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La Mesa Kicks of Holiday Season Assemblyman Brian Jones Shares His Thoughts on His With Shimmers Event Service in Sacramento

LA MESA — The City of La Mesa celebrated the holidays this week with Shimmer, the City’s annual Downtown Village lighting ceremony. In its second year, the event commemorates the City’s commitment to supporting business growth through investment in infrastructure, marketing and community outreach. The updated shopping and dining district features the newly constructed Legacy Park, and recently opened dining and entertainment options including retro beercade Coin Haus, Public Square Coffee House, and outdoor café Sheldon’s Service Station. “We are proud to support the businesses of La Mesa and the Shimmer event is a perfect way to support them by bringing people to our Downtown Village to dine, shop and explore,” said La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis. “The City continues to make great strides in showing business owners that we are here to support them in opening and operating their businesses.” La Mesa Shimmer featured a downtown holiday lighting ceremony at the Lookout at Legacy Park and a holiday window display contest along La Mesa Blvd from 4th Street to University Ave. Visitors also enjoyed a complimentary hot chocolate bar, photo booth with Frosty the Snowman and live music. “Exploring La Mesa doesn’t stop with Shimmer, we encourage people to see all that our City has to offer at other holiday events and throughout the entire year,” said Mayor Arapostathis. For more information about additional holiday events in La Mesa, please visit:

Above: California Assemblyman Brian Jones (front, center) with his staff.

SACRAMENTO — “When I went to Sacramento six years ago, I had no idea what to expect,” said Assemblyman Jones. “My first realization was that this is a very big, diverse, and beautiful state. I have had the opportunity to meet people and see places that without the honor of serving in the legislature, I would never have been able to meet or see. California is made up of wonderful people, with both amazing natural and man-made sights. It truly is the Golden State. My family and I have had a great adventure. Even in the frustrating days of being in the super-minority, I was always honored to serve in the Assembly. There were many nights that I would walk up to the capitol building with its dome and cupola lit up and visible for miles, and with a great sense of humility and gratitude I would say to myself, “I can’t believe that I get to work here”. Over the past six years, I have had to take hard votes, but with every vote I cast, I always thought about you and would the legislation make your lives better- regardless of party preference or special interest group. Together we have accomplished tremendous things for our community, and I remain steadfast in my belief that our best days lie ahead. From the bottom of my heart, I want to truly thank the citizens of the 71st Assembly District for giving me the privilege of a lifetime to represent you in Sacramento. Thank you and God Bless the great state of California.”

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Red State / Blue State: Where Would You Rather Live?

The pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states,” Barack Obama famously observed in 2004, several years before he ran for President. “But I’ve got news for them: There’s the United States of America.” Twelve years later, Obama is about to depart the White House, and by now he has probably learned there are significant differences between so-called “red” states that tend to vote Republican in presidential elections and “blue” ones that usually support Democrats. The colors, of course, come from maps often used as television graphics during election coverage. What are some of those differences? While campaigning – at least before Donald Trump – Republicans have tended to focus on values, claiming families and traditional marriages are stronger in red states than blue ones, while Democrats contend poor people, minorities and women are better off in blue ones. California, of course, has been a consistently blue state since 1992, when Bill Clinton carried it with a plurality of the vote against the elder George Bush, not winning an actual majority here until 1996. Republicans often say California Democrats have wrecked the Golden State over the last 25 years, citing what they insist is a declining quality of life and an expanded role for government. It’s true Democrats have dominated the Legislature almost all that time, passing laws that regulate everything from cell phone use in cars to teaching about gay history in high schools. A “nanny state,” many Republicans call it, ignoring the fact Republican governors like Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger signed off on most of the new regulations Democrats passed in the last quarter century. Ethnically speaking, California became blue when its Latinos began to get politically active. But in many other ways, this is statistically a pretty standard blue state, and there are major differences between those states and their red rivals. Here are some (based on U.S. Census data): • Blue states tend to have a more educated populace; California is fairly typical with 37.4 percent of adults holding college degrees. Deeply blue Massachusetts (despite its Republican governor) ranks first in this category with 53.4 percent of adults holding at least a bachelor’s degree. At the bottom in this category is a corps of red states including Alaska at 26.6 percent, Texas at 32.2 percent and Arizona with 33 percent. • Red states tend to have a far higher percentage of people abusing drugs, led by West Virginia with 25.8 persons out of every 100,000 dying of drug overdoses each year, Utah with 18.4 and Alaska 18.1 in 2008, the last year for which statistics are available. Red states like Louisiana, Arizona, Alabama, Oklahoma and Tennessee all topped 14 per 100,000 in this sad category. California, again in drug abuse a fairly normal blue state, saw only 10.4 persons out of every 100,000 take fatal overdoses, both from illegal drugs and prescription ones. (Statistics from the Policy Impact Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.) • A little counterintuitive, the map of state with the highest Census-reported divorce rates is also almost all red, including Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alaska, Alabama, Kentucky, Nevada (the only blue state here, but also the only state with an active quickie divorce industry), Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and Arizona. • Unemployment, on the other hand, is a mixed bag. In the latest Department of Labor statistics, three red states (Alaska, Louisiana and West Virginia) are among the top six, with Alaska leading the unfortunate way at 6.7 percent, but they are joined by three usually blue states (Illinois, New Mexico and the District of Columbia). • Red state citizens tend to be more charitable, with the eight states donating the highest share of their personal income to charity – Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Idaho, Arkansas and Georgia – all pretty reliably Republican (data from the Chronicle of Philanthrophy). All of which raises some questions: Do Republican “family values” equate to higher divorce rates and lower college education. Does going Democratic make people less charitable? Or are none of these things linked to politics at all?

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

To Your

Seniors and 5 O’clock Somewhere




How extensive is alcoholism among older people?

. Alcoholism is a serious problem among

seniors. Here are just a few statistics that tell the story: About 70 percent of hospital admissions for older adults are for illness and accidents related to alcohol. About half of older adults in nursing homes have an alcohol problem. Older adults lose an average of 10 years off their lives because of alcohol abuse. About 80 percent of doctors misdiagnose alcoholism as depression in older women. The highest growing number of alcoholics is among 75-year-old widowers. About 10 percent of patients over age 60 who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are actually suffering from brain damage caused by alcoholism. “Alcohol abuse among older adults is something few want to talk about or deal with,” said Charles Curie, former administrator of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration . “Too often family members are ashamed of the problem and choose not to address it. Health care providers tend not to ask older patients about alcohol abuse if it wasn’t a problem in their lives in earlier years. “Sometimes the symptoms are mistaken for those of dementia, depression, or other problems common to older adults. Unfortunately, too many older persons turn to alcohol as a comfort, following the death of a spouse, a divorce, retirement, or some other major life change, unaware that they are markedly affecting the quality of their lives.”

A few definitions: Alcoholism is a disease with four symptoms: craving or compulsion to drink, the inability to limit drinking, high alcohol tolerance, and physical dependence. Alcohol abuse does not include strong craving, loss of control or physical dependence. Alcohol abuse is defined as drinking that causes problems in your life such as failing at work, getting arrested for drunk driving, hurting someone physically or emotionally because of drinking. Moderate drinking is defined as consuming up to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women and older people. A standard drink is 12 ounces beer, five ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

New Way T-cells Attack Myelin May Explain Why Some MS Therapies Fail n a new and possibly important insight into the workings of the immune system, researchers discovered what it takes for T-cells to start targeting myelin sheets in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The findings may also explain why some drugs fail to prevent autoimmunity in MS. The study, “Trans-presentation of IL-6 by dendritic cells is required for the priming of pathogenic TH17 cells,” recently appeared in the journal Nature Immunology. In earlier studies, the research team at Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany showed that the immune mediator IL-6 was part of the machinery that instructed T-cells (of a type called Th17) to attack myelin. When T-cells are formed, they travel to lymph nodes throughout the body and wait for signals to act. Another immune cell — the dendritic cell — is crucial in telling the T-cells where their work is needed. This is done by presenting bits of the invader that the body wants to get rid of. Most often, these are bits of bacteria or a virus. But in people with MS, dendritic cells wrongfully bring pieces of myelin to the T-cells. The TUM research team discovered that T-cells did not attack the myelin until an IL-6 signal was present. While they learned in this earlier work that IL-6 is also secreted by dendritic cells, they also saw — surprisingly

for the researchers — that IL-6 is sometimes not enough to get T-cells to launch an attack. It was clear that a piece of the puzzle was still missing. In the new study, researchers discovered that while the very presence of the IL-6 signal is important, it is how that signal is presented that matters most. Scientists already know that dendritic cells can use IL-6 for communication in two ways. A cell can release IL-6, which then diffuses into the liquid surrounding the cells until it hits a receptor on another cell. Or, cells can secrete both IL-6 and its receptor, which form a complex before docking to another cell. The team discovered that, in the case of myelin-targeting T-cells, neither of these two methods were used. Rather, a third way exists for the use of IL-6 in cellular communication. Dendritic cells can place IL-6 like a flag on their surface, and come into direct contact with receptors on T-cells. The researchers termed this new way “cluster signaling,” as dendritic cells and T-cells cluster together in the process. In contrast to the other ways of signaling, a T-cell receives the IL-6 signal at the same time as it receives other signals from dendritic cells. They believe that this concentrated timing creates a strong signal, making the T-cells more aggressive and efficient in their attacks on myelin. Scientists have been trying to block IL-6 signaling to stop autoimmune processes. Such drugs are routinely used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, but in MS this type of therapy has not been successful. “The results of our research can clarify why some therapies are successful and why others are not,” Thomas Korn, a professor of Experimental Neuroimmunology and the study’s senior investigator, said in a news release. The various drugs often block only one signaling method. If transmission through dissolved IL-6 is prevented, cluster signaling may still be possible,” said Ari Waisman, the head of the Institute for Molecular Medicine at the University Medical Center in Mainz, Germany, who collaborated with the TUM team on the study.

Source: Munich



The American Medical Association offers the following list of physical symptoms to diagnose alcoholism. If an older person shows several symptoms, there is a high probability of alcoholism. • Bruises, abrasions, and scars in locations that might suggest frequent falls, bumping into objects, physical altercations, or other violent behavior. • Cigarette burns on the fingers. • Flushed or florid faces. • Jerky eye movement or loss of central vision. • Damage to nerves causing numbness and tingling. • Hypertension, particularly systolic (the first number). • Gastrointestinal or other bleeding. • Cirrhosis or other evidence of liver impairment, such as swelling in the lower extremities, and other signs of fluid retention. • Psoriasis.

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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 beloved of the Lord, this week and for the next few weeks as we enter the Christmas season, we will turn our attention to examine the question, “Why Jesus?” We will be looking specifically at why Jesus came into the world. The Bible, the Word of God informs us that there were a number of reasons for which Jesus came into the world. In Matthew 1:1823 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Two things specifically we see from these verses as to the reason Jesus came into the world. First, to save man from his sins; secondly, to fulfill prophesy. Let us further examine the first reason: to save us from the penalty of our sins. This truth is reiterated numerous times in the Bible, John the Baptist made this announcement, John 1:29 “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Acts 4:12, “There is salvation in no other name under Heaven that man shall be saved than the name of Jesus.” All of this of course leads us to the truth that man is lost and needs to be saved. What exactly does this mean? We will let the Word of God explain this. Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” 1John 3:4 “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” Romans 5:6-11 “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” We have all sinned, broken God’s Law numerous times by lying; cheating; stealing; blaspheming; and countless other crimes against a Holy God thus putting us at war with God needing forgiveness and reconciliation. This is why Jesus came into the world to reconcile a sinful; rebellious; stubborn people unto Himself, taking upon Himself the penalty for our sin. What must we do to partake of this wonderful reconciliation? Acknowledge that we have sinned against God (this is the beginning of repentance) and then turn away from that sin (this is also part of repentance) and then we must place our faith in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of my sin. We can do nothing to earn or merit God’s forgiveness, He did that which we could never do, the righteous dying in place of the unrighteous. This dear ones, is what Christmas is all about, not presents, Santa Clause, Christmas trees, parties, or other festive occasions. Not that there are anything wrong per say with these only to the degree that they have taken our attention off of what the real meaning of Christmas is.

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

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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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SDSU BEATwith Steve Dolan


OLLI at SDSU Offers Great Opportunities he third time living in San Diego has definitely been the charm for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SDSU member Judith Wenker. “I’ve been reincarnated; I’m not leaving,” said Wenker, a retired attorney with more than 30 years of experience who became an OLLI member at SDSU in 2005 and served on its first advisory board. “I love lifelong learning,” she added. “I find it so stimulating. Our teachers can tell us about subjects without the stresses and strains of trying to take detailed notes for final exams as when we were younger.” With the OLLI at SDSU program, there are not the headaches of tests, grades, or exams – just a chance to dive into learning and recapture the thrill of intellectual growth and the camaraderie created by exciting discussions with curious fellow learners age 50 and better. “I think it’s a great program,” Wenker said. “The classes are attuned to us. Our teachers say they love teaching us because we want to learn about what they have to say.” Wenker, who taught five years before attending law school at the University of San Diego from 1972-76, also stays involved with OLLI at SDSU by serving on the curriculum committee. “The curriculum is a lot more varied now (than 10 years ago),” she said. “The curriculum committee is close to my heart because I have taught. It’s great to be able to contribute to the OLLI program.” Since returning “home” permanently to San Diego in 2001 after several stops along the way, Wenker has become active with such nonprofits as ElderHe1p of San Diego, Elementary Institute of Science, and the Neighborhood House Association. She’s also a member of the San Diego Women’s Foundation and a past board member of the Women’s Environmental Council. On top of it all, her involvement with OLLI at SDSU also keeps her active. “I’ve met a lot of great people through OLLI,” she concluded. For more information about OLLI at SDSU, call (619) 594-2863, email, or visit 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. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin News Radio 600 live in El Cajon For 41st Annual East County Toy Drive

EL CAJON — iHeart Media San Diego’s KOGO-AM News Radio 600 is planning a live broadcast from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Target store parking lot, 250 Broadway, El Cajon, in support of the 41st annual East County Toy and Food Drive that began all those years ago by the late ‘Mr. East County,’ Stoney Stone, who passed away in April of this year. KOGO’s Cliff Albert, LaDona Harvey, Ted Garcia and Cal Walker will help collect donations benefiting the Salvation Army El Cajon Corps and East County families. Also as part of the event, a parade of fire trucks from Heartland Fire and Rescue Dept. is planned. About a dozen fire trucks will leave at about 11 a.m. from Fire Station #6, 100 E. Lexington, El Cajon, and arrive at approximately 11:15 a.m. at the Target parking lot. KOGO-AM has annually supported this fundraiser with a live remote since 1996. Started in 1975, the East County Toy and Food Drive is one of the oldest and largest toy and food drives in San Diego County.

‘Toys for Joy’ at El Cajon Valley High School on Saturday

EL CAJON — The Rock Church will host its 20th annual Toys for Joy event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The free toy, food and clothing giveaway will be held at four locations, including Lincoln High School, Southwest High School, San Marcos High School and El Cajon Valley High School. The public is invited to attend. Children ages up to 11 receive a free toy and families will have the opportunity to receive free lunch and groceries. Free clothing will be available at Lincoln High School. Church officials expect attendance will exceed 23,000 people at the four

locations. In addition, organizers expect more than 20,000 toys, 12,000 bags of groceries and 250,000 articles of clothing will be distributed to families in need. The event also includes live entertainment and a kids’ fun zone. In 2015, Toys for Joy gave away 22,000 toys, 12,000 bags of groceries, and 223,000 articles of clothing. The public is invited to participate. Volunteers can sign up at Toys can be purchased using an online wish list at Monetary and in-kind gifts can be contributed online at Event sponsors include Mattel Toy Store, Metro PCS, Rock Thrift Store, The CW San Diego 6, and San Diego Half Marathon. The Rock Church, which began in February 2000, hosts 17 Sunday services at five multisite campuses and more than 10 microsites with more than 13,500 people in attendance per week. In 2013, the church opened an East County campus at 808 Jackman Dr. in El Cajon. A former Michael’s retail store in El Cajon was remodeled to feature a 725-seat auditorium.

La Mesa Chamber to host ribbon cutting for Jack in the Box

LA MESA — The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting photograph for the relocated Jack in the Box restaurant at 6110 Lake Murray Blvd., La Mesa, at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14. “We are grateful to the owner Nasir Faroogi for making this investment in La Mesa and our business community,” said Mary England, president/CEO, La Mesa Chamber. “This new structure and location is an added benefit to our area.” The new restaurant is located a few yards from an existing Jack in the Box in a retail center with a Ross Dress for Less store. “Kadsar Masood, the store manager and his entire team, will show us why this brand-new building is the best place to get your best

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hamburger, tacos and more that will make your day,” England said. San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) operates and franchises Jack in the Box restaurants, one of the nation’s largest hamburger chains, with more than 2,200 restaurants in 21 states and Guam.

Voters return two incumbents, add new member to Grossmont Healthcare District

LA MESA — Two longtime Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board members retained their seats in the recent November 2016 election, plus voters elected a new face to join the five-member board that represents more than 500,000 people residing in the district’s 750 square miles in East County. East County voters reelected Robert “Bob” Ayres and Michael Emerson to four-year terms. In addition, Santee resident Virginia Hall was elected to a four-year term as a new board member. A seat on the GHD board became available when Betty Stieringer, a retired Registered Nurse and board member since 2012, decided not to seek reelection. Ayres, a retired banking executive with 50 years of experience in both public and private-sector banking and construction financing and management, joined the board in September 2010 to fill a vacancy. The El Cajon resident was then elected to a four-year term in November 2012. Emerson, a registered ophthalmic dispenser and owner of Hart Optical Co. of La Mesa, was appointed to the board in May 2008 to fill a vacancy. The La Mesa resident was then elected in November 2008 and reelected in November 2012. Hall, a retired Registered Nurse, finished first in a field of six candidates that included Ayres, Emerson, longtime Grossmont Union High School District Trustee Priscilla Schreiber, former La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid and La Mesa CPA Jimmy Parker.

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Alpine Fire Protection District Receives Grant Funding for New Rescue Equipment ALPINE — The Alpine Fire Protection District (AFPD) has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for Rescue Extrication Equipment. The AFPD will use the funds to purchase modern life-saving equipment capable of safely assisting firefighters in extricating victims trapped in motor vehicle collisions. “With these funds the District will be able to purchase modern rescue equipment,” said Alpine Fire Chief Bill Paskle. “With advancements in modern vehicle safety, these vehicles now use boron steel reinforcements with high-tensile steel which translates into very tough steel frames. Our old rescue equipment simply didn’t have the power to cut through this new steel. The District would like to thank the OTS for their generous grant” The OTS strives to eliminate traffic deaths and injuries. It does this by making available grants to local and state public agencies for programs that help them enforce traffic laws, educate the public in traffic safety and provide varied and effective means of reducing fatalities, injuries and economic losses from collisions. In 2015 the AFPD responded to approximately 127 traffic collision incidents. And of those, 127 incidents, 19 required the use of Rescue Extrication equipment to help free the victims of the collision. Those injured numbered 140 with two fatalities.

La Mesa Children at Local Elementary Schools are Winners This Holiday Season A ‘Sea’ of Clothing Was Presented on Tuesday, Dec. 6

LA MESA — ­ The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce was thrilled to present all the clothing items, in conjunction with the “Children’s Holiday Project” on Tuesday, Dec. 6 to Maxine Lynch, President and Lindsey Hurley, Vice President of the La Mesa City Employees Association. On hand for this celebration and presentation were benefactors, Jerry Lester, local community supporter and Jon Kirk, owner of Kirk Paving. The La Mesa Chamber thanks them for their support, which was critical in the success of this project and allowed the local children to be served this year. On hand to help unpack the items and get ready for the presentation were: La Mesa Chamber Chairman of the Board, Maggie Eggers, Secretary of the Board, Shannan Doane, Board Member, Yvonne Mohammed and La Mesa Chamber President and CEO, Mary England. With the generous donations from Jerry Lester and Jon Kirk, children that attend Rolando, Murray Manor and Maryland Avenue schools received 665 clothing items and shoes to make their holiday brighter. The general breakdown of the donated items by category are: • 95 pairs of shoes • 94 shirts • 274 pairs of underwear • 189 pairs of socks • 13 pairs of Levis, leggings and dresses The La Mesa Chamber is proud to work with Jerry Lester and Jon Kirk and put smiles on the faces of so many La Mesa children. These types of partnerships allow the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce to continue our quest to make a difference in La Mesa and the lives of those within our community.

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