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Lions, Tigers & Bears Suffers Loss of Beloved Matriarch Tigress ALPINE — Lions Tigers & Bears beloved matriarch tiger, Natasha, passed away last week. She was 19 years old. Natasha was the epitome of the old saying “that’s one tough cookie”, as she had more than her fair share of struggles over the course of her life, but always came out on top. Natasha and her late mate, Raja, were the founding tigers of Lions Tigers & Bears (LTB) over thirteen years ago. The pair were rescued from Texas where they were being kept in a 6’ x 12’ chain link cage with concrete floors, and no shade or shelter to protect them from the harsh Texas elements. They were given no affection, and were without any hope. If Natasha had not had her mate, she may not have survived. After learning of Natasha and Raja’s situation, LTB founder, Bobbi Brink worked tirelessly to raise the funds for their rescue, obtain necessary permits and coordinate transport for both tigers – all within one month! In 2002, Natasha and Raja arrived on the site of what is now known as Lions Tigers & Bears. Natasha made herself right at home with Raja by her side. Upon arrival to her new home, it became apparent that Natasha was pregnant, and after just one month of being rescued, on Nov. 8, 2002, Natasha gave birth to two beautiful girl cubs, named Tabu and Sitarra (AKA “the Girls”). Natasha was a perfect mom to these two girls and they have all flourished. Natasha spent her days lounging in and on her den, splashing in her pool (she loved splashing her caretakers when they walk by) and playing with her toys. Natasha was always quick to greet you with a chuff – her friendly way of saying hello. A very food oriented tiger – Natasha never passed up the opportunity to enjoy a bite to eat. She was always sure to let you know how appreciative she was with her famous “nom nom nom” noises, that were sure to make you laugh and bring a smile to your face. Through the generous support of the McGrath Family Survivor’s Trust and many other donors, LTB was able to build the Tiger Trails habitat and for the first time in their lives, Raja and Natasha were able to feel grass under their paws, look up to an open blue sky and splash and swim in the waterfall pool that they both enjoyed so much. Natasha was declawed at an early age by her private owner, causing her to suffer from arthritis for the majority of her life. In 2011, Natasha was diagnosed with uterine cancer, underwent surgery, and made a full recovery after which she continued to enjoy life at LTB. In 2013, Natasha lost her daughter Sitarra

unexpectedly, and eight weeks later, suffered heartbreak once again, from the loss of her lifelong mate – Raja. Even through these losses, Natasha managed to return to her easy going self, continuing her legacy of Queen Bee of LTB. Earlier this year, Natasha underwent ocular surgery to treat a subluxated lens – a result of glaucoma. After further examination, the repair was not possible and veterinarians had to perform an enucleation, in which Natasha’s right eye was removed. Still, this brave girl fought on. About two months ago, during a needed oral exam, a lesion was found in Natasha’s mouth. A biopsy revealed, thankfully, that the lesion was noncancerous. However, Natasha’s

blood panel revealed signs of chronic renal disease, which is a common illness in aging cats. Over the last few weeks, LTB’s sweet old matriarch’s health had been in decline. Their vets continued to work with her to stimulate her appetite, provide needed nutrition, and keep her comfortable. Natasha’s passing is the end of an era for LTB, but one that will live on in her remaining daughter, Tabu – and forever in LTB and the community’s hearts. “Natasha – you will be missed by so many, our precious girl. Rest easy and run free,” Brink sadly stated. A memorial for members, family and friends will be scheduled to celebrate Natasha’s life in the coming weeks.

On The Cover ALPINE — Lions, Tigers & Bears (LTB) and the surrounding community mourn the loss of LTB Matriarch, Natasha. Rest in Peace, beautiful girl. Cover photo: Courtesy LTB / The East County Herald Cover design: Steve Hamann / The East County Herald

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Pump Prices Down a Bit, But Gas Gouging Continues


Herald Guest Commentary with The Sharp Health News Team Getting through the holidays, mindfully


et’s face it: At this time of year, many of us feel overwhelmed and stressed out. So, how do you cope? Grab another holiday treat or pour a glass of wine? Do you unroll your yoga mat or go for a long walk? Try this next time: Find a quiet spot in your office or at home and just sit still. (Notice we didn’t say lie down, that might make you fall asleep.) Sit in a comfortable position, take a few deep breaths and close your eyes — even for just a few minutes. Just be. You’ve now practiced mindfulness. “The benefits of mindfulness not only help you reduce stress, but can also aid in reducing chronic physical pain,” says Reverend Judy Ray, manager of spiritual care at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. “It can boost the body’s immune system to help fight disease and can even assist in coping with painful life events, such as the death of a loved one or a major illness.” Ray, who is a UCLA-certified mindfulness facilitator and Stanford School of Medicinecertified compassion cultivation trainer, says that mindfulness can help you deal with negative emotions like anger, fear and anxiety. It also improves your attention and concentration, and can open up the gateway for positive emotions, including happiness and compassion. “Medical studies show it can positively change the structure of our brains,” she adds. So what is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the awareness of the present moment, approached with curiosity, openness and a willingness to be with what “is.” Let’s try it: Sit comfortably. Focus your awareness on your breathing. Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat. If your mind wanders, gently and with patience, bring your focus back to your breathing. Try this for three to five minutes, and notice how you feel. This kind of practice can help center you in the midst of a stressful day or heavy workload. You can go back to whatever needs to be accomplished feeling refreshed and renewed — and it only takes a few minutes. Contrary to what you may have heard, you don’t have to have an “empty mind,” you don’t have to sit on the floor in a crossed-legged position, nor do you have to sit for an hour or

longer — small doses, even five minutes, work just fine. Best of all, there are no special, expensive or trendy clothes required. Just be comfortable. “Mindfulness goes beyond selfhelp and can aid in relaxation,” says Ray. She added that mindfulness is being incorporated in medical school curricula, professional sports (e.g., the Seattle Seahawks), Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. Marine Corps. Thirty-five years ago, there were fewer than a dozen books on the market with the word “mindful” in the title. Today there are several hundred. People are starting to realize the benefits of mindfulness to their emotional, physical and mental health. As one recent mindfulness participant put it, “the best benefit of mindfulness is that I am more gentle and kind with myself.” Who doesn’t need a little bit of that?

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he days when oil companies could credibly deny they’re gouging California drivers just because they’ve dropped pump prices a bit appear now to be over. For every measuring stick except a comparison with the price of gasoline four months ago leads to the unmistakable conclusion that this state’s three biggest gasoline refiners – Valero, Tesoro and Chevron – are still gouging customers like they did at mid-summer, when prices topped $4 per gallon in many places. Now prices are down to $2.60 in some spots, while it’s hard to find gas anywhere at prices over $3.60 per gallon. That’s taking some heat off the big refiners, but it should not. For even when this state’s higher-than-normal gasoline taxes are figured in, Californians are still paying about 60 cents per gallon more than the average price in many other states with far worse access to refined gasoline. The first thing to understand is that the price is down because the cost of oil has been below $50 per barrel for many months, largely the result of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), which has hugely increased American supplies. Motorists in most parts of America benefit far more from this than Californians, with prevailing prices in most regions well below $2 per gallon all fall. To ascertain whether a company is profiteering to take advantage of unusual market conditions, the best place to look is at its profits, which all firms whose stock is publicly traded must make public. The most prominent third-quarter corporate report among California-related oil companies this fall came from Chevron Corp. The San Ramon-based firm has announced it will cut 11 percent of its workforce, or about 7,000 jobs, as it deals with lower oil prices that cut its company-wide profit about 60 percent below the same quarter a year ago, from $5.6 billion to $2.04 billion. But look a bit closer and you see how bad things would have been for Chevron but for the money it gouged from California consumers. For the first nine months of this year, the huge corporation’s refining operations netted a whopping $2.6 billion, compared with $1.4 billion last year. Since 54 percent of Chevron’s refining occurs in California, in El Segundo and Richmond, it’s clear that overcharging Californians has been one of Chevron’s most profitable tactics this year. Then there are Valero and Tesoro, the latter selling much of its gas under the Shell and USA labels. These are the only two big oil companies that break out California-specific refining profits. And what profits they reaped! For Tesoro, the profit was $770 million just from California gasoline refining in the third quarter. This was double the company’s take for the July-to-September period last year and about four times the firm’s average quarterly profit of $169 million over the last 10 years. Valero, meanwhile, made $342 million on California refining during the third quarter, an almost obscene 14 times more than last year. Its per-barrel profit was $13.54, fully 11 times more than last year’s figure for the same time period in 2014. All the companies claim their profits were in part due to a partial outage of the Exxon-Mobil refinery in Torrance, but exported gasoline continued to flow from California to Mexico and other destinations throughout the third quarter. If there was a shortage here, why would exports continue? “Those outsize profits show just how broken the state’s gasoline market is,” said Cody Rosenfield, a researcher for the Consumer Watchdog advocacy group. “Instead of passing on a dramatic drop in the price of crude oil, California refiners imposed extreme and unreasonable pain at the pump for consumers.” Sure, that pain is a tad less when prices come down. But imagine how many dollars could have flowed into the state’s economy, rather than to the Texas headquarters of Valero and Tesoro, if profits had remained at their previous, already copious levels. Yes, billionaire activist Tom Steyer threatened last summer to fund and run a ballot initiative requiring disclosure of all refiners’ California profits, among other things, unless the Legislature imposed new transparency rules on the gasoline market by the end of September. That deadline came and went with no action from either legislators or Steyer, leaving consumers to wonder when anyone will take a hand to stop the ongoing gouging of millions of CaliforElias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breaknians. through: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It. The book is now available in soft cover, fourth edition. His opinions are his own. He can be reached at


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

Several Types of Hepatitis Viruses


. How many kinds of hepatitis are there? . Your liver helps your body

digest food, store energy and remove poisons. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that makes it stop

working efficiently. Hepatitis is usually caused by a virus. There are five main hepatitis viruses--types A, B, C, D and E. There are several other causes of hepatitis. Some people who have hepatitis have no symptoms. Others may have loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, fever, muscle and joint pain, diarrhea, dark-colored urine, pale bowel movements, stomach pain, and jaundice.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is in the feces of infected persons. It is most often spread through contaminated water or food. Hand-washing can prevent the spread of this virus. Many cases of HAV infections are mild; most people with HAV make a full recovery and remain immune to it. However, HAV can be life threatening. Safe and effective vaccines are available to prevent HAV.

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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks, to a serious longterm illness that can lead to liver scarring (cirrhosis) and cancer. HBV usually gets better on its own after a few months. It is transmitted through contact with infectious blood, semen, and other body fluids from having sex with an infected person, sharing contaminated needles for injecting drugs, or from an infected mother to her newborn. Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all infants, older children and adolescents who were not vaccinated previously, and adults at risk for HBV.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) usually causes a chronic condition that can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. Hepatitis C virus is mostly transmitted through exposure to infected blood. Sexual transmission is also possible, but is much less common. It can also spread from mother to baby during childbirth. There is no vaccine for HCV. Usually, hepatitis C does not get better by itself. The

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Living with MS with Dee Dean Pregnancy Hormone Could Keep Multiple Sclerosis at Bay


aking a pregnancy hormone staves off Multiple Sclerosis (MS) relapses, a small clinical trial suggests. The results hint at a potential therapy for women who suffer from MS, a debilitating disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the insulation that wraps around nerve cell fibers. A curious observation kicked off this line of research: Pregnancy offers a temporary reprieve for women with MS.

Since that discovery, in the 1990s, scientists have been testing whether certain pregnancy hormones might combat MS in women who aren’t pregnant. In addition to a standard MS drug, 164 women with MS received either a placebo or estriol, an estrogen made by the placenta that peaks toward the end of pregnancy. After two years, women who received estriol had an average of 0.25 relapses a year, while women who received the placebo had 0.37 relapses a year, UCLA neurologist Rhonda Voskuhl and colleagues write online November 24 in Lancet Neurology. Researchers don’t know whether estriol would

have similar effects in men with MS. The results warrant a larger clinical trial, the authors say. An accompanying commentary in the same issue of Lancet Neurology questions the results, though. MS specialist Annette Langer-Gould of Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, Calif., raises methodological issues and writes that pregnancy comes with a host of changes that could be responsible for protection from MS.

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

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HEPITITIS VIRUSES, cont’d from p.6

infection can last a lifetime. Medicines sometimes help. Serious cases may need a liver transplant.

Hepatitis D

Hepatitis D virus (HDV) infections occur only in those who are infected with HBV. The dual infection of HDV and HBV can cause a more serious disease. Hepatitis B vaccines provide protection from HDV. HDV is transmitted through contact with infected blood. Hepatitis D is uncommon in the United States.

Hepatitis E

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) usually does not lead to a chronic infection. It is caused by ingesting fecal matter in contaminated water or food. HEV is a common cause of hepatitis outbreaks in developing parts of the world. It is rare in the United States. Safe and effective vaccines to prevent HEV infection have been developed but are not widely available.

Alcoholic hepatitis

Alcoholic hepatitis is likely to affect people who drink heavily for a long time, but all heavy drinkers don’t develop it. Moderate drinkers can get alcoholic hepatitis. If you

have this form of hepatitis, you must stop drinking; it can be fatal. Women have a higher risk of developing alcoholic hepatitis than men do. Other factors which may increase your risk include: type of beverage (wine is less risky than beer or liquor), binge drinking, obesity and being AfricanAmerican or Hispanic.

Toxic hepatitis

Toxic hepatitis is from exposure to over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription medications such as choles-

terol-lowering statins, herbs and supplements, and industrial chemicals. Alcoholic hepatitis can be included in this category.

Autoimmune hepatitis

Autoimmune hepatitis is inflammation that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your liver. Untreated autoimmune hepatitis can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. When treated early, autoimmune hepatitis often can be controlled with drugs that suppress the immune system.

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible. This week we will continue to look at events that occurred one day in the life of Jesus. Mark 10:1-16 “Then He arose from there and came to the region of Judea by the other side of the Jordan. And multitudes gathered to Him again, and as He was accustomed, He taught them again. The Pharisees came and asked Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” testing Him. And He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her.” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, ‘and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” In the house His disciples also asked Him again about the same matter. So He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” Then they brought young children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them.” The second occurrence I want to draw your attention to is another occasion in which the religious leaders (Pharisees) came against Jesus trying to trip Him up. When I think about this, I think, how utterly foolish and arrogant it is for man to think that he knows better than God and could “catch” God in a trap. Yet, I often hear men and women today try and do this as they question God and charge Him foolishly. During the time that Job was trying to defend himself against his so called “friends”, Job made some outlandish statements to which God answered Job by saying, Job 38:1-7 “Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” There are going to be many a men that will be utterly ashamed of their arrogance when they stand before God one day. It was the area of divorce that the Pharisees tried to test Jesus on. I love Jesus’ response, do you see what He did? He took them right to the Word of God, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her.” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, ‘and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” In His answer Jesus addressed a number of other issues pertinent to our day, God allowed divorce because of the hardness of man’s heart but it was never His intention that divorce should ever happen; from the beginning of “creation” (not evolution); marriage is to be between a man and a woman; the two are to become one (not two people living their own separate lives); marriage is what God has created and no one is to change this nor separate a man and a woman that is married.

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Toys for Joy By Alexandra Calegari For The East County Herald

EL CAJON — There’s no better way to embody the holiday spirit than to give back to the community. That is exactly what Sara and David Suter have shown through their involvement in the annual Toys for Joy events. The Suters have led the event for five years and as a result, have changed the lives of many families in San Diego County. Last year, California State Senator Joel Anderson attended the event at El Cajon Valley High School and presented Senate Certificates of Recognition to honor the volunteers’ work. Anderson said, “Toys for Joy makes this time of the year a happier and more meaningful time for local families in need and I am grateful for the selfless volunteers like Sara and David who continuously support the people in our neighborhoods.” Toys for Joy has provided impoverished families with toys, food, books, clothing, and even haircuts for the last 19 years. The Rock Church partners with community organizations, businesses, and other local churches to manage the event under the guidance of Pastor Miles McPherson. Last year, the events collected 17,000 toys and gave out 15,100 bags of groceries. When describing the reaction of children towards the thousands of toys they get to choose from, Sara Suter observes that the kids are “overwhelmed when they come into the toy room.” Suter explains, “They usually pause, take it in, and then it is just pure joy.” There are 138,334 children in San Diego County living in poverty and Toys for Joy expects to help 23,000 of them this year. It is expected that more than 4,000 volunteers will assist with the Toys for Joy events in the 2015 holiday season. The Toys for Joy events not only touch the lives of the families they serve but also those who are working at the events. Suter explains, “We look forward to it all year long and it carries us through Christmas and the holidays.” The volunteers are delighted to share in the spirit of giving every holiday season. This year’s Toys for Joy event in El Cajon will be held on December 12 at Cajon Valley High School. If you want to learn more about the Toys for Joy events happening in the San Diego County including the one in East County, visit

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Christmas in Alpine” Home Tour ALPINE — The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its Eleventh Annual “Christmas in Alpine” Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. You will have an opportunity to stroll through five stunning country estates and visit Alpine’s Garden and Gifts Shop. After the tour The Historic Town Hall will be open from 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. for ticket holders to enjoy light refreshments, to pick up a surprise gift and view Andrew Poindexter’s incredible Nut Cracker collection. Tour Tickets are $30 prior to Home Tour date and $35 at the door. You can pre purchase tickets at the Postal Annex 2710 Alpine Blvd. or mail a check to the AWC, P. O. Box 231, Alpine, CA 91903 Tickets are available for pick up and purchase at the Alpine Woman’s Club 2156 Alpine Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 12 starting at 9:30am. There will be an opportunity drawing for a $500 cash prize the day of the event plus other prizes. Raffle tickets are $5 each or six for $20. The drawing will be held at the Club House at 3:45 p.m. after the tour but you do not have to be present to win. Proceeds benefit the Alpine Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund and the maintenance of the Historic Town Hall which was built in 1899. They are a 501 (c) 3 corporation and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. For further information or questions, please contact Karin at (619) 357-5353 or email her at



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e left around talking. The rain is coming f ive - t h i r t y. down harder as we turn south It was rain- onto Jamacha Road. The winding lightly shield wipers are making as I pushed happy swishing noises while Paul’s wheelchair across the Paul chatters away, waiting for front porch toward the car. quiet time to be over so he can With the wheelchair along- turn on the CD player and belt side the front door of the car, out his all-time most favorite I popped the trunk and then song, “Supercalifragilistic.” held the door open for Paul as A few minutes later, it’s he hefted himself up out of the warm inside the car and I’m wheelchair, gripping the door ready for quiet time to end so for support, pivoted around I press the CD button. The CD and eased himself down onto is set to “Supercalifragilistic,” Starbucks drive-through the the front passenger seat. As #11, but Paul leans forward wipers swish quietly; the rain he pulled his legs into the car, and presses the down arrow, is coming down softly and I wheeled his chair around, going to #10, “Feed the Birds.” Paul’s enthusiastically singing folded it and lifted it up and “A beautiful song for a beau“Supercalifragilisover, into the “As we drive up to the Rancho San Diego tic.” I turn off the trunk—my CD, wait for Paul strength condidrive-through the wipers to stop singing, and tioning for the Starbucks order, “One decaf, day. I fastened Paul’s seatbelt swish quietly; the rain is coming down iced skinny vanilla latte…” and got in the Drink in hand, driver’s seat. I softly and Paul’s enthusiastically singing Paul’s ready to go. backed slowly I add Steele Canyon out of the drive- “Supercalifragilistic.“ Road to our itinerway, checking ary because I want the sidewalk on to see the lights of both sides, and turned out onto tiful mom,” Paul says, with a the homes and traffic below as smile. The rain is letting up but the street. I maneuver the curves down“Not yet, Paul! Quiet time the tires are splashing on the ward toward Willow Glen Road. first.” He laughs as he reaches wet pavement. When the song Paul takes a break from singto turn on the CD player. “Not comes to an end, Paul leans ing to sip his skinny vanilla yet, Paul!” Quickly, before I can quietly forward, hoping I won’t latte and soon Willow Glen notice, and turns the volume say any more, he stops. “Okay, Road greets us at the bottom of button up, up, UP! Ready for mom. Just for you.” the hill. We head toward home. On Washington Street, we “Super. . . “ After two more renditions of “Oh, no you don’t!” I say. slip into the left turn slot and “Supercalifragilistic,” we turn We’re both laughing now and wait at the light. “Talk time,” into our wet driveway. It’s been I say, but I don’t need to; talk- I turn the volume back down— a good cruise; we hope you but not too far. As we drive ing is second nature to Paul. If enjoyed the ride. he’s awake and breathing, he’s up to the Rancho San Diego

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SDSU’s Popular Human Resource Certificate Program

DSU’s College of Extended Studies offers a Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management in a field the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects to have a 15.5 percent employment increase through 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This equates to 35,400 new jobs for HR training specialists during that time, according to U.S. News & World Report. The first course of 2016 in SDSU’s certificate program, Introduction to Human Resources, starts Jan. 7. Students can complete all eight courses in the program to earn a certificate, or take only the courses they need. “Not one class goes by that I don’t come into our office and check a manual or policy to see if we can do it better,” said student Kelli Dole, executive assistant to the president & CEO at Awarepoint. Whether a student is new to HR or an accomplished professional, the HR certificate program through SDSU helps them advance their career by acquiring necessary skills to succeed. “The program provided much more than I expected,” said William Oates, NPO/ Training Manager for Centerplate at Qualcomm Stadium. “It improved my current work performance, and added

to my creativity and quest to continue learning. Each instructor contributed to my confidence, and I can see that I can make my professional goals. Overall, it has been a great experience.” The need for HR professionals is further illustrated by the fact that every company – no matter how small or large – must provide human resources functions. Many of those functions have been streamlined, creating a need for professionals who can hire, train, manage, retain, and develop the workforce. Dari DeSousa, senior work environment manager for Marriott International, teaches students HR skills through her Talent Acquisition course and team teaching with fellow Marriott employee Dawn Myers in the Compensation course. “I love teaching and developing people to help them in their careers and to be amazing leaders,” said DeSousa. For more information, visit neverstoplear, email, or call (619) 594-2193. 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. For more information or to register, visit or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

Steve Dolan hosts a one-hour sports talk radio show Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on East County’s “The Mountain – 107.9 FM.” The show may also be heard on the Internet at

EAST COUNTY BIZ with Rick Griffin Alpine Chamber will host `Hot Topics’ breakfast at Viejas

occupied by Haggen by Smart & Final LLC, including: 2800 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon; 13439 Camino Canada, El Cajon; 3681 Avocado Blvd., La Mesa; 9870 North Magnolia Ave., Santee. The four East County The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Com- stores were among 29 stores purchased by Smart & merce will host its next “Hot Topics” breakfast Final for $58.4 million. starting at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Sycamore Room at Viejas Resort & Casino, 5000 Willows Road, Alpine. Speakers will include Tammy Rimes, owner of Hacienda de las Rosas Winery in Old Town and author of “Drink Fine Wine, Ride Fine Horses.” Other speakers will include 2016 Alpine honorary The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce has mayor candidates. The Grand Ladies of the Old announced its support of the County of San Diego’s West will sing Christmas carols. Breakfast sponAlzheimer’s Project featuring a regional roadmap sor is Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians. Attendto accelerate the search for a cure and focus on cure, ees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy or care clinical and public awareness and educational gift card for the Viejas annual holiday toy and food initiatives. The plan calls for launching a multimildrive. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $20 lion-dollar fund drive to spur research innovation per person, which includes five opportunity drawand drug discovery, develop the region’s first cliniing tickets. Vendor spaces are available for $25 per cal standards for the screening, diagnosis and mantable. For more information and to RSVP, visit www. agement of Alzheimer’s and other dementia, and boost public awareness and involvement in clinical trials. “The Chamber is proud to support the Alzheimer’s Project and those who are uniting to tackle the The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved the pur- challenges posed by this debilitating and heartchase by Albertsons LLC of two East County retail breaking disease,” said La Mesa Chamber presisites previously occupied by Haggen Food & Phar- dent/CEO Mary England. An estimated 60,000 San macy. The sites include: 5630 Lake Murray Blvd., La Diegans, including their caregivers, are affected by Mesa; 1608 Broadway, El Cajon.Two other former the disease. Haggen sites in San Diego also will become Albertsons stores, including 12475 Rancho Bernardo Road and 7895 Highland Village Place. The four San Diego County stores were part of Albertsons’ 33-store purchase for $14.7 million. Albertsons LLC operates Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has added both Safeway and Albertson stores. to its arsenal of cancer-fighting tools a new Elekta Previously, the bankruptcy court approved the Versa HD linear accelerator, a revolutionary radiapurchase of four East County retail sites previously tion system designed specifically to improve cancer

La Mesa Chamber supporting Alzheimer’s Project

Albertsons will occupy former Haggen sites

Sharp Grossmont Hospital adds cancerfighting radiation system

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patient care. The system treats a broad spectrum of tumors, as well as complex cancers that require extreme precision. “Sharp Grossmont has made a true commitment to providing state-of-the-art radiation oncology care to the cancer patients of our region with the purchase of the Versa HD,” said Kelly DeWitt, a boardcertified radiation oncologist affiliated with Sharp Grossmont. “The Versa HD gives us the capability to offer sophisticated technology with shorter treatment times which enhances the patient experience during what can be a difficult time.” Radiation therapy uses precise levels of radiation to destroy cancer cells. The Versa HD conforms to a tumors size, shape and volume so clinicians can deliver higher dose radiation resulting in more effective treatment while protecting critical structures, such as the heart, spine, bladder or other healthy organs. The outcome is a highly precise treatment with shorter treatment times, as well as improved ability to offer highly advanced therapies with minimized impact of treatment on a patients’ quality of life.

Joel Anderson’s Legislative Open House set for Dec. 10 California Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) will host his annual Legislative Open House from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, at Toyota of El Cajon, 965 Arnele Ave., El Cajon. The free event is an opportunity for Anderson and his staff to meet with constituents and hear ideas on new legislation for 2016. All attendees will receive a 2015 legislative update and an opportunity to submit ideas to improve state government. To RSVP, contact Anderson’s El Cajon district office at (619) 596-3136, or visit

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