “Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,” says the Lord. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.” God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. The breaking process is never pleasant but is absolutely necessary for the man or woman that desires to be used of God. Let God have His way in your life dear ones.

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

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Monica Zech for The East County Herald HOMESTEAD, FLA — El Cajon’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship driver Jimmie Johnson (48) celebrating after winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 race and the Sprint Cup Series at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida, Sunday Nov. 20. With this win Johnson wins his 7th Sprint Cup championship tying two other NASCAR greats, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Richard Petty. Way to go Jimmie!




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Your Community Calendar La Mesa Chamber of Commerce Welcomes

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.

‘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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First Black City Council Member Attends SDSU Classes


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By Matt Celustka

For The East County Herald SAN DIEGO — A lively atmosphere, contagious laughs, and genuine fun — these are all appropriate words to describe a local workshop conducted by the Old Globe as part of their Globe for All initiative. The Globe for All program is one that delivers live theatrical plays to local communities free of charge in order to provide everyone the opportunity to enjoy the theatre. In partnership with the Chaldean and Middle Eastern Social Services (CMSS), the Old Globe conducted a workshop teaching El Cajon community members about what to expect from an upcoming performance of Measure for Measure, a Shakespeare production. It was this partnership between the CMSS and the Old Globe to foster a fun and educa-

tional event for the community that caught the attention of State Senator Joel Anderson. They were awarded Senate Certificates of Recognition for their innovative partnership to make theater accessible to all. “This is a fantastic and uplifting event for us, and I hope they continue to bring their enriching talents to East County.” commented Anderson. Teaching artist and representative from the Old Globe Theatre, Blake McCarty discussed Shakespeare and the overall importance of language and poetry, and the attendees were drawn into the beauty of the performing arts. Handson activities included reading a passage of Shakespeare and insulting one another with Shakespearian insults, an activity that was met with resounding laughter. There was a sense that something

extraordinary was happening as a yearning to know more about Shakespeare and the theatre was met with enthusiasm, and kinship grew among theater professionals and newcomers alike. One in attendance was Besma Coda, Social Services manager at the CMSS, who stated the importance of partnering with the Old Globe when she said, “The least we can do is put a smile on [CMSS clients] face. Our people, they come from trauma, from war, they lost the smile on their face.” For Coda, the Globe for All initiative provides a unique opportunity for those within their community to forget their hardships, to laugh and bond together through a common interest, the theatre. According to Coda, “This is what we want, to make them feel you’re part of this community.”

t age 94, the first black city council member in San Diego history has gone back to school at SDSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Leon Williams, who joined the city council in 1969, attended six classes and special events through OLLI, which offers university-quality courses in state-of-the-art classrooms with curious fellow learners age 50 and better. “It’s been very interesting,” said Williams, sitting in the living room of the same Golden Hill home he has owned since 1947. “I have never stopped learning. I listen to the radio, watch TV, and read. Going back to class has been a good thing for me.” OLLI offers an exciting and thought-provoking lineup of courses, lectures, workshops, book clubs, Edventures and events. “It helps me stay in touch,” Williams said. “It opens my mind to new ideas and discoveries.” Known for his soft voice, trademark smile, and a very friendly demeanor, Williams took a variety of programs through OLLI: “The Changing Face and Landscape of Media,” “Nutrition and Health: Eat for Maximum Vigor,” “Living Forever,” “A Social Primer: Social Media Made Easy,” “Culture and Cuisine of Cuba,” and “The Philosophy of Death.” Said Williams: “As humans, we haven’t discovered all we can about the universe. What else can we learn as a species and to be better occupants? We need to be better people to each other. The world needs us to be good as individuals.” Williams, who graduated from San Diego State College (now SDSU) in 1950 with a BA degree in psychology, has long been a student of human behavior. He received a graduate certificate in 1957 from SDSU in social work administration and continued to be involved with the university over the years as a lifetime member of the SDSU Alumni Association. In fact, he received an honorary doctorate degree in human relations from SDSU in 2007. Then four years later, the SDSU Trolley Station was dedicated in his name for his tireless work as a member of the Metropolitan Transit System’s board of directors for 30 years. Williams retired in 2006 after being board president his last 12 years. “SDSU is where I received my college degree,” Williams said. “I appreciate what I learned there. I’ve always had good feelings about SDSU.” In his “spare” time now, he keeps up with politics and happenings around San Diego. “I’ve always felt like America is for everybody,” Williams concluded. “That’s still my attitude. I’ve always wanted to make more justice for everybody.” SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources.

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin East County Chamber’s breakfast will support toy drives

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2 at Barona Resort and Casino’s Barona Golf and Events Center, 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside. Barona Resort and Casino is the breakfast sponsor. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy, valued at $10 or more, for The Rock Church’s 20th annual “Toys for Joy” toy, food and clothing giveaway, as well as the 40th annual East County Toy & Food Drive benefiting the Salvation Army and Stoney’s Kids. In addition, Joe Garzanelli, broker, Keller Williams Realty, will give away several hundred dollars to a lucky member who is present and names will be drawn until a winner is selected. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $20 per person for members, $25 per person for prospective members. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at, (619) 4406161, or visit

La Mesa Chamber collecting toys for military families

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce has launched a new holiday toy collection effort to assist children of military families living in La Mesa. The public is invited to donate new, unwrapped toys appropriate for children ages 2 to 13 at a reception starting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., in the Grossmont Center mall, La Mesa. Admission to the reception is free for Chamber members and $10 per person for nonmembers. Refreshments at the reception will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks sponsored by the

Riviera Supper Club. In addition, the Chamber is collecting monetary donations for gift certificates for holiday meals for military families. According to Mary England, Chamber president/CEO, Lincoln Military Housing is assisting with the distribution of toys and gift certificates. She said gift certificates will be purchased from Smart & Final Extra Warehouse & Market. England also said Jerry Lester, a longtime community supporter, initiated this new holiday project. Monetary donations for gift certificates also can be made at the Dec. 6 reception. Event reservations may be made via the chamber website,, or by sending an e-mail,, or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700, ext. #2. “The La Mesa Chamber is honored to be a part of this endeavor and making a difference in the lives of these children and families who do so much for our country,” England said. The La Mesa Chamber is organizing two other holiday projects, including holiday gift baskets for La Mesa senior citizens and a clothing drive of socks, t-shirts, shoes and underwear for local children in need as identified by the La Mesa Community Welfare Association and several La MesaSpring Valley School District elementary schools

Spring Valley man named to hospital corporate board

Spring Valley resident Allan Goetz has been approved to serve on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC) board of directors as a representative of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). GHC is the legal entity for the hospital lease agreement between Sharp HealthCare and GHD, the East County public agency that serves as landlord of the hospital’s property and buildings on behalf of taxpayers.

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Goetz, 70, a retired aerospace engineer, was approved by Sharp to serve on the GHC as a designee of GHD board member Gloria Chadwick. Goetz succeeds Dehesa resident Shirley Murphy, a cultural psychologist, life coach consultant and advocate for Native American issues, who began serving on the GHC board in 2008, following her serving for one year on the GHD board to fill a vacancy. Goetz’s 40-year aerospace career included working as a chief systems engineer and principal engineer on the design of aircraft and missile defense systems, as well as radar communication systems. He worked with Hughes Aircraft Co., ITT Gilfillan and Northrop Grumman Defense Systems. He retired from Northrop Grumman in April 2015. He has lived in Spring Valley for the past 12 years. Goetz’s military service includes two years in the U.S. Coast Guard. He earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Washington and a doctorate in physics from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. He holds 16 patents and is a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization. He also is a member of the non-profit Citizens Oversight, a local watchdog and advocacy group. As a member of GHC, Goetz also will serve on its Facilities Committee, according to Dave Grundstrom, 2016 GHC chair. GHC, a non-profit corporation, has operational responsibility of the 540-bed Grossmont Hospital on behalf of Sharp HealthCare. The 15-member GHC board consists of Sharp HealthCare leaders, physicians, community leaders and GHD board members or their designees. Among its many responsibilities, the GHC board oversees, evaluates and recommends proactive quality measures and performance initiatives for all quality improvement activities throughout the hospital.

DEC. 1-7, 2016



Alpine Community Planning Group AGENDA

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901 Archived Agendas & Minutes –

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2. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans. The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only. E. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda. F.



Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items

G. Organized / Special Presentations 1. The owner of a 2.4-acre parcel located at 2146 Lilac Lane, Alpine, CA has applied for a discretionary administrative permit for a secondary dwelling unit (PDS2016-AD-16-021). The group will make a recommendation to county staff regarding the proposed project. Presentation, Discussion, & Action. 2. The owner of a 2.5-acre parcel located at 2288 Via Dieguenos, Alpine, CA has applied for a discretionary administrative permit for a secondary dwelling unit (PDS2016-AD-16-032). The group will make a recommendation to county staff regarding the proposed project. Presentation, Discussion, & Action. 3. On July 20, 2016, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to realign the Local Park Planning Areas (LPPA) to be consistent with the Community and Sub regional Plan Areas as part of the Park Lands Dedication Ordinance (PLDO) Update. Currently, PLDO fees go into accounts based on LPPA boundaries; which do not align with the Community and Subregional Plan boundaries. Each year, the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) requests your input on how PLDO funding should be spent. Most LPPAs encompass two or more Community and Subregional Plan Areas, which makes prioritizing funding difficult. Dept. of Parks & Recreation is seeking the ACPG’s feedback on the proposed creation of a new Alpine LPPA that would align with the Alpine Community Plan Area boundary. Group to review the proposals and make a recommendation to county staff. Presentation, Discussion, & Action. H. Group Business: 1. Appointment of Subcommittee Chairs. Discussion, & Action. 2. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for approval. Discussion, & Action I. Consent Calendar J. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board) K. Officer Reports L. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary) M. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas N. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures O. Announcement of Meetings: 1. Alpine Community Planning Group – January 26th, 2017 2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD 3. Planning Commission – December 9th, 2016 & January 20th, 2017 4. Board of Supervisors – December 13th & 14th, 2016, January 10th, 11th, 24th & 25th 2017 P. Adjournment of Meeting Disclaimer Language: Public Disclosure – We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any County ordinance or other law governing the County’s disclosure of records, the County ordinance or other applicable law will control. Access and Correction of Personal Information – You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.



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