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Foundation Scholarships Available For Hundreds of Loacal Students SAN DIEGO COUNTY ­­ — The San Diego Foundation announced that hundreds of scholarship awards are available for San Diego students pursuing their dreams of higher education. The 2018-2019 Common Scholarship Application is available online now until Feb. 1, 2018 at 2 p.m. (PST). Using one online application, students can access more than 100 types of scholarships for the 2018- 2019 academic year, with awards generally ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Awards are granted to four-year universities, two-year colleges, graduate, or trade/vocational schools. “With the cost of higher education on the rise, scholarship support is more important than ever,” shared Danielle Valenciano, Director of Community Scholarships at The San Diego Foundation. “Thanks to the generosity of local donors through our Community Scholarship Program, we are removing one of the critical barriers to entry for local families and providing more San Diegans with the opportunity to pursue higher education.” According to research from the Public Policy Institute of California, only a fraction of students in California capable of earning a degree actually do, and students from underserved communities are greatly underrepresented in colleges and universities. The Community Scholarship Program ensures that the cost of college is not a limiting factor to academic success. The San Diego Foundation Community Scholarship Program is the largest in the region outside of the university system and provides a variety of scholarships to high school students, current college students, graduate students and adult re-entry students. Since 1997, the program has awarded more than $28.7 million to thousands of students. The Common Scholarship Application can be accessed at For more information about the scholarship process, please contact The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs now and forever.

On The Cover SANTEE — Santee Santas delivered food packs to local Santee residents, Friday, Dec. 22. Volunteers, including the Whissel Group, Santee Firefighters and Santee Deputy Sheriffs, helped load delivery vehicles. Many children received new bicycles and helmets among other toys. Waste Management made a $1000 donation to the worthy cause.

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Congressman Hunter’s Year in Review Dear Friends, As the year comes to a close, I want to share with you some highlights of 2017. With tax reform in the news right now, it’s easy to forget the other successes Congress has had this year. To date, Congress has sent President Trump more than 92 bills that have been signed into law, including 15 under the Congressional Review Act, aimed at specifically overturning Obama-era rules and regulations. This regulatory reform has resulted in over $60 billion in cost savings. I also remain committed to strengthening immigration enforcement, national defense, and rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure. Back at home, my team remains dedicated to delivering high-quality constituent services, working to help residents of the 50th Congressional District cut through red tape at the VA, or assist with Social Security and Medicare issues. Thank you for giving me that honor in 2017, and I look forward to continuing to serve you in 2018.

Jobs & Tax Reform

Among my top priorities is promoting job creation and economic growth so all Americans can prosper. For the first time in over 30 years, Congress passed comprehensive tax reform which will unleash economic growth and put more money back in the pockets of taxpayers like you ~ who can better decide how to spend it. The tax legislation lowers rates for both individuals and businesses and eliminates loopholes and complex deductions to simplify the code and encourage job creation and economic growth. With this bill, a family of four earning a median income of $73,000 will receive a tax cut of $2,059. This once-in-a-generation legislation was sent to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law. It makes our tax code internationally competitive and simple to understand. I’m confident the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will provide direct benefits to the constituents of California’s 50th Congressional District.

California Wildfires

Over the past two weeks, devastating wildfires have affected our district and communities across California. I have been working with House Leadership and my colleagues to bring resources to our state. I am pleased to report that tax benefits for disaster victims and funding for the recovery was included in the tax bill and a supplemental appropriations bill considered by the House this week.

Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Earlier this month, the House passed H.R. 38, the Con-

cealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. I proudly voted in favor of the bipartisan legislation, of which I am an original cosponsor. The long overdue legislation ensures that law-abiding citizens that have obtained a state-issued concealed carry license or permit for their firearm may carry a concealed handgun in any other state that allows concealed carry, aslong-as the individual is properly following the laws of that state.

Military Readiness

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I was pleased to see President Donald Trump sign the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law earlier this month which reaffirms our nation’s commitment to a strong national defense. Specifically, this bipartisan legislation authorizes critical military programs and provides our warfighters with the tools they need to complete their mission and keep us safe at home.

Other important provisions of the FY18 NDAA include:

• Increasing troop levels over FY17 levels of 15,700+ active duty personnel over the four services; • Enhancing missile defense $4.4 billion over initial Presidential budget request; • Authorization for the first polar icebreaker to begin the recapitalization of the existing U.S. Coast Guard fleet; • Support for upgraded communication technology on the MV-22 Osprey, which has been called a game changer for our warfighters; • Ensuring critical naval components are made by American workers and American businesses; • Salary increase of 2.4 percent for service members.

Congressman Duncan D. Hunter and the U.S. Virgin Islands during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Crews have continued to provide relief to those affected by the hurricanes including the inspection of port facilities, transferring supplies such as food and water, and conducting search and rescues. I will continue to work with my colleagues on the subcommittee to ensure that the Coast Guard continues to look for ways to improve efficiency and improve maritime safety and security. The Coast Guard also has an important role as the first line of defense in protecting our Maritime border. I strongly believe the first priority in immigration reform must be to strengthen border security and ensure verifiable enforcement. Without those two things being achieved, I will not support any immigration reform effort, including DACA, that does not address border enforcement and put national security first. Period. I have also joined several of my congressional colleagues in introducing two important pieces of legislation critical in the ongoing effort to curb illegal immigration; the Legal Workforce Act and the Immigration in the National Interest Act.

Enhancing Veteran Care Education and the California’s 50th District is home to over 58,000 veterans Workforce and active duty service members. I am grateful and proud of their service. Earlier this month, the House passed S. 1266, the Enhancing Veteran Care Act, which authorizes the VA to contract with non-profits to investigate wrongdoing or substandard care practices. This bill would streamline the investigation process, ensuring that veterans get timely access to the quality care they deserve. We’re almost there, next up: the president’s desk to be signed into law.

Coast Guard and Homeland Security

Earlier this year, the nation saw on full display what I’ve already come to know as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. The Coast Guard saved 11,000 lives in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico,

As a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, I understand that we need to modernize the Higher Education Act to meet the specific needs of students. It is an essential step to rebuilding America’s middle class and providing a new era of opportunity for students. It is for this reason I introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4078, the Expanding America’s Work-

See Hunter’s Year In Review, p12 Hunter, R-Alpine, is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is the first Marine combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to be elected to Congress. He represents California’s 50th Congressional District consisting of East and Northern County San Diego.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias

Now We’ll See What Transparency Can Do


alifornia will be exploring new ground as the impending election year builds to its climax in early November. For the first time ever, big donors to ballot proposition campaigns will not be able to hide behind phony campaign committee names like “Californians for Safe Streets” and the like when they put their money behind causes, many of which can be selfserving. It will now be somewhat harder to keep dark money from having at least some light shined upon it. But no one can be certain just yet how difficult it will be for real donors to hide and just how exposed they might soon be. That’s partly because of some rather vague language in the state’s new Disclose Act, quietly signed as Assembly Bill 249 by Gov. Jerry Brown, who issued no statement along with his signature, as he often does on important bills. Advocates contend the language of the new law “will fundamentally change how campaign financing is disclosed,” as legislative sponsor Kevin Mullin, a Democratic assemblyman from San Mateo, put it. And it might do that. The bill requires ads for ballot propositions and independent expenditure ads for and against candidates to identify their top three funders, with none able to hide behind sometimes-misleading committee names. The idea is to identify people and organizations actually trying to exert influence, possibly causing some to downsize their contributions if they don’t want to be listed publicly as leading donors. This should let voters know exactly who is trying to influence them. From the “who,” it’s often easy to deduce the “why,” so California ballots could be cast in the most educated manner ever. Of course, this measure might have been even better than what has now become law. It could have required that disclosures of donors be made in a print size equal to the largest anywhere else in an ad. But that was amended out of the bill as it progressed through the Legislature. Instead, disclosures must be made “clearly and prominently,” a vague phrase that will no doubt be litigated for years. Expect some of the political consultants who conceive, write and approve the ads that will be ubiquitous as 2018 progresses to try to obfuscate matters. Their radio ads may feature the same kind of ultra-speed-reading often heard when pharmaceutical companies list drug side effects near the end of their ads. But newspaper and television advertising will have to include printed information on true campaign funders. In the beginning, some campaigns may try to get away with small print, but that almost certainly won’t fly in the long run. So while this law does contain some vagueness, it is far better than no law, a clear-cut case of not letting the perfect (identification in letters that match the largest elsewhere in the ad) outweigh the good. The law’s other flaw is that it does not demand exposure of the largest direct contributors to candidates, whose donors often launder their contributions through the major political parties at both the state and country levels. But there is nevertheless plenty of improvement over the longstanding ability of big donors to remain almost completely anonymous. Trent Lange, president of the California Clean Money Campaign, which pushed the Disclose Act for more than seven years before its final passage on a fairly bipartisan vote (five Republican assembly members from swing districts joined almost all Democrats in supporting it), called the new law “the biggest blow yet against the unlimited secret money unleashed by Citizens United.” That’s the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring that corporations are like people when it comes to political giving. The bottom line is that even with some vague parts of the new law likely to be disputed and litigated over the next few years, there will still be more disclosure of campaign finance information than ever before seen anywhere in America. But we will all have to wait and see how much real voters care about this and whether it really affects the way votes are cast.

Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti


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Stop Elder Abuse . How common is elder abuse? .

The U.S. Administration on Aging found that more than a half-million people over the age of 60 are abused or neglected each year. About 90 percent of abusers are related to the victims. People older than 80 years suffer abuse and neglect two to three times their proportion of the senior population. Almost four times as many new incidents of abuse, neglect, and/or self-neglect were not reported as those that were reported and substantiated by public authorities. All 50 states have elder-abuse prevention laws and have set up reporting systems. Adult Protective Services (APS) agencies investigate reports of suspected elder abuse. To report elder abuse, contact your APS office. You can find the telephone numbers at the website operated by The National Adult Protective Services Association. Go to: http://www. The APS agency keeps calls confidential. If the agency decides there may be a law violation, it assigns a caseworker to investigate. If the victim needs crisis intervention, services are available. If elder abuse is not substantiated, most APS agencies will work with other community agencies to get necessary social and health services. The senior has the right to refuse services offered by APS. The APS agency provides services only if the senior agrees or has been declared incapacitated by the court and a guardian has been appointed. What is elder abuse? It can take a variety of forms: physical, sexual, emotional and financial. Neglect of an older person also is within the umbrella of elder abuse. One of the most common types of elder abuse is self-neglect. Self-neglect often occurs in older adults who have declining health, are isolated or depressed, or who abuse drugs or alcohol. If you’re concerned an older adult might need help, these are symptoms to look for: • Physical injury such as a bruise, cut, burn, rope mark, sprain or broken bone; • Refusal of the caregiver to allow you to visit the older person alone. • Indications of dehydration, malnourishment, weight loss and poor hygiene. • Negative behavior such as agitation, withdrawal, expressions of fear or apathy. • Unexplained changes in finances.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Study Shows Potential Path to Repair MS-Damaged Nerves


ene expression in specific cells and in specific regions can provide a more precise, neuroprotective approach than traditional treatments for neurological diseases. For Multiple Sclerosis, specifically, increasing cholesterol synthesis gene expression in astrocytes of the spinal cord can be a pathway to repair nerves that affect walking. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory, neurodegenerative disease, characterized by distinct disabilities affecting walking, vision, balance and cognition, to name a few. MS patients differ markedly from each other regarding which disability affects them the most. Inflammation strips the myelin coating from nerve cell extensions, called axons, and connections at the ends of nerves, called synapses, are lost, together disrupting signaling and eventually causing permanent disability depending on where this occurs. UCLA researchers proposed that molecular mechanisms behind each disability may differ, and that neuroprotective treatments tailored for each disability may be more effective than nonspecific treatments aiming to reduce a composite of different disabilities. The team focused on astrocytes, a type of brain cell that becomes activated in MS and plays several

important roles in disease, examining gene expression in astrocytes in different regions. Working with a mouse model of MS, the research team assessed astrocytes in various regions of the brain and spinal cord known to be involved in walking, vision or cognition. They compared gene expression changes between regions that correspond to different disabilities. In the spinal cord – an area that’s critical for walking – they found a decrease in the expression of cholesterol synthesis genes. Cholesterol does not leave the blood and enter the brain, instead it is made in astrocytes and plays a role in making myelin, the nerve coating, and synapses, the nerve connections. They hypothesized that while inflammation causes loss of myelin and synapses, it is the decrease in cholesterol synthesis gene expression in astrocytes that explains why lesions do not repair in MS. They treated MS mice with a drug that increased expression in cholesterol synthesis genes – and this resulted in improved walking ability. This disability-specific discovery approach represents a strategy for finding neuroprotective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases that are tailored to repair damage for each disability, one at a time, in contrast to a “one size fits all” treatment approach.

In addition to senior author Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl, who directs UCLA’s Multiple Sclerosis Program and holds the Jack H. Skirball Chair in Multiple Sclerosis Research, study co-first authors were Noriko Itoh, Yuichiro Itoh, and Alessia Tassoni, with other coauthors including Emily Ren, Max Kaito, Ai Ohno, Vista Farkhondeh, Hadley Johnsonbaugh, Yan Ao, Josh Burda and Michael Sofroniew, all of UCLA. The work was supported with funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the California Community Foundation, the Tom Sherak MS Hope Foundation, the Rhoda Goetz Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis, and other partners of the UCLA Multiple Sclerosis Program.

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Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 31 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 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 2017 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled “The Promises of God”. As mentioned in part one of this series, there are but a few promises to all of mankind, the vast majority are to those who have become His children by adoption through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance from sin. Some may think this is not “fair”, that all of God’s promises should be to everyone. Well they are to everyone that will repent of sin and turn to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Think of this way, you are a parent, your children have your protection; love; provision; sacrifice; and will inherit what you have at your departure. Should others who are not your children or even those who hate you and your children be beneficiaries of what you have for your own children? Of course not, that would be absurd! Another of God’s wonderful promises is that of giving His children a “way out” of temptation. Let’s begin by understanding what temptation is. It is the enticement to do evil, wrong, sin, whether by way of word, action, omission, or thought. God never tempts His children though He does test us. Testing is meant to strip us of trusting in self, something or someone else other than God and bring us to a greater faith in Him. James 1:13-16 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts He any man: but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.” James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers testings; knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” The source of temptation comes from Satan; the world in which he currently rules; and our own sinful fallen nature. Regardless of the source, God has promised to give us a way out of temptation. 1Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” The context of this promise is extremely important, the verses that surround it offer great insight and instruction on the way out that God at times will provide. Let’s look at this promise in the context of the surrounding verses. 1Corinthians 10:6-14 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.” Many times the “way out” is the understanding of what sin is, how temptation comes, and then avoiding the temptation. Another way God enables us to withstand temptation is through prayer as is illustrated in what is commonly known as the Lord’s Prayer, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Sometimes the way out of temptation is to turn and run away from it as Joseph did when the wife of Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him. However temptation may present itself we can be sure that God will give us the grace we need to withstand any temptation. It is important that we not put ourselves in compromising positions where we could easily stumble and fall into sinning against God.

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an Diego Padres’ pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Peoria on Wednesday, Feb. 14,with the club’s first full-squad workout on Monday, Feb. 19. The team will begin its 31-game schedule in Arizona with the annual charity game on Friday, Feb. 23 as the home team against the Seattle Mariners at the Peoria Sports Complex. The Padres will play 15 of their 31 games next spring in Peoria, all but one of them as the home team. The home schedule features four night games: Monday, March 5 vs. Arizona (5:40 p.m.), Thursday, March 15 vs. San Francisco (6:40 p.m.), Tuesday, March 20 vs. Cincinnati and Friday, March 23 vs. Texas (6:40 p.m.). San Diego’s Cactus League schedule features seven meetings with National League West opponents, including three against the San Francisco Giants and two meetings each with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers. The club will break camp following its Cactus League finale vs. Seattle on Sunday, March 25. San Diego will cap off its spring schedule with an exhibition game in El Paso against its Triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas on Monday, March 26 (5:35 p.m.). The Padres will open the 2018 season at home against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, March 29, with a 1:10 p.m. first pitch. FOX Sports San Diego and FM949 will broadcast select spring games. FSSD will broadcast 10 games, with two additional games made available through the FOX Sports West feed (Sunday, Feb. 25 and Monday, Feb. 26). The radio feed for 10 games will air on FM949 and 13 audio webcasts will be available on Tickets for all Padres games at the Peoria Sports Complex are on sale online at www. San Diego Union-Tribune Boys Prep Basketball Poll Team; Record; Points; Last Week. • First-place votes in parenthesis • Points awarded on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis • Rank;Team;Record;Points;Last Week 1. Torrey Pines (11); 10-0; 119;1; 2. Vista;8-2;97;3; 3. Mission Bay; 9-1; 95; 4; 4. Foothills Christian (1) ;6-4; 78;2; 5. St. Augustine ;4-0; 77; 5; 6. Mater Dei Catholic;9-2;61;6; 7. San Marcos;8-2; 50 ;7; 8. La Jolla Country Day ;8-2;26;8; 9. Santa Fe Christian ; 6-3; 17;10; 10. Westview ; 6-5; 9; NR Others receiving votes: Christian (5-2, 7 points), Canyon Crest (6-4, 7 points), Steele Canyon (5-0, 5 points), Helix (7-3, 4 points), Montgomery (6-3, 4 points), Bishop’s(5-1, 1 point), Cathedral Catholic (3-4, 1 point), Lincoln (6-3, 1 point), Mount Miguel (10-1, 1 point). Voters: 12 sportswriters, sportscasters and officials – John Maffei (Union-Tribune), Terry Monahan (freelance writer), Steve Brand (Hall of Champions), Adam Paul (, Ramon Scott (, Bodie DeSilva (, Rick Smith (, John Kentera (Prep Talent Evaluator), Steve Dolan (East County Herald), Aaron Burgin (Fulltime Hoops), Christan Pedersen (SD Preps Insider), Brad Enright (LA Court Report).

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HUNTER’S YEAR IN REVIEW, cont’d from p4 force Act of 2017, which would establish various programs to ease the financial burden on workers who are seeking to further their education. I have also re-introduced the bipartisan Student Right to Know Before You Go Act, alongside a Senate version led by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in November. With the cost of higher education rapidly rising, this bill would allow students and their families to have access to more data to base their decision on where to pursue a higher education.

Social Security

Finally, I want to remind seniors that the monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase 2.0 percent in 2018. The 2.0 percent cost-ofliving-adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to Social Security beneficiaries

in January 2018 and increased payments to SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 29, 2017. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). For more information about how COLA is calculated please visit Information about Medicare changes for 2018 will be available at

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Looking Ahead

As we enjoy the Christmas season, I hope you will join me in remembering the men and women who serve in our nation’s military, especially

the service members who are deployed abroad and unable to spend the holidays with their families. I am so grateful for them and their service. I look forward to returning to Congress in the New Year, and I am eager to work with my colleagues to advance policies that will help keep America strong and competitive. As House Republicans prepare to begin the second session of the 115th Congress, I will continue to focus my efforts to move our country forward. Your concerns remain my priority. As always, I hope to hear from you throughout the course of the year as Congress does its legislative work, in addition to providing effective oversight.

Sincerely, Duncan Hunter Member of Congress

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Grossmont Healthcare District continues support to Home of Guiding Hands

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of Home of Guiding Hands (HGH), an El Cajonbased non-profit organization that provides services, training and advocacy to infants, adolescents and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The GHD board recently approved a $69,000 grant that will help provide nursing care to HGH clients who live independently in their own homes, as well as about 150 residents of 31 HGH-operated community-based homes in El Cajon, Lakeside, San Carlos and Santee. “We are proud to support Home of Guiding Hands in their efforts to serve District residents with optimal nursing care throughout their lives,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. “We applaud HGH’s expanded scope and breath of support services and their dedication to maximize the independence, productivity and qualify of life for the developmentally disabled population.” Founded in 1961, HGH provides services to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and autism. In addition to residential services, HGH operates a Respite Program that gives family members a break when needed, a Life Planning Program that assists families with the process of developing a care plan for the future and an early childhood program, along with transportation services and counseling with family support services. The nonprofit has expanded its services in recent years and is currently assisting more than 2,500 people in both San Diego and Imperial counties. “Many of our clients have compounded health issues, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s

disease relating to aging and complications from their developmental disabilities,” said Mark Kraus, CEO of HGH. “Some of our clients are nonverbal and communicate their needs with a modified form of sign languages or sounds, which presents unique challenges to healthcare professionals. This grant from the Grossmont Healthcare District will help our nursing staff provide individualized and direct patient care and avoid unnecessary hospital visits.”

Pardee Homes opens new community in Santee

Homebuilder Pardee Homes has begun sales for its Weston new home community near State Route 52 on Mast Boulevard across from West Hills High School in Santee. Fourteen models are on display. Prices range from the high-$500,000s to the mid-$700,000s. The 415-home community features four floor plans ranging from 1,790 to 3,743 square feet in size. Four distinct neighborhoods will be known as Lake Ridge, Sandstone, Talus and Prism. Amenities include solar panels and a package of energy-saving technology. Community amenities include 95 acres of open space and membership in the Boulder Ridge Swim Club, a private 2,700-square-foot recreation center with a fitness room, swimming pool, two spas and covered patio for outdoor entertaining. For information, phone (619) 786-1278.

San Diego’s Military economy generates $50 billion annually

The military remains San Diego’s largest single economic sector, supporting 338,000 jobs and

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accounting for an estimated $50 billion in gross regional product, according to a recent study from the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC). The study also said the military, including the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Homeland Security and Veterans Administration, is the region’s largest employer. San Diego is home to the largest concentration of military in the world. One out of every six U.S. Navy sailors and one out of every four U.S. Marines receive their paychecks in San Diego. Also, an estimated total of $25 billion in direct spending related to defense was sent to San Diego County during fiscal year 2017, an amount equal to approximately $7,600 for each of the county’s residents. The $50 billion GRP figure, which represents 22 percent of the region’s total GRP, is larger than the total output of New Haven, Conn., Albuquerque, New Mexico, or Akron, Ohio. SDMAC officials said the annual study is considered a valuable resource in educating policy and lawmakers at the local, state, and federal levels about the tremendous value the military and defense communities bring to San Diego.

WalMart using robots engineered in San Diego

WalMart reports it has begun deploying specialized robots able to scan store shelves to see if the merchandise needs restocking. The robots, using technology engineered by San Diego-based Brain Corp., can be programmed with sensors that let them operator autonomously. WalMart already uses an automated floor scrubbing machine in five stores near its Arkansas corporate headquarters, including a supercenter that stays open 24 hours.

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New Book Chronicles History of Grossmont Hospital Pre-ordering underway for ‘Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service’

LA MESA — A soon-to-be-released book chronicling the history of Grossmont Hospital is now available for online ordering prior to its scheduled Jan. 8 release date in local bookstores. The book, titled “Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service,” documents the history of the La Mesa hospital, owned by the citizens of the East San Diego County region. In early 1952, eastern San Diego County’s citizens voted overwhelmingly to establish the Grossmont Hospital District. Local civic leaders and physicians envisioned it as the vehicle for building a modern hospital to address the healthcare needs of their rapidly growing postWorld War II communities. In August 1955, the district subsequently opened Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. For the next 65 years, the institution grew to serve suburban and rural residents spread over the 750-square-mile district. In dealing with the daunting challenges of modern healthcare, the governing board entered a precedent-setting lease for hospital operations with San Diego-based nonprofit Sharp HealthCare in 1991. Historian James D. Newland has partnered with Grossmont Hospital and the Grossmont Healthcare District in chronicling the inspiring story of this iconic regional institution. The 153-page book, published by The History Press, can be ordered online at or on Amazon at https:// “This book is really designed as a tribute to the vision and dedication of our community leaders from a previous generation to provide a public hospital both as a necessary healthcare provider as well as a manifestation of our region’s legitimacy as a modern community,” said author Newland. “It also illuminates how our local hospital has continued to survive and thrive in the ever-changing American healthcare industry. After reading this book, I’m hoping people will see how Grossmont Hospital is even more impressive than at first glance as a landmark publicly-owned community hospital.” Newland, a longtime La Mesa resident steeped in city history, has authored other books on the histories of La Mesa and Mt. Helix.

the funding and construction of a new hospital and subsequent hospital district. • A special election was held on Jan. 8, 1952, to form the Grossmont Hospital District. With the possible cost of the hospital being over $1.2 million, only a state-sanctioned public agency with taxation and bonding abilities could cover the costs to build such a modern facility. On Election Day, volunteers manned more than 40 polling places. Transportation and babysitting services were offered to ensure

participation by all eligible voters. East County voters approved the measure, 3,835 to 1,030. • In 1952, state funds to build Grossmont Hospital were delayed and diverted to California’s Central Valley for hospital repairs following a magnitude 7.3 earthquake that hit Bakersfield on July 21. • In 1955, the hospital’s first patient was eight-pound, threeounce Randy George Callas, who was born 30 minutes before opening day. On the first day of operations, the hospital had 24

admissions, including four surgeries and five births. Retail price for “Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service” is $21.99. The Charleston, S.C.-based publisher is one of the nation’s largest publishers of local and regional content. Its website states: “By empowering local history and culture enthusiasts to write local stories for local audiences, we create exceptional books that are relevant on a local and personal level and bring readers closer to their community.”




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Got a car? Got some free time? Drive with “I’m very impressed with the details included in the book,” said Michael Emerson, Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board president. “The book clearly shows how community involvement made the difference in making the hospital and healthcare district a reality. I enjoyed reading about the previous generation of community leaders who worked tirelessly behind the scenes after the end of World War II, and gave their time and energy to help the hospital make a lasting positive difference in our local community.” GHD, an East County regional public agency, assisted Newland and the publisher with the book’s research, providing historic photographs and documents. Earlier this year, GHD, which serves as landlord of Sharp Grossmont Hospital, invited the public to submit old photographs, newspaper clippings, promotional materials and other historical documents, some of which were included in the book, GHD officials said. Several other local residents, including former and current doctors, GHD board members and Sharp HealthCare leaders, are listed as contributors. Among the historical tidbits included in the book: • In the early 1920s, when the City of La Mesa was often called “La Mesa Springs,” Col. Ed Fletcher, founder of El Cajon’s Fletcher Hills community, initially offered to donate acreage for a hospital situated on an elevated ridge near the location of the motion picture Grossmont Studios. • As a follow up to the first efforts in 1921, another attempt to build a community hospital gained steam in 1928, only to be halted by the 1929 Great Depression. • In 1949, two community groups, the Suburban Hospital Association and the La Mesa Hospital Association, merged to form the Grossmont Hospital Association (GHA). The main purpose of GHA was to oversee

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WHAT’S UP EL CAJON with Monica Zech Applicants Sought for City of El Cajon Commissions

The El Cajon City Council is now accepting applications for the Commissions listed below. The filing period is now through Jan. 11, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. Applicants will be interviewed and appointed on Jan. 23, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber, 200 Civic Center Way, El Cajon. • Personnel Commission – One vacancy for one (1) four-year term to expire January 31, 2022. • Planning Commission – One vacancy for one (1) four-year term to expire January 31, 2022. • Veterans’ Commission – One vacancy for one (1) partial term to expire January 31, 2021. Applications are now available in the City Clerk’s Office, and on the City’s website, City Commissions page, at Feel free to contact the City Clerk’s Office at (619) 441-1763 with any questions.

Citizen of the Year Luncheon

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Citizen of the Year Luncheon on Monday, February 5th, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the El Cajon Elks Lodge. This luncheon is hosted by the El Cajon Valley Lions Club. Cost per person is $20, before January 29; $25 for tickets after January 29 and at the door. The lodge is at 1400 E. Washington Avenue, El Cajon. If you have questions, please contact the Chamber office at (619) 440-6161.

Special Art Exhibit at the Wieghorst Museum

The Wieghorst Museum will offer a very special art exhibit and sale featuring local artists now through Thursday, January 4, 2018. The talented artists will include; Gloria Chadwick, Grace Schlesier, Fred Gregory, Val Carson, Ron Dotson, and Peggy Bradshaw Palm. Stop by and view some beautiful art! The museum is at 131 Rea Avenue in Downtown El Cajon. For more information, please call (619) 590-3431 or visit www.wieghorstmuseum. org.




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