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El Cajon State of the City Address

EL CAJON — El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells presented the State of City Address, Tuesday, Dec. 8. The city has a balanced budget and is looking forward to two four-star hotels being built in the 2016-2017 time frame. Wells stated that the city has over 100,000 residents including immigrants from 1,000’s of miles away who call El Cajon home. Wells reported that El Cajon is the only city in the state to reduce taxes. According to Wells, crime in El Cajon has decrease 24 percent in last four years. The police and fire department are fully staffed. Programs such as crime free multi-housing programs, crime free hotel and motel programs, and citizens patrol programs, neighborhood watch programs, national night out, and public safety forums have contributed to the crime reduction. Heartland Fire and Rescue has had three academies with over 50 graduates. The department received a class I ISO rating. That puts the department in top 0.2 percent in the nation. The El Cajon City Council, spearheaded by councilmember Gary Kendrick ,instituted a “deemed approval ordinance.” This gives the city greater ability to regulate the sale of alcohol. This significantly decreased the sale of alcohol to minors. Wells spoke of rebranding El Cajon. In the 80s there were significant social problems such as motorcycle

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SANTEE — The Mission Trails 5-Peak Challenge was launched on Oct. 7. Anyone climbing all five peaks and presenting a “selfie” next to each of the signs at the peak of each hike, receives a lapel pin and certificate commemorating their achievement. All peaks did not have to be climbed in one day. The 5-Peak Challenge was created by Ranger Levi Dean to entice hiking and climbing enthusiasts to venture out into all areas of Mission Trails, and not just climb Cowles Mountain. The main portion of Mission Trails, which is all south of State Route 52, encompasses nearly 6,000 acres and includes 54 miles of trails. As an incentive for this new program, a drawing for outdoor recreation prizes was held for the first 100 people to complete the 5-Peak Challenge. The prizes – awarded Saturday, Dec. 5 – consisted of camping tents, backpacks, hiking poles, camping blankets, and gift certificates, were donated by Adventure-16, REI, and Lightspeed Outdoors. To date over 350 people have completed the 5-Peak Challenge.

Above, from left: El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells with City Councilmembers – Gary Kendrick, Tony Ambrose, Star Bales and Bob McClellan. Right: Newly sworn in El Cajon Chief of Police Jeff Davis addresses the public at the council meeting.

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gangs, drugs, and prostitution. These have been significantly reduced. The downtown area is now safe. With expanding programs like the St. Patrick Half Marathon, Mother Goose Parade, America on Main, Hauntfest and Classic Car Shows, Dinner and a Concerts, Farmers Market, El Cajon can proudly show off their downtown businesses and restaurants. The

goal is to interest more people into living in El Cajon. After the State of the City Address, Captain Jeff Davis was sworn in as the new Police Chief, replacing the retired Chief Jim Redman.

On The Cover RANCHO SAN DIEGO — San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce incoming Chairman of the Board Leah McIvor and her four-legged-friend participated in the Jingle Paws Walk for Pets, Saturday, Dec. 5. The event – held at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College – benefits the El Cajon Animal Shelter. Cover photo: Jay Renard / The East County Herald Cover design: Steve Hamann / The East County Herald

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Email Issue Hints at Possible Brown Corruption Role


Your Community College In The News Garrett returning as GrossmontCuyamaca Community College District Governing Board President in 2016 EL CAJON — Bill Garrett was unanimously selected Tuesday night to lead the GrossmontCuyamaca Community College District Governing Board for the ninth straight year. Garrett, a retired El Cajon city manager, has served since 2008 as board president for the East County college district, which enrolls about 28,000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. Also picked at Tuesday’s meeting was Mary Kay Rosinksi for her second term as vice president and Edwin Hiel as 2016 board clerk, replacing Greg Barr in the post. Garrett thanked fellow trustees for their support and said the board’s cohesiveness and collegial relationships are key to its strength, as well as the support and trust it has built over the years with faculty and staff “Bearing the gavel is not without its challenges, particularly with the occasionally polarizing issues that are brought before us, but we share a respect for one another as trustees and a commitment to helping students reach their educational goals,” said Garrett, who joined the Governing Board in 2004. He added that much has been accomplished by the district under the leadership of Chancellor Cindy L. Miles, whom he credited for the colleges’ strong focus on student success and innovations including the East County Education Alliance, a partner-

From left: Bill Garrett is returning in 2016 as president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board. Mary Kay Rosinski was picked Tuesday as vice president and Edwin Hiel as board clerk. ship with the Grossmont Union High School District designed to provide high-schoolers with a smoother path to college. “This district is well-regarded throughout the region and the state, and the stellar guidance she has demonstrated for the past nearly seven years is greatly appreciated,” Garrett said. The Governing Board will be holding its regular meetings in 2016 on the third Tuesday of each

month, except for the September and December meetings, which will take place on the second Tuesday of the month, and the March meeting, which will take place on the third Wednesday. The board meets at ¬¬Griffin Gate at Grossmont College in even-numbered months (February, April, June, August, October and December) and at the student center at Cuyamaca College in alternate months.

here is no doubt Gov. Jerry Brown has tolerated corruption in his administration. But now there are hints that he might be personally involved in some of it. For corruption Brown has known about, but not curbed, start with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), proven to have decided multi-billion-dollar rate cases after lengthy private contacts and email exchanges between commissioners, their staff and utility executives. Then there’s the state Energy Commission, which handed tens of millions of dollars in “hydrogen highway” grants to a consultant who two years ago drew the map of where that money was to be spent, then resigned and formed a company which three months later applied for and got most of the available money. No member of either commission has been disciplined. Nor have any commission practices changed discernibly. Brown promoted his former aide Michael Picker to president of the PUC despite the fact that during the year Picker and disgraced former PUC President Michael Peevey served together, Picker voted for every deal Peevey pushed. At the Energy Commission, despite proven cronyism and his vote to back the hydrogen highway conflict of interest, Chairman Robert Weisenmiller was soon reappointed. Now come hints that the consistently hands-on Brown might not merely condone corruption in his administration; he may be part of it. These come from two directions: In San Francisco Superior Court, San Diego lawyers Michael Aguirre and Mia Severson are pushing for access to more than 60 records purportedly showing Brown or his office was in direct and frequent contact with PUC commissioners at the time of the infamous San Onofre settlement. That was the agreement worked out – apparently illegally – on stationary and paper napkins of a luxury Warsaw hotel between a junketing Peevey and executives of the Southern California Edison Co. The deal would have customers of Edison and the San Diego Gas & Electric Co. pay $3.3 billion, or about three-fourths of the cost of retiring the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which failed because Edison officials bought a flawed $660 million part knowing all along it could destroy SONGS, as it eventually did. The PUC so far refuses to reopen that case, but has not shown why consumers should pay anything for Edison’s blunder at San Onofre. One reason the nominally independent commission, made up of five Brown appointees, is obdurate may be that it knows Brown liked the deal from the start. While no one will know until after a scheduled Dec. 9 court hearing what’s in those documents, another email proves Brown knew about and favored the illegally crafted San Onofre settlement early on. A June 6, 2013 note sent by Edison CEO Ted Craver to company board members starts with Craver saying he “wanted to give you a quick report on my phone calls with Gov. Brown.” This came while Brown was in Rancho Mirage meeting with President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Reported Craver, “He said what we were doing seemed right under the circumstances.” Craver also said Brown “indicated a willingness to” say publicly that Edison was acting responsibly. What else might have been said in that call? For sure, Brown spoke to Craver while meeting with two of the three most powerful world leaders. That’s how hands-on the governor can be, even when he has no formal voice in a decision. There was also a possible conflict of interest here: His sister, Kathleen, is a board member of SDG&E’s parent company, which has hundreds of millions of dollars at stake in this case. Maybe Brown was more directly involved than we know. That’s only a guess, but Brown invites speculation when he and his PUC appointees use tax dollars trying to hide their contacts. Brown press secretary Evan Westrup, asked for the governor’s response to or explanation for all this, would say only “I do not expect we’ll be commenting.” This non-response came while Brown was fending off public outrage over his demand that California’s oil regulating agency provide him maps and records showing any potential for oil and natural gas drilling on his family’s 2,700-acre ranch in Colusa County. Add it up and possible corruption involving Brown could far exceed the questionable moves which spurred the 2003 recall of ex-Gov. Gray Davis.

Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: 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


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Living with MS with Dee Dean

. What is St. John’s Wort?

. St. John’s Wort—also known as hypericum herb, klamath weed or goat weed— is a plant with yellow flowers that are used to make teas and tablets. For centuries, the plant has been considered a remedy for mental problems, including depression and anxiety. Does it work? St. John’s Wort is not a proven therapy for depression. There is some scientific evidence that St. John’s Wort helps in the treatment of mild-to-moderate depression. However, there have been two major studies that showed St. John’s Wort is no better than a placebo for treating moderate depression. Before you go to a store to buy some of this herb, consult with your personal physician. There are negative side effects from taking St. John’s Wort. These include: sensitivity to sunlight, anxiety, dry mouth, dizziness, gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue, headache, or sexual dysfunction. This plant can also interact with drugs you’re taking. If you believe you are depressed and want treatment, there are approved antidepressant medications that work. Most people with depression get better with treatment that includes these medicines. . What is a stem cell? . In your body, you have specialized cells that make up your brain, blood, bones and other anatomical parts. Stem cells are not specialized; they are master cells. Stem cells divide to form specialized cells or new stem cells. There are two basic forms of stem cells—embryonic and adult. Embryonic stem cells come from embryos that are a few days old. These cells can divide into more stem cells or any type of body cell. Embryonic stem cells have the greatest capacity to regenerate or repair diseased tissue in people. Adult stem cells is a term used to describe stem cells found in adult tissues, children, placentas and umbilical cords. Adult stem cells are often present in only small quantities. The primary functions of adult stem cells are to maintain and repair tissue. The conventional wisdom has been that adult stem cells create only one kind of specialized cell, but a new theory suggests that these cells may have the potential to do more. For example, bone-marrow stem cells responsible for producing blood might be able to make nerve tissue. . Can stem cells be used to treat Parkinson’s disease? . Stem cells offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat many medical problems including Parkinson and Alzheimer’s diseases, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. Parkinson disease (PD) may be the first disease amenable to treatment with stem cells. In the early 1960s, scientists determined that the loss of brain cells was causing PD. The cells that were depleted produced dopamine, a chemical that helps control muscle activity. Today, PD is treated with drugs and surgery. PD is a complex disorder of the central nervous system. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the United States, after Alzheimer’s. The defining symptoms of PD include tremor, slowness of movement, rigidity, and impaired balance and coordination.


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he vitamin D receptor promotes the differentiation of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells and boosts myelin sheath regeneration, according to a new study. The research suggests potential new ways to treat Multiple Sclerosis patients. Multiple Sclerosis patients continually lose the insulating myelin sheath that wraps around neurons and increases the speed of impulses in the central nervous system. Whenever neurons are demyelinated, OPCs migrate toward these cells and differentiate into mature, myelin-producing oligodendrocytes, but this

process becomes less and less effective as people age. A nuclear receptor protein called retinoid X receptor gamma (RXRgamma) is known to promote OPC differentiation and remyelination, but, because nuclear receptors generally function in pairs, a team of researchers led by Robin Franklin at the University of Cambridge, UK, set out to identify RXRgamma’s binding partners and investigate their possible role in remyelination. RXRy bound to several nuclear receptors, including VDR, in OPCs and mature oligodendrocytes. Inhibiting VDR impaired OPC differentiation and reduced the cells’ ability to remyelinate axons ex vivo. In contrast, Vitamin D, which binds and activates VDR, boosted OPC differentia-


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In a control brain slice (left), most axons have regained a myelin sheath eight days after demyelination. But regeneration is impaired when VDR is inhibited (right).

tion. Low vitamin D levels have been linked to the onset of Multiple Sclerosis, and the researchers’ findings suggest that the vitamin might also affect disease progression by controlling myelin sheath regeneration, a critical step to alleviate the disease’s symptoms that fails as patients age. VDR-activating drugs might therefore be able to enhance remyelination in Multiple Sclerosis patients and in patients suffering from other demyelinating diseases.

Source: Rockefeller University Press

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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College District’s Parking Cops Give More Than Tickets A Day in the Life of Jesus EL CAJON — The Campus and Parking Services folks at the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District may not be known for spreading holiday cheer, given that, among other things, they’re the parking enforcers at the two East County campuses. But far from being Christmas Grinches or parsimonious Scrooges, the department is involved in charitable efforts benefitting students of modest means, medical clinics in developing nations, and military veterans who have returned home wounded from the Middle East conflicts. Items collected through Lost and Found that go unclaimed for 90 days are donated to such worthy causes, instead of being tossed into the recycling bin. Of the more than 1,500 items processed annually, unclaimed school supplies such as flash drives, textbooks, notebooks and backpacks are donated to Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges’ student services programs for low-income students and those with disabilities. Misplaced spectacles – sun glasses, prescription glasses and reading glasses – are refurbished and have gone to clinics in Sri Lanka, El Salvador, Argentina, Venezuela, the Philippines, Mexico and Katmandu in Nepal, thanks to the efforts of a now-retired Grossmont College employee Alba Orr, a longtime member of the Lions Club. This year, CAPS provided about 165 pairs of glasses to Orr, whose tireless volunteer work on behalf of the service club and its international mission to improve the vision of the world’s neediest populations is widely known throughout the district. Some of the sunglasses are distributed to farm workers in the Imperial Valley, said Orr, who estimates she’s collected some 10,000 pairs of glasses through the college district and other local sites since 1990. “The smiles on people’s faces

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Above: Terria Bridgeford, Campus and Parking Services specialist, takes inventory of the latest batch of unclaimed lost-and-found items to be donated to various charities. – some who haven’t been able to see clearly for years because they’re unable to get glasses – is what makes it all worthwhile,” said Orr, whose late husband inspired her to first join the Lions in the 1970s. “When people come up and say thank you so much, God bless you for what you’re doing – it just makes me feel good that I am giving something for the less fortunate,” Orr said. All cell phones, iPads and other electronic devices that go unclaimed are given to the Wounded Warriors Project, a veterans’ service organization that offers programs, services and events for wounded veterans of military actions following the events of Sept. 11, 2001. CAPS, formed in 2013 when the college district separated law enforcement functions from parking enforcement, expanded its charitable efforts this year in partnership with the San Diego Sheriff ’s Office. The department recently donated a dozen bicycles to the children of students enrolled through state-funded assistance programs at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. CAPS Director Nicole Conklin said she and Sheriff ’s

Sgt. Richard Goggin received the bikes through a Sheriff ’s Department program in which used bikes are refurbished by trustees in the George Bailey Detention Facility and given to community groups and institutions through an application process. Goggin serves as the sergeant in charge of the Sheriff ’s Department unit assigned to the colleges and brought the bike program to the campuses. “We first participated at the start of the semester with the giveaway of adult bikes during orientation week at the colleges and everyone loved it, so we applied for more bikes, this time for both adults and smaller children for the holidays,” said Conklin, whose CAPS department, in addition to parking enforcement, provides services including safety escorts, lost and found, battery jumps and vehicle and room unlocks. “It’s our way of giving back to the college district and showing people that we are an approachable team, here to help students and staff.” For more information about Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, including registering for spring semester classes, go to

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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 final event that is mentioned in our text that we began looking at two weeks ago has great significance in regard to the context of the other events. After Jesus’ discourse with the religious leaders on divorce, His disciples ask him about divorce. They were confused on this issue because the religious leaders of their day had made divorce so easy, if a man was unhappy with his wife for any reason, he could write her a certificate of divorce and that would be the end of it. This made life quite miserable for the woman for she could be divorced at any time for any reason and left to fend for herself. It is at this setting that parents, both mothers and fathers bring their children to Jesus for Him to touch them and bless them. Children are the ones that suffer most from divorce, just look at our society today, what a heart break it is to see so many children growing up without a father or mother. Also noteworthy is the disciples attempt to keep the children away from Jesus and His rebuke of them. Jesus loves children; He would use children to illustrate the type of faith we are to have in coming to Him. Matthew 18:2-7 “Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!” Jesus’ rebuke of His disciples should be taken very seriously. Because God loves children so much, He will deal very severely with anyone that will keep a child from coming to Him. This is happening today at an alarming rate as parents forbid their children from going to church (not encouraging them or even taking them is just as serious); schools forbidding or limiting children to have access to the Bible being taught at their schools; governments restricting access to the Word of God at schools and school events; the list can go on and on. What a serious offense this is against God and those whom He loves.

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

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Saturday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m.-noon Target parking lot at Broadway and Highway 67 in El Cajon

The East County Firetruck Parade of Toys Benefitting The 40th Annual East County Toy & Food Drive

“It’s All About The Kids!” – Stoney Stone, Founder of The East County Food & Toy Drive Join KOGO’s Ted Garcia, LaDona Harvey and Cliff Albert along with Stoney’s Kids and The Salvation Army for the annual East County Toy and Food Drive. KOGO will broadcast live from the annual Fire Truck Toy Parade. Come by, drop off a toy and say hello.



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The coffee was hot—

et it’s happened to you. Just sat down with a steaming mug of coffee. . . I settled into my favorite chair with my book and a fresh cup of coffee, inhaling the aroma of the medium roast blend, ready for a relaxing evening. Okay, maybe you never drink coffee in the evenings but it could have been morning— same difference. The coffee waits patiently as I open my book—which actually is a Kindle—curl my feet up under me, and read a few pages while the coffee cools from burning to hot enough to drink. As I reach for the cup, I notice son Paul’s gone from where he was sitting a minute ago and Christy’s walking back to the couch. “Paul’s in his room, getting ready to go to bed. He’s waiting for you to help him get in bed,” she explains. After his neck surgery, Paul still needs help getting around so the coffee waits while I go to help him. Five minutes later I come back, curl up in my comfy chair and pick up my Kindle. Before I can swipe the Kindle to “on,” my cell chimes. The

display shows it’s Bryan— oldest son. Several days a week at about this time, he calls as he’s driving home from work and yes, he uses his Bluetooth, so no criminal acts involved. I glance at my coffee. It isn’t steaming any more, but I figure it should still be fairly hot in its thick, royal blue Punxsutawney Phil mug. Just to be sure, I set a couple of napkins across the top of the mug and hope for the best. Bryan has lots of news and of course, I have some for him. As we trade stories,

warm but not too bad. . . Knock! Knock! Who’s that? At seven in the evening, it can only be my other son, Craig. Always good to see him; he’s a busy person. I hope he’ll do more than pop in and pop out like he often does. I stick the napkins back across the top of the mug, knowing it’s not going to do much good. Craig settles into the other comfy chair, chats with Christy and me for a nice long time, then leaves to crash at home after a long day at work. Okay. Coffee time. It’s still there, waiting patiently. I remove the napkins, take a sip. It does not welcome me warmly. It’s cold. Like I said, I bet that’s happened to you, too.

“I settled into my favorite chair

with my book and a fresh cup of

coffee, inhaling the aroma of the

medium roast blend, ready for a relaxing evening.“ I occasionally look longingly at my coffee, but sons are more important. I turn my attention back to the conversation. When I finally hang up—or whatever you call it when you end the call on a cell phone, more like pressing “End,” I guess— I take the napkins off the top of the coffee mug, pick up my Kindle, open it to my last page and reach for my coffee. Hmmm, a little

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News Radio 600 KOGO-AM is planning a live broadcast from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Target store parking lot, 250 Broadway, El Cajon, in support of the 39th annual East County Toy and Food Drive. KOGO’s Cliff Albert, LaDona Harvey and Ted Garcia 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, an iHeart Media station, has annually supported this fundraiser with a live remote since 1996. Started in 1976, the East County Toy and Food Drive is one of the oldest and largest toy and food drives in San Diego County.

East County welcomes Toys for Joy on Saturday The Rock Church will present the 19th annual Toys of Joy from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. 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, 1035 East Madison Ave, El Cajon. Children ages up to 11 receive a free toy and families will have the opportunity to receive free lunch, clothing, groceries and entertainment. Church officials expect attendance will reach 23,000 people. In addition to the expected 23,000 toys, 12,500 bags of groceries and 200,000 articles of clothing that will be distributed to families in need, there also will

SDSU Extended Studies Catalog Available

he spring semester catalog of classes for San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies is now available in both online and print versions. To take a multimedia look at SDSU College of Extended Studies’ many life- and careerenhancing programs, click on the digital catalog link on the College’s home page at The free print catalog is available by calling (619) 265-7378 (SDSU). After more than 40 years of publishing a print catalog three times per year, the College will implement a digitalonly initiative in summer 2016 that will result in faster delivery of the latest courses and schedules with more complete information: videos, live links, and downloadable flyers. And with no paper and no waste, it’s also environmentally friendly. To ensure you are provided with timely delivery of the digital catalog, please visit to add or update your mailing address. Whether your goal is to stay on the cutting edge of your profession, prepare for industry certification exams, network with other professionals, or explore a new career field, the College offers more than 50 ways to reach your goals. Its wide array of certificate and degree programs range from contract management,

construction, and craft beer, to health care, human resource management, and regulatory affairs. And if you’re a writer with a dream, get one step closer to being a writer with an agent by attending the annual SDSU Writers’ Conference. Now in its 32nd year, the conference takes place January 22-24 at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. With author and agent panels, workshops, networking opportunities, and 1:1 feedback from industry professionals, the conference has a long history of launching careers. San Diego residents can also sign up for regular SDSU courses through the Open University program. It allows individuals to enroll in courses on a space-available basis without being formally admitted to the university, and is available at 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. 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 Salvation Army to benefit from KOGO News Radio remote

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be free lunch and live entertainment, including JR Crew, a kids’ fun zone and more. Last year, Toys for Joy gave away 17,000 toys, 20,000 lunches, 15,100 bags of groceries, 423 haircuts, 5,441 books given away and 198,000 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 Platinum sponsors include 99.3-FM, Mattel Toy Store, MetroPCS Rock Thrift Store, San Diego 6, San Diego Half Marathon and Sundance Organics. The church said many volunteers, sponsors, and community partners work together to spread pervasive hope through this event. The Rock Church, which began in February 2000, opened an East County campus in 2013. Its East County campus, at 808 Jackman Dr. in El Cajon, was a former Michael’s retail store that was remodeled to feature a 725-seat auditorium. More than 15,000 people attend The Rock’s 15 Sunday services at four multi-site campuses and more than 20 microsites.

East County escrow officer is realtors’ affiliate board member Lakeside resident Debi Ciolfe, now in her 44th year of working in the escrow industry, has been elected to serve on the 2016 board of directors of the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 2,300member trade group for San Diego-area realtors. Coilfe (last name is pronounced cho-FEE) will serve on the board as an affiliate director. She will represent PSAR affiliate members, which includes vendors and suppliers who provide services to PSAR members. Coilfe has been a long-time volunteer and supporter of PSAR. She received PSAR’s Affiliate of the Year

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award in 2014. She also teaches classes to real estate agents on zipForms 6, an enhanced version of the real estate industry’s leading forms software for contracts and other real estate transactions and business activities. The zipForms software is the official forms software of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Coilfe has appeared in numerous local parades riding a restored 1948 Ford 8N tractor. A familiar sight in farm country, the N-series tractors were made by Ford Motor Co. between 1939 and 1952. The 8N models, introduced in July 1947, featured more power and an improved transmission and is regarded the most popular farm tractor of all time in North America. Coilfe and her tractor have appeared at parades in Julian, Pine Valley, Alpine, Ramona, Lakeside, Poway and Vista. The tractor was restored over a three-year span by husband Tony. They are members of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Branch 22, of Campo.

La Mesa Native American honored by Union Bank, KPBS In honor of American Indian Heritage Month, KPBS and Union Bank have selected Vickie Gambala of La Mesa as a Local Hero. Gambala, a Cherokee Indian, has worked as an advocate San Diego’s American Indian community for the past three decades. For more than 27 years, she served as the San Diego Unified School District’s director of the Indian Education Title VII program, where she established many educational and cultural enrichment initiatives including the Soaring Eagles Indian Education Program. She is on the board of the San Diego American Indian Health Center and a member of Soaring Eagles Dance Group. She also is the 2009 recipient of Honored Elder Certificate from the California Indian Education Center.

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Grand Re Opening of Denny’s in Santee Friday, December 4 • 140 Town Center Pkwy

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12 Drummers Drumming 11 Pipers Piping 10 Lords a Leaping 9 Ladies Dancing 8 Maids a Milking 7 Swans a Swimming 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

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PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE STATE COURTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE Case No.: DC/DC 2150/2015; Filed: 16July2015, 10:20 AM Between 1. TAYLOR SHAUN MARK (NRIC No. S2752025A) 2. WATTHEY ELAINE LEE (United Kingdom Passport No. 099212609) ...Plaintiff(s) And ROBERT CHARLES BARNES (FIN No. G3054801P) ...Defendant(s) WRIT OF SUMMONS To: ROBERT CHARLES BARNES, Address Unknown. THIS WRIT OF SUMMONS has been issued against you in respect of the claim endorsed herein. You must: 1. satisfy the claim; or 2. enter an appearance, within 21 days after the service of this Writ, failing which, the Plaintiff(s) may proceed with the action and enter judgment against you without further notice. THIS WRIT OF SUMMONS is issued by the solicitors for the Plaintiff(s) whose particulars are as below. The address(es) of the Plaintiff(s) is/are 10A MOUNT SOPHIA #0813, Singapore 228462, 10A MOUNT SOPHIA #0813, Singapore 228462. Solicitor(s) for the 1st and 2nd Plaintiff(s) JOSEPH TAN JUDE BENNY LLP 6 Shenton Way #2308 OUE Downtown 2 Singapore 068809, Tel No.: 62209388 Fax No.: 62257827 File Ref No.: 2015417817MK, Solicitor in charge: 1. K MURALITHERAPANY, 2. KOH SENG TEE EDWARD JENNIFER MARIE/REGISTRAR/ STATE COURTS/SINGAPORE STATEMENT OF CLAIM Please see BELOW Statement of Claim.

Note: 1. This writ may not be served more than 12 calendar months after the above date unless renewed by order of the Court. 2. To satisfy the claim, the Defendant(s) will pay the amount claimed and costs of $1500[(inclusive of the sum of $ [ ] if the plaintiff obtains an order for substituted service)] to the Plaintiff or his solicitor within 21 days after service hereof (inclusive of the day of service) and further proceedings will be stayed. 3. To defend the claim, the Defendant(s) must enter an appearance(s) using the electronic filing service either personally or by a solicitor at the Registry of the STATE COURTS and notify the (Plaintiff(s) / Plaintiff’s solicitors) accordingly within 21 days after service hereof, otherwise judgment may be entered against him without further notice. 4. Where the Defendant enters an appearance, he must also serve a defence on the solicitor for the Plaintiff within 14 days after the last day of the time limited for entering an appearance; otherwise judgment may be entered against him without further notice. STATEMENT OF CLAIM

1. The 1st and 2nd Plaintiffs (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Plaintiffs”) are the owners of the premises situated at 27 Robin Road, #14-03, Proximo, Singapore 258204 (hereinafter referred to as the “Premises”). 2. The Defendant entered into a tenancy agreement dated 25th June 2014 with the Plaintiffs whereby the Defendant agreed to lease the Premises from 1st July 2014 for a term of 24 months, expiring on 30th June 2016 (hereinafter referred to as the “Agreement”). 3. The rent payable was agreed to be S$5,800.00 per month, payable in advance on the last day of each calendar month. 4. The terms of the tenancy agreement are, inter alia, as follows:a) Clause 1: “The Landlord agrees to let and the Tenant agrees to take all that property known as 27 Robin Road, #14-03, Proximo, Singapore 258204 (hereinafter called ‘the said premises’) together with the fixtures and fittings therein belonging to the Landlord as specified in the Schedule annexed hereto (hereinafter called “the Inventory’) TO HOLD unto the Tenant from 1st July 2014 to 30th June 2016 for a term of Twenty-Four (24) months, at the rent of Singapore FIVE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED Only (S$5,800/-) per month comprising: In respect of the monthly rental of: a. Singapore Dollars Three Thousand Five Hundred Only (S$3,500) being rental in respect of the said premises; b. Singapore Dollars Two Thousand Three Hundred Only (S$2,3001) being charges for the fixtures, fittings, furniture and maintenance charges; c. To secure the property a payment of $5,780.00 has been made on 19th June 2014. This sum now constitutes the first month rental in advance. Upon the signing of this Agreement, subsequent rental payment of $5,800. 00 is to be made in advance, on the last day of each calendar month by GIRO into the Landlords bank account. .. “ b) Clause 4: “The Tenant hereby agrees with the Landlord as follows: a. To pay all charges due in respect of any telecommunication, internal net, cable television and any other similar services and/or equipment installed at the said premises, including any tax payable thereon. b. To pay all charges for the supply of water, electricity, gas and any water borne sewerage system, any such installations installed or used at the said premises, including any tax payable thereon. c. To be responsible for all minor repairs and replacement of parts and other expendable items at its own expense up to Singapore Dollars Two Hundred only (S$200.00) per item. Such expenditure in excess of Singapore Dollars Two Hundred (S$200.00) shall be borne by the Landlord. p. To yield up the said premises at the expiration or sooner determination of this tenancy in such good and tenantable repair and condition (fair wear and tear excepted) as shall be in accordance with the conditions, covenants and stipulations herein contained and with all locks keys and the furniture” c) Clause 6: “Provided always and it is expressly agreed as follows: a. If the rent hereby reserved shall not be paid for seven (7) days after its due date or if there shall be a breach of any of the conditions, covenants or stipulations on the part of the Tenant herein contained, the Landlord shall be entitled to re-enter upon the said premises and thereupon this tenancy shall immediately absolutely determine but without prejudice to any right of action of the Landlord for damage or otherwise in respect of any such breach or any antecedent breach. b. In the event the rent remaining unpaid seven (7) days after becoming payable (whether formally demanded or not), it shall be lawful for the Landlord to claim interest at ten percent (10%) per annum on the amount unpaid calculated from after the date due to the date of actual payment. a. This Agreement shall be subject to the laws of the Republic of Singapore and the parties herein submit themselves to the jurisdiction of the Singapore Courts.” 5. The Plaintiffs shall rely on the Agreement for its full terms and effect. 6. The Defendant repudiated the Agreement sometime around the end of January 2015 by leaving the key to the Premises with the security guard and has since failed to return and failed to pay the monthly rent. 7. The Defendant did not leave any contact details or forwarding address and, to the best of the Plaintiffs knowledge, has since changed occupation and left Singapore. 8. Pursuant to clause 6(a) of the Agreement, the Plaintiffs were entitled to re-enter the Premises and determine the Agreement. The Plaintiffs exercised their right of re-entry on 4’h February 2015 and the Agreement was determined. 9. Further and in breach of clauses 4(a), (b), (c) and (p) of the Agreement, the Defendant left the Premises in a dirty and damages state, requiring considerable cleaning and repair, and failed to pay his Starhub and SP Services bills, which the Plaintiffs were obliged to pay. 10. The Plaintiffs have expended all reasonable efforts to find a tenant for the Premises since the Agreement was determined but, as at the date of this writ, have been unsuccessful in their endeavours. 11. By virtue of the above said breaches, the Plaintiffs have suffered loss and damage amounting to S$116,395.27 which comprises:a) the sum of S$1 04,400.00 being 18 months’ rent for the remaining term of the Agreement; b) the sum of S$10,705.00 being the costs of cleaning and repairs that had to be effected; and c) the sum of S$1 ,290.27 representing the unpaid SP Services and Starhub bills that the Plaintiffs had to pay. 12. Despite sending a letter of demand to the Defendant’s email dated 181h May 2015, the Defendant has failed to pay the above sum. 13. Pursuant to clause 6(b) of the Agreement, the Plaintiffs further claim interest against the Defendant at ten percent (10%) per annum on the unpaid rent amount (S$104,400.00) from the date due to the date of actual payment. And the Plaintiffs claim: a) Damages in the sum of S$116,395.27 or such other sum as may be assessed; b) Interest; c) Costs; and d) Such further relief as this Honourable Court deems fit.



Legal Notices

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT ASSIGNED FILE NO. 2015-029213 (A) QUALITY SELECTED CARS located at 4626 MERCURY ST., SAN DIEGO, CA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, 92111. Mailing address: 3519 OTTAWA AVE., SAN DIEGO, CA 92117. This business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL The registrant commenced the transaction of business on: 11/13/2015. This business is hereby registered by the following: (A) WILLIAM BROWN of 3519 OTTAWA AVE., SAN DIEGO, CA, 92117. Signed by: WILLIAM BROWN. This statement was filed with ERNEST J. DRONENBURG, JR, the Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on NOVEMBER 12, 2015. SAN DIEGO COUNTY HERALD, PUBLISH: NOVEMBER 26, DECEMBER 3, 10, AND 17, 2015. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT ASSIGNED FILE NO. 2015-029411 (A) MZ. WEEKS PHOTOGRAPHY (B) JESSICA WEEKS located at 8419 HAPPY WAY S., EL CAJON, CA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, 92021. Mailing address: SAME. This business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL The registrant commenced the transaction of business on: 11/13/2015. This business is hereby registered by the following: (A) JESSICA MORGAN of 8419 HAPPY WAY S., EL CAJON, CA, 92021. Signed by: JESSICA MORGAN. This statement was filed with ERNEST J. DRONENBURG, JR, the Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on NOVEMBER 13, 2015. SAN DIEGO COUNTY HERALD, PUBLISH: NOVEMBER 26, DECEMBER 3, 10, AND 17, 2015.

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Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

Santa at the Lakes Sunday, December 6 • Santee Lakes

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