The Santee Magazine - V01.2 - Fall 2012

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Editor’s Notepad... In this second issue of the Santee Magazine you’ll get to know one of the Santee Chamber’s newest members, Phil Pace from Phil’s BBQ, and read why he’s opening his latest restaurant in Santee. You’ll read about several programs created to help Santee youth discover some cool things about aviation, art, athletics, music, and chess, and what it will take for them to become successful adults in our community. You’ll also find out which new restaurant is going where, and learn a little about our history. I recently discovered that a lot of people don’t know what a chamber is. This is what I tell them. “The Santee Chamber believes in the entrepreneurial spirit that made this country great, and that when business succeeds in the community, the quality of life improves for everyone. We achieve this by working to strengthen the local economy, taking political action, representing the interests of business with government, by promoting the community and by creating networking opportunities. We provide marketing and visibility, business advocacy, and community involvement with business.”


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If you know someone that may need our help growing their business, ask them to call me to see if the Santee Chamber is right for them. Finally, our e-newsletter, the Weekly Update, recently added its’ 800th subscriber! Go to the Chamber website to get on the list Remember to Shop Santee. We still have the lowest sales tax allowed by law, and all of your favorite stores in a safe, friendly environment John Olsen Executive Driector


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10315 Mission Gorge Road Santee, CA 92071 (619) 449-6572

Welcome to the second edition of the Santee Chamber of Commerce’s magazine highlighting what makes Santee such a great place to live, shop and do business.

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This magazine is dedicated to the 2012 Santee Car Show & BBQ Festival which will take place on October 13, 2012 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. There will be vendor and food booths, and live music featuring Bobby and the Angels. Enjoy the best and most popular vintage tunes from one of the highestenergy bands performing good old Rock n’ Roll from the 50’s and 60’s, followed by San Diego’s own Inside Out Band. They’re a dynamic, crowd-pleasing dance band presenting a versatile mix of music. From spirited dance grooves, highenergy rock, Top 40’s, disco and funk to smooth sophisticated standards, with both male and female lead vocals, the band creates energetic and exciting music. And don’t forget all the beautiful classic cars that will be on display and competing for trophies. This year the Car Show has added a BBQ Festival. We have teamed up with the Kansas City Barbeque Society for this sanctioned event. KCBS sanctions BBQ and grilling competitions across the U.S. and promotes barbeque as America’s cuisine. In addition, KCBS has an extensive Certified Barbeque Judging program. It is the largest society of barbeque enthusiasts in the world. Tasting tickets will be sold for everyone to enjoy samples of the competitors’ different barbeque cuisine. And this year we will be selling raffle tickets at the Car Show for the opportunity to win a classic 1956 Chevy Bel Air. For only $20.00 you could win this classic car, as it only takes one ticket to win it. If you would like to purchase a ticket in advance, go to the Santee Chamber of Commerce office located on Mission Gorge Road, or Lloyd’s Auto Body on Buena Vista. Bring the family, there’s something for everyone at this event. As the holidays approach don’t forget to “Shop Santee and Save”. Remember, Santee has the lowest sales tax in the County. When you shop in Santee you save money and help to promote our local businesses. Shop Santee and Santee Wins. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the Santee Car Show and BBQ Festival on October 13th, located behind Trolley Square on Riverview Parkway.

John Morley 2012 Chamber President


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President: John Morley Morley & Son Signs – 619-306-2479 1st Vice President: Tina Hertenstein Walmart – 619-449-7900 2nd Vice President: Eddie Vandiver Sportsplex USA – 619-334-1000 x 403 3rd Vice President: Robert Lloyd Lloyd’s Collision & Paint Ctr – 619-448-8768 Treasurer: Jana Bradley Union Bank – 619-596-8283 Secretary: Sandy Pugliese Sharp Grossmont Hospital – 619-740-4406 Immediate Past President: Ronn Hall Ronn Hall Insurance & Notary – 619-449-8585 Executive Director: John Olsen Santee Chamber of Commerce – 619-449-6572

2012 Directors Pat Chambers Newport Coast Securities – 619-561-2839 Mike Clinkenbeard Farmers Insurance – 619-442-0415 Ike Enzenauer Santee Lions Club – 619-443-3510 Virginia Hall Coldwell Banker – 619-258-8585 Forrest Higgins Boys & Girls Club, East County – 619-440-1600 Dan O’Brien O’Brien Insurance – 619-449-9075 Don Parent SDG&E – 619-441-3895 Bill Pommering Padre Dam Water District Board – 619-504-9210 Barbara Ryan Santee School District – 619-258-2300 Warren Savage U.S. Naval Sea Cadets - 619-249-2282 Phil Simon Simon’s Carpet Care – 619-596-8092 Pam White City of Santee – 619-258-4100, x 223 Ken Zuorro Affordable Massage – 619-449-6689 ______

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A publication of the Santee Chamber of Commerce Volume 1 • Number 2

Publisher/Editor John Olsen Editorial Committee Bill Pommering Sandy Pugliese John Olsen John Morley Arli Wolfson Ike Enzenauer Eva Salas Pam White Graphic Design Arli Wolfson of Graphic Resources Contributing Editors Alexis Melrose Gina Olsen Arli Wolfson Contributing Writers Joan Kling Alexis Melrose John Olsen Bill Pommering Sandy Pugliese Linda Vale Pam White Contributing Photographers Bryan Koci John Olsen Linda Vale Advertising Sales John Olsen Printer Southwest Offset Printing

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The City is still attempting to recover the from the State’s “one-two punch” over this past year. In January of this year, the State eliminated redevelopment agencies statewide, and shifted those local funds to address the State Budget gap. We were fortunate in preserving our bond funding to continue the Prospect Avenue project, but funding for future projects was lost, and we are still picking up the pieces from this devastating fiscal hit. Just two months ago, the State seized an additional $5.1 million from local coffers through a late budget measure, cutting even further into our reserves. The City is working hard to shore up our revenues, and continue cost-cutting efforts, while minimizing the impacts to programs and services provided to the community. In November, the City is sponsoring a ballot measure to raise the City’s “hotel tax” from 6% to 10%, which is the median rate statewide. This will apply to visitors to Santee to help pay for police and fire protection, streets and infrastructure, and community services and amenities. Despite these many challenges, this community continues to persevere and prosper. We are fortunate in welcoming to Santee several new businesses in 2012—Fresh & Easy, Chipotle, BevMo, In N Out, Chick-fil-A, Buffalo Wild Wings, and the renowned Phil’s BBQ. The City has several major street improvements completed or underway, such as resurfacing Mission Gorge Road, and street resurfacing and storm drain replacement along Carlton Hills Boulevard. We’re also taking proactive steps to monitor conditions of our street and drainage systems. Our Town Center Community Park now features one of the most scenic concert venues in the region, and we are working with the San Diego River Conservancy to complete the San Diego River Trail through Santee with the addition of the Hanlon Walker multi-use path connecting to Lakeside. The Santee City Council values the citizens of Santee, our businesses and organizations, and the many stakeholders in our city. Together we form the foundations of our community, and create the ties that bind.

Randy Voepel Mayor City of Santee

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The best sandwich in America There are few places in the world that draw a truly diverse crowd. Establishments that transcend socioeconomic status, age, gender, and political association are a rarity. At Phil’s BBQ, they have managed to do just that by serving a clientele whose transportation ranges from “skateboards to Bentleys.” Where else would such an unconventional group wait in line to eat?

Phil’s also serves award winning beef and baby back ribs as well as some of the best BBQ chicken around. Don’t forget the amazing side dishes, huge onion rings, freshly cut fries, baked beans, corn on the cob and homemade salads which put Phil’s over the top.

Food and business savvy are as much a part of Phil Pace as Phil Pace assures “the line may look long, but it moves quickly. any physical traits he inherited from his parents. His parents There is also a take-out option owned a small Italian diner and where you can call ahead and bar in the suburbs of Cleveland take your food to go.” I like the named ‘Tony’s Subway Inn’. By the online ‘line cam’ to estimate age of eight, Pace was working “Magnum Opus, a bite of heaven. the wait. “The reason we are at Tony’s. Pace’s dad advised, One of the best sandwiches I’ve busy is because we offer a very “Cook only what you know best good dining experience at a and treat employees like family.” ever eaten anywhere.” great value,” Phil said. “We are Following that advice, in his spare a destination restaurant... a time, Pace began to fiddle with regional draw. People come barbeque sauce recipes. from all over to experience the great service, consistency and good food.” At the young age of 15, Pace created his now famous topsecret recipe for barbeque sauce and dry rub. Pace and his Phil’s El Toro tri-tip sandwich recently won national notoriety parents never dreamed that this concoction would one day be as “Best Sandwich in America” on Man vs. Food. Richmond sold in grocery stores, at Costco locations throughout San Diego dubbed the sandwich the “Magnum Opus,” saying it was “A County and shipped throughout the United States. But his parents bite of heaven. One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten knew a good product when they saw, smelled and tasted it. anywhere.” They allowed Pace to sell his ribs in their Italian restaurant. Tri-Tip is a lean cut of beef from the bottom sirloin. Phil’s BBQ slices it thin then throws it back on the grill to caramelize his famous sauce before it gets “stuffed into a Kaiser bun.” In addition to the famous El Toro and BBQ Broham sandwiches,


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Soon after graduating from high school, with $5,000 of his own savings, Pace opened his first restaurant, ‘Phil’s Place for Ribs’, in a converted gas station. That restaurant soon outgrew its location and, with some help from his parents, Pace moved to a larger place with a liquor license. Next he upgraded to a 200-

is coming to Santee this Fall seat restaurant in Mentor, Ohio near the shores of Lake Erie. After 10 years in operation he “grew tired of the weather” and could no longer resist the relentless call to “Go west” that started in high school during weekend trips to San Diego. At the age of 31, he moved to San Diego and settled in Mission Hills. He took some time off to relax and regroup. He walked his dog every day in the neighborhood and really liked the location. One day, while sitting having coffee, he saw a storefront vacancy on Goldfinch Street and, lucky for Santee, the barbeque bug was unleashed once again. Since opening its doors in San Diego in 1998, Phil’s BBQ has served over one million pounds of BBQ sauce (enough to fill Shamu’s tank). The business has expanded from four employees to well over 100. It started at 800 square feet and gradually expanded to 2,700 square feet. Eventually, Phil took his barbecue smells out of Mission Hills and relocated to the Sports Arena area where patrons are willing to stand in line for more than an hour to taste “unforgettable food with flair” and take in the experience and ambiance. Phil’s second location is in San Marcos; which he says has similar demographics to Santee, the third and possibly last location. Pace had been considering opening a location in East County for a few years. The completion of Highway 52 made the former Roadhouse Grill on Cuyamaca the ideal location as a “central East County location that was easily accessible by several freeways,” he said. The building’s interior has been completely remodeled, including a total revamping of the “back of the house” (a.k.a. kitchen) and new bathrooms.

2011 Winner Best BBQ in: Channel 10 A-list San Diego City Beat Readers Poll San Diego Magazine Readers Poll San Diego Union Tribune Reader’s Choice Awards California Restaurant Associations Gold Medallion Winner

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Shopping in Santee keeps the Community Strong “As this is being written, Santee is experiencing a late summer heat wave. By the time this article is in your hands, there is no way of knowing what the weather will be like. But there is one thing for sure: the end of year holidays are just around the corner! And in this economy everyone is looking for a deal, particularly during the holiday shopping season! Look no further. Santee has the retail and wholesale shops that have just what you want at bargain prices and all come with less hassle! Gone are the days of needing to submit yourself to torturous traffic conditions, impossible parking situations and navigating though adolescent hangouts. And the solution couldn’t be simpler: Simply Shop Santee! You can drive in, park, and walk to most destinations with relative safety and speed. With over a dozen shopping centers in our area, you have quick shopping access to just about everything on your holiday list right here where you live and play. When shopping for bargains, most people might overlook a very important key savings strategy - shop where sales tax is at its lowest. Here is something to consider:


to serve their needs as well! Santee hasn’t overlooked your need to add some fun to your shopping experience offering a wide array of restaurant, coffee houses and sports bars to up your spirit and fuel you for your shopping adventures. So now with your shopping season just around the corner, remember all the bargains that really ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER . . . IN SANTEE! – by Sandy Puliese and Bill Pommering

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Staying closer to home will save you money! You benefit from lower tax rates, less gas and wear and tear on your vehicle and your shopping experience will be quicker and less frustrating. And you will be supporting your City as part of the overall bargain! Santee has all the major chains and independents that draw the most holiday shoppers including but certainly not limited to Kohls, Target, WalMart, Best Buy, Pier 1, Old Navy, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Ross, Barnes and Noble, Rue21, Costco, TJ Maxx, Tilly’s, GTM, Famous Footwear, Payless Shoe Source, Staples, Justice, Radio Shack, GameStop, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, A& B Cycle, Al’s Sport Shop, Family Christian Store as well as Lowes and Home Depot. And, for your adorable pets, there is Petco and Pet Smart


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Santee has a variety of mobile home communities from which to choose, each with its own atmosphere and character. There is something available for everyone. Let the team at Mobile Home Connection show you just how far your dollar can go. You can own a home and still enjoy life without being saddled by huge house payments. Even if you finance, you can fully own your home within 10 to 15 years, compared to 30, and now sometimes even 40 years with traditional housing. Mobile home living provides an economical, quality lifestyle option that many people have not considered. California has led the way in quality, affordable housing. For decades, mobile/ manufactured housing sold in California has been, by law, required to be built to construction standards higher than any other state.

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Santee Car Show and BBQ Festival Saturday, October 13th at Riverview Parkway

On October 13th from 9 am to 5 pm, the Santee Chamber of Commerce will elevate its 3rd annual Santee Car Show and Festival to new heights by adding a major barbeque competition. The newly renamed Santee Car Show & BBQ Festival will have more than 25 of the top BBQ teams from across the country preparing chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket for judges to evaluate and for guests to sample. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded based on taste, appearance and texture. The festival will still have more than 250 cars, trucks, and motorcycles on display with more than 100 food and vendor booths for everyone to enjoy. The main stage features Bobby and the Angels and Inside Out, with a beer garden featuring Santee’s own award winning Manzanita Brewing Co. And don’t forget the car drawing! This year we’re giving away a 1956 Chevy Bel Air that’s been reconditioned by Lloyd’s Collision Center. Tickets for the drawing are available at the Chamber office or at the Festival.

With the explosion of food channels and cooking shows, BBQ competitions have taken on a life of their own. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Kansas City BBQ Society to promote the BBQ portion of the festival. They have a great reputation for quality competitions and attract the best teams. Adding the BBQ contest to the Car Show should increase the attendance to more than 20,000 people. Since 1985 the Kansas City BBQ Society has been fulfilling their mission to “…celebrate, teach, preserve and promote barbeque as a culinary technique, sport and art form.” With more than 14,000 professional members, the KCBS is the largest society of barbeque enthusiasts in the world that sanctions and judges more than 400 BBQ competitions across the U.S., Santee is lucky to be one of the few cities in the county to host a KCBS event. The Santee Car Show & BBQ Festival is a free event, but if you’d like try some of the BBQ, tasting tickets are available at 10 samples for $25.00. Please call the Chamber office for details 619 449-6572.

Win this 1956 Chevy Bel Air! Tickets are available on October 13 at the Car Show & BBQ Festival & at all Chamber events

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Economic Recovery... the Long Road Back

Anything remotely considered “economic recovery” lately has resembled a cruel dance of two steps forward, one step back. San Diego’s economy is recovering, and regional and local indicators are up, but many businesses that managed to survive the fiscal ravages of the Great Recession are now faced with a new challenge: whether they can hold on long enough to survive a slower than anticipated recovery period. When the recession was in full swing, the City and the Santee Chamber launched the “Shop Santee and Save” program to highlight how Santee has the lowest sales tax rate in the County, and to encourage residents and businesses to patronize local stores and reinvest their dollars back in this community. Those efforts helped local retail sales and kept shopping center vacancies lower. The City secured low-interest bond funding to finance final phases of Town Center Community Park and major street improvements throughout the City. The State’s action this year to eliminate redevelopment agencies statewide resulted in the loss of millions in revenues envisioned for additional projects. Fortunately, the City was able to issue one last redevelopment bond measure in March 2011 to secure funding for extensive street and visual improvements along the Prospect Avenue industrial corridor. There are several reasons why locating a business in Santee can make a difference. • RANKING IN THE REGION: Santee is the 4th highest growth city in San Diego County for 2012, with the 7th highest median household income among 18 cities, and the 7th lowest unemployment rate. The City has also maintained the 3rd lowest crime rate for several years. Two-thirds of the housing stock is comprised of single-family homes, with 71% of homes owner-occupied. Home prices are rebounding as well. In July, Santee had the highest median price for a single-family detached home in East County at $339,000. This was up 4.3% over last year, and up 5.9% since June.


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• ECONOMIC STABILITY: Santee’s 10 largest retail centers have less than 5% vacancy, and have stayed below 5% throughout the recession. There are 132 national chain retailers, including six national chains added in 2012. The City has experienced a net gain of 11 national and regional chains since 2008. The City’s visitor industry is growing as well. Sportsplex USA attracts over 300,000 annually for sports leagues, tournaments & events and Santee Lakes Recreational Preserve attracts 650,000 visitors annually. • CONVENIENT ACCESS: With direct access to three freeways (SR52, SR67, and SR125) and 5-minute access to Interstate-8, Santee is located just 20 minutes from the beaches and silicon businesses of La Jolla/Sorrento Valley or 25 minutes to downtown San Diego and South County. Santee Transit Center provides Trolley service to SDSU, Mission Valley, Old Town and downtown San Diego was just recently added to the Green Line. • BUSINESS FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT: The City takes a proactive and supportive approach in dealing with businesses, developers and contractors. Both the City of Santee and the Santee Chamber have partnered on several programs to assist local businesses, including sponsoring business workshops and job fairs. Local businesses can access free technical assistance from the Small Business Development Center and the Santee Contracting Opportunities Center. On October 19th, the SDCOC, City and Chamber are sponsoring a forum on government contracting for manufacturing businesses. • FUTURE GROWTH POTENTIAL: Santee offers much for corporate growth and expansion -- access to regional freeways, available land, skilled labor force, and high-profile demographics. San Diego Christian College is relocating their college campus to Santee, with expansion plans for up to 1,200 students. Another major employer is slated for the downtown area in the next few months, and Santee will soon be welcoming Phil’s BBQ, In N Out, Chick-fil-A and Buffalo Wild Wings.

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Santee Timeline 1769 - 1846 - Franciscan & Mexican domination 1867 - James & Anna Miner purchase 4000 acres 1873 - Jennie & George Cowles arrive 1876 - El Cajon Rancho Grant 1877 - George A. Cowles purchased Miner Ranch 1878 - Town of Cowleston established, named after George A. Cowles 1885 - Hosmer P. & Fannie McKoon purchased 9543 acres and named it Fanita Ranch 1887 - George Cowles died 1889 - San Diego Cuyamaca & Eastern Railroad completed from San Diego to Cowleston 1890 - Jennie Cowles married Milton Santee

Edgemoor Barn Museum Hours Tuesday 10 am – 12 Noon Closed 2nd Tuesday of each month for Board Meeting

3rd Saturday of the month 10 am – 2 pm

Exhibits depict the history of the dairy and farming activities of our valley, the history of Edgemoor Geriatric Hospital and a tribute to Santee’s First Historian, Harriette Wade. Family histories, events and photographs are being organized, filed and scanned for future research projects. A small gift shop with calendars, tee shirts and postcards is located in The Barn. Mission Statement

The Santee Historical Society shall promote an awareness, knowledge and appreciation of Santee’s heritage and history.

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1891 - Cowleston School opened in Santee 1893 - Cowleston renamed Santee 1898 - E.W. Scripps purchased land from Fanita Ranch 1902 - H.D. & Ella Williamson Dairy 1910 - H.B. Holder Cash & Carry Store 1911 - Santee's first Post Office commissioned 1912 - Methodist Church dedicated 1912 - Casa de Santee Hotel opened 1913 - Walter H. Dupee purchased Williamson Dairy and built Edgemoor Dairy Farm 1915 - Greenleaf Ice Cream Parlor, later known as Wagon Wheel, Mulvaney's, now Lacey J's 1923 - County purchased Edgemoor from Dupee and established a 'last resort' home for the aged and indigent 1957 - Water came into the Santee valley 1958 - Sewer service established 1961 - Dedication of Santee Lakes 1968 - Dedication of Waste Water Treatment Plant 1976 - Birth of the Santee Historical Society 1980 - Incorporation of the City of Santee 1985 - Edgemoor Dairy Barn admitted to National Register of Historic Places 2007 - Santee Historical Society re-established

Tina and Walmart Dedicated to Santee Walmart Store Manager Tina Hertenstein and her team of associates are committed to spreading good cheer in and out of the store. Since coming to Santee more than three and a half years ago, Tina has become personally involved in a number of local organizations and also raised the store’s profile as a key contributor to Santee community life. The Santee Walmart store is a regular sponsor of the Santee Street Fair and Car Show and hosts an annual back-to-school event with the Santee Food Bank. Store associates participate in regular clean-ups of the Santee River, and last year the store donated stuffed animals for a local Marines Christmas Party. Here at the Santee Chamber of Commerce, we’re proud to have Tina as one of our own Board of Directors’ members.

for healthy food items. As part of this initiative, Walmart pledged $9.5 million in grants nationally to help educate communities about the importance of eating healthier. These funds will support organizations with a shared mission of promoting healthy eating habits. The grants will help further nutrition education programs, cooking classes and guidance on shopping for healthier foods on a budget. Walmart is also introducing a new front-of-package icon labeled “Great For You” that will help customers identify healthier food choices.

“As the world’s largest retailer, we have a responsibility to educate and inform our customers about all of the choices available to them.”

Tina’s commitment to Santee extends beyond her volunteer and support work in the community. She is a vocal proponent of Walmart’s plans to expand her store to add a fullline of groceries, including fresh produce.

“At Walmart, our focus is simple and straightforward: saving people money so they can live better. One of the most important contributors to a family’s efforts to live healthier lives is the availability of fresh, affordable food,” said Hertenstein. “By expanding our offerings to include fresh produce, meats and dairy, we can have a significant impact on the ability of Santee families to make healthier choices without sacrificing other necessities.” In fact, providing healthier food options is now a cornerstone of Walmart’s business. In January 2011, the company announced an initiative to provide customers with healthier and more affordable food options. As part of this plan, Walmart committed to a five-year plan to lower salts, fats and sugars in thousands of its products and to drop prices

“As the world’s largest retailer, we have a responsibility to educate and inform our customers about all of the choices available to them,” continued Hertenstein.

Before the Walmart store can introduce a full grocery department into the store, it must expand the building size – a move that must have City Council approval to proceed. The company is currently working with city staff to develop an Environmental Impact Report, which will then be released for public review before being considered by the Council. While she’s anxious for the project to move forward, Tina vows that her focus remains on serving her customers and the community in the best way she knows how. “Our store has been and will continue to be an active member of the Santee community. Our associates live in Santee; their kids go to school in Santee. We’re proud to call Santee our home, and we’ll continue working to provide top-notch customer service with a smile every day and support local families every way we can,” concluded Hertenstein. Fall 2012


Virtual Flight Academy Youth Flight Training As “the Chamber guy” I am fortunate to meet a lot of interesting people. In June at the Wings Over Gillespie Air Show I met Francis Johnson, a retired Navy Officer, civilian pilot, and Congressional Relations Director for the Virtual Flight Academy. The VFA is an organization created to teach kids how to fly both commercial and military aircraft using the internet and relatively affordable high-end desktop computers, with three 27” monitors, as flight simulators. These simulators provide an amazingly high level of realism, as students fly over 3-D rendered real-life terrains and airfields. The system supports multi-aircraft formation interactivity with instructors and students flying together in the same virtual cockpit even though they may not be in the same location. Francis explained to me that over the next 20 years we will need nearly 70,000 new pilots and 93,000 new aircraft technicians as many of today’s pilots and techs begin to retire, and airlines expand their fleets to serve a changing global economy. Many countries are already experiencing a shortage in these fields. In addition to aviation skills, the VFA is a great confidence builder and character development opportunity for many students. The program is free to aspiring aviators and is taught by volunteers that are seasoned military pilots. In the 1990’s, the USAir Force sponsored a study into what makes a student actively seek the career of pilot. The truly “driven” military pilots reported that they first had the dream of being a pilot when they were 12 or 13 years old. Most USAF pilots begin their flight training a full decade after they first dreamt of becoming a pilot. It’s difficult to imagine Olympic athletes waiting 10 years before learning their chosen sport. In much the same way as a young person’s athletic talent may be nurtured, the VFA is designed to provide aspiring aviators an


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opportunity to demonstrate their excellence and passion at a young age by developing real aviation skills. Currently the VFA is preparing to teach its first six classes in partnership with the US Navy League Sea Cadets. Later this winter programs will take flight at the Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri and in San Diego at Kearny High School in partnership with the Jr. ROTC program. Since that random conversation at Wings Over Gillespie, the Santee Chamber has begun working with the Santee School District Foundation and the Santee School District to bring the VFA training program to the youth of Santee, with the goal of kids learning to fly by the end of this school year. For more information, visit

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Building a Strong Foundation Back in the early 1970’s Princess Homes built several tracts of homes throughout San Diego County. The Santee neighborhood is known as Santiago, located just north of the Carlton Oaks Golf Course. The original sales literature for this community touts the advantages of home ownership at Santiago, including “an ideal location with a feature-packed home on a scenic lot at a price most families can afford, Carlton Oaks Elementary school will open this September right in the neighborhood - within easy walking distance for even the shortest legs, and the multi-million dollar San Diego Stadium is just minutes away”. The Santiago development is mostly above ground construction that uses a steel beam and “V” brace foundation system to support the house. Forty years of improper drainage, water seepage and sewer problems, can cause the steel “V” braces to rust and corrode, even to disintegrate completely compromising the integrity of the structure. Most of the time the homeowners aren’t aware of the condition of the “V” braces under their home until major structural damage suddenly occurs. Jan Fisher of Atlas Footing Repair has more than 30 years of experience helping homeowners with these types of issues. Jan is currently the only woman foundation repair contractor in San Diego. “Unfortunately most homeowners have never had their homes inspected for “V” brace issues.” Says Jan, adding, “That’s why we offer a free site visit where I crawl under the home and inspect each brace and the steel support beams. A week or so after the inspection the homeowner will receive a detailed report defining the scope of work necessary and a fixed price quote.” According to Jan, most repairs usually can be done in a few days with very little disruption to normal family life. Mention this article when scheduling your free, no obligation site visit, and Jan will give you a copy of the original Princess Homes brochure for Santiago. Call 619 442-7900 or email Jan at today to make sure your family is safe and you home is secure.

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Have you visited Santee Lakes lately? If so, then you have seen many of our projects come to completion along with other great additions; if not, you are in for a treat! Three picturesque gazebos have replaced the older shelters at Lake 1, Lake 5 North and Lake 5 South... all with scenic views of the Park and two with large barbeques! These

an ideal addition to our 300 site Campground. Almost 1 million Kilowatts of energy have been generated by our Solar Project since its installation in 2008, along with a reduction of over 4 million pounds of CO2 emissions! Twenty-two additional blue recycling containers have been set in place throughout the Park to aid in increasing our recycling program. All the enhancements done at Santee Lakes are performed without ratepayer or taxpayer charges, operating on fees generated through park programming. We are in the middle of our Catfish Season. Catch a Cat with a tag and receive a prize! Large-mouth bass, Bluegill, and Trout are also caught daily! The Santee Lakes Foundation’s annual 5K Run and Jr. Fun Run is coming up September 22nd when runners from all over San Diego participate on one of the best running courses in the county!

gazebos are a great addition to our other rentable picnic sites. Also at Lake 1, a mega-tower playstructure with five slides, climbing wall and boulder course have been placed where a single swing set used to stand. This playground is a perfect addition to our six other play areas including a Sprayground, Boulder Island Adventure Course, Kiwanis Playground for children with disabilities, and more! The Sensory Garden for the visually impaired, constructed in partnership with the Rancho-Santee Lion’s Club, is blooming with beautiful plants and shrubs and is a lovely place to sit and enjoy the view. Our ten cabins have been a great success with our guests and are proving to be one of the premier amenities at Santee Lakes. With three floating and seven on the waterfront, the Cabins are


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Our Park & Recreation Director, Johnathan Skinner who came to us from the City of Reno, Nevada’s Parks Department, celebrated his first year with us in August and is looking forward to seeing you at the Lakes! As seen already, he has great vision for Santee Lakes! Come out and visit Santee Lakes, and make a memory while you’re here! If you can’t swing by, visit our website at www. or “Like” us on Facebook at “Santee Lakes”.

A One of a Kind Music Experience Staump School of Music

Staump School of Music opened in Santee back in 2009 with a commitment to provide the youth of Santee access to quality and affordable music education. West Hills alumni Tim Staump (a drummer), and wife Maria (a composer), not only teach students how to play more than 17 instruments (guitar, bass guitar, voice, piano, drums/percussion, saxophone, trumpet, violin, viola, flute, clarinet, mandolin, Dobro, lap steel, ukulele, trombone and marimba), they emphasize the importance of understanding music theory, and composition, and offer classes in recording, songwriting, vocal fundamentals and performance. Clinics are scheduled several times a year with special guest instructors like drummer Mark Schulman, who performed with Cher, Foreigner, P!NK and several other major acts, and vocalist Ken Stacey, an American Idol vocal coach, and back up vocalist for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour. Students are encouraged to perform at recitals and competitions throughout year, and are also given the opportunity to use the recording studio to record private lessons. Recently, Tim and

Maria’s students performed at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, and this year’s Fall Concert will be at Pathways Church on Friday November 2nd from 6-8pm, which is open to the public with donations of food for the Santee Food Bank encouraged. More than 60 students will be performing for an audience of over 500. As part of their commitment to provide accessible to music education, Tim and Maria also work with the East County Youth Choir and East County Youth Guitar Ensemble and provide these programs at no cost to participating East County youth. The East County Youth Guitar Ensemble will get to perform with the Grossmont College Guitar Ensemble, directed by guitar virtuoso Fred Benedetti of West Hills High. Children that learn to play an instrument not only come away a new talent, they learn self-confidence, discipline, personal accountability, and many other qualities needed to become successful. Check out Staump School of Music online at http:// or call 619-212-6656 to schedule a tour.

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Santee Youth 4 Solutions Youth Advocacy for Santee

The Santee Youth 4 Solutions (SY4S), a youth advocacy group that includes students from West Hills and Santana high schools. SY4S volunteers learn leadership skills and participate in alcohol and drug prevention work, while providing a safe and fun way for youth to meet each other and to advocate for safe environments for youth in Santee. “SY4S is a great way to give back to the community and a fun way to make new friends,” says Hailey Holmgren, a member of the group. SY4S members were recently recognized at the County Office of Education’s “Excellence in Prevention” dinner, where youth groups are applauded for their contributions to alcohol drug prevention in San Diego County. In addition of SY4S youth advocates, Frankie Hogan, was honored by the California Youth Advocacy Network with the “Youth Advocate of the Year” award. This award, which includes a scholarship, is only given to 3 teens in the entire state of California. Santee Youth 4 Solutions efforts include many activities. Last winter, SY4S helped conduct store assessments in Santee, to make sure that alcohol retailers were complying with the law by not selling alcohol and tobacco or “Bath Salts” to minors. The group shared their assessment findings with law enforcement and other community leaders at the City of Santee Community Oriented Policing Committee. Future assessments are scheduled to take place this fall and winter as well. In April, SY4S volunteers, along with other health advocates, collected public opinion surveys about smoking in Santee’s parks. SY4S volunteers joined efforts with Santee Solutions Coalition,


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a group dedicated to reducing underage drinking, drug and tobacco use, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and Santee residents in a Smoke Free Parks event, exploring strategies to make Santee Parks healthier, safer, and smoke free. The chair of Santee Solutions Coalition, Tawni Jochens had this to say about SY4S: “Santee Youth 4 Solutions’ contributions to the Santee Solutions Coalition are invaluable. They provide valuable resources and leadership to the community, and we are grateful for their efforts.” Substance abuse prevention will remain a priority for Santee Youth 4 Solutions as long as they threaten our community. The work can be difficult and time consuming, but the rewards are great. “Even when we are supposed to be serious, it’s fun. This group is pretty amazing.” Sarah Cesena, member of Santee Youth 4 Solutions. Santee Solutions is a community coalition dedicated to reducing underage drinking, drug and tobacco use amongst Santee youth. We work with youth, community leaders, law enforcement, parents, community members, as well as other community leaders to ensure a safe and drug-free Santee.

Santee School District Foundation working together to enhance education

Established in 2003, the Santee School District Foundation (SSDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with a vision to help Santee School District schools produce good citizens and future leaders for our community. The SSDF supports this vision by providing financial, material, and service resources to maintain consistently high quality educational opportunities for the children of our community. The Foundation proudly partners with the Santee School District by financially supporting the Arts Attack program, bringing art into the classrooms. The Arts Attack program, run mostly by volunteers, brings art instruction and hands-on activities to every K-8 class at every school. The Foundation provides funds for the coordination and the purchase of art supplies. Each year the Foundation provides each school with a $1,000 grant for a special project or program that supports the Vision and Mission of the Foundation. Schools have received funding for performing arts programs, playground equipment, exercise equipment, and library books. The school district has received funds totaling over $80,000 over the past several years for classroom technology stations, wireless

access, and additional hardware to support technology for student learning and enhance 21st century learning skills. The Foundation continues to support classroom technology tools this year by helping provide current and consistent software throughout the District that will increase collaborative working opportunities for students. November brings our annual “Stuff the Turkey” fundraiser, which last year supplied $750 for every school to purchase books. Every dollar earned goes directly back to the schools for students. As you can see, the Foundation is busy working to provide additional resources and unique programs for students at all schools. The Foundation, comprised of volunteers so that all money raised is used to support our Mission, greatly appreciates private donations and engages in fundraising to provide direct and meaningful benefits to the students in Santee School District. For more information on the Santee School District Foundation or to make a donation, please visit our website at

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Santee Turkey Trot to Benefit Local Charities Before you sit down for Thanksgiving Dinner this year, get out and do something that is good for you and good for the Santee Community. On Thursday, November 22 at 8:00 am, Pathways Community Church will be hosting the 1st Annual Waddle and Trot 5K and Fun Run. This fun family event is intended for runners and walkers of every fitness level and all proceeds will go to Santee Santas and the Santee Food Bank. “We are so thrilled to be bringing this race to Santee, while supporting these two great causes,” says Phil Herrington, Pastor at Pathways Community Church. “Santee Santas and Santee Food Bank do so much for our community and Thanksgiving is the perfect time for all of us to give back.” The race will begin at Pathways Center at the corner of Mast and Carlton Hills. The fast and flat course will proceed west on Mast Boulevard and enter scenic Santee Lakes via Lake Canyon Road. After circling Lakes 4 and 5, the course will proceed back to Pathways Center and will be followed by a post-race celebration that includes refreshments, vendor booths and entertainment. Prizes will be given to the Top 3 Male and Female finishers and all registrants will receive a race T-Shirt.


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The Fun Run is for kids age 10 and under and will kick-off at 9:00 am within the Pathways Parking Lot. All Fun Run participants will receive a special finisher’s medal and awards will be given for top male and female runners by age group. Santee Santas is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that has been bringing the spirit of the holidays to the Santee community for more than fifty years. They provide food and gifts, especially during the holiday season, to Santee residents. In 2011, Santee Santas provided assistance to 246 families, including 405 children. The Santee Food Bank is an all-volunteer organization that provides emergency food assistance to low and middle income residence of Santee. They disperse food from their Cottonwood Avenue location every Wednesday and Friday and the first and third Saturday of the month from 9-11 am. To register for the 5K or Fun Run, visit www.pathways.ccm/ waddleandtrot. Local businesses interested in sponsoring this event, or purchasing a vendor booth space, can email

Raneri & Long - Energy Efficiency Experts Upgrading your roof or windows doesn’t have to cost a lot When long-time Santee city councilman John Minto needed new vinyl replacement windows, he turned to Santee local town favorite Raneri & Long Roofing and Windows to do the job. Mr. Minto had the original single pane windows that were installed by the builder of his local Santee home. His home would be hot in the summer, and cold and drafty in the winter. John turned to the Santee Chamber of Commerce for a recommendiation on a Chamber member to help with his home improvment project. Executive Director John Olsen recommended Raneri and Long Roofing and Windows, who just completed the Chamber’s office window replacement in January. “I waited several weeks to see if the claim that Simonton Replacement Windows would reduce the heat in the house. I do not think that when we talked about the benefits of replacing the windows that we would have such a hot summer. With temperatures reaching 100 degrees, and a majority of days in the 90’s... what a great test. Since replacing the windows, I have noticed a reduction in heat in the house. In fact, the house takes less time to cool. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” John Minto

In 2012, the Tarantinos of Lemon Grove were looking for a new roof for their English Tudor style home. They needed a roof that would last, preserve the visual appeal of their home and add value to the structure. “Raneri and Long Roofing were knowledgeable about all roofs and showed us many options to choose from,” said Bernadette Tarantino, owner of Tarantino Gourmet Sausage Company. After careful review, they selected Boral Roofing’s Cedarlite concrete tile with an energy efficient roof system. Cedarlite offers a number of benefits including energy efficiency and cost savings, long life and durability with little to no maintenance required, Class A fire rating, and is optimally lightweight. Homeowners may experience significant energy bill reductions. “If we had to select our contractor and roof again, we would still choose to work with Raneri and Long Roofing and purchase Boral’s Cedarlite tile because the entire experience has been outstanding.” “Plus” she notes, “the energy efficiency benefits are an added bonus.” Restoring a classic Tudor style home back to its original beauty is easy when you call Raneri and Long Roofing

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Naval Sea Cadet Corps Celebrating 50 years

September is Sea Cadet Month. Each year members of the Naval Sea Cadet corps celebrate the anniversary of their charter by Congress on September 10, 1962. This year’s celebration holds special meaning because it’s the Corps’ 50th. Celebrations will be held in Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, and right here in San Diego. Members of the NSCC, alumni, and the NLUS will celebrate the accomplishments of Cadets and adult volunteers from the past and present. This summer over 5,000 youth, ages 10-17, found adventure and training through the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, on shore and afloat, young male and female cadets explore careers in the Navy and Coast Guard through varied training programs and activities. Developing good citizenship, a greater sense of responsibility, leadership skills and self-discipline are other objectives of the program. Many of those Cadets were from right here in San Diego, while many travelled to San Diego, to experience some of the exciting training opportunities held at the military installations that span the county. Sea Cadets have participated in such notable activities as the commissioning of the USS San Diego, the Coronado Independence Day Parade, and San Diego’s Fleet Week. Sponsored by the U.S. Navy League, the Department of the Navy and Coast Guard, the Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a federally chartered youth training organization. The program is open to all young Americans regardless of race, color, creed, gender, or disability. The San Diego Council sponsors the Black Knights Squadron, Challenger Division, Fort Fisher Division and their associated Navy League training Ships. The Coronado Council sponsors the Coronado Battalion, and the TriCity Council sponsors GUNFIGHTER Squadron at MCAS Miramar. Sea Cadet training helps young people to make an intelligent decision about choosing

a career and discover if they are suited for military service. Cadets advancing in the Naval Sea Cadet Corps can enlist in advanced pay grades in the Navy or Coast Guard. About 70 percent of all cadets completing the Naval Sea Cadet Corps program will enter the armed forces and nearly 10% of the Naval Academy class is former Naval Sea Cadets. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps program needs qualified adults to be role models and provide guidance and leadership to these young people so the program can continue to grow. If you would like to help or if you have a son or daughter that you feel may benefit from the program, contact the San Diego-Imperial area Regional Director, LCDR Scott D. Oram, NSCC at soram@ or (858) 997-8721. For more information on the Naval Sea Cadet Corps visit www.


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Santana Alum Brings Chess To East County For decades chess has been regarded as a game that can have many beneficial effects on a child’s development and critical thinking skills. Countless studies have shown that chess helps a child’s mental clarity, fortitude, stability, and self-confidence. Many schools are using chess as an inexpensive way to help kids develop decision-making skills while learning to visualize future possibilities. In schools where chess is offered, students exhibit excellence in math and science. “Coach Ron”, a 1984 Santana High graduate, has been a member of the San Diego Chess Club for more than 30 years, and held several board positions for the club during that time. For past 17 years Ron has taught chess to hundreds of children in schools, and day camps throughout California, totaling over 10,000 hours of classroom instruction.


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He teaches using the Evans Method, which includes some instruction, as well as formal and casual games. Students receive prizes at the end of each class to reward positive participation and trophies or medals at the end of each session. This style of instruction has produced many national champions at every scholastic level. Recently Ron founded the Pacific Hills Chess Academy and began focusing his efforts to bring his after school enrichment program to as many students as possible. St. Rita’s School in San Diego will be offering the program as will Tierrasanta and Adams Avenue Recreation Centers. If you’re interested in enrolling your child in a local top flight chess program, check out Ron’s website at http://www., or give him a call directly at 619 630-7667.

Welcome to the Santee School District where young minds meet open doors In November 2006, the citizens of Santee voted for and passed Prop R to provide school modernization and capital improvements for all 9 schools in Santee School District. As modernization and construction plans began to unfold throughout the District, an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee was formed to assure that taxpayer dollars are spent

Santee School District is educating students for their future, providing them with 21st Century learning skills in a contemporary learning environment. All classrooms at modernized schools have either been completely renovated or are newly constructed classrooms. Parents, teachers, and students have been excited and energized as they have entered classrooms furnished with new technology learning tools, specially designed teaching walls, efficient lighting, individual room air conditioning, and new carpet. More than 70% of the District’s modernization projects have been completed and the School Board is committed to finishing the remaining planned projects. These improvements to schools are reflective of our community and their desire for contemporary and engaging learning environments for the children of Santee School District. Santee School facilities sparkle and invite the children to come and learn. Santee School District is truly “Where Young Minds Meet Open Doors.” Included in the center pages of this magazine is a list of all the projects completed and the projects planned for the future. Additional information is also available on the school district website at

appropriately. Each of their annual financial and performance reports to the community has confirmed that the District has done an outstanding job of using the Bond Funds in accordance with the Proposition R guidelines. During the summer of 2008, five of the district’s nine schools underwent modernization and new construction. During the summer of 2010, three more schools were modernized. In addition, five schools have received new middle/junior high school classroom buildings and all school playgrounds have been upgraded. Plans are currently in motion to build a new junior high building at the one remaining school that has not received modernization once additional funding is received from the State of California. Fall 2012


Whoo’s Eyes?

The eyes are an amazing part of the human and animal body. I wanted to make this issue’s article light hearted while demonstrating that vision is a remarkable function of the living body and mind. Varying statistics report that 40 to 60% of the brain is dedicated towards vision. Amazing for two little spheres roughly half the diameter of a golf ball.

Here are some amazing things about the human eye:

Now for some interesting things in nature:

• The cornea is the clear part of the front of the eye and the only tissue that does not have blood vessels, which is why it is clear. All babies are color blind when they are first born.

• The giant squid has the largest eyeball on Earth measuring 18 inches across.

• The most active muscles in your body are the ones that control your eyes. • Photoreceptors in the back of the eye are responsible for collecting the light and converting it to a signal to the brain. • Each eye has over 126 million photoreceptors. The human eye can distinguish 500 shades of gray. • To describe human facial proportions, Leonardo Da Vinci believed the space between the eyes should equal the width of one eye. • Humans blink about 10,000 times per day. A person can still have depth perception with just one eye. • Everyone has blue eyes, it’s the amount of melanin or pigment cells that give people varying shades of color, including green, hazel, and brown. • Each eyeball has 6 muscles that help it look around, 3 different nerves are responsible for conducting a total of 12 eye muscles sop the eyes work together.

• Cats, deer and other animals that have shiny or reflective eyes have a special layer inside called tapetum. This layer helps to reflect light that was not absorbed back into the eye so that night vision is improved. • An ostrich eye is only 2 inches in diameter and larger than it’s brain. • An owl can see a mouse moving more than 150 feet away with light no brighter than candlelight. • A worm has no eyes at all. • Dolphins and whales sleep with one eye open, and only half of their brain sleeps at a time so they can watch for danger. • Sharks have up to three eyelids but they do not blink. The third eyelid is translucent and slides over the eye to protect it when biting down on the prey. • Eagles can see a rabbit about 1 mile away due to their special retinas.

As you can see there are many variations of the eye in the living world and amazing to see how each set of eyes can function for different purposes. Hope you have enjoyed the hodgepodge of facts and can appreciate what your eyes can do for you.

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Do you have pain?

Are you tired? Do you need to “detox”? Many of us spend endless hours and energy searching for the missing puzzle piece to our health. Do you realize that if you “don’t unplug your exhaust pipe” your engine may not run? magine a mall. The garbage is collected into huge bins, the garbage trucks come and take it away. What if the highways are jammed and the full trucks can’t leave and new trucks can’t come? Eventually the janitor’s closet will be full of garbage, then the hallways, and eventually the back area of the stores. After awhile, when you walk into a store, you will see the garbage. You will know something is wrong, but you might think it is the store’s fault. Over time, not only will you see the garbage, you may not see much merchandise. If the garbage trucks can’t leave, there is less room for delivery trucks. Since the halls and stores are full of garbage, there is no where to put “the good stuff”. The stores can’t function and soon the mall may shut down. What does this have to do with you and your body? Did you know that each day – EACH DAY – your body is exposed to ~50,000 chemicals. These can be from water, food, air, cleaning chemicals, buildings, etc.? You might breath, eat or touch them. In addition to chemicals or toxins from outside the

body, some are made in the body. Toxins also include “bad energy”, electromagnetic pollution, and stress. Some of our bodies are better than others are getting rid of these toxins, but once toxins or poisons start accumulating, they can affect various parts of our bodies. Elson Haas, MD says, “I believe that fasting/cleansing/ body detoxification is the missing link in Western nutrition, and if we used this process more in our daily lives and our medical system, we could HEAL and PREVENT a great deal of disease.” (emphasis mine) Start with the “highways” out: excrement (bowel movement), urine, sweat, skin oil, exhaled air, tears and emotional release. Learn how to open these exits and you may start feeling well! Each person is different. What works for you may or may not work for someone else. What works for them may even be dangerous for you. You do need to spend time and energy searching for the missing puzzle piece to your therapy; maybe that piece is detoxifying BEFORE you add more “good stuff”. Consult with a team of practitioners. These are only ideas to help you formulate a plan for yourself. Therese H. Yang, MD, FAAFP, Dr. Yang’s Family Care, 619-596-4963

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Removing Barriers to Success What is your biggest fear? Earthquakes, terrorism, dying??? Surveys show more people fear public speaking than any of these. What can you do about it? There is a solution. It’s an organization called Toastmasters International and it’s available to everyone. Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization with millions of members and thousands of clubs. There are 119 clubs in San Diego County and one of them is right here in Santee. Every Friday morning at 7:25, the Real Orators chapter meets at the Santee Chamber of Commerce office. The meetings are fun and educational. Members are encouraging and supportive. Members are given the opportunity to speak in a small group setting, at their own pace. They receive immediate feedback from other members and learn to give feedback.

Toastmasters International provides educational materials to help members learn and succeed. They also have awards for reaching various levels of speaking and leadership. If Friday mornings don’t work for you, go to www.toastmasters. org and find a club that meets your needs and your schedule. There are new clubs forming in several parts of San Diego and you could become a charter member of one of those. Many companies have their own clubs for employees only. Any current member can help you start a new club. Whether you want to communicate better with your employees or become a standup comedian, Toastmasters can help. Whether you want to run for public office or just do a presentation for your favorite organization, Toastmasters has the resources for you to succeed. Keep up with us on Facebook: Real Orators Toastmasters, by phone 619-561-3277 or just stop by on Friday mornings.

More Volunteers Doing More Community Work than any Service Club Organization

When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve. In 207 countries, in hospitals and senior care facilities, in regions battered by natural disaster, in schools and eyeglass recycling locations, Lions are doing community volunteer work, helping, leading, planning and supporting. Because we’re local, we can serve the unique needs of the communities we live in. And because we’re global, we can address challenges that go beyond borders. We want everyone to see a better tomorrow. That’s why we support sight programs and services including vision screenings, eye banks and eyeglass recycling. Provide eye care services to those at risk of losing their sight. And raise donations through campaigns like SightFirst and Campaign SightFirst II. We believe everyone deserves a healthy life. From providing health programs that focus on hearing loss to supporting efforts to control and prevent diabetes, Lions volunteers are working to improve the health of children and adults around the world. We empower the next generation. Whether it’s providing youth


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volunteer opportunities and leadership experiences in a Leo club or sharing a message of peace through our Peace Poster contest, our youth programs invest in the future by reaching out to young people. We serve local communities – and protect the planet. From performing hands-on community work and service projects to providing emergency assistance, our community and environment programs improve our communities – and protect the environment. Santee Lions serve our community by providing eye glasses to needy children who can’t read the black board or have headaches when reading text books, for seniors and others who have vision problems. Do you have a hearing problem let the Santee Lions help you receive hearing aids for as little as $150.00 each if you are a child in need or a senior or handicapped person on a fixed income. We the Santee Lions are here to help in any way we can. For further info on sight or hearing problems or any other problems contact us at or call Ike Enzenauer at 619 443-3510.

The MVP Experience It’s good to be a guy!

The Sport Clips Haircuts store in Santee opened in January 2009 and has been a local favorite ever since. Sport Clips specializes in haircuts for men and boys in a fun, sports-themed environment. There’s a big screen TV in the lobby, so guys can watch the game or ESPN while they wait their turn for a haircut. Sport Clips also has smaller TV’s by every haircutting station to insure that no one misses any of the current sports action. The store’s signature service is the MVP Experience, which includes a precision haircut, a massaging shampoo to remove any loose, itchy hairs after the haircut, a classic hot towel treatment with facial pressure point massage, followed by a neck and should massage back at the cutting station. It’s very relaxing and a nice way to treat yourself to something special at the end of a stressful day.

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Sport Clips has been voted the “Best of San Diego” in the hair salon category of the UT reader’s poll in 2010 and 2011 (the results of the 2012 vote have not yet been announced). The Santee Chamber of Commerce recognized Sport Clips as the Best New Business for 2010, and the Santee Patch recently announced that Sport Clips was voted the Best Hair Salon for 2012 in their recent voters’ poll. The hair stylists at Sport Clips are experienced in the industry, but also receive additional training on men’s and boys’ haircuts, latest trends, proper blending and fading techniques, and other areas to help us best serve the male client. If you love sports, need a great place to get a haircut, and want to try the relaxing MVP experience, come to Sport Clips for your next haircut. At Sport Clips, “It’s Good To Be A Guy!”

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The best sandwich in America continued from page 7 In addition, the existing patio was enlarged, as was the waiting – area where beer and soda are available. The 8,400 square-foot restaurant will seat 300 BBQ lovers and employ approximately 100 workers. Competitive wages as well as comprehensive insurance are offered to its full-time staff.

the most-est. She beat out 400 other hostesses in San Diego to be awarded Hostess of the Year.

“We are very happy and excited to be locating in Santee,” Fred Glick, V.P. of Operations said. “Everyone involved in the project has been great to work with from the Mayor to the Chamber to the City Manager.” During his career with another company, Glick helped to open 30 restaurants. “This is the highest excitement level I have ever had. We’re not building another one in East County.” “Although we are not a sports bar, Phil’s has top-level audio visual equipment in the bar, including an 80” screen to watch sports,” Glick said. “We are a fast-casual dining business model and we have full service in the bar where there are 20 taps of local micro brews.” One of the company’s PHILosophies is to be PHILanthropic by giving back to the community. Phil’s soft spot is for agencies benefiting children, animals and military dependents. It appears Phil listened to his father on how to treat employees. They are happy and helpful offering customer service at its best. They work together like a family and many have been there for years. Great food gets a restaurant noticed, but it’s the customer service that keeps us coming back. On a recent visit to the Sports Arena location I met Rhonda who is truly the hostess with


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At every opportunity each employee I encountered treated me like a queen. Buzz, Saul, Kinga, and Summer, the general manager who will be opening the Santee location, all made me feel like the most important person in the restaurant while buzzing around working at the crazy pace that only Phil’s employees seem to be able to do while smiling. When you go to enjoy the Phil’s dining experience in Santee this Halloween, look for Summer and tell her Joan sent you. – by Joan Kling

Star Ratings 4.5 stars on Yelp, a social networking, user review and local search website. 4.5 stars and ranks 11 out of 1,966 restaurants in San Diego by the travel website

The Santee Chamber of Commerce

Honors its Members & the Community

This year Awards Night will take place in February 2013, with the location and date to be announced in December. Annual Business of the Year Awards - Business Leadership, Small, Medium, Large,

New Business, Regional Business

Chamber Community Awards - Citizen of the Year, Presidents Award Community Awards - Deputy of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, Rotarian of the Year, Teacher of the Year

Scholarship - Les Hart Memorial Scholarship Nomination forms will be available on the Chamber website in early November.

Announcing the

Les Hart Memorial Scholarship In fond remembrance of Les Hart, a loving father and husband, as well as a respected community leader and dedicated volunteer, Les’ family and the Santee Chamber are pleased to announce this scholarship in his honor. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an East County resident based on community service, and is intended to be used for education. Applications must be received by the Santee Chamber no later than November 19, 2012. The scholarship will be awarded in February at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Night Dinner.

Go to the Santee Chamber website for more info or to apply

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