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Topics discussed at the program will include healthy behaviors that can help people avoid the top four chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease and stroke, diabetes and pulmonary diseases such as asthma. “Changing behaviors may help prevent these chronic conditions,” said Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director. “Come and be inspired about how a healthy lifestyle equates to good health.” Speaker at the program will a representative from Champions for Health, a nonprofit formerly known as the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation. KPBS’s GM Wins National PBS Award La Mesa resident Tom Karlo, general manager, KPBS, was recently presented with an award in the development category at the Public Broadcasting System’s (PBS) Public Media Development and Marketing Conference held in Boston. Scott Elliott Development Professional of the Year award.

“This award represents the highest levels of professional achievement in the public broadcasting development community, and is a mark of true distinction,” said Paula Kerger, PBS president/CEO. “Tom Karlo has brought new energy and vision to KPBS’ service to the greater San Diego community and has been an inspirational leader not only at KPBS but also for the entire public media system.” Karlo, who was named KPBS GM in February 2009, began his career at KPBS in 1973 as a part-time assistant while attending SDSU. Years later and after fulfilling multiple other roles, Karlo was promoted to associate general manager in 2002, a position he held before becoming only the fifth GM in the station’s 49-year history. National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Cycling Ride is This Weekend The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Pacific South Coast Chapter in San Diego will host its 34th annual Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour, a cycling fundraiser, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. Information and registration is available at www.BikeToFinishMS.com, or by calling (855) 372-1331. About 2,500 riders are expected to help raise about $2.5 million in donations for MS research and programs and services for people affected by MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body.Cyclists will include people living with MS, as well as friends and family members of people who have MS. The fundraiser will feature four different cycling rides of 25, 100, 125 and 150 miles, plus a virtual fundraising ride with riders on stationary bicycles watching a video of the route on a big screen.

A two-day, 100-, 125 or 150-mile ride will feature a route from Irvine to Carlsbad on Saturday, Oct. 22, followed by a 50-mile ride from Carlsbad to San Diego Bay on Sunday, Oct. A single-day, 25-mile ride around Mission Bay also is available on Sunday, Oct. Registration fee is $60 per rider and each donation minimum is $400 per rider for any of the four rides. The fundraiser is open to all levels of cyclists ranging from beginner to expert. Riders raising the highest dollar amount will be eligible for a variety of incentives and prizes. The virtual ride on stationary bicycles will be held from noon to 4 p.m. 22 in Carlsbad at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa, 5480 Grand Pacific Dr., near the Legoland California theme park. Riders on the stationary bicycles will enjoy great music and a big-screen TV projecting the actual Bike MS route. Hollywood Casino in Jamul Has Opened After a 20-year effort amid community opposition, the Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego has opened. Located at 14145 Highway 94 at Daisy Drive, the casino features 1,700 slot machines, 43 live table games and multiple dining and entertainment options, including the Tony Gwynn’s Sports Pub. Other dining and entertainment venues include: Final Cut Steak & Seafood, a contemporary American steakhouse; Loft 94, an indoor-outdoor casual restaurant and beer garden with 48 rotating craft beers on tap; Emerald Chinese Cuisine, a dim sum and Cantonese-style restaurant; Tres Taqueria, an eatery featuring tacos and burritos; Pizza Port, pizza restaurant. The facility has an eight-story, below-ground parking for over 1,800 vehicles. The $400 million casino will be the ninth operated by an Indian tribe in San Diego County and provide more than 1,000 jobs, many for members of the tribe. The Jamul Indian Village is one of 13 bands of the Kumeyaay Nation of Southern California. Since planning began in the mid-1990s, the project has faced intense opposition in the Jamul and Dulzura communities, and County Supervisor Diane Jacob was a vocal opponent, citing safety hazards from increased traffic the facility will generate along the two-lane state Route 94. Jacbos said since 2014, about 50 collisions have occurred along Highway 94 near the venue. The casino is expected to add 9,000 vehicle trips to the area each day, a 50 percent jump from current traffic patterns. However, the casino said it will provide more than $90 million in funding for fire and public safety and $23 million for road and transportation improvements near facility. Construction at the four-acre parcel began in 2014. Penn National Gaming (Nasdaq: PENN) is managing the casino on behalf of the Jamul Indian Village. Jamul Indian Village and Penn National received final approval from the National Indian Gaming Commission for Penn National to manage the facility. Officials said the Jamul tribe will proceed with a $460 million refinancing of the project. According to a casino announcement, Penn National will get a fee of 30 percent of net revenue (earnings before taxes) for the management of the facility, as well as a licensing fee of 2 percent of gross revenue for the use of the Hollywood brand and marketing services. Penn National Gaming operates 26 facilities in 16 jurisdictions across the U.S.

San Diego Chamber Endorsing Countywide Sales Tax Increase Measure The San Diego County if Commerce has endorsed Measure A, a November ballot measure that would raise the region's sales tax by a half-cent to pay for infrastructure projects. The San Diego County Road Repair, Transit, Traffic Relief, Safety and Water Quality Measure would raise an estimated $18 billion over 40 years to improve freeways, fund municipal road repairs and build a trolley line between San Ysidro and Kearny Mesa, among other things. “Measure A fixes our roads, creates capacity and freedom of movement for our residents and goods, and propels the growth of the economy throughout the region,'” said Jerry Sanders, the chamber's president and CEO. Two-thirds of voters would need to vote “yes”' in the November election for the proposition to pass. Measure A is sponsored by the San Diego Association of Governments. Gun Owners PAC Announces List of Endorsed East County Candidates The San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights, has released its list of endorsed candidates in the East County who are vying for seats in local city and school board elections in November. SDCGO is endorsing the following: Rob McNelis, mayor, Santee; Dustin Trotter and Mason Herron, Santee City Council; Michael Summers, Lemon Grove City Council, Kristine Alessio, reelection to La Mesa City Council; Jim Miller, Cajon Valley Union School District.

“It is crucial that voters elect candidates who will defend the rights of law-abiding citizens, stand strong in support of the Second Amendment and oppose senseless gun control laws,” said Santee resident Michael Schwartz, executive director, SDCGO.

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