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‘Off the Electrical Energy Grid’ Tuesday, Dec. 20 • La Mesa

Alpine Fire Protection District Swears in Two New Board

ALPINE — The Alpine Fire Protection District swore-in two board members at the Tuesday, Dec. 20 board meeting. Incumbent Thomas “Jim” Mann took the oath for his second 4-year term on the Fire Board. New Board member Steve Taylor was sworn in for a 4-year term as well. Both board members were the top two vote getters in a five-person race for two seats on the Fire Board. Both board members were sworn in by District Legal counsel Steve Fitch. Outgoing Board member Mary Fritz did not seek re-election. Board member Fritz was thanked by staff, the firefighters and her fellow board members for her many years serving on the Fire Board. Thomas “Jim” Mann is a retired High School coach. He is an active Alpine Kiwanis member giving much time and effort to the betterment of the community. Along with his wife Joyce, the two have made Alpine their home for many years. Mr. Mann has served as Vice President of the Alpine Fire Board for the last two years and was re-elected to that position for 2017 at the December meeting. He was also selected to serve on the Labor Negotiations Committee, the Legislative Committee and as an alternate representative to the Heartland Fire Training Authority Commission. Steve Taylor is a generation and supply manager for SDGE. He too is an active Alpine Kiwanis member, giving of his time to the community. His wife Ruth and him have made their home in Alpine for many years. Mr. Taylor was selected to serve on the Financial Oversight Committee and as the alternate representative to the Heartland Communications Authority Commission. Board member Jim Easterling was selected to serve as Board President for 2017 and former Board President Pat Price was selected for the Secretary position.

From left: Plant operator David Ornelas and County Supervisor Dianne Jacob tour Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Central Energy Plant.

Hospital, Grossmont Healthcare District Celebrate Completion of Central Energy Plant

From left: District Legal Counsel Steve Fitch administers the Oath of Office to Incumbent Alpine Fire Board member Thomas “Jim” Mann.

LA MESA — Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa and the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently celebrated the completion of the hospital’s taxpayer-funded Central Energy Plant (CEP). A ceremony was held Tuesday, Dec. 20, featuring remarks from elected officials and a celebration photo with an oversize electrical switch and confetti cannon. “We’re very proud that the Central Energy Plant is now fully operational and the hospital is officially off the electrical grid,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. “Taxpayers can be assured that their publicly-owned hospital is equipped to handle future energy capacity needs with on-site electric power generation at the lowest possible cost. For decades into the future, the new CEP will save millions of dollars in energy costs, plus reduce the hospital’s emission of greenhouse gas pollutants by 90 percent. Even in the event of an outage or other emergency, the hospital will continue to operate as needed.” In addition to Emerson, other speakers at the Dec. 20 event included San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Dave Grundstrom, chair, Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC). GHC is the operating entity for the hospital lease agreement between Sharp HealthCare and GHD. According to Grundstrom, “We are grateful for the entire community’s support of the hospital, especially the taxpayers who approved Proposition G, as well as philanthropic support from the community. We now have the capacity to sell surplus electricity back to the utility company. ” Jacob’s district includes the East County. “I’m very proud of the efforts by the Grossmont Healthcare District and Sharp Grossmont Hospital,” she said. “Every taxpayer can be assured that their publicly-owned hospital is equipped to handle future energy capacity needs with on-site electric power generation at the lowest possible cost. In addition, I’m especially pleased that


On The Cover From left: District Legal Counsel Steve Fitch administers the Oath of Office to new Alpine Fire Board member Steve Taylor.

SANTEE — The Santee Santas Foundation held their 63rd Annual Food Delivery event, Thursday, Dec. 22. The organization provides help to members of the community living within the Santee School District in need of assistance, since 1953.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias At Last, One Utilities Commission Wing Making Sense


‘OFF THE GRID’, cont’d from p.2 this new Central Energy Plant will save millions of dollars in energy costs, plus reduce the hospital’s emission of greenhouse gas pollutants by 90 percent. The CEP is emitting less than half of the allowable emissions, which makes its one of the five least polluting plants recently constructed in the state of California.” The three-story, 18,400-square-foot building, visible from the State Route 125 freeway on the southwest side of the hospital campus, also houses a new $18 million cogeneration system paid for by Sharp Grossmont Hospital as part of the continuing partnership with GHD. The hospital is managed and operated by Sharp HealthCare under a lease agreement between GHD and Sharp HealthCare. Built by Solar Turbines of San Diego, the cogeneration system utilizes a combustion turbine generator (CTG), similar in function to a spinning engine on a passenger jetliner. In addition to electrical power, the 52-ton CTG produces heat that is converted to steam used to operate medical equipment, space heating and air conditioning, plus it provides hot and cold water to the hospital. Powered by natural gas, the CTG has a capacity to produce up to 4.4 megawatts of electricity, which is more than the hospital’s current need of about 3.2 megawatts, officials said. GHD said the new facility was designed to allow for future growth and expansion of the hospital. Also inside the plant are boilers, chillers, cooling towers and auxiliary systems. It has a state-of-the-art control room that monitors the heating and refrigeration equipment, medical air and vacuum pumps.

Flipping the Switch – from left: Grossmont Hospital Corporation Board Chair Dave Grundstrom, Grossmont Healthcare District Board President Michael Emerson, and East County donors Mary Alice and Ron Brady flip the ceremonial switch to celebrate the opening of the plant. Officials said the hospital typically consumes about 2.3 million kilowatt hours per month. In comparison, SDG&E says the average household uses about 500 kilowatt hours in a 30-day period. The CEP building was constructed with 131 tons of reinforced steel rods or bars surrounded by 4.23 million pounds of concrete with a 106-by-70-foot concrete foundation slab that is four feet thick. It took 120 concrete trucks delivering more than 1,120 cubic yards of concrete to lay the foundation. McCarthy Building Co. was the general contractor for the building’s construction, including site construction work, excavation and shoring. On one side of the CEP, officials said a sign stating “Brady Family Cogen” will be erected early next year in honor of a donation from La Mesa resi-

dents Ron and Mary Alice Brady, founders of the Brady Companies, a La Mesa-based contractor. Taxpayer-funded construction is continuing at the publicly-owned, 524-bed hospital which opened in 1955. Other Proposition G construction projects, as included in the 2006 ballot measure, includes ongoing construction of a 71,000-square-foot Heart and Vascular (H&V) Center and the recently completed renovation of floors two through five of the seven-story East Tower building, originally constructed in 1974. In 2009, the top three floors of the Emergency and Critical Care Center opened with 90 new patient beds, including 24 intensive care beds on one floor and 66 medical/surgical beds on two other floors. For more information about GHD, visit www.

t long last, one wing of the state’s Public Utilities Commission is making sense on a major dispute commissioners will decide between a big utility and its millions of customers. At issue is who will pay the enormous costs of the 2007 Witch, Guejito and Rice fires that killed at least 10 persons and destroyed more than 1,125 homes in a wide swath of the San Diego area. The fires began with power lines owned by San Diego Gas & Electric Co. that arced dramatically when dry winds reached 100 mph and more in October of that year. But the company’s latest rate increase application asks the PUC to dun customers – including residents who have since rebuilt their charred homes – for 90 percent of its approximately $380 million in fire-related expenses. In some ways, this rate increase request from a company whose board of directors includes the sister of Gov. Jerry Brown is even more egregious than the PUC’s ruling in 2014 to force customers of both SDG&E and Southern California Edison Co. to absorb about 70 percent of the $4.7 billion cost of decommissioning the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County. The plant closure was largely the result of an Edison blunder, part of the reason that ruling is now being reconsidered. The Witch Fire began as a small blaze caused by power lines near Ramona, then grew exponentially within 24 hours to reach the San Diego city limits. It soon combined with smaller fires to eventually incinerate whole neighborhoods and cul de sacs. This was not open rural country, but high-priced suburban real estate. Evacuations were ordered during a threeweek period in cities like Oceanside and Encinitas, Del Mar Heights and Carmel Valley, Rancho Santa Fe and Rancho Bernardo and more. More than 197,000 acres burned and more than 500,000 persons had to leave their homes at least for awhile. In the rate increase application, there is no talk about the company compensating affected customers for their own fire-related costs, as most might think fair. Damage claims afterward came to more than $4 billion, much of it not covered by insurance. Now the PUC’s own Office of Ratepayer Advocates, largely passive during the San Onofre dispute and the controversy over token punishment of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for its negligence (the term used by federal prosecutors) in the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that killed eight persons, has for once taken a forceful stand on a significant issue. Testimony filed in late fall saw the OPA roundly condemn SDG&E, whose actions it called “not those of a prudent manager.” The office argued that the utility did not comply with state rules on vegetation management, which is as crucial around power lines as it is for homes in fire-prone areas. The company should not be rewarded for ignoring regulations, the OPR argued. SDG&E, of course, claims it is entitled to reimbursement for its fire-related expenses, which would cost the average customer $1.67 per month for several years. “The alleged involvement of SDG&E facilities in the ignitions of the three fires does not show (the firm) acted unreasonably or imprudently,” company lawyers said. The case creates a major test for the scandal-plagued PUC, whose current president, Michael Picker, keeps promising more transparency and adherence to rules prohibiting private contacts between commissioners, their staff and utility regulators during rate cases. Despite the rules, such contacts have long been common. If SDG&E ends up paying only about 10 percent of its expenses from a hugely traumatic fire caused in large part by its equipment and its inaction, the PUC will be saying there’s been no change despite many scandals. Only if the company’s proposal is cut by much more than half will there be any reason to believe this commission has turned a page and become more friendly to the consumers it is supposed to serve.

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


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To Your

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. What can you do to keep the hair you have?

. Alopecia is the medical term for hair

loss. Androgenetic Alopecia, or pattern baldness, is the most common type of alopecia; it affects about one-third of us. I’m in that third with you. Men start to get pattern baldness at the hairline and crown. This can lead to complete baldness. Women’s hair loss is usually limited to thinning; they rarely go totally bald. There are a few steps you can take to preserve your hair: 1.) Avoid tight hairstyles that pull on the hair. So, forget braids, ponytails, cornrows and tight hair rollers. The pulling causes some hair loss, especially along the sides of the scalp. This type of hair loss is called traction alopecia. If the pulling scars the scalp, it can cause permanent hair loss. 2.) Brushing or combing too much can break hair, so keep them to a minimum. Use combs with wide teeth and brushes with smooth tips. Wet hair is more fragile than dry hair, so show care when you do your hair after a shower. 3. Shampooing too often is bad for your hair. Use a cream rinse or conditioner after shampooing to make it easier to comb. And don’t dry your hair by rubbing it with a towel. 4. Don’t use hot-oil hair treatments or chemicals in permanents. These may cause inflammation of the hair follicles, which can lead to hair loss. There are about 100,000 hairs in the average scalp. About 100 hairs are lost from your head every day. Each individual hair survives for an average of 4 1/2 years and grows about a half inch a month. In its 5th year, the hair usually falls out and is replaced within 6 months by a new one. We lose hair as we age. Pattern baldness affects many more men than women. About 25 percent of men begin to bald by the time they are 30 years old, and about twothirds have at least a balding pattern by age 60. Androgenetic alopecia is caused by heredity; a history of it on either side of your family increases your risk of balding. Medicines may help slow or prevent the development of common baldness. Rogaine is available without a prescription. It is applied to the scalp. Both men and women can use it. Propecia is available with a prescription. It comes in pills and is only for men. It may take up to six months before you can tell if one of these medicines is working. Hair transplants and scalp reduction surgery are available to treat androgenetic alopecia when more conservative measures have failed. During transplantation a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon takes tiny plugs of skin, each containing one to several hairs, from the back or side of your scalp. The plugs are then implanted into the bald sections. Scalp reduction, as the name implies, means decreasing the area of bald skin on your head.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Insurers Use High Drug Costs to Deter Some ‘Obamacare’ Patients, Economist Says


ecent research shows that certain insurers have been using high prescription drug costs to prevent some individuals from purchasing their Affordable Care Act plans. Michael Geruso, an economist at The University of Texas at Austin, presented his findings to Congress last month to inform them about how these companies are preventing chronically ill patients from signing up for their health plans. A provision of the Affordable Care Act prevents insurers from charging high premiums for patients with pre-existing conditions. However, recent findings show that patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis, and some cancers are treated in a way that leads to thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs, according to a press release from the university. Currently, President-elect Donald Trump has said that he plans to keep the provision to protect this group of patients, but they may still face hardships. “Any future scenario in which there is a goal of guaranteeing coverage for people with pre-existing conditions will face similar challenges,” Geruso said. In the study, researchers evaluated how health plans sold on Affordable Care Act marketplaces may use the formulary benefit design to prevent certain patients, who are deemed to be unprofitable, from purchasing their plans through high out-of-pocket costs for certain medications. The main problem discovered was with risk adjustment and reinsurance, which are measures that the federal government put in place to compensate insurers who

cover patients with high costs. For certain patients, these payments are too low for insurers to break even, according to the study. “If we observe insurers avoiding certain patient types, it means that risk adjustment and reinsurance do not adequately compensate the plan for enrolling such patients,” Geruso said. “Understanding how this type of backdoor — which has featured prominently in the theory of adverse selection — functions in practice is critical to the continued reform of the managed-competition health insurance markets.” While these measures are meant to remove selection incentives for drug classes, many patients with chronic conditions are predictably unprofitable, the researchers reported. The most unprofitable patients are individuals prescribed Biological Response Modifiers, such as the MS drug Copaxone. Researchers found these patients typically create $61,000 in claims, but the insurers are only reimbursed $47,000 from risk adjustment and reinsurance payments. This large discrepancy may incentivize insurers to avoid providing coverage for these patients. Affordable Care Act plans sold must cover at least 1 drug in each class, but there are no requirements on how the drugs must be tiered in their formulary, which causes insurers to place specialty drugs in higher tiers with large out-of-pocket costs. The researchers also found that in drug classes with strong incentives to avoid the corresponding patients, the drugs were 50 percent more likely to be placed on a specialty tier, compared with the same drugs in employer plans, according to the study. In employer plans, these incentives do not exist. For typical silver plans sold on

the marketplaces, this formulary design could potentially lead to $1000 per month out-ofpocket. “While the current regulatory framework goes a long way toward weakening insurer incentives to avoid unhealthy enrollees, some patients still imply large insurer losses, and insurers recognize that the benefit design can act as a screening mechanism,” Geruso concluded. “The bottom line for consumers is exposure to high out-of-pocket costs and a system in which no plan will offer good coverage for certain illnesses.” For me, it goes beyond ‘ObamaCare.’ The bottom line is and always has been, greedy insurance companies don’t want to insure individuals who actually need to use their insurance. They only want to insure those who don’t need to use it. Hence, more money for them. That’s what it is always about in this country, the all-American-buck, not the patient. Beyond despicable.

Source: The University of Texas at Austin

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. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at NOTE: Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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reetings beloved of the Lord, this week 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. Over the past weeks we have looked at from the Word of God the Bible, reasons for which Jesus came: He came into the world to save call sinners to repentance; to save sinners; to be and bring light to those (us) that are in darkness; He did not come to judge the world but to save it; to take away our sins; so that we might live (truly live) through Him; to bring peace and good will toward all men, between a righteous, holy God and sinful rebellious man; to fulfill prophecy. As we conclude this series, we will look at yet one more reason for which Jesus came into the world, John 18:33-38 Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.” Jesus tells us, “For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.” To bear witness to the TRUTH. Truth has become something rarely seen or heard in our day, politicians lie; religion is full of lies; our culture embraces lies; the advertisement industry is based on lies; the entertainment industry deal in fiction and people believe it to be true; truth has become relative to the individual and the situation; we are told there are no absolute truths anymore. All of this is a falsehood and just as Jesus came nearly 2,000 years ago to bear witness to the truth He continues to do so today. Read what Jesus said of TRUTH, John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 1:17 “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 4:23 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” John 4:24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 8:31-32 “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Is it any wonder in view of these truths why mankind is so insistent on rejecting Jesus? Man wants to live by his rules; by his imagined truths; by what he determines to be right, just, and true. I hope that you are not numbered among this majority of our culture. Dear ones, truth is NOT relevant, it is absolute; Jesus IS the TRUTH and bears witness to the truth; when you come to know that truth you will be set free, until that time you are living a lie and are in terrible bondage.

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an Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies will host a webinar for its Professional Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning program from 6-7 pm on Thursday, Jan. 5. Registrants will meet program advisors and instructors and get a curriculum overview. To receive details on how to join this unique event without ever leaving a computer or phone, visit, email, or call (619) 594-1138. Whether you’re new to the industry or a seasoned pro, SDSU’s Meeting and Event Planning Professional Certificate offers you the opportunity to expand your skills in this booming industry in San Diego — one of the largest hubs in the world for private and corporate events. Also, we would like to wish a Happy New Year to all. Here’s hoping that 2017 will be your best and most prosperous year ever. I look forward to spending New Year’s Eve in Catalina with my beautiful wife, Cindy, on her 60th birthday. What a blessing she has been to me and to all of those she’s in contact with each day! SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit or call (619) 2657378 (SDSU). Dolan hosts a one-hour sports talk radio show Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on East County’s “The Mountain – 107.9 FM.” The show may also be heard on the Internet at

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin East County Chamber’s January breakfast will be at Rock Church The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. on Jan. 6, 2017, at The Rock Church’s East County campus, 808 Jackman St., El Cajon. Breakfast sponsor is The Rock Church. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $25 per person for members, $30 per person for prospective members with RSVP and $35 per person for walkups. RSVPs are requested prior to Jan. 3. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at, (619) 440-6161, or visit For a limited time, the Chamber is offering an annual 2017 Breakfast Club package for $200 per person. Chamber members can purchase a full year of 12 breakfasts ahead of time and save $100. Chamber breakfasts in 2017 will be held on Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. The Rock Church, which began in February 2000, opened an East County campus in 2013. Its East County campus was a former Michael’s retail store that was remodeled to feature a 725-seat auditorium. In 2015, the church opened the Rock Thrift Store in El Cajon at 450 Fletcher Parkway, Suite 119. The store offers new and gently used merchandise, including clothing, jewelry, housewares, books, collectable and furniture. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Proceeds from the Rock Thrift Store support The Rock Church’s outreach and ministry programs, including a homeless ministry and an orphanage in Haiti. The store also provides free clothing and

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home necessities to individuals and families in are due to term limits for some members of the emergency and crisis situations. committee, called the Proposition “G” Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC). Another seat is vacant due to the passing of Alpine resident Dona Christensen who had served on the committee since 2011. The ICBOC has been meeting since June 2006 when East County voters approved The Santee Chamber of Commerce, currently Prop. G, a $247 million bond ballot measure for celebrating its 62nd anniversary, will host its 2017 financing improvement projects at the hospital. Prop. Awards Night starting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March G passed by more than 77 percent, well over the two16, at Barona Resort & Casino Golf Events Center, 1932 thirds required. Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside. ICBOC members are uncompensated East County Awards to be presented will include Person of residents who are charged with monitoring bond the Year, Santee School District Educator of the proceeds spent by the Grossmont Healthcare District Year, Santee-Lakeside Rotarian of the Year, Santee (GHD), the public agency managing the bond-financed Kiwanis American Patriot Award, San Diego County construction at the hospital. GHD serves as landlord Sheriffs Dept. Deputy of the Year and Les Heart of the hospital, including ownership of the property Memorial Scholarship recipient. Additional awards and buildings on behalf of local taxpayers. The bondto be presented will include the Chamber’s “Santee’s financed construction is scheduled for completion in Favorite Businesses” awards with winners determined the next two-to-three years. Barry Jantz, GHD CEO, by votes cast on the chamber’s website. Cost to attend said the ICBOC group needs several community is $75 per person. Prices on some sponsorships will volunteers to reach its full capacity of 11 members. increase after Jan. 1, the Chamber said. Event sponsors Specific seats on the ICBOC are filled by individuals include Barona Resort and Casino, Lloyd’s Collision representing various constituency groups, according & Paint Center, Santee School District, Santee Lakes to ICBOC bylaws. Jantz said committee members Recreation Preserve, Whissel Realty and Sycuan have specific professional experience that relates to Casino. the hospital construction, including backgrounds in For more information, visit www.SanteeChamber. healthcare, construction, finance, labor or project com. management. ICBOC members must reside within the District’s 750 square miles in San Diego’s East County. The full ICBOC meets quarterly and sub-committees meet at various times as needed, some monthly. Committee members serve for no more than three consecutive A volunteer citizens committee monitoring two-year terms. Interested volunteers can obtain an construction projects at Sharp Grossmont Hospital application by contacting GHD at (619) 825-5050, or via is looking for additional members. The openings e-mail,

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