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Jones To Open New Office
EL CAJON -- The nearly 1 million San Diego County residents within the massive 38th California State Senate District, which includes La Mesa and much of San Diego’s East County region, have elected a new State Senator. Brian W. Jones, a three-term state assemblyman and former Santee city councilman, bested Jeff Griffith, a Cal Fire captain and two-term Palomar Health District board member, in the recent November general election.
Jones, a Republican, drew nearly 55 percent of the vote, compared to 45 percent for his Democratic rival. Jones was sworn-in on Monday, Dec. 3. Jones succeeded State Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine), who retired due to term limits.
A grand opening open house of his Senate District office, 500 Fesler St., El Cajon, will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. RSVP is requested for planning purposes. To RSVP, visit www.bit.ly/jones1218.
“I am deeply honored to have been chosen by the constituents of the 38th State Senate district to serve as their representative in Sacramento,” said Jones, who has lived in the 38th District since 1978. “I am ready to return on their behalf and with my colleagues, bring some common sense back into the Capitol. I am committed to a government that works for all Californians, their voices will be heard.
“I want to thank my constituents for their continued trust and support. I look forward to cutting taxes, reducing regulations and supporting our veterans, as well as creating small business jobs and economic development.
“As a State Senator, I will continue to be the strong…Continue
La Mesa Chick-fil-A operator challenges
Santee Chick-fil-A operator in annual friendly wager
for 2018 Army-Navy college football game
For the second consecutive year, two East County Chick-fil-A restaurant franchise operators will participate in a friendly wager for the Army vs. Navy college football game on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Kyle Steck, operator of the Chick-fil-A in Santee, 9418 Mission Gorge Road, and Rick Preciado, operator of Chick-fil-A Grossmont in La Mesa, 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, have agreed to a friendly push-up competition based on the outcome of the game.
Steck is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, while Preciado is a graduate of the Army’s U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
The “losing” operator will visit the “winning” operator’s restaurant and perform push-ups inside the restaurant while wearing the winning team’s apparel. The number of push-ups will be determined by the total number of points scored in the game.
“This annual friendly wager is always a lot of fun, especially for our guests and the fans of both teams,” said Steck, a San Diego native who served on two ships during his active-duty career before retiring as a lieutenant in 2011.
Last year, when the Army Black Knights beat the Navy Midshipmen, 14-13, Steck visited Preciado’s Chick-fil-A restaurant and sang the winning team’s branch song, “The Army Goes Rolling Along.”
“I am hoping to be the victor for a second time, especially because Army is having a good season this year, but this ultimately is all about finding common ground in this annual rivalry game,”…Continue
It's A Hayride!
LA MESA -- Picture it – a horse-pulled wagon filled with carolers young and old making its way through suburban streets as the neighbors call out Christmas greetings. It’s the annual Hayride and Chili Dog Dinner at The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa, 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa 91942.
You’re invited to join us, to hop on and start the holiday season in style! Feast on hot dogs, chili, gingerbread, hot cider and hot chocolate in the church’s Friendship Hall while you wait for your ride. There will be crafts to enjoy, too.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 5-8pm
Hayrides at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00pm
$5.00 Donation – Children under 3 (lap children) free
SEATS ARE LIMITED SO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION EARLY!
Call or e-mail Kelly Andrade in the church office, 619-464-1519, email@example.com
Awaiting the Messiah: Advent Worship Services
10:00am, Sundays, December 2, 9, 16, 23
Evensong Blue Christmas
6:00pm, Wednesday, December 12
Christmas tough this year? Clouded by loss and pain? Are you wondering how you’ll make it through?
Christmas merriment often amplifies the sorrow and isolation many people feel this time of year. Sometimes the pressure to be “Joyful” can be more than one can take.
Let us help. Our Evensong service offers a time of respite, peace and reflection to those in crisis at Christmas time. It will give you a chance to experience the comfort of drawing closer to God, and to one another. We invite you to join us.
Christmas Eve Service
7:00pm, Monday, December 24
United Church of Christ of La Mesa
5940 Kelton Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91942
Two Grossmont Healthcare District
board members retain their seats
in November general election
Two longtime Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board members retained their seats in the recent November 2018 general election on the five-member board that represents more than 500,000 people residing in the district’s 750 square miles in East County.
San Diego East Region voters reelected Gloria Chadwick and Randy Lenac to four-year terms in a field of three candidates, including healthcare consultant Ed Martinez.
Chadwick, a retired psychiatric nurse, has served on the GHD board since 1998, when she became the first woman elected to the board in 22 years. In 2000, she became the first woman in GHD history to serve as board president. The Dehesa Valley resident has been reelected to the GHD board five times.
Lenac, a resident of Campo, was appointed to the GHD board in July 2014 and elected to a four-year term in November of the same year. Since 2011, Lenac, a retired Marine, has served on the board of the Grossmont Hospital Corporation. He also represents GHD on the board of the Association of California Healthcare Districts, a statewide organization representing healthcare districts.
The swearing in of Chadwick and Lenac will be held in December.
GHD, an East County regional public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, serves as landlord of Grossmont Hospital’s property and buildings…Continue
Grossmont Healthcare District will transition
from at-large to zone-based elections;
public hearing at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3rd
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has announced the start of a transition to a new system for East Region voters to elect its board members.
GHD has used an at-large election system since forming in the 1950s, in which board members have been elected by the voters of the entire district. To meet the requirements of the California Voting Rights Act of 2001, GHD will now be transitioning to district-based or “zone” elections in which elections are within an area that is a smaller part of the whole district. With district-based election systems, board members are elected only by the voters residing within that specific election district or zone.
In October, the GHD board adopted a resolution that outlined the intent to transition to zone-based elections. GHD’s transition is similar to what’s happening across California. Hundreds of local public agencies, including healthcare, water and school districts, as well as cities and other governmental jurisdictions, are transitioning to zone-based elections.
GHD will host an initial public hearing starting at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3, at the GHD Conference Center at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa. At the hearing, details will be available about the transition process. A presentation will be made by representatives from a company that specializes in demographics and mapping. In addition, the public will be invited to provide input regarding the composition of the new districts. A GHD board business meeting will start at 5:30 p.m., with the public hearing to commence at 6 p.m.…Continue
Our Advent theme this year is the first thing God speaks of, in the first lines of the book of Genesis.
God’s first utterance—“Let there be light”
God’s first utterance, and then God sees that it is good.
Over and over, God sings to a new creation: good, good, very good.
We were formed in a primordial goodness.
But our world does not always feel that way, does it?
Our world can feel broken, twisted, and bleak sometimes.
And Advent doesn’t deny that brokenness.
Advent is a season that is honest with how screwed up things can be,
but does not dwell in despair.
Advent invites us onto an ancient, well-trod path that leads, unfailingly,
towards a light breaking into our world as reliably as the morning dawn.
The dawn of new beginnings,
The dawn of unlikely hope,
The dawn of justice and righteousness flowing like water in parched land.
This dawn comes in a tiny, fragile baby who is also,
the wisdom and power of the universe.
Even in deepest shadow, when we can’t see our way forward,
God’s goodness breaks in like the one constant force in our universe—
Have you ever noticed how something unremarkable can be transformed into something beautiful if the light catches it right?
A broken bottle can be trash, or a stained-glass window.
A gray ocean turns turquoise blue.
A face, as we say, is “lit up” with a smile.
Perhaps our hurting world can be beautiful too.
When the light catches it.
I hope you join us for our Advent journey as we live into God’s first invitation:
“Let there be light.”
by Rev. Kelly Ryan
The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa
5940 Kelton Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91942
Health Library Will Host Art Show
LA MESA -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now presenting its Fall Art Exhibit titled “Personal Impressions.” The collaborative exhibit showcases 20 paintings, including eight paintings by La Mesa resident Maureen Parker and 12 paintings by Parker’s art teacher, Kay Norris Carlin of San Diego. The exhibit runs through the end of December.
Parker’s acrylic and watercolor paintings of animals and nature highlight a colorful impressionistic style, inspired by French master Claude Monet. Parker said she gives color and texture of the subject matter by an impressionistic dabbling technique of color. She worked for 23 years as a physical therapist before retiring.
Carlin, a native of the island of Aruba, part of the Netherlands Antilles, taught art in the San Diego Unified School District, ending a 30-year career as department chair at Morse High School. Her acrylic and watercolor paintings on display feature iconic scenes of Aruba.
Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said, “This collection of paintings reminds us of the therapeutic value of painting as we experience physical challenges in life. Maureen began painting while working as a physical therapist. Kay has been living with Parkinson’s disease since 2008 and says that painting offsets some of her symptoms. I cordially invite everyone to visit us and enjoy the colorful and inspiring artwork created by these talented artists.”
Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Fall Art Exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours, which are from 9…Continue
LA MESA -- Some new blood joined the La Mesa City Council as incumbent Bill Baber kept his seat while incumbent Guy McWirther lost out to Baber and newcomer Akilah Weber, who was the highest vote-getter for the two seats being contested.
Popular Mayor Mark Arapostathis ran unopposed for a second term.
And La Mesa voters overwhelmingly agreed to impose a special tax on marijuana sales establishments in the city:
LA MESA -- Well East County voters managed to inspire laughter across America Tuesday night, choosing an indicted, philandering incumbent over a challenger whose only baggage was a name that sounded, perhaps, a bit too foreign.
Start your stop watches now. How long until attorneys for the newly returned Duncan Hunter call the federal prosecutors and start the negotiation.
It should go something like this:
Hunter Attorney: 'The people of East County have passed judgment on your indictment and it doesn't hold up. A jury won't be any better for you.'
Prosecutor: "We'll let the jury decide.''
Hunter Attorney: 'Well, let's not be rash here. If the goal is to protect the system, perhaps there is room for negotiations.'
Prosecutor: "What do you offer?'
Hunter Attorney: "No admission of guilt but an agreement to resign from Congress in the best interest of the nation.''
Prosecutor: "It was $250k and a rabbit on a family trip.''
Hunter Attorney: "The rabbit was a beloved family member. Let's not bring the kids into this.''
Prosecutor: "He pleads guilty. He apologizes. He resigns. He makes restitution. He does three months in a minimum security facility.''
Hunter Attorney: "Would a trial bring worse?''
Prosecutor: ''You think he bought other things in the name of sainted wounded veterans?''
Hunter Attorney: "Did he?''
Prosecutor: "A trial will air it all.''
Hunter Attorney: "How about he resigns, makes restitution…