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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

Left to right) Andres Perez, Education Fellow in the office of Rep. Davis; Cindy Miles, Chancellor; Rafael Navarrete, student trustee; Rep. Susan Davis, Debbie Justeson, Governing Board trustee; Anne Krueger, communications and public information director, in Washington to discuss how to support veterans from the service to civilian life and school. Navareette was honorably discharged from the Marines and three months later started at Grossmont in the fall of 2013.

By Carlos Orendain

California State Sen. Joel Anderson honored Senior Helpers East/North County (Senior Helpers) on January 19 with a Certificate of Recognition for its outstanding service to the Santee community and beyond. Santee Health Awareness Month, Santee Health, originally started by the California Health Network to spread the knowledge and awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle throughout the community.

Sycuan Casino appointed San Diego-native, John Dinius to its General Manager position. Since 2014, Dinius held the position of interim general manager and been a driving force behind the organization achieving multiple milestones. Most recently, the casino received national recognition as one of the top 10 casinos outside of Las Vegas by Yahoo Travel, which was also recognized by Fox News.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is pleased to announce that Leah McIvor, Independent Associate with the Mt Helix office will chair the Board of Directors of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce for 2016. McIvor will formally take the gavel from current Chair, Steve Hamann, at the East County Honors gala at Barona on February 11.

When many Americans think of retirement, thoughts of golf or travel plans may come to mind, but volunteering their time also ranks at the top of a year-round to-do list for many retirees. Volunteering opportunities are readily available to residents at Mount Miguel Covenant Village, a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities.

By Rabbi Rafi Andrusier

Economist are predicting increased consumer spending this holiday season, and a new “Shop East County” program aims to keep that spending local to support area businesses, jobs and the economy.

On Nov. 19 the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, along with local business, political and civic leaders, gathered at Parkway Plaza for the launch of the inaugural “Shop East County” regional program. 

Adventures by the Book will host a benefit to provide humanitarian relief for the victims and survivors of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

GRID Alternatives San Diego, in partnership with Willis Allen Real Estate, hosted a multi-home project in Lakeside this Veteran’s Day for their “Operation: Solar for San Diego Troops” campaign.