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Hart also served as past chairman of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, two terms as president of the East County nonprofit Stoney’s Kids and on the board of the Olaf Wieghorst Museum Foundation. Grossmont Hospital Construction Group Seeks Medical Professional The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), the volunteer citizens group overseeing the spending of millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, is seeking one more community volunteer to reach its full capacity of 11 members. According to Barry Jantz, CEO, Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), the search is continuing for a volunteer who would serve on the ICBOC as a representative from the medical profession, specifically a physician or nurse. However, Jantz said the person cannot be currently affiliated with Sharp HealthCare since the quota for Sharp representatives on the ICBOC has been filled.

“A retired doctor or nurse would also be ideal,” Jantz said. ICBOC members are uncompensated East County residents who are charged with monitoring bond proceeds spent by GHD, the public agency managing the bond-financed construction at the hospital. GHD serves as landlord of the hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of local taxpayers. According to ICBOC by-laws, specific seats on the ICBOC are filled by individuals representing various constituency groups and business sectors, such as project management, large-scale construction operations, finance, labor and healthcare. ICBOC members must reside within the District's 750 square miles in San Diego's East County. The ICBOC meets quarterly and sub-committees meet at various times as needed, some monthly. Committee members serve for no more than three consecutive two-year terms.

Interested volunteers can obtain an application by contacting GHD at (619) 825-5050, or via e-mail, [email protected] Changes at East County’s Largest Commercial Office Building The seven-story Allied Plaza, 7777 Alvarado Road in La Mesa, East County’s tallest and largest office building at 125,000 square feet, has a new building manager for the first time in 25 years. Mary Youngman, who arrived at Allied Plaza in 1990, is retiring at the end of December. Allied Plaza’s new building manager is Patty Carroll. It’s the second time Carroll has succeeded Youngman in a job switch. In 1990, when Youngman left Great Western Bank to arrive at Allied Plaza, Carroll took Youngman’s job with the bank. “Yes, there is a bit of irony with my retirement,” admitted Youngman. “Patty will do a terrific job while I spend my time on my golf game and sailing skills.” Youngman was recently feted by several hundred tenants and friends who attended her retirement party held in the Allied Plaza lobby. Carroll has 25 years of experience in property management. “I am thrilled to work at such a magnificent office building,” said Carroll, a resident of La Mesa. “Yes, it is ironic to be stepping into Mary’s shoes for the second time in 25 years.” ​ November 26, 2015. East County Chamber’s Breakfast Will Support Toy Drive The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. Breakfast sponsor and host is the Viejas Casino & Resort. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy, valued at $10 or more, for the 40th annual East County Toy & Food Drive benefiting the Salvation Army. Anyone bringing a toy will receive an entry form for a drawing to be held that morning. The drawing prize is an overnight stay at Viejas Hotel, plus food and gaming vouchers. In addition, Joe Garzanelli with Keller Williams Realty will give away $650 to a lucky member who is present and names will be drawn until a winner is selected. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $20 per person for members, $25 per person for non-members. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at [email protected], (619) 440-6161, or visitwww.eastcountychamber.org. Smart & Final Approved for Four Former Haggen Sites The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved the purchase by Smart & Final LLC of four East County retail sites previously occupied by Haggen Food & Pharmacy. The sites include El Cajon at Camino Canada, El Cajon at Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa at Avocado Avenue and Santee at Magnolia Avenue. Six other former Haggen sites in San Diego County also will become Smart & Final stores. They include Carlsbad Village Drive in Carlsbad, East H Street in Chula Vista, B Avenue in Coronado and San Diego stores on Tierrasanta Boulevard, Westview Parkway and West San Ysidro Boulevard. The 10 new Smart & Final stores will add to the discount warehouse grocer’s 10 current stores in the region. Lakeside’s 410 Acres Purchased as Habitat Preserve The San Diego Association of Governments and the U.S. Department of Defense have each contributed $4 million to purchase a 410-acre, habitat-rich property, known as Lakeside Downs. The site, sold by the Helix Land Co., Ltd., will now be preserved as open space. The area, now in the hands of the Endangered Habitats Conservancy, will be closed to the public.

The conservancy manages nearly 5,000 acres of conserved lands. The property is home to the threatened California gnatcatcher, mule deer, coastal sage scrub and strands of spiny redberry. The plant is the main host for a rare species of butterfly. The Lakeside property is between other areas of conserved land, including property near the Miramar Marine base. Officials with the Endangered Habitats Conservancy said the area will be closed to the public for biological reasons as well as its high density of scrub brush representing an extreme fire danger. Grossmont Hospital Foundation Receives $2 Million from Bradys The Grossmont Hospital Foundation, a not-for-profit, philanthropic organization that raises funds for Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, has announced it has met a $10 million capital campaign goal for advanced cardiovascular equipment for the hospital’s new 74,000-square-foot Heart and Vascular Center, slated to open in 2017. The goal was met following a $2 million pledge from Ron and Mary Alice Brady of La Mesa. The pledge was announced at the Foundation’s 30th annual Gala held Nov.

“We are at a time in our lives where we have our health, we have accumulated some wealth, and we want to give back and leave a legacy in our community,” said Ron Brady at the Gala. Our company has helped construct buildings on the campus. We believe in the work done at the hospital and we want to make it as good as it can be for everyone in East County. I can’t think of a better philanthropic investment than Sharp Grossmont Hospital.” Construction costs for the Heart and Vascular Center building is being financed by taxpayers through Proposition G, a bond measure sponsored by GHD. G was approved by East County voters on the June 2006 ballot.

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