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Viejas: The Epitome of Giving

ALPINE — Viejas Casino & Resort exceeded all expectations with a final count of 17,368 toys donated to the Salvation Army. Thousands of guests and team members were present for this year’s ceremony for one of the largest holiday drives in San Diego. Many of the toys were displayed on stage at the Park at Viejas, where the crowd cheered at the big reveal and the final count. “Providing support for those in need in our community is at the heart of our value system. Every family deserves good cheer for the holidays.” Viejas Tribal Government staff, team members, and guests collected toys throughout November and early December, along with holding a variety of fundraisers, to achieve the donation goal for the Salvation Army. Viejas Tribal Chairman Robert Welch said, “Providing support for those in need in our community is at the heart of our value system. Every family deserves good cheer for the holidays.” At the height of the event, Chairman Welch presented Salvation Army Captain Terry Masango with a check in the amount of $35,000 on behalf of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, in support of the Salvation Army’s ongoing efforts in San Diego East County. “There remains a pressing need for assistance in the community,” Viejas General Manager Chris Kelley observed. “The dedication and compassion of our team members, guests, and tribal community always come to the forefront during the holidays. We are very proud to be a part of this community, and we are committed to making it a better place for us all.” In October of this year, Viejas celebrated the grand opening of their new luxury hotel tower, along with their expanded casino and the addition of 1,000 new slot machines. Viejas Casino & Resort has been consistently recognized with the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for outstanding quality in guest services since the opening of their first hotel tower in 2013. Located at I-8 and Willows Road east of San Diego, the AAA Four Diamond Viejas Casino & Resort features world-class gaming with thousands of slot machines, exciting table games that include Blackjack, Baccarat, and Pai Gow, a modern and elegant bingo room, and an off-track betting facility. Viejas Casino & Resort also features a variety of restaurants including the AAA Four Diamond Grove Steakhouse, The Buffet, and The Café. The beautiful Viejas Outlets, located across the street from the casino, offers visitors a unique shopping experience with highly acclaimed stores, numerous eateries,

New Libraries for Lakeside, and Casa De Oro in the Works EAST COUNTY — At the recommendation of Supervisor Dianne Jacob, county officials on Tuesday, Dec. 15 stepped up plans to build new libraries in Lakeside and Casa de Oro. The Board of Supervisors voted to set aside $125,000 in county Neighborhood Reinvestment funds to help acquire land for a Lakeside library, and another $125,000 for a Casa de Oro facility. The county is seeking property for each project. “Our county libraries are more than just places to read and learn; they serve as the heartbeat of the community,” Supervisor Jacob said. “The prospect of new libraries in Lakeside and Casa de Oro is particularly good news because they would replace existing facilities that each community outgrew years ago.” Since Jacob took office in 1993, the county has opened a dozen new libraries in East County, including in Ramona, Julian, Spring Valley and Rancho San Diego. A new library is also set to be completed this spring in Alpine. Many other facilities have been remodeled and upgraded, including libraries in Fletcher Hills, Santee and El Cajon.

On The Cover EL CAJON — Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation Chairman Cody Martinez (cover, left) along with Sycuan’s Tribal Council and team members present $75,000 to various charities Thursday, Dec. 10 at Sycuan’s Annual Gift Giving day as longtime Sycuan supporter, NBA legend Bill Walton (cover, right) joins in for the festivities.

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Syria Refugee Vote: A Roadmap to 2016 Election


Herald Guest Commentary with Cindy L. Miles, Ph.D. 2015 – A Year Filled with Achievements and Joys


appy holidays from the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District! We are proud to be part of the East County community. Each year, we educate more than 28,000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges and truly transform lives as well as providing a skilled workforce for the region. This year has been a momentous one for the college district and I wanted to share some of the highlights with you. Through all of these efforts, we’re taking steps to get high school students better prepared for college, helping students succeed in their classes and reach their educational goals, and developing stronger ties with our alums after they’ve left our colleges. We have dynamic new leaders at both colleges who are dedicated to providing a top-notch education for our students. Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, who previously served as president of West Los Angeles College, started in July as president of Grossmont College. Dr. Julianna Barnes, who had served as a vice president at Cuyamaca College and most recently was vice president of student services at San Diego Mesa College, started serving in October as president of Cuyamaca College. They are both delighted to be in East County. I’m excited about the work we are doing with the Grossmont Union High School District through a partnership we created in 2014 called the East County Education Alliance. Our goal with the Alliance is to work closely with our colleagues at East County’s high schools so that students are better prepared for college and a career. I want to thank Ralf Swenson, superintendent of the high school district, and his team for all of their efforts as we work together toward the goals of the Alliance. This year, we announced the Higher Edge scholarship for graduates of Grossmont Union high schools. Beginning with the class of 2019, students who meet

the requirements of the scholarship will be eligible for a free year at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges! The requirements include maintaining at least a 2.5 gradepoint average, taking a college readiness course while in high school, and filling out a federal financial aid form. The reason for the scholarship is to give EVERY student the ability to get a college education, even those who hadn’t considered college before. Now, about 30 percent of East County high school graduates go on to a four-year university and 30 percent come to our colleges, but 40 percent aren’t moving on to any higher education after they graduate from high school. Studies show that by 2020, two-thirds of all jobs will require higher education, so a college degree is more important than ever before. We’re fundraising for the scholarship, and putting together the details so we can get out the word to students and parents. If you’d like to know more about the scholarship, check out the website. The Higher Edge scholarship will help thousands of students in years to come, but we’re also doing lots to increase the success of students now at our colleges. When students apply to our colleges, we are now requiring them to undergo an assessment to determine what level of classes they need, go through an orientation so they’ll be better prepared for college, and develop an educational plan so they’ll have a clear outline of the classes they need to obtain a degree or certificate. We’re also encouraging more students to get their associate degree even if they plan to transfer to a four-year university. You never know what obstacles life may bring, and even if they don’t earn a bachelor’s degree, they can still list an associate’s degree on their resumé. Our efforts have had positive results: in June, our colleges awarded a record 4,000

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Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District degrees and certificates, an 80 percent increase from five years ago. Even when our students finish their classes, they are still part of the family at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. The Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges is working to build strong relationships with all of our alumni, from graduates to those who may have taken just a few classes at our colleges. We want our graduates to stay in touch and remember where they got their start in higher education no matter where they go. We invited all of our new graduates to attend a San Diego Padres game together a few weeks after commencement, and made them members of the foundation’s alumni network. If you’d like to join the alumni network, go to As you can see, much is happening at East County’s colleges. I encourage you to visit our campuses and see the talent and skill of our student athletes, actors, musicians, dancers, and artists. Upcoming events are posted on the district website at Have a wonderful holiday and thank you for your support of Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges and our students!

nyone looking for a roadmap showing which of California’s 53 congressional district elections will be tight next year need look no farther than how the state’s House Democrats voted last month on a bill that would essentially halt a federal plan to take in tens of thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq. The same map shows just which Democrats feel seriously threatened a year before they come up for reelection. Almost all of this state’s Democrats are staunch liberals and the vast majority of them voted to back President Obama in his self-described humanitarian effort. This came after Republicans led by new House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin put forward a plan to add numerous layers of additional security to the existing process, which already takes about two years to vet each incoming refugee. The GOP presumption is that hiding among the refugees will be a few terrorists planted by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which appears to have overtaken Al Qaida as the world’s leading manufacturer of jihadi mayhem. So far, that assumption hasn’t been proven, even though Republicans pushing the bill cited a Paris police find of a Syrian passport after the mid-November suicide bombings and shootings there. The passport indicated one of the Parisian terrorists entered Europe along with Syrian refugees via a Greek island just off the coast of Turkey. Problem was, the passport turned out to be a probable forgery and may have been planted just to discredit real refugees. It certainly did that among prominent Republicans. Every major GOP presidential candidate called for at least a pause in America’s intake of refugees. House Republicans voted almost unanimously for the bill, which passed on a 289-137 vote. So did 47 Democrats. California Democrats voting that way included Pete Aguilar of Redlands, Ami Bera of Elk Grove, Julia Brownley of Westlake Village, Jim Costa of Fresno, John Garamendi of Walnut Grove, Scott Peters of San Diego, Janice Hahn of San Pedro and Raul Ruiz of Palm Desert. Besides their votes on this bill, one thing all have in common is that they are staunch liberals, backing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, gun control, access to abortions and almost every other stance held by mainstream Democrats. Another thing all these folks have in common is that all are seeking reelection – except Hahn. She is now running for her father Kenneth’s old seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. This still leaves her sharing one category with the others: She fears the effect a vote to allow steady immigration of Middle Eastern refugees might have on her election chances. It’s hard to say how most of these politicians felt about their votes. For sure, they knew President Obama will veto the bill if it ever gets through both houses of Congress. But all have reason to feel insecure. Almost all won reelection last year in very tight races, none more so than Costa, who was shellshocked after the previously unknown Republican farmer Johnny Tachera led him on Election Night and only lost to him by a 50.7 to 49.3 percent margin after a month of subsequent vote counting. That was the closest shave ever for longtime incumbent Costa. Things were just about as tight for Bera, who bested former Republican Congressman Doug Ose by just 50.4-49.6 percent, or 1,460 votes out of about 180,000 cast. There was also Peters, who topped former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio by barely 6,000 votes out of 190,000 cast. The largest victory margin for any of these folks belonged to Ruiz, who had a 54-46 victory percentage. Still not much breathing room. Each of these politicos knows he or she will surely be a target for the GOP next fall and that if the Republicans stage a strong presidential campaign, all of them could be voted out. Which goes to show that election returns shape votes even if no one likes talking about this powerful aspect of realpolitik. 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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The Silent Killer


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Living with MS with Dee Dean

. Why do they call high blood pressure the silent killer?

. High blood pressure—known as hyperten-

sion—is very sneaky. It’s called the silent killer, because it usually has no symptoms. Doctors say you have high blood pressure if you have a reading of 140/90 or higher. A blood pressure reading of 120/80 or lower is considered normal. Prehypertension is blood pressure between 120 and 139 for the top number, or between 80 and 89 for the bottom number. The first number represents your systolic pressure when the heart beats. The second number represents the diastolic pressure when the heart rests. If only one number is elevated, you still have high blood pressure with all of its dangers. Isolated systolic hypertension (ISH) is the most common form of high blood pressure for seniors. When you have ISH, only the top number is too high. About 2 out of 3 people over age 60 with high blood pressure have ISH. About one in three American adults has high blood pressure. In the U.S., high blood pressure occurs more often in African-Americans High blood pressure can ravage your body. It can enlarge the heart, create small bulges (aneurysms) in blood vessels, damage the blood vessels in the kidneys, harden arteries, produce bleeding in the eyes. The possible consequences are heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and blindness. Your chances of getting high blood pressure are also higher if you are overweight, don’t exercise, eat too much salt, drink too much alcohol, don’t consume enough potassium, endure stress for too long. Obviously, changing your diet, exercising and altering your lifestyle will help. When you go to your doctor to have your blood pressure taken, there are a few things you can do to get an accurate reading. First, don’t eat, drink coffee or smoke cigarettes for an hour before your pressure is taken. (What are you doing smoking anyway?). Empty your bladder, because a full tank can affect the reading. Sit quietly for five minutes before the test. If you’re like me, you have white coat syndrome. That means your blood pressure jumps as soon as a doctor or nurse approaches you. If your doctor knows this, he or she may recommend a home blood-pressure monitor or ambulatory monitor that is worn around the clock and takes your pressure every half hour. If you have high blood pressure and lifestyle changes don’t reduce it, there are medications to treat the problem. Often, two or more drugs work better than one. Some drugs lower blood pressure by removing extra fluid and salt from your body. Others affect blood pressure by slowing down the heartbeat, or by relaxing and widening blood vessels.

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How MS Can Be Triggered by Brain Cell Death


Nanoparticles stop the progressive disease and are being developed for humans

’ve always said I was never convinced that Multiple Sclerosis (MS) was/is an autoimmune disease. What if one’s own myelin were dying off for some unforeseen reason and the immune system was doing what it was supposed to – going in and cleaning up the dead cells? When I was first diagnosed with MS almost three decades ago, it was never referred to as an auto-immune disease. Multiple Sclerosis was referred to as a demylinating disease – which it is – and that the only thing that can be stated as fact. It wasn’t until the pharmaceuticals began trying to sell their “immune-suppressing” drugs in the early 1990s to the MS patient masses that it began to be called and generally accepted as an auto-immune disease. If MS were an auto-immune disease, then when the Italian doctor introduced his CCVSI (chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency) theory several years ago, it would have been completely dismissed immediately. It was not and many countries and research facilities invested hundreds of thousands of research dollars and time investigating the theory only to find it did not pan out. Now, after all these years, comes a study that just may endorse my theory of Multiple Sclerosis. My mind is spinning to say the least. Multiple Sclerosis may be triggered by the death of brain cells that make the insulation around nerve fibers, a surprising new view of the disease reported in a study from Northwestern Medicine and The University of Chicago. And a specially developed nanoparticle prevented MS even after the death of those brain cells, an experiment in the study showed. The nanoparticles are being developed for clinical trials that could lead to new treatments -without the side effects of current therapies -- in adults. MS can be initiated when damage to the brain destroys the cells that make myelin, the scientists showed. Myelin is the insulating sheath around nerve fibers that enables nerve impulses to be transmitted. The death of these cells, oligodendrocytes, can activate the

autoimmune response against myelin, which is the main feature of MS. Oligodendrocytes can possibly be destroyed by developmental abnormalities, viruses, bacterial toxins or environmental pollutants. The scientists also developed the first mouse model of the progressive form of the autoimmune disease, which will enable the testing of new drugs against progressive MS. In the study, nanoparticles creating tolerance to the myelin antigen were administered and prevented progressive MS from developing. The study was published in Nature Neuroscience Dec. 14. The lead investigators are Stephen Miller, Judy Gugenheim Research Professor of Microbiology-Immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Brian Popko, the Jack Miller Professor of Neurological Disorders at the University of Chicago. The nanoparticle technology was developed in Miller’s lab and has been licensed to Cour Pharmaceutical Development Company, which is developing the technology for human trials in autoimmune disease. “We’re encouraged that immune tolerance induced with nanoparticles could stop disease progression in a model of chronic MS as efficiently as it can in progressive-remitting models of MS,” Miller said. The timing of therapy is important, Popko pointed out. “Protecting oligodendrocytes in susceptible individuals might help delay or prevent MS from initiating,” Popko said. “It’s likely that therapeutic strategies that intervene early in the disease process will have greater impact.” In the experiment, scientists developed a genetically engineered mouse model in which the oligodendrocytes died, affecting the animals’ ability to walk. The central nervous system regenerated the myelinproducing cells, enabling the mice to walk again. But about six months later, the MS-like disease came barreling back. This demonstrated the scientists’ theory that the death of oligodendrocytes can initiate MS. In humans, the scientists posit, the disease develops years after the

initial injury to the brain.

A molecular doppelganger

The current prevailing theory is that an event outside of the nervous system triggers MS in susceptible individuals who may have a genetic predisposition to the disease. In these individuals, the immune cells that normally fight infections confuse a component of the myelin sheath as foreign. These confused immune cells enter the brain and begin their mistaken attack on myelin, thus initiating MS.

New inside-out discovery

But the new study demonstrates the possibility that MS can begin from the inside out, in which damage to oligodendrocytes in the central nervous system can trigger an immune response directly. Oligodendrocytes are responsible for the maintenance of myelin. If they die, the myelin sheath falls apart. The inside-out hypothesis suggests that when myelin falls apart, the products of its degradation are presented to the immune system as foreign bodies or antigens. The immune system then erroneously views them as invaders and begins a full-scale attack on myelin, initiating MS. Over 400,00 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide have MS. Of those with long-standing disease, 50 to 60 percent have progressive MS. Source: Northwestern Medicine and The University of Chicago

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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A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah PART XXXVII

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 10:17-31 “Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ “ And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.” So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time--houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions--and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Our text is rich in doctrinal truth; we will spend a number of weeks looking at these important teachings of the Christian faith. First, this man’s desire to know what he must do to have eternal life. This man knew there was something more than living for a few years and then it all being over. His question is reflective of many people’s idea, there something that I must do, some kind of works to in order for me to go to Heaven. This is the fundamental mistake every religion makes, it is known as a “works based salvation”. If there were something any of us could do on our own to gain salvation (works, good deeds, monetary payment, etc.) then Jesus’ suffering and death upon the Cross of Calvary would have been unnecessary. We read this in Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” John 1:12 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” John 3:17-18 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Acts 16:30-31 “And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”” This is an affront to most people because it leaves us feeling helpless and humbled, a feeling none of us naturally likes. Humbling because it makes clear that I do not have it within myself (good enough) to warrant going to Heaven. Man is a very proud creature, we think more highly of ourselves that we ought; there are plenty of people worse than me; surely there must be something I can do to earn my way to Heaven. Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or

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Torrie Ann Needham/The East County Herald See more photos at EL CAJON — The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation hosted the 8th Annual Holiday Gift Giving Ceremony at Sycuan Casino. Members of the Sycuan Tribal Council and Sycuan Casino Executive Board personally selected and invited 30 local charitable organizations to attend the event. Hosted at Sycuan Casino’s Paipa’s Buffet, attendees enjoyed complimentary brunch, followed by a check presentation ceremony where each organization was surprised with a financial donation in hopes to assist in their mission and cause.



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UP AGAINST ITBuska with S.


Holiday decorating

ome people love the holiday decorating at this time of year. Me? I’d like to hire one of those people. Several years ago my grandsons plowed into the decorations and merrily put them around the house and when they finished, everything looked strangely wonderful. This year those grandsons are six hundred miles away. Around the first of December, three large gray tubs appeared inside the entryway, looking like they were waiting for someone. Could it be me? I knew it was Christmas decorations. As I walked past those gray tubs, it occurred to me I should lift one of the lids— just checking, you know— maybe take out a decoration or two. . . . Before I could make a move the lid jumped off its tub and the red and green doorknob hanger with the jingle bell on it jingled as it reached out for my hand. Not two feet away, the doorknob was watching me. Well, that’s easy enough. I stretched the yarn loop over the doorknob and went on my way. I didn’t get far. . . Out of the corner of my eye I saw Santa

waving at me—that funny little Santa that drives everyone crazy with his jingle-jangle bell and the tinny Christmas music that rings out as he waddles across the floor. Who can argue with Santa? I set him near the tree where the grandkids could pick him up and wind him up and… you know, drive us all crazy. I scurried off before another decoration could pop up out of the tub. For the next few days, every time I walked by the tubs, one of their lids jumped off and poked a decoration—or two or three—at me and refused to close itself until I set the

knew it, all of the Christmas decorations were settled in place—or out of place, as the case may be. The day I put up the last decoration, our first two Christmas cards arrived and that’s when I decided about the cards. If it worked for the decorations; why wouldn’t it work for the cards? A few at a time. Forget the mass production; I’d do them as they came in. So that’s what I’m doing. Get a card— send a card. All those short notes that, in the past, I’d left for later and never got around to writing—this year I’m writing them as the cards come in. Soon I’ll take stock to see who’s left on my list, but for now I’m doing just fine. So it’s with great joy this year that I say to all—Merry Christmas!

“I set him near the tree where the grandkids could pick him up and wind him up and… you know, drive us all crazy.“ poked-up decorations wherever the mood hit me to set them. Thus the Snowmen Crossing sign ended up by the entrance to the dining room, instead of outdoors next to the front door. The Nativity Scene went where it always does, on the hearth, and more fake poinsettias and snowmen than usual went on the piano. An oversized red velvet bow ended up on the mailbox and before I

Buska is an author, columnist and long-time resident of East County. Send e-mail to Sheila at and visit her website

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The San Diego East Visitors Bureau will host “Celebrate with Santa,” a free community open house from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, at the California Welcome Center at Viejas Outlet Center, 5005 Willows Road, Suite 110, Alpine. The event will feature photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, refreshments and drawings to win prizes from the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Safari Park, Daniels Jewelers, H&M Landing and others. For more information, call (619) 445-0180, or visit www. The San Diego East Visitors Bureau serves visitors and vacationers, tourism planning partners and attraction and venue members in San Diego County and the surrounding areas. Vacationers can use the bureau to find affordable lodging, dining and event information. Tourism partners can learn about meeting venues, conferences, guides and maps. The Bureau offers advertising opportunities to attraction and venue members.

La Mesa adding storage units The William Warren Group (WWG), a privately held real estate company that operates the StorQuest Self Storage brand, has received approval from the La Mesa City Council to build a 110,346-square-foot selfstorage facility on 1.4 acres at the southeast corner of Commercial Street and Center Drive in La Mesa. The three-story building will feature 856 climate-controlled units, along with a conference room, onsite bellman, free truck and driver service, and WiFi. Packing and shipping supplies also will be available for sale. A StorQuest representative said the facility is in compliance with the city’s General Plan’s required elements, including land use and urban design, con-

SDSU’s Business of Wine Certificate Program

he booming California wine industry continues to rank behind only Italy, Spain, and France in wine production, according to the latest report by the Wine Institute. “California is the fourth leading wine producer and seventh largest wine exporter worldwide,” Wine Institute President and CEO Robert P. (Bobby) Koch told the To prepare students for success in this expanding industry, San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies offers a Professional Certificate in the Business of Wine. Spring semester courses start Jan. 6. The College will be hosting a spring semester open house from 6-7:30 pm Monday, Jan. 25 at Splash Wine Bar, 3043 University Ave., San Diego. Attendees will meet instructors and fellow students, as well as learn more about the SDSU wine program. “I recommend the SDSU Business of Wine program to anyone who is serious about working in the wine industry,” said student Jeffrey Maltzman, founder, Blend Craft Wines. “Regardless whether you plan to work at a winery, work in a restaurant, or start your own wine wholesale company, the program offers an excellent background in the wide world of wine.”

The comprehensive Business of Wine courses are geared for professionals and entrepreneurs in the wine, food, and hospitality fields who want to quickly expand their knowledge of industry topics. The certificate is directed to: restaurant owners and staff, winery employees, event planners, distribution and retail sales employees, wine bar owners and staff; plus anyone interested in moving into a wine or hospitality career, and wine enthusiasts who desire a professional-level education. “The program has far exceeded my expectations,” said student Brittany Barton, a bartender at the La Jolla Shores Hotel. “It would have been impossible to get these results out of a book on my own. I wouldn’t have known where to start. The instructors bring so much passion and personal experience into their teachings that I walk out of class feeling like I was just in France.” To earn a certificate, nine courses must be completed within two years. Core courses are Exploring Wine, Wine Making Behind the Scenes, Business Opportunities in the Wine Industry, and Dynamic Wine and Food Pairing. Also required are five electives, including three intensive courses. Newcomers are recommended to begin with the introductory course: Exploring Wine, which starts March 28.

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servation and sustainability, circulation, noise, safety, health and wellness, and public services and facilities. In an Oct. 19 letter to the city council, Bill Hobin, president and CEO of WWG, said the project would “inject $14 million into the economy” and noted that self-storage has become an “incubator of small business, often serving as the home for startups, technology, e-commerce, and distribution-related businesses.” Founded in 1994 and based in Santa Monica, Calif., WWG acquires, develops and operates more than 100 self-storage facilities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, South Carolina and Texas.

KB Homes opens Magnolia Trails in El Cajon KB Homes has opened Magnolia Trails, a neighborhood of 44 single-family homes at 1215 Magnolia Ave., El Cajon. The two-story floor plans range in size from 2,292 to 2,757 square feet with up to five bedrooms, 3.5 baths and two-car garages. Pricing begins in the high $500,000s. The homes are designed to be highly energyand water-efficient, and are equipped with smart USB outlets, surface mounted LED lights and WaterSenselabeled fixtures. The community is served by the Cajon Valley Union School District and within walking distance of Chase Avenue Elementary School. From Interstate 8, exit El Cajon Boulevard, head east on Chase Avenue and turn right on Magnolia Avenue to the sales center. For more information about Magnolia Trails and other KB Home communities, visit www. Founded in 1957, KB Home has built nearly 600,000 homes throughout the United States.

Grove Pastry Shop closes doors Grove Pastry Shop has closed its doors after more

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than 60 years in business in Lemon Grove. For the past 10 years, the business was operated by Teresa Johnson, who said a rent increase prompted the closure. The bakery’s historic Mission-style building at 3308 Main St., the site of a general store that opened in 1912, is known for its 65-feet wide by 18-feet tall, five-panel mural depicting scenes from the past in Lemon Grove. The bakery was popular for its fancy whipped cream cakes, cupcakes, danishes, pies and cutout cookies. Johnson boosted the bakery’s image due in large part to her active community involvement. She has been a regular supporter to local chambers and currently serves on the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Prior to Grove Pastry Shop, Johnson owned the Alpine Bread Basket restaurant in Alpine. Johnson plans to continue a wedding cake business called Artistic Wedding Cake,

El Paseo apartments in Spring Valley sold for $14 million Cushman & Wakefield recently announced the sale of El Paseo, an apartment home community at 10130 Austin Dr. in Spring Valley to New Standard Equities of Encino, Calif. The seller was Fowler Property Acquisitions. The purchase price was $14 million. The 74-unit, five building complex totals 64,960 square feet on 3.86 acres. The two-story walk-up was built in 1976 and is comprised of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Community amenities include a swimming pool, three on-site laundry facilities, covered carport and a playground. Unit amenities include private balconies and patios, outside storage and large closets.

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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.”

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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.


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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.


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.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.

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