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Sycuan Cultural Resource Center & Museum Grand Opening

EL CAJON — Initiated with traditional Kumeyaay Bird Singers and Dancers, native blessings and a traditional sage smudging purification, the Sycuan Tribe unveiled the Sycuan Cultural Resource Center and Museum to a large crowd and rave reviews. The new facility centralizes and secures an enormous amount of ancient Kumeyaay artifacts, museum quality collections, and a vast array of scholarly research featuring the famous “Shipek Collection” of Kumeyaay archives. “The Sycuan Tribe is extremely proud to open to the public our new Cultural Resource Center and Museum,” stated Tribal Chairman Cody Martinez. “The history and spirit of the village of Matamo courses through and infuses the facility, exhibits and programs that will be offered here. We encourage all Native Americans – and all San Diegans – to visit and learn about Kumeyaay history and culture through viewing of these ancient artifacts, accessing a comprehensive collection of scholarly research, and enjoying programs and services that will foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the rich Kumeyaay culture.” The new center and museum, located on the prehistoric Kumeyaay village of Matamo, will be a gathering place for museum quality curated artifacts, housing research and educational materials for use by tribal members and the general public, as well as a host location for exhibits, programs and other services. Through a well-rounded presentation of Kumeyaay culture and history, the center and museum will promote thoughtful dialogue and foster an appreciation for the deep and rich heritage of the original Native Americans of the San Diego County region. Three special components will reside at the center and museum: the Florence Shipek archival collection of oral histories, textual records, language materials and field notes; thousands of ancient artifacts from the Everly subdivision; and the Wallberg collection of Kumeyaay baskets. Numerous displays with educational components, historical photos, pre-contact artifacts and other cultural material serve as vibrant visual displays to further the research and educational experience. A walllength timeline and pictogram serves as a striking summation of more than 12,000 years of Kumeyaay history over the ages and into the modern era. Members of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation have resided in and around the foothills of the Dehesa Valley for more than 12,000 years.

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On The Cover Today they are a modern government providing public services to their members, employees and neighbors. The Sycuan Tribal Government operates one of the region’s premier Indian gaming and resort facilities, the Sycuan Casino and Resort. The Sycuan Tribe demonstrates its strong commitment to the San Diego region through the support of hundreds of civic and charitable organizations. The Tribe, through the Sycuan Tribal Development Corporation (STDC), also

seeks to reinvest back into the San Diego community with a progressive business development effort. To date, STDC has purchased the former Singing Hills Country Club and the historic U.S. Grant Hotel; is an investor in Hotel Solamar near Petco Park; and is owner/developer of the Marina Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in National City. Combined, these enterprises now employ nearly 4,000 San Diegans. For more information on Sycuan visit www.sycuantribe. com

EL CAJON — Senator Joel Anderson (cover, left) with long time friend and collegue Barry Jantz (cover, right), along with almost 200 constituents enjoyed the Senator’s Annual Holiday Open House, Wednesday, Dec.7 held in Toyota of EL Cajon’s Showroom.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias


Attorney General Pick Shakes Up California Politics

News & Notes Backcountry Beauty

It was great to recently join horse riders, hikers and others who enjoy our great outdoors to formally dedicate a new 2.2mile trail along San Vicente Road near Ramona. The completion of the wide, roped-off path was a big step forward in our efforts to open up even more of our beautiful backcountry to the public and was part of a bigger project to improve San Vicente. I want to thank residents – especially in Ramona and San Diego Country Estates – for their patience over the past couple of years as the county realigned parts of the road and took other steps to make it safer. And a big thank you to all those who made the new path possible!

Reducing Fire Danger

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Boosting Our Economy

The Board of Supervisors recently took another step to help our boutique wineries and craft breweries. We approved new rules that give more flexibility and opportunity to caterers, food vendors, wineries and breweries looking to grow and expand. Under the procedures, caterers are allowed to handle food service for wineries, breweries and businesses that don’t have full service capabilities, while making sure the food is properly handled. County staff recommended the new rules following a study of catering events at wineries, breweries and private func-

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob District Two Vice Chair tions. For more District 2 news, go to or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email Have a great East County day!

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ll through his career, unpredictability has been the hallmark of Gov. Jerry Brown, and he did it again by choosing 12-term Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles as California’s next attorney general. With his confirmation by a Democratic-controlled Legislature completely certain, Becerra will force other major politicians to look over their shoulders; some are likely to change their longstanding plans. He also moves the state beyond an era of substantial domination by a clique of San Francisco-area Democrats that has included U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, outgoing Attorney General and new U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris and Brown himself, a former Oakland mayor. Becerra, 58, instantly becomes California’s top-ranking Latino politico. He’s not saying, but he could run for election to his new office on his own in 2018, or he could run for governor against the declared likes of Democrats Newsom, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, state Treasurer John Chiang and possibly so-far undeclared Republicans like San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer or outgoing Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin. Former San Francisco Mayor Newsom led the only major public poll conducted so far on that race, with the two Republicans placing second and third. Becerra, until now the Democrats’ No. 3 figure in the House, would shake up that race enormously because of his longtime popularity among Latino voters. But he insists he’s not looking ahead. “I’ll be gratified if I can make sure I can get confirmed to be the next attorney general,” he said in a television appearance just after Brown announced his choice to succeed Harris when she moves to the Senate. “Right now, I’m thrilled the governor would put this confidence in me to be the next AG.” The choice of Becerra was a slap at two-term state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, a firm consumer-rights advocate who has clashed occasionally with Brown over regulation of health insurance companies. Jones, so far the only declared 2018 candidate for attorney general, could react in several ways. Although he’s held his current job six years, he could run for reelection, insurance commissioner being the only statewide office without a two-term limit. Or the former assemblyman from Sacramento could do what Newsom did in 2010 after it became clear he had no chance against Brown in that year’s Democratic primary race for governor – settle for becoming lieutenant governor. Both the attorney general’s and the lieutenant governor’s offices can be stepping stones to higher office; Harris is the latest to use her post that way. Ex-attorney generals who became governors include Earl Warren, Brown, his father Edmund G. (Pat) Brown and George Deukmejian. Gray Davis was the latest former lieutenant governor to take the state’s top office. For sure, Jones won’t switch from his run for attorney general until he knows Becerra’s plans. For Becerra has long coveted a seat in the Senate, and might have run for the one Harris will soon take, except that Harris entered that run the moment Boxer announced her retirement early last year. She quickly corralled support from every major Democratic officeholder in the state. So Becerra stayed in Congress until Brown tapped him early this month. Should Feinstein decide sometime in the next two years to retire from the Senate after four-plus terms, Becerra might seek her job. But if Becerra and Jones both run for attorney general, the two popular and accomplished figures are likely to split the Democratic vote in the 2018 rendition of California’s top two primary, possibly producing a November runoff between two Democrats, as happened this year when Harris easily beat Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. It’s also possible that if Becerra enters the gubernatorial field after serving a year or so, he could force one or two of the other prominent Democrats running to drop out – or risk splintering the Democratic vote so badly that Faulconer and Swearengin end up in an all-Republican runoff. That sort of things has happened twice in lesser contests. The top-two system makes this possible even though where Democrats now hold every state major office, plus two-thirds majorities in both houses of the Legislature. All of which means one choice by Jerry Brown has quickly shaken up California politics more than any event since Gray Davis was recalled in 2003.

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The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

To Your



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allergy shots or vaccinations, can alleviate allergy symptoms. However, shots don’t work on all allergies or all people. Doctors advise against allergy shots if you take a beta blocker for high blood pressure or heart problems. If you’re considering immunotherapy, seek the advice of a good allergist. Allergy shots are a series of scheduled injections meant to desensitize you to specific allergens — the substances that trigger an allergic response. The usual schedule is a shot once or twice a week for about three to six months. After that, you’ll need a shot about once a onth for three to five years. Allergy shots are commonly used to treat allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma. Allergy shots may also control allergic reactions to stinging insects, such as bees, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps. But the shots are not effective for food allergies. If you have seasonal hay fever, you may be allergic to pollens from trees, grasses or weeds. If you have year-round discomfort, you may be sensitive to indoor allergens such as dust mites, cockroaches, mold or pet dander. The common symptoms of allergic rhinitis are itchy eyes, nose, or throat; nasal congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, chest congestion or wheezing. If your eyes also become red and swollen, you suffer from allergic conjunctivitis. Before starting allergy shots, your doctor may use a skin test to confirm that you have allergies and determine which specific allergens cause your signs and symptoms. During the test, a small amount of the suspected allergen is scratched into your skin and the area is then observed for about 20 minutes. Swelling and redness indicate an allergy to the substance. The shots won’t give you immediate relief. You’ll probably see improvement in the first year of treatment. The most noticeable improvement often happens during the second year. By the third year, most people are desensitized to the allergens contained in the shots. For some people, successful treatment leads to a life without allergy symptoms. For others, shots must continue on a long-term basis to keep allergy symptoms at bay. An allergic reaction is a complex chain of events that involves many cells, chemicals and tissues throughout the body. While there is no cure for allergic disease, there are many medications available to lessen symptoms. About 50 million Americans suffer from an allergy. Major allergic diseases include: allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, asthma, atopic dermatitis (eczema), hives (urticaria), and reactions to substances such as food, latex, medications, and insect stings. We don’t know why some substances trigger allergies and others do not. We also don’t understand why every person does not react to allergens. A family history of allergies is the single most important factor that predisposes a person to develop allergies.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Brain Shrinkage in Multiple Sclerosis Associated with Leaked Protein in Blood


leak of a protein called haemoglobin from damaged red blood cells may be associated with brain shrinkage in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This is the conclusion of a team from Imperial College London, whose early-stage findings suggest treatments that lower levels of haemoglobin could slow progression of the disease. Haemoglobin carries iron and oxygen around the body in red blood cells. The research, which involved 140 patients with an advanced form of the disease, called secondary progressive MS, has just passed peer review on new publishing platform, Wellcome Open Research. Professor Charles Bangham, lead author of the study from the Department of Medicine at Imperial, said: “These are exciting but early results. If further studies confirm them, they may suggest new avenues of treatment, and hopefully more options to offer patients in the future.” MS affects around 100,000 people in the UK and 450,000 in the U.S. The lifelong condition affects the brain and spinal cord, and results in nerves being destroyed. The symptoms, and the severity of the illness, vary widely from person to person, but often include fatigue, vision problems, muscle spasms and impaired mobility. At first, most patients tend to experience repeated episodes of the condition, but symptoms improve between each period of illness. However around 65 per cent of patients eventually develop a more severe form of the disease, called secondary progressive MS. In this phase, which generally starts around 15 years after the initial MS diagnosis, the symptoms become steadily worse, with no periods of improvement. The condition also causes brain cells to die, and on average the brain shrinks by about 0.3 per cent a year in secondary progressive MS. Previous research has found high amounts of iron deposited around blood vessels in the brain. Although the mineral is crucial for our bodies to function, it is toxic in high levels – and scientists have suggested this may trigger the death of brain cells in MS. In the new study, the team suggest that haemoglobin, which carries iron and oxygen around the body may cause these high iron levels.

Haemoglobin is usually contained within the red blood cells. However, previous research suggests red blood cells in MS patients are, for unknown reasons, more fragile than normal and break apart easily. When red blood cells break down they release haemoglobin into the blood stream. Normally, the protein would then be prevented from entering the brain by a ‘checkpoint’ between the bloodstream and the brain. However, in MS patients this checkpoint – called the blood-brain barrier – is weakened, allowing haemoglobin to sail through. The team suggest that once haemoglobin enters the brain it is broken down by an enzyme called haem oxygenase I, which has been found at high levels in the brains of MS patients. The destruction of haemoglobin causes iron to be released into the brain. Professor Bangham explained: “The iron escapes from the haemoglobin, and may then result in the cell damage and brain shrinkage we see in secondary progressive MS.” The researchers stress that there are no dietary methods for reducing haemoglobin levels, and people should not remove iron from their diet. “Iron eaten in foods has no effect on the levels of iron that accumulate in the brain. It is the haemoglobin levels, rather than iron that need to be tackled. Iron is vital for the body, and should not be reduced in the diet,” said Professor Bangham. In the study, the team found that the MS patients had high levels of a compound called serum lactate dehydrogenase, which is released when red blood cells disintegrate. In the research, the scientists analysed blood samples of 140 patients with secondary progressive MS, taken over a two-year period, and looked for any proteins raised above normal levels. The team also analysed brain scans of the patients, as well as blood samples from 20 healthy controls, and 40 patients with other medical conditions apart from MS. They found that blood levels of “free” haemoglobin – haemoglobin that has escaped from the red blood cells –were significantly higher in MS patients with the greatest amount of brain shrinkage. The researchers calculated that a 30 per cent increase in free haemoglobin levels resulted in an increased rate of brain shrinkage by 0.1 per cent. This could make a significant difference to a patient’s symptoms. Professor Bangham explained that the findings were unexpected: “We were amazed by the results, and we were surprised by the size of the apparent effect of haemoglobin on brain shrinkage. Over a number of years it could significantly impact a patient’s symptoms.” He added that high haemoglobin levels are not the only factor leading to brain shrinkage, but could be a significant contributor. Existing trials are testing potential MS treatments that mop up excess iron. Professor Bangham questions whether this is the best approach. “It may be more effective to look at ways of removing excess haemoglobin from the blood, rather than iron. There are number of drugs that do this, although none have been used for Multiple Sclerosis.” Furthermore, testing haemoglobin in the blood would not be helpful. This would only show that brain shrinkage is occurring – which would already be detectable on a scan. The study was performed on patients who had been taking part in a clinical trial, examining the effect of statins on secondary progressive MS. The trial showed statins may have a beneficial effect on brain shrinkage, although this doesn’t seem to be linked to haemoglobin levels said Professor Bangham. “We are still unsure how the statins work, but it seems to be completely separate from the way haemoglobin triggers brain shrinkage.” The team are now working on further studies to confirm the findings, and explore what treatments may tackle high levels of haemoglobin in the blood. Source: Imperial College London

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 30 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.

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reetings beloved of the Lord, this week as we enter the Christmas season, we will continue to 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. The announcement the angles made to the shepherds of Jesus’ birth reveals more answers as to the reason Jesus came into the world. Luke 2:4-14 “Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” We begin with the proclamation of the angles: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” First and foremost, we see Jesus coming into the world was to the Glory of God. Everything Jesus did was done to the glory of God, He was able to say in truth that “I always do those things that please the Father.” What Jesus did in leaving Heaven and coming to earth are summed up well for us by Paul the Apostle in Philippians 2:5-11 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” The next thing we see as to why Jesus came into the world was to bring Peace on Earth and Good Will toward all men. The Peace the angels spoke of, was not the absence of war; difficulty; hardship; and the like, rather the way for mankind to have peace with his Maker. As we looked at last week, mankind, because of his sinful, rebellious nature is at enmity with God thus making it necessary for him to be reconciled with God. Jesus made this reconciliation possible by coming into this world that He created, then offering Himself as the sinless Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world when He died upon the Cross. He Who knew no sin became sin for us; the Just dying for the unjust. There could be no greater act of good will toward men. Dear ones, who is Jesus to you this Christmas season? Is He merely a historical figure; a baby lying in the manger; One of whom Christmas carols are sung about? Or is He Jesus Christ the Lord; One whom you have surrendered to and entrusted your life to?

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Students Credit SDSU Health Care Program with Landing Jobs Celebrate the 2-Year Anniversary of Firehouse Subs! Join us to commemorate Firehouse Subs as they celebrate their two-year anniversary and Public Safety Foundation Grant Dedication. The Santee Firefighters will be bringing their new firetruck! Enjoy delicious food and fun for the whole family!! When: 10:30am Friday, December 16 Where: Firehouse Subs • 214 Town Center Parkway, Suite B • Santee


f you are hoping to build toward a new and rewarding job in the New Year, consider the prospect of enrolling in the health care career program through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. Health care will add more jobs than any other group of occupations through 2024 and the industry is projected to have a 19 percent growth rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). SDSU offers students the opportunity to enroll in classroom certificate programs through its College of Extended Studies in the booming health care field, which has eight of the top 20 fastest-growing professions, according to the BLS. Accelerated courses prepare students for state certification exams and start March 13: Clinical Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician Training and Test Prep, and EKG Technician Certification. The Clinical Medical Assistant course also includes an externship opportunity where students earn valuable clinical patient hours. “This program is well-rounded, professional and innovative,” said Makenna Wilcoxson, a graduate of the Clinical Medical Assistant program. “It can really help open many doors for students — whether it’s getting medical assistant licensure or going on to further your medical profession. The externship is a great way to get your foot in the door. Students leave the program with 150-160 hours of medical experience. This looks great on a resume.” The Pharmacy Technician Training and Test Prep program now offers an 80-hour externship. Dan Ines, a graduate of this program, said it has been invaluable to his career progress. “I took the PTCB exam and I’m proud to say that I passed,” he explained. “This is what I had hoped to gain and, with certainty, the expectation has been met. I give credit to the Pharmacy Technician Program at SDSU for helping me meet this milestone.” Added student Lucinda Bartek from the EKG Technician Certification program: “It was a wonderful experience and I will tell others about this program. The teacher, Dr. Farook, was exceptional and I felt blessed to have been taught by him. He made the class very interesting and held my interest, especially after a full day at work.” The health care program is approved for the Federal Investment Workforce Act and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. For more information, visit, email or call (619) 594-3297.

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin GHD board member named to statewide healthcare district board The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD), a statewide trade association for California’s several healthcare districts, has announced that Randy Lenac has joined the ACHD Board of Directors. Lenac has served since July 2014 as a member of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors in San Diego County. GHD represents more than 500,000 people residing in the district’s 750 square miles in San Diego’s East County region. GHD is one of 79 healthcare districts in the state, providing health and wellness services in their respective communities. For the past two years, Lenac has served on two ACHD committees, including the ACHD Governmental Committee and ACHD’s Advocacy Committee. He has also been involved with ACHD as a member of a ACHD’s Workgroup that has been focusing on healthcare district reform. Lenac will continue serving on the two ACHD committees along with serving on the ninemember ACHD Board of Directors, which includes six Trustees and three Chief Executive Officers. Lenac was elected to serve a three-year term on the ACHD board through 2019, when he will be eligible for a second three-year term. “I am honored to serve on the board because healthcare districts in California provide access to essential health services and make it possible for tens of millions of Californians to have access to healthcare that would otherwise be out of reach,” said Lenac. “I believe the special training and experience I have gained in my career will be a valuable asset that I will bring to the board and I look forward to playing a significant role in the growth of the organization.” With executive management experience in

administration, finance and program development and strategy, Lenac served for 27 years in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1975 to 2002, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. During his military career, he served as director of personnel overseeing 100,000 troops stationed overseas during the 1990-1991 Gulf War, known as “Operation Desert Shield.” He also assisted in drafting war plans that were implemented with the 2003 Iraq War, also referred to as “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” After retiring from active military service, Lenac worked as executive director of the Southern Indian Health Council in Alpine. He is a member of the East County Economic Development Council, San Diego County Taxpayers Association and the Lincoln Club of San Diego County. He also currently serves as board president of Mountain Health and Community Services, Inc., a primary health provider to residents of rural communities in San Diego’s East County.

Alpine woman honored by East County realtors Alpine resident Cristen Carver, branch manager of the HomeBridge Financial Services office in Mission Valley, has been honored with the 2016 Affiliate of the Year award by the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 2,500-member trade group for San Diego-area realtors. The award recognizes a PSAR member for their loyalty and devotion to the association, including community involvement, association support and participation on PSAR committees. A San Diego native, Carver graduated from Point Loma High School (class of 1983). Carver’s 30-year career in the mortgage industry has included roles as an assistant bank manager overseeing the bank’s mortgage division, as well as roles in both

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the wholesale and retail sides. She has worked with HomeBridge since 2014. She lives on a 10-acre ranch with husband Steve, a realtor with Carver Realty. Cristen and Steve are raising two teenagers who attend Joan McQueen Middle School in Alpine.

Santee schools select superintendent

Kristin Baranski, a previous owner of a children’s bookstore in La Mesa called The Yellow Book Road, has been named superintendent of the Santee School District, effective February 2017. The El Cajon resident is currently the director of curriculum and assessment in the school district. Baranski will succeed Cathy Pierce, who is retiring. A native of Chicago, Baranski graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She earned a master’s degree in education at NationalLouis University and is completing doctoral studies at Brandman University in Irvine. In the 1990s, she served as a vice principal of Chet F. Harritt, Rio Seco and Hill Creek schools, and as principal of Chet F. Harritt School from 2000-2003.

Santee Town Center sells for $27 million The 11.7-acre Santee Town Center retail property has been sold for $27 million to Union City Investments LLC of Santa Monica, Calif., according to the seller, Irvine-based Pacific Castle Management, Inc. The 122,000-squarefoot property at 230-278 Town Center Parkway features about such tenants as Ross Dress for Less, Michael’s and Office Depot. The buyer was represented by David Boras of Pacific Coast Warehouse Co., and the seller was represented by Ramez Barsoum and Aaron Bettencourt of Reza Investment Group Inc. Santee Town Center’s buildings were constructed in 1994, 1997 and 2000.

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