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The ICBOC 2015 annual report is available at www.grossmonthealthcare.org. National Multiple Sclerosis Society Planning Two Fundraising Walks The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s San Diego-based Pacific South Coast Chapter will host two San Diego County Credit Union Walk MS fundraisers in April. The National MS Society expects about 7,000 walkers at both events will help raise about $900,000 in donations for MS research and programs and services for people with 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.

It’s the 26th year for Walk MS events in San Diego. On Saturday evening, April 16 in Carlsbad, about 3,500 people are expected to walk and help raise about $425,000 in donations. The three-mile walk will be along Armanda Drive overlooking the Carlsbad Flower Fields and looping around the Legoland California theme park. It’s the first time since 2006 that the National MS Society’s North County’s Walk MS fundraiser in Carlsbad will be held in the evening. On Saturday morning, April 23 at NTC Park at Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Road, in San Diego’s Point Loma community, another 3,500 people are expected to walk three miles along San Diego Bay and help raise about $460,000 in donations. San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution, is returning as title sponsor of Walk MS at NTC Park. SDCCU has supported the National MS Society’s Walk MS for the past 18 years, and has served as title sponsor since 2002. Over the years, SDCCU’s sponsorship support for Walk MS has exceeded $1 million, according to the National MS Society.

Presenting sponsors of the 2016 San Diego County Credit Union Walk MS include NBC 7 San Diego, KyXy 96.5, Energy 103.7 and Sycuan Casino. Other sponsors include Biogen, Sanofi Genzyme, Mother To Baby, Ability Magazine, San Diego Business Journal, KPBS and Langers Juice. The National MS Society’s national Walk MS sponsor is Novartis. Free snacks and beverages will be provided to walkers, plus live music and a finish-line celebration. East County Chamber’s Breakfast at Carlton Oaks Country Club The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, April 1, at Carlton Oaks Country Club, 9200 Inwood Dr., Santee. Breakfast sponsor is the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD). Special guest speaker will be Ralf Swenson, GUHSD superintendent who is retiring later this year, and Santee Mayor Randy Voepel. Cost to attend is $20 per person for members with RSVP, $25 per person for non-members with RSVP and $30 per person at the door without reservations. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle [email protected], (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org. La Mesa Chamber to Host Breakfast with Police Chief The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host La Mesa Police Chief Walt Vasquez for a breakfast meeting starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, at the Marie Callender’s restaurant, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego. Breakfast sponsors include Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World, El Camino Memorial Park and Hornbrook Center for Dentistry. Cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for guests with advanced reservations, or $25 at the door. Breakfast will include eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fresh fruit and juice. Attendance drawing sponsors include La Mesa Courier and Opus Bank. Reservations may be made via the chamber website, www.lamesachamber.com, or by sending an e-mail, [email protected], or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700, ext. Vasquez was sworn in as chief of the La Mesa Police Department in April 2015. He previously served for 29 years with the San Diego Police Department. He began his career with the SDPD in September 1986 as a police recruit. In 1994, he was promoted to sergeant, then lieutenant in 1998, captain in 2005, and assistant chief in 2013. Vasquez graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2007.

In his previous position as assistant chief with SDPD, he oversaw the Canine Unit, SWAT team, property room, information services, communications and the chief’s community advisory boards. Vasquez succeeded Ed Aceves, who retired in December 2014 after three years as chief. Vasquez is a native San Diegan with long ties to East County. He played Pony League baseball in La Mesa, and he graduated from Helix High School in 1981. He has been an El Cajon resident for about 25 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix. Ronn Hall Has Opened New Insurance Brokerage in Santee ​ Ronn Hall, owner of an Allstate insurance office in Santee, has sold his Allstate business and has opened an independent insurance brokerage at 9456 Cuyamaca St., Suite #101. His new business is called Ronn Hall Insurance and Notary Services and it offers insurance from a variety of insurers. Marlene Major, who has worked with Hall for the past 20 years as office manager, will join Hall’s new company, he said. is the second largest personal lines insurer in the U.S.

He opened his Allstate business in April 1987 at the Sears store at Parkway Plaza. An East County native, Hall has lived in Santee for the past 13 years. He was elected to the Santee City Council in November 2014. He also currently serves as a member of the San Diego Republican Party Central Committee. He is married to Virginia Hall, who is serving as 2016 chairperson of the Santee Chamber of Commerce.

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