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EAST COUNTY — The California Note Catchers, a ladies four-part harmony chorus, awarded several ladies at their Installation and Awards Banquent Monday, March 23 at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza in La Mesa. Honored guest, Joanne Willett of Escondido, was one of the founding members of Harmony, Inc. in 1956. The chorus is under the umbrella of Harmony, Inc. which has over 80 chapters throughout the US and Canada. The event was also a celebration of 20 years as a chartered chorus with Harmony, Inc. Nancy Speckman of El Cajon received the Jean Morrell Musical Excellence Award given by the director, Randy Parrish-Bell. Annette Draper of El Cajon received the Barbershopper of the Year Award. This award is voted on by the members of the chorus. Karen Hasman (La Mesa) was recognized for her 20 years as a member and Melissa Hibbs (San Diego) was recognized for her 10 years with the California Note Catchers. Installed as officers for the coming year are: President-Annette Draper (El Cajon), VP – Karen Hasman (La Mesa), Secretary – Anne Ash (Santee), and Treasurer – Annie Colt (San Diego). Directors are Eileen Takahashi (Spring Valley), Lynda Sterns (Descanso), and Mayra Bee (San Diego). The chorus invites ladies of all ages to their Monday night rehearsals which meets in the Social Hall of the La Mesa First United Methodist Church, 4690 Palm Ave. For information, call Mayra at 619/575-6165. To book the chorus for an upcoming event, call Karen at 619/464-3727.


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t’s now possible that mid-February will be remembered years from now as a fateful time in the century-long history of the California Public Utilities Commission. That’s when, without offering any legal justification, the five commissioners spent public money to hire a criminal lawyer. If courts find this move was as blatantly illegal as it looks to some, they may soon cease treating this powerful but disgraced body that sets power and natural prices for most Californians with the extreme deference they traditionally have evinced. Should judges reverse this possibly illegal PUC decision, how long before they begin looking askance at some of the commission’s other dicey rulings favoring giant utility companies over their customers. Right now, state and federal authorities are investigating the commission and its immediate past president Michael Peevey. Among tens of thousands of released emails are some showing inappropriate, potentially illegal, contacts between Peevey, at least one present commissioner, and high officials of regulated companies like Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison Co. This was predictable from the moment Peevey joined the commission more than 12 years ago, first appointed by then-Gov. Gray Davis and later reappointed by ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. No one could reasonably expect Peevey, a former Edison president, to deal objectively with his friends and former colleagues. It was a classic case, first noted here in 2004, of putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. The lawyer-hiring decision shows that despite pious declarations from Peevey successor Michael Picker about how “decisions should be based on the record developed in public,” things may not have changed much since Peevey departed as 2014 ended. With criminal investigations in full swing, commissioners signed a $49,000 contract with the Los Angeles law firm Sheppard Mullin, defense attorney Raymond C. Marshall of the firm’s San Francisco office in the lead role. Marshall is charging a “discounted” rate of $882 per hour. The $49,000 won’t go far at that rate. The commission has also used Walnut Creek lawyer Katherine Alberts to stonewall requests for records of PUC communications about a 2014 settlement forcing customers to pay $3.3 billion of the $4.7 billion cost for retiring the San Onofre Nuclear Power Station, owned by Edison and the San Diego Gas & Electric Co. But California Government Code section 995.8 says that a “public entity is not required to provide for the defense of a criminal action…” It adds that before hiring defense lawyers, an agency like the PUC must formally determine such a defense “would be in the best interests of the public entity and that (employees involved) good faith…and in the apparent interests of the public entity.” The PUC made no such determination and held no public hearings on hiring attorneys. Nor has it said who its criminal lawyers will defend. This spurred a lawsuit from former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre and his partner Maria Severson. They want the commission to reveal who its new lawyer will defend and hold hearings on whether that’s in the public interest. Aguirre said other commission decisions may have been made improperly, even criminally, including the San Onofre settlement. Another he cited was a ruling last November assessing a measly $1 million fine against multi-billion-dollar PG&E, also cutting its natural gas rates by $400 million a year as penalties for its conduct around the aftermath of the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that killed eight persons. Even new commission president Picker, who voted for those penalties, now says the company should pay much more. Aguirre also questioned a $14 million settlement with SDG&E after a 2007 fire ignited by power lines downed because of poor maintenance. That blaze destroyed 1,500 homes in northern San Diego County. The courts’ traditional deference to the utilities commission has never before encountered criminality in commission conduct of its business. Meanwhile, the commission refuses to answer questions about its legal authority for hiring outside criminal lawyers. All of which means utility regulation in California has moved into a state of high flux. Who knows? It might soon be open season on those other questionable decisions and more and that could lead to rolling back some of California’s sky-high utility rates, which are at just as onerous and compulsory as high taxes.

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What exactly is a medical family tree and is it worth doing? . A medical family tree is like the ones genealogists prepare, but it also includes all the maladies suffered by members of the family. A medical tree can reveal patterns and help everyone in a family choose medical tests. Many of the causes of our illnesses are inherited from our ancestors. Almost a third of known diseases have family links. These include colon cancer, heart disease, alcoholism and high blood pressure. The following is important information about each family member—living and dead—that should be included in a health history. 1. Birth and death dates. 2. Cause of death. 3. All medical conditions with dates and outcomes. Include anything outside the norm, not just serious diseases. Don’t forget problems such as allergies, vision and hearing difficulties. 4. Birth defects. 5. Mental health problems. 6. Lifestyle description. This would include information about smoking, drinking, diet, obesity and exercise. 7. Racial and ethnic background. Some medical conditions are more common in certain groups of people. . Is genetic testing dangerous? . I don’t know if I would call it dangerous, but it can be upsetting if you find a medical problem in your DNA. DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is in the genes you get from your parents. DNA guides the cells in your body. If your DNA contains a mutation, you could develop a medical condition. A test can reveal mutations that raise the risk of developing a disease. Positive results for certain diseases can induce people to take preventive action, such as surgical removal of endangered organs. Genetic testing should be viewed as a fallible tool. A positive result for a mutation doesn’t mean you’ll get a disease. And a negative result doesn’t mean you are immune. Multiple mutations can cause a disease. Multiple genes can be responsible for a single disease. There are gene changes that develop without any link to your ancestors; they happen because you smoke or get too much sun or sometimes for no known reason. . Can you diagnose disease by looking at someone’s nails? . The condition of your nails can tell medical professionals a lot about your health. Most doctors include a nail examination during a physical checkup. Common problems that produce symptoms in the nails are the following: • White nails—liver diseases • Thick, pitted nails—psoriasis • Nails that are half pink/half white—kidney diseases • Red nail beds—heart conditions • Thick, yellow nails—lung diseases • Pale or concave nail beds—anemia • Light yellow nails, with a slight blush at the base—diabetes Nail growth is affected by disease, hormone imbalance, and the aging process, itself. Many seniors suffer from nail problems because nails thicken as we age. Seniors also have greater circulation difficulties, and we use more medications; both of these impact nails.

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he Austrian Centre of Industrial B i o t e ch n o l ogy (acib) developed a new purification method for pharmaceutical produced antibodies that promises to effectively decrease the high prices of these drugs in the market. Therapeutic antibodies revolutionized how doctors treat diseases affecting a large number of individuals, such as cancer and autoimmune diseases (like Multiple Sclerosis) but are also key therapeutics for rare diseases, such as paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (previously known as Marchiafava–Micheli syndrome). A caveat, however, is that the costs for producing this successful class of therapeutic agents is still costly, which may be a limitation to their use. For the pharmaceutical industry, decreasing processing costs is contingent on optimizing the purification process of antibody production. Currently, the process is performed through a process called “protein A” affinity chromatography (which purifies and concentrates antibodies out of a mixture into a buffering solution) and accounts for about 80% of all the production costs. The new purification method, developed by the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotech-

nology (acib) and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), consists of a tubular reactor where a Calcium-Phosphate flocculation is applied followed by precipitation of the purified proteins by cold ethanol. The reactor is built as a double-pipe heat exchanger that works in counter-current flow. The newly developed method boasts a significantly higher performance when compared to the current “protein A” affinity chromatography in both purification speed and antibody yields. An additional advantage is that the current system apparatus is easily transferred to the new system. The Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) is an international network composed of several universities and pharmaceutical industries, including the Universities of Innsbruck and Graz, Graz University of Technology, the University of Natural Resources, Vienna and Joanneum Research and pharmaceuticals such as BASF, DSM, Sandoz, Boehringer Ingelheim, Jungbunzlauer, voestalpine, 3M or Clariant. As an international Research Centre for Industrial Biotechnology, acib scientists are devoted to developing new methods that are more economic and eco-friendly, in order to substitute current technologies. Prof. Alois Jungbauer, acib scientist, commented in a press release, “Our method shows great potential as a new plat-

form technology for the pharmaceutical industry.” For almost forty years, Monoclonal antibodies have formed the basis for several experimental Multiple Sclerosis therapies. Researchers have favored their use due to the fact that they function well as a targeted treatment for the disease. While antibodies are often used in more progressive cases of MS, due to the fact that they must be administered intravenously and can lead to infusion reactions, acib’s new process for creating therapeutic antibodies could at the very least help to further develop their application for a larger percentage of the patient population. Source: The Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 28 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only.

t least for the moment. We all know solar energy is solargood for America. But how you pay for converting sunshine to electricity is what this is all about! Some buyers will avoid homes with solar leases. The seller exclaims, “The solar panels lower my electricity bills and my contract caps the rate I pay for juice.” This is true. However the question is, why did you get a lease instead of buying the system? • You leased because you don’t have to maintain the system, • You didn’t have to pay any down payment.

First, the buyers don’t enjoy the fact that you avoided putting any money down. Like alarm systems, water softeners and any other leased element that the buyer is compelled to take over, the buyer is limited in their choices of service providers. Additionally, leases are often considered in qualifying

for a new home loan which affect the seniority of the purchase loan and the debt ratio of the buyer. According to Ken Harney at, “Some would-be buyers balk when they learn that they’ll need to qualify on credit to take over your solar lease payments for the next 15 to 17 years. Others say they like the house but won’t sign a contract unless you buy out the remaining lease payment stream — $15,000 or $20,000 or more — because they’re worried that the solar equipment will become obsolete or won’t save as much on electricity bills as advertised,” as distributed by Washington Post Writers Group. What happens at the end of the solar lease agreement? There are typically two options that are stated in leasing contracts: 1. You can buy the solar power system at “fair market value,” which unfortunately, no one can predict what that cost will be. 2. Have the solar panels removed from your roof. If you are a owner thinking about selling within the next

year, call a professional REALTOR® as part of your consultation group and get feedback before deciding whether to lease or own. Include your tax preparer and mother-in law in this group. Only if she has recently installed solar. If you are a buyer, don’t shy away from homes leased with solar systems as they are lower maintenance and do save you money. Check the credentials of the solar company, have your agent provide you the contract information as soon as is practical and, review the lease terms with your lender. This is yet another good reason to never purchase a home without a professional REALTOR®! Good resources include http://www.gosolarcalifornia.

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ove La Mesa parks? We do too. That’s why the La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation began. The Foundation’s mission is to provide activities that strengthen community and family bonds as well as foster pride in La Mesa parks by raising funds to upgrade city parks. The Foundation is a private 501c (3) non-profit run by a volunteer board of directors. The Foundation leverages private funds to enhance and expand park amenities beyond the basics that the city provides. April kicks off the Foundation’s Spring Campaign. We invite families and businesses to join us! Our immediate goal is to raise $20,000. Support at levels of $25 and up will help the Foundation build new playgrounds, continue to provide enrichment programs in our parks, and improve park amenities like new water fountains, bike racks and BBQs. Our next free event is Fun with Physics at Highwood Park from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Apr. 18. Come learn how to create and explore with science! “Support of the La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation is an easy way for families and businesses who love their community to keep their donations local” says Foundation President, Vicki Whitmire. “Our board has 100 percent participation in this campaign and we look forward to the community joining us!” Visit our to find out how you can become a member of the La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation.

reetings precious people, this week we will conclude our series addressing the existence of evil and wickedness. The origin of evil and wickedness as we see it manifested today comes from two sources. The first is from Satan and his demons that few want to admit exists except in horror movies. The other is even less acceptable in our society and that is from the heart of man. In Jeremiah 17:9 we read, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” The evil actions of man does not make the heart of that man evil, it simply proves that the heart of man is evil. Jesus tells us Mark 7:19-23 “And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” The nation of Israel had a rather sordid history from the day they left Egypt to the day Rome destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem, killing many Jews and driving most of those that survived out of Israel. Though there were some good years where Israel’s kings sought and obeyed the Lord, most of the years could be characterized by: “every man doing that which was right in his own eyes.” One such time was when the prophet Isaiah lived; the people of Israel had reached great depths of depravity, offering their children to Molech, the god of pleasure. This meant heating up the half horse half human bronze idol until it was red hot and then placing their children (alive) upon the outstretched arms of this god they worshiped. This took place just outside the southern gates in the Hinnon Valley. This was just one of many evil practices that were common in Isaiah’s day. In Isaiah 5, God addresses some of the common occurrences and practices of the day. A few in particular stand out, Isaiah 5:2023 “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away justice from the righteous man!” Is this not an accurate description of our day, our country! Understand something dear ones, the word ‘Woe’ is a pronouncement of judgment. In the verses that immediately follow, God tells in part how and why His judgment will come, “Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom will ascend like dust; because they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Therefore the anger of the Lord is aroused against His people; He has stretched out His hand against them and stricken them, and the hills trembled. Their carcasses were as refuse in the midst of the streets. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still.” We as a people are guilty of this too and as a result are suffering because of our rejection of God and His Word. Like the people of Israel, we too refuse to acknowledge our sin and rebellion against God. Instead we call it by another name, ignore; justify; rationalize it and as we do we become less and less sensitive to just how evil and wicked our actions are. This is extremely dangerous for we are reaching that time in which God describes in the Word of God the Bible as in 1 Tim 4:1-2, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.” 2 Thessalonians 2:5-12 “Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” Our only hope is for revival which must begin with those who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ. Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or


on’t put lotion on your hands before you push someone in a wheelchair. Don’t assume all sidewalk wheelchair ramps are equal. Boy, am I getting a workout! And this isn’t Paul talking; this is me, his mom. It all started with his sister Christy. She thrilled Paul one day when she suggested they go for a walk around the neighborhood. She’d push his wheelchair. “Yeah! Sounds good!” he enthused and off they went, accompanied by Christy’s little Shih-Tzu dog, Rocco. It got ramped up a few days later when his brother Craig called. “Hey, Paul, what’cha doing? Get your wallet and your Starbucks cup. I’ll be there in twenty minutes.” “Where are we going? I can’t get in and out of the car.” “I’m pushing your wheelchair to Starbucks.” That was one excited Paul. He hadn’t been to Starbucks in two months and now he was finally going. It took all day to calm him down, but an excited Paul is a fun Paul so we didn’t try very hard. As you can guess, Paul had been going stir crazy sitting in his wheelchair in the house all day, except when he had therapy or was sitting outside practicing his speech exercises. The exercises consist of chewing gum with the mouth closed for one minute and blowing bubbles – yes, those bubbles in a bottle like the kids do – for five minutes,

among other vocal and tongue movement exercises. We do those outside mostly because of the bubbles. And Paul loves the sunshine, no matter how hot it is. He has a lot more heat tolerance than I do; I sit in the shade of the patio umbrella while he sits at the patio table with the sun on his back. Twenty minutes a day. Even sitting in the shade, I’m getting my enhanced skin color early this year. About the lotion… you have to get a heckuva good grip on those rubber hand grips if you’ve just put your favorite Pansies in Springtime lotion on. And when making a turn, those grips can slip right out of your grasp. ’Course you don’t think of this ’til the wheelchair is sliding slowly away from you. Lucky you’re quick on your feet! And the sidewalk wheelchair ramps… Whew! We had a close call on the one at Washington and Third Street yesterday. The smooth cement to the yellow bumpy ramp had a glitch that almost threw Paul out of the chair. The gutter adjacent to the ramp sloped down severely and the ramp cement was sloped slightly up. The sudden change in angle caused a burp and the wheelchair stopped abruptly. Panic! Paul was starting to fall forward… I quick tipped the chair backwards to counter the forward motion. It worked! Paul stayed safely in the chair. Don’t tell the city engineers this, but I kicked that cement ramp three times! Hard! Well, I would’ve if it

The recent 20th annual Alpine Mountain Empire Leadership & Public Service Awards (ALPS) presented by the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, honored many East San Diego County leaders, businesses and community organizations. Separate awards were given for Alpine and Mountain Empire communities. Alpine honorees included: Barons Market, large business of the year; Postal Annex of Alpine, small business award; Kiwanis Club of Alpine, organization award; Viejas Fire Department Explorers, youth organization award; Westcore Properties’ Alpine Creek Town Center, beautification award; Jessica Manning, Citizen of the Year award. Mountain Empire awards included: Mountain Health & Community Services, large business of the year award; Descanso Junction Restaurant, small business award; Mountain Empire Men’s Club, organization award; Mountain Empire Kiwanis Key Club, youth organization award; Descanso Town Hall, beautification award; Barbara Wesselink, Citizen of the Year award. Special recognition awards were presented to the following: Gordon Mize, State Farm Insurance; Roy Athey, Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Narrow Gauge Railway; Carl Calvert, Motor Transport Museum, Camp Lockett; Tom Barrett and Vern Sonksen, Mountain Empire Men’s Club and Alpine Equipment Rentals. The ALPS awards were presented March 20 at the Alpine Community Center.

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host State Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 10, at the Chamber offices, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon. Cost to attend is


hadn’t hurt so much on the first kick. Paul’s trip to Starbucks, a quarter of a mile from here, was so successful it started a whole new generation of wheelchair trips. Paul and I often start the day with a trip to Christy’s Donuts or Sombrero’s. I’m losing weight pushing his muscle-powered wheelchair. When friends of Paul heard about Craig taking him to Starbucks, they wanted to take him, too, so a few days later, they did. To his delight, they promised to do it again. Monday is their next trip. Paul is counting the days. He loves the way Leticia and Ofelia joke and make him laugh – not to mention buying him two mocha lattes and a cupful of whipped cream and anything else he wants. So Craig really started something and you can bet, little bro Paul is pretty happy about that. Turns out, recovery from neck surgery isn’t all that bad when you can wheel around town – especially when someone else is doing the pushing…

an Diego is ranked among the top five cities for meetings and events in the United States by numerous organizations. San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies offers newcomers and seasoned pros an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in this flourishing industry, with a Professional Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning. “The highlight of the classes and program has been the instructors,” said former student Molly Fry. “They are very talented and experienced meeting planning professionals who share their insights. They have all opened my eyes to the various avenues you can go in event planning.” The demand for event planners is high in San Diego, considering its year-round schedule of conventions, trade shows, and conferences; along with events being staged by local businesses, restaurants, and hotels. According to the San Diego Tourism Authority, more than 527,000 people attended conventions and trade shows at the San Diego Convention Center in 2014, bringing in approximately $593 million in direct spending by convention delegates. Students training for the meeting and event planning industry through SDSU are taught by instructors who participate in the field during the day and are able to share real-

$10 per person. RSVPs are requested. Seating is limited. To RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at, or Jonda Cvek,, or call (619) 440-6161. Jones’ 71st Assembly district includes the East San Diego County communities of Alpine, Borrego Springs, El Cajon, Rancho San Diego, Ramona Santee, Mount Helix, Spring Valley and Lakeside, as well as the Southern Riverside County communities of Anza, Aguanga, Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Lake Riverside and Mountain Center. Jones served as chairman of the Assembly Republican Caucus in 2012. He has served as a member of the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee as well as the Assembly Governmental Organization, Utilities and Commerce and the Joint Legislative Ethics Committees.

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host County Supervisor Dianne Jacob for a breakfast meeting starting at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14, at the Marie Callender’s restaurant, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego. Breakfast sponsor is Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World. The public is invited to attend. Cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for guests with advanced reservations, or $25 at the door. Breakfast will include eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fresh fruit and juice. Prize drawings also will be held. Sponsors for the attendance drawing for $450 include Business 2 Business Connection San Diego, La Mesa Courier and Opus Bank. Jacob won a sixth term to the Board of Supervisors, second district, in 2012. She is only the second San Diego County supervisor in modern times to serve at least five times as chair. Her 2,000-square-mile district of more than

life experiences in the classroom. “I think that the instructors are high quality because they have so much experience,” said former student Natalie Lewis. “The most valuable takeaway has been their real-life examples, where they found themselves in a certain situation or where they had to make a lastminute decision.” SDSU is offering four courses in its Meeting and Event planning program during April: Capstone, Tuesdays, April 7-May 12, 6-9 pm Tradeshows and Event Security, Saturday, April 11, 9 am-4 pm and Tuesday, April 14, 6-9 pm Audio/Visual Basics, Tuesday and Thursday, April 21 and 23, 6-9 pm Sponsorships and Fundraising – Nonprofit Event Planning, Saturday, April 25, 9 am-4 pm For more information, email, call (619) 5941138, or visit neverstoplearning. net/meeting.

50 communities and cities has more than 620,000 East County residents of the unincorporated communities of Lakeside, Alpine, Ramona and Julian and the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee and Poway, as well as the communities of Allied Gardens, College Area, Del Cerro, Grantville, Navajo, Rolando and San Carlos in the City of San Diego. Reservations may be made via the website: or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700, ext. #2.

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a privately held national retail chain of craft and home decor stores, has announced it will open a new store at Grossmont Center at the beginning of May. The new store will be in a 43,000-square-feet area previously occupied by Linens ‘n Things. Between 35 and 50 new jobs will pay about $15 per hour for fulltime associates and about $10 per hour for part-time associates. The company said it will be Hobby Lobby’s 28th location in California. “The success of our stores in California is a good indicator that area shoppers will be pleased with the quality, selection and value we offer in the craft and home decor market,” said John Schumacher, assistant VP of advertising. “New customers and customers already familiar with the Hobby Lobby shopping experience are greatly anticipating this store opening.” Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City, has more than 650 stores across the nation that average 55,000 square feet in size. Stores offer more than 70,000 crafting and home decor products. Departments include floral, fabric, needle art, custom framing, baskets, home accents, wearable art, arts and crafts, jewelry making, scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday.

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